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Topic: Impromptu you can do at a Nudist Camp...
Message: Posted by: Nosher (May 5, 2005 10:13AM)
Ok, I confess that the Nudist camp bit was just for a catchy topic title, but I thought I'd share my routine for those moments when you literally have nothing in your pockets. For example, I was once nabbed on the beach just after my morning run...

The first trick is the "Joker-Joke Vanish" and it uses an Invisible Deck (surprise). The deck is fanned in front of the spec and they pick a card, memorise it, and return it to the deck. The cards are then shuffled extravagantly and amusingly, setting the mood for the rest of the trick. Any number of bits of business can be inserted here (overhead card spring from hand to hand (exaggerate eyes following cards), one handed cuts, behind the back shuffle etc).

After obtaining agreement deck has been shuffled fairly, you ask the spec to name their card. If they object,all the better, you explain "it's not that type of trick" and slowly drag it out of them.

Once you have the card, point to deck in hand.."Lost somewhere in here is your 4H...". Suddenly, you remember "Oh, you know what, I forgot to take the Joker out before we started..." Fan cards, and raise single selection from middle of fan..."4H, wasn't it?". After the agree, pull out the card and announce "Ok, I've found the JOKER". People are usually laughing now as they realise what you are up to.

Place the joker on the invisible table (handy) and announce the fact. Depending on the spec you can keep piling it on until you are sure they have it - eg "Ok, you chose a card, the.....(lift corner of joker) 4H and then we shuffled...."

Finally, slowly spread the fan and ask the spec if they can see their card. After they respond they cannot, the master magi reveals that the joker has been miraculously transformed to spec's card.

This works well with group and very well with a child and a group of adults, as the kid gets to feel they contributed to the 'effect'. It may read kind of hokey, but can be very funny when presented well.

Depending on the circumstances and the rapport established with the spec, I sometimes follow this with a real trick, one of Brown's mental forces (3D is my favourite). In that case all you need is to borrow a pen and a scrap of paper for your prediction (or a stick to write in the sand).

Message: Posted by: Shaner316 (May 5, 2005 12:35PM)
It's a catchy title alright. The only reason I even read the post was because of the title!! LOL
Message: Posted by: Eric Leclerc (May 5, 2005 03:21PM)
Whats the effect?? whats magical about that? Are you really going to do that when someone KNOWS you are a magicians and asks you to do a trick? I don't get it at all and I have read your post 3 times... do you actually have a deck?? please clarify as I am going mad to see whaths going on here.. hehe thanks
Message: Posted by: Nosher (May 5, 2005 06:27PM)

My apologies, how did those capital letters get in there?

No, there are no props whatsoever, it is an 'invisible' deck, not an Invisible Deck.

On second thoughts, perhaps 'imaginary deck' would have expressed it much less ambiguosly. Thanks for pointing that out (wish I could edit that first post now...)

Message: Posted by: Eric Leclerc (May 6, 2005 02:36PM)
Ok no I am still confused... I don't get the trick... I don't see the effect... I knew it wasnt an invisible deck you buy at a staore cause the title is impromptu.. I just don't get what the spectator walks away thinking after the "charade"..
Message: Posted by: woodenmarvels (May 6, 2005 02:59PM)
I think it is a very cute idea. It's more like mime than magic, but in your mind, magic is being performed - and if you do it well enough, it will be as if it is really real. May I borrow the idea? Thanks, ~MagicAl
Message: Posted by: Nosher (May 6, 2005 10:22PM)
Woodenmarvels : Glad you liked it, feel free to use it.

Eric : The only effect as such, is that you have performed some magic and had a bit of fun with absolutely no props. Obviously those who use a more serious persona when presenting their magic will not want to use this.

I'm not claiming this is a KK replacement, but in my experience it leaves people with smiles on their faces and that can't be bad. Also, as I said above, if the occasion warrants it makes a good lead-in for some 'real' magic such as the Brown mental force mentioned above (which can be performed with the same imaginary deck).

Message: Posted by: Nicholas (May 7, 2005 06:37AM)
How about, after all of that, as suggested by Nosher, you leave the participant with a momento...a mental momento...one that is something catchy that is likely to stay on their mind for a while...it could even be in the form of a suggestion whereby every time the person experiences a particular thing...they are reminded of the "mental" momento that you left them with. I'm DEFINATELY going to be working on this and appreciate your idea, Nosher. Thanks for sharing!
Message: Posted by: kaytracy (May 9, 2005 01:33PM)
Um, nudist camp, impromptu....
Star Gazer
Message: Posted by: Paul D (May 12, 2005 11:30PM)
Hedonists make up all the rules.Is an effect in AOA by Paul Harris.all you need is something to write with and something to write on.It involves magicians forces and some clever word play.very easy very astonishing.
Message: Posted by: Lee Darrow (May 22, 2005 04:52AM)
Kathy's Screwy Finger Bit, Magic Menu, Jim Ryan issue. No props except another person. I used it about 20 times friday night after a Graduation Party hypnosis show I did in Mundelein, Il. I can testify that it KILLS!

