Losers

Twenty years ago 1 watched a young magician named John Mendoza do a close-up show. After several amazing routines, he did a trick with a chop cup and a penny that was without question the most impressive closer I've ever seen (get a copy of his Book of John if you want to read it). I mean, my jaw hit the floor. I'd never seen anything so amazing in all my life. I still think back to that show with fondness, because I learned that night the importance of having a haymaker to end your show. Your...

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Clipping the coin with your left thumb and retaining it in your left hand. The right thumb simply slides one coin off its slack, holds it at the fingertips for a split second, then places or drops the coin on the table as you say. To coin a phrase. You keep one in your ear. I keep one here, you say, as your left hand apparently produces a coin from under your vest. That's why they call it a treasure chest, you say, as you again do the false transfer with the left and lay down another coin with...

Wlt I I la Ie Audi I ions

Auditions are a pain in the Canny. On several occasions I have had lo do live comedy auditions lbr one person, in a room built for live hundred. Not only is il oppressive, but the individual is sitting there evaluating my future, and isn't prone to start laughing out loud. So if the restaurant says they would like me to audition, I always suggest to them, Sure, why don't 1 come in and perform for a couple tables Otherwise, they are going to stand me in front of the...

Openers

Nobody will buy a magic book without tricks, so in a crass marketing move No, wail, let me start again. We are very pleased to offer a couple of good openers. Every once in a while I'll read a magic book that has a trick which is a cute idea, but clearly won't work. I always wondered. Why didn't the author include any of his real stuff Then 1 began writing books, and I thought, Why should I give away my act Well, we have both decided to include some of the good stuff. These arc pet effects...

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.S. voii crilcriu lor sclccliucj i.flocls I. dec Is are J ret I M I ojjs uppmr normal vSinij lr li ( airi , purloin , and resel B SointibiiK) I uiii tcniiiJt'iil in periormirKj B Suitable lor 11 u aucJieticc As you begin planning your act, you have to consider not only what your philosophy of magic is, but what effects will work in a restaurant selling. In 1932. S.I I. Sharpe produced a wonderful way to categorize magic tricks. Sharpe, writing in his book Nco Magic, staled that there are six...

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Occasionally some guy will start acting like a total jerk. He'll challenge you. he'll tell everybody how the tricks are done and he might even try to do one himself. 1 like Kirk Charles' advice Don't get involved in a battle of egos. If a table like that is insisting on seeing the magician, do one great trick and say good-bye. I o not go back, even if they demand to see another. If you're performing for a big group and you've got a heckler, don't try to cut him down to size. Rather, perform a...

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Any tape by David Roth, John Bannon, Harry Lomync Brad Burt's Private Lessons Video Series Carl Cloulicr Topit amp Sleeving Tapes There you have it. our recommendations for the best in magic. Now go out and spend that fortune Inside Collin's House of Magic at the magic counter If you are in Portland. Oregon, it is a great place to spend some tune. Inside Collin's House of Magic at the magic counter If you are in Portland. Oregon, it is a great place to spend some tune. Seel ion Iiiree...