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Topic: You can only fill one pocket...
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Dec 3, 2013 11:50AM)
There's a million of these types of threads but, what can I say? I love them! Especially when there's some new members who can throw in their thoughts.

[b]The Situation[/b]

You're leaving your house to go travel the world. You're never coming back. And you also know there will be no magic shops (or Internet) where you're going. But there will be many people who would love the joy of magic that you can provide. All your other pockets, backpack, etc. are used up for supplies but [i]you have 1 single front pants pocket[/i] devoted to magic. Nowhere else.

What do you bring?

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Jamie D. Grant:

A deck of cards (hundreds of effects)
An Industrial Revelation (my signature effect)
3 feet of rope (for Richard Sanders Fiber Optics)
10 Yellow #19 Elastic Bands (CMH and a bunch of others)
5 Spongeballs
Micro Chop Cup (from RNT2)
4 Coins and 1 Jumbo
Maybe Whitestar if it fits?
A pen with cap.

Hmmm. Not sure what else will fit. I'm actually going to go try it, lol.
Message: Posted by: smullins (Dec 3, 2013 12:23PM)
A deck of cards
Packet wallet with: NFW/ 8 card brainwave
4 or 5 Sponge Balls
Only two ropes (shortened Fiber Optics)
10 Rubber Bands
1 IET spool for Loops
1 Pen with cap
1 Thumb Tip
1 Scotch and Soda (half dollar sized) so when "nested" can do other effects.
Message: Posted by: Mark Jarvis (Dec 3, 2013 12:52PM)
Wow!!! You guys have some deep pockets!!

I would bring:
A deck of cards (this one's a lay up)
Two Rubber bands
Two one dollar bills and a five for Slow Mo Bill Change and Clean Thru (for the US leg of the trip)
1 Thumb Tip
1 red silk
Deluxe Nest of Wallets
A Packet Wallet containing Ace and Twisted Sisters
$1.00 Eisenhower coins for three fly

Mark
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Gold (Dec 3, 2013 01:58PM)
Four silver dollars and a sh**l and f**pper
Pack of cards
Nest of wallets
Super Sharpie
Profs. Nightmare ropes
Pointless
Message: Posted by: AdamChance (Dec 3, 2013 02:13PM)
Deck of bicycle cards
deck of gaff cards (packet tricks, double backers, double facers, dupes, S.T.C., monte cards, etc.)
sharpie
okito box w/ 4 half dollars
boston box w/ sun & moon, c/s coin, extra copper coin and my TUC.
shells for the half dollar and copper coin
TT w/ silk
12 rubber bands (8 yellow, 4 blue)
quantum bender 2.0

I would wear a PK ring
I would have my TKO 2.0 already attached to one of my shirts
real man's wallet is my normal wallet, so I always have that

and if there's room, my mini chop cup plus final loads.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Lyle (Dec 3, 2013 02:46PM)
A deck of cards. That's it!
Message: Posted by: Blindside785 (Dec 3, 2013 03:08PM)
1 Deck
2 Half Dollars
3 Yellow #19 Rubberbands
4 Spongeballs
$1 and $5 for 1 and 5 transpo
1 Sharpie from Richard Sander's Remarkable
Message: Posted by: WilliamMckeehan (Dec 3, 2013 03:54PM)
A deck of cards... maybe a sharpie. But some sponge balls would fit. I really love sponge balls...
Message: Posted by: Lundonia (Dec 3, 2013 04:54PM)
A deck of cards
A sharpie
A packet trick wallet with a few gaffs

