I know that for the longest times, stage magicians have used stooges and assistants to get certain things done throughout there show. While the practice has been apparent in close up and stand up magic, it was never as apparent, and the idea is quickly dying out (in stand up). However, what are your guys' thoughts on having someone who isn't a stooge or an assistant to help you out. On the street, or a mall, or a party, or wherever you are performing, there are always a ton of random people just chilling around, or walking from here to there, or whatever. What if you had a friend or someone who would help you out without being present in the show as far as the spectator's are concerned? Here is an example to maybe help you understand: You have a friend just chill somewhere. He knows what you are doing, and is waiting for a signal. During your show, you have a card signed and folded into quarters. You switch it out for another folded up card, keeping the selected one in palm. You now burn the indifferent card in a glass and crush it up, so you are essentially left with ash. Meanwhile, your friend has walked over, an in the natural action of walking past you, he bumped into you. While this happens, he takes the folded card and hides it somewhere, then leaves. You have just created an impossible location effect. Obviously there are other methods that could be used, but this is one specific example. P.S. I saw this idea first when Brian Brushwood did this at a bar, but he was actually demonstrating how he secretly robbed the bar of the price of 1 drink - $1 (he borrowed a bill, had it signed, and did the same thing, except he had his friend go buy a drink with the bill, effectively putting it back in the till. Thus, no money actually changed in the till, but his friend bought a drink. Thus, the friend got the drink for free, except since Brian had to destroy a $1 bill for it, it cost $1). That was in a much more controlled environment, I am thinking of applying it to much more natural magic.