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Dr SH
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Uplifting presentation/routine of Sudo with the perfectly balance of the Resurrection Cemetery Gate Key of Prof BC is a great combination.
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Thanks guys!

@ Pawel: Yeah, that key is really something else. It took me a while to get my hands on one - I wouldn't part with it for anything. In my opinion. I don't think there's ever been a finer key on the market. Keep in mind though, you can use any haunted key for this effect. I just prefer Prof's key because it works so wonderfully in a participant's hand. Smile
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Almost against my will, I care for new methods. It's sheer curiosity. But what I really care for are new themes, new ways of presenting the xillions (let's not exagerate: "chundreds" would be mor accurate Smile ) of methods I already know (5% of which I use in performances...).

I appreciate any new idea, I value those I can and want to use, because they're close enough to what I like and do. And Sudo's presentation for the "Key" routine is just that! Close to a theme I use with other props and methods (I can relate to it), and one I'll have no problems adapting to my own words because it's "obvious". By that, I mean the kind of ideas you look at, like them and think "it's 'obvious'! How did I not think of this!?. "Natural" would maybe be a better word. I've often written how this is, for me, the mark an idea is very good: when I like it, find it so simple I wonder how I didn't find it myself -yet I didn't!

A key... How can a spectator relate to that key?... Well, Sudo's presentation answers that question nicely. But it doesn't stop there. The routine wraps together two effects in one consistant routine you won't imagine splitting.

Very neat job, Sudo! Smile
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I have never created an original piece of magic in my life. I cannot come up with a clever new method, but I admire those who can. However, when I perform, I tend to stick with the simplest methods, so I can focus on the presentation. If the methodology gets too complicated, then I fear that it will detract me from what's truly important; the message I wish to convey with my artform.

It seems that Sudo is of a similar mind. In his "The Key to Change" monograph, he has taken two hoary effects in the bizarrist's arsenal and combined them in a clever presentation that evokes meaning for the participant. This is what gospel magicians often attempt to do (and just as often, fail). Sudo shows that one can spread a powerful spiritual message without promoting any one particular belief system.

I look forward to seeing what else Sudo creates in a similar vein. As a wise performer once said, we already know enough tricks . . . what we need to learn is how to craft meaningful presentations around those tricks and thus create art.
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OK, If this is a spiritual message as Philemon outlines I'd like to see it. Smile
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Thank you Sudo for your inspiring piece. The mastery of the craft is in delivering an 'experience'. You have added meaning to two effects which are background to the story instead of the centerpiece 'trick'.
Well done sir.
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Thank-you Cervier , Philemon, et al. for the very thoughtful comments. Much appreciated.

I have had some friendly chats with people who say they don't like the other item that is not a key. Cool. I get it - YOU don't like that thing. Nothing wrong with that. After all, I probably wouldn't like wearing YOUR underwear either. A routine and it's presentation is as personal as underwear is - to my way of thinking.

So do something about it then. Make it "yours." Think about what is happening in this effect outside of the presentation. There is an unbelievable and incredible sympathetic reaction that occurs between two objects that represent the "self" and "change". That's the base routine idea. So what if we try something like this instead:

Everything remains the same from a presentational standpoint, except there is no ID. Instead, you have them write down their NAME on a blank business card which is then folded billet style and dropped into an empty wineglass. As they are focusing, the billet too suddenly jumps out of the glass! Or what if you don't fold the card at all and just lay it flat on the table and the card visibly turns itself over too...? This is just a quick example off the cuff. The point is: a little thought goes a long way. It really is not hard to make this ( or anything!) fit your personality. And the more you get into the habit of doing it, the easier it gets - trust me. Smile

I have my reasons for doing the routine as I've described. It's my routine, my baby, and I love it! It hits every little sweet spot I like. Years ago, I *may* have felt the same way too about the ID (and other things that often get passed over), but with time, maturity, and experience, you begin to see things in a different light and realize that it's not about YOU. Sure, you can (and should) express aspects of yourself through your presentation, but it should all be geared towards giving the participants a memorable EXPERIENCE and NOT to boost your personal ego.

