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What is in your opinion the best trick you can pull off in a short amount of time? Or to put it even further, even without having to say a single word?

At the moment I have 2 favourites:

- Coin bite
- Raven

As I am not very long into magic, are there any other cool tricks that create great amazement in miliseconds? Note: You don't actually have to say something, you just say, "watch...." Smile
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My favorite is Dai Vernon's "Spellbound" with half dollars or Morgans with an appropriate sized Chinese "hole" coin. It's quick, visual and grabs attention.
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My favourite fast and "in their face" routines are:
Ashes in palm,
Two card monte,
and Torn and restored bill.

If I were able to do the Muscle pass, I'd add that to the list as well.
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Once again, I'll put my vote in for my old standby: Jay Sankey's Killer Key!
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Sticky Situation by Andy Leviss. You can pull the gum out of your mouth or under a counter top or wherever people stick gum the whole routine last 15 seconds at most and their eyes bug out and you get the puzzled look.

Top this off with the fact you just leave it in your pocket and that it is instant magic and you have what is IMHO one of the best effects around.

I have worn out the gimmick part of it so many times now that I'm thinking of doing something that may put an end to that problem forever.
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Try NFW, never fails to get a few, "No @$%&* way!"'s from the audience. Smile
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Nite Flight, or Raven.
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Using a good old fashioned TT and vanishing a silk will get an immediate strong reaction. It's not very fancy, but making something vanish into thin air is something your audience will remember.

This is assuming you're going for speed.
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Linking Rings, while playing with them to attract attention. Start the linking. After the crowd builds continue with your routine.

As walk around attach them to your belt with velcro.

They do draw attention.

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I would have to say that the most effective trick depends on a number of factors. First, the mood and style of the audience. What I mean by this is certain tricks will be better than others for different audiences. (Example, in the hands magic for a bunch of kids that want to ruin tricks is no good).
But for a simple and effective trick, I think a trick that is non-gimicked, has no-setup, and is eye-candy is perfect for street magic.

I would have to say that these tricks are the best (some are already mentioned):

-2 card monte (great trick because it is simple, and the impact depends on how it is performed)
-Sankey's In a flash (very attractive, but not particularly effective on streets, better for table hopping, I just love this effect so much I had to include it).
-Ambitious card (obvious classic)
-Ultimate Transposition
-Sponge balls (surprisingly, in my experience, this trick is more effective on the streets than in table hopping. I like pass around a purse frame, do a different trick, and then take it back to pull the sponges out of the purse frame)
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Sticky Situation is great. Crazy Man's Handcuffs is another one.
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If I needed to do a trick realliy fast to prove that I am a real magician, I would do a snap change. All together it takes about 5 seconds.
I also occationaly use Lee Asher's "World's Third Fastest Card Trick".
Most colour changes would work really well as fast tricks. The classic bottom palm chage is another.
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I think the quickest tricks are 2 card monte and the ace shake. The ace shake is even quicker than the 2 card monte
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Mr. Clean coins across is over in 30 seconds, BAM, visual magic at its best.
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The Raven is dreadfully fast and very visual. Otherwise I agree with JJDrew about a TT: efficient, fast, visual, versatile! Or you can always try dragging a ST, your 'lovely assistant, 13 feet of rope, a straight jacket, large canvas bag, and your wife's favorite shower curtain onto a street corner and try to do the fastest Metamorphosis in the world! Ok, ok...just really need about 20 feet of rope! ;-)
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Some great ones are

1. Here then there(david blaine)

2. 2 card monte

3. Invisi. deck
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2 card monte, but only after a serious amount of practice to perform the required sleighs. Its an amazing effect ONLY when performed correctly!!!
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I like shoving a BB (air gun pellet) or a watermellon seed up my nose and making it pop out of my eye.
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Coin Unique.

Tell specs you've found an easy way to make money

I just show a 2p (concealing a £1 coin) and a 10p.
Pass the 10p under the 2p and slide out the £1 coin. Hand them the "2p" and £1 coin to examine. If you really want to impress them..and can afford it..say "keep the £1, theres plenty more where that came from.

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I would say Jay Sankey's Leaving Home is the best. Its easy to do and effective.
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