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Bob Sanders
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I too have to vote for Scotch & Soda. Giving them away has landed me many corporate gigs over the years. For a while I even had a salesman buying them from me so he could give them away.

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I'd say Scotch & Soda, a hot rod or a couple of rubber band effects such as crazy man's handcuffs, traveling cash or make a ring climb "up" the rubber band. You could also teach him how to make a napkin rose or the "Starcle" effect by Dan Harlan from a bar napkin.

How about paper balls (napkins) over the head? Matchbook tricks, ashes to hand, etc...can all be done with things he could find in the lounge area or possibly on the plane itself.

By learning things such as these, or others mentioned previously, he would have a lot of things that are fun, easy, don't take up much (if any)space and are loads of fun. You could say..."the sky's the limit!" Just think about the locations he'll be in and what might be found there.

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Avoid things that pro's are using or anything that takes skill. Ken Brooke used to pitch tricks in markets in England and he wouldn't even sell Svengali decks as he didn't want a custumer to buy one, get home and couldn't do it straight away for his kids. The most common self working item he sold was a small coloring book, called a FLIK BOOK. Another was the Dutch Looper ( the self-working Monte card trick with the flap ).
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Here's some tricks that I think a pilot could add a presentation to.
I'm thinking Bermuda Triangle and The Philadephia Experiment patter for these.

"The Crazy Compass".
"Steel Ball & Tube".
"Haunted Bolt".
"Sharpie or Pen Thru Anything".
Johnson's "Cigarette thru Quarter".
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First, I'm with Mr. Biro when he says,
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On 2006-07-21 14:07, Pete Biro wrote: "Pilot, hanging in bars? ARgh.... what airline so I can use another...A Svengali deck followed by a regular deck and a book of self working card tricks."


but second.....and to answer your question....if he's hanging out in bars, sounds like he may be looking for some company. That being said, I'd go with rmoraleta's suggestion for the Silk to Panties. You can imagine why.... Smile
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On 2006-07-21 14:37, rmoraleta wrote:
Thumb Tip Blendo or Silk to Panties
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Another vote for Scotch and Soda. It hits hard, looks impromptu, and takes almost no skill or practice for most applications of it. If he's trying to pick up girls, it also gives him a reason to touch them if he does the trick in their hand. What's not to love about this trick?
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Color changing knifes are too bad either. They require a little work but not much.
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On 2006-07-21 17:46, Angelo the Magician wrote:
I don't know the name of it, it is a dice with 6 different colors and a box with a lid in which the spectator puts the dice and the maigician knows which color is on top.



Its called Color Vision - retails for around $3-5 in most magic dealers. Don't knock it as it gets great reactions! Check out some handling tips in Paul Gallagher's DVD Miracles from the Sock Drawer!
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One of my favorites is the Hundy $500.
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How about a book........Mark Wilson's Encyclopedia of Magic? It can be found in most bookstores in paperback rather inexpensive. Let him read what interests him and decide what to show to others for himself. I do agree with many of the other suggestions and would have to say Scoth & Soda would go a long ways in the right hands.
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How about coin through leg using the french drop or professor's nightmare?
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My 2 cents would be a couple of Half Dollars and "The New Modern Coin Magic" by J.B. Bobo.

Best,

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On 2006-07-24 23:03, Bob Sanders wrote:
I too have to vote for Scotch & Soda. Giving them away has landed me many corporate gigs over the years. For a while I even had a salesman buying them from me so he could give them away.

Exactly why this trick should be retired...

Do as Pete suggested and get him a Svengalli and a matching normal deck and a copy of Karl Fulves Self Working Card Tricks.

TEACH him the first trick in the book. It's a killer and it will inspire him to read the book when he's stuck on the road.
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On 2006-08-16 23:22, JOHNSHEIBAL wrote:
... or professor's nightmare?


Why ruin a perfectly good trick like the prof. nightmare by giving it to a non-magician.
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On 2006-07-23 03:42, Angelo the Magician wrote:
I want to stress that it is not a good idea to explain DF-Cards, TT or paddle moves (also with dice) to a non-magician! These are basic principles which are used in many variations and explain very intelligent secrets.


Thank you, Frank!
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What about napking rose? not mareal magic, but it could be..
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On 2006-08-16 02:20, cardsharpist wrote:
Color changing knifes are too bad either. They require a little work but not much.


Or the Jumping Gems, which are pushed in novelty shops, etc, along with those Adams magic tricks......
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." (Einstein)...
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Dime & Penny or Hot Rod.
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I would ask yourself this:

"does a pro use this prop/trick?"

if the answer is yes, move on to something else out of respect
to those that perform for a living, think of another trick and ask again.
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I think Full Deck here hit the nail on the head, and I agree that if you want something that will get you and keep you going for miles and miles, then get "Bobo's New Modern Coin Magic." It's about the best $8 bucks you'll ever spend when it comes to magic. Get yourself a few half dollars and some copper coins, and man you could earn a million frequent flyer miles, as you'll be flying high and long, in many cases for ever and ever. Smile For the money, I don't think you can beat it.

If you just want to get in & out...then as a gimmicked effect I like the popular "Scotch & Soda." It's easy to learn and do, has lot of variations to it, is a very interactive trick and packs ever so small. Smile But even that cost's more than Bobo's. Smile -MB
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