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mjamer
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I've seen people say 'magician foolers' and
'layman stunners' -- those work well for what they're intended for. However, I'm looking for something a bit more... a "wife fooler"!

So I ask, what do you all recommend that really blows your wife's away? Since (to me!) they are the hardest to perform for.

Thanks,
Mike
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I find that when I take out the garbage without being asked, my wife is stunned. I call the effect, sensitive man. Smile

To really answer your question. My wife is fooled by a hindu force, but immediately figures out the "harder" tricks (torn and restored, automatic card discovery). Very frustrating. My point being that she is looking for difficult sneaky tricks, so maybe a plain simple one will work.

Of course if your wife knows a thing or two about magic it may not work.

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It's the same for me as well Grieve. Anything that uses the Olram Subtlety, or the Frustration Count always get me in trouble. Usually she'll stop me whenever I do either of those. However if I do something simple, she says she's totally baffled. I did finally give in and buy NFW and I have a leg up on her now. However, that will eventually fade though and I'll need something fresh before long. Smile

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One word....gaffs.
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The biggest problem I have is she won't let me show her more unless I give her some of the secrets. Being new to all this, she's the only one I feel comfortable "performing" for.
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Its completely opposite for my wife. She doesn't want to know how I do a trick and I don't want to show her. The magician that got me started in magic told me to never show my wife how a trick is done, because, as we all know, magic can be rather expensive. If I want to buy something, like a video, she doesn't get on my case because shes fansinated by the magic, unlike if she knew the secrets, then it'd be different.

Anyways, getting back to the subject, my wife can be fooled by a simple vanish of a hankerchief, coin vanish etc. She was real impressed by MacDonalds aces, red hot mama, triumph..
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I don't know about a "fooler", but I think in general women are more entertained by a good plot than something short and flashy. "Sam the Bellhop" or other such routines may be the best.

Good luck!

Duke

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On 2002-05-15 12:18, mjamer wrote:
I've seen people say 'magician foolers' and
'layman stunners' -- those work well for what they're intended for. However, I'm looking for something a bit more... a "wife fooler"!

So I ask, what do you all recommend that really blows your wife's away? Since (to me!) they are the hardest to perform for.

Thanks,
Mike


I think that performing for your wife is the worst confidence killer there is. When you peform for strangers you are playing a role of a "magical" person - this creates a context of misdirection and interplay. When you perform for your wife, no matter how much she seems to be supportive, the essential context is non-existent. You are "Dagwood Bumstead" doing something chidish and silly.
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Well said Mr. Magritte. Instead of trying to fool her, why not entertain her. Appeal to her female nature and try something like Derren Browns 'Zamiels Card'

When the chosen cards dissolves into rose petals, she will be stunned, regardless, truat me. This is the ultimate lady killer and can be found on Derren's 'Devils Picture Book' vid.
So much to do. So little time.
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Performing for your wife is extremly tough.They know what to look for and they know you inside out.I have a hard time amazing my wife also, but sometimes I get her with a good one.Wait untill her birthday or some other special date and do the floating paper rose.I betcha get lucky!
Thomas Hudecsek
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fantastic topic!

My wife is realy hard to fool, she is very observant!
I never can show her a trick where two cards are showing twice! like an face up emsley count or so. she sees it every time.

what realy fooled her was "out of this universe" and thats her faforite. she loves it when i perform it for anyone.

and "shut up and deal" by larry jennings "classic magic" a poker routine with the freecut principle and the spectator has a choice between 2 and 8 hands to be dealt. I have some interesting modifications to that routine.
If somobody is interested "pm"

If you are showing card magic to my lovley wife dont do: any double lift, emsley count, tricks that contain something illogical.

But she is my greatest fan (or second greatest beside my mom)

Thomas Smile
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Thanks, Magritte! You've helped me understand why I feel so nervous when performing effects for my wife. She actually enjoys it more (as do I!) when she sees me perform for someone else.
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