I guess that's about what would actually fit in a front pants pocket. You guys must have som seriously baggy pants... :)
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Dec 3, 2013 05:17PM)
3 aces
3 coin tricks
and my balls
Message: Posted by: Dimitri Mystery Artist (Dec 3, 2013 06:05PM)
Deck of cards
sharpie
coins
Message: Posted by: Nala Nosmoht (Dec 3, 2013 06:08PM)
4 firm sponge balls (the 1-1/4" ones that come with Goshman's multiplying sponge balls
4 12" colored silks (2 colors) Dye tube
Jumping Gems w/ Flash Rod
ninja rings
Gypsy thread (you can p/u thread on your travels)
ring & rope
a pen for recapped
Message: Posted by: D. Yoder (Dec 3, 2013 07:00PM)
A piece of rope and something to cut it with - assuming that ropes/strings/grapevines/etc and knives/scissors/cutting implements are not available on my travels
Three shells and enough peas to lose a few along the way - assuming that bottle caps/real shells/small bowls/etc and sponges/pieces of cotton/etc are not available on my travels

A TT and a silk
A leather c--- cup and two balls - one gaffed
A set of sponge bunnies which will soon wear out but I'll enjoy them while they last.
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Dec 3, 2013 07:43PM)
D Yoder
I have also used my cup with one ball gaffed but it appears you may have tried it with two balls gaffed. What are the advantages to both balls gaffed?

Thank you
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Dec 3, 2013 08:25PM)
Sponge balls or bunnies
TT and 1 silk
Deck of cards and a Sharpie
Hot Rod
Crazy Cube
Hopping Half and S&S sets.

As a kicker- in my back pocket I happen to have my Real Man's Wallet :D I know it's cheating, but I would have my wallet! lol I won't get into what else I'd have in there because I really don't want to derail this thread. Sorry...

*fades back into the internet...*

P.S. I go there hoping they have rope!
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Dec 3, 2013 08:31PM)
1 Red-back Deck of Cards
1 Blue Sharpie
1 Blue-backed Card
1 Half Dollar
2 English Pennies
1 Jumbo Half
1 TT
1 Bill (any denomination)

This should all fit in a reasonable pocket. (If you have an unreasonable pocket, then just negotiate with it.)
Message: Posted by: Trent Reid (Dec 3, 2013 09:30PM)
1- deck of cards
5- rubber bands with a paper clip(for stairway or paperclip by jay)
4- half dollars with sh**l and scotch and soda.
1- spool of IET for loops.
1- TT with mismade bill.
1- sponge large red clown nose(don't ask).
1- memory relapse by jay sankey.
Message: Posted by: Ray Bertrand (Dec 3, 2013 09:40PM)
A deck of cards
8 card brainwave
1 Thumb Tip
& a Sharpie

Ray
Message: Posted by: bowers (Dec 3, 2013 09:44PM)
Get sharkey deck.
tt with silk.
expanded coin set.
1 copper coin
Hank of rope
2 different bills
industrial revelation
haunted doll
maybe it will fit in a big pocket.
Message: Posted by: Yellowcustard (Dec 4, 2013 02:48AM)
When I travel I usually were combat trouser and to be honest I like to keep my wallet in one button pocket and my passport in the other. My side pockets empty for those things you pick up on the way snacks and books. When I traveled across Spain and India I travel with in a 25L day pack and a small shoulder bag.

In this I had,
Egg bag,
Fiber Optics,
Sponge balls and purse frame,
2 Decks of cards,

This would all fit in the large pockets but I carry it in my pack.
Message: Posted by: ROBERT BLAKE (Dec 4, 2013 02:51AM)
1) a deck of cards
2) a piece of rope (for knot tricks - ring on string/wand)
3) grand mothers necklace (3 wooden balls and two strings = productions of balls / balls across / grand mothers necklace)
4) Slydini silks
Message: Posted by: Elias the Conjurer (Dec 4, 2013 07:30AM)
Can I wear the trousers that I preform in? Cuz my pockets are huge, like really huge. I think I could fit most of my parlor show into just one pocket. I will give it a try and come back with results!

p.s. If I usually have my shoe as a prop to produce, do I have to have that in my pocket as well? If so, it might be a small problem...
Message: Posted by: Terrible Wizard (Dec 4, 2013 09:35AM)
I'm not sure how big some people's pockets are ... :) Assuming money is no object:

