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DJP
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Hey guys

I supervise a bar and when its quiet the manager asks me to do some informal magic to the customers sitting at the bar.

I already perform the following, mostly card effects:

Red Hot Mama
Carbon Paper
Invsible Deck
Betcha 2 card monte
$100 Bill switch effect
And my own transposition effect then Paperclipped.

Ideally I would like to add some coin magic (gimmicked or non gimmicked) I thought maybe Coin Unique (dont have yet),ring effects and some random magic e.g thumb tip and bar items- sugar packets etc but they make no sense to me as it seems like I am just showing off for e.g. if I just make sugar disappear and appear again- NO MOTIVE.

I have never really like bending spoon effects like the classic but D. Williamson has a lovely routine on his IM lecture video!

Any thoughts on which tricks/effects to perform behind the bar???


Cheers for your input

Dave
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The trick Jigernaut gets my high recomendation for Bar Magic. I've used it for years and never get a bad response from it. This trick is one of my all time favorite Bar tricks.
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How about scotch and soda. It seems a fitting trick for use in a bar. I also saw a bartender do colour monte on t.v.
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Lit cigarette vanish, hopping halves would be nice, definatley learn JC wagner's Card under drink, rubberband magic is great along with pinnacle, and probably card on ceiling and you're all set.
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Copper/silver/brass is a cool tick. do you have any of the doc eason tapes? on volume 3 he has a copper/silver/brass routine and a cool two in the hand one in the pocket using nuts and bolts, that is a neat little trick. your motive is your patter, you must create a story that explains why you are doing certain things.
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Anything you find on the Eason tapes. He really has put together some good stuff on there. These would probably be a great investment for your situation if you don't already have them.
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I don't have the Doc Eason tapes but I have watched the Scotty Yorke Tapes- however I did not find use for the material.

I do like the effect for disappearing a cigarette however I have not found a suitable motive to do so apart from it says look at me and look what I can do. Any way... Keep posting please.

Dave
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In a bar setting, having a "meaning" for a trick is often kind of overkill, IME.

As the late, great Heba Haba Al once told me when we were working together at the old New York Lounge in Chicago, "Sometimes a card trick is just a G-d Da--ed card trick!"

Don't sweat going for "deeper meaning" or worry about showing off, worry about making the register ring and the customers laugh, amazing them - and getting them to come back again!

In a nutshell, that's the job of a bar magician.

As to specific tricks, TT work can be good, but be aware that a lot of folks are aware of the gimmick, so use it carefully.

In coins, you want stuff that resets instantly and will not be damaged by the wetness of the environment. Scotch & Soda is pretty good, or its little brother the dime & penny (which is a good throw off for the guys who have gotten a S&S at the local mall magic shop).

I would recommend looking at a shell set of some kind, or learning a good matrix routine (which is usually no gimmick and done with borrowed coins). Raven can also kill behind the bar as well.

For non coin stuff, sponge bunnies, done as Robert Nelson originally described the routine, is a must. It took a MENTALIST to come up with one of the most perfect close up routines, ever. And the thinking behind the handling is excellent, too!

Jiggernaut by Genest is superb, but takes some work, if you want to do IT work, that plays well, but watch for the "wise ones." You know, those that bought the Himber SPinning Card (or variations thereof_) from a mall store.

A stripper deck is also something to have if you're not a seasoned card guy.

Best of luck on this. It can be very rewarding!

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Kamillion Koins resets fast and is very puzzling.

I usually start off pretending I have only one coin and that it is one colour.

I pass the one coin back and forth from one hand to the other until someone points out that I actually have two coins.

"I do? Wow, you're observant. But this one is (other colour)".

"Cool! Watch, I can make my one coin change colour when I put it in my other hand."

Audience: You have two coins!!!

"Right. Did I mention I was El Lamo."

Then I usually do a patter about the colours and mood and personality. I have a old book that does colour analysis. Personality stuff. Because people often think about heat and cold activiation, I usually misderect by talking about some colours being warmer than others. I talk about the core colours then ask what their favourite colour is?

This works great with an audience because people shout out different colours. Usually someone says one I need. And another. And another. And another.

Then they want to see the koins.
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On 2003-09-25 09:21, Yavid2001 wrote:
I don't have the Doc Eason tapes but I have watched the Scotty Yorke Tapes- however I did not find use for the material.

I do like the effect for disappearing a cigarette however I have not found a suitable motive to do so apart from it says look at me and look what I can do. Any way... Keep posting please.

Dave


I'm pretty sure you would find something that you would use on the Eason tapes. You could borrow the term from Michael Close and call the ones on the tapes "workers". A few that come to mind:

Card under glass(Vol. 1)
Bill to Lemon(Vol. 2)
Card on ceiling(Vol. 3)

We are talking about effects that can be done individually but that will make people's jaws drop Smile .
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How about a non-gaffed coin trick? There are PLENTY. A simple coins across is good as well as a decent Spellbound. As far as Card Under the Drink is concerned, John Bannon's is much better then J.C. Wagners and it has a repeat under test conditions.
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How about an appearing Wine Bottle? I believe I saw this effect presented by Michael Ammar on his video "Magic Mastery and You". Michael shows a simple silk hankerchief, then voila the Wine Bottle appears from beneath the silk. Michael finishes the effect off by using the silk to dust off the bottle, then places the silk away. It is a very visual effect!!
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You usually don't have to worry abnout reset for bar tricks because you have timne in between the sets in which you could go to a back office and reset s few of them.

If you are going to do card under the glass then you have to repeat it throughout your whole set, it makes a great running trick.
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Dave,

I would suggest doing chink-a-chink using beer bottle caps. A NATURAL prop, EASY to palm and, at a bar, you have an endless supply of the prop.

Mike
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Eschew obfuscation.
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And following the Chink-a-Chink with beer bottle caps you might try the bottle cap in bottle penetration, which not only is a logical follow-up, it's incredibly magical and ends with a perfect giveaway.

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A floating bill would work I think, bars are usually darkER right? I don't see many bartenders with white, I see a lot of red and black. So the IT would be perfect.
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Get Doc Eason's tapes. Get Them now. I gave my York tapes away because I couldn't use the material, but Doc's stuff is very, very good. Get the DVD's.
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I recently started doing Sam The Bellhop at my bar gig.
The reactions have been awesome. I'm working on doing
a version with my own story, but most laypeople have
never seen anything like it. As a result, you could
do the routine the way it's presented on Bill Malone's
DVD Volume 1.
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Sponge rabbits
Chop Cup (or cups and balls depending on venue)
Get Martin Gardner's book on impromtup magic
Gags
Gags
Napkin tricks
Paper hats/panties
Pea Can

Avoid any routine that takes more than 90 seconds. Smile
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I think some IT work and possibly floating bill would work fine.

Especially if you are behind the bar!

If you are performing to a few young ladies, you could fold a paper rose out of a napkin and float that then hand it to one of them afterwards.

Kevin
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