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Frank Tougas
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In another thread Jaxon made the following statement.
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On 2005-04-15 11:32, Jaxon wrote:Imagine you're performing walk around magic at a bar, restaurant or maybe a public festival of some kind. You're just there to do close up magic for small groups. All of the sudden a crowd gathers around when they see the reactions of the people you are performing for. The next thing you know the crowd is so big that if you continued to do the small close up tricks then many of the people wouldn't be able to see what you are doing. You now need to start doing a parlor type show.


Interesting topic and quite true. Often there is no strict demarcation among close-up, walk-around and small platform or stage work.

I'd like your thoughts on tricks that would work equally well in any of these three venues. My favorites would be:

Torn & Restored Napkin (sucker finish)
Professor's Nightmare
Cut and restored Rope
Ring and Rope
Linking Rings
Sidewalk Shuffle
Needle through Balloon

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I like TT and silks.

Silks pack small but unfold big so they are easily seen from a stage.
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I would suggest adding the venerable Blok-Kord release to this list...clean enough for close-up yet large enough for platform work.
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Card to Wallet, TT

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The old faithful sponge balls.

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Up until very recently if called upon to do a real "stand up" routine, I would beg off..I now carry the rope for "Optic fiber", the one rope routine. This works beautifully for 1 person or 200. It takes up very little space and the reactions have been overwhelming.
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Chop cup or the cups and balls, card to mouth in fact I think most close-up effects would adapt, its the way there performed that can turn a close-up show into a street show.

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I use the following routines in my close-up, walk-around, and stage performances:

Invisible deck
Card on Forehead
Richard Sanders's Fiber Optics Rope Routine (by the way, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!)

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I have a great version of "Bill-oon" that I do for basically all occasions.
My own presentation for Mark Jenest's trick which can be done for any size crowd.

I do Ninja Rings too. They are a bit small for a huge crowd but shoot ogawa uses them in the parlor at the castle and that's 50 or so.

I also do something based on Richard Sander's "one rope routine" from fiber optics.
Did not do a rope routine til I saw that.

Some great cards for any size: Slight of Mouth (see hobson and lovell media for these) and Lovell's "Packed Wallet". Hard to beat.
And how can you not do "Comedy card to fly".

And if you're paul daniels you can do the chop cup.
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I think, one of the best openers for the mentioned situations is the Fred Kaps version of Patrik Pages *Eazy money*.

This done, AFTER removing the coloured pieces of paper out of a 'smal' firewallet.
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The use of the wallet though is limited to a few performances before a *reset* re the 'fire' is needed, so it restricts somehow the walk-around situation, but so do a lot of other routines some of the pro performers use to obtain maximum effect for their 'opener'....
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I recently had this happen at a walkaround gig. You start doing a couple of effects and then look up and realize the number of people standing around and watching YOU numbers 20 to 30 large. I finished with Torched and Restored. Everyone can see the fire!

Also, an effect like Lewis' Undivided I think can work well here. It's done right out in front you, the tearing is seen by all and the four piece display is nice.
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On 2005-04-21 11:02, Kaliix wrote:
You start doing a couple of effects and then look up and realize the number of people standing around and watching YOU numbers 20 to 30 large.

I sincerely hope, you are looking up more often to communicate with your specs..it does surprise me you didn't notice the no. of specs increased..
Did you watch your own magic?, not needed, I suppose you've seen it before.. Smile
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I always do Homing Card followed by a Cards Across routine. These two effects can play for several people or several hundred.

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I'm not so sure about "tricks that would work equally well in any of these three venues" but more important to me would be to have the ability to move into tricks for larger crowds and these situations.

"Ring on Wand" various.
"Cards Up The Sleeve" Daley.
"Six Card Repeat".

I keep thinking that adding a hanky, bandana or opaque silk would be a good prop that could be used with some things mentioned here.

"Hanky Panky" Jarrow.
"Card Thru Hanky" various.
"T.V. Surprise" ?- In Tarbell.
..and I'm sure a lot of other hanky/silk uses with rings, ropes, etc.

Interacting with spectators itself can be entertaining for everyone even if they can't see everything.
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A few others that come to mind as I have thought about this same type of situation:

Pen Thru Bill
Invisible deck
Re-capped
Loop effects (depending on lighting)... floating bill, card, ring, etc
Kallix, you're right on, I agree and think Martin Lewis' "Undivided" would be great for a spontaneous crowd gathering type of effect.

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Cards to pocket & some mentalism
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Mentalism works great for this venue. Check out Mr. Osterlinds routines. His SOS bag would be perfect for what you are saying and it doesn't take up much space.

Any Drawing dupe you would know.
Banachek has some material that is wonderful such as his PK silverware.
Cards across via Bill Malone is a good one.

Any card trick that you can throw flourishes into such as Hot shot cuts and fans.

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You know when I wrote that Werner, I knew someone was gonna comment on it. Just to be clear, I do look up quite often. I was table hopping/walking around in the dining hall of a private high school. I was working for like 8 to 10 at this one table and was performing color monte (with straight up cards, I don't care for the diamonds). Well this particular effect has you looking at the cards more because the action happens rapidly. When I'm done, all of a sudden, close to thirty people are now grouped around. In that kind of setting, the crowd can grow that large inside of ten seconds, with all the students in and out.

It actually surprised me when I looked around and realized how fast the crowd grew!

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On 2005-04-21 11:21, Werner G. Seitz wrote:
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On 2005-04-21 11:02, Kaliix wrote:
You start doing a couple of effects and then look up and realize the number of people standing around and watching YOU numbers 20 to 30 large.

I sincerely hope, you are looking up more often to communicate with your specs..it does surprise me you didn't notice the no. of specs increased..
Did you watch your own magic?, not needed, I suppose you've seen it before.. Smile
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Areally fun Effect by Kevin James called Animated card through balloon of death works well in all venues it has audience participation works completly surounded and is an inspectable illusion try it.
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