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Topic: Emergency case?
Message: Posted by: DanielSteep (Apr 1, 2006 10:00AM)

How many of you guys have an emergency magic case in their vehicle?
What does it carry?
How often do you use this?


Magically Yours,
Magical Odyssey
Message: Posted by: Marien Hopman (Apr 1, 2006 02:31PM)
About 5 years ago..I did a corporate picnic. After the show the owner came up to me and said, "Do that cigarette through quarter thing and a few of those dynamite card tricks...for that guy (he pointed him out). I had nothing...and I mean nothing of that nature with me. So I ended up doing cigarette ash's in the hand and some card stuff with a deck of cards they finally found from World War 2.
A few weeks later at Abbott's I was talking with an old friend Obie O'Brian and he informed me to put a little case of magic in the trunk of my car. I found an old microscope slide case at a yard sale and tore out the guts of it and replaced it with purple felt. Inside is a few deck of cards (gimicked and regular) thumb tip, sponge balls, some coins and other close up stuff. With the little case I can do over an hour of close-up. Works great for me and when asked "do a little magic" please. I'M READY.
Hope this helps..
Marien Hopman
Message: Posted by: DanielSteep (Apr 1, 2006 02:40PM)
Sounds good any one else?

Marien where in Canada are you from? I too am from Canada
Message: Posted by: DanielCoyne (Apr 14, 2006 11:40PM)
I have a little fanny pack (god I hate that term) that I've been carrying around lately. I mostly have it so that I can practice when I have a few minutes, but it has been handy for the occasional impromptu moment.

Red bikes in a blue case with one blue card.
Rubber bands and stargazer band.
Ropes for professorís nightmare.
Invisible deck.
Pen through bill.
Bent quarter (and regular quarter.)
Gaffed dollar bill to vanish a quarter.
And, as of today...my adorable new Mini Foxy cups from RNT II!!!!

Message: Posted by: DanielSteep (Apr 15, 2006 08:33AM)
Thanx Daniel,

I have decided I am going to carry one..

I so far have in it,

Colour changing ball to jumbo square
Proffesors nightmare
2 decks of cards
something I have no clue what it is called
squareing the circle
20 balloons
Knife thru finger
Buisness cards...
And a couple smaller things ill be getting when I visit a magic shop again.
I only have a small case but once I get a bigger one ill probably put
wilting flower
popcorn dye box
amazing box and (once I ask mr.bill and he is okay with it ) his version of "multiplying tennis balls..

Any one else?
Message: Posted by: airship (Apr 15, 2006 06:25PM)
I'd like to have a dozen effects I could keep in an Altoids tin. (I love Altoids tins.) Of course, I'd have to also carry a deck of cards separately, but that's okay.
Any ideas on tiny, tiny tricks? Obviously some rubber bands, and maybe a couple of safety pins.
A thumb tip would probably fit in there, but I'm not very good with one.
What else?
Message: Posted by: mrunge (Apr 15, 2006 11:49PM)
Some time ago I issued a challenge to some magic friends to see what could be gotten into an Altoids tin. The rules were simple. It had to all fit, and the lid had to close completely on it's own. It could not be held shut.

It was a fantastic exercise in thinking about what one does and figuring out multiple uses for the same prop. It made one truly give thought to the "packs small, plays big" concept.

After some thought and gathering many items together, then trial and error to see what would actually fit, removing some things to add others, then making sure the lid closed, I finally created my own "little" magic kit.

Mine contains the following: 5 rubber bands, a finger ring, hot rod, skeleton key, matchbook, round washer, nickel with a nail on it, a regular nickel, half dollar, a dollar bill, 2 paper clips, 3 toothpicks, a Keno game ticket, a mini Sharpie marker, several small post it note sheets, a crazy compass, and several mentalism effect "cue cards" or cheat sheets.

Wow...with these items, self contained in a closeable little Altoids tin, that easily fits in my pocket, or glove box of the car, I have enough stuff to do well over an hour of magic.

Think about it. Given the items I have in mine, what all can be done, again using the same item for different effects.

Give this some thought. Get yourself a tin and see just what you can come up with. Really give this some serious thought. Have fun with it. Don't just throw something together. Create something you would be proud of. Then come back here and post your own contents list. I'd be interested to see just what you come up with.

