Use magic to get a hot chick’s phone num­ber.

LEAVE HER SPEECH­LESS WITH TH­ESE SLEIGHT-OF-HAND TIPS FROM IL­LU­SION­IST NATHAN BUR­TON.

Men's Health (Singapore) - - ED’S NOTE -

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.

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