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Topic: Killer tricks that you can do in the hands ( no need for a table)
Message: Posted by: LoveKey1988 (Oct 16, 2015 03:48PM)
Which are your favourites?

I am interested only in the ones that you don't need much space at a table or no space. Things you can do in bars or on the street.

Regards, Marian
Message: Posted by: Ray Bertrand (Oct 16, 2015 04:32PM)
Ring off velvet cord comes to mind. You only need a shoelace or a velvet cord and someones ring.

Message: Posted by: Gerald Deutsch (Oct 16, 2015 05:17PM)
Progressive Production is one of my favorite coin effects.

A single coin becomes 2 then 3, then 4 and then 5.

I have two different presentations which I posted on October 1, 2004 of the Perverse Magic thread of the Genii Forum.

This effect by Bob Carver appears on page 377 of Bobo "The New Modern Coin Magic" (it's not in the first edition or the paperback Dover version).
Message: Posted by: Shurikenstorm5 (Oct 29, 2015 03:16PM)
Some basic impromptu tricks like reforcing a card on someone.
Message: Posted by: Terrible Wizard (Nov 6, 2015 12:46AM)
Various paddle tricks
Many rope routines
Close up linking rings
Mini chop cup routines on hand (I don't do this, but enjoy watching it)
Many various coin effects (as with chop cup)
Many various card effects
Some spongeball routines
Some mental magic effects
Some bar betchas
Some tricks that require a specific gizmo
Elastic/rubber band effects
Body tricks

If I could become master of the following (all of which I do, though mostly badly), I'd be very happy:
Fibre optics rope routine
Messado Rings
Holy Moly (Sankey washer effect)
Turbostick routine
In the hands spongeball routine
A dozen in the hands card effects
A cardistry routine
A couple of rubber band tricks (like CmH, or the venerable jumping bands)
Half a dozen betchas
A few mental effects (like ID, a bit of CR, various tears and swami effects, powerball style number effect, some mathemagics)
Two or three good body tricks
Three ball juggling routine
Message: Posted by: Terrible Wizard (Nov 6, 2015 12:58AM)
Can't believe I forgot:
Tricks with a bag (like egg bag, or a change etc)
TT effects
Haunted doll/rising pencil style effects

Man, there's so many ...
Message: Posted by: funsway (Nov 6, 2015 05:42AM)
Many "seemingly new" effects in hands only can be achieved by simple changed the objects used.

the same sleights used ofr coins and ball can also be used with candy, buts, pencil erasers, bottle caps, coffee creamers, etc.

mastering about six ket methods is all that is required.

The fact that you are performing with "found objects" will increase the astonishment.
Message: Posted by: Roy Rocha (Nov 11, 2015 06:20PM)
I enjoy performing SAMOYA. Very visual.
Message: Posted by: Aljaz Son (Nov 22, 2015 05:51PM)
I always get great reactions with Gregory Wilson's Ring Leader:


I actually peformed this completely impromptu once. A friend knew I did this and was telling his friends about it. One person was sure I use a special rope (since it was a borrowed ring). When I approached the table and did a few tricks, this person removed his shoelace and ring, handed them over and said: "Do the Ring and Rope thing!"

Needles to say, that was one of the most baffled spectators, I've ever had the priviledge to witness.

All the best
Message: Posted by: nonprofitmagic (Dec 3, 2015 06:16PM)
Tequila hustler.

Message: Posted by: TheMagicHacker (Dec 28, 2015 05:41PM)
I have to agree with Aljaz about Ring Leader. After an hour of practicing, I had some really good looking effects. After a few more hours, I couldn't believe how convincing the illusions were. I now make sure to always have a ring and rope with me, and I love being able to do the tricks with a borrowed ring and string when someone is sure that mine are gimmicked somehow. Absolutely amazing stuff for close up, in the hands magic. As a bonus, there are a lot of effects where spectators hold on to the rope and sometimes even the ring, but it still attaches and detaches right in front of them.
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Dec 31, 2015 01:28AM)
Eric DeCamps' handling of Lorayne's Snap! with a finger ring.
Message: Posted by: lejulio (Dec 31, 2015 08:57AM)
Sponge ball routine
No smoking JL Bertrand
Message: Posted by: Harry Lorayne (Jan 1, 2016 10:10AM)
My original Snap!
Message: Posted by: shg_123 (Jan 2, 2016 06:23PM)
Oh man this could be a long answer. To keep it short I'd say Triumph, 5 & 1 transpo, and anything with the Xpert
Message: Posted by: Kyoki_Sanitys_Eclipse (Feb 7, 2016 12:51AM)
My absolute favorite, Roths coins across
Message: Posted by: martonikus (Jul 10, 2016 02:47PM)
It's not hard to carry the following items.