Good luck! :)
Message: Posted by: StarGazer (Apr 16, 2006 10:05AM)
I have Stargazer bands in my wallet and every bag I will carry to make sure I always have them around. In a small tin box (and I have different versions or themed) my favourite one contains a kinetic key, a shoe lace, a ring, a flash paper, a rubber band and a stargazer band, a hot rod and Scotch and Soda in HK currency, a thumb tip and a small red silk. With these it goes a long way.
Moreover, my daily key wallet is a ring flight, I have a mismade bill inside my wallet and one Queens of heart bicycle playing card. My friend David Stone the French coin magician uses Stephane Jardonnet's Fire Wallet as his real wallet for everyday use. IMO it is the most practical and nice quality wallet to carry around and you can use as a fire wallet and card to wallet anytime.
Message: Posted by: airship (Apr 16, 2006 03:38PM)
Okay, you guys have inspired me. In the next couple of weeks I'm going to see what I can come up with for my Altoids tin. Wish me luck!
Message: Posted by: evolve629 (Apr 16, 2006 03:50PM)
Good luck, airship! Here's a thread that unites all Altoids tin owners - http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=138994&forum=52
Message: Posted by: mrunge (Apr 17, 2006 10:14PM)
Hi Airship. Good luck with your tin.

I had a lot of fun creating mine. Gathering things, thinking about the props and what all I could do with them, trying to fit them into the tin (with the lid closing completely on it's own - no wrapping with rubber bands, etc...) and having to decide what to leave out. Really makes you think about the type of magic you really like to do.

Have fun with it. Give it some thought, trial and error, and make it yours. I hope you come back and share what you were able to come up with. You'll probably have some of the same items, and that's definitely OK, but you will also end up with some things others have not thought of. At least, that's what happened with my friends who gave it a try.

Let us know how it works out. Anyone else willing to try? :question:
Message: Posted by: airship (Apr 23, 2006 09:37PM)
Haven't settled on anything solid yet, but here's a list of things I'm thinking of:
* rubber bands
* safety pins
* gaffed matchbox
* one or two mini-card packet tricks
* TT (even though I'm no good with one yet)
* 2' cored rope
* Boston Box w/halves
* Hot Rod
* color changing knife
* couple of dice (if I can find a trick I like)
* thumbwriter & small post-it notes
* pencil stub
* silver/copper coin
* penny/dime shell
* 2-head/2-tail/normal quarters
* quarter bite
Of course, ALL of this won't fit, but that's what I'm working with right now
I want to come up with at least one effect that actually uses the tin, too.
And I'll carry a full-size deck of cards.

Posted: Apr 24, 2006 12:15pm
Well, the matchbox and TT are out - just too big.
Has anybody got any ideas for a couple of small packet tricks that don't use gaffed cards? I've got one mini red-backed and one mini blue-backed deck to work with.
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Apr 24, 2006 11:49AM)
Rather than Altoid tins, I prefer "SUCRETS" and you pronounce it SECRETS. :kermit:
Message: Posted by: mrunge (Apr 24, 2006 06:55PM)
Hi Airship,

Great start on your Altoids tin magic kit. It really makes you think, huh?

You're doing exactly what I did. Start with a bunch of stuff and then try to thin it out, ending with only what will fit inside with the lid closing completely.

In my original challenge to some friends, I said cards were out. That is because one could just carry a deck and have all the card tricks they could think of.

This challenge became more than that. As your seeing, it's about the magic YOU like to do (cards excluded) and what does, and does not, work given certain restraints.

Just remember, when your done, you'll have something to be proud of. Keep it up and let us know what you end up with.

Anyone else up for the challenge?
Message: Posted by: syd_uk (Apr 25, 2006 07:11AM)
On 2006-04-24 12:15, airship wrote:
Has anybody got any ideas for a couple of small packet tricks that don't use gaffed cards? I've got one mini red-backed and one mini blue-backed deck to work with.[/quote]

You could do:
'8-card Brainwave'
'Twisting the Aces'
'Oil & Water'


Posted: Apr 25, 2006 8:22am
Recently, I've been carting around a smallish bag of things. Mostly to practice but also to be ready if called upon (and I've sometimes wished someone would ask me).

It contains:

Red Bikes in a blue case with one blue card. (eerily like Daniel Coyne, above)
Blue Bikes with a red-backed ace in the middle - just for 'Cross Twist'
Red Bikes including gimmick for Chastain Chriswell's 'TAG'
Holepunch and tags for above trick.
Invisible deck
Pen through bill
Elastic bands
Pre-creased dollar bill - for 'Misleading Mislead'
Black Sharpie
Packets for 'Twisted Sisters'
Packet for 'Oil & Water' (two different versions)
Packet for '8-card Brainwave'
Four ready-to-go bridge sized cards for 'Card Warp'
About 12 old cards to destroy for 'Torn'

I also carry a deck of red Bikes in my jacket pocket for easy access.