Sorry, rambling. I could talk for hours about this stuff.... Smile
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Sudo, Thank you for sharing. Loved your presentation to add meaning and emotion to create a real experience .

Thank you!
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I would also add that you may wish to consider using a Brainwave deck as opposed to ID, which in my opinion can play a bit stronger (although it requires just a little more work and care in handling).

Another idea is to artificially age the cards used and wrap them in a rubber band, so they match the aesthetic of the key. Just be careful not to go overboard in the aging and make the handling impossible.
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For sure Philemon.

But I can't stray from the the classic ID though. Not because I can't, but because I won't. This all started for me by trying to work out a logical reason for "WHY" the card was flipped over the wrong way in an ID in the first place - and wanting to answer that with something other than the traditional explanations. You see, I ALWAYS have an ID with me, and I have a large number of unconventional uses for it (see ECLIPSED for an example of this.) Doing this allows me to jazz with my material by giving me more options to perform further routines with the few things I already have on me in the first place. Why buy one awesome effect for a dollar, when you can instead buy 5 awesome effects for that same dollar, right? Hope my rationale makes sense. The devil is in these small details.

Key turns over. "Thought of" card turns over in harmony with the key. Nice, simple, direct plot. Perhaps it is my Libra sense of balance that likes the ripple effect. Smile
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The plot of the Brainwave deck is still that the card "turns over." Plus, you now have the additional kicker that the back of the card is different than the rest of the deck, which allows you to draw in the additional metaphor that "change" also means not being afraid of being different than all the rest. Smile
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True - but a Brainwave deck doesn't fit with some of the other presentations I have for an ID. I'm very big on conserving pocket space, so for me that extra little bit of mileage isn't worth carrying yet another deck.

But why don't you give it a whirl Philemon? It *does* fit with the presentation I already have for *this* effect. Smile
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I very much like this little routine. While it is a great little story, I doubt I would use the presentation exactly but the overall premise is wonderful and it already has me thinking. I had an 1800s deck the was damaged in a beering accident and now has a severe case of deck click. I couldn't bring myself to throw it out and after reading this little routine I now have a very old looking ID. This presentation just made me think that this is the perfect use for this old looking and now damaged deck.

Thanks Sudo!
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Firstly Sudo, thank you so much for your amazing gift. I like very much its poetic presentation.Told that, I propose two variants : 1) an invisible tarot deck with 1 card final reading; 2) billet and pen to wrote a phobia that Key turning eliminate forever.

Kind regards
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I thoroughly enjoyed this. It will not be suitable to everyone's performance style as is, but it is a perfect example of how the right presentation can elevate a simple effect to something meaningful and lasting.
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This was inspirational on several different levels. First, the story line showed how we can create powerful imagery to take our audience to the desired place. Secondly, we can not only entertain, but bring about positive change. Additionally, by sharing this for free, Sudo demonstrates how our gain in sharing need not always be monetary. Great work!
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On Mar 5, 2017, charliecheckers wrote:
This was inspirational on several different levels. First, the story line showed how we can create powerful imagery to take our audience to the desired place. Secondly, we can not only entertain, but bring about positive change. Additionally, by sharing this for free, Sudo demonstrates how our gain in sharing need not always be monetary. Great work!


I was trying to sum this fabulous piece of inspiration up, and you've hit the nail on the head charlie.
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...always thinking.
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Hey, Sudo
Your new tag-line pic makes me wanna burst out in song ...
" Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it's been "
And, it has ! Smile
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Hahaha Gary! You clever devil, you. I was wondering how many (if any) would catch that. Where do I send the prize?

And yes, lately it DOES occur to me - what a long strange trip it's been! Not even joking. Smile

Thank-you for all of the wonderful comments everybody.

Time to get back truckin' on....
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