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Topic: Carrying a 15 minute pro act in your wallet that can be done Impromptu
Message: Posted by: truesoldier (Mar 19, 2010 05:07PM)
Hi Guys

If you were to put together a 10 - 15 minute act that had to fit into your Wallet, what would you include. (The only rules being that you have to limit yourself to one packet trick (Cards) Only, and that you have to include a minimum of 6 effects)

If you want to include gimmicks like a ring flight or TT then you can add them on after the main effects in your wallet.

THE REASON for this is that I would like to put a whole act together whereby I am always ready to perform at a moments notice , BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY have an act that can be used for a pro walk around gig should I not have my other props such as a deck of cards on me etc.

I am trying to do just that and have so far come up with the following: (not in any particular order)

1 Coins
2 Powerball 60
3 Bill for no tip bill switch
4 The 4 Aces for Dr Daleys Last Trick
5 Loops
6 Vortex Cards for coin productions and Matrix Effects
7 Pocket Space Plus


In addition to the above list I also carry around the Presto Ring Flight by Tony Clark, a TT, A piece of string and a ring (Considering getting a PK ring for Impromptu Chop Cup Etc.) Again most of these items are normal items that you would have with you anyway e.g. I wear the ring and I put my real Keys on the Presto Rig Flight.

I'd really like to hear your suggestions

Many Thanks
Message: Posted by: ugdini13 (Mar 19, 2010 06:29PM)
Some Business Cards, Some Bills, a Dime/Penny Gaff, Some borrowed Change, a few rubber bands,A ring, a shoelace and my wits.

2 Impromptu Strolling Sets

1. Two Card Monte with Spec Signature and Yours on diff business cards
2. Cardwarp w. business cards
3. c/s routine with borrowed Dime and Penny

1. Appearing Knot in Shoelace
2. Ring and String
3. Crazy man's Handcuffs

Encore-Ring Band it, Positive Negative

Kelly
Message: Posted by: Phil Tawa (Mar 27, 2010 12:46PM)
This isn't wallet but is a small show.
1) Professors Nightmare by Uday. Make sure it's that brand because it rolls up
real small and is made of a nice woven soft rope. It's only $3.00 and well
worth it.
2) Dream Queen for a small packet trick(Mentalism) (also cheap)
3) Ellis Ring and Ribbon
4) Paddle Trick
5) Hopping half (with change out coins)
6) Thimbles
Message: Posted by: fonda57 (Mar 28, 2010 04:41PM)
B'wave
Produce a silk from a th*** t**, vanish it, reproduce it, vanish a coin into it, reproduce, do the old coin through silk.
Message: Posted by: fyi2 (Mar 28, 2010 09:36PM)
Business cards for: Scott G's Assertive/Positive/Negative. The Jermay's Emotional Intelligence, then Seven by Bryn Renolds, Pocket Space Plus, and Heirloom. That is what I have. But if I was going loaded for bear I'd add Powerball 60 and Anate (Anate as an Oh BTW effect). My all time favorite closer (no reset though) is Bryn's Bank night. (I normally carry 4 or 5 sets for an evening).

Tony
Message: Posted by: charliemartin (Apr 13, 2010 10:47AM)
Some business cards, a sharpie, some coins, mini 52 on 1 card and improv skills. Because you can always find napkins, pencils or pens, rubberbands, etc around most environments. Become a walking encyclopedia of impromptu magic.
Message: Posted by: Michael Bilkis (Apr 16, 2010 09:42AM)
With a few business cards the skies the limit:

1. Years ago Michael Rubinstein published a signed coin (sticker) and business card routine.
2. Center tear routine.
3. Desire from Max Maven's color series.
4. Osterlind Watch routine
5. Seven from Bryn"s great e-book
5. Add Rubber Bands : penetrating bands (aka CMH), Pinnacle, Jumper
6. Kolossal Killer
7. any of outlaws wallet card series or the new animania card
Message: Posted by: alexoid (Apr 16, 2010 11:54AM)
It would even be possible to do a 15 minute act with NO props!
I am building up a repetoir of "body magic" such as twisting arm illusion, my version of finger fantasies etc. If you perfect the presentation and choose what works for you- a lot of "body magic" is as strong as sleight of hand, or at the least, as entertaining.

Then there is magic using things that other people carry- coins, business cards, finger rings.

If you do mentalism stuff- then you need virtually no props- just a lot of front!
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (Apr 20, 2010 03:35AM)
[quote]
On 2010-04-16 10:42, Michael Bilkis wrote:
With a few business cards the skies the limit:

1. Years ago Michael Rubinstein published a signed coin (sticker) and business card routine.
2. Center tear routine.
3. Desire from Max Maven's color series.
4. Osterlind Watch routine
5. Seven from Bryn"s great e-book
5. Add Rubber Bands : penetrating bands (aka CMH), Pinnacle, Jumper
6. Kolossal Killer
7. any of outlaws wallet card series or the new animania card
[/quote]

Thanks for the mention of SEVEN! I appreciate it and am glad you are using it!
Bryn
Message: Posted by: Yellowcustard (Apr 28, 2010 09:34AM)
4 Aces.
4 Coins (I use old English pennies)
Chadwick’s mending cotton.
Elastic bands and stargazer gaff.
Power ball 60.

