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Ross W
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I did a session at cub camp and did the Jumping rubber bands which they loved, two card monte was popular too (they made the fake cards themselves with cards and glue) .
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It almost doesn't matter. They just You Tube everything anyway.
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I teach a self working Ace assembly or stick a piece of paper on fingernail to teach the jumping paper to next finger.
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Jumping rubber bands has also been the one I have taught to laymen. Even that has proven to be difficult to master for some people...
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I usually show people jumping rubber band aswell. or moving cigarette for those who smoke. Sometimes if someone want to learn an easy card trick, I teach a simple key card trick. Works nice, and hopefully you encourage someone to dive deeper into the world of magic.

don't show people these stuff so often, but if someone really want to learn something, these are the ones I pick most of the time.

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I teach them a simple card trick based on the key card concept, then direct them to the local magic shop
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Only if it is a payed show and they ask me, then and only then I will do a sucker torn and restored napkin. Where more than likely, they already know how its done and the Magician still comes out on top because they restore both napkins. It works pretty good.
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I would probably just to a simple jumping rubber bands...
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On 2012-08-11 07:34, zmg013 wrote:
It almost doesn't matter. They just You Tube everything anyway.


This is correct, and that's what I hate about it... everytime I do a trick, they'll say, how did you do that... then they'll just say, I'll look on youtube to find out... literally EVERYONE does that ggrrrrrrrr
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On 2012-12-19 08:09, magicman491 wrote:
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On 2012-08-11 07:34, zmg013 wrote:
It almost doesn't matter. They just You Tube everything anyway.


This is correct, and that's what I hate about it... everytime I do a trick, they'll say, how did you do that... then they'll just say, I'll look on youtube to find out... literally EVERYONE does that ggrrrrrrrr


We need to post a bunch of fake tricks onto YouTube to misdirect them. Example, quarter into a bottle. "Be sure you to buy a bottle with a larger opening than normal ones from your local magic shop..."
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I'll usually teach something simple like something self working or most of the time something using a key card like "pulse"
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I know I first got into magic by pestering my friend to finally show me how to do a trick. He showed me a very simple math trick, but from there I came back after mastering it. This repeated several times until he finally started showing me basics of good card magic (forces/controls, fake cuts, etc) eventually I started learning to find sources of my own. Following his lead with teaching, I am willing to let a persistent person something simple and not very impressive, some math trick of sort. If they are still interested after that I help them start the basics and then point them to several books and other resources so that they can go their own way with whatever type of magic they want to get specifically involved in
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Been active in magic around work, I've been showing people how to do the coin roll and seeing if they really follow through with it.
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On 2010-05-25 18:05, Andrew Lewis wrote:
A simple rubber band trick. make the rubber jump from two fingers to the other two.


That's what I would do.
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I would teach them Hand Scam, Jumping Rubber Bands, and a couple of betchas, such as "I can make all the water on this plate go into this upside down glass."
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I recall having my waning interest in magic sparked anew when I was a kid. I saw a magician who impressed me and I jokingly asked him if he was taking any apprentices.

At that point he taught me a simple card trick, and I was hooked for life.

I shudder to think that I may have let that spark go out. To pass on this sense of inspiration, I keep the key card principle on my 'back burner' to teach a child when asked. If he/she asks for more, I give the name of a good book and a word of encouragement.

Teaching a child a simple, single secret gives the message to some children--many of whom feel that they can't possibly be the magician-- that they indeed have potential. Most of the kids will allow that seed to fall to the wayside. For the very small percentage in which it germinates, however, it's well worth it.

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If someone comes up wo seems genuinely interested rather than just saying How did you do that? I agree that its best to show a simple key card trick so that they can see that they can learn one quite easily and then give them some instruction on how to take it further.
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On 2010-03-20 11:12, Lloyd_SG wrote:
Hi guys

What kind of tricks will you teach to friends or
layman.

Do you prepare any simple magic trick to teach them. I like all of my magic. I find that some of the very simple magic that is taught in kids book can be as amazing as those that requires complicated gimmick or difficult sleight of hands.

I'm very reluctant to teach any magic but I thought it might also be good to teach some. Who knows this friend or layman might also hit the magic bug and be the next David Copperfield or Cyril.

So... what kinds of tricks do you think can be taught to layman?

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On 2012-11-13 19:13, Gary T. wrote:
I teach them a simple card trick based on the key card concept, then direct them to the local magic shop

One of the most powerful concepts in card magic.
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On 2013-07-01 19:17, zactudor wrote:
If someone comes up wo seems genuinely interested rather than just saying How did you do that? I agree that its best to show a simple key card trick so that they can see that they can learn one quite easily and then give them some instruction on how to take it further.


Hmm - dunno about that. I use the key card concept too often to want it taught to just anyone!
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