Magic Friday is written by Vancouver Magician Jamie D. Grant
What The Audience Sees:
“What can I say?! This Jamie cat is a ^$&&#*^%’n time traveller! He obviously went back in time, while we weren’t looking, and found out about me and Wendy Heindrix under the bleachers. It was crazy! He brought out this deck of cards, right, and showed us that this crazy lady he had met last week had given him two jokers as a gift. Then he asked me to remember who the first person I ever kissed was. Well, Wendy wasn’t hard to forget because she had choked me with her tongue. Anyways, when he spread the cards out, on the back of the two jokers were the initials “W” and “H”. I went nuts, Angry Bob couldn’t believe I had kissed a girl, and Big Ted couldn’t stop giggling! WTF, I mean, seriously!”
How It Went:
I’ll be honest here- I’ve never been into special decks too much. Sometimes the tricks can be mindblowers but I never consider taking one to a paid gig as pocket space is worth its space in gold (I’m talking Walk-Around here, and not my parlour show or something). I mean, it would have to really be a heavy hitter for me to carry around a deck that only serves one specific purpose.
Well, Deep 3 makes the cut, easily. It is so clean and has such a presentational hook that it went straight into my Walk-Around case when I got home. Especially with summer coming up and the ton of weddings I have booked, this trick is an absolute no brainer. And I mean that, literally. I could do this in my sleep which is an absolute necessity for gigs. Magic Friday is great practice but paid gigs have to be flawless and Deep 3 is practically self working.
Back to Friday, though. People loved it! I was initially worried that if I did this for a group, that the people who weren’t the selected spectator would lose interest, but I found ways around that. Namely, I would say, after asking if they could remember who their first kiss was, “Okay. And is that person in this room right now?” That brought everyone into the effect and got a laugh every time. It also was the perfect time to do what needed to be done. Overall, this trick was a hit all day.
” How did you know that?! How?!!!”
-It really is shocking that those initials are there.
”OMG, OMG, OMG! That’s craaaaaaaaxzy!”
-People are really mentally involved with this effect. There’s true emotion present.
Angry Bob Rating:
For those of you reading this article for the first time, Angry Bob is a co-worker who has an understanding of some magic because his uncle was a magician. Angry Bob knows that TT’s exist, for example, but he has no desire to become a magician himself. He also has an anger management problem that can be experienced first hand if he can’t figure out how a trick is done. A high rating means he has no idea.
”Hunh. Let’s see your thumbs, ^&$&^^&%&&%... ... Hmmm. How the ^$^$ did you manage to write that, then. &$**$!!!” 5/5.
I think that would be some people’s first instinct until they realize how big and broad the letters are. Once they realize that, they’re crushed.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever given a special deck a 10/10 but I think Deep 3 totally warrants it- if for nothing else than the impact it’s going to have on my upcoming summer wedding gigs. Aside from that, it still totally works for anything else you can think of. I was thinking of getting the group to think of someone that wasn’t with them that day, the initials of a state or province they had recently travelled to, their best friend in elementary school, the first letters on a bill serial number, letters on their licence plate, etc. Any of these things are great topics to introduce into a group as opposed to the usual, “Pick a card.” bit.
And this brings up something Bro touches on in the instructions- Why are the initials there? Did I write them before I came to the gig? Did they magically appear? Did the woman who gave the jokers to me, write them? For me, I gave the impression that I was given two jokers and that since they were not the same as my deck, that I could write on them and not worry about it. That was my way about it (and that I wrote them before I showed up, obviously) and it went awesome.
The JDG Tip:
1) I would tell people, “I was working this gig last week and I met this lady there who had two jokers in her purse, yadda, yadda...”- This lets people know that you are a working pro who does gigs. Always important!
2) If I thought there was any hesitation on the part of the spec when I questioned them about their first kiss, I would add, ”It can be the name of one of your parents if you don’t want to share the name. As long as you’re confident I couldn’t know it.” This was to protect myself from getting someone who had never been kissed and was potentially embarrassed. Always protect your spectators!
Bro Gilbert has a winner on his hands here. It always makes me happy to come across effects that are easy to write up and are a pleasure to perform! Thanks Bro!
Have a great week, everyone!
Jamie D. Grant