My friends think I'm insane.

Message: Posted by: airship (May 1, 2006 03:36PM)
I've kind of stalled on my Altoids tin project while I research the tricks I could do with the stuff that will fit. I've given it a lot of thought, and think it would be much, much more effective if I could come up with a routine that would tie all the tricks into a coherent whole.
I like the idea of sticking to a dozen tricks or so, and I want to keep it (a) simple, (b) astonishing, and probably even (c) funny. It's fun to work through this challenge and examine the possibilities. Weeks (or months!) from now, when I have something I like, I'll post what I've come up with. Thanks for all the input!
Message: Posted by: -0- (May 1, 2006 06:30PM)
Just to add,

I carry a small pouch on my belt almost all the time. Inside are:

2 decks of cards (vipers and bikes, ungaffed)
length of string
some paperclips
small coinpurse with 8 2ps, 8 10ps, 4 £2, 1 £5 coin
a couple of spongeballs (rather squashed at this point)
and a pen or two atatched to it.

this is mainly for practice wit hthe cards and coins when I have a moment, but it's there if I ineed it.
Message: Posted by: syd_uk (May 2, 2006 11:57AM)
small coinpurse with 8 2ps, 8 10ps, 4 £2, 1 £5 coin
£5 coin?!

Message: Posted by: Wizzard (May 29, 2006 07:31PM)
When you perform a lot anything that could or can go wrong, will go wrong. So I carry an emergency kit that contains the following:

needle and thread
rubber cement
five minute epoxy
double stick tape
electrical tape
length of rope
extra I. T.
two decks of cards
spare coins
rubber bands
pen and paper
Nail writer
extra business cards
paper clips
bulldog clip
safety pins
elastic for pulls
satin cord
and lastly anything that needs a refill, I have a refill.

I don't use it very often, but it has come in handy a few times!
Be ready for anything!

Message: Posted by: paymerich (Sep 13, 2007 09:42AM)
I will put my 2 pence in and suggest that you go to the dollar stores and search for a small belt loop pack. NOT a fanny pack, but a belt loop pack. In mine, I have deck of cards, silk, TT, IT, have a coin snap compartment big enough for 4 halves and a English penny, HotRod, 4 rubber bands, 3' length of rope, jumbo penny, and biz cards. I used to have a mini Sharpie that would fit in the TT. The nice thing is it very portable and it FORCES you to build a solid act based upon the items contained within.
Message: Posted by: SoCalPro (Sep 13, 2007 09:49AM)
I work so much that my closeup case and my jacket, as well as my whole stand up show with sound and backdrop (most of the time), stays in the back of my van so there is no need for an emergency pack.

**I hope that didn't come off as pompous**

Message: Posted by: JamesTong (Sep 13, 2007 02:07PM)
What is an Altoids tin? What does it look like? What are they for?
Message: Posted by: SoCalPro (Sep 13, 2007 03:29PM)
Altoids are breath mints.
Message: Posted by: JamesTong (Sep 13, 2007 04:27PM)
Thanks, SoCalPro. Now I know they are breath mints container. What size do they usually come in?
Message: Posted by: Jaz (Sep 13, 2007 05:15PM)
Deck of cards and elastic bands in my car.
Always on my person are a few quarters and other change, a pen, bills, handkerchief, "2$ Window", duplicate house key, cigarettes, and lighter.

A member named snap started a topic about what you would put in an Altoids tin here:

Reading over these old posts, I'd have to change my choices.

a quarter [
quarter-size Mexican copper coin.
"Double X" [
a wad of poster putty
"Holey Moley"
length of IT
pencil stub
elastics around the tin
shoelace around the tin, too
false knot used w/ shoelace
TT, or D'Lite that could act as a TT

The thimbles in my other post were a bit too much.
Much of what I might need (cards, paper, finger rings, etc) can usually be borrowed.

When I performed closeup more often, I usually had a shoulder pouch in my vehicle with quite a bit of backup stuff.

Posted: Sep 13, 2007 6:21pm
The Altoids tin I have measures 2 1/4 inches x 3 3/4 inches and is about 3/4 inch deep.

