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Deuce
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Hello,

I have been reading about, you not needing to carry much on you. My question is, what do you do when the same people keep coming back?

Right now, here's what I carry:

1 Invisible Deck
1 Reg. Deck, almost new.
1 Brand New - un-opened deck.
1 set of Hopping Halves.
1 set of 4 sponge balls. (I do the color changeing rountine, from one of the members here on the forums.)

I also carry a sharpie marker or two, and that's about it.

Do I need more, or is this enough?

Thanks,
Deuce
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You got enough! Great job! It's just me, but I would also say to add another coin trick. But that's just me.
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Ben,

Thank you for your advice. I am now working on Mr. Clean Coins across, and a good coin production.

Also, I forgot, I carry a T.T. and 36" silk streamer.

Thanks,
Deuce
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I think that's enough, because you don't want to overcrowd your pockets. But, are we talking functions here or more restaurant work? Because when I do functions, I do the same set on all tables and do all tables.

If someone comes up to me at the end, I may just do a card trick or CMH but in a restaurant you need to be more versatile. This doesn't necesarily mean more things to carry, just lengthen your routine, add a few more card bits and always be prepared for someone asking you for more.

Maybe practice 2 or 3 routines and split your time out per routine, eg... 3 hr gig, 1 hr each, also that way if you do get a standing ovation, you can hit them with another set.

Well, that's my 2 cents, hope it helped
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If you want to carry more... I would suggest you buy a topit... great place to store about anything....

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Thanks for the help everyone!

rvigon, it is a resturant. People are coming and going all the time, however, there are some that will stay a couple of hours and just hang out with their friends.


tedb, What do you recommend in the way of a Topit? Should I get a video, and make one. Or do they sell them pre-made?

Thanks,
Deuce
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I have an Ammar topit, which is almost an industry standard... however, I like the Cellini topit.... it's easier to deal with.... if you want info on the Cellini topit, you can e-mail me

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I carry a lot. It's always in the same place on my person so I do not feel cluttered....

3 or 4 sponge balls RPP
4 half dollars RPP
2 Safety Pins LJP
Deck of cards LJP
Many Business cards LJTP
Card to Wallet wallet RJBP
RubberBands LPP
Micro Chop Cup & balls RJP
Deck set up for multiple Card Warps LIBP
TT&Silk &Micro Magic Wand LPP
Sharpie and ballpoint pen RJBP

I also wear a fanny pack that has extra decks of cards, rubber bands, etc.
Nobody sees this because it is at my back
under my jacket.

The fanny pack holds everything I use so I just pack it all up when I'm done and it's ready to go for next time.

For the most part, I try to use Peter Marucci's idea of not having more than one trick per pocket. I do this unless there can be no problem getting to each one individually.
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I believe pete is right... don't tell him I said so though... ok

I have a bunch of stuff in my pockets... BUT, I have little pockets sewn into my pockets, so if I'm doing say, a corner tear... I know where the corner is at... never have to look.....

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On 2003-01-03 14:02, Deuce wrote:
Hello,

I have been reading about your not needing to carry much on you. My question is, what do you do when the same people keep coming back?

Right now, here's what I carry:

1 Invisible Deck
1 Reg. Deck, almost new.
1 Brand New - un-opened deck.
1 set of Hopping Halves.
1 set of 4 sponge balls. (I do the color changing rountine, from one of the members here on the forums.)

I also carry a sharpie marker or two, and that's about it.

Do I need more, or is this enough?

Thanks,
Deuce


I would add some rubber bands and some regular non gimmick coins.

Why do you carry two decks, a used one and a new one? If you are going to carry 2 decks use them, have a gimmicked card in 1 for Red Hot Mamma, or, set up a stack with one.

You could also carry a shoelace for a ring and string routine. This stuff you can add and not take up anymore room.

Also you could learn "other" effects with the cards or coins. I do about 4 effects with just cards.

abitious card
cards across
card under seat
multi selection

coins:
coins thru table
coins across
coin under watch
small 1 coin flurry to jumbo coin jumbo coin vanish into my topit
signed coin (.25) to sugar pack.

Also learn other effects, like watch stealing or effects with table stuff, such as sugar packs (TT sugar vanish/sweet~n~low C Andwers), napkins (paper tears/restore spong paper balls, G Wilson), silverware(bending or Sankey ring on spoon), reg pen (recap, G Wilson), Sankey has a great impomtu cup and ball routine with a coffee creamer.

You could do coin in sugar pack or add a jumbo coin for an end production after a coin flurry. Once again this will very easily fit in your back pocket along with something else. You could add twisting arm illusion or the other thing where you cross your arms then turn them over.

The main thing is how you interact with the people at the table.. If they like you they will like what you do..
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I would definitely pick up deluxe pen thru dollar-I have refered to it a lot on the Magic Café, because I like it so much and it doesn't take up space. It's just a regular pocket item that most people have with them. I like it a lot and recommend it, it gets great reactions-Josh
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Great ideas. I have a toppit that helps with pocket management. Mine is a hybred between an Ammar and Cloutier toppit. I would really be interested in the Cellini toppit. And I also carry a d'lite for the little kiddies. Smile Smile
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I am a working strolling magician. I am working 7 nights a week doing table hopping. There is a book called The Restaurant Workers Handbook. Buy it, read it. With the information in the book you have more than enough information to start working in restaurants. The act that I use is all done in the hands( mine or the spectators) for the simple reason that the props are under my control and I do not have to worry about them getting dropped, wet, or damaged. I have an out for every trick and a different way to perform the same act so if I see the same people again they see something different. I do have my special tricks like birthday, anniversary or holiday things like that. My act last about 10 minutes and is quick, visiual, to the point and best of all it is reset at the end.
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I carry about 12 effects on me, but I could work all night using only four - - two effects to use at certain tables and two other effects to use at other tables. I carry 12 effects on my only so that I don't get bored performing the same four effects.
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Exactly, if I did all the same stuff all night every night I would get bored
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Deuce
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Hello,

Thank you all for your help! I am working on learning some more coin magic, and C.M.H.

Also, I will be working on some stuff with rings, strings, ect.

Thanks again!

Deuce
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I used to carry a virtual truckload of gear in a home depot hardware carrying case.

But then I watched all the magic that was possible with a couple coins and some napkins after watching Greg Wilson's "On the Spot." If you're gearing up to do a LOT of restuarant/wal aroudn work, and you want to see the miracles and audience involvement possible with (literally) a few coins and napkins, getting, studying and learning some of Greg's material will take you very far in this field.

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I carry always: two sponge balls for a routine with only two sponge balls, one deck of cards, four half dollar coins and one silver coin and a Jumbo Coin, a magic wand, a silk, a regular thumb tip for some effects with sugar, a magnetic thumb tip for some magic with spoons, and a money paddle. I don´t overcharge my pockets I have everything accesible and I can setup everything quickly.

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I always used about 10-12 effects per night, but most done with the same things I had with me. If I had ungimmicked half dollars with me, there were three or four routines I could do with those. Same with cards. By alternating the 10-12 effects per night, I could come back the next week with different things in my pockets, and do other effects as well. That way, if we got repeat customers, I wouldn't be in danger of repeating effects. I'd guess that my restaurant repetoire consisted of a total of 40 effects, but used only a few items. I had two different routines I could do with a chop cup. It kept me from getting bored and kept the restaurant management happy because I seemed to have new effects each week. Little did they know it was just variations on a theme, so to speak.
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