Being a magician I spend a lot of time with people. Often I need to choose the right performance or ‘tricks’ for the right person and one of the ways I do that is through their signature. At the start of each trick I will get the spectator to sign a card in any way they choose. People give away so much about themselves this way. Example; Somebody writes their signature slowly and neatly as if it is their own little piece of art. This person wants to see a magic trick, they are dragging out the process to savour time. This is somebody who probably has never actually seen a magician in real life before. From this, I know I can ‘get away with’ some pretty primitive but bold magic tricks without said person working out how they are done through lack of experience in sleight of hand or magic in general.
These photographs are the real signatures of some of my spectators and I remember every one of them.
Ten Of Hearts - The girl who signed this card was overly flirtatious and frightfully eager to get involved. Her friend however (who I also asked to sign the same card) wasn’t, she told her friend to sign for her, which she did. Mich or Michelle was seemingly introverted person who clearly did not want to be entertained. Not by me anyway. This meant that I could now do tricks designed for one person (which tend to be the most impressive), to Emma. I did a few tricks designed for children and she was happy. Job done.
That went on a little too long, I’ll make the others brief.
Jack of Spades - An ‘office’ lady who really didn’t want to ruin my cards so neatly scribbled her signature at the top. Sensible. Smart. Do some serious psychology shit and mush her mind. Oh look the card you were thinking of is tattooed on your boob and you didn’t even know you had a tattoo! It was a trick like that. Something nearly as astonishing. Turns out she worked for a corporate company and happened to love magicians. She asked for my number. Well, a few business cards.
8 of diamonds - Rushed signature, didn’t want to see a trick. Her partner did. Focus on him but give her some ‘special job’ like holding a card for a 10 minutes while I do some different tricks to her husband and make it appear that everyone was involved. Hooray magic man you included us all in your splendor is what they usually say.
5 of clubs - Heavy handed slump letters. Bored but nothing else to do. Don’t do mind tricks, this teenagers mind is sludge. Break out the big guns and do some strong eye magic to turn the mood around. Throw their card through a window or make a random card change to their’s in their hand. You are amazing magic man please take my phone and money. No need, this is my job but thankyou.
8 of hearts - Bold strokes, sprawled diagonally. Outgoing, loud, tipsy. Pull coin out of her ear and leave.
3 of clubs - Eager friend who had been dying to deface my cards since I started letting others do so. Started off bold, neat and girly and then she got a bit too excited.
6 of hearts - Old bastard who didn’t trust my pen and asked to use his own. Somebody hard to please, so I didn’t, but he had company. Quick sleight of hand flustered our mark and after a few gambling related tricks he was left degraded and his friends clapped. That was nice.
I suppose I wasn’t that much more brief. I can only apologise.