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Topic: True impromptu effects
Message: Posted by: gink103 (Apr 5, 2006 03:56PM)
Ok I live at college and there are a lot of parties. So I'm at a party last weekend and I didn't bring any cards and some people recognized me and told me to do some magic. here is what I did these are true impromptu effects.

I started with bad habbit by Daniel Garcia. (if you put the practice into this effect it is a great impromptu effect. In the final stage I do my own coin vanish I invented to make it go back into the box.

Someone handed me a fork because they remembered me doing it at another time and I just did the second half of liquid metal by Morgan Strebler.

I also did a ring and rubberband routine by Daniel Garcia and finish with crazy mans handcuffs. this is also completely impromptu because I always wear a ring and rubberbands around my rist.

I also did ghost bills (With the right presentation this does get good reactions.

Finished with Sinful which completely blew them away.

So these are some truely impromptu effects with completely barrowed objects that I made an entier routine out of.

I would like to know some other great impromptu effects. I read something about a center tear, I am somewhat new to magic and don't know what that is. I recently ordered Gregory wilsons on the spot and hope ill use some material on there.
Message: Posted by: Jaz (Apr 5, 2006 05:23PM)
Traveling Cash – Harlan-elastics/bill.
Pen thru Bill-pen/bill.
$100 Bill Switch – Tivoli(sp) no TT.
Broken Band – Elastrix -elastics.
Linking Bands – Elastrix, Rindfleisch – elastics.
Recap – G. Wilson-bic pen.
Coin to Pen Cap.-pen/coin.
Rubber Ringer – Almanac/Elastrix –Finger ring & elastic.
“Stirring Silver” – Sankey-Fring/spoon.
Copper/Silver – G. Wilson-2 pennies/dime.
26 Cent Trick – Michael Close. 2 dimes, nickel, penny.
Gadabout Coins – coins and other items. Bobo.
Coins Across – Roth, Bobo and others.
Just Pretend – one coin flurry. Bobo.
Hanging Coins – Roth.
Pitch and Ditch/Changing Coin- G. Wilson.
Bluff Vanish – coins. Bobo.
Much from Little-coins.Bobo.
Coin to key – coin, key.Bobo.
Cigarama-Garcia-stars tape- cigarettes.

.....there's too many to name.
Message: Posted by: The Great Simon (Apr 6, 2006 08:34AM)
The Centre Tear is a mentalism technique; if you want to get into mentalism you should check out 13 Steps to Mentalism by Corinda - it has a whole chapter on that sort of thing, and loads of other great stuff, much of which is impromptu.
Message: Posted by: cloneman (Apr 6, 2006 08:49AM)
Center tear. Hundy 500 (always on my). coin flourish routine. Time Machine (always worn).
Message: Posted by: RickyD (Apr 6, 2006 09:53AM)
On 2006-04-05 18:23, Jaz wrote:
Copper/Silver – G. Wilson-2 pennies/dime.

Are you referring to the trick from [i]On the Spot[/i]? If so, I belive Wilson officially calls it "A Questionable Trick". (I'm being nit-picky, but if someone's looking for that particular trick, wanted to give them the "right" name.)
Message: Posted by: Jaz (Apr 6, 2006 02:48PM)
On 2006-04-06 10:53, RickyD wrote:
On 2006-04-05 18:23, Jaz wrote:
Copper/Silver – G. Wilson-2 pennies/dime.

Are you referring to the trick from [i]On the Spot[/i]? If so, I belive Wilson officially calls it "A Questionable Trick". (I'm being nit-picky, but if someone's looking for that particular trick, wanted to give them the "right" name.)


