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Darrin Cook
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I approached a couple at a table last night and the lady declined to see any magic because her companion was legally blind. I wanted to offer something, or say that I had an effect that he could appreciate, but I couldn't think of anything.

Any suggestions?
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I believe this inspirational story about Whit Haydn will be um, inspirational.

Magic for a Blind Girl

Apparently he continued on with OOTW and Invisible deck, thus a magical experience for the girl as well.
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United States Playing Card Company actually manufactures poker sized Braille playing cards. The corners of each card have Braille markings of suit and numbers.

Check http://www.abookorgame.com/cgi-bin/uncle......8?pa=hoc for more details. I think I will add one of these into my "arsenal", just in case.

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Surely any simple mental magic would have been alright..?
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I actually did a show once for a school where all the students were deaf, blind or both! Quite an experience!

The sponges work well here. Have her hold out her hands and put a sponge ball on each palm. Have her sighted friend verify that you have no extra sponges-your hands are empty. Pick up one and put it in your hand (false transfer). Pick up the other and move it to her other hand, doing a secret addition. Place your empty hand on her empty wrist, and grasp it, such that she feels it is empty. Move her hand onto your palm up fist, while continuing to contact her wrist. Slowly open your fist so her hand drops onto your empty palm. Ask her to move her hand onto her fist and then slowly open it, just as you did. She'll feel both sponges, and be amazed!

Also, many TT tricks can be used here. She feels both of your hands are empty and holds onto your wrists, and you make something appear. Reverse process to make it disappear.

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Actually, Scott, it was late when I posted this. Besides, I thought I'd give you the chance to share your advice with the magic world at large.

Now that I think of it, the three Chinese coins off a ribbon from DesTROYers would work for a blind person, who could feel the condition of the coins and ribbon. Maybe linking cards, either the Paul Harris Cardboard Connection or Harry Lorrayne's version. In the Lorrayne version the blind spectator could make the cardboard loops.

Once I performed at a senior citizens' home and a woman narrated my show for her blind mother. It was interesting and informative to hear a spectator tell what she was perceiving as I was performing.
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I recently saw Whit Haydn do the routine mentioned above in Magic For A Blind Girl. I was completely fooled, then he revealed the secret and told the story of how he used it with the blind girl, it was very moving. It is VERY strong and perfect for such a situation. Try it! Good luck.
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On 2002-05-18 14:55, Risto L. wrote:
United States Playing Card Company actually manufactures poker sized Braille playing cards. The corners of each card have Braille markings of suit and numbers.

Risto

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With braile cards you could do a three card monte - "Feel the Lady" !!!!
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On a slighly different tack, does anyone know of any blind magicians?

I'm interested as there was an article in Juggle magazine a while ago about a blind juggler. Incredible!

Slainte!

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There is a gentleman in the Pittsburgh area that is rapidly loosing his sight. He is a rather intelligent man who works for Carnegie Mellon University.

He has recently (over the past few years) become interested in the art of sleight-of-hand and is learning as much as he possibly can with the small amount of vision that remains. For an amateur magician, he is an above average finger-flicker.

I bring this up, because he frequently asks if anyone knows of other blind magicians. If anyone could help to put him in contact with someone who has shared similar experiences, I am sure that he would greatly appreciate it.

I'm not really friends with this man, we are merely acquaintances, but I have tremendous respect for his courage and dedication to our art form.
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Performing magic for the blind really interests me. What a challenge! And surely the if us magicians are to entertain any of our society, our priorities should be with the people who need it most.

Anyway, I've been thinking for a while about effects to use and I have heard of an effect called 'Knock em dead'. This is a card trick where a spectator deals cards face down and stops at a certain card. They then read instructions on the card box which says:
"bla bla bla bla, you have picked the 5 of clubs (or whatever)"

Could this be adapted to using braille cards instead, or isn't that possible?. Ofcourse the instructions could easily be made in braille.

On the same subject as braille, Derren Brown did an mentalism effect to a blind athlete. He gave the athlete an envelope with the prediction in, then did all the mentalism stuff. A wonderful effect.
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Perhaps you could try the Crazy Man's Handcuffs where the blind person holds one band, while you work the other band. You may have to hold on to the person with your free hand to prove that you arn't using it.
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On 2002-05-22 08:05, Missing_Link wrote:
On a slighly different tack, does anyone know of any blind magicians?
ML

Card magician Richard Turner comes to mind who weighs the playing card on his hands and tells you what value they are by the ink weight.

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Brail cards sounds like a wonderful thing to have with you for those situations. And I like how scott added he had a seeing friend say he had no extras. (adds alot).

I suggest (for seeing but deaf) any mind blowing colorchange with cards, and for the blind, as kellser121 said, Mental magic sounds like a great route to take for a quick or not so quick but good way to deal with the situation.

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For the blind, I think Eddie Fechter's "That's It" would do very well if you had the braille cards.

But then again, I think that trick does very well for just about anything.
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Why not do a card effect in which the blind person reveals the selection? A piece of card stock could be taped to the cardbox, with the value and suit in braille.

The sighted person could pick the card and shuffle it into the deck. The cards would then be placed into the box and the blind spectator would reveal the card by touch. It would help if you know if they read braille or not.
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On 2002-05-18 13:30, NickOShea wrote:
I believe this inspirational story about Whit Haydn will be um, inspirational.

Magic for a Blind Girl

Apparently he continued on with OOTW and Invisible deck, thus a magical experience for the girl as well.



What a cool story. I've never thought about magic for the blind. I guess you could go pretty far with mental stuff. One ahead and such
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I have a friend whose son is blind. I've performed for his birthday for the last 5 years. Always a good challenge. Some of the effects I've done for him: Multiplying bunnies; wand tricks (silly wand; broken wand ;nesting wands) and my favorite (and his) Bent penny transposition from Paul Harris . I also make him the magician including big hat and glasses w/a simple code reading a shuffled deck. Always looking for more ideas
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Putting a half dollar into a bottle (folding coin) would be a good trick to do on a blind person. They could shake the bottle and hear the coin inside. Smile
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There's a trick whereby you push a coin into a balloon which can be handed as a souvenir, which would work pretty well.

The Intercessor gimmick would work very well too, as they would be able to feel that the corner matches.
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