I don't know about you, but no matter what trick I'm doing, the moment I have to do the secret move, I think "Oh, God... they'll KNOW. I know that they'll know! In fact, I bet even now they know I know they know... CRAP. THAT MEANS I KNOW THEY KNOW I KNOW THEY'LL KNOW!"
I mean logically, yes: they probably have no idea what I'm about to do and they'll be amazed...
...But that does absolutely zero to stop my pounding heart and adrenaline-soaked guts from freaking out.
Wouldn't it be great if a routine were so perfectly written, that it actually caused the spectator to close their eyes just when you did your secret moves?
You'd have cover to be as sloppy as you want! THEIR EYES ARE LITERALLY CLOSED WHEN THE HARDEST PART OF THE TRICK HAPPENS:
It gets a huge laugh, but more importantly: it throws the audience off the scent of where my routine is actually headed. This sets up an even bigger surprise when their card ends up appearing in the condom.
Okay, so you can't go punching through bellies when you're performing at the bar, but you can do an astonishing magic effect that hits the same surprising magic beats: a card is freely selected, shuffled, then transformed into a condom package, with the selected card sealed inside!
It's two effects in one: they'll be surprised and horrified when you visually transform the card into a condom package, and BLOWN AWAY when they tear open the package and discover their selected card.
Cue the sound of screaming spectators...See it in action on this week's video: