So apologies to Max Maven.
But I’ve been using Equivoque in my magic effects for a long, long time.
I thought it was awesome.
Combined with multiple outs, I thought it was the holy grail.
But I did a performance today.
And it changed my mind.
Sometimes Equivoque can make the trick a LOT less direct.
Sometimes it can be obvi0us to people who have seen it before.
Sometimes it’s just not a great method for very analytical audiences.
That’s just my opinion.
And I’m doing simple Equivoque – e.g. choosing between reds and blacks, or between 2 suits.
I think that perhaps we can make our magic better, by offering a direct choice to the spectator, but then having a really strong method to adapt based on their choices.
I’ve been trying this stuff out over the last year – and I have to say – it’s really improved my magic.
It fools magicians, and gets gasps from laymen.
When the trick becomes:
- Name a value
- Name a suit
- Change your mind if you want
- The card is in the wallet / pocket / top of the deck
That’s actually mad.
It takes a trick from being good to being great.
From fooling 80% of the audience, to fooling all of them.