I'm gonna go with a m***ed deck of cards treated with science friction, along with a selection of gaffs and different backs in a gaffed box (x2 in case of loss or damage and 2 deck effects)

TT and silk

Sw*mi (and some refills)

Flash (paddles)

Annihilator Wallet, already loaded with gaff ESP cards, business cards, KK, billets, gaff photos etc

Scotch and Soda

If I have room:
Messado Rings

Lifetime of magic and mentalism in that lot ... :)
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Dec 4, 2013 10:09AM)
I would like to add Stand Up Monte to my pocket. I'm sure it would fit and it kills.
Message: Posted by: Mike Maturen (Dec 4, 2013 11:15AM)
What.......oh, never mind.

;)


[quote]
On 2013-12-03 18:17, jay leslie wrote:
3 aces
3 coin tricks
and my balls
[/quote]
Message: Posted by: EVILDAN (Dec 4, 2013 01:08PM)
Never coming back proposes some problems:
Your deck of playing cards becomes well worn to the point of becoming useless for performance.
Same holds true for gaffed cards or packet tricks.
Your Sharpie or pen runs out of ink. Sw*mis run out of whatever.
Rubber bands become cruddy or break. (Same thing with ITr's or L**ps)

Are you allowed to restock at some point? I mean, we do live in an age where we can order on our phones and sometime soon we may be getting items droppeed to our house via drones.
Message: Posted by: Mike Maturen (Dec 4, 2013 02:08PM)
Good point, EvilDan, good point.
Message: Posted by: Yellowcustard (Dec 4, 2013 04:42PM)
Dose not matter how well you wrap up cards if it rains there going to get wet. Even dampness can give card trouble.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Dec 4, 2013 04:59PM)
Lol- awesome. Great points! Let's say that you get a drone resupply in 3 months and you're going somewhere perpetually sunny!

And I am loving these answers- some great stuff that I've either forgotten about or have been on my "need-to-learn" list. It's also cool to see what everyone really likes.
Message: Posted by: AdamChance (Dec 4, 2013 05:59PM)
[quote]
On 2013-12-04 14:08, EVILDAN wrote:
Never coming back proposes some problems:
Your deck of playing cards becomes well worn to the point of becoming useless for performance.
Same holds true for gaffed cards or packet tricks.
Your Sharpie or pen runs out of ink. Sw*mis run out of whatever.
Rubber bands become cruddy or break. (Same thing with ITr's or L**ps)

Are you allowed to restock at some point? I mean, we do live in an age where we can order on our phones and sometime soon we may be getting items droppeed to our house via drones.

[/quote]

If you were really traveling the world... I would imagine that you'll come across things like bicycle playing cards, rubber bands and sharpies along the way. so those could be realistically replaced as they wear out. but you could maybe assume that you wont really be in one place for too long, so you couldn't order more supplies through the mail.... and you wont be traveling in an area with a magic store.
Message: Posted by: Jumbopenny (Dec 4, 2013 08:18PM)
[quote]
On 2013-12-04 18:59, AdamChance wrote:
[quote]
On 2013-12-04 14:08, EVILDAN wrote:
Never coming back proposes some problems:
Your deck of playing cards becomes well worn to the point of becoming useless for performance.
Same holds true for gaffed cards or packet tricks.
Your Sharpie or pen runs out of ink. Sw*mis run out of whatever.
Rubber bands become cruddy or break. (Same thing with ITr's or L**ps)

Are you allowed to restock at some point? I mean, we do live in an age where we can order on our phones and sometime soon we may be getting items droppeed to our house via drones.