I also add to this a hanky and a purse frame.

With this I did a walk round set for 30ish people at a friends party. I had two set of 3 tricks.
1- Single coin routine were the coin comes out of purse and reapers purse frame then with 3 others.(dropped in to a glass)
2- The Trick Question (Brother John Hamman, Daryl) Done in a don’t just street gamblers lesson.
3- 4 Coin matrix from the mark Wilson book.

The second set has a mystic tale about strange happing and mediums.
1- A coin and hank routine based on something I saw Pat Page do.
2- Hindu Thread with all things that power the universe tale on it.
3- Then this is all round up with a physic mind reading with power ball 60.

I also did stargazer and a few other bits as well like a unprompted chop cup routine which kicked and with a bit of ribbon being around lent its self to a figure ring and string routine.

This was for a friend party however I have gained a possible booking from it.
Message: Posted by: Lavey (May 5, 2010 12:41AM)
Sponge Balls?
Message: Posted by: liampower (May 5, 2010 06:38AM)
6 effects in 10 to 15 minutes,
slow down a bit, do you speak as fast as a horse race anouncer?
Message: Posted by: Luis Vega (May 22, 2010 03:12AM)
I am working on a e-booklet of some tricks using your wallet including and Impromptu Card to Wallet, a ring Flight and coin switch and some others...
Message: Posted by: E.C. Valdemar (Jun 5, 2010 01:02AM)
Well I'm gonna cheat a lil. My routines aren't just in my wallet but in my head. I'm mostly a Mentalist, so I love doing propless material when I can.

So my propless material is
1.) Silent Running by Ben Harris
2.) My routine Imperfection
3.) Angel/Devil on shoulders

And in my wallet is simply:
1.) Banachek's This and That
2.) Jim Pace's Magic List
3.) A American Half Dollar for a quick One Coin Routine I put together.

~Robert EC
Message: Posted by: insight (Jun 13, 2010 08:19AM)
How about a cell phone?
Message: Posted by: Paul Carnazzo (Jul 6, 2010 11:49PM)
[quote]
On 2010-04-16 10:42, Michael Bilkis wrote:
With a few business cards the skies the limit:

1. Years ago Michael Rubinstein published a signed coin (sticker) and business card routine.
2. Center tear routine.
3. Desire from Max Maven's color series.
4. Osterlind Watch routine
5. Seven from Bryn"s great e-book
5. Add Rubber Bands : penetrating bands (aka CMH), Pinnacle, Jumper
6. Kolossal Killer
7. any of outlaws wallet card series or the new animania card
[/quote]

Michael,

Thanks for the mention! Glad you're getting some use out of the card!

Don't forget to check out all 3 pocket mentalism cards at:

http://www.mentalvoyage.com

Regarding Insight's post:

Cell phones can be very useful...not only for all of the magic/mentalism "apps", but as a tool. I posted in inner thoughts a while back how one can be used as a shiner for a great impromptu design dupe.

Another idea I've used with cell phones is sending a text message to a spectator as a prediction, telling them not to open the message until after the effect. It's a useful technique when there is no pen/paper readily available, and for getting a new phone number! ;)
Message: Posted by: Cyberqat (Jul 7, 2010 10:42PM)
It seems like 6 illusions in 10 to 15 min is an awfully fast pace.

Ive entertained an entire table for 10 min or so just with a PK ring...

I'd rather do fewer feats and make each one much more of an illusion.
Message: Posted by: jocdoc (Sep 23, 2010 01:33AM)
I always carry Steve Draun's Real Man's Wallet with me. In it, I carry:

1. B'Wave
2. Extreme Burn (using 1's and 20's)
3. $2 bill to two single dollar bills
4. Powerball 60
5. 2 paperclips and a rubber band (For Harry Lorayne's Sgt. Elastic and the clip artists)
6. A gimmicked dollar with a "door" in it
7. A single $1 bill (for tearing out the black center portion when "I'm hungry" and restoring it)
8. Eugene's (Burger)Last Dollar gimmick.
9. A plastic slide to help ease card into wallet for CTW
10. 2 cards for my "Brokeback Cardwarp."
Message: Posted by: motown (Oct 14, 2010 08:24PM)
Bills and Post-it notes for a penetration

Thread for Hindu thread and Vernon's Tale of the Treasury Worm

Stamps for a prediction effect

Mark Jenest's Credit Card

Elastic thread for Kundalini Rising

All contained in a magic wallet.
Message: Posted by: afinemesh (Dec 1, 2010 01:31AM)
Power Ball 60 (Abbott and Sanders)

Mental yarn (Nate Rutledge)

B'wave (Max Maven)

A very good year (Boris Pocus)

My Positive/Negative (Max Maven)
Message: Posted by: LFoxx (Dec 19, 2010 10:34AM)
You could do a solid 10 mins with 4 aces and one extra card:

Twisting the aces
Daleys Last Trick
Modified Version of Paul Harris's Whack your Pack
Modified version of everywhere and nowhere
Homing Card (card to pocket)
Three Card monte

Right here is a 15-20 minutes you could do at a walking around gig for an 8 top table and aside from the three card monte every thing basically plays off the table so it will play big...however I think this idea of a 10 - 15 minute act that you can carry in your wallet is great for impromptu situations, however for a paid gig you should use whatever you need...not what you can fit in your wallet. Also for a paid gig you have no excuse for forgetting to bring your props. At that point you might as well not show up.
Message: Posted by: djurmann (Dec 21, 2010 02:50PM)
Hi E.C Valdemar,

How do people react to Silent Running? I bought the trick/effect and have not used it because it seemed really lame.......but then I also did not give it a fair trial. I am wondering if I should look at it again.

