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MagicJim
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Restaurants are great places to maintain a steady base of shows (outside of doing it in a restaurant). It draws great future opportunities for stage/platform shows for civic groups, schools, business functions, and birthday parties.

Restaurants can be busy and dynamic places to perform magic. I have taken a year off of performing in restaurants...
...but what was your funniest or most shocking thing you experienced as a restaurant magician?

For me, it had to be when I was performing at a table of 3 women. Through the use of magic effects and jokes and just talking with them..within three minutes we were all laughing. What I noticed early on was a fly ( a bit disgusting in a restaurant, I know) whizzing back and forth. I never placed much attention on it, but it was bothering me. At about the three minute mark of performing, one of the women was just shocked at an effect I performed and quickly laughed really loud and in doing so she opened her mouth very wide...AND you guessed it! The fly flew right in her mouth. I was just taken back by it.... I continued with conversation and magic as if nothing happened. The fly never flew out of her mouth she. She swallowed it. I really don't think she knew about it, unless she is the world's greatest actress. I had to try real hard to not burst out laughing after it happened. Oh my! I worked another few minutes at the table before I left the scene.
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Perhaps she'll die.
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So now she should swallow a spider, to catch the fly, etc Smile
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I've had two that brought tears to my eyes.

1. At the table are Mom, 2 kids and Grandma. I bring out D'Lites. I rarely use them but have seen this family many times so went for something new to them. I did the traditional eating the light, in one ear and out of the other, etc. Then I decided to do something that I've never done with them before. I put the thumb to my nose and snorted the light from the thumb. My timing on this happened to be right when Grandma had her mouth full and was chewing away. When she saw the snort of the light, she couldn't hold her laugh in. She burst out laughing and that entire mouth full of food went spraying all over the table. The rest of the table was laughing also but slightly annoyed at Grandma.

2. Another that I rarely do is My Pet Boris. A regular at this restaurant asked me to do that one for his very manly co-worker that was sitting at the bar with him. At the conclusion of the effect was a huge surprise. This guy had a big phobia for spiders. I mean in the worst way. When he turned over his hand, he let out a hoot and started shouting...get it off of me. He shook his hand so hard that the spider flung so far away, that I never did find it. He jumped up from the bar and was shaking his arms and closes in fear that it was still on him. He ran into the bathroom and took off his shirt to make sure that it wasn't on him. The 6 or 7 other people who were watching the effect were rolling with laughter. I still get requests for this trick at times but am careful about when and where I do it.
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Years ago, before I became a priest, I was working this restaurant gig. We often did this when I was traveling doing school shows. We would anchor in a city and play the schools in the area during the week, and find a club or restaurant to play at night in return for tips and feeding the troupe. We did a lot of table magic, but we would also do about 3 short 15 min stand up sets during the evening.

It was our last show of the evening about 9:30PM. Restaurant was about half full. I decided to do the baffling bra in the final stand up set. Not a lot to choose from in the audience in terms of ladies to bring up, but this one woman about 35 insisted. When she got up there, I should have known better. One whiff and I knew she was flying high on high octane. But I went ahead and did the routine. Had her put the knotted silk down her pull over sweater and of course produced the bra between the two silks.

She looked at it bug eyed in total astonishment, then looked back at her chest, put her hand on her chest, then looked again, then pulled upen the top of her sweater at the neck to look down, came back still bug eyed and looked again at the bra, then suddenly ripped off her sweater showing herself totally topless and with no bra.

She kept shouting "Oh My God! How did you do that?" The audience was in hysterics at her impromptu stripping act, when she suddenly realized that she hadn't worn a bra that evening and what she had just done in front of the audience.

I was much more careful to pick a sober participant for any future preformances, but the audience loved it.
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Oddly enough I had the same thing happen once, the impromptu stripping act didn't happen but the spectator I was working for forgot she didn't put one on either.

I've mentioned it before but I was doing a coins across and brought a coin up to a spectator on my right. Just as the coin was at it's highest arch I said "I will make this coin vanish" it slipped free from my fingers and made a three point shot right down the center of a pair of double D's sporting a looooow cut top.

She was a really good sport as she started laughing historically. Her hard laughter led to her having to go to the restroom to remove the coin because the harder she laughed the further it went down.

It was the breast coin vanish ever!




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On Aug 15, 2013, magicgeorge wrote:
Perhaps she'll die.


Wow. Something actually funny in this forum.
Not only funny but brief.

You must be an actual comic!
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On Apr 6, 2016, MichaelDouglas wrote:
I've had two that brought tears to my eyes.

1. At the table are Mom, 2 kids and Grandma. I bring out D'Lites. I rarely use them but have seen this family many times so went for something new to them. I did the traditional eating the light, in one ear and out of the other, etc. Then I decided to do something that I've never done with them before. I put the thumb to my nose and snorted the light from the thumb. My timing on this happened to be right when Grandma had her mouth full and was chewing away. When she saw the snort of the light, she couldn't hold her laugh in. She burst out laughing and that entire mouth full of food went spraying all over the table. The rest of the table was laughing also but slightly annoyed at Grandma.

2. Another that I rarely do is My Pet Boris. A regular at this restaurant asked me to do that one for his very manly co-worker that was sitting at the bar with him. At the conclusion of the effect was a huge surprise. This guy had a big phobia for spiders. I mean in the worst way. When he turned over his hand, he let out a hoot and started shouting...get it off of me. He shook his hand so hard that the spider flung so far away, that I never did find it. He jumped up from the bar and was shaking his arms and closes in fear that it was still on him. He ran into the bathroom and took off his shirt to make sure that it wasn't on him. The 6 or 7 other people who were watching the effect were rolling with laughter. I still get requests for this trick at times but am careful about when and where I do it.


I’ve luckily had only two reactions like that in all the times I’ve performed My Pet Boris - Magic Spider.

The first was in Blackpool during FISM 2013 just as I was about to release it.
I was with Vincent Hedan and Bradley Benson and I did it on a Russian security guards outside one of the bars.

She was an arachnophobe, and freaked out almost from the start. She flicked the plastic spider off and ran away before we could help calm her down. We never did find the spider and hope that she didn’t either.

The other time I performed it for an event manager who ended up in the fetal position on the ground. After a minute or two she regained composure and grabbed my hand laughing and lead me to perform it on her brother, who she said hated spiders more than her. I did something else.

Following that I came up with the “Arachnophobic Test” and never had the trick go bad again.
If you don’t know what that is have a read of the online instructions. There are lots of relatively unknown features that I’m sure you’ll love.

In particular:
Click the Magic Spider Startup Screen “Reset” link twice to get the intended startup image designed by Michael Eaton.
Read up on the “Advanced Timing...” “Recommended” setting. It’s a game changer.
And the Arachnophobic Test

Direct link:
www.mypetboris.com/inst2099.htm
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I hadn't done any magic for a few years, taking care of my Wife (we performed together for 60 of our 63 years of Marriage). She peacefully passed away 10/04/19 - couple months later, my Son invited me to go with him and several of his friends to a Steak House. Son asked if I would bring/do some Magic - Did a few small effects, "How did you do that" was there comments(they were all over 40 + 2 kids). I guess I still had it. (:->) RR
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