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When performing certain tricks, you will need the person watching (or one person from a larger group) to assist you. It's important to remember a few things when doing this:
- The helper is doing you a favour by helping you with the trick, remember to be extra polite and thankful for their assistance.
- If you're performing in front of a larger group of people, keep in mind that the helper may not be as confident as you are at standing in front of the group, so be extra kind and considerate towards them to make them feel as comfortable as possible.
- When your asking them to do something, give very clear instructions of what they need to do. If its something simple like taking out a card, then it will be easy for them to understand what to do, but for other tasks (such as counting down cards in the '4 Aces' trick from the red book) it would be a good idea to demonstrate what you would like them to do, while you explain it as simply as possible. The more you practice the trick, the better you will become at explaining the instructions. If your spectators are struggling to follow you do what you ask them, its a sign your instructions are not clear enough.
- When you are performing with a spectator in front of the group, make sure you take control and let them know where you would like them to stand. Remember you want your whole audience to see the trick, so ask your helper to stand to the side of you, rather than directly in front.
- Ask your audience to give the spectator a big round of applause once they have helped you with a task, or when they go back to their seat.