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Topic: Bar Gags, Betchas, and Humor Adult Oriented Tricks
Message: Posted by: twistedace (Mar 16, 2005 07:08PM)
SO I was wondering how many of you work a bar? I know a few cool bar gags and betchas such as creating a pyramid with two matches one connected in the book and one balanced against that one (forming a triangle) with a quarter under the loose match. The trick is to remove the quarter without the match falling. It's a GREAT trick. Then I know another ADULT oriented puzzle with 5 cocktail straws that's VERY funny. I was wondering what some of the bar workers in here consider some of their favorite gags/fillers and not necessarily magic. Because people don't necessarily need magic the entire time to be entertained.
Message: Posted by: Leeman (Mar 17, 2005 02:07PM)
Simon Lovell's books have a few bar bet/gas in them; any dog called for, pen through tongue, sebastian the mind reading chicken, matchbox betcha, matchbox betcha 2, and a few more. There was also a cool bit in the april 2004 issue of genii with bob read on the cover using the old hitting your teeth with a glass bit. And if you want a whole book of smaller bits and gags then check out martin gardner's encylopedia of impromptu magic.
Message: Posted by: irishguy (Mar 17, 2005 02:37PM)
There is a small book you might enjoy called "The World's Best Simple Bar Tricks" by Doug Lansky.

It is only $9 at amazon.com

[url=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0440508266/yippie/]Amamzon Link[/url]
Message: Posted by: mgical (Mar 17, 2005 04:36PM)
I am not a bar worker, but the napkin rose has had a good reaction when I have made one (simon lovell has a very nice story about this aswell). Never tried it with the fancy coloured napkins you can buy specially for this. I just used whatever was at hand in the bar/restaurant.
Message: Posted by: Stanyon (Mar 17, 2005 05:39PM)
"Bar Crab", "Bar Towel Chicken", "Smoke and Fire"!

Cheers! ;)
Message: Posted by: irishguy (Mar 17, 2005 06:11PM)
Here is a thread that ties into this a little

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=3375&forum=4
Message: Posted by: twistedace (Mar 17, 2005 06:55PM)
I love the bar crab and the towel chicken is hillarious. I also have a Harry Anderson book on this kind of stuff. I just recently became more interested in just simple bar gags and fun stuff to do at a bar rather than just the magic because it doesn't always have to be magic entertaining them.
Message: Posted by: Great Domino (Mar 18, 2005 12:47AM)
Stanyon,

For years I have tried to find the solution to the "Towel Chicken"

How the heck do they....?
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Mar 18, 2005 04:59AM)
I ordered one of Tannen's "mystery boxes" once. Most of what you got was left overs they couldn't sell if they tried. I did get the secret to a mentalism trick that I might remake with better props. But one of the things I got was an "adult" trick called "This 'n That" You spell out T H I S and then T H A T explaining that some people like a bit of this and some a bit of that but that you personally perfer a bit of the other. (Flip over the "I" card and now it has a picture of a pretty girl, actually a rather cheezy piece of clip art.) But keep it under your H A T (lay out the cards spelling out the word hat) because if the wife finds out you'll be in deep * * * *! (The Café engine won't let me finish this, but you take the picture of the girl and the "A" in hat, switch them and flip them over!) The "A" has an "S" on the other side and the pretty girl has an "I" so I think you can figure it out for yourself.

Cute trick, not for all audiences, but I wasn't offended. I did wonder though if this should have been included in a miscellaneous box of tricks the way it was!
Message: Posted by: Lee Darrow (Mar 18, 2005 06:48AM)
The Greater Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields has a number of great bar bets, as does the Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic by Martin Gardner. If you happen to find a copy of the compilation of Chap's Scrapbook by Frank Chapman - BUY IT. It is, without a doubt, one of the finest collections of do-able magic I have ever read and it has a large selection of "betcha's" in it as well.

It's (Chap's Scrapbook) out of print, but, if you can find it, it's worth ANY price, in my opinion.

