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 Post subject: Can I examine that deck?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:45 pm 
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Can I examine that deck (or unswichable prop)?

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Can I borrow your shoe?

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Yes

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And your wallet

If they say yes then you can buy a new deck and gimmick. :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 10:55 am 
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OR...you could just do effects with a normal deck ;)


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 11:05 am 
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Yeah, I agree with Kyle.

If however you use a deck that is not examinable, what I have always done is either switch it in or if they ask to examine it, I say, "Hold on, let me finish what I am doing." and they tend to forget about it at the end.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 4:07 pm 
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yes. doing effects with a normal deck are always so much powerful than using fancy gimmicked decks. using gimmicked decks all the time and NEVER using a normal deck in front of your spectators, shows that you have no skill in card magic. if some reason you need to make a switch, just reach into your pocket with the deck, and switch it for another deck. its simple as long as you have a reason for reaching into your pocket (to pull something else out with it, OR put the deck away, then when they ask to see the deck pull out the normal deck.) its simpler than you would expect. virtually nobody will suspect anything.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:58 am 
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i do, it's not the deck but the contents for tricks such as the nestorizer, strange travelers, the "try and see a card as i riffle through" force, etc.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 10:52 am 
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Using gimmicks doesn't mean you have no skill as a magician. I use a Stripper Deck when I'm messing around with people, specifically magicians, and have comtemplated using a Mental Photography Deck to open my closeup set. Skill as a magician shouldn't be judged by method, but by how well that method entertains in your hands.


As for the question at hand, my go to out is "No". I don't put any emphasis on the props and people rarely ask me to look at them. When they do, I very openly tell them no and they don't push it. On the (very) rare occasion that someone wants to push it, I just tell them that I've had bad experiences and don't feel like buying a new (insert item here), as I've had quite a few people drop my (cards, coins, rope, etc). If it's an item that can be examined, I generally have it examined in the performance without ever calling attention to the fact that I want it checked out. I give them the cards to shuffle, the coins to admire, the ropes to try to stretch, etc. Just remember that you're in control and you can always say "No".


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 12:20 pm 
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yes I agree with exodus. People will probably argue against this, but I think people who are new to the art spend way too much time thinking about one-liners, instead of spending time on perfecting their performances, witch will eliminate the need for those one-liners.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 12:39 pm 
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Lensman wrote:
perfecting their performances, witch will eliminate the need for those one-liners.


This.


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