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Halbert
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I'm in a production of Checkov's "Cherry Orchard", which has a magician (not me) as one of the characters. One of the tricks the play calls for is for her to vanish a deck of cards by clapping.

So, two questions:
1. Should I worry about revealing a trick to the actor playing that part?

2. Does anyone have a good way to accomplish that effect?

Here is what I planned:
The character has two audiences: The actual stage audience, and the 'audience' in the play -- two other actors. I figured to have her start the trick to the stage audience, then turn to finish for the actors, thus putting one side, and hand, behind her body. Immediately after the turn, she brings her hands forward and claps, and they are empty. (trying to write that in a non-revealing way. Makes sense?)

I thought about doing a handkerchief vanish of some sort, but I don't know that timing allows it, and it is *written* as the clap.

Also, the play is something of a comedy, so concievably the actor could just fling the deck of cards visibly away as she claps.

If anyone has any ideas, I would be glad to hear them.
the levitator
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If the comedy angle would work, and you don't want to expose anything, what about adapting "Balls over head"? Many magicians perform this in their stage shows as a "teacher" for the audience. If the real audience doesn't necessarily have to be fooled, it would seem a natural fit. 1 -2 -3- Clap! cards are gone, crowd gets a laugh, no exposure, story continues. It was the first thing that popped into my head.
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