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Topic: Best Trick with a Straw
Message: Posted by: academy (Nov 13, 2003 04:23PM)
I'm looking for a trick with a straw suitable for strolling around and noisy places. Any suggestions?

Thanks
Academy
Message: Posted by: S.Segal (Nov 13, 2003 04:34PM)
Bill Goodwin has a sweet broken and restored straw paper in one of his lecture notes. I believe it is in his 1988 set. Also included in the notes are his Cannibal Cards and four to one. Both awesome card tricks...

S.Segal
Message: Posted by: Mistro (Nov 13, 2003 05:47PM)
Psycho-Straw!!!!
Message: Posted by: marky707 (Nov 13, 2003 06:06PM)
What I do is move a straw in someone's drink without touching it...Gets great reactions.
Message: Posted by: MacGyver (Nov 13, 2003 07:01PM)
OK, an impromptu cigarette/cigar routine using the straw...doing the pivot vanish and having it come back somewhere else, etc.

Or try Sankey's trick with a half dollar and a straw on his [i]Revolutionary Coin Magic[/i] video. It rocks and is done with a normal straw.
Message: Posted by: Turk (Nov 13, 2003 07:26PM)
Academy,

I hesitate to mention the 'ol beginner's magic trick of cutting a straw that has a string that is threaded inside the straw. The straw gets cut; the string does not.

Mike
Message: Posted by: hawkbird (Nov 13, 2003 10:18PM)
How about the straw up the nose? Just replace half a straw with the match up the nose and make your own noise! :lol:
Message: Posted by: magician81 (Nov 13, 2003 10:19PM)
Plastic surgery by Jay Sankey!!!
Message: Posted by: Turk (Nov 14, 2003 12:36AM)
I just remembered: Another great trick with a straw is Petrick's (of Petrick and Mia fame) "Straw Through Card" effect. He originally put this effect out in approximately 1982 (?) so it might not be available any longer.

The audience "sees" an ungimmicked straw being placed up against an ungimmicked card and then the straw visibly, silently and smoothly seems to just melt into and partially through the card.

The only potential downside is that the card and straw can not be handed out for examination unless you can clean up by switching out both the card and the straw. If you can do that, this is a killer close-up effect.
Message: Posted by: academy (Nov 14, 2003 05:52AM)
What do you think about applying JPT principle to a straw?

Marky 707, I like your idea. Can you give me more details? Thanks.
Message: Posted by: magician81 (Nov 14, 2003 07:18AM)
Applying misled principle to the straw...why didn't I think of that!!!
Message: Posted by: djvirtualreality (Nov 14, 2003 07:30AM)
Appearing Straw :bg:
Message: Posted by: Bong780 (Nov 14, 2003 09:03AM)
Straw Thru Chin. This is a very cool illusion taught in [i]Magic for Dummies[/i].
Message: Posted by: Nick23 (Nov 14, 2003 09:48AM)
I do a trick using two straws where you wrap them around each other, then holding the two ends pull them apart, and apparently they penetrate each other. I don't know the name of it but I saw it in a Jay Sankey lecture last year. He said it was a very old trick, and he used it for inspiration for his rubber band and pencil effect shown in the best of DVDs.
Message: Posted by: indridcold (Nov 14, 2003 11:30AM)
Hey, who stole my misled straw idea! I have been using it all the time, great effect!
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (Nov 14, 2003 08:51PM)
Magician81 & Indrid:

Hexes to both of you! :lol: RATSRATSRATS! I also have been doing a version of Misled with straws, thought I was the only one but just goes to show that when magicians think (it does kill, doesn't it?). Load it back into the paper sleeve, if you can, to give it a spur-of-the-moment feel...

Bryn
Message: Posted by: magician81 (Nov 14, 2003 10:48PM)
But I always think that a straw going through a bill??? as you all know a straw is a round-ended object, not a pointed object such as pencil.

what I mean is that when a straw is able to go 'through a bill', it's seems to be a 'too perfect theory' to me, consider d softness of a straw....well just my thoughts.....

anyway it's a great effect. after going through d bill, dun even hand d straw out for examination.....immediately put d straw back into d drink n enjoy your coke......n blurp........
Message: Posted by: academy (Nov 15, 2003 12:17PM)
Magician81 that is the reason why it should be presented like JPT and not like MISLED.
Message: Posted by: leonard (Nov 17, 2003 09:35AM)
Academy,
Try Nathan Kranzo's "Tornado Straw" off his Visual Voodoo DVD.
Message: Posted by: Adam Hince (Feb 16, 2004 10:03PM)
Harkey's Spotweld is very clever, yet a little painful to set up.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Feb 16, 2004 10:19PM)
Straw stabbed into Potato!
Message: Posted by: magickevinCA (Mar 27, 2004 11:44PM)
The Nathan Kranzo tornado straw trick is pretty cool for a spur of the moment kind of thing in a restaurant. I've used it a couple of times just as a quick thing and people like it a lot.
Message: Posted by: Nathan Kranzo (Mar 30, 2004 11:37PM)
Thanks Kevin!

