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Kevin Ram
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I'm sure everyone has been asked this at some point.

What is your comeback? I am into this one at the moment.

Spectator: How did you do that?

Kukram: It was all done with camera tricks.

Got anymore?

Kukram Smile
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A MUCH better link is:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......;forum=2

Because I started it myself Smile

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My common responses - tongue firmly in cheek - are:

"I have absolutely no idea!",

and,

"Really, really well!"

;)
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I sometimes say, "Basically, an opaque material put in immediate juxtaposition to a force of entry will of necessity permit the insertion of said force without substantial injury to either participant." That line, which is straight of a 1970's Tannen's catalog, always gets a deer-in-the-headlights kind of look and I just continue with the next effect.
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"None of your business" seems to work for me. It usually gets a good laugh. Smile
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I have a simple answer:

It's magic!
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Just show them the trick by doing it yourself Smile
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LOL at Larry.
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I have a tendency to say: Well, I practice a lot.

This is the truth, and doesn't come off arrogant or self-important such as "Very well, thank you"
and it also doesn't make them look stupid, as "Can you keep a secret? So can I!" Does.

I hate both of the aforementioned comebacks. Eugene Burger does as well. I think there was an article on this a while back.
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I uaully say "i have no idea it has never worked before!" and then give them one of those big winks. It usually gets a laugh and they don't press the issue!
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I usually say " I didn't"
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I go at this two ways; first, I will put the "how did you do that" theme into my patter to begin with...also, sometimes I will give this line: "first time is magic, second time is a lesson"
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I usually say after the "How did you do that?" reation..

"I can't believe it worked on my first trial"..

or I say

"It's all magic. Do you want to learn? I give lessons."

hehe..another way to earn some bucks.. Smile
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That's great larry.

Bit of a mouthfull for me.

I may as well just tell them how I did it... lol

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"I am a magical being"

"I practice the Dark Arts"

"I studied the ancient Azagthoth texts, and bore my soul to the abyss to learn that feat of magick."

"The Black Goat of the Woods with A Thousand Young revealed it to me in my most feverish dreams"

and for something really narcissistic:

"For you have seen the sun and been blinded by its radiance"


Maybe you can tell I've read a little Lovecraft in my day.

Posted: Jul 27, 2004 12:21pm
Larry, your answer is PRICELESS
A lot of fellows nowadays have a B.A., M.D., or Ph.D. Unfortunately, they don't have a J.O.B. - Fats Domino
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My reply fits my playful "mess with the audience" persona. Feel free to use it...what the heck, I stole it from a catalog!!!!

Larry


P.S. - If you want a chuckle instead of a deer-in-the-headlights look from the audience, you can follow the nonsensical reply with a sarcastic, "Any other questions?" or "Of course, you probably already knew that" and then smile.
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Zombieboy hit the nail on the head. Responses like "very well thank you" and "I could tell you what I have to kill you" are rude. It's one thing to top a rude remark, but to have an obnoxious comeback to a genuine question simply distances you from your audience. It basically says " I'm on autopilot".
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Hi I have some which I have collected from different places. Hope you enjoy!

Responses to “I know how you did that”

· "I know how you did that" Response: " I knew first!"
· "I know how you did that" Response: " I already know. I don't want them to know so keep it under your hat."
· You know how it's done, and I get paid to do it!
· "if I tell you that you're wrong then you'll keep guessing, and if you get a right guess then I'd either have to lie to you or admit that you're right. So I'll just let you think that you got it figured out."
· "...you certainly have hit upon the right idea. But please, do not talk with other people about it, because I like to protect my secret."
· "Well don't tell them now, sell it after the show"
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Quote:
On 2004-07-27 22:57, NoahJLevine wrote:
Zombieboy hit the nail on the head. Responses like "very well thank you" and "I could tell you what I have to kill you" are rude. It's one thing to top a rude remark, but to have an obnoxious comeback to a genuine question simply distances you from your audience. It basically says " I'm on autopilot".


And I think he missed the nail completely. With respect to these lines, it's not what you say, it's how you say it (your attitude, facial expression and voice inflection) and how it fits your performing persona.
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