That's it. Thanks Rick.
Message: Posted by: ofrmagic (Apr 9, 2006 10:32PM)
Message: Posted by: Matt Malinas (Apr 10, 2006 07:02AM)
Sinful by wayne houchin , of course.
what I also like to use pretty often is Infusion by andrew mayne.
both of these effects do not use gimmicks and of course they are 100% impromptu

Message: Posted by: english rick (Apr 10, 2006 12:43PM)
As a mentalist I always do impromptu stuff as it plays strong. My advice would be don't forget your cards, first of all (it is unpardonable), also it is pointless to buy [b]Corindas 13 Steps…[/i] for one technique (centre tear). You can find that technique almost anywhere. Dan Harlan’s impromptu magic video is a good place to start. Get used to carrying at least a couple of props on you; cards, thumb tip. It is not the amount of magic you know, it is how well you perform what you do know. Books do not give you good technique, neither can it be bought, to start with perfect, what you have got!
Message: Posted by: Joey Stalin (Apr 10, 2006 04:26PM)
On 2006-04-10 08:02, Matt Malinas wrote:
Sinful by wayne houchin , of course.
what I also like to use pretty often is Infusion by andrew mayne.
both of these effects do not use gimmicks and of course they are 100% impromptu


What kind of reactions do you get fron infusion? Because it doesn't seem that great a trick to me, or not as good as ghost bills.
Message: Posted by: psyrules510 (Apr 11, 2006 08:18PM)
I agree. When I did infusion for a group of people, they nearly figured it out. My friend didn't even buy the trick and he knows how to do it.
Message: Posted by: ofrmagic (Apr 12, 2006 01:20AM)
Hole in the head is also impromtu
Message: Posted by: Dolphin (Apr 12, 2006 02:06AM)
Pinnacle from Russ Niedzwiecki, Misleading the Mislead, version of Matrix...let`s say you use bear pads instead of cards, coin thru table, coin in can, etc.
Message: Posted by: Matty Moriates (Apr 12, 2006 06:30PM)
"sinful" and "a questionable trick" are probably my two favorites. These always hit hard and they are pretty easy to do :)
Message: Posted by: gink103 (Apr 13, 2006 04:10PM)
Funny you should mention infusion. This is a so-so trick. I took time to get it down. Even though I didn't get the trick. I figured it out the first time I saw the preview. I also like 3/4 across from gregory wilson. But the point to this post was to talk about true impromptu tricks with completely barrowed objects. While cards and thumbtips are great, its unreasonable to carry them every second I leave my dorm or house. I really like the art of completely impromptu on the spot magic. Daniel Garcia's bad habit trick is awesome. Its original and it uses something I run into alot. You only need one quarter in your pocket and everything else can be barrowed. Does anyone else do this trick?
Message: Posted by: roi_tau (Apr 23, 2006 04:02PM)
I always take with me a folded coin and 4 cards for Kenton Knepper routine

("I missed by one...")

Have fun
Message: Posted by: Lee Darrow (Apr 23, 2006 07:17PM)
Kathy's Screwy Finger Bit - Jim Ryan Issue of Magic Menu
Robbing Strength From An Arm (Georgia Magnet effect)
Chevreault's Pendulum (any good book on suggestion)
Equivoque (when done well, this is as close to the real thing as you can get, IMHO)
CT (borrow some paper and a pencil)
Book Test (Bold & Subtle Miracles of Dr Faust by David Hoy)

Han Ping Chien coins thru table (borrow 4 quarters and a ring)
coins across
1 coin flourish routine (Bobo or Slydini)
Flight of the Paper Balls (Slydini and me)
Cash Ladder (borrow the rubberbands and the bill)
Linking rubberbands (Rindflisch)
Ring that goes UP the rubberband (borrow the ring)

and, if appropriate (and it usually isn't)...

Jay Marshall's Shoes on Table (borrow a large napkin) see the video Table C**p for this, I think.

Lee Darrow, C.H.
Message: Posted by: gink103 (Apr 23, 2006 11:42PM)
Could you explaing cash ladder, Linking rubberbands (if its different from cmh) and right that goes up the rubberband. And if they are worth it give me direction to where I can learn them.
Message: Posted by: Lee Darrow (Apr 24, 2006 04:49PM)
Cash ladder - two rubber bands are held between two fists. A bill is wrapped around the top strand. It magically jumps down to the second, then the third and, sinally, the last strand.

Linking bands - a rubber band version of the linking rings using two ungimmicked rubber bands.

Ring that goes up a band. A ring is placed on the strand of a broken rubber band that is stretched between your hands and held on an inclining angle. The ring is at the lowermost end. As the spectators watch, the ring slowly moves UP the band without ANY motion on your part.

