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 Post subject: How did you do that?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2006 7:57 pm 
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This isn't really an out phrase. But don't you hate it when people don't shut up the whole night asking how you did that trick? When people ask you, what do you usually say? I say this: "Can you keep a secret?" YES! "So can I :D "
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 12:51 am 
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Here is something to say, but its got to be said slowly: "I bought the trick and read ttthhheee innnnnstttruccttiiiooonssss." "You should try it."
If you do magic long enough you'll get sick of hearing that question and basically just ignore it. I hear it all the time so much until I don't really even answer when people ask, I just let them watch the trick and wonder. Unless they're a heckler, then I cuss them out and leave.
Well I want to sometimes, but I dont really.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 6:39 pm 
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I usually say "very carefully" and people always get pissed and its really funny. lol

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myhomealaska wrote:
I usually say "very carefully" and people always get pissed and its really funny. lol

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Yeah, or say "Pretty well... Dont'cha think so?"

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 3:40 pm 
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just say 'do what?' acting as if nothing strange had happened. it really confuses them


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 11:54 pm 
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All of those r funny, I'll have to use some of them sometime. I liked the "very well don't u think?" the best I think. I'll use it soon probably.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 11:59 pm 
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Please, don't ever admit that you bought the trick and read the instructions. It makes it look like magic is something that can be bought by anyone, which isn't true. Tricks can be bought by anyone, magic has to be learned.


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There is always, I find, one spectator who want to learn magic, but not be a magician. Answering post performance spectators asking "Can you show me just that one trick you did?" can be an art in itself.

Anyhow, are these out suggestions any good?

During act...
Spec:"How did you do that?"
Magi:"I don't know. I've been trying to work that one out for a while now."
(Everyone laughs it off and the effect is enjoyed.)
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Magi:"It's weird, isn't it?"
(Spectator answers "Yes, it certainly is.", and enjoys the effect.)
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Magi:"Just enjoy the effect for now."

After act...
Spec:"How did you do that trick before?"
Magic:"I've been working on that for a long time. So you enjoyed it?"
(Spectator realises the importance of secrecy.)
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Magi:"I've written a book. Interested in it?"
(Spectator is either really a magician or not serious about learning the proper method, but is glad to know the information is not hidden.)
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Magi:"It the Art of Magic. That's what I perform."


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 3:28 pm 
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Good point exodus, it is better not to say you bought the trick. Its not a big deal if you're selling it for a magic store, but if you're not then its best not to say that. You're absolutely right about that cause people mostly buy tricks to know the secret and not to perform it. I even had a magician come up to me yesterday and say how well I performed a hummercard compared to him. He went on to say all he could do was pass the card hand to hand. Maybe its just me, but I would think if you practiced for only like half an hour to an hour you could at least make a loop with your arms and float it through. I practiced that trick for three hours and I can do basically everything that I know of that can b done with it.
I tell people that if I tell them the secret a magician will make them vanish, and that magicians don't make people reappear. Sometimes people find it funny and sometimes they just kind of laugh like ok that was supposed to be funny i guess. Its just a line, I don't think its that great myself.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 10:02 pm 
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Once I did this:
spec: How did you do that?
me: You really wanna know?
spec: ya.
me: okay, I'll tell you if you write the instructions down so you don't forget and have to ask me again.

the spectator now either says I don't have anything to write with, in which case you would say: oh well I guess you're out of luck, and walk away.
or: if they do happen to have a pen and something to write on, then:
me: ok, here it is, first write down the name of the trick.
spec: ok, what is it called?
me: the name of the trick is "It's magic"
while the spectator is looking down to write the name of the trick, walk away. They will see you doing so and look down to the paper to see you just got the better of them. Usually they'll laugh really hard too.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2006 1:07 am 
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exodus wrote:
Please, don't ever admit that you bought the trick and read the instructions. It makes it look like magic is something that can be bought by anyone, which isn't true. Tricks can be bought by anyone, magic has to be learned.


Very well put, I'm often surprised at the number of laymen who think that all you have to do is read instructions to do magic, we don't need to encourage that kind of thought.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2006 6:11 pm 
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For the conceited magicians out there, just say "Umm...I'm AWESOME!"

For normal magicians, like me, just use one word..."Magic"


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 7:21 pm 
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This is my answer when someone asks how I did that: "magic"

But if I'm feeling generous I say this: "Through a convoluted system of smoke and mirrors involving a midget sized flibertigibbet!"


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:19 am 
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The more obscure and vague you can get, while stepping over the bounds of vocabulary work very well:

Spec: How did you do that?!
Me: Simple. By taking the square root of the hypotenuese of the oblique pyramid of Cheops, first pharoah of the Ming dynasty, and delivering the postulate stated by Socrates when presented with his death drink.......

just keep babbling until they look at you like a fool or a god.....

either way, you get your point across.........

or you can just say, It's all smoke and mirrors, you just gotta figure out where it all went.......

Saya Norah


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2006 2:36 am 
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SPEC: How'd you do that?
MAGICIAN: Do what?
SPEC: That trick you just did with the...(cards, rope, etc.)
MAGICIAN: Me...a trick...??? I did a trick?
SPEC: (confused) Uh yeah
MAGICIAN: Well, was it good.
SPEC: Yeah
MAGICIAN: Well I sure as heck don't remember how to do that trick.
Here take these (cards, rope, etc.) and show me how it was
done. I gotta remember this one.


At this moment, your spectator will become confused. They will more than likely take the cards, but will give you a blank stare. Then, a few minutes later they'll kinda notice that you've turned the table on the age-old question:
HOW DID YOU DO THAT?


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