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Well, which is it? And why?

For those amateurs who do tricks for family and friends ( which I am glad to call myself one ) how do you normally perform, seated or standing up?

I just want to know your preference...

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Depends on what I'm doing. I do many tricks that require me to be seated, some are easier standing. In general, I'd rather stand as I feel I have more opportunity for misdirection due to having more "space" to work with. But when seated I can make use of my lap and that is a nice trade off.

Whenever I do extensive shuffling I sit.
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My preference is to sit at a table with people, but if there are too many people or the layout is too weird to do that effectively, I'll stand. Being visible and audible to everyone is most important.
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If it’s family and friends it’s impromptu, not a scheduled event, so it depends when it’s most socially appropriate to work it in. If I can get a word in edgewise between the political arguments at the dinner table that is a good place to drop in a trick. On the other hand I’ve said ok then let me show you a magic trick when people were getting up to leave, then do something standing up that is short, like ten seconds, as a send off.
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Depends on what I'm doing. I do many tricks that require me to be seated, some are easier standing. In general, I'd rather stand as I feel I have more opportunity for misdirection due to having more "space" to work with.


On this matter, I would say precisely what RayJ has said before! :-)
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I learn everything for standing. It is both necessary and has advantages doing restaurant work. Most any standing trick can be adapted for sitting easily. But, it doesn’t go the other way. So, nowadays, if I can’t do it standing with almost no table space, I won’t invest the time in it to bring it to performance level. BTW, those two qualifications eliminate the great majority of close-up tricks in print.
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Depends on what I'm doing. I do many tricks that require me to be seated, some are easier standing. In general, I'd rather stand as I feel I have more opportunity for misdirection due to having more "space" to work with. But when seated I can make use of my lap and that is a nice trade off.

Whenever I do extensive shuffling I sit.


When I used to do a Crooked Gambling Show I would stand behind a table, but when it came to doing riffle stacking i.e Riffle & Roll and Nine Angry Men by Jack Carpenter, I would take a seat.

I would do the push-thru shuffles standing-up but bent over to get my eyes square with the deck.

I like standing for the same reasons rayj does.

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I do most of my effects standing. I've noticed that when you do card magic and you are standing, you can show the cards better because the angle you hold the cards at is better for the cards to be seen. I may start an effect when I'm sitting and I stand to show the cards better. When you are sitting, your arms are parallel to the table and the cards are at about the same "angle" (also parallel to the table) and the cards faces are not easily seen. So that's why I prefer standing...

I don't do any effects that involve lapping. 

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For family and friends, in an informal setting and not a show, I perform seated - usually at a dining room table while we're all chatting away. 
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Definitely depends on the situation. Certain routines are better sitting and some routines are better standing.
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Close -up magic: seated.

School, library, daycare, family, birthday & parlor magic shows: standing.


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