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Topic: What do you carry?
Message: Posted by: Peedlkyle (Jan 1, 2003 10:25AM)
When you are just going about your everyday life, not doing street magic, what do you keep on you for magic. I keep a deck of cards on me ALWAYS, but what other things do you keep without being too bulky?
Message: Posted by: afknight (Jan 1, 2003 10:59AM)
In addition to a deck of cards, I always carry Kohler's Ultimate 3 Fly, Acer's Spare Change coin set, 2 sponge balls, a quarter loaded in each of my shoes for a Danny Archer impromptu coin vanish routine, and a wallet (hip pocket) which is both a card to wallet and a switch wallet and contains Max Howard's Dollar Monte, Burger's $5 and $1 bill transposition and the Wonderland bill. Finally, I have a pen through anything and Watch and Wear. None of these items are bulky and they are things a normal person would have on (shoes, wallet, watch, coins) with the exception of sponge balls.
Message: Posted by: JSMagic (Jan 1, 2003 12:41PM)
I carry scotch and soda (do it for a very interested person because tis not an instant reset) hopping halves, a deck of cards, *deluxe* pen thru anything, lol- sponge balls (4 kids) and matchbox penetration (That one is a little heavy, but a great trick) Josh
Message: Posted by: bigchuck (Jan 1, 2003 01:24PM)
Cards, half dollars, thumb tip, handkerchief, the ole reliable folding coin, and a little invisible thread can go a long way. And they require almost no set up.

:bikes: :spinningcoin: :magicrabbit:
Message: Posted by: Paul Sherman (Jan 1, 2003 02:07PM)
I used to carry a deck of cards and a small coin purse with me everywhere. Now I only carry cards and only some of the time.

Message: Posted by: marko (Jan 1, 2003 02:23PM)
I used to never be without a deck of cards in my pocket. But I'm sane now.
Message: Posted by: Andrew E. Miller (Jan 1, 2003 02:55PM)
A deck, a sharpie, some coins, my card to wallet, and my time machine watch.
Message: Posted by: NoahJLevine (Jan 1, 2003 03:31PM)
I only carry playing cards. I would think that it would be weird in an informal situation to start pulling out coins and sponge balls and rubber bands even though you can do some great tricks with them.

Message: Posted by: tankk (Jan 1, 2003 03:31PM)
A deck, some coins, and what ever gimmick I'm playing with at the time.

Message: Posted by: jesuban (Jan 1, 2003 04:01PM)
A deck of cards, with the 9 of spades prepared for "Card Warp." A Penny, to perform Greg Wilson's 11 cent trick. Two rubberbands for Crazy Man's Handcuffs.
Message: Posted by: Darren Roberts (Jan 1, 2003 09:16PM)
It's not much, but I always keep spare coins on me "just in case". I owe Bobo a lot :D

My second choice for carrying around magic "just in case" is a deck of cards.
Message: Posted by: Elijahhenry (Jan 1, 2003 10:55PM)
I always have 2 Svengali decks, a regular deck, four halves, scotch and soda and sponge balls. I used to be a Boy Scout, so I'm "always prepared."

You know what? In addition to my reg. stuff I always have "Aviator" Mirage, Svengali and Reg. Deck.

E. Henry
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 2, 2003 12:05AM)
I usually have two decks (red & blue), a coin purse with 4 halves, a half shell, three English pence, a Penny shell & a Johnson Products Chinese coin, and a few rubber bands on my wrist.

And a stack of business cards.
Message: Posted by: Garrett Nelson (Jan 2, 2003 12:46AM)
I have cards on me, but that is about it. And I only really have that if I am going to see friends.

This is a dual purpose, though, as we play cards quite often.

I always have some business cards in my wallet. Always.

Message: Posted by: Paul Menzel (Jan 2, 2003 02:11AM)
If I am wearing a coat/jacket I carry a standard deck of cards with the four aces on top.

In my pants pockets I carry one or two TTs with silks in my right pocket and an empty TT in my left pocket. Four halves in my left pocket. Four rubber cockroaches in my right pocket and a spare in my left.
Message: Posted by: FuriousGeorge (Jan 2, 2003 02:17AM)
Thumb tip, Nickels to Dimes, Ball and Vase, Chinese Sticks, The Web, a Himber Wallet, Svengali deck bridge size (I have small hands), a yellow balloon, a red balloon, a blue balloon, a Zarrow Wallet, a hot rod (brass double color changing) and last but not least, the Harry Lorayne version of the Himber gaff using a cigarette case. I have an excellent tailor who modified all of my jacket pockets and I have a very detailed management system for my props.
Message: Posted by: Isramagia (Jan 2, 2003 07:51AM)
It's really interesting what people carry for impromptu magic. I carry a TT, two rubber bands, a silver half and two English Pennies, three quaters (American) and sometimes a folding coin. :sun:
Message: Posted by: Mr A (Jan 2, 2003 02:28PM)
I always have a deck of cards and a pair of rubber bands.
Message: Posted by: Daniel J. Ferrara Jr. (Jan 2, 2003 09:04PM)
A deck of cards, two rubber bands, a thumb tip, and two thimbles. I do agree with Noah J Levine that it is a little strange to just pull out thimbles, but then again, I never claimed to be normal.
Message: Posted by: vinsmagic (Jan 2, 2003 10:33PM)
I carry a pair of dice..........
Message: Posted by: pyro (Jan 3, 2003 04:41AM)
I carry cards and a couple of coins. I also have some IT and prepared notes for counterfeit spectator in my wallet.
Message: Posted by: Ben Cummings (Jan 3, 2003 02:14PM)
I carry a 'card to wallet' as my regular wallet, loaded with a NW and Kolossal Killer. Also, will occasionally carry B'wave since it packs small enough for my check-book sized wallet.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Jan 6, 2003 10:28PM)
Sponge Bunnies

Cigarette thru Quarter

Lethal Tender

Magnetic Copper Silver

Pen Thru Anything
Message: Posted by: Justin Flom (Jan 7, 2003 12:34AM)
Trashy cards for card warp

Cloaking device with streamer


Pen (for pen up the nose) ;)
Message: Posted by: Bfrancabandera (Jan 7, 2003 09:10AM)
Usually I just carry a TT, Reg. deck of cards, a few coins and a mind power deck.
Message: Posted by: magic hands (Jan 7, 2003 12:21PM)
hopping Halves..Blendo..Bill switch so TT.
Message: Posted by: Paul Jester (Jan 7, 2003 06:12PM)
TT and er... well, you'd be amazed how big a variety of tricks you can get out of this with stuff that's always lying around. Oh and if it's dark, I ditch the TT and grab my 2 D'lites. The rest of what I do is with whatever's lying around.
Message: Posted by: EranRaven (Jan 9, 2003 07:52AM)
vinsmagic, what do you do with the pair of dice?
Message: Posted by: Stick Man (Jan 10, 2003 11:24AM)
A deck of cards a folding coin and 4 more identical coins for a matrix effect :)
Message: Posted by: ferretface (Jan 11, 2003 10:55PM)
A deck of cards and The Raven. :cool:
Message: Posted by: amazingboz (Jan 18, 2003 06:25PM)
Two TTs and an ultra mental deck, never
leave home without them. Oh, and a few business cards for forced predictions.
Great PR.

