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You will have time to do about 3 or maybe 4 effects at the most.

My question to you is what exactly would you do? Me?

A diary effect like John Morgan's Birthday Book using the Fortune Teller's Book Of Day's

A numerology add up effect like Larry Becker's Sum Total

Maybe Kenton Knepper's Sleightly Touched or Sign Language by Doug Dyment

The gig is for a morning tv show i.e AM Sacramento that kind of gig. Put your thinking cap on and let me know what you've got.

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Years back on radio I did a version of Seven Keys To Baldpate. The announcer was confirming everything was on the up and up, keys were placed in envelopes which were numbered, My job was to divine the numbered envelope that contained the correct key and mentally project that number to someone that phoned in. I might have done something else too but don't recall.

Another person the following week on the same show did Bill Goldman's "Mental Yarn" ( which actually was a Ned Rutledge effect).

Michael Wade one published a tiny book on radio magic and the best thing in it was an idea with a banana. It was the old beginner book bit of cutting a banana while still in it's skin secretly beforehand. Using the psychological force of asking for a number between 1 and 4 he mentally broke the banana into either that many pieces mentally, or cut it that number of times. Well, I thought it was the best think in the booklet anyway!

I did consider Harry Lorayne's "Numero Uno", doing it with the announcer so he could dramatically count the cards, but decided to stick with mentalism.
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A little more than 20 years ago I and a group of magicians from the city I live in went to the local TV news program. We were celebrating Magician's Day (January 31st) and the night before we decided who would do what. We decided to present close up and parlor magic. We went to the local TV station and the first magician presented parlor magic with some dove productions. Then it was my turn and I presented The Three Shell Game. I decided on that because back then there was a group of crooks taking people's money on the streets of our city doing exactly that, the three shell game. It was also a way to start a conversation about the subject and let people know that they would never win at that game and they should not bet because they would always lose. Then my next friend did some more close up magic with cards and some comedy. The last 2 magicians presented parlor magic as well. We did what we were best at and the show was very good I think. We did things that would look good on camera and just had to tell the people in charge what kind of shots would be needed for each magician. We were at the beginning or the end of a block when the anchors were telling us about the local or national or international news. When they finished a section, it was our turn to be on camera and do our magic. I was nervous but I did it...

So my suggestion would be to do something you are good at and that you can do without thinking. If you get nervous and have to think about what happens next, there is a chance you might forget a step and the effect would fail. Also talk to the camera director to let them know how you would like the cameras to be setup during your participation. Also do effects that make you look good. This participation would be like a business card for you at the city or regional level so make the most of it. If people like what you do, you might get a lot of contracts.

Well, there... my two cents. I hope this helps.

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Oh, you don't have to be a mentalist to chime-in here.

Luis,

A good friend of mine lost a $100 "bet" to a group of three card monte crooks in front of the AT&T Ballpark in San Francisco a few years ago. I wasn't with him when this happened, he thought he could beat the game. I can see how interesting a crooked gambling demo would be interesting for TV. I think James Swain has some video's which he did for TV.
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Juan Tamariz's book "Verbal Magic" contains a treasure-trove of suitable routines, involving participation from people in the studio and people at home.
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Apologies, I misread the thread title, missing out the TV bit and responded as if it was a radio talk show.  But on a local TV show when I first came to the U.S I still did mental items as I was doing more of that at the time. One of the items I did was a book test. I would NOT do a book test these days as there are so many about now.

Plenty of people have done crooked gambling type demos on TV. Paul Daniels used to do a Bunco Booth type thing on his show every week. John Lenahan once did the three card trick, exposed it and promptly got expelled from The Magic Circle. But many of the more magical versions of the three card trick and gambling routines can be shown "as a public service' to warn people about gambling with strangers and that you can never win at these street games.

My advice would be to do nothing that is a dealer item, start with something that's reasonably quick and pick things that are representative of what you do normally when booked to entertain. Stuff where you don't have to worry about angles.
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I would probably perform something I enjoy and am comfortable with.  I figure it this way, if Edgar Bergen can make it as a ventriloquist on the radio, then anything goes. 
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Ditto on doing stuff that you are comfortable with.  I'd also recommend, in my opinion, items that you can leave/give away at the end.  So, for example, a stacked deck but not a marked deck, stuff like that.  I tend to think of Marc Paul's approach here (with the caveat that you do your own effects, these are clearly what Marc Paul does):


And I know this thread is old but I like the discussion, thanks everyone!

Best,
Lem
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Hey, Lem! Welcome to TMF, and thanks for jumping right in. Resurrecting older threads is perfectly fine.

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I would perform Digital Force Bag by Nick Einhorn, Social Prediction by Debjit Magic and the Invisible Deck Routine 😉
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