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Topic: What's your favourite magic accessory?
Message: Posted by: prettylady1990 (May 13, 2005 05:00AM)
HI all
I want to know what YOUR favourite magic accessory is and why. It could be anything from a wand to a close up mat.

Mine would be a wand and cape because I like the traditional magical look. But that's just me. I also love to collect wands. I now have about 50. lol
Message: Posted by: Jim Short (May 13, 2005 02:56PM)
What an odd question! I really like odd questions, as they take me out of the usual ruts.

Let's ask some other questions to clarify: what would constitute an accessory vs. say, a gimmick? For example, there are many fine effects using close-up mats. John Kennedy has a simple one where a wave of your hand causes a rolled mat to unroll. Is the mat in that case an accessory or a prop?

Given that, I'm not sure I have a favorite accessory. I'ts like when I'm asked my favorite card. I don't have one - just whatever suits my purposes at the moment. (But...if you ask me to name a card, I'll almost always say [i]four of hearts.[/i] It's a long story involving Warren Zevon, my favorite singer, whom I'm sure you've never heard of. That doesn't make the four of hearts my favorite card, though, just the one I most frequently name when asked for a card with no restrictions.)
Message: Posted by: JT Kordesich (May 13, 2005 03:16PM)
I like close up mats...they aren't restricted to one purpose
Message: Posted by: Shaner316 (May 14, 2005 03:06PM)
Definitely my wand. It's the best piece of misdirection ever created!
Message: Posted by: Mystician (May 20, 2005 02:34PM)

..if that counts.
Message: Posted by: Julie (May 22, 2005 09:56PM)
I'm not certain of the context of "Accessory", but (because it's not really an effect all by itself) I would choose an Okito Box in it's various forms. It's one of those things you casually pick up and play with and occasionally come up with a new(?) move...
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Jun 24, 2005 03:56PM)
Hmmm, another good topic of discussion!

Tough one, I gotta tell ya...well, let's narrow it down to my top 5 favorites:

1. T. Tip...it's usually in my pocket with a silk and a "mismade" dollar bill.
2. Wire ball holders (2) for the Multiplying Golf Ball set (Ireland's)
3. Palmo (Rice's Ball-type dye tube). Best 18" silk color change ever!
4. ITR (as a back-up). When my "wooley" breaks!
5. Pocket mirror. For "Twilight" (coin trick) and "Twilight Angels" (card trick), both are Paul Harris effects.

Those are my top 5!

Message: Posted by: Tspall (Jun 25, 2005 10:13AM)
I've got to narrow it down to 3, depending on what I'm doing.

1. Card Holder - keeps my deck of cards in good shape in my pockets.
2. Wand - I've got a nice Harry Potter style wand that I love!
3. Close-up Mat - I've been using a nice blue mouse pad and it's worked out great.
Message: Posted by: tabman (Jun 30, 2005 05:41PM)
Hmmm. Interesting.

I'd have to say that a nice magic wand always seems to draw attention and nothing says magic like one.

Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Jul 2, 2005 04:19PM)
My hat.

Message: Posted by: tabman (Jul 2, 2005 07:10PM)
And nothing says magic like [i]Michael's Hat[/i].

Message: Posted by: Jordini (Jul 2, 2005 07:29PM)
Perhaps Michael's Brother is really Willy Wonka.
Message: Posted by: dragonchaos91 (Jul 2, 2005 10:53PM)
For me it would probably be my closeup mat. Everything just looks so smooth when performing on one.
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Jul 3, 2005 08:58AM)
"... I have a Golden Ticket!..."
Message: Posted by: tabman (Jul 11, 2005 10:40AM)
When Barclay Shaw passed away and they auctioned his stuff in Vegas I bought several items; his Cremation Illusion (for Paul Kozak's show) and his wands. One of them was a wand designed to fire a 22 blank. I must admit this was my favorite accessory while I had it but let me warn you, don't use it doing close-up!!! It will scare the bejibbers out of your audience!!!

Message: Posted by: Scott Compton (Jul 11, 2005 09:02PM)
Without a doubt -TT
Next would be 4 silver dollars
Last would be a deck of red bikes!

