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Rob Johnston
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Though I have been doing magic for work is a bit new to me, I could use some advice.

Here is the Situation...

New Magician at a Medieval themed restaurant, 3-4 hrs a night. Rather Busy, sell out.

My questions.

- What effects/tricks have you had the most success with? (I have been using my coin magic, some cards, well as some mentalism...but I am curious what success you have had). Long reset is not an option (as you table hoppers know).

- I am in Medieval themed clothing, in a similar environment. Shall I dispose of modern effects that appear modern? (I am feeling that I stick with props that can be associated with the Old age).

I will talk to Bill more as well as the other Faire Folk...but I am curious on your thoughts.

Thanks again.

"Genius is another word for magic, and the whole point of magic is that it is inexplicable." - Margot Fonteyn
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'Haunted Key' is a Natural.I would reccommend using a fairly large 'well balanced'old skeleton key.(rather than the shiny reproduction keys available)I use these old keys in my Restaurants and this is one routine that usually generates spontaneous applause. Smile Best.

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Contact Master Payne.
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Try PMing KirkG. He's a Ren Faire regular, so he's likely to have some good thoughts on this subject.
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Ron, it seems obvious to me that you should apply the same theme to your magic that your restaurant and outfit have. I would view even a coin trick using a Kennedy half dollar to seem out of place. If you want to do coin effects, then find some old looking coins, and the same with cards. There are some card decks out there that look like they're from that time period...or use Tarot cards.

:) Kaylan
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Senator Crandall has a one cup and balls routine in one of the Tarbells.
Rope effects have been around forever. Use hemp rope.
"Gypsy Curse" for a packet trick.
"Glorpy" might be good.

Some good ideas here:;forum=6
Daryl -the other brother
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Lee Darrow is another good source for period magic. He's on staff here at the Café.
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Oh, man, Larry Davidson is a FANTASTIC source and his new DVD set soon to be realesed will have KILLER material!
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the saddest are, "It might have been"

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How jealous I am! I wish there were a medieval themed restaurant in my neck of the woods. That sounds like an awesome job! I second the rope suggestion, also a tt and silks, the small linking rings would fit, a change bag with silks. There are lots of things that could go with the time period.
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