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To break up the wall-to-wall ideas, every now and then I’ll be posting updates about things I’ve been sent or projects I’m working on. But don’t worry, I’ll still be posting an idea at the same time.

Oh, and yes, by adding those zeros to the title, I’m adding a hint of peril – what will happen to my system after I’ve written 9,999 updates?! We’ll just have to wait and see. Ooh, the suspense!

Another Angle on ‘Exact Exaggeration’

My friend Dan emailed me an interesting perspective on my recent Exact Exaggeration post, about why having a third steak is funniest. So, with his permission, I thought I’d share it with you (in his words):

The reason I think “third steak” is funny is not just because of the believable exaggeration, but because of the implicit assumption.

If you say “second steak”, that’s just someone being greedy. Slightly amusing, but no more than a smirk. Dithering over a “third steak” is funny because the greedy second steak was already a given – which makes the fact that there’s even a choice here seem more ridiculous.

I guess in a magic context you might translate that as topping a previously trick. Maybe if something miraculous is a given, it makes the second more miraculous thing even better?

Interesting thought, right? I can see it being applied to any pick-a-card trick that has a kicker. Rather than bigging up the finding-the-card phase, you could deliberately underplay it, saying:

“Now naturally, I’ve found your card – I’m a magician, after all. But the really hard part was turning the rest of the deck into salami slices.” (or whatever kicker you’re using).

It also made me think of the classic saying: “The difficult is done at once. The impossible takes a little longer.”

Padlocks aren’t just for escapologists

I’m not naturally tech-savvy, so apologies to anyone who tried to sign up for my newsletter and got an error message, and thanks to those who suggested I update my protocols.

After several hours, and a steep learning curve, I’ve now shifed my site from http to https. So you should now see a secure padlock icon when you visit the site on Chrome. If not, please make sure you’re visiting https://www.wideopenmagic.com rather than the http version. Thanks!

Also, if you couldn’t sign up, and still can’t, please let me know and I’ll do my best to help.

And finally, a big thank you to everyone who has signed up. I’ll send you an email soon.

PS Don’t forget this week’s idea, The Tumble Shuffle (or just see below, if you’re on the homepage).