[/quote]

If you were really traveling the world... I would imagine that you'll come across things like bicycle playing cards, rubber bands and sharpies along the way. so those could be realistically replaced as they wear out. but you could maybe assume that you wont really be in one place for too long, so you couldn't order more supplies through the mail.... and you wont be traveling in an area with a magic store.
[/quote]


You'd be surprised at how difficult it can be to find a deck of cards. I was just on a seven country tour of Europe for a month. I had set some magic supplies aside to bring with me, but forgot to pack them. Maybe it was just where I was, but I did not come across a deck of cards in all seven countries. Granted I did not go out of my way to get them, but I had my eyes wide open. Many countries don't have a Walmart on every block where you can buy anything.

Here's my list:

Extreme Burn
Spare Cash
My favorite impression device
Small coin purse with 4 halves, 1 English penny, flipper, shell, and C/S
Jumbo half
Loops
Thumb Tip
2 D'lites
Rubber bands
Large handkerchief
Sponge balls
Shoelace
Small Bic lighter
Fan
Sharpie
Last but not least a deck of cards with some gaffs thrown in.
Message: Posted by: j100taylor (Dec 4, 2013 09:04PM)
[quote]
On 2013-12-03 15:46, Christopher Lyle wrote:
A deck of cards. That's it!
[/quote]

Me too..
Message: Posted by: Elias the Conjurer (Dec 6, 2013 05:35AM)
Ok, I tried it out, and this is what I got into my pocket:
- Omni deck
- Deck of cards
- Invisible deck
- Some ladybug sponge balls (awesome, thanks magic cafť for that)
- Jumbo coin
- Himber ring
- Pen
- Two bang guns and a tt (for the "safe bullet catch")
- Wow
- Ninja rings

I also did manage to get most of that stuff into my shoe and then my shoe into my pocket, but that wasn't to comfy...

But in regular trousers, I would bring:
- A deck of cards
- Omni deck
- A pen
- Ladybug sponge balls
Message: Posted by: EVILDAN (Dec 6, 2013 09:00AM)
Lucky for me I'm wearing cargo pants. Front pocket has:

Chop Cup
Deck of Cards
Sharpie
Flash Pen
Nest of Wallets
Haunted Key
P##k Wallet
a few packet tricks
Some yellow rubber bands
4 sponge balls
I think that's all I need. These items would give me the most bang for the buck (space taken in this case).
Message: Posted by: Comedy Writer (Dec 6, 2013 08:50PM)
To prevent forgetting ( and as a backup) I travel with a small bag of props, somewhere between a pocket and a shoe's worth.
Enough to do a few effects while I wait for my bags to arrive
Message: Posted by: David Fillary (Dec 7, 2013 09:42AM)
Going on the original premise of a single trouser pocket:
4 half dollars
1 Old English penny
1 C/S coin
3 sponge balls
a bicycle deck with an extra and an opposite back (for chicago opener)
some rubber bands wrapped around the deck (or kept in a little bag)
TT filled with silk

Not sure how I could fit much else in, other than more coins. Where do you guys buy your trousers/pants?!? :P
Message: Posted by: EVILDAN (Dec 10, 2013 05:12PM)
Sears.
Message: Posted by: Hansel (Dec 13, 2013 05:21AM)
Deck of Cards
Sharpie
Rubber Bands
T.tip
Message: Posted by: ChrisC (Dec 13, 2013 11:33AM)
As many Pentel RSVP Pens as I can fit in my pocket
As many slips of paper/ business cards as I can fit in my pocket
Kindle loaded with every cold reading book ever printed on it
Message: Posted by: RobertlewisIR (Dec 18, 2013 07:24PM)
My first inclination is to cheat by modifying the pocket, but in the spirit of playing along...

Deck of cards
My coin purse with its usual contents
TT
My IT set-up
Extreme Burn
My usual sponge ball set
A little wallet containing a few of my favorite packet tricks
My cups and balls (I checked--yes, they will fit, as long as the cups are nested and other items are stashed inside)
Assuming I can't carry these elsewhere or find them locally: rubber bands, lots of business cards, sharpie

I would also cheat a little by putting all of my money and ID and credit cards and such in my magic wallet, and put my Ring Flight on my keys.

