Originally posted by David Groves:
I'm sure you agree that you have to be prepared for both stationary and strolling.
Most of my clients request strolling, but sometimes, they put me in a stationary situation.
I did that at a 12-year-old grad party in May, for example. For three hours, 12-year-olds strolled by my table and I performed for them. As you can imagine, it became quite a challenge. A few kids stayed around for most of the three hours, so at the end of two hours, I was well into "B" and "C" material. That's the problem with continuous stationary performing--you can't make an excuse and steal away. Strolling gives you flexibility.
After two hours, of course, kids get tired of you getting the right card. At that point, I launched into a spelling trick that's on the Michael Close videos (can't remember the name), and it's a trick that I don't often perform, and sometimes I'm off by one. So I had the 12-year-old spectator spell to the selected card.
"That's not my card," the spectator said.
And a row of 12-year-old boys all said, "That's not the card, that's not the card, that's not the card."
Oh gee, I thought, I'm off by one. So I picked up the card and did some magical transformation (can't remember its name) to turn it into the next card. Voila!
"No, haw haw, you got it right the first time!" they said, and they all walked away from the table, getting the better of the slightly pissed off magician.
Well, there IS a response for this, and it can be a good one, especially for the 12 year-old set.
When they say, "That's not the card!" Laugh and say, "That's the one I GAVE you!" shift the card to the bottom of the deck. "I couldn't have given you anything else!" Do the all alike display. End with it on top.
Palm it off as you hand them the deck and say "Check it out!"
While they are looking at the deck, stick the card to your forehead.
Heba Haba Al used to kill with that schtick - and, with his permission, I've been using it for well over two decades.
I hope this isn't too close to tipping technique... and it's perfect for those VERY rare times when you HAVE to shut down a troupe of people who are out to "get" you.
And no, I do NOT espouse one-upmanship as a regular response. This is for extreme cases only.
Lee Darrow, C.Ht. http://www.leedarrow.com