Scott Compton
Message: Posted by: Brillus (Oct 3, 2005 05:15AM)
My Dean Dill's set
Message: Posted by: Okami (Oct 3, 2005 06:45AM)
A Silk or a handkerchief... looks innocent and helps a lot in many ways.
Message: Posted by: carldourish (Oct 8, 2005 10:40AM)
Easy one! T TIP and a bank note.
Message: Posted by: francois139 (Nov 29, 2005 01:25PM)
I'm surprised no one mentioned this...


They're my personal favorite just because they are easy to carry around and work really well for a number of effects. And they're just plain fun to play with :)

As long as you define this as an accessory...
Message: Posted by: Amazing Magic Co (Dec 4, 2005 04:26PM)
Definitely my Suitcase table ... that does count as an accessory ... doesn't it?

Message: Posted by: D Byrd (Dec 14, 2005 06:27PM)
On 2005-07-11 11:40, tabman wrote:
One of them was a wand designed to fire a 22 blank.

Does it have to be a blank? Talk about a heckler stopper. HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!

Message: Posted by: D Byrd (Dec 14, 2005 06:32PM)
I'd say:

Deck of Cards
Johnson 50 cent Shell and 4 matching coins
Ton Onasaka's Coin Purses
My close-up wand made of Purple Heart with Ebony Tips
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Dec 15, 2005 12:12PM)
1. A pen
2. Business cards
3. Postit Notes

I hope this helps.
Message: Posted by: Brian Proctor (Dec 16, 2005 08:46PM)
My beautiful assistant is my favorite.
Message: Posted by: evolve629 (Dec 16, 2005 09:04PM)
My beautifully framed gold and red Alexander's and Thurston's reproduction posters. And my SAM membership! :)
Message: Posted by: Lee Darrow (Dec 20, 2005 11:15PM)
I have ten of them, on the ends of my hands. And one inside my head, which is the most important one of all. But as far as those that I was not born with, I would have to say TT and rubber bands.

Lee Darrow, C.H.
Message: Posted by: Jim Tighe (Dec 21, 2005 02:29AM)
Is Lee referring to Loops?
Message: Posted by: moosemanty (Dec 23, 2005 02:50AM)
I also prefer the loops they are a great distraction while I load or ditch palmed coins or something from the last effect. just move a fork or turn some sun glasses and poof your redy for the next effect.
Message: Posted by: Glenn Godsey (Dec 25, 2005 12:16PM)
My Chinese coin that used to belong to Don Alan, one of my heros from 40 + years ago.

Message: Posted by: stormchaser (Jan 8, 2006 04:06PM)
My wand and TT.
Message: Posted by: Stephen Grey (Jan 8, 2006 04:32PM)
The new close-up case a just bought. One of those $25 Home Depot aluminum briefcase/toolkits. I was dubious at first, but fits my needs waaaay better than all my other expensive cases.

Stephen Grey
Message: Posted by: Maro Anglero (Jan 8, 2006 08:54PM)
My Magic Coin I never leave home with out it.
Message: Posted by: Stinkfist (Feb 10, 2006 08:48PM)
Does the wizard pk ring count?
Message: Posted by: Marc Frese (Feb 12, 2006 03:49AM)

Message: Posted by: Rudy Sanchez (Feb 18, 2006 09:28AM)
My favorite accessory would have to be my Kohler/Fitch holdout! Doesn't go everywhere with me but when it does, miracles happen.

