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ParaSailor

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Since diving back in, it has impressed me how it has been the simple things that have gotten the best reactions. A coworker wanted to show me a trick so I watched and enjoyed it. He asked me to duplicate it myself which I didn't do, he had given me a true free choice but I didn't give him one in return. Part way though the trick he asks to shuffle the deck himself (he had used an index card and I guess he figured he would get me). I consented much to his surprise and changed the trick on the fly, writing a new script as I went. Once the card was truly lost by him, I turned the cards face up and slowly eliminated sections of the deck until only his card was left. He was so blown away that he went and found others to come see the trick (unfortunately for him they never quite get the same one twice).
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Well done. There a few discussions here and there on impromptu tricks and whether or not to consent to being asked/challenged  to do something.
Worth checking.
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Yep, 'tis true. Dan Waterman convinced me that the silly, simple stuff can kill. Lately I've been having a blast with Cameron Francis's trick, COAT. It's a silly, simple mentalism effect that I initially thought little of. Then I decided to make up a set of cards and try it out. This silly, simple little trick garners dropped jaws and squeals of delight. Seriously. Squeals. I should record them. Similarly, Evil Dan convinced me to revert to the marketed cards for Color Monte. For years I had been performing it with regular cards. After trying it again with the marketed set, I can't see myself ever going back. Simple, silly, but oh, so effective. 


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Here's one:

http://www.themagiciansforum.com/post/selfworking-vs-sleights-9894224?highlight=self-working

 

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ParaSailor

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Av, I have to agree about Color Monte.  That was one of the first packet tricks I ever purchased and even during the time that I "wasn't doing magic" I was guilty of carrying a Color Monte around from time to time.  I've gone through no less than ten sets of the marketed set and even currently have one on order to meet me at the next port to replace the set that I most recently wore out.  It is without a doubt a simple trick yet it always plays big.
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Thanks for the shout out Anthony!

Lets not forget about other genres...cups and balls...chop cups...paddle effects...sponge balls...so many, "what the &^%$" moments can happen with these props! Simple routines with limited amount of basic sleight of hand have carried me through some major gigs. PRESENTATION BEING THE CORNERSTONE!

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Color Monte rocks!  Learned it from Larry Kahlow at Eagle Magic around 1976 and I continue to use it all the time.  Killer simple trick.  

Blathermist, on the forum here, has helped me too in seeing how important "simple" is in magical entertainment.  
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Couldn’t agree more!  Simplicity is the key, whether it pertains to handling, patter, presentation, or all of the above.  I’m another fan of Color Monte, although for years now I’ve preferred using regular cards (since I don’t want to carry around packet tricks).


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Good Magic is entertainment. Solid structure and performance take it to another level altogether. Even something innocuous like COAT or Color Monte can be taken to those levels. Sounds like you guys are already doing this!
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ParaSailor

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You are so right Mbreggar,  It took me a long time to figure that out.  When I first started, I was so interested in the technical skill that I completely ignored the entertainment factor and the audience.
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