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satellite23
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It was so funny today, picture it:

My fiend found an old deck of cards and showed me a trcik, not knowing that I am a magician. He asked me if I knew how he did it, I said yes. He didn't believe me, so I showed him. Then, I told him about my "magical" abilities. His face just lit up and he wanted to see more.

Then, one of my other friends, again not knowing that I was a magician, used me as a stooge to impress other people with a card trick. We were doing the trick for someone, and my friend and the person started talking about magicians, and I couldn't pass up the opprtunity to perform for them. My friend kept asking me for the secret (of course I didn't tell him). It's funny to keep him guessing, I still haven't told him about my magician side. Maybe I'll tell him tomorrow.

Anyways, how funny is it when laymen perform a trick for you when they don't know about your hobby/occupation? It's pretty funny, trust me. But I go along with it, because I know how awesome it feels to be in the spotlight.
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Happened many times. Can't tell you how many zillion times I've seen the old 21 card trick.
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I think that it's something many magicians have lost sight of these days Father Photius.
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One of the most inspiring moments in my life came about like this as well. This kid from India came up to me and did a routine with a Svengali deck. He actually told me a story about mirages and what not.

His handling was terrible, but I could see how genuine he was, how his eyes would light up when the card was "magically everywhere". This was a 7 or 8 year old or something, when he finished he said "I hope my magic has made you happy." then he left.

Made me relive that childlike passion for magic I had when I was younger.
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On 2011-03-23 06:19, sleightlysilas wrote:
One of the most inspiring moments in my life came about like this as well. This kid from India came up to me and did a routine with a Svengali deck. He actually told me a story about mirages and what not.

His handling was terrible, but I could see how genuine he was, how his eyes would light up when the card was "magically everywhere". This was a 7 or 8 year old or something, when he finished he said "I hope my magic has made you happy." then he left.

Made me relive that childlike passion for magic I had when I was younger.


Wonderful story! Made me smile.

Thank you.

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I have to say, I LOVE Magic, Love to perform and love to watch, So if someone is willing to show me some Magic I want to see. It doesn't matter if I know the effect or not. I am there to be amazed by there performance. and there passion for what they do. Once in a great while I will tell them I am a Magician but most of the time I let them have the spot light, I will get my chance another day.
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I think this doesn't happen often, once people know you do magic. Quiet often though, people want to perform something knowing that I do magic. But there are 2-3 tricks they perform all the time, so it sometimes really gets boring. It's a good opportunity though, to recruit new people for magic club.
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On 2011-03-22 21:33, Father Photius wrote:
Happened many times. Can't tell you how many zillion times I've seen the old 21 card trick.


How did you react each time? Did you try to be amazed? Or did the boredom show?
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Probably shouldn’t, but a lot depends on my mood. If I’m very tired, in my mind I’m thinking “humor them” with polite interest. Normally though, like MagicB1S said, I love it and I want to see it, no matter what level of “skill” it’s performed with. Almost never will I “do one”; it’s their turn.
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Yup. Be generous with the spotlight. that's performer Karma!
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On 2011-03-22 19:18, satellite23 wrote:
It was so funny today, picture it:

My fiend found an old deck of cards and showed me a trcik, not knowing that I am a magician. He asked me if I knew how he did it, I said yes. He didn't believe me, so I showed him. Then, I told him about my "magical" abilities. His face just lit up and he wanted to see more.

Then, one of my other friends, again not knowing that I was a magician, used me as a stooge to impress other people with a card trick. We were doing the trick for someone, and my friend and the person started talking about magicians, and I couldn't pass up the opprtunity to perform for them. My friend kept asking me for the secret (of course I didn't tell him). It's funny to keep him guessing, I still haven't told him about my magician side. Maybe I'll tell him tomorrow.

Anyways, how funny is it when laymen perform a trick for you when they don't know about your hobby/occupation? It's pretty funny, trust me. But I go along with it, because I know how awesome it feels to be in the spotlight.


As 3M say many magicians overlook situations like these and saddly dismiss them as if they are above laymans magic. Your approach and attitude to magic in this situation is great and you will also learn a lot from these situations. Often when "laypeople" do any task that people who see them selves as an hobbyist or professional do they complete the task without the hangups we have. I suppose the best way to describe it is innocence.

Keep watching and keep enjoying your magic, it just gets better and better
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Thanks for the words of encouragement fisherboy!
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Hi
I was just thinking about this the other day. Except what if they blew me away and I had no clue how they did it ?
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I think a lot of us are guilty of losing the "spark". Especially those who make a living out of it.

Whenever pros (by definition us who use magic to pay bills, not necessarily pro meaning good at it, because I wouldn't dare clasify myself under that) see magic, couple of first thoughts would be "that's hardly practical" "can't do that walk around" "hard to transition from that" "audience can't connect with that patter" that sort of thing.

It's actually laymen and most hobbyists who remind me that "hey, this magic stuff is cool and I love doing it."

Despite having to scrape the bottom of the barrel on lean seasons, I'd say were the lucky few who can work for something as fun and awesome as this art.
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Oh and for times I'm genuinely fooled by a routine that I believe a lay audience would appreciate, two words...

"How much?"
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People know I do magic, but quite often I will ask them if they know tricks and hand them the cards. Why not? Of course this can backfire, after my colleague did a very nice presentation of the old 21 trick he then explained the magician's force to a group of about 6 bystanders. Not good.
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Reminds me a bit on that Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpL7YKraoyI

:)
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On 2011-03-24 00:10, ralphs007 wrote:
Hi
I was just thinking about this the other day. Except what if they blew me away and I had no clue how they did it ?


Then tell them, and congratulate them on a job well done.

As I said, be generous with the spotlight. It doesn't always have to be on you and people are more likely to let you take it when you need it if you are generous with it when you don't.
It is always darkest just before you are eaten by a grue.
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On 2011-03-24 00:10, ralphs007 wrote:
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I was just thinking about this the other day. Except what if they blew me away and I had no clue how they did it ?


Then tell them, and congratulate them on a job well done.

As I said, be generous with the spotlight. It doesn't always have to be on you and people are more likely to let you take it when you need it if you are generous with it when you don't.

Congratulating them goes without saying. I'm not a glory hound! I'm just a hobbyist who was wondering how I'd go about learning the effect they just showed me. I'm sure I'd have to exchange one of my effects with them.
I'd love to be shown some magic from friends and other people I worked with. It just never really happens.
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On 2011-03-24 01:33, sleightlysilas wrote:
I think a lot of us are guilty of losing the "spark". Especially those who make a living out of it.

Whenever pros (by definition us who use magic to pay bills, not necessarily pro meaning good at it, because I wouldn't dare clasify myself under that) see magic, couple of first thoughts would be "that's hardly practical" "can't do that walk around" "hard to transition from that" "audience can't connect with that patter" that sort of thing.

It's actually laymen and most hobbyists who remind me that "hey, this magic stuff is cool and I love doing it."

Despite having to scrape the bottom of the barrel on lean seasons, I'd say were the lucky few who can work for something as fun and awesome as this art.


You are are right slightlysilas, it is grounding for us, but even if those thoughts are going through your head you are still thinking about performance and that is a good thing, you are thinking about performance and that will also stop you getting into a rut.

The last part of you post is so true. We are very lucky to be able to do this professionally.
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