Use magic to get a hot chick’s phone number.
LEAVE HER SPEECHLESS WITH THESE SLEIGHT-OF-HAND TIPS FROM ILLUSIONIST NATHAN BURTON.
Too wise for lame pick-up lines but too shy for a proper introduction? Magic might just be your antidote to scoring a positive impression with the most popular girl in the room.
“Guys who lack a bit of selfconfidence can use magic to help them make the first move,” says Nathan Burton, an illusionist with his own comedy-infused show, Nathan Burton Comedy Magic, at the Flamingo Las Vegas. He performed in Singapore last December.
Best of all, you don’t even have to make the Merlion disappear for her to sit up and take notice. A simple trick can be just as captivating, says Nathan. In fact, he says, one of the easiest one-on-one tricks doesn’t even require a visit to the magic shop. All you need is a piece of tissue as the
gimmick (the object used to make the trick work, in magician terms) and the showmanship to execute it with aplomb. Now, here’s how to do it right – and make her remember you as The Fun Guy from Last Night.
STEP 1: PRACTISE, PRACTISE, PRACTISE
The tissue trick involves making the sheet in your hand disappear by discarding it behind her back. “Anybody can pick up a trick like this one. The key is to practise until you can do it without even thinking about it,” Nathan says. Once that’s achieved, spice up your act with actions that distract her from the ditch (the term for getting rid of the gimmick).
STEP 2: MAKE IT FOOLPROOF
If you don’t control your audience, things can – and will – go wrong. The key to the trick may not be the trick itself but how you perform it, quips Nathan.
POSITIONING For this trick, stand at her side and face her (it’s best if you’re standing and she’s seated). Grab a piece of tissue, let her touch it to prove that it’s real, then hold it in the fist closest to your subject – palm facing down, just below her eye level. Your other fist should be 5cm apart at the same level, also clenched and palm facing down.
In this act, Nathan performs the actions about 20cm to 30cm in front of the subject. Being this close, he instructs, narrows her field of vision, which is necessary to pull the trick off. This is called the burn – a subject staring at a magician’s hands without averting her gaze.
THE TALK Crucially, learn to control her mind, and even hypnotise her slightly by using phrases such as “Watch closely” or “Don’t look away”. Many tricks, Nathan says, depend on having the audience focus on something inconsequential. In the tissue trick, your two fists don’t matter – but the girl is led into thinking that they do.
Also, recognise that she’ll likely be on her guard as you execute your trick, hoping to call you out before you manage to fool her, warns Nathan. Counter this by complimenting her during the “red herring” parts of your act, so she’ll lower her defences (and not grab at your props like a kid would).
THE EFFECT Don’t get right to it. Take the roundabout route. Make your audience think you’re going to do the obvious, then do something else. “This adds drama and makes your trick less predictable,” says Nathan. In this instance, lead her into thinking you’re attempting to transfer the tissue to the other hand. Lift your tissue fist above her head and bring it back into position a few times, then ask her to guess which fist the tissue is in. Her guess doesn’t matter. Guess wrong and she’ll buy into your act more. Guess right and she’ll be a little smug and lower her guard even further.
Once you’ve primed her with this, it’s easier to fool her with the real deal, suggests Nathan. Now, close your tissue fist, repeat the fistlifting motions, and finally discard the tissue behind her at your hand’s highest point, while making sure she’s focused on your other fist. Now, ask her to guess. She’ll surely get it wrong. Guess again? Still wrong. There’s no longer any tissue. “She’ll think you made it disappear into thin air,” says Nathan.
STEP 3: GET A TEST AUDIENCE
“Before going up to the girl with your trick, you’ll need to show it to every one of your friends,” says Nathan, who leaves nothing to chance in his own shows. “When I come up with lines to make my act more interesting, my showgirls will listen to them and give their feedback and suggestions.”
In the same vein, you should gather your buddies at the watering hole and try to fool them first. Observe their reactions closely as you perform your trick. “If the person watching it doesn’t enjoy it, you’ll get a lame reaction, which means you’re not ready and have to tweak your material.”
Better yet, try your trick on a kid. “Your friends might be too nice to you, but young ones will be real honest,” states Nathan. “Kids won’t hold back their opinions. They’ll also grab at your props, which is also what you need to prepare for when performing one- on- one.”
STEP 4: PULL IT OFF
“When you approach her, cut the small talk and say: ‘Hey, I want to show you something,’” says Nathan. Doing this, along with all the time spent practising, should keep your nerves to a minimum. Nathan, who’s performed on live TV in front of 1.4 billion viewers in China, says he sometimes worries about making mistakes on these big shows. “But with practice, you’ll learn to shine under pressure.”
If you do screw up, bail out, fix your act and find a new girl. There are many ladies out there who haven’t seen your trick yet – this is Nathan’s consolation line.
Have no fear, follow these steps, and soon you’ll be fishing out her phone number. Now, that’s a performance.
TOO SHY FOR AN INTRODUCTION? MAGIC MIGHT JUST BE YOUR SOLUTION TO GETTING THE MOST POPULAR GIRL IN THE ROOM.