Lee Darrow, C.H.
Message: Posted by: John C (May 22, 2005 03:13PM)
Here's what I showed my kid. You walk into someone's house they say, "hey do a trick." Say, "ok," look around for a piece of small candy etc. Do a false transfer with the candy and before you show the candy has vanished, fake a cough or sneeze. Something that calls for you to cover your mouth. When you cover your mouth eat the small candy. Then come back and show that the item has vanished. You can really do this with no clothes on. But it's not neccessary to derobe in your friend's house. It works with clothes too. :)

Message: Posted by: Elputty (May 22, 2005 09:35PM)
Psychokinetic touches, any suggestions routines (A twisted Palm, etc.), a watch steal (assuming someone else has a watch, and you can pull off a watch steal without any misdirection...although at a Nudist Camp I'm sure you could find some misdirection).

I think it was in Magic for Dummies that the author talked about a magician who did the dissapearing quarter where the pencil goes behind your ear. Then follow that up with the vanish of the quarter into your pocket. Apparently someone requested this trick of our creative magician when he was at a nude beach. Instead of ditching the quarter in his pocket he stuck it onto his leg...and the sunscreen held it there. Not quite what you're looking for, but something to do with Nudist camps.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (May 22, 2005 10:57PM)
Well if you do like I do and wear a loop on ur wrist all the time, you can probably pull off a couple of effects with that, but that is probably cheating under the conditions proposed. By the way, I am highly impressed by the decorum of the members of this forum in avoiding the very obvious "trick" that I know at least a few dozen are bitting their tongues to keep from mentioning.
Message: Posted by: Bill Ligon (Jun 11, 2005 06:03PM)
Gee, Photius, do you mean the Floating Hat Trick? No...I didn't think so.
Message: Posted by: Sam Tabar (Jun 13, 2005 10:51PM)
I read somewhere that Tony Spina did the pencil and quarter vanish in a nude beach. If you know that trick maybe you could give it a try.
Message: Posted by: jstone (Jun 25, 2005 04:31PM)
On 2005-05-22 05:52, Lee Darrow wrote:
Kathy's Screwy Finger Bit, Magic Menu, Jim Ryan issue. No props except another person. I used it about 20 times friday night after a Graduation Party hypnosis show I did in Mundelein, Il. I can testify that it KILLS!

Lee Darrow, C.H.


Do you know when that issue was published?
Message: Posted by: chris_johnson_au (Jun 28, 2005 08:07AM)
I prefer to not perform in the nude... mostly because it means I have to pay people instead of the other way around which I prefer.

However, instead of an invisible deck, I do work with an invisible set of dice. Take an "invisible" pair of dice from your pocket, give them to someone and ask them to roll them a few times just to be sure it's a "real" die. You can fill this in with bits of business.

After a bit of byplay, you divine what the numbers are that the spectator rolled. Then you casually ask, "Do you know how I did that?"

Usually, they say it's a number trick (which it is), but it doesn't matter. Whatever their reply, say, "No, you left the dice on the table where I could see them."

It's a little number magic with an entertaining twist that I picked up from one of Bob Longe's books.

All the best,

Message: Posted by: Rkull (Nov 18, 2006 09:55AM)
There's a lot of impromptu stuff you can do in a nudist camp! I think this is called "body magic"! More seriously -you can anyway do Twisting Arm- if there's paper and pen, many mental effects will fit. And if smoking isn't banned in your camp, you can do ashes on the palm.
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Dec 7, 2006 09:22PM)
I'm working on a new DVD called NAKED ON A BEACH. It is about effects that can be performed with the things you'd find on a beach and nothing more. There are some great methods that also work for walk around and stage. These can also be done on the radio for thousands of listeners if you'd like.
Here's an example :)
If you have any contributions feel free to add them here :)
Message: Posted by: ku7uk3 (Dec 8, 2006 04:26AM)
Body Tricks - The Dvd + Book:


Best collection of tricks you can do without any props.

Message: Posted by: Matt Malinas (Dec 8, 2006 10:22AM)
Right on Steve!
great DVD by the way!