Thank you guys for your input!
I don't think it's far to say or imply that I'm not "respecting the magic". I am just in the beginning stages of this whole thing. I am not, as I've said, a stage magician, so I don't know these things, such as what flows, what opens, etc.
I'm curious to see what brings you to think that I can't perform a tossed out deck? It's a little offending that you make so many assumptions about me. I'll remind you that you don't know me.
Thanks though, guys. I'll consider revision.
Respecting magic means, in part, knowing who you are and what your abilities are with respect to magic and choosing magic to learn and perform in accordance with those abilities. It also means -- and this is something that I know many of the members here just don't understand or care about -- that some material really should be left to the working professionals. I know that saying this is opening up a big can of worms and that it is likely to result in lots of objections and flaming... but I really don't care. It's what I believe and what many working professionals believe, and I'm not going to bother explaining why I believe it to people who basically won't care but just want to do whatever they want to do because they think they can do it.
As far as "fair" is concerned, I don't think it's "fair" when any kid with access to his mom's credit card can go online and purchase a piece of professional grade magic, spend a few hours playing with it in his room, and then stumble through it in an assembly or talent show or some other "public" event.
Anyway... I wasn't saying that you specifically are not respecting magic, though I do believe that if you go ahead and perform the TOD in the set as you are describing it you will not be respecting magic. My statement about respecting magic was a general one directed at past and present members who think that they can simply buy a challenging piece of professional magic and toss it into their "stage act" when they in fact have no stage experience at all. This forum is full of examples of this.
I'm not making assumptions about you and never said you COULDN'T perform the TOD. I'm responding to what you said about yourself and, based on those things, I said you SHOULDN'T perform the TOD, especially not in a set that opens with the Vanishing Bandana.
You're a close-up magician; the TOD is not a close-up trick. You have no stage experience; the TOD is a stage/platform trick (yes, Gazzo does it on the street... but given the size of the crowds he performs it for, it's pretty much a stage/platform presentation... theatre-in-the-round is closer to stage work than it is to close-up). You "don't know these things, such as what flows, what opens, etc."; placing the TOD into a routine requires knowing such things. Your own description of yourself and your abilities is what led to my advice... not "assumptions." No, I don't know you... but I know what you said about yourself, and I know what it takes to perform magic well.
If you want someone to pat you on the head and tell you to run off and do whatever you think is right because the world is full of rainbows and shiny elves and everything will be alright with whatever decision you make about your show, listen to guys like tkies. If you want advice on how to give the best show possible within the context of your skillset and abilities, listen to me.