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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2005 10:04 am 
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magicdude84 wrote:
2 things I wanted to say, 1 some counting tricks are very exciting, such as any card at any number or the wishing trick. and second, while I agree that lots of focus needs to be put on presentation, you should however still seek out the best effects. If you have great patter but a bad trick, the audience really only focuses on the fact that its a bad trick.


Sorry but I do disagree with the last sentence. I have seem some really bad tricks, i.e. paddle effect, done with some great patter. Look at the sponge ball routine. It is completely obvious and yet with patter no one sees the trick, just the effect. I have seen some kids really screw up both those tricks that is why I used them as exemplars.


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get jiggernaut
and some cool card DVD's

like greg wilson


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I got the restaurant act today. It was fairly good


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Hey, no matter what you buy, make sure you have enough money left to get Liquid Metal!

This is the best trick for ,well, any type of magic.

(forks are cheap too :D )


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Hacker wrote:
Before you go buy anything, remember that IT ISN"T ABOUT THE EFFECTS. It is about your personality, the spectators dont care what the effect is, just that you relate to them and make them laugh. Now their are certain exceptions, like counting tricks, that you never want to do, but work on developing your own magical personality, and design your favorite tricks around those. A great book on restaurant work is Jim Pace's "The complete guide to restaurant and walk around magic." Search around, you can find it.


I very much agree with this. However, I also once heard Derren Brown in a lecture saying that in his opinion restaurant work needed to be somewhat impactful, as much of his magic/mentalism is. He said that in the short amount of time you meet someone, you want to impact them so much so they will remember what has happened to them and come back in hopes of experiencing it again.


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i am very interested in starting some table hopping. A few questions:
I do mostly card tricks, such as 2 card monte, bodyguards, do as i do, and then gimmicked tricks such as in a flash, svengali, invisible, rising card, red hot mamacita, the penguin monte. Also sponge balls, TT, scotch and soda, etc.

Are these adequate for table hopping?
Do I repeat the same effects at each table?
Should i stay away from gimmicks?

Anything else to keep in mind before starting?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2006 4:55 pm 
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Try to stay away from loads of gimmicks. One or two are OK, don't forget your pockets are not infinite. Forget Svengali & scotch and soda. I would keep In A Flash.
You do too much cards. Try to do only one card trick for each of your routines (by routine I mean the tricks you do for one table). 2 or 3 routines you know by heart is good, so that you can alternate between each table for obvious reasons.
Try to perform effects which reset quickly or instantly.
His Excellence Paddy will give much better advice to you than me.


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