Message: Posted by: whizzomagic (Feb 25, 2006 01:56PM)
I don't leave the house without my TT, ITR, and a deck of bikes. With just these 3 items I can perform for hours. Best of all, I can fit everything in just one pocket. that's what I love about all of that. I put these guys in my pocket and I'm ready anytime, anywhere to perform an incredible array of impromptu effects.
Message: Posted by: Doug Arden (Feb 26, 2006 01:16PM)
My custom made table.
Message: Posted by: pdmedic (Mar 13, 2006 12:15PM)
I guess mine would be my TT and silks.
Message: Posted by: The Wizard of Hearts (Mar 15, 2006 07:48PM)
Absolutely has to be my new TABMAN wand. Oh what a beauty...
Message: Posted by: Mike Brezler (Mar 24, 2006 09:29PM)
A Magic Wand
Message: Posted by: DomKabala (Mar 26, 2006 09:55PM)
Skinner's Edge Card Creme & a new (or slightly old) deck of Tally Ho or Bicycle brand playing cards in my Porper..I never leave home without them!
:bikes: :bluebikes: :bikes:
Message: Posted by: h_A_Z (Mar 29, 2006 11:18AM)
Mine would be TT, ropes and Stealth Assassin Wallet! (before SAW it was Pimpernel Notecase)
Message: Posted by: DanielCoyne (Mar 30, 2006 01:08AM)
My table and mat made me really feel like a magician. Even when they are just sitting in my office/practice room, I sometimes make little still life arrangements of props just because they look so cool.

Message: Posted by: gerard1973 (Apr 7, 2006 09:09PM)
If I could only choose one accessory amoung all the magic accessories it would have to be my mind is my favourite magic accessory. If I'm allowed to list more than one magic accessory but I would have to say, coins, cards, T.T., I.T.R. and silks.
Message: Posted by: drhackenbush (Apr 7, 2006 09:48PM)
My wood vanishing wand set (using more and more) and the Wonder Mouse (used almost daily).
Message: Posted by: bobn3 (Apr 28, 2006 03:28PM)
This is a tough question. It's kind of like asking what my favorite tool is...a hammer or a screw driver. It all depends on what you're going to do with it. If you're going to install a screw, obviously a hammer would not be useful (my favorite tool).

Message: Posted by: Katterfel22 (Apr 29, 2006 07:31PM)
Hmm, I'd have to say my wand because I just don't feel like a magician without it.
Then I'd follow that with my t***** boss. For true impromptu a couple of rubber bands is always useful. They appear mundane and are great when someone gives you the "I hear you are a magician, so show me something." bit we all get from time to time.
Message: Posted by: dapthx (May 3, 2006 07:09AM)
I've always liked the Topit..and now since I have a new Cloutier Topit installed in my jacket..I'd have to say that!:)

All the Best...

Message: Posted by: dbolan (Jan 21, 2007 07:38PM)

I want to know what YOUR favourite magic accessory is and why. It could be anything from a wand to a close up mat. [/quote]

My Assassin's Pouch. Though the day-to-day content varies, it carries the right amount and mix I want to take with me daily to produce a bit of impromptu magic at work, at parties, etc. Drive my wife nuts, of course...
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Jan 26, 2007 04:54AM)
Mine would have been my Dragon Nite Club table. I've been hearing some people deride the "cheese" factor because it's too bright and gaudy, but I liked it! Note, past tense. I still have the screen, but the table top and shelves have gotten lost. I have plans to repair them as soon as I can get plywood from Home Depot... unless you're Houdini, don't hold your breath!
Message: Posted by: The Great Smartini (Jan 27, 2007 11:51PM)
My favourite accessory would be my Wacky Wolf Side Table. Great to perform with and very wacky looking and distinictive. I'm also kind of partial to my Woofle Duster.
Message: Posted by: mark1991 (Feb 1, 2007 02:15PM)
Hi there,

My favourite accessory would be the purse frame! I produce everything from it, and my friends still haven't worked out how it works!

Many thanks

Magical Mark Watson
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 3, 2007 07:00AM)
Close Up Mat....
Message: Posted by: Roger Kelly (Feb 4, 2007 01:11PM)
Jeez - there's a lot of wands in here! Is it just me then that hates them? (too cheesy)

Oh, my fave accessory - my (Martin Breese) drawer box!
Message: Posted by: Martin Breese (Feb 4, 2007 04:51PM)
Now isn't that kind of Roger. His favourite prop is one of my drawer boxes. They are my favourites as well but the tragedy is that the genius who makes them for me is so laid back that he doesn't want to make any more. So Roger, my dear friend, there are only about 25 of these amazing drawer boxes out there and, at the moment, (and probably for ever), there are no more to be had. I used to give out the last one to people wyho told me that they could equal the craftsmanship .. and could they? Absolutely not. Took the sample to pieces and produced something inferior at ten times the price. So cherish your Martin Breese Drawer box as it will be worth ten times the price very soon. And also thank you for naming it as your favourite prop!

