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c_lamby2k
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Just out of curiosity, when people here perform, what effect do you open with?

I usually use my "garden of eden" prediction which is a bizzare mental prediction.

I use it because it's easy to get me started off but it is effective. It's useful when you're nervous.

So, what do you use?

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After some opening remarks, I go into yours/mine from Max. I then do a psycological force with the entire audience.
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On 2003-12-30 08:26, c_lamby2k wrote:
Just out of curiosity, when people here perform, what effect do you open with?


I do a trick called "Get Everybody's Hand in the Air and Laugh".

Actually, it's not a trick. I ask a series of three questions and ask those people who have had the experience I describe to raise their hand. The last question is the "punchline" designed to get the audience laughing.

That, to me, is the best opening I can do for my performing style. Regardless of what the audiences perception is of what I am there to do, I reframe that into something that suits me.

Shaping the audience's expectations is important to me. Otherwise, I've found the audience spending too much time trying to figure out what their response to this stuff is supposed to be. It's like being in a performance when you don't know if it's okay to laugh or clap, so you don't. And neither does anyone else. And the performers are stricken because they need audience feedback to gauge how things are going.

That's just my point of view on openers for me.

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Lee Darrow
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I do something similar, using questions about deja vu, based on the comedy of Swami Beyondananda, The Yogi from Muskogee.

Do a search on this nutcase! He was 1994 Punster of the year and got me pulled over for weaving in traffic and got me out of the ticket because the State Trooper had heard the tape and advised me "Don't listen to that tape and drive, sir. It's not safe to do so. Have a nice day." at which point he got back in his cop car and lit out.

"A good laugh is the shortest distance between a performer and an audience." - Karrel Fox, IIRC.

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Greg Arce
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It varies... Max Maven's Positive/Negative with John George's ending... Gauci's Eye to Eye with my multiple prediction kicker... or my mental Card in Balloon.
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I'm thinking of adding Osterlind's Bank Note as an opening for my next show. Smile
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Where can I find John georges ending / version of Max's positive/negative?? Smile
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Go to his website: http://www.johngeorge.com Go to the magician section on that site and it's the video he is selling on that page that contains his idea.
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One of my favorite quotes: "A critic is a legless man who teaches running."
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I do an effect of mine with the whole audience.
JamesCheung
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I like a tossed deck effect combined with some cold reading. Kenton's version with the Hoy deck is fantastic and really establishes your credentials from the start.
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I second the bank note effect from Osterlind with the addition of a shredder, unless of course I use the chocolate bars instead of a bill.

Good luck.

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I like opening with the magic square. It's impressive, yet believable to the audience. It sets the tone that anything is possible with the mind---then come the effects that are increasingly challenging, at least in the mind of the spectator.
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I vote for quickies. Three to four nail writer effects in a row. I say, "It's just a warm up". And they think, "If this is the warm up..."

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I use what both Jay Sankey and Bill Malone say is the best opener. It's basically a find your card in which I miss but it changes to the selected card. I use this as my first card trick almost all the time.
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