If you let a couple ice cubes fall as you do the penetration they'll really freak out!

Best,

Nathan
Message: Posted by: Lee Brown (Apr 4, 2004 04:36PM)
Malini used to do a torn and restored wrapper from a straw. That is still a good trick.
Message: Posted by: Ustaad (Apr 14, 2004 06:17PM)
Straw and pencil. The static effect.

:xmas:
Message: Posted by: dearwiseone (Oct 29, 2004 01:19AM)
Turk brought up a great trick. It's Petrick and Mia's Straw through card. Unfortunately, not too many people know about this, and I'm not sure if they still make it.
I inherited one a few weeks ago and have played around with it, but not performed it.
It's a great effect, a straw goes through a playing card right in front of their eyes. Immediately after pulling the straw out, you can show the card front and back (without switching). If you want them to be able to examine everything in detail, it's going to require switching.
However, the routine that comes with the trick is ingenious and makes it seem as though a card was selected at random, and that the spectators were able to examine the straw completely!
It's a great effect, see if you can find it!
Message: Posted by: kloud (Nov 2, 2004 04:38PM)
A vanishing milk trick/ghost drinking milk, using a gimmmicked straw.
It's described in Practical Mental Magic by Anneman.
Message: Posted by: magicinsight (Nov 22, 2004 11:19AM)
"Bullet Catch" done by Scott Alexander on his Midnight Show DVD using a straw and some falsh paper. very nice effect.
Message: Posted by: elbruno (Dec 14, 2004 04:32PM)
You can use IT with straws to great effect. There's the old rising straw from a bottle or glass. (You could say that the beverage in the container was heavily carbonated!) This can be done with an ITR or a LeClair hookup. Michael Ammar shows an effect with loops on one of his Thread videos. I believe it is called the static straw.

Another idea is to do the rising ring on a straw -- normally done on a pencil or wand. Why not a straw?
Message: Posted by: limkris (Dec 17, 2004 01:04PM)
Petrick & Mia 's effect is explained in their recent DVD's and very visual and clean.
Message: Posted by: Spinnato (Jan 14, 2005 10:34PM)
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On 2004-11-22 12:19, magicinsight wrote:
"Bullet Catch" done by Scott Alexander on his Midnight Show DVD using a straw and some falsh paper. very nice effect.
[/quote]

Absoluetly! !
That trick alone is worth the price of the DVD.
Highly recommended.
Message: Posted by: Aptaker (Jan 15, 2005 09:31AM)
Depends on what exactly whats going on. If you have the peoples attention I would reccomend either a PK straw effect, straw going across table, straw falls out of glass... etc. This can be done with a simple Loops method... I won't go into detail without risk of exposing but you might want to check that out, the loops system is great for a lot of purposes. Another idea can be found on Darwin's Encyclopedia Of Thumb Tip magic. It can be found on Penguin Magic. It is on volume 2 and is called the straw production. Not so creative on the name but it is a quick visual production of the straw. There are 2 variations one where the magician shows his hands empty, then reaches into his fist and produces a full sized straw from the fist. The other method is kind of like a misers dream production of the straw where the magician grabs a straw out of thin air. The angles are a little iffy on this one but there aren't any fancy palms or anything. Either way loops and the Encyclopedia are both great sorces for magical knowlage so their worth checking out.
Thanks,
Aaron
Message: Posted by: calexa (Jan 16, 2005 02:28AM)
Michael Close has on his "Workers" Videos a nice trick, where a shoe lacw penetrates a straw and the straw paper. Only the paper is destroied. A nice and quick trick.

Magixx
Message: Posted by: Foxbiz (Jan 18, 2005 11:31AM)
My kids have been rolling both ends of the straw around their fingers until they have a small bubble in the middle that is under high pressure. Someone else is asked to flick it and it make a very loud pop! Not magical, but an amusing stunt!

Purhapse like Aaron, a vanish can be done with a TT. It is not compressed, but held out of view. I think Fin John (sp) has this type of handling in his booklets.
Message: Posted by: Foxbiz (Jan 18, 2005 01:21PM)
My kids have been rolling both ends of the straw around their fingers until they have a small bubble in the middle that is under high pressure. Someone else is asked to flick it and it make a very loud pop! Not magical, but an amusing stunt!

