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On 2010-09-22 10:29, Quentin wrote:
"What I want you to do is this."
"Do me a favour and ...."

That ACTUALLY (haha!) isn't so bad.

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On 2010-09-27 12:57, panlives wrote:
"This trick goes all the way back to Ancient Egypt..."

But there is truth to that on the magic as part of religious expression level as well as the magic as entertainment level(Dedi).

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On 2010-11-09 00:45, motown wrote:
This is for the people in the cheap seats.

Give me your hand, no the clean one.

Old Vaudeville stuff.

Posted: Feb 14, 2011 12:00pm
Most of the trite expressions are in a routine where there really is no patter needed; the effect speaks for itself oftentimes.
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MIne is when a performer says they want promised to make it snow for their mom because they grew up in Fla. and it never snowed.

I also realize some of our pet peaves are fine to use for audiences. I do tricks in my show that I do not care for at all but they routine nicely in the show, they serve a purpose and the audience always seems to respond positively to them.

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Hold out your hand, no the clean one.
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While using a pen in a trick, they say "Let me recap" and out the cap on the pen. UGH!!!!!
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Sorry that was "put" the cap on the pen. I also cry when a magician types something criticizing others but misspells it.
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Sorry that was "put" the cap on the pen. I also cry when a magician types something criticizing others but misspells it.
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On 2011-02-13 12:24, makeupguy wrote:
When a 12 year old takes out a MAK magic prop and tells a story about how he found this in the ancient ruins of outer Mongolia...

it's enough to make you want to SCREAM.

That can be actually cute. Or could be, if the words from the young magician were deliberate aimed at humour; but alas, that would be too much to ask for!
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"ordinary or normal," if it looks ordinary, let the prop speak for itself.

"my next trick," etc.

And my biggest pet peeve and catch myself saying "now watch."

Great thread.
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When describing or marketing their tricks, magicians who use the word 'Ultimate'. That's simply their ego talking.

Any magician who calls someone who helps them a 'spectator'.

"It will vanish into thin air?" As opposed to 'thick' air?

"It will vanish before your very eyes" Exactly what are 'very eyes'?

".. and your phone number."

Using the word 'we' when it is only the magician doing something as in, "So, we shuffle the cards..."
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Reading these posts make me feel quite guilty. I know I say some of these things and I will definatly try to stop.
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"LET ME SHOW YOU A CARD TRICK."

There are a millions of outstanding card tricks I'll admit.

I'm just not really into them. That's me!
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On 2011-06-20 07:06, wizardpa wrote:
"LET ME SHOW YOU A CARD TRICK."

There are a millions of outstanding card tricks I'll admit.

I'm just not really into them. That's me!


You got that right. I hate those two words (card trick).
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I see everybody posting here that the don't like it when a magician says "now watch", but how else would you propose to direct their attention to a key moment. After all you don't want them to miss the magic or all you've do thus far in the effect will be in vain.
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How about instead of saying what you don’t like to hear magicians say, we post what you think are some effective and novel things you’ve heard and liked.
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On 2011-10-18 12:42, terrillific wrote:
How about instead of saying what you don’t like to hear magicians say, we post what you think are some effective and novel things you’ve heard and liked.


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1. "Pick a card, any card", as usually it as about turning a card over later and that's it. It is just not magic to me. Even if the audience does not know if you used lenses to to see the those card markings, did a classic force or all cards were the seven of spades, it is just not amazing. Everybody have heard about marked cards, and any trick that could be done with marked cards is not magic to me.

2. Magicians who tell what they do as they are doing it and what the audience should do, such as:
"Here I have an empty box. And here I have a balloon. I am putting the balloon in the box and closing the lid. Now watch: I open the box, and the balloon has become a rabbit. Thank you. THANK YOUUUU!!"

In moderation, I think emphasizing what we're doing is okay, though

3. "Fair?" Why emphasize that we are cheating?
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On 2011-10-17 21:39, Unknown7777 wrote:
I see everybody posting here that the don't like it when a magician says "now watch", but how else would you propose to direct their attention to a key moment. After all you don't want them to miss the magic or all you've do thus far in the effect will be in vain.

This may not really be an answer to your question, but here we go.

I don't think we should literally ban all these expressions, but make sure they are not overused.

In my billiard ball routine I ask the audience to watch carefully in a slightly different way. I use it once, as a slight challenge to the audience. For me this works well, as it gives a part of the routine a totally different rhythm than the rest of it. I find that it gives extreme focus.

After 4 vanishes and equally many productions, I say "Watch this ball" and go silent focusing on the ball. I bounce it to the floor, put it between two other balls. A small pause. I look at the audience, turn my hand palm forward in a slight up-and-down movement, and the ball is gone. I even turn the hand back to show the hand absolutely empty except the two remaining balls. When done, I move on to the next part of the routine, no smirk, not even mentioning that it has vanished. The next part of the routine is lightly funny as I am failing in my magic. They need some seconds of relaxation after the intense focus, and I want entertainment - not challenges - to be my main style of magic.

I am thinking to abandon the trick, but from time to time use the card frame ("die box with a card") and ask the children to keep track of the card. I happen to mention that from time to time, there are some children who figure out what happens to the card and shout it out. Then they don't fail to shout out that card is sliding, I need to open the other door, etc.

I would never use "Now watch", while revealing the as the effect. I would rather wait a second and comment on what happened.
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