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Topic: Only 3 tricks for the rest of your life...what are they ?
Message: Posted by: warren (Apr 17, 2018 04:51PM)
I always find these sort of threads interesting as everyone has different tastes and requirements when it comes for choosing effects so with that in mind :)

If you could only perform 3 tricks for the rest of your life what are they and here's the twist, you have to choose

one card trick ( for me it would be Dr Daley's Last Trick although I like to produce the aces first so it's technically 2 tricks )

One coin trick ( For me it's coins across )

For the last one you can choose any thing apart from cards and coins as we've had them ( This is really tough for me to decide ...but for now I'll say my own chop cup routine )

Over to you
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Apr 17, 2018 05:49PM)
Well, you can include me out!

I have not the slightest interest in doing card tricks.. I have known and enjoyed the work of, most of the top cardicians, like Elmsley, Jaye, LePaul, Miller, Tomsoni, Racherbaumer, Marlo, Vernon, et al., but, my only card trick is the cards to pocket routine in my book. I did a routine of card flourishes for over 50 years (in my '20s, I did white glove card fan productions, until I realized that. at my age then, I was not "swayve & deboner.

When I was young, I did the Downs palm with both hands, the coin roll with four coins simultaneously, and most of the known flourishes. J. B. Bobo was a dear friend for 40 years.

I developed about 1951, a rope juggling bit, that I call the Norwegian YOYO, I learned most of the knot tricks in R.W. Hull's "15 Minutes With A Piece Of Rope", and, I'm happy with them.

I do a good commercial ball routine that gets LAUGHS, but, I haven't done the multiplying balls in 50 years.

I do most of the silk routines that involve sleights.

I'm retired.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Apr 17, 2018 05:58PM)
P.S. How can you chose an effect? An EFFECT is what the spectator perceives when he sees the magician perform A TRICK. (I was fortunate to have good mentors, who insisted that I use terms correctly.)
Message: Posted by: Walking Bob (Apr 17, 2018 06:51PM)
This is tough picking only three effects:

#1 Hands down for me would be Professor's Nightmare. I do a routine to a basketball story, little kids buying a dog, and a golfer story. I also use it in a conclusion to a cut and restored rope routine. PNM can be performed
close-up, walk around, stand-up and all the props can be examined. PNM is a classic for a reason and it plays well for audiences of all ages.

#2 Kid's Cards by Richard Pinter is fun for adults and kids of all ages. Yes this is a card trick but much different than almost all other card effects.

#3 Silk to Egg, another classic and for good reason.

Have a great day,

Walking Bob in Iowa
Message: Posted by: cbguy (Apr 17, 2018 09:15PM)
I'll Play:

The Card Trick of Death
The Nuts
My charming personality

You cant get any of this stuff off the shelf. These two routines have been a staple of my performances for more than 18 years and I can make these two routines fill a 30 - 40 minute show, with non-stop fun and entertainment. This set is very funny, 100% clean and entertains families, corporate programs, theme parks, fairs & festivals.
Message: Posted by: davidpaul$ (Apr 17, 2018 09:44PM)
*Thought of Card to Wallet
*Coin flurry with Jumbo coin ending
*Finger ring on ribbon routine.(several phases)
Message: Posted by: Terrible Wizard (Apr 18, 2018 12:15AM)
From an amatuer:

A) Multiple selection/revelation routine
B) Matrix
C) B'Wave
Message: Posted by: warren (Apr 18, 2018 02:02AM)
[quote]On Apr 17, 2018, Dick Oslund wrote:
P.S. How can you chose an effect? An EFFECT is what the spectator perceives when he sees the magician perform A TRICK. (I was fortunate to have good mentors, who insisted that I use terms correctly.) [/quote]

Dick your over thinking it.....it's just for fun my friend, I could have easily made a different list of effects but in the end I chose what has always played very strong for me but more importantly these are effects I never get bored of performing.

Thanks for everyone's input there's been many suggestions that I considered myself :)
Message: Posted by: Kaliix (Apr 18, 2018 10:18AM)
Card Trick - 3 by Steve Valentine

Signed Bent Coin - Quantum Bender

Sponge Balls - My routine
Message: Posted by: puggo (Apr 18, 2018 01:16PM)
Cards - A routine which has several elements: thought of, transposition, rising card, card to head & CTP finish. The most important part is that it lets me show and establish my performing persona.
Coins - Probably coins across (reserve would be one coin including pen & coin phases.
Other - Rope: PN with a few Sands/Sanders add-ons.
Message: Posted by: mrsmiles (Apr 21, 2018 07:45PM)
Non cards & non coins would be a bill switch & sponges for me. As for a third trick, spoon bending is fun & of course goes down well.
Message: Posted by: reed kammerer (Apr 22, 2018 04:32PM)
That's a hard choice to make..now would be, Twisted Sisters, Copper Silver Brass and Pot Hole
Message: Posted by: Chollet (Apr 22, 2018 04:56PM)
I'll take some liberty and use a routine for the cards:

1) Ace Production > Twisting the Aces > Dr. Daley's > Card Warp
2) Coins through table
3) Pegasus Page
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Apr 22, 2018 05:36PM)
Out of this World
Coins Across
Chop Cup
Message: Posted by: SleightlyChris (Apr 22, 2018 07:41PM)
Torn and restored card ala Williamson

Charming Chinese challenge ala hooser/jay

Chop cup ala loomis
Message: Posted by: paulalpha (Apr 22, 2018 07:44PM)
I'll play (reserving the right to change my mind in a few weeks or months)

Cards - Impromptu - Out of this World
coins - Holy Moley
other - Closeup linking rings

But it is really tough choosing just three
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Apr 22, 2018 08:05PM)
[quote]On Apr 18, 2018, warren wrote:
[quote]On Apr 17, 2018, Dick Oslund wrote:
P.S. How can you chose an effect? An EFFECT is what the spectator perceives when he sees the magician perform A TRICK. (I was fortunate to have good mentors, who insisted that I use terms correctly.) [/quote]

Dick your over thinking it.....it's just for fun my friend, I could have easily made a different list of effects but in the end I chose what has always played very strong for me but more importantly these are effects I never get bored of performing.

