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John Palazzo
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Hello All,

It's been quite some time since I posted. A busy life kinda' kept me - well - busy.

So let me just say - Hello Again.

I'll be traveling by plane to Long Island next week and I'm looking for ideas on a few quick tricks to show waiting to board the plane and during the flight.

Cards, coins, mental, bills, strings, rings, rubber bands - any and all ideas are welcome.

Depending on which airport in NY I fly into - I can be on a flight that is VERY LOUD (small plane). I'm in a seat with only one person across the "aisle". It's the "everybody get's a window seat" size plane.

And sometimes that's not a problem - with the regular 3 across seating on a larger plane.

If that helps.

Maybe a ring-and-string routine would work. Get passengers on either side of me to hold the ends. Pull the ring off. That could be interesting. Smile

Thanks be well.

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I guess I feel magic is not best for airplanes.

why bother people?
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Ditto
shhh..... I see Magicians.....
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On 2006-02-20 11:54, Dannydoyle wrote:
I guess I feel magic is not best for airplanes.

why bother people?


Thanks for your replies.

Not exactly the response I was hoping for after a few years away.

Fair enough questions though.

Like I said - doesn't have to be ON the plane.

You're stuck with a few travelers between flights.

BORED as can be.

Plenty of opportunity to strike up a simple conversation with someone. Get around to showing something small.

Or...

Have you ever exchanged business cards with fellow passengers?

Work the biz card into a quick trick.

You never know - you might get the biz card of the CEO your compnay has been trying reach for 6 months. The CEO just might remember the guy who cut and restored his tie.

So let me rephrase the question:

Has anyone ever done some magic for fellow airport travelers while waiting between flights or while on the flight and what did you do?

I'm reviewing a few ideas of my own.

Like to see what others have done too.

John
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Ok let me tell you what prompted my response.

I do this for a living. when on an airplane I tend to mind my own business. I have PLENTY of opportunity to work with 2 shows a night 5 nights a week. So when traveling I tend to NOT want to do it.

Second of all and more important, I have been in line behind a "magician" who just HAS to show the clerk a trick. Taking up my time and really annoying the clerk who is being polite and not saying something. This goes for the guys who insist on telling jokes too by the way.

Keep in mind nobody likes magic more than magicians. When we insist on foisting tricks on an unsuspecting public, it usually does not work out quite as well as we think.

I have seen many many guys who do this, and then once they leave they are the joke everyone is telling.

I know I know, not you spacifically. I am sure this describes NOBODY on this board and I mean it not to be devisive. But life exists without magic.
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I like to do the vanishing pants trick. You sit down, your seat mate sits next you you, they glance away and when they look back BINGO! You are pantless!!!

I'm telling you, it is a laugh riot!
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How about 'ultimate card thru window' Smile

lol.
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How about an anti-gravity effect on the plane.
They use planes so astronauts can get used to this sensation.
Hook up some IT and have something float up off your tray.

Something about electromagnetic fields might also freak some people out.

When not playing magician, and sitting by myself I've casually, made things float and move. It's soon noticed.
this is when you can get talking and possibly make some contacts.
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Time and Place and that's really not it....

BUT.... Smile if you want to make someones day why not make a napkin rose and offer it to whomever watches you make it... with your compliments and a smile...

To an air hostess how about this "wierd - a guy dressed in black with a parachute on his back just leapt out of this window"... before he jumped he asked me to give you a rose with his compliments... "naturally I said to him there's no way you'd believe me - but hey... just in case - here's the rose he left Smile
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Thanks Jaz.

The anti-gravity theme is a good one.

Clarioneer - thanks too. The paper rose is a nice touch to say THANKS to the hard working flight attendants. And maybe get another round of peanuts no one else gets. Smile

William - man you are right - that would be the ultimate card thru window.

Posted: Feb 20, 2006 11:13pm
I missed two...

teevtee, I'll pass on the pants trick. You seem to enjoy doing it - wouldn't want to take anything away from you, so to speak.

Danny, thanks for expanding on your initial response. Point taken.
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OK, serious answer... though a boring one. I find that card tricks work best because they are a natural item to have on a plane and it does not have an schtick stigma to it. On LONG flights, international flights, I have occasionally done some card stuff and it has gone over well. Nothing travel themed or anything, ust your favorite routine.
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Thanks teevtee.

I would have thought cards might be a little "too much" on a flight. Your experience suggests otherwise - kept to a limit, of course.

Interestingly enough, I was browsing the Richard Osterlind entree (2005) and happened upon this wonderful little item he shared. If I've got a friendly conversation already going, I think I could work this in without forcing it.

I won't even try to repeat it here. You've got to read Richards description in his words. Here's the Café link, scroll down to Richards response to the post. It's the "birthday" pet routine he describes.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......63&4

What a nifty little gem. This just might be what I've been looking for.

That is, for an opener at least. (I'm just kidding Danny. Smile ).

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If you must, then take something to entertain the kids and keep them occupied... the parents will love you for it ;-) Then if some adults show interest, so be it.
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John, it is only one mans opinion is all.

NOT a rule not even a guideline. I mean no disrespect.
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About a year ago I flew from Johannesburg to Dubai (where I stayed for two nights before leaving for Bangkok). One of my travelmates mentioned to the head steward (a guy from Lebanon) that I do magic. He brought over a pack of cards (Emirates brand) and asked me to do a trick. Well, I was sitting by the window (in economy) with a person seated next to me, two people watching from the front and a steward in the aisle. All I had to work on was the tray in front of me.

I performed that classic trick from both Royal Road and Expert Card Technique - I think it's called 'Now You See It!' in ECT. It went amazingly well. That evening we went out to explore Dubai's nightlife, chaperoned by a real-life flightsteward and some of his (mostly female) Swedish, Norwegian, Spanish and French co-workers.

What a trip.
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It's great to know things that you can do at the spur of the moment when asked.
Personally, I agree 100% with Dannydoyle.
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I like the "entertain the kids" idea, not only will the parents love you, but (if they're anything like some of the kids I've shared a flight with) EVERYONE on the plane will.

You should try and avoid doing things too early on a long flight unless you're prepared; I made that mistake on a train journey once.

I was just shuffling some cards (to play solitaire, actually!) and I could see these two little kids watching me, so I offered to show them a few tricks. Unfortunately 20 minutes later I'd done everything I could do to a good standard with an unprepared pack of cards, I didn't have anything else I could do well enough... but the kids kept pestering me for another 1/2 an hour to do something else...

I won't make that mistake again!

Anyway, John, how did it go? Did you do anything?
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If asked to do a trick up in the air, I'd pick Richard Osterlind's Watch Routine.
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Card tricks always work
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Your comment about business card exchange reminded me of an affect from Michael Ammar's "Ice Breakers" video. Self printing business card affect. Essentially impromptu and easy reset. He has another tape out called (I think) Business Card Miracles.
Further to the topic I am always reluctant to force magic on people. I lean towards magical things that happen that don't need me to demand their attention. The magic just happens and they happen to be there when it does and usually I do it for myself more than them. If they are entertained in a passive, non-invasive way then fine but I have never been comfortable with magic performances that demand unwilling (even if polite) participation.
I've never done much in the way of magic on a plane anyway as I'm too busy hanging onto my seat trying to keep the plane in the air.
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