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kalagar
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Hello Magic Café! First time poster here...

Over the summer and the start of the school year I performed close-up magic at a nursing home. The magic was room-to-room and I was just hoping for some ideas for close-up magic that would be entertaining for the elderly patients. I have performed sponge balls multiple times with great reactions and also a bunch of different card effects (ACR, 2 card monte, etc.). I am looking to expand my repertoire with not only close up magic but also some magic that can be performed for larger crowds (10ish ppl). Also most of the time there is no table that I can work with, so most of my tricks are in-the-hands. Thanks in advance!
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Consider a variety of props: paddle/color changing knives, ring & string, ring & rope, TT routines, coin magic, rubber bands, paper money/ bill change, seasonal effects, match box effects, IT effects, rope (fiber optics). There are many variations of each of the listed items and lots of items that aren't listed. Don't forget novelty items like Ammars 'Little Hand'. Have fun spread fun, you're doing a good thing!
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On Nov 26, 2016, plink wrote:
Consider a variety of props: paddle/color changing knives, ring & string, ring & rope, TT routines, coin magic, rubber bands, paper money/ bill change, seasonal effects, match box effects, IT effects, rope (fiber optics). There are many variations of each of the listed items and lots of items that aren't listed. Don't forget novelty items like Ammars 'Little Hand'. Have fun spread fun, you're doing a good thing!


Hey, Thanks for the great information! Im currently working on fiber optics and some rubber band magic. Thanks again!
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That is a great list plink.

I also might add that when you are performing in that group of 10, try the Crystal Tube. You will have enough distance between you to make the magic happen. The thing I like about Crystal Tube is that it involves three different colored scarves. You can have each scarf represent a different benefit they experience at the rest home. One example: Friendship, skilled care and cozy room. And when you combine all three of these here at Pleasant Acres, (blow the silks out of the crystal tube) everything just "ties together."

It makes for smiles on the audience because they can identify with it and the rest home will love you for it!!
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Remember that a lot of the old folks have poor eyesight so bigger is better with them. With that said, d'lites work very well for that crowd
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