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On 2012-11-25 12:02, Michael Bilkis wrote:
Albert Goshman said that "You are the magic." A great presentation, IMO, wil trump a "mind blowing effect" every time"

Someone talking sense!
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Here's an idea... Think of something you wish to accomplish, then come up with a way to achieve it. After that, try researching your idea and see what you come up with. You might have an original thought.

This is how I've come up with about 50% of the material I'm doing now. My most recent accomplishment is a version of Larry Jenning's Mystery Card where the mystery card can be a different color back and be signed by a spectator, it's completely impromptu and uses no gaffs or duplicates, can be done with borrowed decks with no setup, all while maintaining most of the original structure of the trick. I went through about 5 versions before I settled on my current method, but the whole thing started with a desire to have a different color back for the mystery card. Another routine I came up with was born simply from wanting to a trick using a double blank deck and the spectator's signature, and that's another staple of my table hopping set. It may take a while, but this is definately a worthwhile thing to do, and can help you expand your talents as a magician and not just adding another trick to your list.

I myself tend to stay away from the heavily marketed tricks, because a number of those are easily looked up on youtube and because I would rather be doing something that either no one, or at least very few are doing. Best source for that kind of stuff is books, not your online magic shop. There are a few gimmicks that I consider worthwhile, but all of those gimmicks either look like ordinary objects or they aren't visible to the spectator, I hate anything with a "prop" look to it. (with the exception being the linking rings and the cups and balls)

That of course is just me, but I think it's better to spend your money on a great book, than a lame gaff.
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Wow! I think this is crazy, the guy said he had extra cash from working a gig, and was looking for a strong hard hitting effect. and everyone here just said stick with the basics. I see that he is a new user with only 55 posts but we should not assume he is new to magic.

Regurgitating answers irrelevant to the question is a rather ignorant thing to do to a fellow magician. He asked what were some effects that play huge for his restaurant gig. He did not ask what is a book I can learn magic from. If you are going to suggest a book at least have the courtesy to point out 1 or two effects in that book that should be looked into. Not giving him suggestions is like like inviting someone over to my house for dinner, and not giving them my address, only telling them I live in Milwaukee. After he said he had Bobo and royal road, you tell him to create his own effects or it’s all about presentation, way to beat around the bush. Your recommendations don’t have the be the newest hyped item on the market. He didn’t ask for that, he asked for a hard hitting effect.
so back to the OP's question-
Look into a Lippincott box, or some other borrowed ring magic. (it’s a classic, and there are tons of work on this subject, and its very strong)
also Dan Harlin’s Bill effect called Stash has amazing reviews, and is priced nicely. (newer)
Also, if you are looking to add something extra to a couple of your current routines You can invest in something like pure smoke, but please don’t use it for every effect, the smoke kills the effect when it is used too much, its just an added touch that could allow an effect to play a little bit bigger.
I hope this helps.
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Thanks a lot Andy, I really appreciate it.
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On 2012-11-24 15:36, Christopher Lyle wrote:
I don't know what you're into but I would suggest The Royal Road to Card Magic if you're into cards or Modern Coin Magic if you're into coins. Either one of those books will provide you with 100s of ideas that fit your criteria and will serve you far longer than any new shiny piece of crap from a magic shop.

I would also suggest Tarbel for a much wider education in magic.

Good call Christopher. I can remember a magic convention that Joe Stevens threw here in Wichita several years ago. Someone asked Roger Klause what book he recommended as a starter in card magic during one of his lectures. He immediately responded with Royal Road to Card Magic. That is enough said for me.

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Nick Einhorns nest of Wallets is great for what you are describing.
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