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RayJ

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40 years ago I remember when anywhere you went at magic club meetings, shows, etc. you would see some of the same tricks each time.  Linking rings, check.  Cut-and-restored rope, check.  Professor's Nightmare, check.  You get the idea.  

One that I remember seeing a lot back then was the cut-and-restored newspaper strip called Clippo.  The way it works is actually kind of cool.  

I don't get around the local magic scene anymore but I'll bet it isn't performed much.  

There used to be a tendency for a bunch of folks to "jump on the bandwagon" of anything new to the point where for months at a time you'd see the same tricks done by different people.  I guess it is just human nature.

Will ACAAN effects become passe due to overexposure and end up like the egg bag?  Theaters reportedly had signs posted backstage for magicians to remind them not to present the egg bag trick.  Audiences had seen it way too much.  Nowadays Jeff Hobson kills with it.

That's why I love the "old is new" videos that Rudy is putting out.  You can actually bring some really entertaining magic back into the mainstream.

So what are some tricks that you remember seeing everywhere that "disappeared" from the scene?
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My experience is a little different.  The majority of magicians are arm chair magicians.   They go to the clubs, they buy the tricks, they post on youtube, they are the loudest voices in magic and they drive the business.  They are the ones who don't have an audience so they buy new tricks.  This is the market that many tricks are aimed at.  

Established pros or magicians who actually perform, tend to stick with the same stuff.  They may buy books, or tricks simply to collect them because they collect them and always want to stay on the cutting edge and be able to talk the talk at magic conventions, magic shops and clubs.  

But when push comes to shove, and they are at a show, they are pretty much doing standard effects such as the linking Rings, Prof Nightmare, coins across, ambitious card, card on ceiling and yes, the egg bag.  Children show magicians are still performing the colouring book, linking rings, run rabbit run, (in any of its forms) the traffic light trick, cut and restored rope.  

Clever marketing and social media however streamline what we see, only the latest and greatest for you to buy, that packs flat, plays big, angle proof, all the pros say wonderful things about it, (but never actually perform it).  


Whenever you get a chance go see a magician in action,  not at the magic club, not at a convention, nor a lecture, not on youtube, but go out and see a show if you can find one.  You just might find all those classics you are missing.  Except maybe clippo.  I think the issue with clippo is the prep.  I remember Terry Seabrooke slaying a bunch of magicians at a convention with that old beauty.  

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I started using Clippo/Clipper about a year ago for a slate of retirement communities that I booked. The 90 degree bend kills them every time. Unexpected and magical.
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Jim Steinmeyer has an excellent handling for Clippo in his book, The Conjuring Anthology. He calls it, The Cut and Restored Instructions. He also has handlings for lots of the old classics that are updated, modernized, and would easily fit into a contemporary magic show.

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