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re swindle...

Looks great.. .but that ten can't be handed out, right?



Asked at 11:00am on August 12th, 2014 by doceason (7 karma)
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It's not immediately examinable, but with some creativity and a few simple moves, you could alter it to make it end clean.


Answered at 03:06pm on August 12th, 2014 by Popchris (212 karma)
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sirbrad, you destroy the valid portions of your comments by your unduly harsh/negative and sarcastic criticism. I doubt there is a magician alive of whatever skill level who hasn't at some point or another had someone grab for the props. I know lots of pros who strongly prefer to start clean/end clean whenever possible. If this isn't a desirable option, then why is it touted in every effect it is possible to do so?


Answered at 10:12am on April 6th, 2015 by jbauman (16 karma)
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sirbrad I think you must be new to the magic industry because wherever i go people want to examine my props.Spectators no matter how hard you try to make it entertaining they all at some point wonder how the effect was done and its nice to have an effect that is examinable.

Oh but what do i know?


Answered at 01:34am on August 27th, 2014 by Sonicturboturtle (62 karma)
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Sonicturboturtle You must be a hack because if your audience wants to constantly examine your props you are not a very good performer, nor an interesting one who makes anyone care about magic. You are presenting "puzzles" not magic, that is why the focus is on the prop. Try again in about 10 years after you learn what REAL magic is about.


Answered at 10:52pm on March 27th, 2016 by sirbrad (-10 karma)
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sirbrad, you destroy the valid portions of your comments by your unduly harsh/negative and sarcastic criticism. I doubt there is a magician alive of whatever skill level who hasn't at some point or another had someone grab for the props. I know lots of pros who strongly prefer to start clean/end clean whenever possible. If this isn't a desirable option, then why is it touted in every effect it is possible to do so?


Answered at 10:12am on April 6th, 2015 by jbauman (16 karma)
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Professionals don't worry about laymen asking to see their props, because they have solutions built into routines where the props can't be examined.

Here's a favorite I use:

Take a squeaker and fill it with flour. When they ask to see any prop that can't be examined, say in a loud, commanding voice:

"So, you want to see the XYZ ( bills, coins, cards, etc. )"

When you go to hand it to them, give the squeaker a squeeze. BAMF, a cloud of flour covers their face. They look stupid and everyone laughs, which takes the heat off the prop(s).

You will get repeat bookings with requests to perform "the flour trick".


Answered at 01:49am on June 29th, 2015 by standup44 (50 karma)
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You might want to do some research "kiddies" and I have been a professional in the business for 40 years now. I was a Penguin Legend" on the forums and one of the most respected since 2003. I state the facts and I do not sugarcoat them, if you don't like it too bad get over it. I perform in the REAL world and have for 40 years, not in my parent's bedroom like you kids do. If everyone wants to examine your props then you are a" prop monkey" who has on clue about performance and showmanship. Stop buying so many tricks and start buying books on performance and presentation. The magician is the star the props are the supporting cast. Amateurs however think it is the opposite that is why all emphasis is put on the prop not the performer. Not to mention slowing down the pace of the show because you have to constantly keep handing stuff out "over-proving" that nothing is gimmicked." Those who have to do this are not performers and they expect everything to be self-contained because they are too lazy to invest any work into it. They are spectators not Doctors and if you were actually a performer and an entertainer so much importance would not be placed on the prop.


Answered at 06:16pm on April 7th, 2015 by sirbrad (-10 karma)
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Do you hand all your stuff out? If so you must waste a lot of time and have a very limited repertoire. I also assume you don't do stage magic and sounds like you just want self-contained puzzles for the audience to try and figure out. REAL magicians present magic not puzzles that try to prove that the audience is stupid. If you perform magic properly the focus should not be on finding some secret with the prop but providing an entertaining piece of magic.


Answered at 08:30pm on August 16th, 2014 by sirbrad (-10 karma)




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