AmazingBoz aka Phil :bunny2:
Message: Posted by: ploter (Jan 18, 2003 09:53PM)
TTs, boon writer, and sometimes astrological sign.
Message: Posted by: magicman2000 (Jan 20, 2003 05:45PM)
I am surprised at how many of you carry a deck of cards with you. That's like carrying a sign that says, "I am a magician, watch me perform!" How many laymen walk around with a deck of cards in their pocket? Keep it simple and learn to do magic with items that are readily around you. The only gimmick I ever regularly carry on me is a Boss ITR. Just clip it inside of the shirt and you are ready to do the most amazing magic that blows the spectator away. Quality is always better than quantity.
Message: Posted by: Leland (Jan 20, 2003 08:58PM)
4 half dollars, one of then a folding coin. Two rubber bands. I'm not doing a full show just a quick bit!
Message: Posted by: Paul Menzel (Jan 21, 2003 10:42PM)
On 2003-01-20 18:45, magicman2000 wrote:
I am surprised at how many of you carry a deck of cards with you. That's like carrying a sign that says, "I am a magician, watch me perform!" How many laymen walk around with a deck of cards in their pocket? [/quote]
Ah, but magicians [i]aren't[/i] laymen. There are a lot of things magicians do that laypersons do not. Sure it is good to be able to perform magic with everyday items, but as soon as you do, you are saying, "I am a magician, watch me perform!" As longs as the deck isn't carried on a chain around the neck, I don't see a problem with it. But it is entirely a matter of personal choice.
Message: Posted by: John Clarkson (Jan 22, 2003 09:23AM)
On 2003-01-20 18:45, magicman2000 wrote:
I am surprised at how many of you carry a deck of cards with you. That's like carrying a sign that says, "I am a magician, watch me perform!" How many laymen walk around with a deck of cards in their pocket? Keep it simple and learn to do magic with items that are readily around you. The only gimmick I ever regularly carry on me is a Boss ITR. Just clip it inside of the shirt and you are ready to do the most amazing magic that blows the spectator away. Quality is always better than quantity. [/quote]

Yes, and after you levitate/move things with your ITR, I suspect people will say, "He's a magician, watch him perform." Of course they know we are magicians! Only magicians do the goofy stuff we do. Don't worry about carrying your cards, guys. A deck will never break down in the middle of a routine.
Message: Posted by: ixnay66 (Jan 22, 2003 09:52AM)
Good point John! I used to do ITR work. Until it broke in front of 20 people. Ugh...
Message: Posted by: Turk (Feb 7, 2003 01:33AM)
TT. (w/$20.00)
Deck of cards. (with or w/out Card Warp prep and/or different colored back card between the 2 jokers)
Small length of rope and a ring.
One half dollar or one silver dollar.
5 twist off bottle caps. (sometimes)

I do want to get into ITR work. Any recommendations on type of T or brand of ITR and video/book on the same?

Message: Posted by: JoshBlum (Feb 11, 2003 10:17PM)
Thumb tip, regular deck of cards, sometimes rubber bands around wrist, sometimes an invisible deck, 5 walking liberty half dollars, one liberty shell, 3 casino coins that are about the size of a dollar, and a pen through quarter.
Message: Posted by: Mark Rough (Feb 12, 2003 12:53PM)
Cards, finger tip, a business card with a prediction on the back (positive-negative from Max), a shapie, and I've started using my Mullica wallet as my everyday wallet. I keep trying to cut back on the stuff I'm carrying but this is about as light as I can get without getting the shakes. :)

Message: Posted by: Chris Berry (Feb 12, 2003 06:33PM)
On 2003-01-01 23:55, Elijahhenry wrote:
I always have 2 Svengali decks, [/quote]

Mind if I ask why?

It's really disappointing for me to read how many people carry Svengali decks around.

I used to only carry a deck of cards and sometimes a coin purse around.

Now I just carry a bag with me. I have cards ready for Card Warp, a regular deck. and ID, coins, sponge balls, wax, silver coins, pens, some gaffed cards and a couple packet tricks.

That way I am ready to do whatever I want. Sure it sounds like a lot and you might think it is crazy to carry a bag around with you... but mine is made by a rollerblading company for people to carry around CD players and cameras so it is not a huge bag. Plus I can throw in my keys and a bottle of water or whatever I want. That way it doesn't look suspicous.... oh, people don't know it's my 'magic' bag.

Message: Posted by: Tim Taylor (Feb 14, 2003 11:28PM)
Believe it or not "Heat", it's the effect where you roll up a small ball of foil put in a spectators hand and "concentrate" and it becomes red hot. It's a killer. N.F.W. Cardtoon it never fails. For about a week It was Andrew Maynes bowling, in my work truck on a moment notice. Twisted sister
Message: Posted by: Magix (Feb 15, 2003 09:33AM)
I carry a lot less than I used to. When this topic came up a few months ago, my pockets were loaded!

Now, as I am learning more ungimmicked stuff, all I carry is a thumb tip and a few regular coins. (sometimes a shell, too)

So much easier. And it works for me because I just do the occasional trick for friends or whatever.
Message: Posted by: Tim Taylor (Feb 15, 2003 06:13PM)
Also a great piece of impromptu magic is PENomenon.
Message: Posted by: Magicusa (Feb 16, 2003 03:44PM)
I don't carry. I ask to see their pen, coins, bills, ring, and so on. I use their own things to do my work with. :spinningcoin:
Message: Posted by: Rick (Feb 16, 2003 05:35PM)
At least carry a deck of cards and your business cards.
Message: Posted by: mforteath (Feb 19, 2003 10:16PM)
Deck of cards
Hopping Halves
Match pull

Message: Posted by: johnnymystic (Feb 21, 2003 01:23PM)
Hello everybody... this is my first post and I thought this thread looked interesting... and it sure is. This is some of the stuff I carry with me...

