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Kolossal Killer always packs small and plays big with the right presentation. I was in Vegas the other day at one of the Houdini magic shops and acted as a volunteer for the house magician. He performed the standard foam ball routines and such and had the audience eating out of his hands. At the end of the performance I asked the magician to think of a card. When I pulled it out of my wallet his jaw dropped and the whole audience was at first in a daze and then began cheering. It was a great moment. Afterwards I chatted a little with the magician who wanted to know what that trick was called. All that to say that from that moment on I never leave home without it.
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Scotch and soda and a deck of cards. you can go wrong with this combination!
you can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all the time but never all of the people all the time.
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Subterfuge and ITR (never leave home without them!)
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Hi - I now do a routine with my wallet (Stealth Assassin). The only wallet I've ever bought I actually use as my real wallet!
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I normally wear some rubber bands for the rubber band handcuffs routine.... That always gets some good feedback.
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I usually carry a deck of cards(I prefer blue bikes) with some extra cards/different color backs, a pen, a sharpie,a loop, and the rest is up to impromtu and thinking on the spot.
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There is a new floating match trick out. It was reviewed in the december issue of Genii. It uses a matchbook instead of a card and looks really good. Retail is around 15 dollars or so. You guys should check it out.
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I love to do the coin in sealed soda can (Wayne Houchin, performed by Criss Angel). Totally impromptu and blows minds.

If I remember to grab it on the way out of the house, I like to carry a dollar bill, crumpled up into a tight ball with a piece of flash paper wrapped around it. It makes for a great impromptu "flash napkin to dollar bill" routine. It uses a very easy switch (one I learned from Gary Kurtz).

I generally do not like to do "impromptu" card magic as there is just something "un-impromptu" about cards.

Here's a goodie, if you can pull it off. If you are ever doing magic at a convention, have a friend go up to one fo the prominent figures (speaker, presenter, etc.) and casually ask for his business card. They are always delighted to hand them out, and your friend can make up any reason. Get this card from your friend. If, later, you get the opportunity to do some magic for this guy, you are in the amazing position of being in posession of one of his business cards before you've even met him. Now ask him for one of his business cards, and you have two. The possibilities are endless - T&R, for example. Or even make it vanish and reappear somewhere impossible (inside an orange, on the ceiling, wherever you can get it).

This opportunity will not always work out this well, but when it does, it's a great one!
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This whole thread has made me pick up a new interest in coin magic which I haven't spent much time on up to now. They are a perfect prop almost always around.
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On 2005-02-09 22:38, Wizardwannabe wrote:
Nothing you can take out of your pocket is as natural and innocent as a coin. For the impromptu demo that proves you can perform miracles take a quarter out of your pocket (better yet borrow one), do a retention vanish, use the Kaps subtlety to show both hands empty, turn hands palm down with coin classic palmed, load it back into the hand from which it "vanished" make it re-appear, and hand it back to your new friend. You have just demonstrated that you are a magician and not some guy who "knows a trick".



Now that's what I am talking about!
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-bicykle deck
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-rubber bands
-credit card trick
-marker

I think that is all you need to do make great show
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I always carry around a deck of cards with me. But for those "show me a trick" moment" I would care all of; nothing. Borrow coins, a pen, a ring, keys, and bills, which every person has. That should cover you.

You don't normally carry mystery boxes, sharpies, spongeballs, thumbptip, and rubberbands unless you plan on performing magic. At least I can speak for myself.
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Hundy 500 and another bill trick called "Cashier's Nightmare" that uses 2 double facers. Both of them start with five singles, and both blow people away.

I teach Cashier's nightmare on my dvd, "Behind the Curtain". You can see a clip of the dvd series here http://www.behindthecurtaindvd.com/page3/page3.html
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A Sucker Die Box, Chair Suspension and 12" Linking Rings. And large pockets.
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On 2006-01-09 11:58, raphlo2 wrote:
Kolossal Killer always packs small and plays big with the right presentation. I was in Vegas the other day at one of the Houdini magic shops and acted as a volunteer for the house magician. He performed the standard foam ball routines and such and had the audience eating out of his hands. At the end of the performance I asked the magician to think of a card. When I pulled it out of my wallet his jaw dropped and the whole audience was at first in a daze and then began cheering. It was a great moment. Afterwards I chatted a little with the magician who wanted to know what that trick was called. All that to say that from that moment on I never leave home without it.


Please don't do this again. It's the performers/demonstrators time; I'm surprised he let you get away with it. Just some advice.

B.
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I keep an "Invisable Deck", "Scotch & a Soda". I don't think I'm ready to perform "Sleight Of Hand" for strangers yet.
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On 2006-02-17 15:27, Brian Roberts wrote:
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On 2006-01-09 11:58, raphlo2 wrote:
Kolossal Killer always packs small and plays big with the right presentation. I was in Vegas the other day at one of the Houdini magic shops and acted as a volunteer for the house magician. He performed the standard foam ball routines and such and had the audience eating out of his hands. At the end of the performance I asked the magician to think of a card. When I pulled it out of my wallet his jaw dropped and the whole audience was at first in a daze and then began cheering. It was a great moment. Afterwards I chatted a little with the magician who wanted to know what that trick was called. All that to say that from that moment on I never leave home without it.


Please don't do this again. It's the performers/demonstrators time; I'm surprised he let you get away with it. Just some advice.

B.

First off, I don't need your advice.
Secondly, the person working the shop was more than happy that I contributed to his act. And if you know anything about Las Vegas magic shops, they're so commercial, (especially the Houdini ones) that the people that work them aren't really magicians so much as they are sales clerks.
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Raphlo2,

Even though this is a place to give advice, you obviously have it under control, so sorry about that.

Really I was just trying to help, as being upstaged is very annoying; good trick , bad trick, however it turns out. I viewed Penn and Tellers Magic and Mystery Tour movie last night; they made a point of illustrating this very thing. Good people to take advice from by the way, as they make a point of calling out the bizarre behaviour in magic.

I just wanted you to be aware of Magic Etiquette; if someone is performing you don't pull out your stuff and start performing, not before the act, not during the act, and not after. This "tip" is for everyone, and comes from some very prominent people in the magic community and from common sense. I think it's ok to approach the performer on your own, without people around and show him your work; he may even be interested in it, like the clerk was in yours.

Thanks for informing me of the Las Vegas commercialism; I never would have thought that Smile I imagine there are some "magician-clerks" who wouldn't agree with your assesment of them.

IMO it doesn't matter who the performer is or what level they're at; resisting the urge to perform while another is performing is a good habit to get into. They have spent the time to gather an audience, not you. It's a very convenient moment that your up there with all eyes on you; I submit that your "great moment" will eventually turn out to be the least great thing about your magic career!

You know the more I think about this, the more it burns me; people should know better!

Best of luck with your magic, I sincerely hope you do well.

B.
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