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Montana76
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Hi all!

I have my first paid walkaround/strolling gig in about a month. 35 people.
I've read The Approach, know about the 3x3 and I have quite a few routines under my belt (mainly cards..) but I would REALLY like to see instructional videoes on the art of walkaround/strolling magic.

Are there any?
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Montana76
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Hey Danny, thank you so much. I do not think you understand how well that tip actually fits me.
I will take it to heart.
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Some of the best stuff about table-hopping is in books. The DVDs tend to be dedicated to the effects.
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Highly recommend Martin Sanderson Corporate Close Up DVD.
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DannyDoyle is right... Just have fun... I think you already have what it takes...

It's ok if most of your routines are cards. The most important thing is that you are entertaining and your spectators are having a good time.

The tricks don't have to be knuckle busting... Most of the stuff that I perform on paid gigs require simple sleights. You would be surprised how much reaction you'll get with simple DLs.
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Most of the rsvpmagic ones are good for showing someone working in typical strolling party situations. DVDs like Lee Smiths the Step Project, John Carey - Handle with Carey, Greg Wilson - In Action, Harry Robson - Magic Under Fire and also Martin Sandersons first Corporate DVD are great.

Whilst it's good you have your 3x3, I'd advise mastering 5 perfectly (which means patter/one liners etc), TBH it's rare you'll be performing all 9 effects at your gig. Most of the time when I'm performing I do the same 4-6 or so tricks all evening. Afterall, you need to get around everyone so you can only show about 5-10 minutes of magic to each group, show them the best stuff you can do.

My current default set is
-One Coin Flurry > Jumbo 3" coin > Jumbo 5" coin as my opener (largely based on davids roth routine but shortened)
-Invisible Deck (either using a mind reading patter or the classic 'shuffle this invisible deck' patter)
-Sponge Bunnies
-2 Cards selected, one found via the twirl change, the other changes in their hand whilst they hold onto the previous selection (using a DL)
-Ambitious Card to Wallet to Omni Deck finish

Lasts about 7 minutes, involves most of the group and contains magic for everyone (coin/cards and bunnies for the women)
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35 people?
How long is your gig?
These two things will factor in how much material you need.
Check the layout of the place as well. If it is 3 tables of 10, and one of 5, you may need more material than if they are in tables of 4.
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Hi Montana, how much time is your gig?
You will have to do the effects very pacient Smile
Montana76
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Thanks for all the advice given!! 35 people and I suggested two hours but I said that I would adapt to the sotuation if that would be too long.

What do you guys think?
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Anything by David Williamson. Greg Wilson as mentioned above. Worth looking at Michael Eaton's Penguin Live lecture - full of workable walk-around material. Michael close's Workers.
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On Aug 2, 2014, Montana76 wrote:
Thanks for all the advice given!! 35 people and I suggested two hours but I said that I would adapt to the sotuation if that would be too long.

What do you guys think?


I like to say 40 per hour. Also most of the time there's never as many people as they say, I had a birthday party gig last week and was told there would be 70 people (and was booked for 2 hours) when I turned up it was raining so there were only at most around 35-40 people there the entire time.
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Dan Harlan rubber band magic is good.
Aaron Smith Magic
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Live at the jailhouse by Kozmo
mixman
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I like Paul Green's "In the Trenches".
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On Aug 3, 2014, Aaron Smith Magic wrote:
Live at the jailhouse by Kozmo


I just finished watching this for the 1st time the other night, it was really good.

Also David Stones "Close up" book has a lot of great info for walk around, its a pretty quick read so no worries.
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I recommend Greg Wilson's Off the Cuff DVD. Also check out his On The Spot DVD. Both are good for walk-around effects.
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Party animal DVD by Mathew Dowden. All workers and lots of live footage.
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