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DanielCoyne
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My parents are a sucky audience.

In case anyone was thinking about showing my parents a trick or two, don't bother. My mother will not recognize what was magic about it, and my Dad will have some helpful comments about why you didn't do it very well. All comments will be couched in a manic and meaningless enthusiasm.

P.S. My mother, who doesn't notice anything unusual when a yellow silk vanishes or turns blue, who can't read the numbers on the phone, somehow believes she sees me flashing a palmed coin in a choppy online video that is 3" wide. No one else has mentioned this and I can't see it, but not to worry, other than the palmed coin being visible the whole time, the rest of it is really terrific.
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Good to know - I'll keep an eye out for them. Maybe we should send an APB to all the magicians here with their mugshots included.

Just kidding. Don't worry mate. My girlfriend gets fooled by every lousy magician and his dog - but let me do the world's greatest self-working trick and she immediately proceeds to tell me exactly how I did it.
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Same for me. My parents were the most unrewarding audience as well. They looked at magic as if it is something for kids when I was doing magic (well, tried to). And I am sure they did not catch me at something.

This behaviour changed lately, since they recognized that I am a member of the magic circle now. Hmmm. Seems that all of this is a matter of perspective. I am not much better now than before, but now they take me serious. Funny thing, isn't it? (And hey, I am no kid anymore with my 46 years of age). Smile
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Even though I only do magic as a hobby, my mother clearly doesn't like it. I'm sure she would have preferred something less "childish" and more of the nature of a "proper" pass time. To which I agree in a way. I'm 40 and unemployed and should really be out there studying and trying to qualify for a real job instead of thinking about magic all day.

I kind of wish she would have asked to see a magic trick some time tho. Just once. She has always been extremely supportive in every way but it seems she simply isn't interested in magic at all. Which is fair enough. It's not like I pay attention when she goes into a 20 minute monologue about flowers.
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Noobini, it's time to pull up your socks! Get a few of your favorite quick close-up pieces together and start hitting the local restaurants!!

I know you have a particularly severe problem with nerves - but don't despair. I had the same problem once. Know what I did? I would sweat myself into a panic before every performance, scratching my head for excuses not to perform. Just when I was ready to quit altogether, I would (and still do) repeat something a famous magician said to me once: "JUST DO IT."

And I did. Many times. And now I don't shake anymore. I get nervous as heck, still - but once I'm up there "just doing it" - the nerves disappear and everybody is laughing and enjoying themselves (me included).

You love magic? Then "JUST DO IT!" Next time I see you on here I want you to tell us all about how successful your performances have been.

All the luck and good wishes.
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Last time I have been in Norway there were not that much restaurants to be found. This could prove a little difficult...
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On 2009-06-04 05:22, Irfaan Kahan wrote:

You love magic? Then "JUST DO IT!" Next time I see you on here I want you to tell us all about how successful your performances have been.

All the luck and good wishes.


Thanks! But I will most definitely not ever go to any restaurants and bother the poor customers. Smile This just isn't done here and if I was ever in a restaurant and a magician came up to my table, I really wouldn't like it much. Just not the proper time and place for it the way I see it. In other countries where restaurants are more lively, I'm sure it is great. But here people mostly relax and talk in fairly low voices. If they want entertainment they go home and watch TV. Well... not that I can afford to ever go to a restaurant, but that is my impression anyway.

As for the existence of restaurants, I think there are actually about one for every three people where I live in Oslo. Almost as many as cafés hairdressers and shoe stores. It is a shame really because the people who own the buildings keep increasing the rent many times over and slowly all shops that aren't hugely commercial and mainstream disappear.

But getting back on topic (sort of), it can feel a bit disappointing to have your closest ones not have any interest in what you do. I think that is what it boils down to because if you simply needed a test audience, I'm sure you could find someone you knew. Many years ago I broke up with a dream girlfriend, mostly because she didn't have any interest whatsoever in what I did (starving melodramatic artist). She was very beautiful and funny and smart but apart from those three things, we didn't have anything in common. Smile
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My mother, who doesn't notice anything unusual when a yellow silk vanishes or turns blue.


Hehe

I can understand that. I recently did the crazy man handcuff in my grandmother's hand. Everyone enjoy it but her. She did not understood what was special about it. She was expecting the elastics to vanish and looked at me puzzled asking why the elastic were still there... I admit I had no idea what to say. So I jumped to something else and did a switch in her hands. Once again, she told me that the cards did not changed place as they were not the same ones and asked why it had failed...
I still have no idea of what I could have answered to that...
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It's my Fiance who seems to not care about my magic. She WILL check out some effects I do as I use her as a practice "tool" and she spots everything and knows every secret and sleight there is (practically) but other than that she's really not interested in anything related to magic. She never asks to see anything, but that really doesn't bother me at all. Sometimes when she is fooled she shows interest, but not often.

