I always try to keep up with the new magic that’s out and came across this trick:
To me this guy was inspired by David Copperfield’s license plate trick, without the kicker of the appearing car. This is a more practical way of doing the trick for 99.9% of performers and a smart method.
Whenever I see a marketed trick I try to think of ways I can make them unique to me. I do two things:
- Think of a different method: A new method can lead to a trick that feels different to the audience.
- Think of a new presentation: A completely different presentation will give you a unique feeling trick.
So what would I do with this trick (keep in mind this is trick is already a variation of an existing trick)?
Let’s start with method. Instead of using a flip chart, why not use the TOXIC force? Now you’ve eliminated the flip board and a visual, so the trick now won’t look like the trick above. Now you’ve got two tricks that simply just license plate predictions.
Next let’s get into presentations. The video doesn’t really have a presentation, and it’s been soo long since I’ve seen David Copperfield do his, that I don’t remember what his was, we have a pretty easy starting point. Since we’re using a calculator, you could talk about buying a car and how they talk about all the numbers.
Now that we’ve got a method and a presentation, there’s one last hurdle, getting a license plate that has only numbers and no letters. A google search showed me that all modern plates have both numbers and letters, so buying a used plate on ebay won’t work. However another search showed me that you can have custom “novelty” plates made!
Now we’ve got the routine, the props and method…we’ve got a brand new trick, one that’s unique!