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[quote] On 2002-03-14 22:46, Harry Murphy wrote: Boy, oh boy, do you pose an interesting problem. You ask for a strong, magical opener, of less than a minute performance time, using no cards, and no coins, and preferably no recognizable dealers item. To top this challenge off, no clue as to what follow up tricks/effects you plan to do. So, here goes a very quick, visual, and I think magical opener. What the audience will see. You are introduced and walk briskly on carrying your close up pad in your left hand, and a very small change purse in your right. Toss the purse onto the table where it lands with an audible clunk of change. Place the mat down and pick up the purse with the right hand, transfer it to the left and open it, reach in and take out a shot glass (slightly larger than the purse), full of an amber liquid, toast the audience, take a sip, close the purse as you take the sip, drop the purse on the table with an audible clunk of change, place the glass down and start your next effect. You may take a sip of the liquid between the effects if you want. Yes, I know, this is very easy and elementary stuff. But it meets your challenge! No cards, no coins (except for audible misdirection), visual, magical, and seemingly impossible. In terms of time, I walked through this bit twice and got it accomplished, without a rush, in less than 12 seconds both times. The needed props: One standard shot glass. I am using a very heavy (heavy glass bottom) standard shot glass. It is 2 inches in diameter at the mouth and 2 ¼ inches tall. One small coin purse. The only requirement is that the mouth opens larger than the diameter of the shot glass and that it is overall not as large (deep) as the glass. Actually mine opens to a 2-½ inch square opening but is only 2 inches deep. I use this purse for several effects. It is gimmicked. But NO slits. I cut the cloth away from one side of the frame and put 4 quarters inside. I then glued the two cloth sides together. The purse frame opens but the purse does not. From the front it looks as if I open the purse. Get it? With the frame closed, I can toss the purse on the table or even give it to a spectator to hold. Nothing shows. The glass is filled and covered, and sort of palmed. Well, I hold it low in my hand by the bottom two fingers and hold the close up pad by the thumb and index finger, the pad gives adequate cover. The purse is placed into the left hand right in front of the glass, fingers hold the purse against the glass and the right hand opens the purse as the left thumb rolls the cover off. Reach in with the right fingers and take out the shot glass, spilling some drink as you do. As you toast, the left thumb snaps the purse closed and thumb palms the cover (this is automatic, try it and see). Toss the purse down by opening the fingers and the cover stays thumb palmed. Reach into your pocket for your props (cards, whatever) for your next trick and ditch the cover. The cover? I am using plastic kitchen food wrap and a rubber band. Does this meet your criteria? Good enough? By the way, you could vanish the glass at the end of your act for continuities sake. [/quote]
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