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Handing the spectator a knife question

Posted: July 8th, 2019, 2:21 pm
by erdnasephile
I'm planning a performance of a bill in fruit routine using a method where I have the option of allowing the spectator to cut open the fruit. I've studied routines of others well-posted magicians who employ this strategy (Richardson, Alexander, etc.) and it seems feasible.

However, although this idea would seem to pose some presentational problems and also exposes the performer to risks should the spectator fumble and cut themselves. I'm only considering doing this because the one of the big things the audience has to be convinced of for a BIF routine is that the fruit must be genuinely sealed and that the performing isn't using a trick knife or slipping the bill in when they cut. Allowing the spectator to cut wipes out all that.

I'm wondering if any of you has done this, and what your experience has been. Specifically, have any of your spectators ever been injured? Did allowing them to cut the fruit hamper the climax and timing? Were there any particular advantages in allowing the spectator to do this? Does it make any difference at all in how your audience perceives the routine?

Thanks!

Re: Handing the spectator a knife question

Posted: July 8th, 2019, 4:06 pm
by Richard Kaufman
Do NOT hand the spectator a knife.

Re: Handing the spectator a knife question

Posted: July 8th, 2019, 6:33 pm
by Bob Farmer
I agree. Do not hand the spectator a knife, you're asking for a liability law suit if the spectator is hurt (or even if he or she isn't, if he or she are jerks). I don't think the method or effect is harmed if you do the cutting.

Re: Handing the spectator a knife question

Posted: July 9th, 2019, 1:20 pm
by Pete McCabe
Plus if you travel with a knife, airport security is another potential problem.

Re: Handing the spectator a knife question

Posted: July 9th, 2019, 2:15 pm
by AJM
Do you think a chainsaw would be acceptable then?