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DerekMerdinyan
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I thought this might be a nice story to tell to inspire magicians.

I find myself at a local sailing club. I am taking out a few friends of mine out on a boat when a group of kids attending a beginners sailing camp. A few moments before, my friends and I were discussing magic. As the kids walked by, one of my friends said, hey why don't you do a trick for the kids. Before I could say anything, the kids had heard that and demanded to see a trick. I look around me and I find boats, water, sails, rudders, daggerboards, ropes... ROPES! I reach into a bin of randomly sided ropes (used to teach kids how to tie knots) It took me about 30 seconds to find the right sided ropes (I was amazed because I actually found 3 matching ropes that were almost perfect for Professors Nightmare). So I take the ropes out and perform the Professers Nightmare. Afterwards the kids shout for more, thanks to Richard Sanders, I performed the Fiber Optics routine. When I had finished, The kids had to go and I left on the boat. When we returned 3 hrs later, I found a small crowd waiting at the dock for me to perform the routine again. After I performed the routine again, I got 3 birthday gigs and a job doing walk around at the annual fundraiser for the sailing club.

So whats the lesson here? Always be prepared to perform magic on a moments notice!

I thought, since we are on the topic, what are some tricks you perform when you have NOTHING with you. Not even a deck of cards. Tricks you perform on the beach, in a restaurant, mall, movie theater, etc. These must be items you find around you (and decks of cards and gimmicks don't count).

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I break off my right hand ring finger (with a loud snap) and then screw it back on.
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I've found that while on the beach, some of the flat rocks (good for skipping) are ok to do coin work with. It's tricky to do a classic palm or any kind of clip, but a lot is still possible.

George
DerekMerdinyan
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Now that I think of it, I did a matrix on the beach once with flat rocks, it looked cool

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On 2005-08-07 12:04, DerekMerdinyan wrote:
Now that I think of it, I did a matrix on the beach once with flat rocks, it looked cool

Derek Merdinyan

Yeah, if you don't have cards and coins, why not substitute leaves and rocks (but I never go anywhere without a deck of cards, LOL)
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I guess you will never run out of "uneven coin" on the beach. It'd like doing an ultimate coin magic in a bank?
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