Martin Breese, UK
Message: Posted by: Roger Kelly (Feb 5, 2007 12:13PM)
Hi Martin,

Wow!! Your second post in over two years! I'm honoured. :)

But seriously, credit given where it's due my friend! It's a piece of genius - and I only ever use it for an Invisible Deck routine. But hey, we run the risk of changing the subject here!

Message: Posted by: CaptRitz (Jul 10, 2007 06:11PM)
PK ring and a tiny magnet.
Good for impromptu chop cup at a dinner table.


Message: Posted by: rsylvester (Mar 6, 2011 12:36AM)
Oh, after four years, it's time to update this and put it back to the top of the list for some new users.

I'll add sponge balls. Great accessory, multiple routines and tricks with them. They never go out of style. And I'm classifying them as an accessory.

Also nice to see so many people love wands. Always liked them. Thought they were out of style. Obviously not.
Message: Posted by: nonvpro (Mar 6, 2011 10:10AM)
My QB2!
Message: Posted by: whiteoakcanyon (Mar 6, 2011 08:22PM)
Message: Posted by: WalkerMagic (Mar 6, 2011 10:04PM)
My favorite magic accessory would be my mercury wand!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Mar 11, 2011 11:55AM)
Second to Miss Direction, my favorite magic accessory is my dropper.

Bob Sanders
Message: Posted by: Bob1Dog (Mar 14, 2011 08:23PM)
My Outlaw Showdown wallet!
Message: Posted by: k (May 10, 2011 04:27AM)
Boy, Make the World your magical accessory !

Message: Posted by: Rectify (Jun 22, 2011 06:43PM)
My TKO or TT. Both are great for impromptu
Message: Posted by: innermind (Jul 6, 2011 05:31PM)
-business cards
-Sw**i Gimmick

Message: Posted by: rockmartian (Jul 7, 2011 07:49PM)
I love my Outlaw Showdown Wallet. A whole mini show can come from that baby! Plus, its always with me, as I use it as my regular everyday wallet.
Message: Posted by: rockbrunnen (Jul 7, 2011 09:04PM)
LBB (Lincoln's Best Boon) is my favourite.
Message: Posted by: TTrushin (Jul 27, 2011 11:30PM)
The Infinity Wallet with a few of my own additions to it
Message: Posted by: bowers (Sep 3, 2011 08:40AM)
My tt hopping halfs and my csb
Message: Posted by: extremeeric (Oct 4, 2011 10:26PM)
Gotta go with the thu** tip!
Message: Posted by: joey (Dec 26, 2011 02:20AM)
The good old thu** tip!
For the bill switch etc..
Message: Posted by: MJ Marrs (Dec 26, 2011 03:48PM)
Favorite everyday accessory items: Jumbo Coin, QB 2.0, and TT. Favorite non-everyday items: Holdout, Various Magic Wallets, and Table/Servante.
Message: Posted by: chappelly (Dec 26, 2011 06:57PM)
Coinvexed is always on me ready to go.
Message: Posted by: magicgettogether (Jan 12, 2012 08:40AM)
Jet Set Backdrop fixture (and a good selection of drapes courtesy of Walmart - Halloween alternates between black and orange, Christmas alternates between Red and Green). You can also hang a sign, decoration, ornament, etc on the center pole. This year the Halloween stores had huge scene setters that also could be hung from the jet set, but you had to watch the light coming from behind since they were not as opaque as curtains.

Abbott's does sell drapes that are designed to fit on the jet set but they are solid colors (IE - red on one side or black on the other side) but I like the idea of alternating the colors, usually 3 or 4 walmart drapes on each side.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Jan 17, 2012 01:45PM)
Favorite, or most used?

I like The Raven. I also like the Jack Miller Holdout. They're similar in function, but I use them for totally different things.