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scottasf
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So, I am sitting at this restaurant Saturday night. One of those dining partners says "do a trick with a french fry" I refused (tactfully) but what would you do?
PS I already wowed them with salt shaker through table and some other close up stuff.

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Get Mac King's book, it has a french fry trick in it (french fry up the nose), and I bet once you do it, they will never ask you to do another. LOL.
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Ok, I can see that with a mcdonalds fry, but what about one of those jumbo steak house frys?
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If I didn't feel like doing a trick I would eat it and make it disappear.

If those steak fries are firm and not covered with catsup maybe a cigarette vanish and reproduction.
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By you doing a trick that they wanna see with an object of their choosing your taking away a peice of your control over the situation and therefore are a servant to their wish you shoulda said something like the french fry trick can get really messy so let me try something with this...by doing something like that you are now back in control.
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If they want to see a trick with a french fry, then do a trick with the french fry. If you are a magician, then you are a magician and should be able to do nearly anything with anything. I believe it was Jeff McBride who said if you're a magician, then be one 24/7.

So, one idea would be to cover the french fry with your napkin (with a load behind the napkin) and as you whisk the napkin away, replace it with your hamburger or even your shoe. The french fry could still be in your palm but unseen because it would be under the larger object.

Turn those mind's wheels.

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You could just do a simple cigarette vanish and reproduce it from your nose.
and the "up the nose" trick, I tried it even with my cordless phone.
still worked. xD
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Do the up the nose trick then reproduce it still from your nose then offer it to the one who suggested the trick. Then if they won't accept it then you eat it.
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If you're lucky, you might have some invisible elastic loops or an ITR, and make it move around on the table. If not, maybe just lap it to make it dissapear, then go into a Slydini one coin routine with an Imp pass =)

But seriously, I'd probably lap it, then say it jumped back on the plate (full of other fries). If they don't believe you tell them you'll do it again if they sign the french fry. If they really sign it, you might want to think about getting some new friends or buying the next round of drinks.

Adam
(PS maybe work out a torn and restored routine?)
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Then after they sign the fry do the signed fry in pen cap trick! Smile
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As professionals can't we just say no when we feel like it?
Or, maybe hand them the fry and say,"here, you do a trick."

What other profession has to perform their trade on demand?

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In my humble opinion you should always controle the rythem of your performance, never be like a trained seal that does tricks on demand. If you come with a certain number of tricks you either stop when you loose their attention, or stop when you run out of tricks. At that time you take the french fry, shove it in your mouth, show them your hands are empty, and take a big bow.
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Even if it's a largish fry, stick up your nose (yeah, it's gross), but NEVER reproduce it! lol!
Not something you'd want to do at a classy joint though...

Jgeist did this when we were out with friends, it was hilarious! (really)

What about false transfer (RV), then rub the empty (supposedly holding a fry) hand at your stomach: "It passes right through to my stomach."
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Oh this 'el be cool. stick the fry in your mouth and act like your trying to light it. when the look at you strangly go "oh sorry I could have sworn the were a cig." the rub it in you hand and pull it out as a cig.
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It would be pretty neat if you did look like you were trying to light it, cupping it in both hands. You would have plenty of cover to switch it for a real cigarette, which could be a pretty cool transformation.

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You know when I was 13 years old I was smoking a pack of french fries a day. Kids today are very colesterol concious.
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If you know "Sugar Shocker" from Greg Wilson's "Off The Cuff", you could do the charisma change to change the fry to something else, like a coin, or a mint (or anything else you may have in your pocket).


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Yeah, and do it with patter something along the line of:

"I can't do a trick with a french fry, but I CAN do one with a (insert name of item you turn the fry into)"

And go right into the next trick with said object.
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Hey Scott,

Take the fry and lay it on a napkin... place another napkin on top... then pound it with your fist several times... lift the napkin to reveal mashed potatoes!!! Then look them in the eyes and ask, "...Do you have any gravy for these mashed potatoes?"
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