What books or resources are out there that deal primarily with misdirection?
Tricks are a dime-a-dozen, and easy enough to master with practice. But of course most people see through them instantly -- we live in a very jaded world.
I don't have the natural gift of patter, which leaves me with two choices: doing tricks straight up (boring for the audience), or, rehearsing predefined patter to the letter so often that it sounds (at least to myself) so contrived and rehearsed that it's boring TO ME!
Don't get me wrong -- i'm a very creative guy, and have a flair for performing. But Magic is new to me, I don't have any mentors, and have to learn the hard way... point me in the right direction?
Recent relevant example:
After doing an effective vanish, double-switch, and reveal, I was certain I could then ditch the switched coin with my left hand while the audience watched the reveal in my right. Wrong! The ditch is good enough -- but not everyone's eyes are on it! They were supposed to be focused on what comes out of my empty hand (the original coin, in my right) and not on what MUST still be in my left.
It's hard to describe I guess. Maybe I'll just perfect the ditch so I can do it after a pause, while EVERYONE is intently watching for it... grrrrrr
I can handle the moves. It's patter and misdirection I could use some professional advice on. Thanks.