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magic_man_jim
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Thank you davidpaul$!!

You elaborated very well on my point to know the inside and out of a routine. That is exactly what I was going for you have to work with a deck and learn the moves and where to apply them to get yourself out of a sticky situation.

The use of the Cull is one of the most important moves in my book... Or a very polished pass...for the topic at hand.
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Invisible deck fails are the worst: "I over turned just one... no, sorry, two. Only two [crud!] or three cards in the deck over and look... one of them is [oh for goodness sake wrong side] I guess the same number card you chose but spades instead of diamonds."
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On Jul 18, 2014, jimhlou wrote:
Just say ... "but that would have been a great trick, wouldn't it" and then move on to the next one

Jim

Michael Ammar have this line in his videos in some tricks... I think is a great way to escape or the misdirect
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When Dai Vernon failed to find a card, he said something like "And no one is more disappointed than me"--which received a good laugh. Michael Ammar's line serves the same purpose.

Anyway, one has to acknowledge the situation and keep going. It seems good to have a line and a back-up trick in reserve!
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RedHatMagic
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That is a beautiful line Smile
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I have used "well... that wouldve been too impossible", but usually I just say "lets try another one, this don't work" and people just accepts it. But I'm hobby guy, so I cant recommend anything for real working people.

When we see another side, we all are just people. If they laugh and get kick out of somebodys mistake, they are doing wrong for you. So if you just keep doing things right; you are polite and nice and other people mocks you for your mistake, they have to carry the consciousness of doing wrong thing for a nice man Smile
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I go into a card ripping trick when it's not their card found. "I guess we won't need this card then..." Hoodwinked by Ben Harris is great.
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Learn how to cull cards if something goes wrong you have them name card and then you can sneak it out of the deck and show it is in your pocket

or tell them their card needs a friend and pick new card and do trick with that, and sometime during or after trick you get back original selection

people don't know what is coming so you can make up effect as you go along so don't treat it as mistake.
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I almost never let people physically take a card out of the deck.. I do a spectator peek instead. And then I gl****e the card myself.
Then, nothing can go wrong. I can lose the card, the spectator can shuffle and I still can get the card back via culling. Or I do straight mind reading or a pseudo muscle reading demonstration.
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The line that I always use when I mess something up is. "They told me that this was going to be impossible. And you know what? They were right." Haha That line gets me out of a jam all the time. Smile
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Cut to a random place and say: is that your card? When they say no then say: well one in 52 chance! Here pick another card. Basically just do another trick!
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My "get out of jail card" really depends on the effect I'm doing. The Invisible Deck is a great out, although I've never used that to save me from a failed effect.

For example: If I'm doing a mentalism trick with a deck cards and I "predict" the wrong card. that's OKAY. Tell your nephew not to freak out, stay calm and use a little patter to move along to another effect me personally I would do a simple "sandwich card" I'll take the card I failed to predict "lose" it in the deck Smile take two jacks, queens, whatever.. and perform a sandwich routine with that card. OR just go into an ACR routine, that's another classic out.

Just my two cents.. you could also play it off like its part of the effect or "experiment" but like I said my outs really depend on the effect I am performing.

The bottom line is, don't freak out, keep calm and continue on with your performance. Sometimes the laymen don't know any better Smile
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Though I don't use it, the invisible deck is definitely a good "out" if you're willing to carry it with you.

If you perform in your own home, or even in other places, you can come up with some really creative things that will make it more practical for you... For example, I was at Jeff McBride's house for the master class back in March and one of his "outs" is an invisible deck. In multiple places in his house, he has a red box on the wall with a glass cover and a glass breaking hammer attached to the side of the box, kind of like the fire emergency boxes when you have to break the glass. His says "Break in-case of emergency!" and behind it, sure enough, is an invisible deck. I thought that was really cool and I just wanted to share that with you.
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Kolossal Killer was originally designed as the ultimate 'out'.
Nephew: "Is this your card?"
Spec: "Nope."
Nephew: "Of course not, your card is in my wallet." (Produces card).
Spec:(Swallows tongue).
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