Your magic story sounds so cool I want to hear it. a) magic b) professionals c) the secret sleight of hand bug or thing or trick whatever it is it sounds intriguing
Stealing stuff and juggling is cool too, just dont become their entertainer and force them to do things themselves if they want to see more.
dont you think balloon modeling is lame? I just learned some basic stuff and it seems incredible easy to me(eventhough I like it). anyways im sure you can utilize it somehow, simply having a skill is always a little bit of a DHV, I think this one is great to teach maybe.
Thanks for your input mate. I like the idea of them doing things for me to do things.
Yeah balloon modelling is very easy to a point, the basic ones. I can do some more advanced ones lol but they are generally easy and actually strangely fun and satisfying.
The magic story
I got into magic when I was about 13yo. Stumbled across a magic shop website one night and some of the tricks sounded cool. So, a couple months later I remembered the shop and googled magic shops.
Anyways, I found another site and ordered a penetration frame, and haunted deck. I was hooked. The next Christmas I got a few more gimmicky tricks, and then for my birthday I got a couple more.
Then one day I came home from school and my dad had found an advertisement in the paper advertising a newish magic club. He showed me this and agreed to take me. So I made the calls etc, and it was fine.
Nervous as hell, not knowing what to expect, I went. Spent the next 2 years attending fortnightly 2 hour sessions. My gimmicky tricks looked absolute crap compared to these professional magicians using pure sleight of hand. And they taught me the basics, and I then bought the Royal Road to Card Magic nd read it cover to cover. I was hooked on sleight of hand (using normal everyday things.) My favourite was card magic - and I still like to mess about with cards now.
I even made up my own variation on Jazz Aces and wowed the pro crowd at the club. Magic became my life. My friends and family could now inspect EVERYTHING before and after and I would still wow them.
A small way into my magic bug (with just basic sleight of hand and LOTS of gmmicks) I performed at my local museum on an open day they had. Nerves destroyed me - first time ever even talking to strangers, and I was performing magic!
I then entered a couple competitions at another magic club (mainly old ex-pro magicians and the like) I entered:
1) close up magic competition - I was shitting a brick and my nerves got the better of me so my presentation failed. Early in the my magic "career". Came 2nd out of 3 juniors.
2) Card magic competition - I was into advanced sleight of hand and read couple books and even one on presentation. I made up my own routine and the patter and the likes. Even my own tricks, completely personalised.
I won. Beat everybody, even the adults competing. I was 15, and this made me sooo happy
I lost the bug when the club (first one, with pros) changed format. Instead of turnig up and talking to who you want about what you want, they changed to a "card day" then next time "coins day" then next time "rope day" format. Since I was mainly interested in cards, this got boing real fast. Also, some of my best friends there had left, so I left and quickly fell out of practice. It was during this club that I was introduced to jugling and balloon moddelling too lol.
Balloon modeling is great for a Day 2. Go out to a park with her (OR the childrens ward at a hospital) and make them for the kids and teach her to make them in the process.
I LOVE that idea!!!
sorry for long ass post