A regular quarter and a bent one that matches.
Deck of cards
Copper, silver, brass transpo
Hipshot card to wallet
Wunder-pen-atration (Doug Edwards Pen thru anything).

Message: Posted by: idreamz (Feb 22, 2003 05:58AM)
Well.. I only need 2 things: Wallet and Jacket

Wait a min.. that's not all. Okay, here's what's in my wallet (A small card holder you can get in a shop near you):

> 3 Card Monte
> Cosmosis (or floating match)
> Another different 3 Card Monte
> Klip Joint
> (a trick I call) In-Between

Basically, stand alone card tricks. Sometimes, I carry a deck with me too.
Plus > Rubberbands and coins

In my jacket:
> The Raven

Easy to carry around and not troublesome at all :D
Message: Posted by: Larry Barnowsky (Feb 23, 2003 08:47PM)
4 Morgan silver dollars
1 deck of blue Bikes
Message: Posted by: redstreak (Feb 24, 2003 10:29PM)
I always have the Raven, a deck of cards with a different colored card for red hot mamma, and in my wallet four Hank Lee coins for coins across and other coin tricks, a folding half and a real one to switch it for (I made up a few cool tricks and productions using a folding half and their's always coinbite).
Message: Posted by: frogman (Feb 27, 2003 11:38AM)
I just came across this post and thought I'd chime in. The BARE minimum I'll carry is a few coins, 17 ping-pong balls, a 20 pound dumb-bell and a copy of "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger. However, I have been known to have a three-toed sloth on my person as well. :wow:
Message: Posted by: Douglas B. (Feb 27, 2003 07:22PM)
TT, deck of cards, sharpie and business cards. For the guys who always carry the Raven, beware if you ever carry your jacket or stand near metal railings! Can sometimes raise eyebrows!!! Hence why Raven no longer on my list. :stuckinbag:
Message: Posted by: Kevin Bethea (Feb 27, 2003 11:19PM)
1 Mismade bill in a T.T.
2 Hundy500
3 Kollosal Killer
4 A Quarter Shell. This way I can borrow quarters and do a shell coins across.
5 Time Machine Watch
6 Swami Gimmick
7 Business Cards

Most of these items are in my wallet including the quarter shell. The watch is on my wrist and the Swami is in one of my pockets. Therefore when I am asked to perform unexpectedly, it looks totally impromtu but all the effects are VERY STRONG.
I will usually have a deck of cards on me as well. But I always try to borrow the deck if possible first.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 28, 2003 08:53AM)
Mismade bill
Bic pen (recap)
Half dollar
rubber bands
Message: Posted by: Mina (Apr 14, 2003 07:02PM)
I carry a Reg deck of cards set up to do Jay Sankeys REM.
Message: Posted by: Mago Mai (Apr 16, 2003 03:22PM)
I used to carry lots of stuff in my pockets. I started to wear jackets more often so I had extra pockets. I needed to perform magic so bad, that I even started working as a Magician.

I still love doing magic but I found out that I enjoy a lot helping other magicians to improve theirs.

When I hear a person telling me that they saw a magician I coach and how great he was, I am doing magic without having to have props in my pockets.

Every time I hear complements on people I coached, I feel as good as when I used to carry a truck load of tricks in my pockets.

I believe the better we all perform magic, the better for all of us.
Mago Mai

P.S. All I carry now a days is Magic in my mind.
Message: Posted by: guitarlover42 (Apr 16, 2003 04:03PM)
This is my first post as well. I used to carry a bunch of junk in my pockets: Wallet, Pen Through Dollar, up to four decks of cards (a deck for playing cards, good deck, extra cards deck, and a different colored deck) TT, wax, IT, lighter that had a card on it, a small pair of scissors, folding quarter, Sharpie, pocket knife, and matches. In my card boxes I had Blink, Ultimate 3 card Monte, Double Backer, Ricochete, Double Blank card, and finally a blank one side card. :pepper:
Message: Posted by: Mago Mai (Apr 16, 2003 08:35PM)
I am diyng to know what do you carry now?
Message: Posted by: Harry Murphy (Apr 17, 2003 01:31PM)
What do I carry when I am just heading out? Nothing! That is, NO magic props or tricks. However, I am ready to perform a short set when asked for a trick (and I want to do a trick, but that is a different discussion!) I don’t do a “trick” I perform a routine (or a set) with a beginning, middle, and an end.

I have said it before elsewhere, but I believe that the way to think about impromptu is not what you can “load yourself” up with, or what you can do with the “non-magical” items that you normally carry with you but rather, what can you do with the items that the average person carries on them!

If you are going to do impromptu magic (magic that you want to do and are not
“foisting” on an unwanted audience) then think about doing solid routines with borrowed items from the spectators! There is little that is more powerful.

Think. Do you have a routine for borrowed bills? Borrowed coins? What can you do with a ring, or a pencil, or an ink pen? How about a clean handkerchief, a lipstick (yes lipstick, why use ashes?) All items that many folks carry so why not be ready and practiced (yes practiced) to use them?

You could always be prepared to use the paper napkins from a bar top or waiters station (or just one from your place setting). In the restaurant, how about a saltshaker or glass. What can you do with those common items?

Honestly, just using those items you could entertain (emphasis on entertain) a small gathering for 15 plus minutes. And that is using NOTHING out of your own pockets.

IF you are asked to perform on the spot and you WANT to perform, then there is no excuse for you to NOT be ready to perform a strong effect with items borrowed from the spectator asking for the performance.

A little thought and a bit of practice time with common objects and you are never caught unprepared. Leave the TT’s, the deck of cards, the sponge balls, and hot rods at home, but leave home prepared to work wonders!
Message: Posted by: mithrius (Apr 18, 2003 11:40AM)
Thanks for presenting a different perspective, Harry... I was starting to wonder if I needed more magical props in my car's glove compartment. :)
Message: Posted by: Michaels (Apr 20, 2003 03:36PM)
Harry knows the true meaning of impromptu.
I would second everything Harry said. However, I always carry a TT. My reasoning is this, many people who have seen me before request that I make a lit cigarette
disappear for a friend of theirs. IMO as old as this trick is, it is still one of the visually strongest tricks to someone who is unaware of the TT. Rather than diverting to another trick I oblige, making it appear I can perform this trick at anytime without any setup.
Message: Posted by: wassabi_87 (Apr 23, 2003 02:52PM)
I always carry several decks of cards, some are gaffed, others are not, rubber bands (around the deck) sponge balls, coin gimmicks (dime and penny folding coin, etc.).

