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When my family and I went to London last year/this year, it was a very magical time. Not because of the snow, nor the 'Christmas spirit', but because of the magic shop, the magic I got for Christmas, and one other thing.
My family visited the Ripley's Believe it or Not museum in central London, which I must say is incredibly awesome. There was a section about people being born with no legs, and surviving (see here http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3461/3365367523_98d53338e7.jpg), and as you can see in that picture, next to the one with the sculpture is one with a real kid standing in it. It turns out you can walk around that wall, and stick your head up the hole, and be an exhibit.
Now I didn't really see how this related to having no legs, but my brother went in it and I thought it looked pretty funny, him pretending to be a sculpture and people looking at him. Then I looked down and I actually shouted "Holy shit" in the hallway full of Londoners.
"He has no legs. My brother has no legs. What the hell was going on" went through my mind for a split second until I realized it was mirrors. You can see that it uses mirrors on the picture, but it doesn't look good from the angle. It looked really good, and the mirrors lined up perfectly at my height. The only thing I didn't quite understand was why I hadn't seen that as soon as he stood up. I mean, its so un natural, yet for about 3 minutes I hadn't noticed.
It reminded me of the first time I met up with Mike, and performed Mirage deck for this lady outside a sushi bar. When I showed that the reason she picked the 5H was because that was the only option, and that the entire deck was 5H, I don't think she realized that I had shown her the deck all different before, so I got a terrible reaction.
I don't really know how to say this, but make the effect obvious, other wise it can be overlooked. That, or choose your spectators wisely.