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© Contributed by Leanne Guenther
A lot of the card tricks (or any other mind reading type tricks) work well using a magical puppet or stuffed animal as your assistant.
Try putting on an entire show where you aren't a magician at all... Instead claim that you bought a puppet from an old gypsy woman and it turned out to be magic (you can make up a cool story to use as your patter).
Have the puppet or stuffed animal "whisper" the answers into your ear. They can also whisper directions from time to time. Having a puppet to do all the work, may keep you from getting stage fright!
The magic puppet is also a great way to "distract" younger children so they have a more difficult time guessing how the tricks were done.
It's really cute when you seem to be as stumped and wary of the magic puppet's tricks as the audience is.
I've included the puppet image on all the tricks that will work well this way.