Originally posted by Brian Wendell Morton:
...the real work is not in the handling, it's how to present the trick without coming off as a jerk. If you can do something other than the "I win/You lose" presentation over and over again, without losing the charm of the scam, you might achieve something with it. But then again, that's the hard part, isn't it?
You said it Brian. The biggest challenge I face, and I imagine others are thinking about it too, is how to routine some of these classic spectator-involved effects without the "I'm a genius, you're a jerk!" flavor. There has to be some middle ground between a straight (yawn) demonstration, and making the participant feel like a loser. I'm thinking primarily of tricks like the monte, loopy-loop, and even the standard "guessing game" themes for the chop cup, etc. One "name" magician at an infamous A-1 convention a few years ago, justified stinging his helpers by saying it was just "taking the mickey out of 'em."
It doesn't work for me, and I don't think, in general, that style works for the bookers and corporate types I want to rehire me.
Maybe this is more of a suggestion for a new topic? :rolleyes: