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How do you know when you have fooled someone. Is it different for each person?
Sometimes people can be difficult with you has anyone had problems with people they have just fooled? I perform in a pub and nearly got in fight because of one trick!!!
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Tell us more. What was the trick? And why did it cause, or almost cause, a fight?
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in my opinoin, I'd say it's different for most people. Some people just smile a bashful smile Smile

Others have this expression Smile

and most have this expression Smile

Personally, I've had a few weird reactions, like this one guy, I did the two card monte to, his reaction was, "Ooooh...aaaah...yeaaahh...good stuff"

He may have been fooled, but God knows what he was TRULY feeling....scary..I've never performed for that guy again... Smile

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I know I have fooled someone, when:
1. They laugh incredulously, although nothing funny has happened.
2. For a few seconds there is just silence after the climax of a trick.
3. Strange expressions on their faces.
4. Headshaking and saying things like "No way!", "Oh my god!" or "I wanna go home."

When they say "Do that again!", the trick in question may have fooled them, but maybe they looked halfway through it the first time and want to make sure the second time.

If people react aggressively, there may be a presentational problem on the part of the performer.

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Excellent points, Uli!!
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Are you entertaining them or are you presenting a puzzle? One, the viewers don't really care because they had a good time.

The other is is an ego trip "I fooled you!", try to figure out how it was done! This type can easily create arguements and problems.
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This is an interesting topic.
Magic is strange because people react in so many different ways. If someone acts aggressively it could be the perfromer or it could just be the person.

I've been hugged and also told to "go away, you're scaring me"
after doing the same trick.

A good friend of mine saw me open a new pack and faro shuffle it til it was back in order. I spread out the cards halfway thru the shuffles and pointed out that they were mixed up. Finally after 8 shuffles, I told him he better shuffle because I wasn't sure they were shuffled enough. he spread thru them and seeing them all in order, just started rolling on the floor laughing;
no words, just laughing.

It's amazing how strong and diverse the reactions can be.

When people have BIG EGOS or are insecure (especially men) you are in BIG TROUBLE if you're trying to fool them. You're better off doing Virginia City Shuffle, Cannibal Cards, The Twins or something that is magical but does not put them on the spot or make them look stupid.

Anything will work with practice. Winking at the guy part way thru the trick, letting him in on a different trick and other techniques can all be used to your favor.

The bottom line and the sad news is that there are asses out there that will take your deck of cards and throw them across the room, laugh and tell you to find their card.

As a magician you need to be brilliant at knowing when to let go and walk away. Let those be little victories in themselves instead of making you feel bad about what you're doing.

I recently had a spectator who would not give me back the balls from a spongeball or chopcup trick. The spongeballs are cheap of course but the balls were the mike rogers baseballs which are not cheap. He eventually did give them back but what if he did not.

I've ask myself that many a time since then. Hand Crafted Magic
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I performed for a couple of my frineds the other week when we were out in a bar - a big group of rugby players saw me do it and asked me to do it again ... which I did

Then one of them claimed I must be double jointed / had a flase arm ??!!! anyway he grabbed my arm and *** near broke it trying to twist it round to show his friends it wasn't real !!

So be careful who you show !!
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On 2002-08-01 20:13, fstarsinic wrote:

when people have BIG EGOS or are insecure (especially men) you are in BIG TROUBLE if you're trying to fool them.

Funny you mention that. I think you can definately add insecure men to that catagory.

I have certain types of people I really enjoy working for. Among the top of my list is really big and strong guys.

I don't want to get too psychological, but it seems like they are so self-confident, they don't mind being completely fooled. Love it even. And whats even better is that they openly admit they are completely in shock.

Interesting indeed.
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I use to do magic for professional football and hockey players. I have the same view as you do. They are very child like and want you to do more. They were very appreciative and wanted to share the experience with their buddies.

Dolini Smile
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