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The Cling Principal

I have accumulated about half a dozen half-finished essays for this blog, and I think I’ve lost my train of thought on most of them, so they’ll be completed as and when.

Looking through some old notebooks today I found a few nice ideas and a few, much like these essays, are miles away from a completed effect.

One that I remember playing with around seven years ago, I titled the ‘Cling Principal’. The idea was essentially, a brand new deck of cards (either your own or borrowed) was opened up, and shuffled by either you or the spectator, they then choose a card and place it back in a very fair manner, and you can instantly locate it. The working is extremely simple, when you open up a new deck of cards, you tear of a small square of the cellophane (about 3/4 square inch) whilst removing it from the deck, and this is kept in a sort of finger palm as the cards are taken out the box. The cards are then shuffled and the static from the cellophane sticks to the bottom card. The cards are spread, a card is chosen and replaced where the spectator wishes to have the cards cut.and the cards are cut at the spectators place of choice and the cut is completed. The piece of cellophane acts as a thick/long/breather type locator, marking the position of the selected card underneath the cellophane. You can have someone else cut to the card or you can find the card yourself easily. This isn’t much of an effect, but with the right imagination and time I’m sure this could be the method for a potential impromptu miracle.

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Quote of the Week

They know it’s all just an act. Your job is to make them forget what they know.

– Petyr Baelish / Little Finger (Game of Thrones)
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Approaching Directly

Thoughts on approaching spectators for close up magic.

In the thousands and thousands of times I have approached people to show them magic, I have been refused very very little. The most times I have been refused was when I was working a small international bar in Spain, the tourist clientèle was a huge mixture of Spanish, German, Dutch, French, English and other nationalities. Due to the language barriers, many of the groups thought I was simply busking for loose change and would say no.  In the other few circumstances I have been refused it was because they did not want to see magic, either because they did not like magic (or thought they didn’t*) or because they where busy discussing something. In the past two years at paid gigs I can’t recall a single time somebody has said no.

Ask a hundred magicians what the best line to say to approach a group of people is, and you will probably get hundred different answers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pro Tip No.1

I haven’t seen this mentioned before, and think its a very noteworthy tip if you perform in a suit. When you are looking to buy a new suit, make the sure the main thing to look for (other than buying it from a charity shop) is that the outside jacket pockets have no pocket flaps.

I always find pocket flaps get in the way, and without them they make deck vanishes, ditching props and loading/stealing props so much easier.

If you had to you could have them tailored off, or have them sewn down inside the pocket (even just tacked down for a none permanent solution). Or, you could just tuck them in the pocket, but during the course of performance its very easy for them to come back out over the pocket. Get rid of them and you’d be pleasantly surprised how much easier your performing life becomes.

 

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Quote of the Week

Michael Moore being asked, what if he found out he was wrong?:

I would change my mind, and then I would be right.

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FREE DOWNLOAD: boxnose

FREE DOWNLOAD: boxnose

 

Boxnose is a crackpot free download which was first made available via the magic cafe’. This is for people who love free stuff, but not for those who hate free stuff that is not very good. Essentially its a vanishing card box to nose effect. Read the rest of this entry »

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Penn & Teller: Fool Us

Penn and Teller Fool Us

I thought ITV’s Fool Us was a great format for a magic show, and a much better concept than BBC’s magicians, on the whole so far it has been a solid show with some fantastic performers and magic. I have always liked Penn & Teller, and I have never had a problem with their exposure before. After watching the second episode, Penn & Tellers agenda was made more clear, and it’s one that I really can’t agree with – selective exposure. Read the rest of this entry »

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Coming Soon

I don’t sell magic for the sake of releasing it, if only more magicians did that we wouldn’t be saturated with so much mediocre magic. Nothing annoys me more than magicians churning out magic like a machine – and claiming everything they release has been a ‘worker’ of theirs for years. Read the rest of this entry »

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Admirable Integrity

I only make records when I feel I have something to say. I’m not interested in releasing music just for the sake of selling something. Sade is not a brand.

– Sade

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Matt

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