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Old 9th August 2018, 11:49 AM   #41
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I'll give my own anecdote revolving around this exact method.

Camping with friends who know I have an interest in magic and have seen me on very infrequent occasions do the odd simple card trick (and one amazing mind reading effect in which I simply took advantage of the situation). They asked for a couple of card tricks, and I did only one, very simple in which I pull out two cards that are then matched by the cards they deal down to. Then they ask for something impressive and I said to do that I need to tell them a story (mind you, this is all completely made up on the fly, presentation-wise).

To start the story I said they needed to cut the deck, so I set up Cross Cut. Then I launched into a full five minute discussion on Houdini and how sometimes the most impressive people are foiled by the simplest of things, and I related the story of how when Houdini was performing one of his many jail escapes he found himself unable to pick the lock only to find after a long time of trying that he had been fooled by the fact that it hadn't been locked. (The story may be apocryphal, and I can't find details).

I embellished that story and wove it into something mysterious. Then, when everyone agreed that Houdini was impressive and the simple jailer who nearly foiled him was also impressive, I leaned back with my hands far from the deck and said, "But is it any more impressive that without touching the deck since you cut it I know that you cut to the nine of clubs?"

I got the campfire equivalent of a standing ovation.
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Old 9th August 2018, 11:50 AM   #42
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Originally Posted by Lithrael View Post
I don't perform any myself but once I was watching a Penn & Teller BS episode, they said go pull a card from a deck and I did, from a deck that had been sitting at the back of a drawer in the living room, and it was their card. I'm pretty sure I screamed.
Geller relied on something similar in his tv specials.
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Old 17th August 2018, 05:40 AM   #43
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Originally Posted by Garrette View Post
...I got the campfire equivalent of a standing ovation.
That's what makes this worthwhile.

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Old 24th August 2018, 12:35 PM   #44
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My personal favourite was very impromptu.

Some friends and I were travelling on a ferry and I went for a walk, saw some playing cards for sale in the concession, and bought a blue deck and a red deck. Mainly, I was thinking I might want to kill some evenings playing poker or something when we got to my friend's cabin.

But the topic of magic tricks came up while we were eating on the ferry, so I said, hey, if you have a deck of cards, I know a trick. Nobody had cards. Somebody remembered there's cards for sale at the concession, so I said, Hey, I'll pay for them, go buy a pack, bring it back, I'll do a trick.

While one guy was off buying the deck, I unwrapped the two I just bought and glimpsed at them under the table. Yep, they were in order. Red queens in my left pocket, blue queens in my right pocket. Ready to go.

They brought the brand new (blue) pack to the table, completely sealed. I asked them to unwrap the deck, shuffle it. I told them to glance at the deck to ensure they were well shuffled. I then palmed the blue queens in my right hand, placed it on the deck and said, "Your majesty, please send all your cards to the top," and lifted up my hand.

I asked for one of them to pull the top four cards off. All queens.

Total. Silence.


I explained the trick, and I think they did appreciate that the best part about it was that it was pretty much made up on the spot. It's why I appreciate James Randi's pen-in-the-beltbuckle telepathy sketching.




Oh, there's one more they talk about. I did a disappearing hankie in a magicians egg the next morning when we were making breakfast. Then I showed them how the trick was done, and redid it slowly, showing the hankie getting stuffed into the egg.

Meanwhile, I'd palmed a real egg.

So the prestige on that one is that after they saw me stuff a magician's egg, I cracked 'it' and made an omelette.
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Old 27th August 2018, 06:02 AM   #45
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Very nice, blutoski.
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