Thanks for everyone's input there's been many suggestions that I considered myself :) [/quote]

No, I'm not overthinking anything.I've just been at this for a lot longer than you have. I won't bother to respond further. Go, play with your toys.
Message: Posted by: Rocky (Apr 22, 2018 10:19PM)
[quote]On Apr 22, 2018, Dick Oslund wrote:
[quote]On Apr 18, 2018, warren wrote:
[quote]On Apr 17, 2018, Dick Oslund wrote:
P.S. How can you chose an effect? An EFFECT is what the spectator perceives when he sees the magician perform A TRICK. (I was fortunate to have good mentors, who insisted that I use terms correctly.) [/quote]

Dick your over thinking it.....it's just for fun my friend, I could have easily made a different list of effects but in the end I chose what has always played very strong for me but more importantly these are effects I never get bored of performing.

Thanks for everyone's input there's been many suggestions that I considered myself :) [/quote]

No, I'm not overthinking anything.I've just been at this for a lot longer than you have. I won't bother to respond further. Go, play with your toys. [/quote]

Somebody needs a nap
:no: :no:
Message: Posted by: warren (Apr 23, 2018 02:11AM)
[quote]On Apr 22, 2018, Dick Oslund wrote:
[quote]On Apr 18, 2018, warren wrote:
[quote]On Apr 17, 2018, Dick Oslund wrote:
P.S. How can you chose an effect? An EFFECT is what the spectator perceives when he sees the magician perform A TRICK. (I was fortunate to have good mentors, who insisted that I use terms correctly.) [/quote]

Dick your over thinking it.....it's just for fun my friend, I could have easily made a different list of effects but in the end I chose what has always played very strong for me but more importantly these are effects I never get bored of performing.

Thanks for everyone's input there's been many suggestions that I considered myself :) [/quote]

No, I'm not overthinking anything.I've just been at this for a lot longer than you have. I won't bother to respond further. Go, play with your toys. [/quote]

Wow I must say coming from you Dick I'm shocked at your response I never thought for a second that you would take offence to my reply especially as you have been at this game for such a long time.....oh well another lesson learned :(
Message: Posted by: Ken Northridge (Apr 23, 2018 07:04AM)
[quote]On Apr 18, 2018, Terrible Wizard wrote:
From an amatuer:

A) Multiple selection/revelation routine
B) Matrix
C) B'Wave [/quote]

IMHO this is [b]not[/b] an amateur selection for the table hopper.
Message: Posted by: Ken Northridge (Apr 23, 2018 07:19AM)
25 years ago, when I was first getting my table hopping sets together and deciding on material, this was my favorite set:

1. Coin Matrix (with 2 dollar bills instead of cards) with jumbo coin finale.
2. Green Warp (I used one of the bills from the above routine and introduced a card to transition into card magic)
3. Invisible Deck

25 years later, after experimenting with many new gadgets and routines, I still favor this set. The only exception is substituting a Bill Switch instead of Green Warp. This would also satisfy Warren's requirement of the a third routine not being a card or coin trick.

Also, finding myself at large tables quite often, I’d do Linking Rings, a Rope Routine, and conclude with the Invisible Deck.

And for children I would never leave out Sponge Bunnies.
Message: Posted by: David French (Apr 23, 2018 11:53AM)
Multiplying bunnies
Card to ceiling
Chop cup
Message: Posted by: Jmolomagic (Apr 23, 2018 02:11PM)
CMH with Touch as a finale.
Double Cross by Mark Southworth
52 to 1 by Wayne Fox
Message: Posted by: warren (Apr 23, 2018 02:11PM)
Some great responses it's funny I've seen lots of posts with material that I was going to post myself :)

Ken it's interesting that you should mention that your favourite set is almost exactly that same as the first one that you came up with 25 years ago, I find that what ever variation of an effect I put the time in to learn and work properly is the one I always end up going back to.

For example many years ago I learned the late great Daryl's 3fly 111 routine, I altered it a little to suit me better and I used to perform it all the time in both restaurant and corporate settings, I remember seeing a gimmicked 3fly effect that I think Bob Kohler put out and thought how much better this would be. So I paid quite a bit of money for it and even got stung with import tax when it arrived, long story short I sold it on very quickly as I preferred my original variation of Daryl's routine ..... I learned a valuable lesson though :)
Message: Posted by: simplymagicweb (Apr 24, 2018 09:07AM)
1 - My coin routine, 4 coin production, coins across, coins vanish with jumbo production

2 - Multidimensional

3 - Card to wallet, signed card having a different coloured back than rest of deck
Message: Posted by: 55Hudson (Apr 24, 2018 01:53PM)
If I could only do one trick, it would be two in the hand, one in the pocket. Not my favorite or even one I perform all that often, but for an any time, any where, with practically any props, it is hard to beat.