I wouldn't be happy without the rest of my things (in fact, I can think of several already that I'd be very upset without), but those things are enough to keep me magical for a very long time indeed.
Message: Posted by: RajeshLGov (Dec 24, 2013 02:22AM)
For giving a good show you need not load your pockets with anything. A good act can be done with just borrowed stuff. I'm sure v can easily borrow coins, rings, currency, paper, hankies. Cards n ropes not that easily available but you can plan accordingly. As I grew in to magic I've realised its not what I've but "I/ME" that is magic. Regards, Raj.
Message: Posted by: JoshTmagic (Dec 29, 2013 03:33PM)
One pocket hmmmmmm
1 deck of blue bicycle playing cards with one double red/blue back gaff card
5 half dollars
Eye exam
Fraid knot
Invisible deck

I really wish my pockets were bigger for this situation:)
Message: Posted by: Digitalyosh (Dec 29, 2013 04:46PM)
Packet trick wallet that has 4 tricks
1 red back bicycle deck
4 magnetic half dollars
exact change
Sharpie
Various American currency
special wallet from The Magic Apple
Message: Posted by: jakeg (Dec 30, 2013 08:00AM)
Sponge Rabbits
Mini invisible deck
mini chop cup & loads
3 shell game
Fast & loose chain
Skinner's 3 card monte
Deck of cards with corner short and set for chicago Surprise

With all of that in my pocket, I'll wind up walking lopsided
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Jan 1, 2014 05:40PM)
2 or 3 of Steve Dusheck's Universal Packet Card Tricks w/ cards/effects I made up. Great stuff.
Message: Posted by: Rolf Reiner (Jan 1, 2014 07:10PM)
TT with silk, for bill switch and silk routine
Deck of cards
2 2-inch yellow sponge balls
Silver Copper Brass
rope, for non-cutting rope routine
Mullica Wallet - for the killer ending
stand up monte, stored in the Mullica wallet

That adds up to 30+ min of material, usable for both close-up and informal parlor presentations.
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Jan 1, 2014 08:20PM)
Package of index cards
Several pencils
Box of crayons
Several wide rubber bands
A couple paper clips
Message: Posted by: Oberon_Puck (Jan 1, 2014 09:04PM)
I try to carrry atleast some magic with me everyday, but I don't like loadinng down too many pockets, so this isn't too much of a strech for me.

Deck of Blue Bees
Vernet Kingsize TT
Three 1" Super Soft Sponge Balls in Green
5 Half Dollars
Color Changing Knife set
Maybe 3 feet of good quality cord for a ring on string routine.
Message: Posted by: kenodad (Jan 6, 2014 12:50PM)
Really? You people have some strange pockets. And how are your going to use your cups and balls (really?... really?), swami gimmick, sponge balls in any practical sense out of a pocket filled with that much stuff? Dump your magic out and put some stuff back in your pocket? Awkward. If you put a chop cup in your pocket (and the balls and loads), you are done; you will not be able to maneuver around anything else (except MAYBE a single deck of cards).

I understand the spirit of the exercise, and I am the worst about carrying too much stuff. I guess I think about what can I carry in my (single) pocket that I can actually WORK out of; ie perform some magic without being awkward. So, I think about what is the most durable, and practical, and magical and can (really) fit into a (normal) front pants pocket (and still allow me to move): 4 silver coins, one copper coin (all 5 coins in a purse), 3 sponge balls, 8-10 rubber bands, and a deck of cards. I think it is fun to consider my second and third "lines of defense"; ie what would my pocket consist of on my second around the world trip?

I think the challenging exercise is to see how long you could actually perform out of that pocket. How many effects can you do with those props? After you disrupt your deck (for Chicago opener), how may FASDIU effects can you do (I came up with 10 I try to practice; I would love to share those and others' ideas). How long and how many effects with the 5 coins? With the rubber bands? The problem with Omni deck or chop cup (even the sponge-balls, for that matter), is that each is a one-trick pony; a lot of pocket space for one moment of magic (ok several moments with the chop and sponge balls, but you get my point).
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jan 6, 2014 01:17PM)
Kenodad,

The spirit of the exercise was actually that the single pocket was a means of transport. Working out of a pocket would be a different (and cool!) thread.

