Packing Small and Playing Big
Harlan’s trade show act starts with Repeat Business," his take on classic “six-card repeat” that’s combined with a giveaway - a ticket for a “valuable prize.” I love this concept. (In classic “six-card repeat,” the magician counts six cards in his hands, throws three away and shows that six cards remain. This is repeated to comic effect.)
While most of you already know how to perform classic Professor’s Nightmare , in the second routine, Harlan shows how to adapt the famous rope trick to trade show work with patter that touts "price, quality, and service." (In classic “Professor’s Nightmare,” a magician is able to change the lengths of three different length ropes to equal size and back again.)
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The funny Trust Me has the magician smashing and restoring a borrowed watch. Harlan then shows how to build a crowd with Slydini's classic Paper Balls Over the Head. I found Salesman Hotel Mystery to be somewhat out of place. It’s an offbeat effect where after counting bills, something strange occurs - the numbers don’t add up. I think that this one occurs too close to the table and may not play effectively to crowds in the haphazard trade show environment. But I do like the trick.
The finale is Harlan’s routine of the Chinese Linking Rings that illustrates how a company connects to its clients. As you can imagine, Harlan links and unlinks the rings to demonstrate the important relationship that a company has with its customers.
(If you would like to check out another great DVD by Dan Harlan, here’s a link to my review of his first rate Review of Minotaur The Final Issue. In addition to great close-up, there are some brilliant stand-up routines as well.)