Hudson
Message: Posted by: warren (Apr 24, 2018 03:08PM)
[quote]On Apr 24, 2018, 55Hudson wrote:
If I could only do one trick, it would be two in the hand, one in the pocket. Not my favorite or even one I perform all that often, but for an any time, any where, with practically any props, it is hard to beat.

Hudson [/quote]

Whilst that didn't really answer the question properly I think that would make for a very interesting thread all on it's own ie If you could only do one trick what would it be...... that would be a hard decision.

thanks for your input :)
Message: Posted by: wally (Apr 28, 2018 05:23AM)
All Tabarys stuff, Ring and rope, No cards,
Message: Posted by: Jambo (Apr 29, 2018 02:45PM)
Is it egotistical to say id perform my effect "sticker trick" ?
coin bending with signed coin
again egotistical but my bottle trick

3 effects I've done for years and never fail me
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jun 9, 2018 11:26AM)
This is such an interesting string, and fits so much in my "Less is More" thinking as to magic nowadays... :)

- Coin trick: I have to pick my [b]MB Transpo w/the Ringa Dinga[/b]...It is impromptu and presents one of the most visual changes there is. And is then followed up with something they just can't believe, right before their very eyes.

- Card trick: I'm a decent-at-best coin guy mostly but do enjoy cards some and think they are important to better closeup. With that, I would do one or the other of these: [b]Twisting the Aces[/b] or [b]A Little Ambitious (My ACR)[/b], or [b] My Master Key Card Trick[/b] or [b]Card Transpositions Soiree[/b].

- Close-up: Nice to have something completely offbeat, and I would do either or, Sankey's [b]Leaving Home[/b] or his, [b]Holy Moly[/b] or, this is where I might do a little mentalism, [b]Ulitimate Positive Negative[/b].

*But if I had to pick a hard 3 here, it would be:

[b]1 - The Mb Transpo

2 - Twisting the Aces

3 - Ultimate Positive Negative[/b]

I've been doing them for years, and these 3 just roll out of me so comfortably. :)
Message: Posted by: 55Hudson (Jun 9, 2018 11:34AM)
My full list of three:


1) Red Hot Mama
2) CSB
3) Two in the hand, one in the pocket.


Hudson
Message: Posted by: RMV (Jun 10, 2018 11:35PM)
1. Pom poms
2. Three ropes
3. Pointless
Message: Posted by: mr_misdirection (Jun 12, 2018 03:06PM)
1) Professors Nightmare -. This was one of the first tricks I learnt to do from reading books and over the years I've gone from rope routines to jump leads to necklaces to barbed wire. It's just such a straightforward trick to handle yet the ideas for the routines and finales just do not stop.

2) Cup and Ball (Chop Cup) - This was the first item I actually paid for myself. There was no internet in those days so you saw a drawing, (yes a drawing not even a photo), of a cup and you paid your money and took your chances. As it turned out it was a Don Alan style cup with a wide mouth. I learned early on it could hold an orange that was much bigger than my hands. To my knowledge, to this day no one ever saw that orange loaded. Hence my username. My cup successfully got me through my first ever audition and over the years I've been asked to perform at parties with its final load producing house keys, engagement rings, Rolex and Omega watches and even the keys to a Bentley. It's like an old friend who never asks me for anything and never lets me down.

3) Signed Bill in Lemon, Tomato etc. The first time I ever performed this was at a family party when I was about 10 years old. I still remember my dads face when I burned his £20 note, or so he thought. Only to have it appear in a tomato. Still a closer on some occasions but I've progressed from Mark Wilson's method to having a note signed, destroyed and ending up in an item the spectator chose and has held from right after my opener. As a teenager I remember thinking about methods of how I could have the spectator hold the note and item at the same time, destroy the item themselves and then cut the item open to find the note without me handling them again after my opener. Then one day I realised that magic wasn't my only talent which enabled me to do this.
Message: Posted by: Mike Maturen (Jun 19, 2018 08:14AM)
I'll play along. I don't do much table hopping, but I am thinking of adding it as an option for when I do my nightclub show in a restaurant. I do Professor's Nightmare (well, a version of it) as part of my comedy show, otherwise that would be great for table-hopping. Here is what I came up with (note that I do not do coins due to nerve damage in my hands...I can't feel if a palmed coin is still palmed or not...LOL):

1. Card to Wallet (Mullica version)
2. Sponge Balls/Bunnies (in place of the coins)
3. Rope and Ring Routine of some sort
Message: Posted by: jmagic (Jun 19, 2018 12:42PM)
Color Changing Knives for sure.
Message: Posted by: pepka (Jun 21, 2018 01:30AM)
ACR to wallet
Coins across
Ring on stick
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Jun 21, 2018 05:47PM)
ACR to wallet for me as well.

CSB since I'm not much of a coin guy and this is easy and gets great reactions

Sponge Bunnies- the people love it too much

Fun thread
Message: Posted by: isaacfawlkes (Jun 23, 2018 10:42PM)
For me the 3 tricks would be:
Cards across
Wakling Handcuff escape
Mis-made bill
Message: Posted by: warren (Jun 24, 2018 04:42PM)
[quote]On Jun 23, 2018, isaacfawlkes wrote:
For me the 3 tricks would be:
Cards across
Wakling Handcuff escape
Mis-made bill [/quote]

Interesting list.....which version of cards across do you perform ?
Message: Posted by: RickDangerous (Jun 28, 2018 01:23PM)
Stand up Monte
Ring String with Nest of Wallets finish
Fork bending
Message: Posted by: Chamberlain (Jun 29, 2018 06:14AM)
Chicago Surprise
Ambitious Card to Wallet
Multiple Selection
Message: Posted by: TreyP1T (Jun 29, 2018 02:20PM)
Hmmm, keeping to the table hopping/party strolling I'd say . . .

