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RandyWakeman
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The following "don't list" is from a standard text that should be in everyone's library . . . with minor modifications. How much has this old advice changed in all these years, in terms of relevancy?
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Don’t address your audience too often as “ladies and gentlemen,” take it for granted that they are.

Don’t try to be funny unless you are naturally.

Don’t perpetuate puns; they are the lowest form of wit.

Don’t verbally draw attention to the fact that your hands are empty. Give your audience credit for some intelligence.

Don’t tell the manager how you “packed them in” at Joe’s. He wants to know what you can do in his establishment.

Don’t tell everyone that you are the inventor of the back palm—because you are not.

Don’t encumber your show with expressions such as “Marvelous Digital Dexterity” or “Magic Mirth and Mystery.” They have been used before.

Don’t bill yourself as “Professor.” You are an entertainer, not a pedagogue.

Don’t speak of your work as a “swindle.” Magic is an Art.

Don’t think that because you are a magician you don’t have to know anything else.

Don’t babble too much about palming, and
DON’T EXPOSE!
Dolini
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Thanks,

It's always good to review. My old three are:
1. Don't ever tell them what you plan to do
2. Don't do magic twice in the same day
3. Don't ever tell them how you did it

PS - leave them hungry for more

Dolini Smile

PSS - If you have to do it again do it a different way.
John O'Shea Dolan
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For the record, the "Don't" list is from the last few pages of "The Art of Magic" (1909) by Downs / Hilliard.
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