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Hey guys,

My journey in the magical arts have been going very well. Recently I was performing at a Halloween party and got offered to do a gig on Saturdays 6-8pm at an Irish Pub. I have routines for restaurants but I wasn't sure If I should just use my same stuff for a later bar setting. I'm thinking about shying away from longer routines and just go in with cards and coins. Any advice would, as always, be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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It depends on the bar. You can treat it like a restaurant; however I recommend you bring a few parlor routines with you. It’s often when I am working a bar, it becomes more of a party and everyone is huddled around. So you can do Professors Nightmare, Devils Nail, Thread by Wayne Houchin, Saw by Sean Fields or any other effect that can play to a larger crowd. At one bar I once did the entire Emotional Intelligence routine by Luke Jermay for a table of 5. They loved it and tipped me very well. But all bars are different.

Plan to treat the bar one way, but have a backup plan in case you need to switch gears.

Good Luck, and remember to have fun. If your first bar gig is anything like mine, the owner will come up to you and ask if they are required to pay extra, becuase you were suppose to end over an hour ago, but you didn't notice because you were having so much fun.
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I'd say go to the bar and hang out there for a few hours. Get a feel for the dynamics of the place. Take note of where the servering stations are so you can stay away from them. Watch how the servers interact with the customers and other staff members so you avoid getting in the way.

Most places are like people. What I mean is that most places have a personality....a vibe. Go there and get a feel for what this particular place is putting out. That will help you to be able to "fit in".
You will get an idea of what routines would work and what ones wouldn't.

Good luck
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You may have more limited table space than in a restaurant, so you should probably plan to do more effects in your hands or a spectator's hands.

Go . . . reconnoiter . . . then decide.
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More than the place, it depends on you.
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What to bring? Good sense of humour, best clothes, simple, funny magic.
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Is this a,
.Irish bar in Ireland,
.Irish bar in London UK,
.Irish themed bar/ restraunt in America.
Very different enveroments.

Going with card and coins sounds good. Keep it short and sweet. When I perform in these setting I use easy to follow card tricks. Like card to pocket/ mouth. No long multi phased routines. Also a few drinks and crazy environment people cant remeber there cards so get them to sign them.

I would also pack sponge bunnies.

As I the earlier post I would bear the following in mind,
-Quick and visual,
-Some pack small play big,
-Instant re set,
-No table,
- work out of pockets (borrowed items)

Hope this all helps and one thing not quite said here as it probably obvious to all do stuff your really comfortable with.
Enjoy your magic,

and let others enjoy it as well!
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Thanks everyone. It is an Irish themed restaurant/pub. Based on what everyone has said and what I have I think I'll bring:

Deck of cards
magic marker
ID deck
ropes for chris ballingers fraid knot
coin box with 4 half dollars
sponge bunnies

I also have in my wallet:
Kollasal Killer
Ghost Glass
Flash Paper
and magic traffic lights

I also always carry a packet trick holder with:
royal scam
color monte
and Stand up monte

all this takes up barely any room in my sports coat. it sounds like that should be more than enough.

I'm also thinking about bringing svengal deck and mental photo just because I love them so much
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Another thing no one mentioned don't take expensive props and drunk girls love sponge bunnies.
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