Purhapse like Aaron, a vanish can be done with a TT. It is not compressed, but held out of view. I think Fin John (sp) has this type of handling in his booklets.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jan 19, 2005 08:50PM)
[quote]
On 2004-12-17 14:04, Kristof Limbo wrote:
Petrick & Mia 's effect is explained in their recent DVD's and very visual and clean.
[/quote]
Since you live in Europe, I'm not sure that those of us in the USA have had the access to the couple's early magic that you may have. I have known them since the early 80s in the USA. They have several great soda straw tricks. Two I like best are Straw through Playing card and moving straw on a table top.

For walk-around the straw through playing card should be a real consideration.

I saw Petrick & Mia a couple of years ago in Montgomery, Alabama. Petrick told me then that they were considering retiring from the lecture circuit. I hope that they have not. They are a really fresh creative force in the magic community.

Bob
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: Michael Berends (Jan 23, 2005 10:49PM)
Hi,

Diamond Jim Tyler published a Floating Straw routine in the "Linking Ring" and his book. I have the book, can't seem to find it though. So I can't give you the name of it.

I'd also like to add that Scott Alexander's "Bullet Catch" with a straw is GREAT!!!! Audiece Participation, Fire, and a terrific effect. What more could you ask for????

Michael Berends
Message: Posted by: Gede Nibo (Jan 24, 2005 03:12PM)
PSYCHO STRAW isn't too bad...takes a bit of preparation.
you can find the booklet at most magic shops.
its by PHATAMOS, and its 14.95 at:
http://www.elmwoodmagic.com

It uses sleeves
it uses a tool
it look amazing
the prep is a bit of a pain
doesn't come with the neccessary tool
the straw appears to bend before your eyes!

Baba
Message: Posted by: NitroMagic (Feb 14, 2005 04:53PM)
There is a trick wiht impromtu magic books that you bend one straw over the other and make one penetrate through the other...possibly this would be ok for you
Message: Posted by: scottasf (Mar 9, 2005 12:16PM)
[quote]
On 2003-11-14 10:48, Nick23 wrote:
I do a trick using two straws where you wrap them around each other, then holding the two ends pull them apart, and apparently they penetrate each other. I don't know the name of it but I saw it in a Jay Sankey lecture last year. He said it was a very old trick, and he used it for inspiration for his rubber band and pencil effect shown in the best of DVDs.
[/quote]

I believe that can be found in Martin Gardners Encycolopedia of Impromptu Magic
Message: Posted by: daaaave (Apr 7, 2005 02:15AM)
I'd recommend Pyschostraw or the straw production from Encyclopedia of Thumb Tip Magic. Both are cool, visual tricks.
Message: Posted by: kuroko (Apr 14, 2005 02:05PM)
Harkey's straw routine in simply harkey
Message: Posted by: rmoraleta (Apr 20, 2005 02:51PM)
[quote]
On 2005-01-16 03:28, calexa wrote:
Michael Close has on his "Workers" Videos a nice trick, where a shoe lacw penetrates a straw and the straw paper. Only the paper is destroied. A nice and quick trick.

Magixx
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I am aware of this but it is hard to get these straws here in the Philippines. Found some at Wendy's!
Message: Posted by: willem (Apr 23, 2005 05:42AM)
Look at penguin magic
Message: Posted by: willem (Apr 23, 2005 05:42AM)
This is my 50 post
Message: Posted by: Moderncelt (Apr 26, 2005 01:33PM)
I think what Willem is refering to is "The Sizzle" that they have on their site for download. It's a good effect. I saw it perfomed in a restraunt. I think it's probably the same as "spot weld" but I'm not sure. I can only give a review from the spectator end, I haven't actually performed it myself.

Sean
Message: Posted by: Bosko (Apr 26, 2005 04:35PM)
Straw through cheek. In Andrew Mayne´s "Schock FX" DVD! Amazing!!!
Message: Posted by: Moderncelt (Apr 26, 2005 09:27PM)
Ah yes, I should have thought of this one. Very graphic, always gets a good response. Thanks Bosco.
Message: Posted by: wally (Oct 24, 2014 03:40AM)
Petrick and mia straw thru card volume 4, I may buy this soon.
Message: Posted by: Crownhart (Jan 4, 2015 07:20AM)
Removing a straw from a paper sleeve while pinching the the straw through the paper creates a static charge. Using your hand you can make it perform (movements) while it is balanced on a salt/pepper shaker. Remember to handle the straw before handing it out. Your handling of the straw will discharge the static effect. One last thing try not handle the straw after charging it, because it will discharge the static. Enjoy I've been doing this for 30 years or more. Simple but fun. :o)