Ever wondered how David Blaine got such great reactions on his tv specials? When it comes to the good reactions, I've spent considerable amount of time 'figuring it out' over years so that other performers can go out there and get those reactions. Let me ask you this. If you really did have magic power and can produce a fireball in your hand, let's say you walked up to someone and did this right in front of their eyes, would there necessarily be a reaction like the kind Blaine gets? No. People would still be silent, maybe their mouth open, etc. So TRICKS - no matter how good they are - are not sufficient for killer reactions. There's something else at play. People don't want to be turned into believers; they want to turn YOU into a man with powers. For this to happen, you've got to say or do something that makes them think you're not attempting a magic trick on them, like if you're a student you can say "i read in some ancient magic text that if you...well here let me show you....a deck of cards is the closest thing I could find to demonstrate this," this way you're a student who they may be pleased to turn into some sort of human prodigy who's into ancient secrets. It's all about psychology with these people. That is THE main part in magic, you have to lay that foundation because if you build a house (fancy tricks) without a foundation, nobody wants to live in that house. Groups of ppl create stronger reaction because they're acting out for their friends are they're just high from the social excitement. Work my advice into that realm. Well, it's late so I have to go now.