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 Post subject: What do you say?... it's just magic?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2005 7:01 am 
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Afterwards I have done a couple of tricks poeple tend to ask me how it is possible etc. And usually I answer:"it's magic" with a smile, but when people ask again they get kind of mad when I don't tell them wherefrom I've learned it.
I don't feel like saying:" I just use a lot of money and buy the tricks" because then it seems so weak, and no matter if I have just vanished a car in front of them, :D they forget about the trick because they think none of me when they hear that i have paid money for the trick...
so I was wondering what you guys do in these situations...

thank you for you time.....


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2005 7:13 am 
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nickmadsen wrote:
Afterwards I have done a couple of tricks poeple tend to ask me how it is possible etc. And usually I answer:"it's magic" with a smile, but when people ask again they get kind of mad when I don't tell them wherefrom I've learned it.
I don't feel like saying:" I just use a lot of money and buy the tricks" because then it seems so weak, and no matter if I have just vanished a car in front of them, :D they forget about the trick because they think none of me when they hear that i have paid money for the trick...
so I was wondering what you guys do in these situations...

thank you for you time.....


Smile and never tell them.
I usually answer something like: "There you have something to think about", or "pure magic".
Just keep an optimistic tone and answer something that don't give them anything. If they ask again just repeat what you answered before.


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say "before I tell you, let me show you something else."

then do something else. keep them busy


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2005 8:21 am 
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Often this happens early in your career and you are showing your effects for people who knew you before you were amazing. One week, you are your average Joe; the next you can put cards into three piles of seven and find their selection.

What do they think? You woke up one morning with the ability to transform reality? You saw some magic and you went to a magic store or to the internet. They saw some magic, and asked you. Not much different.

This is also more likely to happen with younger teens. Not the best audience.

Resist the temptation to tell anyone--especially friends. Just smile and say, "It was amazing, wasn't it," or something. You don't have to answer everything. This will change as you get more experience, and you perform more for adults and people who don't know you.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2005 9:07 am 
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This is supposed to be in the other forum with the out liners.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2005 10:29 am 
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Well, of course you can't reveal the secret. Check out the outs and one liners forum. You'll find some good ideas there.
However, if you have someone that is genuinely interested in learning magic, don't be afraid to give them some tips. For example, reccomend they purcahse Royal Road to Card Magic.

Craig


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when someone asks how i did it i say, "very carefully", and for some reason they never ask again. or i say 'well ive done the trick before so i know its done' people usually make a weird face and say "oh"


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Well, when that happens, I pull out Color Monte, explaining to the audience that it was this one guy who performed Color Monte that also taught you Color Monte. Finally, at the end, you can conclude your story saying that you paid the man the $14 under one condition: that he teach you the trick.


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i goto hogwarts


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GoodDoggy wrote:
i goto hogwarts


uh huh......


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2005 9:18 pm 
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I just say : " Very well "

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how did u do that?
very well

where did u learn all this?
its like a gift, it comes to me in my sleep

why cant u tell me?
cuz then i would have to kill u...and there would be no one to heckle me anymore


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I don't say "Very well" because some people will take that as an insult. You say "Very well," they hear "Better than you."

I usually say, "I'm one of THEM," no I say "They don't tell me that much."
It leaves the person wondering or they know I'm messing with them and drop it.
If I don't do that, "I make 'em up as I go along." Which is kind of the truth. I don't usually know where I'm going, but when I get there, people usually enjoy whatever just happened.


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Depeding on who is asking, I have two standard replies:

"Years of practice!" as I smile and perform something else.
This tends to detract the spectator from pushing too hard, knowing that the effect requires actual effort.

"Can you keep a secret?" I lean in close and they do as well, anxious to hear the sage advice I'm about to impart. They usually mutter "Yes!" at which point I pause and smile and tap them on the shoulder as I say "So can I!"

This comes across in two ways. It's a joke (the spectator is now the butt of this joke) and it's also a subtle warning that I don't sell my art short (I wouldn't go so far as to say "Cast not your pearls before swine" but it comes close).


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