All are available on the rubberband videos featuring Dan Harlan (Hi Dan!) from L&L and available from your favorite magic dealer.

Lee Darrow, C.H.
Message: Posted by: Cameron89 (Apr 24, 2006 06:05PM)
I'm definitly a fan of sinfull and prly my newest impromtu effect would be Stigmata. gotta love wayne.
Message: Posted by: Kipp Sherry (Apr 25, 2006 10:10AM)
The list of "totally improtu" magic is a long list, and this is good old fashioned magic that every magician should learn.

I also find it is good to be prepaired where ever I go, so I always carry a few utilitiy devices with me in case I am put on the spot. Here is the list of ulitlities I always have on me:

Finger Tip
Spider Pen
PK Ring

All of these pack small, are easily concealed or worn naturally, and each can be used for a multitude of effects.

I never leave home without it,
Kipp Sherry
Message: Posted by: gman (Jun 22, 2006 04:06PM)
Crazy mans handcuff, and Kollosil Killer are always ready.
Message: Posted by: ku7uk3 (Jun 22, 2006 05:39PM)
There are 87 impromptu effects with the human body. Some really cool ones as well.
Check out this book: http://www.magicmystery.co.uk/bodytricks.htm

Message: Posted by: bentley (Jun 23, 2006 06:37PM)
On the Spot is a good DVD for Impromptu magic.
Message: Posted by: Magic Spank (Jul 13, 2006 08:14PM)
Speaking of effects with the human body, the twisting arm is hard to beat for a knockout impromptu effect.

Message: Posted by: Bill Rubie (Jul 14, 2006 07:14PM)
I always carry a
Hot Rod
Thumb Tip
quartered Dollar
Message: Posted by: adamjames (Jul 14, 2006 07:30PM)
Sounds like you had some fun, gink103. I was in a similar situation recently at a wedding reception. I did:

* cigarette manipulation with a borrowed cigarette (learned from Bill Tarr's book)

* bill switch (no TT) by Manuel Muerte

* 3 Coins Across (Wilson)

* A Ring & String routine using moves from Wilson's "Ring Leader" (and a borowed ring and a ribbon)
Message: Posted by: Sandwichical (Jul 20, 2006 08:12AM)
I feel naked without my usual load of stuff. If I absolutly must go "naked", I bring a pen(recap), half dollar, heirloom wallet, and I always wear rubberbands and my time machine (I just heard back from people I performed for in March, and that was the one trick they mentioned). I have a body routine out of Andrew Mayne's Body Morphin' that I use(the ear penetration kills.) I also like to use a series of predictions from Banacheck's Psychological Subtleties. Especially at a college party, carry a TT for vanishing cigarettes, that will get people to notice you.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jul 21, 2006 12:30AM)
Here's a thought. Over the past few months, our IBM ring has been discussing "challenge magic." This is magic performed at a moment's notice with objects at hand.

Think in terms of the basic effects, then try coupling them with whatever is around you.
Message: Posted by: pradell (Jul 21, 2006 04:11AM)
For true impromptu work, learn to be a jazz mugician, i.e. be able to improvise with what is in your environment. If you were a real magician, you would not have to bring any props at all. So work with what is there. In a restaurant, this may be what is already on the table. Other environments may have different items and potential for effects. Blues and jazz musicians solo and improvise all the time. Most magicians are stuck with their "routines." Try to get away from this and work on extemporaneous patter that comes from the audience and the environment. Comedians get their workouts night after night without props, mostly from audience feedback. It's scary but rewarding as you become skilled at adapting to all situations and reading your audience rather than concentrating on your "script." Vernon had a card trick that changed every time: he had at least 52 ways of doing it so he'd mix it up every time. This is true improvisation. Magicians have tools, i.e. props and methods, just like musical jammers do. Try letting go of your scripted routine and participate in the "wonder" of creating magic that fools even you! By tailoring your routines to what is there and to what the audience is telling you in its responses, you are really creating magic, and your audience will feel the personal touch that comes from your spontaneous performance.
Message: Posted by: nbps05 (Aug 7, 2006 05:48PM)
Stigmata by wayne houchin
Message: Posted by: Matt Malinas (Aug 7, 2006 08:25PM)
Stigmata is truly a great impromptu effect.
I also recommend the "next" lecture notes by daniel garcia.
it includes only impromptu effects. I use every single one from that lecture notes on a regular basis when I perform in bars.
all the best