Card trick - Ambitious card to card in box
Coin trick - Scotch and Soda to coin in bottle
Misc. - Slydini's Knotted Silks

I don't really have a signature coin trick, but I figured I'd stick to the set parameters of the original post here. If I were to deviate, I'd probably do either sponge balls or color changing knives instead of a coin trick. The other two on my list are staples of my act.
Message: Posted by: Churken2 (Jul 10, 2018 03:52PM)
Card Trick - Two Person Transposition
Coin Trick - Coins Across
Mentalism - Center Tear
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Jul 11, 2018 05:18PM)
Any two tricks and a bullet catch.
Message: Posted by: Merc Man (Jul 29, 2018 05:53PM)
Sponge Ball Routine (Ken Brooke).

Coins to Glass (Edward Victor).

Devano Rising Cards (not the Arne/Martini?) Deck garbage.
Message: Posted by: Acecardician (Aug 2, 2018 10:38AM)
Ambitious, ending with Shoe't.

Triple double faced Ikes with casino chips. I do a behind the ear appearance of the 3 coins and then vanish. Then I produce 3 $100 Casino chips from behind my elbow, and change them to two Ikes. I give one to the spectator and it vanishes. The last coin goes through my pocket, and I end up with one normal Ike.

My version of Sandsational ropes.

All these tricks end clean with normal items.


ACE :dance:
Message: Posted by: Race Blakhart (Aug 6, 2018 04:46AM)
[quote]On Apr 18, 2018, warren wrote:
[quote]On Apr 17, 2018, Dick Oslund wrote:
P.S. How can you chose an effect? An EFFECT is what the spectator perceives when he sees the magician perform A TRICK. (I was fortunate to have good mentors, who insisted that I use terms correctly.) [/quote]

Dick you're* overthinking* it.....it's just for fun my friend.* I could have easily made a different list of effects,* but in the end I chose what has always played very strong for me.* *But more importantly,* these are effects I never get bored of performing.

Thanks for everyone's input. *There's been many suggestions that I considered myself :) [/quote]

You're not responding to what Dick actually said.
He was referring to your terminology, not the tricks you chose.

And even if Dick may seem a bit short with some of you, realize that the man is here to help. He's got twice as much experience than most of us could ever dream to achieve, and he wouldn't be here posting his advice if he didn't strongly care about the current state of magic, and the education of his younger peers.

Open your eyes to the bigger picture and get over the nitpicking when it comes to older folks sharing their experience. There isn't anything he shares that isn't worth knowing.

I personally think we're lucky to have him here.
Message: Posted by: warren (Aug 6, 2018 08:42AM)
[quote]On Aug 6, 2018, Race Blakhart wrote:
[quote]On Apr 18, 2018, warren wrote:
[quote]On Apr 17, 2018, Dick Oslund wrote:
P.S. How can you chose an effect? An EFFECT is what the spectator perceives when he sees the magician perform A TRICK. (I was fortunate to have good mentors, who insisted that I use terms correctly.) [/quote]

Dick you're* overthinking* it.....it's just for fun my friend.* I could have easily made a different list of effects,* but in the end I chose what has always played very strong for me.* *But more importantly,* these are effects I never get bored of performing.

Thanks for everyone's input. *There's been many suggestions that I considered myself :) [/quote]

You're not responding to what Dick actually said.
He was referring to your terminology, not the tricks you chose.

And even if Dick may seem a bit short with some of you, realize that the man is here to help. He's got twice as much experience than most of us could ever dream to achieve, and he wouldn't be here posting his advice if he didn't strongly care about the current state of magic, and the education of his younger peers.

Open your eyes to the bigger picture and get over the nitpicking when it comes to older folks sharing their experience. There isn't anything he shares that isn't worth knowing.

I personally think we're lucky to have him here. [/quote]

It´s a pity you didn´t copy his other post where he told us all to go and play with our toys....at the end of the day we´re all here to help each other and to learn, just because your older than other people doesn´t give you the right to be rude to them so I simple prefer not to respond to him when there are others who also have very good knowledge but more importantly don´t take offence to posts that certainly are not aimed to offend them.
Message: Posted by: Race Blakhart (Aug 6, 2018 03:23PM)
Warren, he didn't tell "us all" to go play with our toys. He told YOU. And it's fine with me if you can't handle a little salt online. I said my piece, and I stand by it.
Message: Posted by: warren (Aug 7, 2018 01:47AM)
[quote]On Aug 6, 2018, Race Blakhart wrote:
Warren, he didn't tell "us all" to go play with our toys. He told YOU. And it's fine with me if you can't handle a little salt online. I said my piece, and I stand by it. [/quote]

I think you´ll find it was Dick that couldn`t handle a little salt as I said nothing to warrant his rudeness and I stand by what I said too manners cost nothing haha
Message: Posted by: StarManager (Aug 19, 2018 06:23PM)
This is a very fascinating post and was really thought provoking in a great way for me. I'm going to do close up and then parlor:

