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I agree with JackDaniel, it annoys me when people reveal the secrets and slights that you work so hard on. I say talk to the manager.
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He won't be around long if he keeps doing this. I don't think that people want to know how it's done. They might say they do but really deep down don't want to. People like to ponder over mystery. And besides, if he keeps this up he might do it to the wrong person (magician) and get whacked! Am I right FireDice? LOL!! Smile
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Jeffc, you definitely have the right attitude and so does your wife. For some strange reason some magicians don't want magic to be magical. Personally I feel the sense of wonder is a great gift and if we can give this to others we are doing a very good thing. Preserve the secrets. For your sake and for magic's sake, but also for the spectators' sake.

And spread this message. Smile
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Too right! I love to be entertained with magic and am very happy to sit and be mystified with any tricks inside or outside my genre.

I do have a very inquisitive girlfriend and she's not easy to fool either. It took sometime for me to convince her that it's best she doesn't peek at my book's explaining, that knowing just one part of a trick could blow many tricks from her future enjoyment. Now she's a much happier spectator.
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Firedice27: Nice touch, you sound like my uncle Vinny...the one who owns the cement factory...oceanside! Think the putz could escape from a pair of cement sneakers? Nah, he'd just tell everyone how he did it!
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I like how the guy expected to see kids at the table. Like magic is for children. pfft
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Yeh I usually perform for friends and friends of my friends, but there is this one guy who comes by, and always tells me that a friend, who is a brother of a "magician" burnt the how to's and gave them to him. Lucky for me someone stole his cd's and he was a stoner so he forgot how they work. So I was still able too amaze. I got the name of the magician so I can go to the local shops and drop a name. Don't know if this would be the best idea, but it is annoying knowing that my practicing and HARD EARNED MONEY could be used in vain.

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Absouletly unbelieveable just like my spelling if its wrong.Very unprofesional and he shouldnt be working at all.andy
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Here in Vegas we have a couple of empty holes in the desert if you need 'em. ;-)
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On 2004-02-06 20:34, JEFFC wrote:
What, if anything, do you do if a fellow magician is revealing secrets to the populace? I have been doing a (very) little magic for quite some time but never really put much time into it so I don't actually feel comfortable calling myself a magician.

However, I went to a restaurant recently to see someone perform tableside I asked for him when my wife and I arrived. When he came up to us he said, "You must be a magician." (I think he was expecting someone with kids at the table.) I told him some of the things I do to entertain friends and students. He proceeded to do some nice routines that even I could tell required skill at sleight. He also showed me a thing or two after I named some of the effects, etc. which I appreciated, but here's the kicker—I hesitate because I don't want to rat on him, but I will not be giving his name—he was explaining what he was showing my wife (and other tables could hear I'm sure). I explained that she doesn't know about ... or ... and that she doesn't want to. He kept explaining.

My wife tried not to listen (she really likes the mystery). He then went to a nearby table with two adults and two kids. I could make out the boy of about 11 explain a thing or two, so he knew some magic, but again, the performer showed the whole family (and whoever else was listening) a number of secrets.

Lastly he came back (he had to "setup") and floated a bill. He started showing me the setup (which I was already familiar with) and he mentioned IT (the words not the initials). My wife (HALF jokingly) looked at me aghast and said, "Do you use IT?!" It was actually kind of funny if I wasn't so troubled.

Am I overreacting?

Sorry for the length, but it did bother me.

Ouch... that's bad. Just tell him to stop revealing the secrets and if he doesn't, talk to a few people around you to complain to the manager. The more complaints the better.

Good job trying to stop him though.
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Just make sure you don't follow suit and you'll go further...

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