p.s. someone asked earlier about Infusion by andrew mayne.
yes , I get really good reactions using that effect.
keep in mind that I always use it after I perform several effects.
the audience's mood is already built up and that is how I get the reactions I get from Infusion.
Message: Posted by: Stefmagic (Aug 8, 2006 02:12PM)
Stigmata by Wayne Houchin. you need nothing at all...only to have arms !!!
Message: Posted by: Nick-V. (Aug 14, 2006 04:46PM)
I like the idea of "challenge magic".
It gets the creative senses flowing.
Message: Posted by: Eva (Aug 14, 2006 05:12PM)
"Silver Dream" by Justin Miller.....just needs three coins (can be borrowed)
Message: Posted by: todsky (Aug 14, 2006 06:15PM)
Eva, that's a great bunny signature! I had no idea punctuation could do that!
As for impromptu magic, all you need is a long-sleeved shirt to do the Hand Twister (I'm not sure if that's the official name), where your hand twists more than 360 degrees.
Message: Posted by: Sven Heubes (Aug 27, 2006 08:56AM)
Coming back to the CT. Just met Ran Pink on FISM. He's got beautiful ideas & thoughts on the CT. All in his book "Think Pink"... Really brillant stuff!
Message: Posted by: Andini (Sep 4, 2006 11:25AM)
Hey all you Sinful lovers, don't forget about the other impromptu pop can effect: Fizz Master. It's a killer, completely impromptu trick.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Nov 14, 2006 08:03PM)
Hi all! :)

A TRULY impromptu effect is Sinful from Ellusionist. I don't have Stigmata, but yes, that is also...but Sinful...in case you're not familiar...

The coin, and the unopened can of soda are BOTH borrowed...the coin is marked...and with NO switch or gimmicks, ends up INSIDE the can. No question what has happened. I just got this, so haven't performed it yet.

I've not run into many effects like this, where ALL the props are truly borrowed and ungimmicked. Really, it's a killer!!!

Message: Posted by: ToasterofDoom (Nov 14, 2006 09:21PM)
Recapped, and I occasionally do PK touches (it's mostly for practice).

What is Time Machine?
Message: Posted by: Tempesta (Nov 17, 2006 08:04PM)
Psychokinetic Time by Banachek is an awesome impromptu effect.

Also, KAOS just got released. Impromptu Card Through Window, rave reviews. Check it out: http://www.ellusionist.com/order/KAOS-Card-Through-Window_Garcia.php

||Sean ||
Message: Posted by: Mike T (Nov 18, 2006 04:38AM)
On 2006-11-14 22:21, ToasterofDoom wrote:
What is Time Machine?


Best, Mike
Message: Posted by: Ed Garcia (Dec 3, 2006 01:29PM)
It's an oldie, but a goodie. Crazy Man's Handcuff's kills every time. With the right presentation and pace, it's truly a visual miracle.
Message: Posted by: TKE (Dec 11, 2006 08:10PM)
3/4 across - greg wilson
ring thing followed by ring flight
cigarette magic
pickpocketing/watch steals

oh and my time machine is in the mail...cant wait
Message: Posted by: Erdnase27 (Mar 11, 2007 03:32PM)
THe Ring Thing
Twisting arm illusion
Ashes to palm
Center Tear
3 coins across
Impromptu Chop cup routine(look for objects on the table)

This is a great show by itself:)
Message: Posted by: chris311 (Mar 18, 2007 08:20PM)
Stigmata 100%
Message: Posted by: MagiClyde (Mar 18, 2007 09:19PM)
I would probably also include Mindbender by Ellusionist on this list, as well as Infusion.

Will have to check Stigmata out.

Todsky, there used to be a whole list of different things you could do with punctuation. Where do you think emoticons came from?