Mix Tape by Alvo Stockman - Trick
- SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate
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Next time you meet a friend for
coffee, as a gesture of friendship, you bring along a CD you made for
them of some music you thought they'd enjoy. As you give them the CD,
you explain to your friend that listening to someone's music is a great
way to get to know them. There's something deep and emotional about
music that exists on a different level from plain conversation. You ask
them what some of their favorite songs are, in an attempt to learn more
about them. "If you like those songs, you're going to love this CD,"?
you say, pointing to the disc they're now holding. The rest of the
afternoon coffee is no different from any other. When they arrive home
and play the CD, however, they realize that they will indeed love the
songs on it. They're the exact same songs they mentioned to you earlier
"You wait. You wait a week if you have to." -Max Malini
you remember the scene in the film Ocean's 11 when Andy Garcia's
character realizes that he's been watching a tape of his vault, and
that his money is long gone? That moment, the moment you realize that
something really big just happened under your nose, is a very special,
juicy moment that you want to savor. You want to watch it over and over
Or the moment in The Thomas Crowne Affair when you
realize that the stolen painting has been on the wall the entire time.
Or the moment in countless movies where a last piece of a puzzle clicks
and your new job becomes retracing your steps from the beginning.
Except now you've got a big grin on your face because you know you've
been had. It feels good.
As memorable and powerful as that
experience is, it's sadly absent from the world of
instant-gratification-style modern magic. It takes a level of quiet
confidence, and patience that doesn't translate well to television,
stage or walk-around magic. This style fits into the category of
lifestyle magic. You do it when you're having coffee, at dinner, at a
meeting. You do it casually. You do it to bring magic into someone's
life. You're giving them a first-hand experience of that Mission
Impossible feeling they've only seen in the movies. And it's the seeds
of your myth and legend as a performer of magic.
Mix Tape is an attempt to create this experience.
From the manuscript...
going into the methods of Mix Tape, I'd like to share some of the
strengths of performing it that will distinguish it from nearly any
other magic trick performed today.
Mix Tape piggybacks on a naturally occurring cultural activity, burning a CD for a friend.
evokes one of the strongest emotional reactions people have. It makes
us feel good. To add to this, we're not dealing with arbitrary songs.
We're talking about someone's favorite songs. The songs that take them
to the highest levels of emotional response.
Escalator Design Principle
an escalator breaks down, it's not completely out of service. It turns
into stairs. Not quite as useful as the original, but still perfectly
I try whenever possible to design magic with this
in mind. When performing Mix Tape, even in the unlikely event that you
can't complete the effect, you've still given your friend a CD of music
that you genuinely thought they'd like. Everything you do when
performing Mix Tape is consistent with what you would have done had you
simply been giving them a CD. What this does is provide a safety net,
allowing you to relax. And since you don't need to stress that you
might fail to impress, you can completely focus on presentation and
Think of Mix Tape like a
surprise gift you might send in the mail. Once you've sent it off, you
just go on with your day with a knowing smile on your face. Eventually
the phone will ring with an excited thank you!
most magic, Mix Tape strikes when your spectator is alone and someplace
they feel safe. What's so very special about this is that for the first
time ever, he or she can react completely genuinely to the effect of
your performance. It's important to address here, that some of you may
feel like you're missing out by not seeing reactions to your
performance. I urge you to consider how much stronger the effect will
be for you not being available to beg for answers, or sheepishly
explain why you can't reveal how it was done, detracting from the
impact. This period of isolation will allow the full effect of Mix Tape
to sink in.
Whether it's being on stage, a public place, among
their friends or family, or having a camera in their face, people will
not react honestly to a typical magic trick. There's a certain level of
self-consciousness preventing them from fully "cutting loose". As a
result of this, they won't be able to experience or enjoy it fully. To
get a sense of this, imagine going to a comedy show and feeling too
embarrassed to laugh!
Aside from a very
occasional fond memory, how much will your spectator actually enjoy
that signed 6 of clubs? With Mix Tape, your spectator gets a souvenir
they're guaranteed to love and use. Every time they listen to the CD
you made them, they will be reminded of the unbelievable experience you
gave them. They'll describe it to their friends who may be around when
it's playing, and word of your mystical abilities will spread far and
wide across the land for many years to come.
And how long do
you think your spectator will save a CD of their favorite songs that
also has an amazing story behind it? That's right -- forever, which
also happens to be how long they'll remember this story.
Inbuilt Multiple Climaxes
fun thing about the revelation of Mix Tape is that it starts off subtly
and grows to a complete breakdown of everything your spectator knew
about the way the world worked. The first song that plays will be one
of your spectator's favorite songs. This may or may not immediately
raise suspicion, as it could have been mere coincidence. But when the
second song starts, a snowball of disbelief begins that grows with
every press of the "next-track" button.
Q: Is there anything I need to have to perform Mix Tape?
A: Before meeting for coffee, a CD must be burned to give to your friend. You will need a laptop with a CD burner.
Tape is the kind of magic people talk about and never forget. This is a
high quality concept and effect that I will perform." - Paul Draper, Mentalist and Anthropologist
love Mix Tape. It combines three great elements - magic, music and a
natural way of performing. I know that every time you perform Mix Tape
you will feel like you're presenting someone with a very special gift.
I've never come across a routine so natural and so strong. Use this and
you will be the wonder worker they talk about long after you have left." - Luke Jermay, Mentalist
Pages 20 - Saddle Stitched, 8 1/2" x 11", Photo-illustrated
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 01 January, 2010.