I am 14 and I do magic at school. It is great because of all the reactions, there is just 1 problem. one of my friends does a few card tricks and insists that I should tell him how I do my tricks because he is also a magician. I have never told anyone how I do any of my tricks and I do not plan to. I told him I wouldnt but he keeped on nagging me. Its been going on like this for about 3 days untill he asked me specific questions on how my tricks were done. He had some very close ideas and told me to prove against them. I didnt know how and Im not sure how to convince him that my tricks arnt done the way he believes they are. I dont think he could have cought me because I always practice for like a week before I perfom them and then I usually dont preform them untill I am more confident. Im not sure if he knows how the trick is done or if he figured it out but I need him to believe that the trick is done a different way.
i am in a similar situation. me and my buddy are both somewhat experienced magicians in highschool and we know a kid that refers to himself as a magician because he knows shapeshifter. he flaunts this daily and goes around showing people. he wants to learn advanced tricks yet he can't even do a DL (he blatantly grabs two cards in front of the spectator!!) he drives me nuts, so i just ignore him because if he truly wants to be a magician/entertainer or whatever, he will put in the effort instead of consulting me.
PS: i shut him up after doing Daniel Garcia's Ego.