By Bill Goldman
Bill Goldman is one of country's busiest trade show magicians. He's also an occasional contributor to this magazine. (Check out the hilarious "Who Am I To Disagree" in the April 1997 issue.) Every now and then, Bill will share with us one of the routines that he uses for real people. (For example, the amazing trick "Monkey in the Middle.") Bill has released two new routines, and while neither is earth shaking from a methodological viewpoint, they both provide great opportunities for those performers who place an emphasis on presentation and audience interaction.
"Magic Shoes" is a simple prediction trick based on an old and familiar principle. The magician shows three small, laminated pieces of cardboard (each is 3.5 inches square). Each piece of cardboard bears the picture of an interesting pair of shoes. The performer tells a story about each of the pairs of shoes, and a spectator chooses one of pairs. The magician shows that he has accurately predicted which pair of shoes the spectator will choose.
In "The World's Greatest Card Trick," the magician has a card selected. He then reads off some silly instructions on the back of a large plastic card. (The card is 5.5 x 8.5, and the front of the card says "World's Greatest Card Trick.") The card is eventually revealed in an amusing and surprising way. (To be fair to Bill, I'm being intentionally vague about exactly what happens.)
As I mentioned above, if you're looking for new and interesting methods, you won't find them here. But if you're looking for real world material, both of these routines are well worth checking out. The props are sturdy and will last a long time, and both routines are reasonably priced.
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