Best wishes,

Danny
Message: Posted by: David Thiel (Jan 16, 2011 08:41PM)
I carry a mentalism wallet with me as my everyday wallet. I've done 20 minutes with it very easily. (It's a Stealth Assassin in case anyone cares.) Great routines can be done "impromptu."

David
Message: Posted by: Mike Maturen (Apr 24, 2011 10:02PM)
[quote]
On 2010-07-07 23:42, Cyberqat wrote:
It seems like 6 illusions in 10 to 15 min is an awfully fast pace.

Ive entertained an entire table for 10 min or so just with a PK ring...

I'd rather do fewer feats and make each one much more of an illusion.
[/quote]

I agree. One thing we often forget is that we, as magicians, are nothing but story tellers that happen to use magic to illustrate our stories. Henning and Copperfield are masters of this.

If we can do 3 or so effects with a great storyline that will emotionally involve the audience...we'll kill 'em every time!
Message: Posted by: k (May 3, 2011 05:11AM)
I dunno if I'm out of context, but I've noticed you can do a solid 15/20 minutes impromptu gig with anything.

I consider impromptu as "at a moment's notice", and showmanship is as important as the trick itself.

Look at the toilet paper trick. it's 10 minutes with just a roll of paper. a TT can give you 10 mins of show also. Anyone seen that Lady doing a strip show with just the TT ? Great act, without even a word, just good music, and .. well, you wouldn't strip naked in the streets, but heh.. ever done a all girls night out private party ? ;p

Cigarettes, coins, bills, matches, mentalism, silk (or napkin), a roll of napkin / lump of bread and 3 caps for the 3 shells, 3 business cards for a 3 cards monte, rubber bands, etc. Everything is available in your pocket or around you.

I know I'm not answering the thread and apologise.. >.<
Message: Posted by: Turk (May 4, 2011 01:48AM)
[quote]
On 2011-05-03 06:11, k wrote:
I dunno if I'm out of context, but I've noticed you can do a solid 15/20 minutes impromptu gig with anything.

I consider impromptu as "at a moment's notice", and showmanship is as important as the trick itself.

***Anyone seen that Lady doing a strip show with just the TT ?

***
[/quote]

Talk about the bare essentials....
Message: Posted by: Dimitri Mystery Artist (May 8, 2011 07:31PM)
I must admit, the thread confuse me,
if the goal is to find a set that for a pro walk around gig, so why limit yourself to just a "wallet"? you probably have at least 4 pockets, that can contain stronger effects than those that can be fit to a wallet.
usually we know, when and where we are going to perform and therefore, the real question should be what are the strongest effects that I can do in 5,10 minute set under the conditions avaliable?
Message: Posted by: k (May 11, 2011 10:27AM)
If with 1 wallet you have 10/15mn, with 4 pockets, you'll have an hour !
Message: Posted by: Magic Patrick (May 14, 2011 08:20PM)
[quote]
On 2011-05-11 11:27, k wrote:
If with 1 wallet you have 10/15mn, with 4 pockets, you'll have an hour !
[/quote]

or three more wallets!
Message: Posted by: CSMTREE (Oct 9, 2011 10:21AM)
I actually have another wallet which I carry in my jacket breast pocket. In it I have:

1. Powerball 60
2. Wonderland dollar
3. Beswitched bill
4. Mental yarn
5. Kollosal killer
6. Magic credit card

Bill
Message: Posted by: rsylvester (Oct 14, 2011 10:26PM)
I get it and I've actually been thinking about a similar kind of set-up, using the wallet as a storage for some great magic. As many have said, I love Extreme Burn. Would like to pair that with some other effects, all that could fit in a wallet. I've been thinking about getting the burning wallet, which would add another dimension. I'm thinking something with packet cards, such as B'wave.

Yes, you can do great magic with just about anything. But going back for the wallet would give you a reason for reaching in your pocket, which as we all know can accomplish a lot more. It gives you a reason to go there, to pull out something new. It's also why I bought a coin purse frame. There's a lot you can do with that magically, as a running gag, and just an excuse to go to your pocket.

Also, a TT packed way in the small change pocket in a pair of jeans or a suit coat adds another dimension and probably another 50 tricks you can do anywhere.

But it was great to find this thread, as I had been thinking about this exact same thing.
Message: Posted by: debjit (Mar 20, 2019 11:35AM)
Card Deck, PK Ring, Loops, Thumbtip, Sponge Balls... can go for an hour with just that ;)