There's an even bigger problem. You tell them magic is just a bunch of clever tricks that anyone with enough time on their hands can can do. Anyone who thinks this is a good idea, is, no offence, never going to get anywhere as a magician.
I'm sorry but it's true. If you don't realise people don't ask how did you do that because they want to know, but out of surprise and other things. On or two might want to know but if you hand out a playng card with a title of a book and you say "i read it in there" You spoil it everyone who suspended their belief to believe what you did was real magic.
Not many people believe magic is real. We must make them suspend their belief to believe
it is real. By handing out a playing card and saying you read it form there, if they did suspend their belief for you they will be p****d at you for turning around and saying "ha ha you fools, it wasn't magic, just a clever trick. Anyone can learn it, in fact here you go get this book and you to can be a magician." That's not
what magic is. If you think otherwise you have no place for magic and you give magicians a bad name.
Sorry for coming across very strongly but this is a serious thing. I do not want people running around giving magic a bad name! I might eventually perform for these people and they will say "yeah, you read it in a book, a magician told me" To which i would of course reply "If he told you that he isn't a magician, he's a trickster."
Sean, i know you gave me your opinion on this on another forum but i thought i'd write this for people on this forum too.
If you want some advice on the subject of "How did you do that?" Go here... http://www.penguinmagic.com/discuss/vie ... sc&start=0
Scroll down to my post. If you havn't already read this i strongly suggest you do. It will help you with you magic and i include a way to reveal a thought of card to get across what i mean.
I do not teach you any funny or clever replies, and that's the point. You should make them not ask the question in the first place! If you do what i describe in the link above, i guarantee you no on will ask "how did you do that?" If they do they obviously havn't been paying attention. I explain this using a thought of card but it needs to apply every other effect you do too.