I always have at least one of my decks prepared for two card monte, another for the three aces.

bubba :bikes: :bikes: :bluebikes:
Message: Posted by: mplegare (May 5, 2003 04:56PM)
Just walking around, I tend to carry exactly one TT and a couple of silks. Now, this is really more for *my* amusement than anything else, as I've been working on the TT 'color changing silks' from one of Gary Darwin's books. :)

Just recently, I've started wearing a length of silk rat tail cord with two big 'tube' beads as a bracelet, wrapped around three times. I'll admit up-front, this is inspired by McBride's 'Ritual of Liberation' trick, tho' I got big wrists so I can't wear *his* rat tail cord. Ack.

The logic behind wearing it is that I can riff off, say, 10 different effects just using that one bit of cord (several 'rope' tricks, a couple of penetrations, even a pendulum divination), and when it comes to 'impromptu' stuff, when you're a hack like me, nothing beats a TT for utility. Best reaction I've ever gotten was for Darwin's 'balancing business card'. Then people do indeed spend 10 minutes trying to make it stand up on its own.
Message: Posted by: RiffClown (May 7, 2003 04:47PM)
I always have a deck or 2 of cards, 2 quarters (testacroce), an English Penny, Irish Punt, German five Mark and a Kennedy Half.
Message: Posted by: kryptonite76 (May 9, 2003 03:00PM)
I always have a TT loaded with a mismade bill on me. I keep it in the that tiny pocket in my jeans so I can dip right in and get it on.
Message: Posted by: John Fitzgerald (May 10, 2003 01:56AM)
I like to look unprepared and my magic impromptu, so anything I carry will just be either regular gimmicked items like a e*****d 10p s***l that I could sneak in and out of a borrowed coin routine or an I.T.T.

An I.T.R is also useful.

Message: Posted by: Bill Hallahan (May 10, 2003 02:41AM)
Harry's point is a good one, but if you have a favorite trick, there is also nothing wrong with carrying it with you. I almost always have rubber bands, ring and string, and a TT with me. CMH is one of my favorite tricks.
Message: Posted by: 1magicshop (May 13, 2003 07:37AM)
I also have Stealth by Peter Nardi and color monte with me.
Message: Posted by: icedj (May 14, 2003 07:53AM)
Coins; in addition to cards, carry the odd regular coin.

If asked, just perform a few sleights or something like that. Learn some good visual stuff, and you can just borrow a coin from a spectator.

Message: Posted by: halcon (May 14, 2003 12:42PM)
Cards are what I mainly carry.

Message: Posted by: WVMAGIC (May 19, 2003 02:53PM)
I think 2 spongeballs are great to have. You can do many effects and combine them into a nice routine. I think more people should use the electronic rating pen, it is inexpensive, looks impromptu and I get great reactions with it. I really have a hard time follow such a visual effect with anything else.
Message: Posted by: Juan D (May 19, 2003 08:22PM)
Blank Business cards
Deluxe Pen thru anything
The Bat

And Sometimes a deck of cards + and Invisible Deck
Message: Posted by: M@gic Man (May 20, 2003 02:05AM)
A deck of cards
The Raven
Rubberbands(for CMH)
and some sponge balls

that's about all

Is the deluxe pen thru anyything good??
Better than the regular pen thru everything?
Message: Posted by: Socrates (May 20, 2003 12:56PM)
All I need are my hands and my imagination and I can work wonders.

Take it easy


'Simplify' - Henry David Thoreau
Message: Posted by: ferraroj (May 21, 2003 06:53PM)
Color Monte and half dollars
Message: Posted by: Daniel Faith (May 22, 2003 12:36PM)
It is clear that most magicians do not understand what impromptu magic is or they do and are not willing to give up the gaffs.

Harry does have his finger on it gang.
It is magic done on the spur of the moment with BORROWED items.
In a dictionary "Impromptu" is defined as:
Prompted by the occasion rather than being planned in advance.

You don't have to carry anything with you if you know your stuff.
Good luck all
Message: Posted by: Loual4 (May 26, 2003 10:33AM)
The most important equipment: Business cards!!! After that, a simple deck of cards, thumb tip and a silk... I figure that if I'm not out to do a show, or "walk around", I don't actually need to lug around all my equipment. :bigsmile:

Louis :bluebikes:
Message: Posted by: WarlockDrummer (May 26, 2003 12:40PM)
A deck of cards set up for Color Changing Deck and Chicago Opener (then I can do card tricks FASDIU).

Sometimes a rope for Colombini's Professor's Math (maybe starting with rope through neck or a few false knots).

Thinking of carrying an eclipse tip or sanada (sp?) gimmick.

Message: Posted by: gocall911 (May 26, 2003 02:47PM)
I have started 2 or 3 cards ready to do star warp with. It really blows people away too!
Message: Posted by: ShizNick (Jun 23, 2003 04:25PM)
A deck of Red Cards, Hundy 500, and Kaps Fire wallet.
Message: Posted by: Big Jeff (Jun 24, 2003 11:36PM)
I am going to start carrying rubber bands and 2 pencils, 1 for unleaded by Sankey, and 1 for Just passing thru, and a dollar bill I can cut to do Wonderland Dollar. I just got this and it is very good.

Message: Posted by: Jared (Jul 13, 2003 10:27AM)
I like coins for everyday impromptu stuff. I don't care much for JB magic, but his stretching coin is great. I just grab a quarter when reaching for some change and palm the gaff with my other hand as both hands go into the pockets and s-t-r-e-t-c h ....it looks great- just too bad the gimmick costs so much because I wish I could give them away.

