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It can be a trick or, not. For me it would be something simple with common household items like rubber bands for CMH. Or, Sign Language by Doug Dyment.

Discuss,

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I’m trying to understand the question.

Am I trying to prove that you’re a magician?
Are you trying to prove that I’m a magician?
Or are you asking what would I do to prove that I’m a magician?
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Sorry for the mixed-up question, Evilone.

If you were put in a position where you had to prove you were a magician, what would you do or say, to prove to someone that your a magician. Would you show them a trick? Would you show them your website? What would you do or say..to convince someone your a magician.

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It depends Why and Who put me in that position.

A stranger - Yeah, you’re right. I’m not really a magician.

A potential client - I have this piece I perform where I predict the outcome of an imaginary coin toss.

Someone else - There’s a trick I learned from Bob Fitch where you make a coin appear.
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In all the years I've been interested in magic I have not once been asked to prove anything to anyone... for a couple of years now I rarely ever mention magic when I meet people, and in recent months I've begun to completely redefine my thoughts of what magic means to me.  I can state quite categorically that magic tricks are the least important part for me, and I am beginning to realise that real magic is more about way we choose to think about the world in which we live.

Now, I know full well that most folk here like magic tricks, and enjoy being able to perform those tricks for others, but I am happy with all the work I've done over the years and I am quite content to forget about performing altogether as my strength now comes in helping others to hone their approach by working on moves, presentations and scripts.

So to answer your initial question Rick:

There is nothing to prove, no tricks are required as the magic is alive in us, our connection to one another, and the world around us. Real magic is considering the words we use to create a spell... therefore I would utilise metaphor to create a moment of transformation in the imagination of those listening.

“That's the thing about magic; you've got to know it's still here, all around us, or it just stays invisible for you" - Charles De Lint
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Socrates, great answer. 
I've never encountered this question myself. 
I have been asked "What's a mentalist?" when trying to book a gig at a coffeehouse. I showed the guy the flip of a coin prediction I mentioned. Hired on the spot.

Other than that, I keep a glass star in my pocket for those times I might see someone having a bad day. I do the Bob Fitch coin production with this star and give them a little magic by letting them keep the star - good for one wish. I've only done it a few times but the times I've done it has changed that person's attitude and left them smiling. Sometimes crying good tears too. 

Otherwise, I have nothing to prove. 

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I just thought it would be fun to post this hypothetical question on the board. Looking at everyone's answer...I have nothing to prove either as I agree with both of you guys.
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Since I am primarily a card magician, I find that having anyone find me a deck and then doing something impossible with it establishes the fact. If I'm not just some guy with a suspect deck I might have picked up at a trick shop (if the magic does not reside in the props), then it must be me. I'm the magician.

Mostly, I find my awkward demeanor is proof enough. People have no trouble believing I'd be into magic. [eek]
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i would do a spellbound routine in which the coins vanish completely. 
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I would find proving I'm a magician to be a very odd request.  However, I'm thinking of making it a habit to carry a pack of cards with me whenever I have a spare pocket and I guess I could do a couple tricks.  But in all reality I probably would just ask why I needed to prove anything to them?
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I also don’t ever feel the need to prove anything to anybody. 

But as Dan mentioned above, in working situations, when you’re pitching your services to a skeptical client, it’s handy to have something available with which to blow their minds.  A coin trick, rainbow streamer, a fire wallet … whatever works for the occasion.


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I'm not always a huge fan of Chris Ramsay, but I think he hits the nail on the head with this one. 

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If I had to do one thing to prove I'm a magician I would....

Spend $10.00 on an otherwise ordinary pack of cards.
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Rick, I have a little idea to prove it:

You could get some "accidental" magic in front of your friends; something magical that happen in your hands you don't even understand, so that you yourself get surprised. It would look like you have some magical power that sometimes you can't control. It would be funny as well as "convincing" : - }
Something like the concept of "Perverse Magic."

What do you reckon about it?

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