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Bending spoon works great for me because I'll likely do about 2 to 3 bends for them all different of course,(usually two) but that is to confuse em so and you can go to the dollar store and buy spoons for about $1.00 for a half doz and have a whole week of performances or just a good night of em
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I will say that the Master's Time Machine is the ultimate. It's not a pocket trick though. It's a wrist trick, but it's always with me and ready for a miracle. And even drunk people at the bar will have to admit they like it. They can still understand time. Even in low light people can see your watch, too.

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All man, las vegas leaper seems to work well with drunk chicks, I'm not making this into a joke but I usually ask them after the first 3 cards has crossed, instead of holding the cards to there heart, I just tell still to put it in the front side of there brawl

8/10 times it works : )

if they look offended I tell them I was kidding
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Twisting the Aces/Dr. Daley's last trick although I also have to say sponge balls and CMH handcuff are great.
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Masters Time Machine.

Deck of Cards.

Any fork bending routine.
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On 2004-09-08 12:24, ShaunRobison wrote:
My favorite "pocket trick" is the one where you pull out your pocket and leave it hanging out, then all of a sudden it crawls back inside BY ITSELF!!!!

But serious, I like to carry around 4 half dollars and just a deck of cards. Hours can be spent with those 5 objects

Actually, Johnny Ace Palmer does this (he teaches it on one of his videos).
"Of all words of tongue and pen,
the saddest are, "It might have been"

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I'd have to say Emerson and West's "Color Monte". But, I usually just stick to a regular deck of cards. Also good is Simon Aronson's "Ringleader".
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Vagabond Card by Bill Pryor


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Carrying TT and itloop on your wrist will do miracles
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Impossible prediction BY John George or it's precursor by Max Maven which I can't recall the name of, all you need is a business card and a coin, and it kills!

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Paul Wilson's Gypsy Monte. Works for adults as well as children, patter's great, and there aren't a lot of moves to it.
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Crazy mans handcuffs is a sure fire winner. It's quick, it's simple, and people freak with effects with ordinary objects.
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Color monte
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I'll take my Copper/Silver routine anywhere- it's a can't miss winner and packs small...

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For the bar (loud and crowdy) I tend to stick to fast and visual routines like the $100 dollar bill switch, Slow Burn, pen through.., mental bending coin/spoon, muscle pass, Loop animations or CMH.

...As long as i`m not a world-champion at anything, the great reactions of doin` magic will do just fine.....
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Floating a dollar or a napkin with the LeClair Animator!

Gotta be the perfect Bar trick!

Poppa Jim Mitchell
Posted: Sep 26, 2004 10:19pm
Oh Yeah,
Follow that floating bill/napkin by pulling a flaming business card (Hot-Leads) and you've really made a memory for at least 1 poor drunk!


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On 2004-09-05 18:02, Shane Wiker wrote:
A deck of cards.

Shane Wiker

Hard to argue with that, Shane. For sheer amount of entertainment POTENTIAL that can be wrung out of one item, it is hard to beat the lowly deck of cards.

From an "Oh my Gawd!!!" standpoint, I would have to say something with IT is right up there at the top. Haunted Deck, Acrobatic Matchbox, Rising Ring on Straw, Floating Dollar Bill or Floating Napkin or even just moving a fork slightly on the table can cause some people to "get religion".

From an "I never leave home without it" standpoint, I'd have to include Sponge Balls, Hot Rod, Color Changing Knives, Ring on Rope, a TT, a piece of rope and a few rubberbands.

But, getting back to the request for a "best" or "favorite", I have to go with "a deck of cards".

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Well, Sankey's Holey Moley is pretty solid, but there's little out there that beats a good sponge ball routine and CMH. Chop Cup also comes to mind as solid entertainment as does Amadeo's Acrobatic Matchbox.

Hope this helps!

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As far as possible, I prefer to use the materials around me. So if I'm in a bar, I'd do a torn and restored cocktail napkin in preference to getting out a deck or cards (or even a packet trick).

Ripping up a beermat and finding money in it always goes down well (though sometimes not with the bar owner, if the punters start ripping up the other mats looking for cash).

Pushing a straw through my chin so that it sticks out inside my mouth is fun (takes a tiny bit of prep, but only good with straws in a single colour, and best if they aren't the bendy kind).

If the bar gives out books of matches, you're on solid ground, because there's a load of stuff that can be done with those. (Sadly, they aren't commonplace in NZ where I now live - lost a big chunk of prospective act right there!)

The Great Tomsoni's Bottle Through Table, if you can pull it off. (I've performed this several times as a vanish, with the - marked - bottle turning up somewhere else, e.g. behind the spectator, or behind the bar.)

If you have to get the cards out, Heba Haba Al's Card Under Glass is great.
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My favourite fro close up are:
sponge balls.
fire wallet (for opening).
hopping half.
pen thru any
bendix wallet 9card to wallet, esy to do.

all is the best and audience tested by me. always get good reaction.
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