Senin, 18 Januari 2010

Cards from Mouth

After producing cards from the air one by one, you need a good finish. This is one great finish to backpalming cards and producing them from thin air.
You point to your empty mouth and reach inside. Instantly a mouthful of cards pour out.
This is also a good finish to springing the cards from hand to hand. Bonus, near the end of this simple trick is a magic principle about creating strong, lasting magic memories, so be sure to check it out as well, even if you're not interested in this trick, you can learn from it!

This is another great fun trick that keeps the audience in a good mood.
The mechanics of this trick are fairly simple, although the timing and misdirection are what is going to be the part you will need to focus on when you practice this.
Palm about 20-30 cards in your right hand. Leave this hand at your side. Do this when the attention is on something else, at the end of a previous trick, or after you have produced cards from thin air.
Point to your mouth with your left hand and open your eyes really big.
As you start to open your mouth, bring your right hand up to your face and simply push the cards about halfway into your mouth. Immediately let the cards spill out and use your left hand to grab them as they come pouring out.
Here's a quick magic tip you can use no matter what trick you're doing:
It's important to leave a nice visual picture in the mind of the audience, and most of the time, it is the ending of the trick that you want them to burn into their memory the most. So when you're performing this trick, it's natural to just pull all the cards out of your mouth and then put them on the table. But instead of doing that, try this: Pull them out of your mouth, but leave your hands up in front of your neck while still holding to all the cards. Have the cards slightly fanned out, and then bite into the last card of the group. You can then strongly pull or rip the last card out of your mouth, and it gives you a moment to pause and burn that into their minds.
How can this be used for other tricks? Well, how about when your written prediction of a card matches the card they chose. Here are two scenarios:
1) They show you the card. You pick up the prediction and show them the prediction.
OR a better alternative:
2) They show you the card and you pick it up and place it face up in front of them. Then you pick up your prediction and unfold it so that it sits right next to their card, and leave them placed next to eachother for a few moments. See the difference? You're painting memories with magic here, people! You can never be exactly sure what people are going to remember, but if you do things like this, you can surely enahce the chance that you'll get them to remember the right part of the magic trick, and they'll be remembering this part of the trick, not that part where you almost dropped the deck, or where you did a poor execution of a double lift!

**Warning for your Health** don't use anyone else's cards for this. First of all, they don't want their cards in your mouth. And more importantly, you don't know how many dirty and grimy hands have touched their cards. You don't want to make yourself sick. The two times I have done this effect at a restaurant where I do magic nightly (with my own cards) after working for a couple of hours. Many people have touched the cards, and I don't know why I put them into my mouth. Anyway, BOTH times, I was sick within a day or two afterward. Coincidence? I don't know, but it sure wasn't worth it enough to try it again to find out for sure. Yuck!

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