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mndude
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On Nov 15, 2018, Mr. Woolery wrote:
I wonder if there’s a regional or cultural difference going on. For me, if someone asks for a trick, what I interpret is “how interesting it is to meet a magician! I want to share in some of what he loves doing!” I don’t perform professionally, but I enjoy performing magic. I suppose if you don’t know any impromptu material you could just say you don’t have any of your props with you, but I hate to squelch any interest. It seems counterproductive.

Maybe where you live, Senor, it is a way to increase respect by refusing to do a trick. That’s fine. I just find magic so fun and exciting that I love to share that excitement with other people. My view is that the best way to get people to respect my skills (at any sort of activity) is to show that I really do know what I am doing.

Patrick

Doubt it's regional. There's jerks everywhere.
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I normally have a deck of cards with , so I can jazz with the different tools I know

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I normally avoid carrying my own cards in social situations these days for the reasons mentioned by several pros. I'll only bring them to a performance or borrow a deck otherwise.

That said, when asked to "do a trick", I feel like typically people don't need a whole show, they want a little magic moment for themselves. I'll ask "Well would you like a trick for your eyes or a trick for your mind?" They almost always say eyes. I will always have a silver dollar, a ring, a sharpie, and business cards for those moments. So typically I can do a ring routine or ring and sharpie routine (Impromptu Assassin from Myles Thornton is a winner), a coin from ring routine (I like charmed by Danny Goldsmith these days), a quickie solo coin routine, whatever comes to mind when jazzing sleights. If they say sleight of mind then it's just the business cards, a pen, patter, and some billet work to make some magic.

I would recommend Gregory Wilson's On the Spot (so will most people :p), Myles Thornton's At the Table Lecture, Switchcraft by Elliott Bresler, and ACTS of Mentalism by Marc Paul. There's a ton of AAA material in them.
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned Dan Harlan's Starcle, it's an absolute gem of a napkin effect!
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I carry a Zwallet Pro with the Rainbow Card under my driver's license. Never use my own cards, but if someone has some I will use them to force the rainbow card and take the photo with their phone.

I also use the switch side for torn and restored something, or to vanish something.

I do what I can to introduce my business card, so I will perform simple predictions, etc. I've turned my business cards into a color monte set with a sharpie in an emergency just to get the card in their hands.

I do believe it is much more powerful to seem to do things with normal, at hand items as opposed to "props" (insert your favorite sponge item here). That is why I would love a Turner watch, but I can't afford one at the moment.
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Good ideas - BUT - what do you do when it's "DO A TRICK - DO A TRICK - DO A TRICK !!!! Ask them for a large coin or a dollar bill -DO A TRICK. - then put the coin or bill in YOUR pocket - "Why?" they ask .- "I do this for a Living, my family thanks you". Of course if their bigger than you, forget about it. Have a GREAT New Year -- Ralph
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Pther thing I do is ask someone to think of a card (he never verbalises the name of the card), then ask him by the fairest way to choose one, the card and the thought of card match.
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"Day One" by Scott Cram
https://www.lybrary.com/day-one-p-137029.html
download at $9.99 - £7.76 (approx)

The "Day For Any Date" routine.
A mentalism effect which recalls the day of the week for any date given.
No need to carry anything with you at all.

The spectator can check that date on their mobile phone.
You can give them a personalised calendar showing the entire chosen month in that year.
You could produce the day written on a billet using a wallet.
You could provide an open prediction which matches the exact day.

A pricelss gem.
Is it an "out of the box" routine?
I am pleased to say, it is not.

Is it hard to do?
Personally, no.

I am 60+ and had it down in a couple of days.
Now I can give recall very, very quickly.

It's impromptu ... to the spectator it's just not possible.
Comes complete with all the training required.
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On Jan 27, 2020, wulfiesmith wrote:
"Day One" by Scott Cram
https://www.lybrary.com/day-one-p-137029.html
download at $9.99 - £7.76 (approx)

The "Day For Any Date" routine.
A mentalism effect which recalls the day of the week for any date given.
No need to carry anything with you at all.