Message: Posted by: AragorntheMagician (Aug 5, 2003 11:16PM)
My wife made me a "Magical Hip Pouch" and the following are in it and on me at all times:
Mini Egg Bag
Color Vision
Appearing Candle w/silk
Color Changing Hankie
D'Lites (is four too many???)
Ring Flight
Finger Chopper (old type that still cuts cig)
Various Thumb Tips w/loads (is 5 too many??)
Wiregrams (Great routine seeing the wire
bend into the shape of the chosen
Disappearing Deck
Locked Deck
Raising Card (Several types)
Scotch & Soda
Coin Box
Mini Die Box
Mini Vampire Tube
In a Flash by Jay Sankey (Absolute Jaw Dropper!!)
with Flash Paper
Ring & String (several sizes)
Thimbles (First thing I ever learned)
Ball to Cube & Egg (Yes the egg did come first)
Small Ball to Two Big Balls (keep it clean, gang)
Several ITR's (Large, Medium & Backup)
Mini Balloon Pump w/Balloon's
Various Sponge Balls
Toilet Paper & Mouth Coils (Take out of top of
kids head)
Mini Brief Case
$1,000,000 Bill
Ball to Big Red Hand
Appearing Wand
Fanning Deck
Two (2) Regular Ungimmicked Deck's
Mini Coke Bottle w/Ring
Coins Across (Half Dollars)
Business Cards held by Hidden Hold Down
Oh my BOG, I am a Magic Junkie!!
ps: BOG = Personal Deity of "Cheech Wizard" and "Aragorn the Magician"...lol :firedevil:
Message: Posted by: Kelvin Ng (Aug 7, 2003 03:18PM)
With Joshua Jay's pro-carrier case, I can fit a deck of cards, some half with expanded shell on it, a packet trick, extra gaff cards, and my business cards. This small pouch can go through my belt loop which makes more room for my other pockets. I Have a card to wallet on me always and a jumbo coin in back pocket.

I have a phantom deck on me at times because it really is a great haunted pack that can use any deck with virtually no setup and you end clean.

I used to carry a TT with a bill switch because it carry's light but the Bill switch done properly is so strong that I only do it during my shows.


and If necessary I carry a set of color changing knives as well.
Message: Posted by: Lee Darrow (Aug 8, 2003 11:18AM)
It depends whether I am "packing heavy" or "packing light."

"Packing heavy" usually happens when I am going into a target rich environment for potential clients - parties, corporate meetings, etc. "Packing light" is what I carry from day to day.

My "Packing Light" gear consists of a TT, 6 half dollars, 1 English Penny, a giant Chinese coin, a bunch of rubber bands on my wrist and a coin purse with a Mismade bill and another TT in it. I always carry business cards and my Palm Pilot has a prediction in it for the Queen of Hearts. In my wallet is a Magician's Credit Card.

"Packing Heavy," add to the above a deck of cards, a pencil, a swami gimmick, 4 sponge balls, 1 walnut (as a finish to the sponge routine), a set of color changing knives w/smash climax, Pen Thru Anything and, if wearing a suitcoat, a Balducci Wallet. If I'm feeling really cocky, a mouth coil or two as well, just for fun.

Isn't it interesting how, back in the '40's everybody was carrying a Squash gimmick on them? No one does that these days.

Lee Darrow, C.Ht.
Message: Posted by: Bill Citino (Aug 8, 2003 11:05PM)
Well I saw this post and had to reply...I carry a mismade bill, a Canadian bill, 4 barber halves, 4 English pennies and a Chinese or East African coin with a hole in it. That's about it.

Message: Posted by: mrmetropolis (Aug 10, 2003 04:10AM)
Looks like many of you just read past Mr. Murphys wonderful post. The best thing about his post is it was full of wise rich material whom many of you would have paid to see lectured. As of now, I carry a Deck of cards w/ 2 double facers, shattered, a dupe, and a extra odd backed card. rubber bands, stargazer, 5 halves, and rarely a TT. The interesting thing about Harry's post was the emphasis on practice. How about doing card warp without PLAYING CARDS. Here is a routine I came up with just now using Harry’s concept. Borrow someone’s business card and use your own. Do card warp making your card reverse. Next... Do a torn and restored with the pieces. finish by switching the creased card for a flat one and thank them for exchanging cards. Card warp with bar Napkins? hum look at all we have if we only get out of the mindset of CARDS and COINS, SPONGEBALLS etc. just do what you have been doing with normal items. :fyi:
Message: Posted by: Brad Burt (Aug 10, 2003 03:54PM)

This is a great topic. I like as little on me as possible. But, I do carry the following as it allows a very powerful short 'act': The Bill for Wonderland Dollar and the Two Ones to a Two set. Also, two pennies for Tenkai Pennies and Two Pennies on the Knee from Bobo's. If I'm really going out and think I might get to do something, I add: A TT and small silk and four half dollars and an English Penny and my favorite Thimble for thimble stuff.

If I can't borrow a deck of cards I pretty much have to pass as a deck of cards it larger than I like to carry on a casual basis. Borrowing the cards in an impromptu situation has always 'seemed' stronger than having cards with me. When you pull out a deck in a non paying situation I still get folks that want to make sure I'm not using a Svengali deck, etc.

Brad Burt
Message: Posted by: RiffClown (Aug 10, 2003 04:18PM)
On 2003-08-06 00:16, AragorntheMagician wrote:
My wife made me a "Magical Hip Pouch" and the following are in it and on me at all times:

That's a lot of stuff to carry around. It seems to me it kind of takes the spontaneity out of impromptu. I'll have to give it to you though, you are prepared to be put on the spot. :banana:
Message: Posted by: AragorntheMagician (Aug 11, 2003 08:14AM)
Thanks Rob, I've found that while doing something someone else will come up and I never have to repeat...lol....Also, I will just reach in and grab something so it's potluck. On my Magician's Oath, "I Promise that there is NO Loss of Spontaneity or Wonder in my Victims Eyes"...lol. I do between 10 - 20 Random Acts of Magic a day on the unsuspecting and it has paid off professionally...and I'm having a blast. Used to be an engineer (it was boring!)

Oh Yeah, Rob, it's especially appriciated by women with unruly children in "Check Out Lines" for their distraction.....LOL

aka: Bob :firedevil:
Message: Posted by: Don Wilson (Aug 11, 2003 05:02PM)
I usually carry a bill fake for the torn & restored dollar bill (Seeing is Believing) and a paper clip; also a couple of Kleenex (clean!); one balled up, and one to tear up and restore with the balled one. Usually also carry the Kitson Miracle (three card monte). Don Wilson
Message: Posted by: eeesp (Aug 11, 2003 07:02PM)
I ask for 2 quarters to do my Right Handed Coin routine, borrow cards, ropes, etc. I do pack when I have a new routine that's ready for the test.

Whether you pack or borrow, what matters is at the end, the audience is reevaluating the meaning of reality.

