Okay, Matt - you've figured me out. Now get busy with those three wishes you've got coming.
As to the theme of the article - allowing the magic to speak for itself without burdening it with "meaningful" patter - this is something that's been on my mind for the past few weeks. The person responsible for this is Forum favorite David Acer, and my infatuation with his effect "Quartermain." For National Magic Week I performed thirty shows on a magic history theme, and I decided that I was going to add "Quartermain" to my program, if I had to force it in with a shoehorn and whack it with a mallet to make it stay put. I found a hook which was hopefully more elegant than the shoehorn-and-mallet approach, but I didn't really have any patter for the effect itself. I said my blah-blah-blah, and just presented it in a straightforward manner. It got lots of "oohs" and "aahs," certainly due in part to my own enjoyment of watching it work.
But National Magic Week ended, and I went to lunch on Monday with a friend, hoping to solicit his advice. I again presented it in a very basic manner, and said "What's the patter for that?"
He said "Let's see - you've got three coins - a trinity - say, body, mind, soul. You've got a world above, a world below, and an obstacle between them."
I was doubtful. "That much?"
He was confident. "Yep. You have to be saying things to distract guys like me, who otherwise are just going to sit there trying to figure out what you're doing."
Oh, I don't know....
Unlike David Acer, I decided not to draw any attention to the fact that I was using Canadian coins. Of the more than 600 people who saw it, only one noticed and asked me about it. I said "A Canadian magician invented this trick and taught it to me. Whenever somebody shows me how to do a trick, I put something in it to honor my teacher."
Which is also true.