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Can you guys give some ideas about regualar objects wich I can perform magic I mean objects that you can find find or borrow from anyone? I love such kind of magic because there are lots of simple tricks just using sleight of hands and people know that the object is perfectly normal.
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Salt Shaker thru table, coin vanish/appear, card tricks with borrowed deck, coin in sugar packet,elastic band cuffs.......just a few
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Well Proliv,
As you probably know - magic is very versatile.
You can do magic with pretty much anything-anywhere.
It's called "magic with everyday objects".
I'm not sure if you are searching for magic done at work, (office objects) or restaurant/bar objects.
In any case I would suggest you to check out Gregory Wilson's "On the Spot" or some Jay Sankey material.

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I second Greg Wilson's on the spot...he has a two DVD set that has tons of tricks you can do with borrowed objects. I highly recommend these. If you do a search on the Café, I am sure you will find tons of reviews for this DVD.
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I suggest "Sleight of Hand", by Edward Sachs.
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Why not read Tarbell or some other introductory text.
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You can use anything in place of the props that are used. Like the three in the hand one in pocket. Doc Eason uses bolts and nuts. Rubber bands are also good, sugar packs, salt shakers, the restaurants cup, the restaurant's paper sack, their napkins, their silverware. Just look at the routine and think what else could I use as props.
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One of my favorite tricks is stiring silver by jay sankey. It uses a borrowed ring and a spoon. In a restaurant what is more regular than that.
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I like doing cups and balls with coffee cups and wadded up bread for the balls.
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There are a lot of routine that make appears coins from (borrowed? why not) pens. See "Recap" in "on the spot" for another pen-routine.
Jean-Luc Bertrand (French guy) published a NICE lighter routine. VERY magical with a kicker-ending that people will remember. It's named "No-smoking".

By the way, tons of cigarette-tricks out there...

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I'm intrigued to know the jay sankey Sterling Sliver effect, can anyone enlighten me
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"Stirring" Silver is a quick borrowed ring on/off spoon effect and can be found on TVBOJS Vol.1
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You'll find it in Sankey-tized too (I don't remember in which volume.) It is really NICE.
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Greg Wilson's ON The spot is covers a lot of everyday objects. It's very impromptu stuff. CHeck it out.
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Profile of EricHenning
Four steps:
1. Go to the local restaurant at which you are working or hope to work, and make a list of all of the objects normally on the table when it is set up.

2. Find a copy of "The Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic," by Martin Gardner (pub. Magic Inc., 575 pages, temporarily out of print). The chapters are arranged alphabetically by the name of the prop, e.g., "Knives," "Straws," etc.

3. Read through all the routines, tricks and bits using the objects on your restaurant list.

4. Enjoy a wonderful career table-hopping without all that crap in your pockets!

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One note on what Eric said....if you are going to be doing any silverware bending tricks, make sure the restaurant manager is okay with that!

True story: I brought a friend of mine who does a lot of silverware bending to our restaurant's Thanksgiving party. Now, he carries his own silverware (gets it in bulk from Smart & Final) and between that and some IT, he proceeded to wow many of my coworkers. (They are kind of used to me, but I had some new stuff that I still wowed them with.) At one point while my friend was doing some silverware bending, the General Manager, who I get along with quite well, leaned over to me and said, "Don't even THINK about doing that at work!" I couldn't stop laughing, but I have no doubt that he would shoot me if I ever started bending the restaurant flatware!


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