Lee Darrow, C.H.
Message: Posted by: markmagic (Apr 4, 2005 10:48PM)
Dan Harlan's mindbogglers are filled with this kind of material, all good stuff.
Message: Posted by: Corey Harris (Apr 5, 2005 09:06AM)
I also reccomend mindbogglers by Dan Harlan. Great stuff in it. I have had the chance to use some of the material with some of my fellow wrestlers. The greatest is the bra bet though.
Message: Posted by: Montethrower (Jan 22, 2006 01:36PM)
Betcha I can push this Deck of cards (in a box) Through this ring (borrowed) by only using this penil. !! Take the ring, put it on the pencil, and then poke at the box of cards, pushing it along. I thank Bob Elliot for this.
Message: Posted by: pkg (Jan 22, 2006 04:42PM)
Worked as a bartender for 4 years, the betchas used to be people's favorites... a couple of my all time favorite are :
- drinking from a shot that is under an inverted shaker using a straw WITHOUT my hands touching the shaker.

-adult oriented : how to get a girl to spread her legs further without using ur hands (a toothpick represents the girl)

- using that "shiny" paper inside the cigarette pack : two girls, you have to prove which one is naughty and which one is not....
Message: Posted by: magiczim (Jan 24, 2006 06:44PM)
One of my favorite gags is telling someone you will give them 20 dollars if they let you crack 2 eggs on their head. if they agree, take out 2 eggs, and crack the first one on their head. then take the second and walk away.
its a great gag, and you get to crack an egg on someone, but keep your money.

make sure you do this to someone you know, so you won't get into a fight or anything...ive been there, not fun.

zim
Message: Posted by: Jaz (Jan 26, 2006 05:47PM)
Not very nice but...

Get a piece of paper.
Using a quarter as a guide, take a pencil and draw a couple of dark circles on the paper.
The basic bet is that they have to guide the quarter from their forehead, off the tip of their nose and have it touch one of the circles.

* When you draw the circles you allow the lead to fill the milled edges of the quarter. A wood pencil would be best.
Have them try it off their cheek too.
After a couple of attempts, the person will have dark lines on their face.
Now you run like hell!
Message: Posted by: pkg (Jan 26, 2006 06:53PM)
Reminds me of a pair of x-ray binoculars I owned! LOVED THEM!

doing that tomorow! lol thanks Jaz!
Message: Posted by: Mark Ennis (Feb 2, 2006 10:11AM)
[quote]
On 2006-01-26 18:47, Jaz wrote:
Not very nice but...

Get a piece of paper.
Using a quarter as a guide, take a pencil and draw a couple of dark circles on the paper.
The basic bet is that they have to guide the quarter from their forehead, off the tip of their nose and have it touch one of the circles.

* When you draw the circles you allow the lead to fill the milled edges of the quarter. A wood pencil would be best.
Have them try it off their cheek too.
After a couple of attempts, the person will have dark lines on their face.
Now you run like hell!
[/quote]

This gag was demonstrated on Andrew McCarthy in the classic 1983 film, "Class".
Message: Posted by: coupcoupdaddy (Feb 6, 2006 09:34AM)
And on an episode of "Friends."
Message: Posted by: Jaz (Feb 6, 2006 05:06PM)
I'm not surprised it's been seen before.
Someone showed this to me around 35 years ago.
Message: Posted by: Tom Jorgenson (Feb 9, 2006 10:30AM)
"Ain't That a Peach?" by Armand T Ringer has some interesting bar bets and gags that are unusual. The book is O/P, but H&R might have a few copies left...
Message: Posted by: Shawn D (Feb 10, 2006 03:02PM)
I would 2nd the mindbogglers by Dan Harlan.SInt he sitting in a bar doing tricks and gas on the 1st vol.Been a while sence I watched. Need to get it out agian. I used a few of the bar bets in there to get free drinks when I go to the bar.Tryed the money counting thing to swindle casher out of ten bucks jus tto see if it worked and didn't.
Shawn D
Message: Posted by: Nickelby (Feb 13, 2006 03:22AM)
http://bartendermagic.com/Index.html

Free bar tricks
Message: Posted by: The Village Idiots (Feb 27, 2006 09:30AM)
Pinchy Winchy is one of my favorites. It is like the quarter trick but you use a burnt cork in your pocket and you apply the soot to their face with you finger. It is best told about in "Harpo Speaks" Harpo used to do it at parties.

I did it in the crew bar on a ship once. The next time I went back the victims I had were doing it on others and it had became the rage in the bar.
Message: Posted by: stanalger (Mar 1, 2006 03:11PM)
[quote]
On 2006-02-09 11:30, Tom Jorgenson wrote:
"Ain't That a Peach?" by Armand T Ringer has some interesting bar bets and gags that are unusual. The book is O/P, but H&R might have a few copies left...
[/quote]

Is Armand T Ringer an anagram of the author's real name?
Message: Posted by: jonzola (Mar 27, 2006 05:23AM)
There is an old bar bet about dropping a paper matchstick and having it land on its edge.

