We have all heard that question and wondered what should I show them. Did I
do this one for them before. As a magician the last thing you want to do is
start a trick only to hear them say something like 'Oh great, I like this one.'
Or worse yet they will turn to their friends and talk about what is going to
happen which destroys the effect.
If you perform close-up a often, it is almost impossible to keep track of
which tricks you have shown. You don't repeat tricks to the same
It is especially important with your first 3 tricks and I try never to
repeat my lead trick. As a professional magician it is not uncommon to do 2 or 3
tricks and then move on to the next table or group of spectators. You don't want
to show them the same tricks next time you see them.
The system I use takes a little work to develop but has completely cured
this problem for me. This is true for table hopping in a restaurant or just a
little magic for some new friends.
I have my regular tricks that I always carry and perform for people who I
know have never seen me perform and for longer performances. In addition
to that I have 52 rotating tricks. I rotate the lead or first trick that I do
every week. Yes, this means I had to come up with a list of 52 tricks that
I liked and learned in addition to my regular arsenal. The advantage is my lead
trick changes every week and will not repeat for one year. I will start every
close-up performance with this lead trick for one week. The next week I rotate
in a new lead trick and rotate last weeks trick to the number 2 spot. On the
third week I rotate it to the number 3 spot. After the third week the trick is
retired for one year.
The only exception to this is when I am working conventions or locations
where I see the same people often. In that case I may change the rotation daily
or in extreme cases even hourly.
Enjoy, It will always keep your magic looking fresh and is not as difficult
as it sounds.