My mother, on the other hand, just loves the fact that I am into magic, always asks me "when are you going to bring some tricks over to the house", and talks "magic" with me all the time (she is easily fooled and that's a plus). I did the Kennedy Mystery Box on her a while ago and she was so shocked that the card appeared in the box she spent a week calling me on the phone telling me how she thinks I did it, begging me for a hint to the method, and things like that. I love when she does that stuff. I'm 38 years old and I feel like a kid "hiding" something and laughing inside. I perform magic for her a lot and she loves it and most importantly, REALLY appreciates it.

I wish I could have done some effects for my dad, but he passed away in 2006 from Parkinsons Disease, and that's the time I was really starting to get back into magic HEAVILY, but I'm sure he would have loved the fact I was doing this and would have showed some interest, too. I know how he was. He knew I was into magic as he bought me all of the magic "sets" when I was younger, but I really got back into it around the time of his death.

It's too bad because the Bronx Veterans Hosiptal in NY was where he lived for 8 years and that would have been a great place to put on a nice little show or 2 for him and all of the other veterans there. I would have felt super comfortable doing a show like that, because there wouldn't be that much pressure and that's what I need since I'm not a professional magician. Come to think of it, I still could do something there since I know everyone who is there. My dad would of liked that.

Posted: Jun 4, 2009 8:59am
Daniel, sorry if I went off topic a little but It's no big deal about your parents. A lot of people are like that. Believe me I know. I'm lucky my mother loves my magic, but I know some people who don't like it and that's just the way it is. You'll find many people who LOVE what you do. And I'm sure you perform magic real good, too!
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Smile

There are magicians who get paid for performances, and there are the other ones:

I guess I reached the bottom when my youngest son, asked if he would care to take a look at my new trick, answered: "Dad, what do you pay for it?"

There is that.
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My wife humors me...she allows me to show her ONLY ONE trick per day...once my quota is met, I have to wait until tomorrow to show her more. Haha

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I'm blessed with supportive parents. My mom is fooled by everything, so it's a nice ego boost with her. My dad is supportive, but he already knows most sleights. So I have to really break out the magician foolers to get him. But he has a great eye for improvement, and always gives me great criticism...

My girlfriend on the other hand... Haha, she enjoys seeing a good effect. But only in moderation. Smile
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Sadly my wife is in the "moderation" catagory. I practice a lot so she gets sick of my stuff pretty fast.
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On 2009-06-04 00:23, DanielCoyne wrote:
P.S. My mother, who doesn't notice anything unusual when a yellow silk vanishes or turns blue,

Try giving her a test to check if she is color blind or not.
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YES!!! I take heart that I'm not alone with this "problem". My wife is a nightmare whenever I try any effects out on her. She always tells me how to do a trick better next time, even though she has no idea how I did it this time. She's also incredibly good at making me feel like a complete idiot when I show her something new I'm learning. Short of a room full of strangers, it's either my wife or a mirror. In future, it's always going to be the mirror.

Family are the worst audience of all, without exception Smile Smile
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My Fiance is the only one who messed up Eric Ross' Election effect. Everyone else I got. She "felt it" and I was really not suprised. She just doesn't like the mechanics grip I guess.....
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On 2009-06-04 00:23, DanielCoyne wrote:
My parents are a sucky audience.


How are they as parents?
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On 2009-06-04 09:16, olaf911 wrote:
:)

There are magicians who get paid for performances, and there are the other ones:

I guess I reached the bottom when my youngest son, asked if he would care to take a look at my new trick, answered: "Dad, what do you pay for it?"

There is that.


Wow! You have to pay your son to watch you perform?
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You're not alone guys, it's the same here in France with my wife or family or even some friends :-(
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@JamesTong:

Well, I actually never paid him for watching. He's 11 years old and VERY greedy, but fortunatly all I have to do is to promise to show him a trick that he WILL find magical.

So far this worked out fine. The difficulty is in fact to trick him. He has a keen eye and nimble fingers. Sponge ball magic is well within his reach. So if some trick passes the test with my youngest son, I know at least the technique is okay. This makes him quite valuable for me (besides being family, that is) concerning magic.

No payment. Never! Smile
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