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TOBIAS
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On 2002-08-16 17:01, Tom G wrote:
I have to agree with an earlier post. Going out loaded for bear really isn't "at a moments notice." Instead of carrying your effect in a magic bag or case, it's just in your pockets. Once you pull something out of your pocket that is very different from what everyone else does-you can't help but think the spectator is thinging "prop". I've seen decks, mirrors, packet tricks, etc, mentioned-doesn't seem all that unprepared.

I am prepared to do magic. Not go up to every Tom,Dick,and Harry... When I drive I palm coins just to get the feel them. Cards are a little different. I keep them with me incase i'm in a long line at the drive thru,just times when I have to wait. I am still a little new to magic so I still like to perform. I love to share my art with people. I don't force it on people though. I think that's what people are having the big problem with on this subject. I don't nor should any one just David Blaine Oh sorry just walk up to people and say do you want to see something?, can I show you something? Smile
What the hell?
Just wait someone will ask you in time. Then just kick a hole in thier head.
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Magnus Maccormack
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I have to agree, though this a bit of a departure from the inital thought of the thread. I have difficulties approaching people with the intent of showing them a trick.

I have found some of my best reactions were in situations where the spectators were expecting to be entertained.

Walking up to a potential audience asying those dreaded words, "I am a magician" they often think of rabbits coming out of a hat, bird poop on the table and stolen wristwatches (not that we aren't guilty of some/all of these things).

This of course is not directed at restaurant magicians, whose very employment is based upon the premise that they will approach patrons to entertain them. But even these hard working people have to approach with caution.
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Of course when you lose your card to wallet, you just buy another wallet and a scapel and make a new one - now that's impromtu, right?
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The post by Payne, masquerading as Lester the Plumber, is obviously written to point out the tendency of some to "be ready in season and out" to force their magic on others.

In my work I always have 3x5 cards that I work with. If ever asked I can do Goldstein's Kiragami. So far no one has asked.

I do admit to keeping a pair of rubber bands on my wrists, but that is for my interaction with kids that I know. Just for fun with kids.

Unlike Lester the Plumber I don't carry my work tools with me into a social setting.

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Payne's "Lester the Plumber" analogy is a good one.
It's not necessary to always be "on" (although there is nothing wrong with being prepared).
To carry the plumber metaphor a bit further: in a social setting, a plumber wouldn't insist on checking the pipes. But, if a situation DID occur where he was needed, he would be able to do his job!
Much like the Boy Scout and the little old lady:
"Be prepared" to help a little old lady across the street -- but don't drag her across if she doesn't want to go! Smile

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