Find your sucker and explain that paper matches have 2 sides, and if you were to drop the match...about 50 percent of the time it would come up the dark side ...50 percent the light side.

Tell them that when you drop it, you can have it land on it's edge everytime.

If they belive you or they don't offer to demonstrate.

Fold the match in half so it is in the shape of a "V".

It will allways land on its edge...and you both share a good laugh.

Now ask for a coin, the more value the better it is......for you. Here in Canada we have a two dollar coin so that's perfect.

Tell them that you will bet them thier coin, that you can drop it and have it land on its edge everytime.

If you can't, you will give them the same amount from your money.

Tell them that if you can drop it and have it land on its edge every time...you win thier money but, they will walk away with the knowledge on how to get free money for the rest of thier lives.

Once they agree you pull out the sheet of paper on which you have previously written the words "ON IT"S EDGE EVERYTIME".

Place the paper on the table and drop the coin on it...there it landed on its edge every time.

I include this in my restaurant work and can pull an extra 20 bucks a night from it. Ifyou explain that they will learn how to win money themselves. They will have little trouble forking over the bet.

This one gets a lot of groans, but it makes me giggle.
Message: Posted by: Danny Diamond (Mar 29, 2006 09:52AM)
[quote]
On 2006-03-27 06:23, jonzola wrote:
I include this in my restaurant work and can pull an extra 20 bucks a night from it. Ifyou explain that they will learn how to win money themselves. They will have little trouble forking over the bet.
[/quote]

Whoa, you use a sucker bet to swindle your audience out of some of their money, and you still have a job? Does this sound odd to anyone else?
Message: Posted by: zmg013 (Jan 15, 2012 05:52AM)
I'll bet you for every push-up you do I can do 3.
Secret: no matter how many your subject does, you only do 3 push ups. You said for every push up, not each push up.
you have to be able to do 3 push ups. I have done very well with this one
Message: Posted by: magidave (Aug 10, 2015 10:25PM)
Stand the volunteer on a chair. Stand a good distance away. The challenge is this "Before I count to three, you'll be off the chair and on the floor." Start counting ... one ... two ... and then turn and calmly leave the room.
Message: Posted by: shooz (Sep 27, 2015 07:43AM)
I mention that in high school, I held the record for sit-ups for 2 years. And after all these years, I can still do between 3 and 4 hundred sit-ups in 2 to 3 minutes.
Take the bet and then make a big build up of someone holding your feet, etc.
Then in 3 minutes do your 4 sit-ups. Which is between 3 .... And 4 hundred.
I have won more than a few $5.00 bets.
Shooz
Message: Posted by: magidave (Sep 27, 2015 09:55PM)
Shooz - How classy. That's my kind of bar bet. Thanks for sharing.
Message: Posted by: shooz (Sep 28, 2015 04:41AM)
Dave,
Glad you liked it.
Just wait or get them talking about exercise, the old days, etc. and play it straight. I'll just mention my record and sit back and wait. Sooner or later someone questions me and then many times they challenge me! Then the bet is on.
Shooz
Message: Posted by: magidave (Sep 28, 2015 11:34AM)
Thanks for the handling tips. I like it a lot. It's pretty sophisticated. Dave
Message: Posted by: farmerkarl (Aug 23, 2018 01:30AM)
Good one Dave. Shooz hope you can handle your dukes as you are cruzing but that is pretty good as well.

Not a typical bar betcha but a good something to have in your quiver for the bar is a floating wine glass --- if the stars line up you can be a magic god Losander sells a killer one.
Message: Posted by: dave_matkin (May 31, 2019 09:38AM)
[quote]On Jan 15, 2012, zmg013 wrote:
I'll bet you for every push-up you do I can do 3.
Secret: no matter how many your subject does, you only do 3 push ups. You said for every push up, not each push up.
you have to be able to do 3 push ups. I have done very well with this one [/quote]


Dang it, I can only do one!
Message: Posted by: dave_matkin (May 31, 2019 09:40AM)
[quote]On Mar 17, 2005, Stanyon wrote:
"Bar Crab", "Bar Towel Chicken", "Smoke and Fire"!

Cheers! ;) [/quote]

anyone have information on these ... I think I found the chicken?