1) Ring (on finger) and shoelace in pocket. Do a one-hand knot and make the ring appear in it. Continue with Relentless. Or use a light bangle bracelet. After either ring/string or bracelet/string, conclude with thumb penetration.
2) A few coins for a coin routine.
3) Jumping Arrow or two sticks (i.e. Darryl's paddles, if you can find them). Kids love this.
4) Some rubber bands around the wrist.
5) A card wallet with a couple of packet tricks. I carry "Ace" and Virginia City Hustle.

In all the above, only Virginia City Hustle requires a table or surface. Everything else is in the hands. Another good "in the hands" packet trick is Done with Mirrors.

With very little weight to carry, or pocket space used, you have enough "stuff" for a solid and varied 15 minutes of "instant magic".
Message: Posted by: Kyoki_Sanitys_Eclipse (Jul 10, 2016 07:30PM)
Just bought ring leader and can't wait to try it. Coins across
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Jul 11, 2016 06:56AM)
Grismer, Nelson, and Clifton 'ring & string" stuff, and variations on the "updated sefalaljia" material,are my "anytime, anywhere" bits. A ribbon, shoe lace, or a bit of rope, and a 4" ring, are for larger groups...
Message: Posted by: Ollie (Jul 24, 2016 02:04AM)
3/4 coins across by Gregory Wilson.
Message: Posted by: fabio_barstar (Nov 18, 2016 02:53PM)
French kiss is a killer routine
Message: Posted by: Escamoteur (Nov 19, 2016 07:09AM)
PDQ 2 by Paul Harris. The spectators hands are use quite effectively as the "table". Also, Incredible Coins Across by Michael Ammar (similar but with quite an interesting ending).
Message: Posted by: LeafyMagic (Jan 10, 2017 01:32PM)
I like steve valentine's card transpo. It's simple, easy, fun, gets great reactions, and most importantly gets the audience involved. What more could you want?
Message: Posted by: Geoff Pfeiffer (Mar 20, 2017 08:22PM)
I really enjoy "A Charming Chinese Challenge by Troy Hooser" everything is done in the spectators hands, it always gets a great reaction. Also, the "Einhorn Nesting Wallets Trick by Nicholas Einhorn", it another go to chose.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Mar 20, 2017 11:36PM)
Nothing that I do in my 45 minute school program needs a "working surface", as the dealers always say/said in their ads...

"No table needed" is one of my criteria. Early in my working years, I used Abbott's DISECTO. It was a very strong, very funny, five minutes. I also used INERTIA (the eggs, tray, and glasses juggling bit). --Another five minutes of fun, with strong applause at the finish.

Whenever I had to work on a gym floor, with the audience seated on chairs, on the floor, I had to substitute something else. due to sight lines They both were finally "red lighted".
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Mar 21, 2017 08:57AM)
When I was 15, I watched my mentor while we were standing in the lobby of a hotel. He was in his tuxedo, waiting to do a club date. The bell hop asked Stuart to "show me a trick". Stuart brought out a deck of "steamboats" and did the "Ten Cards Across" for the bell hop and the desk clerk. (He always did the Ten Cards in his school show!)

Thinking about it afterwards, I realized that almost everything in his platform school show, could be done in a close up situation, too!

From then on, I planned to develop material that could/would play almost anywhere, for almost anybody. That "plan" has made it possible for me to work steadily for 50 years. When an agent or potential client called, I usually could meet his needs!
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Mar 22, 2017 07:41AM)
When I was about 16, the late Vincent Malmstrom, an amateur magician from Ishpeming, Michigan, loaned me his six volumes of the TARBELL COURSE IN MAGIC. (SIX volumes was the COMPLETE, 1941 edition, course, then.) I thought that I had died and gone to heaven! (A few years later, I MET, Doc Tarbell!.)

Not only did I learn tricks, I learned PRINCIPLES! It didn't take long to realize that the patter and presentation was somewhat dated, BUT, the PRINCIPLES were there! I've used those PRINCIPLES, ALL MY LIFE!

Of course, I read other books, too (Erdnase, Ralph W. Hull, Bobo, Fitzkee, Maskelynne & Devant, et al) but Tarbell "opened the door"!

To get back to the OP's "killer tricks that you can do in the hands", when in an informal, strolling situation, I do "stuff" with generic props, like coins, cards, rope, ring, handkerchiefs, etc.

