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Ross W
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I'm working on my routines for a strolling gig I have coming up and would appreciate suggestions for opening tricks that fit the above criteria. Non-cards, a bit flashy maybe. At the moment I do a neat silk production but it's a pain to reset.
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A coin flurry-ish type of routine works for me. All you need is a coin.

"Flash Cash" or something like "3D Cash" works well.

Occasionally I use Bachelor's Needle to open a C+R rope routine.

Or a Fire Wallet is a flashy way of approaching a table. Mine doesn't work consistently, so I don't use that.

Hope that helps.

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What about a quick and visual chaging of a £10 note in to £50 note, or $1 to $100 etc?
Or a lottery ticket, folded to reveal a £10 note?
Or, a simple TT Silk routine, very snappy and to the point
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What about you go up with a color changin knife and ask if anybody lost a white nife and when you get the negative reply boom the knife changes to black and the magic begins.
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How about ropes - 3 ropes and a Baby - Check out Sanders Fibre Optics...

Half of Holy Moly - Washer to Blank - and back... a few times... and some coin rolls with the blank...
catch you later

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Fiber Optics (his 1 rope walkaround routine) would be perfect! Visual, helps show your personality, and resets instantly. A quick and visual coin routine might be worth checking out as well.
Ross W
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Thanks for your suggestions, guys. (And, hey - thanks for the irony, Leeman!) I think coins is the way I'll go.

Gandalf - I used to do a great TT silk routine. Sadly I've pretty much quit doing it as waaay too many people know the secret!
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What about you go up with a color changin knife and ask if anybody lost a white nife and when you get the negative reply boom the knife changes to black and the magic begins.

When they reply that they didn't lose a black knife... then you just continue? or perhaps they lost a red one?

Good suggestions so far.
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A friend sent me a fire wallet.
The new bus. card wallet from Jim Pace.

I was having an interview done by the newspaper where I live
and I decided to give them my business card via Fire Wallet.
I thought it might work out well to kick off the interview.

Sure enough, last week, I had a full page article about my magic
business in the newspaper and the opening statement was basically...

"His business card goes up in a ball of flames and is immediately handed to me unscathed"

I'm not sure how much I'll use it but it was great for that occassion.

Thanks RM,

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The routine 'salt' is a good opener for table-hopping. I don't wear a topit, but still do the routine sometimes. I think it's a Micheal Ammar routine..
Very easy to make and very impressive.
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I always used to open up by magically loading a PEZ Dispenser. The effect is very visual, non-cards, and people love PEZ - so it's a great for building rapport.

All the best,
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Oh My! Ryan, those shirts are fantastic!

Please take the time to click on Ryan's link...

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OH NO HE's not going to say sponge balls is he??? Yep he is. I've had extremly good luck over the past 20 years opening at a table or group at a party or event doing a nice quick in the hands sponge ball trick. Nothing too complicated or long. quick one to two. in the hands with a total vanish at the end and you've got them thinking. I used to end with about 20 small balls ending up in thier hand (thanks Eugene) but decided that it was just way too much trouble with them falling all over the place. believe it or not this is one of the most requested tricks at some of the local restaurants I work at from time to time.
enjoy!!
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Leeman... that is Ron Wilson's opening gambit.
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So that's where I stole that from. You know it gets so hard tring to keep what I took from who straight. Some web site should come out that remarkets old tricks under there name so that giving the origin of the trick is a lot easier. Then when asked who invinted that trick I can say that I got it from... you know for example... flamingomagic.com.
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Sponge balls has been my opening gambit for about three decades and those little Nerfous fellows have taken me all across the US, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe, so I have to say that, based on empirical evidence, they work for me! They start out non-interactive and bridge into interactive during the routine and I end with a kicker finish - a walnut (I get them at WalMart!).

And the gag lines one can use with them are legion, ranging from cutsey (look, the remains of the clown's nose job!) to the adult (which I won't go into here), so they are suitable for any venue at all.

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I like the dice chop cup as an opening effect with large dice at the end...

The best opening effect I feel is to open with what ever works for you.

I don't know why magicians seem to not like the sponge balls - I think the sponge balls are great. Many of the best magicians in the world do the sponge balls - Why? Because people love the routines. Including Lee Darrow who is one of the top close up magicians in Chicago and has years of real world magic shows to his credit performing magic in many places for years and years.

Slydini, Billy Bishop, Ken Brooks, Don Alan and Jim Ryan all use the sponge balls in one way or another. Why? - Audiences love them.

I hope this helps.
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What about Doc Easons 'All screwed up' its nice and quick and it does not include cards ?

Just a thought
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[quote]On 2005-03-30 15:47, Frank Starsini wrote:
I'm not sure how much I'll use it but it was great for that occassion.

It IS a great effect WHEN it works. I have had 2 and tried a 3rd and they are extremely iffy. When they work, though, they are awesome.
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I'm looking for whatever will work at the very beginning of a cocktail party strolling gig, when guests are just arriving and standing in small groups of two or four around the bar area.
I feel it should be something sort of quick, that could lead into something else if they are receptive. I wouldn't use it as part of my table set if these same people are present of course. I like to work when the tables are full. That way I know I'm hitting everybody.
It's those tumble weeds arriving at the party unfashionably early (on time) that I need to do things for so I am filling my scheduled time.
Please tell me your feelings and magic ideas on this.
Thank you ever so much,

gician
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