The spectator can check that date on their mobile phone.
You can give them a personalised calendar showing the entire chosen month in that year.
You could produce the day written on a billet using a wallet.
You could provide an open prediction which matches the exact day.

A pricelss gem.
Is it an "out of the box" routine?
I am pleased to say, it is not.

Is it hard to do?
Personally, no.

I am 60+ and had it down in a couple of days.
Now I can give recall very, very quickly.

It's impromptu ... to the spectator it's just not possible.
Comes complete with all the training required.


Wulfiesmith,

I used to do something very similar to this based on a method I learned from a Richard Osterlind video. For whatever reason, the reactions were very subdued, typically ranging from amused to mildly impressed. With your experience, do you have any tips to strengthen the performance of this? How do you present this effect, if you don't mind my asking?
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Silversleights04 ...
Never seen the Richard Osterlind version, so I cannot compare the workings alongside "Day One".

"If someone asks me to do a trick" ... (as an example)
I will open the conversation by asking, have you had a holiday this year, or got one booked?
Don't tell me the day, but what date and month would that be?
Oh, that would be a (day given), we went on holidays on a (day given) too.
That's a coincidence.

What about last year? Did you do anything special?
Goodness, that was a (day given). That was my birthday.

Do you know what day of the week YOU were born? No? that was a (day given).

This is all getting really strange, I remark ...
I show my wallet (Espionage) which has an open prediction inside, and ask ...
tell me, if you could travel back in time - say back as far as 1000's - when would it be?
(incidentally, you can even do the future).

Let your imagination run wild ... say, one person pick a year, one person pick a month, another picks a date.

When they have made their choice, I now produce the written billet prediction from my wallet, showing it is an exact match of the day.
I remark "that's more than a coincidence, that's magic".

Hope that helps in some way ...









is there any moment in time which has a special meaning for you?
if you could travel back in time, what date would you choose
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I always have "Wonderland Dollar"in my wallet. You can perform it a moments notice and it gets good reactions.
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A name guess of someone the spectator loves, using a peek or tear, with a lot of reveals about the person that the spectator never even wrote down. Absolutely nothing gets a bigger reaction for me, and much of it is because with a name reveal of a person they love, you are touching someone's heart.
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I don't know the name of the trick because it was my first trick that I learned in elementary school, but you end up flipping the deck upside down (without their knowing) and "magically" their card is the only upside down card in the deck. Or, if I can be sure it's a full proper deck, I can use an algorithm trick.
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I usually try to refuse doing any magic, and encourage them to book me for a show. But if they insist, and insist, and insist, then I will sometimes do that impromptu arm twisting effect (the wrist revolves more than 360 degrees). That’s usually enough to send them screaming away.
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1. Card to pocket -> Card to wallet (Espionage wallet)
2. The Gallery
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This is my favorite trick:
https://youtu.be/tsr8mPEjuyc
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I'm in the camp that says that while you don't HAVE to perform if the situation isn't right, if you don't love what you do, do something else. I love magic. Like Funsway said, I won't perform if I don't think they will enjoy it. However, if I think they will enjoy it, I love to show people magic. I don't carry a deck of cards, but if they have one, I can do a single card trick or a half hour show if they are interested. I do carry some things in my wallet and on my keychain:

Keychain:
Two pieces of woven paracord that I can do all sorts of string and ring magic with. I love Wilson's Ring Leader. Very good.

Wallet:
An un-gimmicked half dollar and a gimmicked half dollar in a small leather pouch that I designed. This is a killer.
A home-made pencil through borrowed credit card gimmick that is fun.
A mini packet trick that I created that is all about moving holes.
A mentalism card that I created called "Bucket List". This one is great as a magic trick and a conversation starter.
A magician's Insurance card with "Your Card" on the flip side. I do some card mentalism tricks and this is a good gab before blowing them away with a mentalism piece.
Three rubber bands.
One mismade bill.
Hopefully, I will add Creditka to my wallet. I just ordered it, but knowing how it works, I already have plans for it.
I have a couple other items that I might market that I can't disclose.

Seems like a lot, but now that nobody carries cash anymore, my wallet isn't very thick.

KJ
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