:eek: :rotf: :heehee: :dizzy: :worry:
Message: Posted by: iMagic (Aug 11, 2003 09:24PM)
I only carry a regular deck and some coins, and maybe on occasion a tt that's all though I like to have things inspectable.
Message: Posted by: PyroDevil (Aug 13, 2003 10:48AM)
Always a deck of cards.
Message: Posted by: chriscox (Aug 17, 2003 05:30AM)
As little as possible to answer the main question!

2 packs of cards
1 pack of picture cards
A pad of paper
Business Cards
The Hidden
and Diceman....Well that's a bit too much actually but perfect for mentalism at a moments notice... Doing without all of that a few marked business cards is all I'd need to knock an audience dead....in theory!
Message: Posted by: ritty360 (Sep 2, 2003 12:35PM)
I used to carry my square circle and zig zag lady in my pocket. Along with that, I would carry five decks of cards and five silks...

Seriously, as I have gotten older and wiser in my use of the art, I have found that if I am going into a situation and someone may ask me to do some stuff, I have this in my pocket:[list=1][*]A crumpled up $20 and $1 bill (one for the David Regal trick using 20s and TIHOP effect and the one for Serial Killer from the Ammar tapes!)

[*]A crumpled up napkin for T&R napkin[/list]
Message: Posted by: mattpuglisi (Sep 2, 2003 05:01PM)
On 2003-08-06 00:16, AragorntheMagician wrote:
Oh my BOG, I am a Magic Junkie!!
ps: BOG = Personal Deity of "Cheech Wizard" and "Aragorn the Magician"...lol :firedevil:
This is off topic, so please forgive the infraction:

"BOG" is Nadsat for "God", that is, it is how Alex and his droogs refer to God is Burgess' [i]A Clockwork Orange[/i]. :realnerdy:

Back on topic...

Before I leave the house I always make sure that I am carrying, at the very least:[list][*]One deck of 56 cards [a full pack (plus jokers), with two extras—a dupe and a dupe with different back—for no particular reason] :idea:
[*]Four coins (Kennedys, Barbers, or Morgans—it depends on my mood) :spinningcoin:
[*]Rubber bands (in case I need to handcuff a crazyman) :handcuffs:
[*]Two diaper-sized safety pins (to keep it from falling off of me) :propeller:
[*]One set of Color Changing Knives (because I live in NYC) :whatever:[/list]
Message: Posted by: mystic shriner (Sep 2, 2003 10:29PM)
What a great thread! I carry my "rigged cards", an English penny and a half dollar walking liberty (those who know Bobo know what I can do with these simple but oh-so fun coins!).

I do a great Malini card location and a few other weird moves with the cards. I make all my own gaffs as well, I feel like I trust them more, and if the get worn, I don't have to go to a dealer, just the kitchen table with my supplies!

I also carry a TT and various supplies for that at times. I'm in the public eye all day long, and since the majority know I'm a magician, I've learned to be prepared for the phrase, "Hey, did you know Chris is a magician?"...and suddenly, you're on! :genielamp:
Message: Posted by: Leeman (Sep 4, 2003 02:19AM)
Pen thru dollar and also for recap, wallet and business cards for singed business card to wallet and a few quarters for mr clean coins across.
Message: Posted by: Eric Grossman (Sep 4, 2003 09:23AM)
I almost always have four half dollars and *****. If not, though, I ALWAYS have my wedding ring. It can be a great impromptu weapon.

A favorite impromptu routine that I perform, is Dean Dill's "No Extras". It's a bare handed matrix with four borrowed objects.

When a potential audience prods me enough, I will even ask for a shoelace for Ring and String. Hey, if I'm not being paid and they are insisting on some magic, then they need to sacrifice a little.

Other than coins, I really don't want to look like I'm carrying. Along the same lines, I NEVER offer to do magic. I've got to be asked, and sometimes asked again. I just think it's a bit geeky to walk up to people and say, "Hey look at this." Also, by seeming a bit reluctant, the magic is much more powerful.

Eric Grossman
Message: Posted by: Robert52 (Sep 4, 2003 07:56PM)
I used to carry all sorts of things, now I'm down to a TT four halfs and four English pennies, sometimes a couple of rubber bands. That seems to get me through the day.
Message: Posted by: Mistro (Sep 12, 2003 09:38AM)
Deck of Tally-Ho Cards, three U.S. half dollars and three English Pennies in a coin purse.
Message: Posted by: rmoraleta (Sep 12, 2003 10:21AM)
I always carry a TT to do Kevin King's Money Morph.

I also use coins. That's it!

Message: Posted by: Bong780 (Sep 12, 2003 11:25AM)
Rubberbands for CHM and pinnacle. Also some halves and English pennies.
Message: Posted by: ufo (Sep 20, 2003 08:35PM)
I usually always have a TT with a streamer in it. I put one of Jeff Scanlon's thimbles in that to keep it "shaped" and ready, otherwise the streamer may appear along with carkeys, etc.

I am also fond of hanging Jeff McBride's "Ritual of Liberation" cord off a beltloop. This is an invitation to someone to ask, "What the bead-thing for?" Consequently, if I don't necessarily want to be asked to do something I won't wear this item!

If dressed in a vest or coat I have Kevin James' vanishing magic marker ready. You can find this on his video or notes for the coin in Perrier bottle routine. It sure fire-visual and a major reaction getter. And, if you suspect the presence of cards where you are going to be, the Kundalini Rising is very handy indeed.
Message: Posted by: cubreporter (Sep 21, 2003 06:08PM)
Business cards for design duplication, three small manila envelopes, one with Shaxton flap. Miracles, wonderment, and awe.
Message: Posted by: juan (Sep 27, 2003 08:01AM)
-two coins
-bands to CMH
-bills to do beswitched
Message: Posted by: Luis Sirgado (Sep 27, 2003 09:31AM)
I always carry rubberbands to CMH and sometimes I have a TT or a deck of cards.

Message: Posted by: WandSpin (Sep 29, 2003 11:54AM)
For me, I don't leave the house without:[list=1][*]Cards
[*]TT and a mismade bill ($10)
[*]Sponge balls[/list]I can do a 20-minute show in a mall, or parking lot and then hand out my business cards.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Oct 8, 2003 01:29PM)
Sponge Bunnies
Cigarette thru Quarter
Magnetic Silver Copper
Pen Thru Anything

Can't leave home without them.
Message: Posted by: David Le (Oct 8, 2003 11:59PM)
I don't use gimmicks. Well at least not "traditionally" I carry a deck of cards. Bicycle works best (beware of fake cards, mate!).

And some regular coins. I do French drops, finger palm vanishes, back clips and some "devious" maneuvers using the classic palm that fool even those who know the concept of "visual retentions"...All credit goes to some old man who taught me his ingenious routines.


