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Darth_Prime  : (24 October 2016 - 10:38 AM) I've done the "Two Ball Test" ... ... *Taps Microphone*
sgtgrey  : (24 October 2016 - 08:14 AM) It's a wonderful idea from Jim Steinmeyer's Nothing but Mystery. It's an interactive trick with the audience that uses no props or even visual cues - just words. JJ & I worked on the script together, but the original one is on here if you search for it ;-)
TMuc  : (24 October 2016 - 05:07 AM) What's the 3 ball test? :)
sgtgrey  : (24 October 2016 - 04:58 AM) The difference between strong and weak performers is how you recover from the inevitable mistakes - nice recovery! Glad to see the 3 ball test getting live play - it's such a great little piece
Jinglejangle  : (23 October 2016 - 08:06 PM) Worst part of the evening was I flubbed the palm off during card through window... pulled the wrong damn card out! Managed to save the situation by acting puzzled, relocating the card in the deck, repalming it and planting it in the spec's back pocket. Only thing I could think of on the fly... carried it off, fortunately... *does a tap dance shuffle to hide his mistake*
Jinglejangle  : (23 October 2016 - 08:04 PM) Opened with glass production and vanish, then Three Balls Test, Shoe Gag, a production routine I've been working on because no one pulls shit out of hats anymore, closed with our version of the sword cabinet (the one I built that I posted here). The Three Balls gets great reactions the way I've honed it down... so our work is getting real life play.
Jinglejangle  : (23 October 2016 - 08:01 PM) That's literally the set I did, sgt. Parlor (set) show first, then walking. It was great to be able to do both for a change and really made for a better evening. Fortunately, this client was actually on the ball.
sgtgrey  : (23 October 2016 - 05:36 PM) That sounds like a nice mix. My favorite is doing stand up parlor family shows with a little walk around mixed in after. This one was for a 14-18 dance at a church, and I was doing close-up at a "booth" for 3 hours. I had a group of kids that stayed most of the time, so I couldn't really repeat a lot of material. Lesson learned - stick to strolling! lol
Jinglejangle  : (23 October 2016 - 04:46 PM) Mine was mixed. Small party, 20 adults and maybe a dozen kids if that. Not a lot of teens, though.
sgtgrey  : (23 October 2016 - 06:16 AM) NIce JJ - I ended up with almost 3 hours of close-up for groups of teenagers - went through a LOT of material! I think it went over well, but teens are a tough crowd
dmoriarty  : (22 October 2016 - 11:06 PM) Nice going, Jingle!
Jinglejangle  : (22 October 2016 - 10:30 PM) That... was virtually a perfect gig. It's lovely when it all comes together... predisposed client, set show, strolling after... and a good tip on top of your fee. I suppose I'm actually satisfied for a change.
nitrous  : (22 October 2016 - 04:29 PM) Turned out OK. no tums necessary :)
sgtgrey  : (22 October 2016 - 03:44 PM) Same here, JJ - Good luck!
Jinglejangle  : (22 October 2016 - 02:13 PM) I'll send you some mental Tum's.
nitrous  : (22 October 2016 - 01:46 PM) plus a mushroom gravy
nitrous  : (22 October 2016 - 01:46 PM) I'm doing a pork and veal schnitzel with roasted potatoes and salad.... wish me luck! :)
nitrous  : (22 October 2016 - 01:45 PM) Knock 'em dead, JJ!
Jinglejangle  : (22 October 2016 - 12:56 PM) Party gig tonight. Wish me luck, gents.
Jinglejangle  : (20 October 2016 - 03:24 PM) Yes, you're spot on about the hoop girth, Tmuc. That's something they *don't* tell you. But yeah, I've never had anyone ask to examine the hoop once... so I guess it's like a lot of crap we buy- we're only buying it to fool ourselves or for that "just in case" moment... which we DON'T need/have if we routine and perform our effects properly.
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On some magic sites, you can't ask how tricks are done, but here we can engage in discussion on methods. Remember there's a lot more to magic than just the secret. Please discuss presentational aspects as well in this forum so we can really LEARN from them to improve our own magic. If you don't know how something is done, post here. If you do know and would like to share your methods, post in the specific forums below. Please search before posting a topic! You can also ask for tutorials on effects in here.

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Whether they have secret bits or not, flourishes can make a great addition to a magical performance. Liked by some, and hated by others. If you like them this is your place.

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