Replacement Language

Below is a living document of vocabulary, language commonly used by entertainers, and replacements for any language to make your show more inclusive.

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Female MagicianMagician (who is a woman)
PocketsReplace with bag/box as “holdout”
Performer replaces with what’s organic to them
Gypsy ThreadTorn and Restored Thread
Hindu ShuffleOpen overhand/lateral shuffle
Chink a ChinkBottle Cap or Coin Assembly
Chop CupWheatly Cup
Okito BoxBamberg Box
Ladies and GentlemanEveryone/Friends/Guests/Y’all
You GuysEveryone/Folks/Friends

Further Explanation

“Female Magician”-this puts women in a separate box based on their sex. Women are magicians. Use her/their preferred pronouns and we’ll understand her/their gender-“She is a magician”.

“Reach Into My Pocket”-there is absolutely no situation where asking an audience volunteer to reach into your pants pocket is okay. Don’t do it. Stop it.

“Premature Compliments”-stop telling magicians that are new that they’re amazing. This is detrimental to their growth. Be honest-give a compliment or two and then help them improve.

“Celebrating Chung Ling Soo”-If you have more posters of Chung Ling Soo than you do magicians of actual Asian descent, then you’re doing it wrong. Also, his name is William Robinson. We should use that instead.

“Gypsy Thread”-The term “gypsy” is a derogatory term. Instead, use “Torn and restored thread”.

“Hindu Shuffle”-Replacing this with “Open Overhand Shuffle” or “Lateral Shuffle”

“Teaching Magic with Pockets”-instead of making large pockets, a specifically gendered clothing item, the norm in teaching magic, use a gender-neutral item like a box or a magic bag for all students. Then, explain how students can replace the bag/box with something more organic to them.

“Chink a Chink”-this is a no-brainer on why we shouldn’t use this trick title. Instead use, “coin assembly” or “bottle cap assembly”.

“One of the Boys”-telling a woman this makes her feel like being more masculine is a necessity in order to fit in. No need for it.

“Chop Cup”-The performer to popularize this was Al Wheatley who performed as a character called “Chop Chop”. We’re now calling it the “Wheatley Cup”.

“Okito Box”-Members of the Bamberg family played various Asian-face characters like Fu Manchu and Okito. Replacing the names of the “character” with their actual last name.