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Worker

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A worker in magic is defined as a trick that is particularly well suited for use in everyday, "real-world," often challenging performing conditions - e.g., background noise, ambient (as opposed to directed) lighting, lots of distractions. In other words, a trick the magician can always rely on to get and/or hold his audience. They are usually quick, to the point, commercial, visual, and come about via a method that is, if not self-working, at least anxiety free. Examples of this would be a standard sponge balls routine or any basic Ambitious Card effect.

The term was popularized by Michael Close with his Workers series.

Phil Willmarth in the Linking Ring for October 1978 used the term in describing a trick:

"I am sure this effect is a 'worker' and greatly appreciate Mr. Meyer's releasing it." -P.R.W.