The Playing Card as a Canvas
On the home page of my website, in the middle photo that pops up with respect to close-up magic, you’ll see a beautiful piece of jewelry made by my daughter at the age of 12. One of my signature effects uses this Mona Lisa pendant to induce the power of suggestion.
This brings two results: a surprised artist creates something on the fly; and everyone else forgets where the artist placed their masterpiece! There are several remarkable moments, and it’s my favorite piece to perform.
You can tell a bit about a person by what they choose to draw when offered a wide-open canvas. For example, it’s a safe bet that if the artist draws a palm tree (which are plentiful here in Naples, FL), they’re from Michigan or Wisconsin. Or if a smiley face is ruled out, many will draw a frowning face.
Sometimes, these quick, impromptu masterpieces catch my eye or my imagination, and I’ll ask the artist if I may keep their work.