I'm David Le by the way.
Message: Posted by: Lee Darrow (Oct 9, 2003 10:15AM)
Aside from all the other junk I noted on my earlier post, I recently added Nathan Kranzo's Stone Purse to my pocket arsenal.

WHAT a killer finish to a coin routine! And it works for Williamson's striking vanish copper/silver routine, too!

Also, in my back pocket, I carry a Valentine Blindfold sometimes, for when I know I'm going to be somewhere that I might have to drive... !

Lee Darrow, C.Ht.
Message: Posted by: Nathan Kranzo (Oct 11, 2003 03:27PM)
Hi Lee,

I'm glad you like the Stoned Purse! One of my handmade effects is always in your back pocket. That's cool!

Message: Posted by: kihei kid (Oct 12, 2003 09:32PM)
I change things up a bit from time to time but I rarely leave home without:[list][*]Sticky Situation (this trick floors people)

[*]Two TTs, one for appearing, color changing, disappearing silk, and anything else that comes to mind. The other for a lighted match.

[*]Two identical rings

[*]Some change[/list] :baby:
Message: Posted by: DarryltheWizard (Oct 13, 2003 09:55PM)
I carry the Bank of Denmark credit card. It's a mental prediction effect. I also carry a TT with a streamer. I produce the streamer (rainbow). Touch the rainbow and your wish will come true.

"That's a strange wish to have your name on my credit card."

I then show them the credit card with "your name" at the bottom.

Darryl the Wizard :thehat:
Message: Posted by: David Le (Oct 15, 2003 04:28AM)
I have a trick called [b]Ex-Girlfriend Prediction[/b]. I carry the four cards and the envelope using the prediction.

How do I do it???

Let's just say the answer is ridiculously simple and Max Maven does it for his MINE—YOUR trick. ;) That's something I haven't done yet but WILL do eventually so along with my deck, sponge balls and coins, I might carry that too. :bg:
Message: Posted by: Illusions4Life (Oct 15, 2003 07:24AM)
I always have Psychic Vision, two half dollars, and a shoestring to do my ring on string routine. Occasionally a deck of cards but not too often.
Message: Posted by: future4told (Oct 16, 2003 07:34PM)
I used to be packing from head to toe but thanks to Gregory Wilson's [i]On the Spot[/i] video I pack a lot lighter! I always have:[list][*]Three quarters
[*]Two pennies
[*]One dime
[*]One nickel[/list]In my wallet I carry:[list][*]$1 dollar bill and gaffed $5
[*]Business Card with Kentonism/Numerology on Back
[*]$1/$5 Gaff Corners for Torn and Restored Bills
[*]$1,000,000 Bill[/list]If I know I'll be doing some type of informal performing I'll have:[list][*]One deck set up for Chicago Opener/RedHot Mama
[*]One Deck in Aronson Stack for Any Card at Any Number
[*]TT with MisMade Bill
[*]and sometimes The Raven![/list]I highly recommend Gregory Wilson's [i]On the Spot[/i] video as well as Michel Weber's [i]Lifesavers Book[/i]. If it's not a paying gig, believe me, the more impromptu the bigger it plays!

Dave Schutt
Charlotte, NC
Message: Posted by: Koolmagic114 (Oct 24, 2003 01:12PM)
For myself I like to carry things on me that I would possibly use in my everyday life. I like my magic to look very impromptu, and also spur of the moment type stuff. One item is my Time Machine Watch. I usually also have a deck of cards on me, TT loaded for the bill switch, Perfect Pen Thru Anything and some coins. And for me that is usually enough for a good little performance. :spinningcoin:
Message: Posted by: magicjody (Nov 9, 2003 04:26PM)
I usually carry, coins, a deck of cards, a TT, hot rod, receipt from debit card purchase, and lint.
Message: Posted by: Suffolk (Nov 21, 2003 07:49AM)
I agree with Harry Murphy - do effects with spectators own stuff or better still nothing.

When I'm called on to demonstrate my abilities when I'm on 'my own time' I perform a loose routine based around what the punter has, selecting from:

Banachek’s Psychokinetic Time

An improvised 'Haunted Key' (you can do this with almost any mortise type key if you practice.)

A 'Reversal' number mind read

Pulse stopping

Metal Bending

Various cigarette/coin slights/vanishes.
None of the above requires any equipment whatsoever.

I will admit that I do carry a couple of gimmicks at all times but only because I actually use them in 'real life':
I have a Flying ring (which I use as my real key holder), which has a 'coin pocket' built in. I habitually keep a 'Unique coin' and a folding coin in there.

However, these things don't look like props (actually the spectator doesn't even see them) and still allow me to perform miracles with the audiences items (their ring, there coin etc.)… way more powerful than waving silks and card around, they LOOK like stage props.

I'm amazed though at how much junk people on the forum do seem to carry though, particularly TTs. Is there a layman over the age of ten on the planet left who doesn't know about TT???


Message: Posted by: elnabbob (Dec 13, 2003 01:52PM)
I always have deck of cards and elastic invisible thread around my wrist.
Message: Posted by: Nicholas (Dec 13, 2003 07:56PM)
On page 8 of Kneppers "Miracles of Suggestion" there is a great mental effect involving the concept that the mind works of more than one level. This item can be done with borrowed objects, a pencil and a piece of paper. Brad Henderson's Everlasting Pendulum Divination can also be accomplished with borrowed items including a borrowed deck of cards. The spectator finds their own card. The only pseudo-impromptu gimmick that I carry is a nail writer. I ask the individual to imagine a scene that includes me. I hold up X number of fingers...or pull X number of rabbits out of a hat, etc. (whatever seems appropriate under the circumstances). After asking them what number they saw, I prove that it was the same number that I projected to them as evidenced by the number that appears on my business card (or borrowed paper). These three totally floor people every time and the only thing I'm really carrying is the nailwriter. (When not in use, I carry it in a contact lense case with a spare in the second lense compartment). I also always carry Kolossal Killer. I just love these effects and get such strong reactions that, although not completely impromptu, it's still traveling pretty light.
Message: Posted by: mystic mickey (Dec 14, 2003 12:30AM)
On 2003-02-16 18:35, Rick wrote:
At least carry a deck of cards and your business cards.
[/quote]princess card trick is essential
Message: Posted by: kilgourpower (Dec 14, 2003 08:03AM)
Thumb tip,cigarette through pound coin and mini thread reel.
Message: Posted by: Dallen (Jan 11, 2004 10:23PM)
In everyday life, I always have a deck of cards with me...in case I get asked to perform something or just to pratice in my spare time. I am also starting to carry some coins and a lighter....not bulky at all, and very useful for doing magic and interacting with people.
Message: Posted by: Tom Jorgenson (Jan 13, 2004 02:03PM)
•Chinese folding nippers and string for chewing a string back together. It's a great visual of a trick, with no gaffs or gimmicks, and apparently nobody has EVER seen it performed. Good for one on one, and can be bumped up for a small crowd.
Message: Posted by: Tony Ley (Jan 15, 2004 11:10PM)
I've gotta tell everyone to REREAD Harry Murhpy's post on this subject! Excellent advice, sir!

