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Bill Guinee

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I am trying to arrange some close-up magic (primarily card work) into routines for strolling/restaurant work. I have a pretty good sense of what makes a good opener (quick, visual, etc), but I am not sure what makes a good closer. The literature seems to indicate that this is your strongest effect, but that seems to be the only criteria. So, how do you choose your closers? Is it simply a matter of over time figuring out which tricks make your audiences jaws drop and using those for closers? Perhaps one issue is the fact that we tend to remember our most recent experiences (and thus the last trick) the best. So, do you have specific things you want the audience to remember? Anyway, I would be interested in any suggestions you have or to hear about how you do this process of routining. Thanks.
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I think it should be strong and make the audience want to see one more. Also leave them remembering your name - Bill Ma Lone... But, since less is more, you leave them unless you get a standing O and a request for an encore. Then the topic becomes what should you do for an encore?

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One technique I have seen used (though never really managed to put into practice) is to incorporate in your closer some kind of call-back to your opener.  For example if your opener involved a signed selection, then that selection shows up one more time at the end of the closer.  That way you have "closed the circle". 

If you are working seated at a table, it's nice if your closer ends with some kind of impressive display (think "JC's Super Closer", where the whole deck is spread out face up in separate suits).  You can sit back and spread your hands out over the display from the centre out to the sides.  It's the seated equivalent of bowing, and invites applause.
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The call back idea is excellent Robin. 

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