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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2006 1:02 pm 
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Just wondering if anyone can give me some suggestions on how to approach a possible spectator. I'm a little sick of the old "Wanna see something weird?..." line.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2006 1:05 pm 
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"you ever seen a grown man playing with his balls in public?"

then do the best spongeball routine you know.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2006 1:27 pm 
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be like "hi my name is -inset name here- and i am very special. you know how special i am? this much (hold your hands out wide)!! Would you like to see my special powers?"

who would say "no" to that?? i would , but maybe other people are different


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2006 2:12 pm 
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Learn how to throw cards. Next, throw a card at a potential spectator's head. Go up to them, and apologize. Then say that to make it up to them, you will show them something amazing.

Personally, I usually open with a joke. Something like, "Have you ever heard of David Blaine or Criss Angel? Well, I'm a lot like them, but more attractive." It usually gets a laugh, and lower's the persons gaurd. Then I just do a couple effects. Usually though, I only perform for women though (when I do do walk around). If I do perform for a guy, I don't use the same lines.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 8:08 am 
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I actually had my best performances when the spectators approached me instead of the other way around. Just sit or stand in a highly visible place and do some color changes, let a card fly or do something else. If someone engages in conversation with you, you can perform other effects for them.

Also, when someone looks at you longer than the average glance, they're probably interested. Stop the effect and approach them with the basic opening line. For the spectators, your effect was your opening line.

I was at a busstop and a girl was right behind me. On a whim, I decided to do a Balducci levitation and she freaked out.

My best advice is to catch the spectator unawares. It gets the best reactions.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 12:39 pm 
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Hi,

I agree with the previous post above. I tend to try to do some visual effects or flourishes that will grab the spectators attention. This way, they'll either approach you or they'll stare at what you're doing, and that way - you already have their attention than you can go into whatever dialogue you do.

Just as a heads up, I tend to do the long distance spinner particularly, and some XCM.

Hope this helps,

Sincerely,
Shane Holland


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 2:20 pm 
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What i find best for people to approach me is hummingbird card and dlites


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I use Don Driver's "Building a Tip" routine. It works RIGHT NOW! Gets crowds when everyone else is not.


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If you want to do card throwing get jeff Mcbrides Zoom bounce and fly. I did and now i can shoot cards at painful velocity, I can also shoot them like 5 feet away and have them boomerang back. :twisted: [/quote]


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