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Let's say that your going to a meeting and the person your performing for can change your life and your career as a performer. You only have time to do one trick....

What do you do?

Me? I'll do KK Sleighty Touched with the blank deck. This never fails to get a strong reaction.

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If I could, I'd borrow the client's ring and levitate it.  Unfortunately I don't do that trick ...
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I would do Gary Kurtz Trio.
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Just watched a video of Gary Kurtz doing Trio.

Very impressive! The ending was a surprise too.
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I have no aspirations to make a living as a performer of any kind. That said, if I were interested, and if I had to do something in my current repertoire, I would go with B'Wave. 

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Cool routine, huh? Tok me quite a while to get it working
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     How about - One effect WITH A BORROWED DECK and it must kill!?
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Borrowed dec and it must kill--- Family Unit
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  That's one.
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Vernon’s Emotional Reaction and Harry’s “Stop!” from Close Up Card Magic (with the Afterthoughts touches)
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Depending on the situation, if you only have time for one trick, a card effect or elegant coin routine may take too long.  Besides, you may not even have the benefit of a table.  

In that case, even something as quick and simple as a fire wallet will leave a more memorable impression.

The $100 bill switch is another option.


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Depends on what you know about the person you're performing for.

If she's a hard-nosed card player, cut some Aces and then stack them for a five-handed game.

If she's an art appreciator or a sentimentalist, do Michael Skinner's "Mona Lisa Card Trick."

If she has an exceptionally short attention span, have a card chosen/returned and then stick it to the ceiling.

For general use, Nick Einhorn has a well-structured Rainbow Deck routine that packs a nice punch.

The good and bad news is that who you are as a person will ultimately make a bigger impression than whatever trick you do.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mind Phantom
Let's say that your going to a meeting and the person your performing for can change your life and your career as a performer. You only have time to do one trick....

What do you do?

Me? I'll do KK Sleighty Touched with the blank deck. This never fails to get a strong reaction.

Rick


Assuming the meeting is planned in advance, you mail the person a deck of cards and tell him/her not to open the package but to bring it to the meeting and make sure no one tampers with it.

Once you arrive, you ask the person to name any card in the deck. They can change their mind as many times as they like. They can ask anyone in the room to help select the color, the value, whatever.

Once satisfied with a mentally selected card, you ask them to open the package and hand you the deck as they name their card. You spread through the deck and the only face down card in the deck is their named card.

Hands off. No shuffling. No funny moves. No wasted time. Reputation sealed.

I think most everyone here knows how this is done.

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I'd do the Hands-Off Mixed-Up Pure Impossibility Trick. I can perform that one really well and make it even a little cooler than the original. I'll post a video at some point (demonstration only; not an instructional or tutorial video). I'm sure a good number of you already know how it's done, but I have yet to meet a layperson who isn't amazed by it. I think even as a magician who knows how it's done, it'd still be fun for me to see it performed well by other magicians. Not sure if you need to simply impress this person, fool them silly, or just win them over, but if they're a magician themselves, then they'll probably know how it's done. Again though, that might not matter if you perform it with the right flair. 
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I would worry very little about the effect.  Id do something I am very comfortable with and have a good time performing.  The person you are performing for probably has very little to compare the actual effect too.  What they are really looking at is your personality and style.  
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How To Kill With A Borrowed Deck

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Steve Dacri said Harry's Stop, got him a number of jobs.  David Roth used to say he would do his shelled coins across.
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How To Kill With A Borrowed Deck

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Or...sharpen the edges and start throwing!

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How To Kill With A Borrowed Deck


Absorb Ricky Jay's Cards As Weapons.

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Brainwave deck beats B'Wave, but I think if the person has seen some 15 year old do Brainwave deck you'd not get the job. I'd personally steer clear of any mass marketed dealer item.

If you ask the person to bring a deck of cards to the meeting for you to borrow they might even cancel the meeting, lol.

I tend to agree with Chris when he said, "The good and bad news is that who you are as a person will ultimately make a bigger impression than whatever trick you do". Some people just don't get that.

Just because someone else landed a job with a routine doesn't mean you will, whether the routine is by Harry, Kurtz, Kenner or whoever.

I remember John Mendoza telling of how he got a prestigious job in Saudi Arabia with his colour changing deck routine.

I also remember Paul Daniels telling he got a TV spot once by doing the Magic Age Cards to someone on a train.

Just before he moved down South from Yorkshire and got well known Dynamo asked me what the one trick was he should do to get the gigs, impress agents etc. I told him it didn't really matter, as long as it was something he did really WELL.  Of course, that doesn't mean he followed my advice, not really spoken to him since.

There is no one trick that guarantees gigs and fame. But dealers hope you never realize that. [wink]
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It's fun to contemplate, though.  [comp]
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I tend to agree with Chris when he said, "The good and bad news is that who you are as a person will ultimately make a bigger impression than whatever trick you do". Some people just don't get that.

Just because someone else landed a job with a routine does

Good point.  Personality is a huge thing in magic.

Harry Lorayne is a classic example: he's an entertainer and showman, and his charisma adds a huge amount to his performance.  

Presentation is a huge part of magic, and your personality typically contributes a huge amount to that.

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    Thanks for "them kind words," Endersgame. 

     Interesting...there's talk here, somewhere, about a very recent performance of a card trick by someone (I don't want to mention names - not interested in insulting anyone) who does some great, interesting, different, card stuff. But - the "recent" just bored the heck out of me!

      Some are raving. So it has to be me - I had to struggle not to leave it before the trick ended.
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I think Card Warp would be high on my list.

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