The Ultimate Kicker

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The Ultimate Kicker

Postby Pepka » December 5th, 2004, 1:04 pm

I had a great experience last night using a technique similar to Paul Gertner's idea of the magic following someone home. Let me explain-
During my regular Friday night bar gig. The owner introduced me to a friend and I performed several routines for him. One is something new I'm playing with, a blank key after being examined, becomes cut, then examined again. Later during my set, I hinted that I might make a signed card appear in his pocket. When he checked, he made a reference to finding my blank key in his pocket, several times. He offered me a show for the following night; I was free so I took it.
After 2 hours of strolling, the members of the party were heading to a comedy club in the hotel we were in. I stood by the door and thanked every one and said goodnight. One man had told me he used to be a magician. (Told me all about his plstic thumb.) I pulled him aside and handed him the blank key. (I took it, but didn't do the routine at all that night.) I offered him a free dinner at my restaurant if he could sneak it into the man's coat pocket and keep it secret. I received a voicemail and email that it was the greatest magic trick ever, and he would be contacting me about other work soon.
Anyone else have experience doing something like this?

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Re: The Ultimate Kicker

Postby Adam Brooks » December 5th, 2004, 8:45 pm

Not quite as memorable, but still one of my favorites.

I studied in Australia for 5 months in college, and I met up with a few of the local magicians in the Union (campus cafeteria/libray/administrative offices) on a fairly regular basis.

During one impromptu performance, we were jamming with some mini candy bars. One of the ladies watching was wearing a hooded sweatshirt. Somehow I ended up behind her as my buddy Simon was showing her something else. Just as he finished, I took a mini Snickers, and very plainly and obviously placed it in the girl's hood without her feeling it. I mouthed "Do what you will" to Simon, and moved back around to join him.

He waited a couple minutes, equivoqued (?) a Snickers bar, and vanished it.

You can guess the rest. It was a great moment.

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