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JackScratch
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It takes all types. Afraid I tend to look for mor depth in both my relationships and my magic.
chidzuyo
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I just smile. People usually don't probe further and will leave it at that.

I notice that if you say things like, "I can't tell you." It actually arouse their curiousity and encourages them to ask more.
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On 2008-11-19 15:21, Justin Style wrote:
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On 2008-11-18 12:40, Alex1 wrote:
I'm learning a few tricks and understand it's best not to explain how you did it. When someone asks you, what's the best reply?



I say, "Can you keep a secret?" Their eyes get big, "YES!"

"Okay, take off your clothes and let's have sex, then I'll tell you."


It's a win-win for everybody! If they walk away, the secret is safe. If they say yes, then go for it. You will have to give up the secret, but at that point, who cares?!

Try it.



Justin, I know a 420lb bald guy with lots of backhair that never bathes.... he wants to know how its done... and hes willing to go that extra mile!!! I'll send him your way...
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I've always been a fan of "Impromptu limmricks" ever since reading Lear's "Book of Nonsense"

"The trick's got a secret it's true...
it doesn't actually appear from the blue!
But if you really must know
then you'll ruin the show...
And that's why I must keep it from you!"
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When posed with that question, I tend to look at the spectator and with a confused look on my face looking deep into their eyes say "I haven't got a clue", then after a beat or two of silence, shake my head as if shaking the cobwebs away and move on to the next effect. Gets a good laugh, and keeps them from asking again during the routine.
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For me it depends on the situation. For example if a kid asks I usually respond in a way that's encouraging such as from books. So I might way, "Oh, I learned it from books. You can learn just about anything from books. Go to your library and I'll bet you'll find some. It takes a lot of practice so you'll have to work at it. But it can be a lot of fun".

Other then that it depends on the atmosphere. Sometimes it's ok to give a witty or joking response.

Of course I can always ignore the question if I want to. The power of deafness. LOL

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I wave my fingers in the air and say in a mysterious voice "It's Magic" People usually laugh and leave it at that. A few times people have said "haha, no really, how did you do that?" I do the same thing again and then they usually realize I'll probably just keep doing that so they leave me alone
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".... Well, I'm in these clubs and they made me sign these forms saying I couldn't reveal anything...."
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".... Well, I'm in these clubs and they made me sign these forms saying I couldn't reveal anything...."
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I always reply " Very Well"
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Why are they asking and what % of your audience is asking?

If everyone you do magic for asks ..... consider working more on your presentation. Study performance, theory, presentation and theater


If it's just one or two of your audience, they are complementing you.
Direct their question, with something like ....
"Oh, did you like that?"
"Yes"
"Perhaps I can show you something else you'll enjoy"

..... go into story for next piece of magic. Then you've acknowledged their question without answering and gotten back into your routine with added support from your audience
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First Kid asks: How do you do that?
Answer: It's all done with wires, mirrors and strings.

Second Kid shouts:I know how you did that!!
Response:I know how I do all my tricks!

Third Kid yells: I've seen that one before!
Response: I've seen it about 1000 times.

Fourth Kid blurts out: I saw you do that one at last year's show!
Response: Hey, don't tell anyone and we'll fool the kids who haven't seen it yet!

Fifth Kid notes: Hey, You're sweating!
Response: Some day you'll sweat too!

Kids often test the magi. We're like substitute teachers: fair game. Our mettle is on the line. If you give answers to these types of questions calmly and don't get frazzled they'll soon realize they can't undermine you and move on to enjoying the show rather than trying to win the power game.

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On 2008-11-20 14:34, gaddy wrote:
I've always been a fan of "Impromptu limmricks" ever since reading Lear's "Book of Nonsense"

"The trick's got a secret it's true...
it doesn't actually appear from the blue!
But if you really must know
then you'll ruin the show...
And that's why I must keep it from you!"
I'm going to try to remember that!
<BR>Mikey M.
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