CloseUp:
Coin - Hopping Halves (TRodd Lassen Dollar) introduced by purse with the end of both vanished coins returning to the purse, producing two more via Copeland Blackbird, to continue into Matrix, reverse matrix, ending with Samoya (Overall Samoya is my fav). IF I CAN ONLY HAVE ONE THING IT IS HOPPING HALVES IN DOLLAR SIZE.
Card - Ungaffed aces production, to instant Kings, to Kings to pockets, to signing one of the kings, Ambitious King, moving in Signed King to wallet (Real Man's), then crushing the deck (switched earlier and on the table) ala David Regal. IF ONLY ONE THING - CARD TO WALLET.
Other - OMG - I gotta go with what the AUDIENCE likes and responds best to here . . over 40 years. I totally respect so much of what I've seen here and I give props to those who love Professor's Nightmare, Color Changing Knives (damn hard to travel TSA with those babies any more and that kills me), multiplying rabbits, and Brainwave/Invisible. Surprised to NOT see Ringflite! Super surprised not to see LOOPS. REALLY surprised not to see the old polaroid large faced cardwatch (I would die for a good quality large one with the Jack of Spades again) . . . But if I had to choose the thing that has given me the best service in audience appreciation over the years has to be INVISIBLE/BRAINWAVE - EITHER ONE . . . WITH A DECK SWITCH TO PASS IT OUT.

Parlor:
Coin: Coins across with a borrowed ring (5 items across) ending with the ring appearing in shot glass under inverted tumbler with electronic trigger.
Cards: Card to wallet as above,
Other: Hands down comedy rope tie, instantly having hands coming out and straightening cloth and having cloth fall to show hands both tied . . .

Finally - put me on diet of only one thing to have and nothing else:

#3 LOOPS
#2 4 coins and a contrasting fifth with an expanded shell and a gravity flipper all by Todd Lassen in Morgans
#1 One deck of cards . . .

And that blows me away because I am a "coin guy" but if you give me just one thing I could go on performing and inventing and learning for years with cards and the coins are limiting . . . which makes me sad . . . .

Thanks everyone here for making me really think!!!! Great exercise. Gonna change up my routines again because of this thought exercise.
Message: Posted by: warren (Aug 23, 2018 03:27PM)
StarManager great list thanks for sharing, I do enjoy watching good comedy rope tie it's definitely on my to learn list :)
Message: Posted by: StarManager (Aug 23, 2018 10:06PM)
Warren I spent years on luxury cruise ships, and they had "comment cards"which always had the rope tie listed as the best entertainment on the ship. I spent years perfecting a strike second and edge grips and did deep level close up shows as well as stage. And the muggles always vote for the easy and funny stuff . . .
Message: Posted by: gismo (Oct 15, 2018 09:13AM)
Crazy Man's Handcuffs
Salt Game - Losander routine
Cups and Balls
Message: Posted by: Montana76 (Oct 17, 2018 08:42AM)
Hey StarManager!
What you mean by "polaroid large faced cardwatch" ?
Message: Posted by: MJ Marrs (Oct 17, 2018 10:16AM)
[quote]On Aug 19, 2018, StarManager wrote:
This is a very fascinating post and was really thought provoking in a great way for me. I'm going to do close up and then parlor:

CloseUp:
Coin - Hopping Halves (TRodd Lassen Dollar) introduced by purse with the end of both vanished coins returning to the purse, producing two more via Copeland Blackbird, to continue into Matrix, reverse matrix, ending with Samoya (Overall Samoya is my fav). IF I CAN ONLY HAVE ONE THING IT IS HOPPING HALVES IN DOLLAR SIZE.
Card - Ungaffed aces production, to instant Kings, to Kings to pockets, to signing one of the kings, Ambitious King, moving in Signed King to wallet (Real Man's), then crushing the deck (switched earlier and on the table) ala David Regal. IF ONLY ONE THING - CARD TO WALLET.
Other - OMG - I gotta go with what the AUDIENCE likes and responds best to here . . over 40 years. I totally respect so much of what I've seen here and I give props to those who love Professor's Nightmare, Color Changing Knives (damn hard to travel TSA with those babies any more and that kills me), multiplying rabbits, and Brainwave/Invisible. Surprised to NOT see Ringflite! Super surprised not to see LOOPS. REALLY surprised not to see the old polaroid large faced cardwatch (I would die for a good quality large one with the Jack of Spades again) . . . But if I had to choose the thing that has given me the best service in audience appreciation over the years has to be INVISIBLE/BRAINWAVE - EITHER ONE . . . WITH A DECK SWITCH TO PASS IT OUT.

Parlor:
Coin: Coins across with a borrowed ring (5 items across) ending with the ring appearing in shot glass under inverted tumbler with electronic trigger.
Cards: Card to wallet as above,
Other: Hands down comedy rope tie, instantly having hands coming out and straightening cloth and having cloth fall to show hands both tied . . .

Finally - put me on diet of only one thing to have and nothing else:

#3 LOOPS
#2 4 coins and a contrasting fifth with an expanded shell and a gravity flipper all by Todd Lassen in Morgans
#1 One deck of cards . . .

And that blows me away because I am a "coin guy" but if you give me just one thing I could go on performing and inventing and learning for years with cards and the coins are limiting . . . which makes me sad . . . .

