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Has any magician ever performed an act in which he threw in as many of these cliches as possible? At a magician's convention, maybe? I mean as a gag. Even funnier if the tricks were all completely unoriginal and the magician seemed complete oblivious as to how bad he was.
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So many great things here. Makes me feel quite guilty.

I agree with the "Normal/Ordinary" thing.

Also, the word "actually" is used way too much with many magicians.
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One thing to remember is that many of these lines are corny and we have heard them all before but most audiences are not so used to it. This is why they laugh or pay attention to what we are doing and not the exact details of what we say. Any repeating of the same words in the same performance is annoying to anyone though. Like Actually or Now or Perfectly Normal Smile We have all had teachers who did this sort of thing at school. And we teased them for it. It does not look good on them.
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Mine is "So just to recap, there is no possible way I could know what your card is"
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- ''Take a card, place it back HERE, I will now find it''.

- ''Take this coin, place it in THIS hand, I will now vanish it''.

- ''Think of any number you want, totally free choice, please choose a number between 10 and 20... no not 10 or 20 BETWEEN 10 and 20''.
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On 2012-07-10 08:24, WagsterMagic wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c2GH1Ot8SQ

This should sum it up...


HA! I really enjoyed that, thank you for posting.

I actually liked the "This isn't T.V, I can hear you" line.
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Wayne Dobson delivered some of these corny lines (...not that hand the clean one) and the audience all laughed....


Except for the guy with the supposedly-dirty hand.

I think you should make your volunteer audience assistants glad they're on stage! Insulting them for laughs won't do that.
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I always crying when I hear a magician say...

"always crying when I hear a magician say"!

It's "I always CRY when I hear a magician say..."! Smile
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On 2012-07-10 08:24, WagsterMagic wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c2GH1Ot8SQ

This should sum it up...


You know, now I find myself wondering if any magicians set up their act in character as a 'hack' Magician... well, intentinoally I mean.
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I use the line : you picked up any card from a shuffled deck, put it back, and shuffled, so it's going to be very hard for me to find it.

But it's followed by : "so I won't", and the spectator finds it's own card...

A lot of people despise the use of the word "trick" as opposed to magic. I really thinks it depends on what you want to convey. If you're a funny guy who tells stories and jokes with a deck of card in his hands, I think trick is a perfect word. You're admitting you're not a magician, you're an expert fooler. It brings your ego down, and you appear as a simpler person. I think magicians have a tendancy for huge egos : look at what I can do... But I like humbler underdog approach : It's not magic, it's tricks, and I'm just an entertainer.

I'm not saying you can't do magic and be humble. Someone mentioned Bill Malone, he does trick, he is an entertainer. Pen & Teller as well... Lance Burton does magic, not tricks.

Also, I feel that sentences like : check it out, watch now, and so on are a good way to signal : "I'm going to stop talking for a bit, don't worry". It's great when you need a moment of prolonged silence, like a card in the mouth effect, a levitation. But then, you should actually shut up, and not spam "Watch now, watch now, it's happening, it's happening..."

To add to the subject, I cry when I hear :
* blblblblblblblblblblblbl (french magicians will know)
* Your card is in my wallet (haven't yet found any good justification of this kind of effect)
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How about just take the wallet out and then take the card out of it. Don't say anything, I do it this way.
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Tired lines from magicians, mentalists, hypnotists, illusionists:
"Houdini used to..." (You two were personal friends, I suppose...?)
"Check this out!" (I guess we're all fifteen?)
"(Anything to do with a) wallet..." (Wouldn't it be equally ridiculous if the female magician said, "Now let me dig through my purse.."?)

From magician's friends, blurb-ists and/or advertising copywriters:
"From the (Insert adjective here) mind of...." (Like where else WOULD it come from... wait a minute, I think I know this answer...)
"Awesome!" (See "Check this out" above)
"It kills!" (Hmm... spectator or magician?)

From dubious participants/friends/actresses in Youtube videos, TV specials & PR stunts:
"Oh my God!" (No, I think God would have more impressive material...)
"Dude!" (See "Check this out" above)
"(bleep)!" (Now, you've really have read my mind!)
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Just a little background: In Spain we don't see much Bicycle brand decks everywhere (cheap Fournier are more common), so a Bicycle deck of cards is not an "ordinary" deck. It's a magician's deck.
So I think we tend to overuse the "here's an ordinary deck of cards".
Also, we have our own card faces, so many people don't know the poker deck that well. Then someone came with this gag:

"Do you know the french poker deck? Hearts, Spades, Clubs, and Diamons? Do you?! Yeah, just like the one in Windows Solitaire".

I've heard that a zillion times.
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It's almost like when you get out a deck of cards or a rope and the kid says 'I've already seen that one.
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Motown wrote, "Give me your hand, no the clean one."

I recently looked at my Bar Mitzvah video tape from 30 years ago. My parents hired a magician (someone who has posted here in fact many times). He used "Give me your hand, no the clean one." on me. Back then, I wasn't offended. It was clearly a joke.

But today, I wouldn't try that on anyone, as I think it could offend people. People are more sensitive today I think.
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"Are you ready? One, two, three years ago when I did this trick...."
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People treated kids a little rougher in the past. Just look at al Flosso
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uxl7cMTsn4M
We are still influenced by these things, and many of us don't even realize it.
Many of our traditions and inspirations are really old and it shows a lot when we compare magic to other kinds of entertainment.
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On 2011-05-14 01:05, idomagic wrote:
"ordinary or normal," if it looks ordinary, let the prop speak for itself.


That's exactly what I was thinking.
Recently saw someone doing a trick - pen thru dollar " now this is a normal pen. Nothin abnormal about it...it's really just a normal pen". Spectator said " Why do you keep telling me that".
Be said because I want you to know its a normal pen. She replied " no, you want me to believe its a normal pen. But go ahead". OUCH!
Poor young magician. I wanted to give him a few pointers but the opportunity wasnt there.
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