Reminder to myself, I really need to get a metric ruler.
Message: Posted by: JamesTong (Sep 14, 2007 08:35AM)
Thanks, Jaz. With the measurement you have given, I can now visualise what they look like.
Message: Posted by: JardiniMagic (Jan 8, 2008 12:05PM)
Hey if you use Altoids your effects would smell Great! just kidding good Idea although is has me thinking now!
Message: Posted by: acesover (Jan 8, 2008 12:24PM)
On 2007-09-13 10:49, SoCalPro wrote:
I work so much that my closeup case and my jacket, as well as my whole stand up show with sound and backdrop (most of the time), stays in the back of my van so there is no need for an emergency pack.

**I hope that didn't come off as pompous**


Not at all pompus, but when asked to do something it is kind of weird having to run out to your van. That is the whole point of having a small container. Just an observation.

John (acaesover)
Message: Posted by: Dan Paulus (Jan 15, 2008 11:57AM)
A while back I wrote an article on Magician's Emergency Kits for Visions.
Here's a link.


I also keep a small close up kit within my stand up case.
Message: Posted by: Michael Peterson (Jan 16, 2008 01:04PM)
Great article Dan,thank you!

I was asked to perform at a friends house last night, I wasn't really "prepared". I ended up doing a 45 minute routine with what I had on me. I was actually surprised at how it all flowed together, everything I had on me were things that I have been practicing lately while on breaks at work as well as a few items that I always carry on me.

The items I used were-
A sponge ball & s*n*da gimmick
A T.T. & rainbow streamer
Copper, Silver Brass
A deck of cards with a duplicate in it
A small hypno disk that I made out of a poker chip
Free Will

This is now my emergency case act.

Message: Posted by: mesmer72 (Jan 17, 2008 10:07PM)
Ok I'll take the altoids chalenge
when I got back into magic ,I had a job traveling the U.S. and I keep all my gear in a cigar case.
now I have 4 breifcases mostly close up stuff
well I'm off to buy some mints

Message: Posted by: Mark Rough (Jan 20, 2008 12:18PM)
This has been praying on my mind for a week now. Thanks a lot guys! Way to keep me up at night.

So, anyway, here goes. . .

Cards don't fit, so I'm taking a regular deck in another pocket.

In the tin:

1 nickel and 1 dime for Tomoyuki Takahashi's Fading Coin
several sheets of flash paper in a small black folder
1 box of wooden matches
1 small decorative stone (about 1 inch in diameter. I use it to burn flash paper)
a smaller tin (altoids make very small tins for their breath strips) with black eye shadow (this and the three above are for ashes to palm but can used for several other things as well)
1 gimmicked business card and a double headed quarter (for my version of Positive/Negative)
2 safety pins (1 gimmicked ala Slydini)
1 PK ring for any number of things (I may leave this out though)
2 rubber bands (#19)
4 half dollars and a Burger coin clip
24" of cotton string

I have at least 10 solid effects with this set up. With the deck of cards, the possibilities are endless (which may or may not be a good thing).

Message: Posted by: tombola (Jan 21, 2008 04:48AM)
I've been using an old, small cigarcase for some time, of an old brand called "hovnarr", wich in swedish means jester. I think it's about the same size as the altoids tin. I have made small compartments for the items, after reading a book about old magic-kits a fell in love with the tidyness of compartments. It contains:

A deck of red cards with a blue card and a doubble-back
Thumbtip with a bill
a red and a black silk
Chocolate coin and a folding coin
Rubber bands, wax, putty (is that what you call it?), double-sided tape, rubber bands and invisible thread.

Iv'e been thinking about getting rid of the silks, I hardly ever use them. Has anyone heard of Edward Victor's "20 Tricks in a Matchbox"? I wonder what was in it.

Pardon my spelling.
Message: Posted by: dmm (Feb 8, 2008 01:28PM)
If you are know for doing something it is always a great idea to carry it in your car, that way you are always ready, but more importantly you have a spare!
Message: Posted by: airship (Feb 8, 2008 01:55PM)
I don't know what Victor's 20 tricks were, but I've tried the 'matchbox challenge' and it's pretty tough. I managed to get in my dime/penny, a safety pin with some beads, a s***i w****r, and a few other tiny items that I can't remember. All told, it got me quite a few effects, but it wasn't real handy. Too small, and too much digging around required to retrieve the right item.
Message: Posted by: Comedy Writer (Feb 10, 2008 03:56PM)
I always carry a 'spares" kit on the car. Mostly parts for the show, but it includes spare tech stuff ( cables, etc) too