Thanks everyone here for making me really think!!!! Great exercise. Gonna change up my routines again because of this thought exercise. [/quote]

Awesome post!
Message: Posted by: gismo (Oct 25, 2018 02:24AM)
Crazy Men's Handcuffs
Loops p.ex. Spinning Fork by Mesika
Sponge Balls
Message: Posted by: drmolarmagic (Nov 8, 2018 08:57AM)
Hi Just came across this discussion.....this is really a tough one. I personally have a problem with this. My bag is always full of extra stuff and I am not good at packing light. SOOOOO many good effects for table hopping and strolling.
So here is my list (which I'll probably change in an hour after even more thought)
1.Multiple card locations of selected cards
2. Cut and restored rope (any version but I prefer Sansational)
3. Chop cup

I may have to post again in a day or so when I change my mind but its great to think like this. When I studied at Mystery School -focus on Busking, and shared this "problem" about too many effects, Jeff wrote a comment for me to try and work with , "a 3 effect show"
So I often do this exact decision making exercise!
Bruce
Message: Posted by: Charles Gaff (Nov 10, 2018 09:58PM)
I think I'd go with

1) Professors nightmare

2) Stand Up Monte

3) Invisible Deck

I would miss extreme burn tho
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Nov 12, 2018 10:47AM)
Being more loving
Being more forgiving
Not complaining so much
Message: Posted by: warren (Nov 12, 2018 02:16PM)
[quote]On Nov 12, 2018, Theodore Lawton wrote:
Being more loving
Being more forgiving
Not complaining so much [/quote]

Whilst that list has nothing to do with magic I have to say it is a great list :)
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Nov 13, 2018 01:41PM)
The hardest "tricks" I know. Still haven't got them quite right.
Message: Posted by: warren (Nov 14, 2018 02:20PM)
[quote]On Nov 13, 2018, Theodore Lawton wrote:
The hardest "tricks" I know. Still haven't got them quite right. [/quote]

That's you and me both haha
Message: Posted by: kebmo3108 (Nov 18, 2018 01:27AM)
[quote]On Nov 12, 2018, Theodore Lawton wrote:
Being more loving
Being more forgiving
Not complaining so much [/quote]

I really like your post, it is inspiring and it would‘nt be a trick but real magic if many people, and even the most powerful leader(s) would go down this route.

But for the tricks it would be:
Cards: for sure the most difficult one to choose but I would go for something ungimmicked, let‘s say... „Diminishing not likely“ by Paul Gordon . Easy little, yet strong routine with different elements in it. (false display, transposition, card to anywhere finale).
Coins: Two phase Coin Flurry + Jumbo Coin ending
Others: ash to palm trick , as there are no ashtrays available, „Double Cross“ brought this trick into the new era. One of the view tricks which I never get bored off. Loved it when I first saw it and still love it.
Message: Posted by: Montana76 (Nov 19, 2018 08:08AM)
[quote]On Nov 18, 2018, kebmo3108 wrote:

I really like your post, it is inspiring and it would‘nt be a trick but real magic if many people, and even the most powerful leader(s) would go down this route.

But for the tricks it would be:
Cards: for sure the most difficult one to choose but I would go for something ungimmicked, let‘s say... „Diminishing not likely“ by Paul Gordon . Easy little, yet strong routine with different elements in it. (false display, transposition, card to anywhere finale).
Coins: Two phase Coin Flurry + Jumbo Coin ending
Others: ash to palm trick , as there are no ashtrays available, „Double Cross“ brought this trick into the new era. One of the view tricks which I never get bored off. Loved it when I first saw it and still love it. [/quote]


Hi Kebmo!
What two phase coin flurr + jumbo coin ending are you performing?
Message: Posted by: kebmo3108 (Nov 20, 2018 02:24AM)
Very simple and short:
In the Hand coin vanish with lapping - Slydini style, reproduction , shuttle pass vanish and reproduction behind the ear (old school :-) and as the Finale the Jumbo coin (Jumbo chocolate coin for kids).
Message: Posted by: Brent McLeod (Dec 9, 2018 12:26AM)
Tough to choose so Ill go stage effects rather than closeup, after 25 yrs of performing in the corporate market
strongest reactions..classics I guess!

Bill in Lemon
Silk to Egg
Linking Rings 4
Message: Posted by: Sharktale (Dec 9, 2018 05:23AM)
Close up:
- Richard Osterlind dynamo deck.
- coin bend
- sponge balls
Stage:
- Anniversary waltz
- coins acros + big coin production
-snow storm (I do 3 versions- with stars butterflies and red hearts)
Message: Posted by: warren (Dec 9, 2018 06:13AM)
As a close up magician I find it interesting to hear what 3 effects the stage performers have chosen :)
Message: Posted by: Sharktale (Dec 10, 2018 03:36AM)
[quote]On Dec 9, 2018, warren wrote:
As a close up magician I find it interesting to hear what 3 effects the stage performers have chosen :) [/quote]

There are guid lines- coins, carsd, and other...
if I had to choose anything, i`d go with:
-P**chological force + n**l w**ter
-Bob Cassidy 4 dimension.
-Booked by Steve Valentine (write the prediction- page number and word, put it in envelope, and give it to someone ``special`` to hold. Find the good place where the page will appear...) You have a killer finale.
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Dec 13, 2018 12:03AM)
Interesting post as it would probably drive me insane to have to do the same three tricks the rest of my life, but until I went crazy, perhaps:

1. Coin: A routine that I hope to market through Penguin soon where they have a free selection between three different denomination of coins and their selected coin turns into two.
2. Card: I like ACR and ACAAN so much I combined them into one shortened routine of both.
3. Other: If I'm only going to do three, I want my third to leave them with a souvenir, so I would do a drawing duplication, also with a killer method I devised, leaving them with a drawing duplication on the back of my business card. I might include this method in the Penguin release.

