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John McLaughlin
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My hometown newspaper is going to a human interest article about me coming back to Massachusetts after retiring from the Air Force. The editor suggested I bring something to perform when we meet. Any suggestions for a "kodak moment" I know it's best to have a picture showing audience reaction. It will be just me the reporter and photographer. I can do most of the classics, just can't decide what would look best for that "one shot". Leaning towards sponges balls, but interested in suggestions from those of you that have had similar experiences. Also, would you key the photographer in on the climax, or just perform and hope for the best. (Steve feel free to move this topic, if this isn't the best forum for it.)
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Shawn D
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I had an iterview with the local paper in my small town and did the T/R newspaper. Went over really well.
If you have any flash paper you can make something appear and he can take the pic during the flash of fire.
Mismade bill is always good to take a pic of after it changes.
Dr_J_Ayala
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I was going to suggest something with fire. It never fails to wow an audience, even in a still picture. If you are doing sponges, you can perform it with the reporter and have the photographer snap the shot when he finds three spongeballs or large (4 inch) spongeball in his hand at the climax of your routine.

Coins in rolldown position look impressive, as do simple card fans, and if you can do it, a large Faro fan.

To take the Torn and Restored Newspaper on a slightly different path: You can use the newspaper to to a sleight-of-hand knife through coat, then proceed to tear the newspaper after that, and then restore it. It may sound a little redundant to some, but it works and if you think about it, it makes sense.

Final thought: Some sort of cards in balloon, such as Airtight, may look great in a pose where the picture is snaped as you have the card half-way out of the balloon.

I hope these suggestions are useful to you.
jazzy snazzy
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A twist on the T&R would be to turn the Boston Globe into the New York Times. Smile
- (The NYT owns the Globe and the Worcester Telegram).
Seriously though, the T&R might not make the most exciting still picture.
Linking rings perhaps. Balloons or silks, something highly visual.

Whatever you do, try to chat with the photog beforehand.
Explain the timing of the effect so that he doesn't miss the magic moment.
"The secret of life is to look good from a distance."
-Charles Schulz
Damian
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John,
Are you sold on doing something with a highly visual element? If they're doing an article on you, I would focus on what would be the most meaningful to the writer. A strong piece of mentalism could work very nicely. If you get in his head, his amazement will be reflected in his writing. Somehow, I don't think a sponge-balls pose would be as compelling as just a cool photo of you with an unbelievable transcription of a prediction you just made...
Food for thought anyway.
Damian
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This in in the wrong place. What ever you do for a newsman, or any other planed interview must be the opposite of impromptu: it must be planed and rehearsed to the max, part of that planing is to make it look totally unplanned.
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