~jamie
Message: Posted by: Blindside785 (Jan 6, 2014 02:35PM)
[quote]
On 2014-01-06 13:50, kenodad wrote:
Really? You people have some strange pockets. And how are your going to use your cups and balls (really?... really?), swami gimmick, sponge balls in any practical sense out of a pocket filled with that much stuff? Dump your magic out and put some stuff back in your pocket? Awkward. If you put a chop cup in your pocket (and the balls and loads), you are done; you will not be able to maneuver around anything else (except MAYBE a single deck of cards).

I understand the spirit of the exercise, and I am the worst about carrying too much stuff. I guess I think about what can I carry in my (single) pocket that I can actually WORK out of; ie perform some magic without being awkward. So, I think about what is the most durable, and practical, and magical and can (really) fit into a (normal) front pants pocket (and still allow me to move): 4 silver coins, one copper coin (all 5 coins in a purse), 3 sponge balls, 8-10 rubber bands, and a deck of cards. I think it is fun to consider my second and third "lines of defense"; ie what would my pocket consist of on my second around the world trip?

I think the challenging exercise is to see how long you could actually perform out of that pocket. How many effects can you do with those props? After you disrupt your deck (for Chicago opener), how may FASDIU effects can you do (I came up with 10 I try to practice; I would love to share those and others' ideas). How long and how many effects with the 5 coins? With the rubber bands? The problem with Omni deck or chop cup (even the sponge-balls, for that matter), is that each is a one-trick pony; a lot of pocket space for one moment of magic (ok several moments with the chop and sponge balls, but you get my point).
[/quote]

I have 22 FASDIU effects that are my go-tos depending on my situation.

John Guastaferro's Multi Mental
John Guastaferro's Mr. E takes a stroll
Walkaround Card to Pocket (Lee Smith)
Card to Pocket routine
Back-Up Plan
Reswindled
Lee Smithís Icebreaker
Lee Smithís Third Degree
Lee Smithís Wack Your Pack
Invisible Palm
Alan Ackermanís Quick Coincidence
Henry Christ Fabulous 4 Aces Trick
Daniel Chardís handling of Hof. Ace Problem
Steve Dobsonís Jacks to Aces
Ambitious Card
2 Card Monte
Biddle Trick
Dan Harlanís Easy Collectors
Back in Time
Triumph
Search and Destroy
Shuffling Lesson


I could work with just a deck :)
Message: Posted by: kenodad (Jan 8, 2014 09:21AM)
Blindside: Great collection. I will have to look into some of those. My list includes many of those. Some you didn't include, but I am sure you do:

Chicago opener (I always start with this)
Spectator cuts to aces
Twisting the aces
Doc Daley's last trick
Card through hand (a biddle trick variation)
3 Chances (John Carey)
Breather card trick ( I'll Guess your weight)
Jay Sankey's Back in time
Untouched (Daryl)
4 Card coincidence (DeLong)

Those are some of my favorites and the ones I have honed; others, some of the ones you mentioned, I do not have honed or I want to work on.

Sorry, this post is off track, but I just wanted to respond to Blindside, who graciously provided a great list of impromptu card tricks.
Message: Posted by: JohnnyShaker (Jun 27, 2019 08:19PM)
Only one pocket...

- Regular deck
- Scotch and Soda + Bent Coin
- TT (with mismade bill)
- Rubber Bands

And maybe... a Mini sharpie. Lol.
Message: Posted by: AceOfShades (Aug 22, 2019 11:43PM)
Probably just:
- Deck of cards
- Sharpie
- Rubber Bands
- Perhaps some billets