KJ
Message: Posted by: gong (Dec 22, 2018 12:10AM)
I like to stack my tricks together...

1. Coin: Sign coin => "Revolution vanish", but with the twist that the coin changes to a die => Ask spectator to inspect the die (this serves as mis-direction for the next step) => Signed coin to Impossible Location => Perform mentalism with the die
2. Card: Chicago Opener => ACR, with signed card => Signed card to wallet (using RMW)
3. Other: Double cross
Message: Posted by: Charles Gaff (Dec 22, 2018 12:22PM)
Well, now it's...

1)Stand Up Monte

2)Fiber Optics

3)Ring Flight Revolution W Wallet Ending
Message: Posted by: imgic (Dec 22, 2018 09:59PM)
Mine would be:

1. My Cut & Restored rope routine
2. Pop Hadyn’s 4 l8nk8ng ring routine
3. My “TV Magic Card” routine
Message: Posted by: danieltirado (Dec 26, 2018 07:15AM)
Inject
Coins Across
Chop Cup
Message: Posted by: langston3711 (Dec 26, 2018 03:21PM)
The Trick that Cannot be Explained
Chop Cup ending with Bill in Lemon
Ring and String to Nest of Wallets
Message: Posted by: Greg Rostami (Dec 26, 2018 06:19PM)
[quote]On Dec 26, 2018, danieltirado wrote:
Inject
Coins Across
Chop Cup [/quote]
WOW! Thank you.
Message: Posted by: helder (Dec 30, 2018 09:28AM)
Stand Up Monte

Be Honest What’s it?! ( my version with ideas of Pop Haydn, Paul Gertner and myself)

Cups and Balls
Message: Posted by: todsky (Jan 3, 2019 02:00PM)
Fibre Optics (Richard Sanders expanded version of Proffessor’s Nightmare): such a versatile routine that works for kids and adults, closeup or stage, and fits in your pocket!
Invisible Deck
Miser’s Dream variation.

Todd
www.magicstore.ca
Message: Posted by: SomersetMagi (Jan 4, 2019 07:17AM)
Ambitious card
Sponge balls
Ring to keyfob
Message: Posted by: Montana76 (Jan 4, 2019 07:29AM)
[quote]On Jan 3, 2019, todsky wrote:
Fibre Optics (Richard Sanders expanded version of Proffessor’s Nightmare): such a versatile routine that works for kids and adults, closeup or stage, and fits in your pocket!
Invisible Deck
Miser’s Dream variation.

Todd
www.magicstore.ca [/quote]

May I ask what parts of Fiber Optics you do? Do you do the entire routine or have you put together a selection of phases?
Message: Posted by: micwize (Jan 9, 2019 03:16PM)
Sponge Balls
Double Back by Jon Allen
Coins through table
Message: Posted by: chosen1 (Jan 11, 2019 04:49PM)
These are so so hard! But great to get you thinking.

For cards probably Chad Long's Shuffling Lesson. You can change the presentation a bit to give a different vibe to the effect. You can either be a card shark or just lucky, and it makes your spectator the star.

Coins is tricky because all of my coin work flows into a one routine hard to seperate them I guess Karate Coin. It's very atypical and leaves a strong image.

I would have to say metal bending for my miscellaneous because it can really give an impression of true magic and leaves an impossible souvenir.
Message: Posted by: debjit (Mar 18, 2019 03:34PM)
1) Double Cross by Mark Southworth
2) The Social Prediction
3) Animations with Loops
Message: Posted by: Mad Mage (Mar 25, 2019 09:20AM)
1 - Liquid Metal (fork bending routine by Morgan Strebler)
2 - ACR
3 - Billoon by Mark Jenes
Message: Posted by: warren (Mar 25, 2019 04:59PM)
[quote]On Mar 25, 2019, Mad Mage wrote:
1 - Liquid Metal (fork bending routine by Morgan Strebler)
2 - ACR
3 - Billoon by Mark Jenes [/quote]

I'm a fan of Billoon too :)
Message: Posted by: bdungey (Apr 11, 2019 05:03PM)
1- OOTW
2- Karotsuke by Max Maven
3- E'VOQUE by Docc Hilford
Message: Posted by: fabio_barstar (Apr 16, 2019 05:06PM)
Prohibition
French kiss
coin bending
Message: Posted by: MateosSpain (Jun 20, 2019 04:17AM)
Tricks :
ACR
ACAAN
Omni deck

but most people are talking about methods so it would be

Center Tear ( mind reading anything anywhere with anyone)
Double Lift ( the rest of anything )
And a false transfer ( coin bend in their hands)

3 methods with infinite possibilities that I could live with
Message: Posted by: Walking Bob (Jun 20, 2019 06:43PM)
My version of Professor's Nightmare to a Golden Retriever Story

B-Wave

Sponge Balls using sponge lady bugs

Have a great day,

Walking Magic Bob
Message: Posted by: iamoneamongeleven (Jun 24, 2019 08:08PM)
That’s a fun question. One I’ve never sat back and asked myself, so coming to the answer took me a minute- but not much more than that. I wanted to list of 3 to be balanced- 3 card tricks for the rest of my life would get old real fast. So I chose

1. Double cross

2. 3 fly

3 stand up monte by Garett Thomas
Message: Posted by: Doric (Aug 3, 2019 04:30AM)
Invisible Deck
Sponge Balls
Head over Heels
Message: Posted by: rosstrainer08 (Aug 9, 2019 03:12PM)
Triumph
Invisible Card
Intuition Speller

