Quality vs. quantity

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How many tricks should I learn?

Quality vs. quantity

In magic, simplicity makes the masterpiece
- Edmund Spreer

An amateur magician once approached Harry Houdini and told the master illusionist that he knew five hundred card tricks. The man then asked Harry how many card tricks he knew. Harry looked at the presumptuous young man and said, "Fifteen."

Err on the side of having too few tricks -- always leave them wanting more! You'll always be called upon for more tricks. If you drown your audience in yet another twenty tricks, they'll get bored and be more wary about asking you again tin the future. One great way to destroy a magical performance is to insist on not ending it.

   

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