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Flec
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Since I came back from my first convention 3 weeks ago, I have a lot more choice in my repertoire now. Next week I have a table hopping gig at a restaurant (informal). Usually I just take my cards and sponge balls, I now have a lot more that I would and could perform. I shall be taking everything in my close up case, just to be sure, but which effects do I start out with, and keep about my jacket?


colour changing knives
3d rabbits
coin unique (scotch and soda)
reality twister
morlas car
vanishing deck (my finisher, linking in with invisible deck)
pen thru bank note
smash and stab (Wayne Dobson, Russian roulette, more for a close up SHOW more than anything?)

Which would you keep in your case for "requests" and which would be a definite performance piece?

Again, I take my cards, and do various tricks, cards across and card on ceiling being two of my strongest.
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Hmm, as you live in the UK I would guess you were at the Blackpool convention. If you usually do your sponge balls and cards it looks like you've made a lot of dealers very happy at Blackpool. Have you given enough rehearsal time to all those effects you've just bought? Personally I would stick to what you know and maybe choose two of the above effects and spend time practising them and getting a routine that will fit into your existing act.
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Yes,

I agree. Polish them one at a time and introduce them in the middle of your regular set so if they are a little flat, the next trick will bring them back up.

Most of the tricks you list would be fine for restaurant work. Whether or not they are closers will depend on your routine with them. Hence the suggestion for more practice.

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Flec
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Yeah they're all pretty polished and perfected.

The tricks I have bought, do not need a great amount of practice I shouldn't think?

Colour changing pen knives uses basic sleights, which I use in other effects (hot rod)

Morlas car is perfected, I have performed it in my local bar and didn't come across any problems

3d rabbits I think can replace my sponge balls. Too much sponge in my pockets, I can't tell which is which.

Sorry for being patronizing for the following.
Coin unique (for those in US) is a magnetic lock in version of scotch an soda. For this, I place the two coins in a wine glass and have the spectators hand over either ed. with a shake, one of the coins 'vanishes.' This is a very strong effect, more or less self working.

The only thing I wouldn't be comfortable with would be pen thru bank note and ring flight.


The point I'm getting at, is that with a limited number of pockets what sort of things would you take with you to each table/group? cards, sponge (rabbits or balls)....these are certain.

Out of the list, what would you take as definites, and what would you leave in your case?

reality twister
morlas car
coin unique
one for the ladies
night out with the girls
webbed
hot rod

Yes I know I've added a few, I couldn't remember everything I've bought Smile
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Flec: colour changing pen knives uses basic sleights


Flec,

Basic sleights don't mean a good routine. Nor do they really impress people and help the restaurant improve it's image and promote repeat customers.

What's far more important is that you have a creative and fun performance with this effects.

I'd agree with the others - don't try adding all these new tricks now. You're destined to fail that way.

Do what you know. Add as you go.

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Mr. Ed
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I have to wonder about prop managment. Have you given any thought to how you are going to keep all of these items in order and readily available? I go with the school of thought that says, Do one set. Go to your gig and do it over and over and over and over and over... you get the idea. The next week, introduce a second set and do both, next week a third and so on and so on and... well you get the idea.
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Morlas Car- wow! That little thing is awesome- I use it constantly:) Amazing little gadget. I use the clear transparent one. Keep that in your repertoire and for restaurants. That's one great piece of magic:)

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