This I'm sure will change.
Message: Posted by: warren (Aug 9, 2019 05:39PM)
[quote]On Aug 9, 2019, rosstrainer08 wrote:
Triumph
Invisible Card
Intuition Speller

This I'm sure will change. [/quote]

Thanks for getting involved that's a nice list but I don't think you've read the thread correctly as the list calls for only one card trick which will make your choice even harder now :)
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Aug 19, 2019 10:47PM)
Ninja Rings
Professor's Nightmare
cards
Message: Posted by: MJ Marrs (Aug 20, 2019 09:13PM)
Coins: Coin Menagerie (Armando Lucero) - If I was limited to only one trick for the rest of my days then this would be it. I suppose this will count as my “coin” routine, but to me it’s just pure magic.

Cards: The Reformation (Guy Hollingworth) - Still working on it after all these years. Like Chris Kenner says about his Three Fly: Takes a minute to learn, but a lifetime to master.

Other: Cups & Balls - Houdini considered no one a magician until mastery of a C + B routine.
Message: Posted by: magictia (Sep 4, 2019 03:48AM)
- 20th century phantom
- coin in bottle
- chop cup
If I was obliged to use playing cards
Andrew Gerard's RED HOT POCKET with the final addition of Stabbed & Shot by Bill Abbott
Message: Posted by: rosstrainer08 (Sep 4, 2019 04:51AM)
Oh dear you’re right. In that case:

Coins through table (Vincent)
Triumph (Vernon)
Cups & Balls (Various)
Message: Posted by: mentaldiego (Sep 4, 2019 05:42AM)
NAILED IT (SCOT ALEXANDER)

EQUINOX (CHRIS TAYLOR)

TEST OF MOTHER BOOKS (ALBERT PUJADAS ---PUJO)
Message: Posted by: _W_ (Sep 24, 2019 11:31PM)
1. Muscle Pass (Anti-gravity Coin)
2. 3-Fly or Coins Across
3. Chink-a-chink or matrix
Message: Posted by: vanp8 (Oct 19, 2019 08:05PM)
Old Amateur

1. Linkig Safety Pins

2. On The Barrelhead

3. Three shell game
Message: Posted by: weirdwizardx (Nov 13, 2019 10:52AM)
1. Hands off Acaan Tom

2. Well I don't work a lot with coins but one routine I like performing is One Coin Routine by Tom Stone

3. This is a routine I created and I am very glad of it, it could be described as book test were one participant transmits the word to other participant

Cristóbal
Message: Posted by: Silversleights04 (Dec 10, 2019 01:53PM)
Telepathy Plus

3 Card Monte

Flipstick pen routine
Message: Posted by: GlenD (Dec 23, 2019 10:12AM)
First post for me in awhile, just haven't been spending time here but...

Cards: My Ambitious/floating card routine.
Coins: coins across or Lethal Tender (love the instant change and reactions)!
Other: Winston Freer Tile Puzzle routine!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Glen
Message: Posted by: Pauldelafontaine (Dec 28, 2019 04:59PM)
Predict thought of card
Drawing dupe
Which hand effect
Message: Posted by: Everydayshuffler (Dec 31, 2019 07:42AM)
Bang On.
Real Die.
Bill in Fruit.
Message: Posted by: Stephon Johnson (Jan 6, 2020 10:48PM)
CSB coins
Coins Across (Paul Green’s In The Trenches “Above, Beside, Below”)
Stand Up Monte
Cool Cash (John T Sheets)
Message: Posted by: mtstic44 (Jan 16, 2020 06:05PM)
I think I would choose "Wild Card" "Scotch and Soda" and a Ring and Rope Routine.
Allen
Message: Posted by: AnthonyCC (Jan 17, 2020 10:43PM)
Quarter Bend, ACR, and Sneak Thief.
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jan 19, 2020 02:41PM)
Man, I can do a lot of stuff but having too much stuff usually don't get done much. :D I've come to only do a few things now & again, some of my stuff and some stuff I picked up and seemed to hold on to from the journey. Often times it don't take much to make people smile, and it doesn't have to be difficult, easy stuff will work just as well most times. Anyway, here are some tricks I guess I'll always do because they are easy to get into and fun to so immediately get so much out of... But it's really cool here that nearly everybody does something different as per them...Just the way The Great Magician in the sky meant for it to be. 🎩

Coins: The MB Transpo PLUS... or Gadabout Coins
*I know Gadabout Coins is an old one but it's just some darn good coin magic and as been such since I learned it as a kid. :D

Cards: The Old Circus Card Trick (Updated)... or Ultimate Transpo
*I get to do most of what I learned as to card magic in these little tricks and they always amaze. :)

Close-up: Ultimate Positive Negative... or Sankey's Leaving Home/ Holy Moly
*Any of these little babies is good filler as you move about a room, down a street, through a crowd or just through life. ;)
Message: Posted by: Maestro (Feb 22, 2020 11:29PM)
Any three Jay Sankey tricks as long as they all only use the Erdnase two-handed color change.
Message: Posted by: thekillingjoke33 (Mar 30, 2020 03:11AM)
1. Stand Up Monte or Corners of Piccadilly
2. My one coin routine (mix from Kanoia Harbottles one coin routine and Kozmos one coin routine)/questionable trick by greg wilson/coinvexed
3. Ring on string/fibre optics