The tricks/routines, meet my CRITERIA! --Visual Effect, Visible prop, Angle Proof, Recognizable Prop, No Set up, N0 TABLE, Spot Adaptable, Pack Small.

I have a meeting to attend, I'll return and list some of the tricks, later.........
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Mar 22, 2017 08:34AM)
Ha! The meeting is tomorrow! I gotta check my appointment calendar more closely!

So! With handkerchiefs or silks, I still use Dissolving knot, and Fadeaway knot (Tarbell) Silk vanish & repro (Vernet TT) Abbott's Perpetual Ball, occasionally Bill Williston's Visible ball penetration thru silk, Burling Hull's Elusive Silk. Vanishing square knot (Scot's Discovery) and, occasionally various Napkin Folds, (Tom Osborne's book)

Rope: Vanishing Overhand knot, and Rope Thru Neck (Ralph W. Hull's "Fifteen Minutes With A Piece Of Rope") G.W. Hunter's Shoe Lace Knot, & Impossible Knot, miscellaneous rope & ring bits, Professor's Nightmare, "my" YOYO .

Cards: All the flourishes and fancy shuffles from Erdnase. I never got interested in doing card "tricks", although I knew most of the top card men in the last 50 years. --(Elmsley, Charlie Miller, Ricky Jay, Dai Vernon, Johnny Thompson, Jon Racherbaumer, et al)

Coins: I usta do the Four Coin Roll, the Five Coin Star, Down's palm for casual Misers Dream, and other flourishes, but arthritis has "deleted" those, Bobo's Copper/Silver Extraction, Bobo's Expansion of Texture. Oh! Tarbell's "Pencil Coin Vanish & Reappearance" (Vol. I) J.B. Bobo and I became very close friends, when we met at his lecture in 1951.

Fun note...Jon Racherbaumer "hosts" an informal weekly "round table" at a restaurant in New Orleans. Several young guys showed up, one night about ten years ago, and Jon said to me, "Show 'em something." I did a few flourishes (can't do 'em anymore --arthritis) and some stuff from Bobo. They said, "Is that something new? Is that for sale?" They didn't know who Bobo was.....
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Mar 22, 2017 05:50PM)
[quote]On Nov 6, 2015, Terrible Wizard wrote:
Various paddle tricks

Like "The Amazing Jumping Arrow" from Meir Yedid Magic.

Message: Posted by: warren (Mar 31, 2017 02:02PM)
A questionable trick by Greg Wilson although I have changed the presentation completely and I've modified the handling a little........I used this only today after being put on the spot to show something and it absolutely killed as they say :)
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Apr 1, 2017 08:38AM)
I also like Lubor's Lens.

Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Apr 13, 2017 10:13PM)
[quote]On Oct 16, 2015, Gerald Deutsch wrote:
Progressive Production is one of my favorite coin effects.

A single coin becomes 2 then 3, then 4 and then 5.

I have two different presentations which I posted on October 1, 2004 of the Perverse Magic thread of the Genii Forum.

This effect by Bob Carver appears on page 377 of Bobo "The New Modern Coin Magic" (it's not in the first edition or the paperback Dover version). [/quote]

This sounds good. I'll have to look it up.
Message: Posted by: Forty Six & 2 (Apr 15, 2017 04:40AM)
Dr. Daley's last trick. Uses four cards only and the magic happens in the spectators hands. :)
Message: Posted by: SleepyMagic (Jun 18, 2017 10:09AM)
Ace by Richard Sanders

Message: Posted by: Yellowcustard (Jun 27, 2017 12:59AM)
- 3 balls and net,
- My single rope routine based around the single rope routine on fiber optics,
- Coins across I get 2 spectator to hold saucers to make a large sound as the coins fall on to saucer,
- A routine using silks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcniuPad1h4,
- A single needle by Wayne Houchin,

All the trick mentioned above fit your crita but I add these as they do work as close up but play bigger.

Hope this helps
Message: Posted by: MrWizard (Aug 19, 2017 03:33PM)
Ignition by Magic Smith never fails to amaze. The sugar packet penetration with it is great especially if you have a few loose granules of sugar you can drop at the point of penetration then show packet undamaged. ;)
Message: Posted by: Senor Fabuloso (Nov 1, 2017 09:43AM)
Some things not mention or I don't see vodka and orange juice or scotch and soda or Senor Osterlind sugar packet restore.
Message: Posted by: jamesmwood (Dec 12, 2020 10:23AM)
Stand-up Monte by Garrett Thomas
Stairway by Marcus Eddie

For totally impromptu: Gravity Coins from Klutz Book of Magic.
All it requires are four pennies (or nickels or whatever).