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Topic: impromptu stand-up or stage magic
Message: Posted by: Felix Farrell (Apr 24, 2003 08:57AM)
After reading thru the different threads of the "impromptu"-forum, it is my impression, that impromptu magic is usually associated with close-up settings.
But you can also get into a situation, to have to perform on the spot in a stand-up or even stage setting.

What material would you then perform?

My personal choices would be:

Pierced Polyester (My own version of knife thru coat)
Slydini's paperballs over the head

I am very curious to hear about your favorite impromptu stage-routines!!
Message: Posted by: Mago Mai (May 3, 2003 11:38PM)
There is an effect I like to do but I don't know the name of it.

You ask a spectator for his or her watch. Ask him to look at the time and show it to some other person. Give the watch back to the spectator and tell him to hold it using both hands.

Ask him if he believes a person can go back in time. Tell him that you as a magician are going to try to make him go back in time. Concentrate and tell him to look at his watch. He will be surprised after seeing that the watch is 10, 15 or even 20 minutes behind the right time.

I remember performing this effect once and I acted like I couldn't get him back in time. I appreciated his help and asked him to go back to his seat.

The party kept going and after a couple of hours (9:00pm), this fellow ran to me and said, "How did you do that... look at my watch? It is only 8:00pm. You got me back in time."

This a nice improv considering almost everyone wears a watch nowadays.

Mago Mai
Message: Posted by: Donovan Deschner (May 4, 2003 01:44PM)
I am also a fan of Paper Balls Over the Head. Depending on the setting:

-Mental Epic
-a variety of card tricks (yes they translate to stage very well)
-Arm Stunts - Copperfield did it to warm up the audience on "Tornado"
-Arm Twisting Illusion (works well in a party scene with a crowd)

Donovan
Message: Posted by: Felix Farrell (May 5, 2003 06:28AM)
@Mago

The watch routine, you described, bears similarities to Banachek's Psychokinetic time. (Although I never got away with the prediction part - but the handling for resetting the watch is very good).

Another routine I use often in a stand-up setting is a pencil thru bill routine like "East meets west meets south" (David Harkey, Jay Sankey, Eric Anderson). This can be combined with a watch steal very well.

Felix
Message: Posted by: Mago Mai (May 5, 2003 06:38PM)
I forgot about that pencil thru bill routine it is wonderful. I saw it on Harkey on tape. Thanks for the reminder.

Mago Mai

My bill switch without the TT is not bad.

Mago Mai
Message: Posted by: BenGGie (Apr 21, 2012 01:10PM)
Touching on Hoy
Message: Posted by: Ray Bertrand (Apr 26, 2012 03:53PM)
Slydini`s paper napkins over the head is extremely visual and will get a lot of laughs.
Message: Posted by: Edgar Alstad (May 8, 2012 02:35PM)
From the top of my head

- the abnormal lift (need five voulenteers)
- the invisible hole (need to borrow bill, paper and pencil)
- torn and restored napkin (need napkins)
Message: Posted by: rbattle (May 29, 2012 08:31PM)
Starcle

Robert
Message: Posted by: rbattle (May 29, 2012 08:31PM)
Starcle

Robert
Message: Posted by: Nunhunter (May 30, 2012 06:06PM)
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On 2012-05-08 15:35, Edgar Alstad wrote:
From the top of my head

- the abnormal lift (need five volunteers)
- the invisible hole (need to borrow bill, paper and pencil)
- torn and restored napkin (need napkins)
[/quote]
The abnormal lift (always wondered what that was called) is indeed brilliant. I have witnessed big men sore skyward "on my command" and I still have no idea how I do it :)
Message: Posted by: Decomposed (Jun 12, 2012 01:55AM)
Yes the lift is darn good.
Message: Posted by: Suren (Jun 17, 2012 04:27PM)
Abnormal lift is old already. Kids in schools do that. Too bad.