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chris w

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As participatory close-up for people outside your household might be a thing of the past for a while, I'm wondering what tricks can be done informally from a distance. There's something in in-person magic that people still need. How would you go about getting it to them, even if only as a thought exercise?

(Ideally, you should be staying home.)

Basic criteria that springs to mind:
  • visible from a fair distance
  • doesn't require coming within 6 feet of your audience or them coming within 6 feet of each other
  • doesn't rely on the sort of misdirection that only works in very close quarters
  • can be based on parlor or night club style magic, but should travel light and not be too stagy as you presumably will be performing this outside of formal shows (people can't congregate), in situations you might have formerly done impromptu close-up in

Thoughts? What would you do if the opportunity arose?
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Color changing silks comes to mind and knots off silk. As does cut and restored rope and Professors Nightmare. These would all easily fit in your pockets and easy for the spectators to follow.
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Invisible Deck. You can still get the observer/s very involved, playfully with no touching. Even do it over Zoom.
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Professor's Nightmare/Fiber Optics.  

Ring and Rope.

Sponge Ball to Square. (Basic routine.)

Starcle - I love Starcle and have done it both close-up and on stage. 

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No surprise to anyone when I suggest ... Card Warp.  I've done it in lecture halls - at 2 metres distance it is great.  For even greater visibility, try Eugene Burger's handling with Jumbo cards.

Any of the eye-level T&R card handlings.

Three Fly.

Elbow, Knee, Neck.

The buskers among us may have suggestions.
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As I've mentioned before, Cut And Restored Rope is my all-time favourite non-card trick.

I also use other boring yawn-inducing soporifics:

Linking Rings---three rings.

Gozinta Boxes.

Magic Square.

M-1 Traffic. The Road Sign version of Crazy Compass.

Invisible Deck.
Already mentioned. I prefer (and do) a Straight mental effect, not the overdone comedy version. Nothing wrong with the comedy, but too many magicians think that the routine is so good, it doesn't require any performer input. It is good, but it needs help.


I can hear snoring, so I'll pause there. More later.
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ZZZZZZ. Uh, sorry, just woke up to say that Crazy Compass is, and always has been, a great little trick. Glad you mentioned it.

Also like Robin's suggestion of Three Fly. Problem is, it's always been a problem for me. My hands - skinny fingers - can't handle dollars without flashing, and halves aren't heavy enough. Personal problem? Yeah, but still a problem. Any suggestions for accessible routines accounting for such conditions welcome. 

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would audience members have to be 6feet from each other, going by the social distance guidelines?
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I should hope so.  Unless they are part of a family or other group that is isolating together.
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chris w

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I appreciate the ideas offered so far.

Yes, I would assume audience members are 6 feet apart as well. The wider spread might mean angle considerations would come into play if there are more than a couple people. I imagine we're mostly talking informal performances for one or two people, though.

Also, I don't necessarily mean right now. I guess I'm trying to think and plan for further down the road, if people retain some residual skittishness about personal contact and being in crowds when there's less of an imminent threat.
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Pocket Nighmare - Max Maven
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Another version of the Road Sign trick I like is “Upside Down”. It’s a Steve Beam routine and can be found in the first issue of his “Trapdoor” magazine.

1983. 

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Pocket Nighmare - Max Maven


Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't this require an assisting spectator to be quite close to the funjoror?

Or am I thinking of "Pocket Nightmare"?
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No, I believe you are correct.

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How about a three fly kind ofthing ? I prefer the Gary Kurtz version
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Depending on your target age group, and if you use music in your show, several of my interactive routines would be perfect. 

For example …

Skull-o-pini:  http://www.arthurstead.com/Skull-o-pini.htm

Merlin:  http://www.arthurstead.com/Merlin.htm

The Magic in You:  http://www.arthurstead.com/The_Magic_in_You.htm

 

 

 


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