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Lynchini
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Seems to me, that there are many things that can happen in that first 30 seconds, to gear your spectators up for the main course. What I visualize, from a spectators viewpoint, is captivating all of their senses in a flowing manner. Sound of a drumroll as the lights dim, an orator or 'pre-recorded voice' intro. Lights fading, then exploding with color and musical sound as a spot light is cast upon the performer whom shows his hands empty, then proceeds to dramatically demonstrate the detachable forefinger illusion. Ok, perhaps that concept may sound a bit far-fetched and over exagerrated, but at least I left out the sexy flygirls! So, Yes, I agree when it was stated by several here: Connecting with the audience first, whether directly or indirectly, is a must. This is my personal opinion on the matter.
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I like the idea of an incidental vanish/change/production of a piece of clothing or a prop that you will use in the show. It should be something that you'd naturally do as a part of 'getting ready' to do the show, like taking off your hat or coat, rolling up your sleeves, or something. In the old days it was producing and lighting a cigarette.

I use dress gloves, so I do a little color changing gloves bit, then vanish them. It happens so incidentally that I have to register surprise myself before some folks 'get it'. If you're a gambler-style card/monte man, maybe rolling up your sleeves to show bare arms ('as you can see folks, I'm not here to cheat you...') then take your (only) watch off. Then take another watch off (from nowhere). Then take another watch off, and so on. If one of the watches is a spectator's, so much the better. Or demonstrate that you don't have any hidden cards by producing a succession of cards from increasingly improbable places, ending with a jumbo deck from somewhere intimate. I don't think it even needs to be a trick as such, just an amusing, quick 'bit of business' to get a laugh, settle your nerves and set the tone.

Maybe I just go for the laughs. I guess this might not work for everyone.
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I still use Richard Osterlinds great opener. Depending whether on stage or walk around you use different patter to fit the situation. Hello I am (your name). Point to someone and say "Think of a number between 1 and 100 (nail writer). Bang! You are on your way.

You will not believe the OMGs and ohs and aws this will receive. Great attention getter.
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Every show is different.

In my highschool AFS talent show, it was a silent routine and I opened with a match to flower and candle to silk.

In the show I did for my wife's seminary there was a running Hogwarts theme so I did my intro as if I was opening up a college seminar, introducing myself as "Professor Cogito of the Winnipeg School of Wizards, Warlocks and Ice Demons."

I also did a quick "demon banishment" with a hand flash cannon. And ended with a small intro gag-- " Cool Huh? That's Defense against that Black Arts. We WONT be studying that. Instead, this afternoon we will be talking about magic and the mind..."

In my show I'm preparing for the single mothers my wife works with and their very young children my intro is just going to be, "I'm Jeff and I do a bunch of different things. One of them is that I'm a magician. Do you know what a magician is... ?"
It is always darkest just before you are eaten by a grue.
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Oh and when I did street magic, my opener was a charmed color changing rope. It was something I could do silent, was very interesting visually, and I could stretch out for a few minutes til I got the start of a crowd formed.
It is always darkest just before you are eaten by a grue.
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I once saw a video with a man doing stage show. He had a ball hidden under his shirt, it were, of course, very clearly to everyone that he had a ball. He then started with introducing himself, and then he said: "Now, I'll start of with making a ball appear". He then (as if it were magic) took the ball out from beneath his shirt very fast. Of course it were silly and stupid, but everyone still laught and smiled. So, even though it were very silly, it were still a good start, just to show the audience that he weren't just a boring magician.


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I pull out a fist-sized box from my shirt pocket, and then remove my 5-foot wand.

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If I had a five foot wand, in the right circumstances that would be my opener too...
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Oh the things you could do with a five foot wand.... though it may scare some people so you might have to add a pink pom pom and some glitter to it....

Holy Zombie thread resurrection Bat-Man!
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Cyberqat:
Check home decor and improvement stores, maybe even WalMart.

Othelo68:
I don't understand the refernce to Zombie thread??

Ed
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