Sometimes a close up illusion is just what is needed to create a sense of pure mystery in amongst the fun and laughter of a magic show.
No doubt you would have realised by now that I like a lot of silly fun to be part of my magic. When I first started all my magic tricks and magic shows were like that. I've since realised that it's important to break up the fun and laughter now and then with quiet moments of strong magic. No stories, jokes, volunteers helping, just a bit of eye popping magic.
Here's a trick that was shown to me years ago. It's perfect to do at a table or in a fast food restaurant. You need some paper money, a napkin or a sheet of paper and a pen, all fairly easy to find.
Quite often the only thing I say when performing this is simply 'watch', and I say it right at the beginning.
This little close up trick doesn't seem like it should fool people at all but strangely it does, over and over.
I think it has a lot to do with the way the money is folded over at the sides and towards the front. It really is an illusion. Your eyes are telling you one thing but your brain is telling you another.
Again you are now almost always ready to perform some magic at any time and being spontaneous is another thing that helps elevate a trick into something your audience perceives as being more magical.