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 Post subject: About borrowing things
PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2007 5:20 am 

Joined: 15 Oct 2006
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Location: De Panne,Belgium
Ok, I will adjust this essay in the future. I just wanted to let you guys know what I am thinking about for the moment.

When people think about magician's, they always think about gimmicked things. Because when they think of a magician, they see a magician with doves and flowers,... It is really cliché.
So let's state you go to someone and you want to do a coin flurry with one coin. In my opininon , you should bring your own coin and you shouldn't ask for it, it takes the magic away, let me explain.
When I do a french drop for people with what they gave me, they are surprised but they always try to do the action I did. They know it's sleight of hand...
But when you bring your own coin, there is more chance that they think it's gimmicked, but in my opinion when after the trick you let them examin the ungimmicked coin, the magic is so much stronger. This is why: when they think you used a gimmick there must be no possible explanation.

I thought of this because I really saw the difference when I brought my own silver coin and when I asked if they had a coin.
When I used there coin, they tried to do the move I did.

When I am doing magic for money, I don't have this problem because a magician should bring his props with him.

This is when people come to me and ask if I could do magic for them for example at school.

But don't get me wrong I also do magic with their coin, but if I have my own coin, I will use my own.

I am still thinking about this...

But tell me what YOU think!
And please don't let this topic be another fight, let's keep it friendly...

Elliot Carver

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 9:49 am 
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How many people did you try borrowing a coin from and how many people did you try using your own coin on?

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:24 am 
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I see what you're saying but couldn't disagree with you more. I've written an essay that touches on borrowing things off the spectator that's up here. It's called Make Them Care and one of the points I make in it is that by borrowing a spectator's coin (as in your example) you invest them emotionally in the magic that will occur; make them care and your reactions will be much bigger and better than before.

Read it and let me know what you think.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 4:09 am 
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Joined: 13 Jan 2008
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Location: Sweden
I know Im late but....
I also disagree with you!, handing out the coin after would be anti-climatic. they would be impressed first when they have examined the coin. and the emotional impression is long gone. borrowing a coin, however they know its a real coin, and they will believe, on a emotional level, its real magic.

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