Things I personally carry with me:

In the glove box of my truck I keep a small leather bag that contains an assortment of magical gimmicks. What I decide to take from the bag depends on where I'm going. Inside the bag are the following:
1. A deck of cards ready to perform Paul Harris' Overkill.
2. About 10 extra cards for doing setting up an impossible torn & restored card to anyplace chosen type of effect.
3. A jumbo coin.
4. Folding quarter (c'mon guys! NOBODY uses half-dollars anymore!...Let'em go!)
5. Color Monte.
6. Cards for Virginia City Shuffle.
7. Color-changing knives.
8. Spongeballs.
9. Extra thumbtip.
10. mini-wand made of clear plastic dowel with electrical tape at the ends.
11. dice.
12. I.T.

In my pockets when I'm just chillin', I carry the following:

1. A thumbtip
2. Coin purse with seven quarters, quarter shell, a couple of English coins about the size of a quarter, bent pennies, one silver dollar, a prediction for Paul Harris' Overkill.
3. A jumbo quarter in my back pocket.

With just the above mentioned items, you can almost perform an entire show!
Also, as was posted earlier, you should be able to just grab something off a table and DO SOMETHING right then and there!
Check out Greg Wilson's videos, Off the Cuff and On the Spot for some really amazing impromptu routines using stuff that's just normally available.

Take care,
Tony Ley
Message: Posted by: Yogibear0925 (Jan 16, 2004 08:34PM)
I always keep a TT just because a number of effects can be done with it. I also carry a deck of cards, sponge balls and a lighter(powerfull magnet in the back pocket.
Message: Posted by: rannie (Jan 18, 2004 11:49PM)
I lways carry two TT, one loaded with a bill for a bill switch ant the outher for salt effects or any vanishing effect. I also carry an artificial (shell) eye for something geeky, I love chewing gum so I always bring "sticky situation" . two invisible elastic loops , and a deck of cards. oh, and a magic marker.
Message: Posted by: 4cards (Jan 19, 2004 09:04AM)
Message: Posted by: powen (Feb 9, 2004 07:26AM)
[list][*]Coins[*]TT[*]Nail writer[*]Pen and paper for CT effects[/list]
Message: Posted by: GlenD (Feb 9, 2004 11:01AM)
I agree with Harry's thoughts earlier and I can do a few things with borrowed items but not as versatile, yet, as I want to be. But on the other hand, if asked to perform or if you find yourself in an impromptu situation, I don't see anything wrong with mixing it up. Maybe a trick or two with borrowed items intermixed with other effects utilizing cards, pins, dice, whatever you pull out of your pocket!

I can not leave home without having some things on me, I just can't. Even if I am only going out to put gas in the car or whatever, I always have to grab a few things! The stuff I am carrying these days are:[list][*]Deck of cards[*]Papermate pen[*]Three quarters[*]1/2 dollar[*]Pair of dice[*]TT[*]Bendover bills[*]Pyro-perception gimmick[*]X-pert[*]Iraqi most wanted deck[*]Wallet with packet tricks...[*]P. Paige's three card trick[*]Amazo B'Wave[*]Kollosal Killer[/list]That's about it.

Message: Posted by: Dennis (Feb 9, 2004 01:06PM)
TT, The Animator hook-up and my mind. You would be suprised what you can accomplish with these items! However—your milage many vary!

Message: Posted by: Ember (Feb 10, 2004 03:19AM)
Mmm. My first post so thought this would be a good place to start:[list=1][*]Pack of cards[*]Pen, good for signing said cards or in more prosiac moments writing things down
[*]Wallet gaffed for card to wallet and also handy for carrying money/business cards etc.[*]ESP cards for Mated, carried in above wallet. I put them there some months ago and the effect plays so well I can't break the habit of carrying them.[/list]I can happily put together over an hour of magic with just the above. Besides day to day living makes other demands on my pockets.
Message: Posted by: salsa_dancer (Feb 10, 2004 05:13AM)
A pack of cards, gaffed wallet, pen and a pocket full of change is enough to keep anyone happy. I keep a ball of wax on the end of my sun visor in the car and a couple of elastic bands in case I need to put a card on a ceiling. You know how it is, the urge just takes you sometimes...
Message: Posted by: Paddy (Feb 10, 2004 01:01PM)
In my wallet I carry a "beswitched" setup with a U.S. $1 bill and a Canadian $5 bill. Astounds them every time. I even booked a birthday party doing this one. Someone who had seen me approached with a group of her friends and asked, "Are you the magician at (soandso's) party? Can you show us a 'trick?'"

When I did beswitched another woman with her booked me for a party to be held the next month.
Message: Posted by: Dragunsfyre (Feb 12, 2004 10:03PM)
A regular deck and a stripper deck with the same back design, a 4C in my wallet, a 6D in my inside coat pocket (and sometimes a 7S in my sock) all matching back designs, a Sharpie, two 1/2" carriage bolts and six nuts, four half-dollars and an expanded shell. Chris Frings taught me "All Screwed Up", hence the bolts and nuts.
Message: Posted by: mystic mickey (Feb 18, 2004 09:37AM)
I already mentioned Princess Card, but I also only carry stuff that fits in my regular wallet and a deck of cards and a black Sharpie. In the wallet is a duplicate of any card for forcing and doing Card to Wallet, Princess Card trick and Twisted Sister.

The deck of cards is printed with my logo and made into a rising deck by Martini Magic in Delta, Pa. Every time I do the rising card I can leave the person with a signed business card (two birds, one stone). I also have one card prepped with a hole burned in it and a rubberband around it to do the old Bullet Hole card routine (my comes from Ginn's [i]Children Laugh Louder[/i]). I can then used the ungaffed portion of the deck to do some regular card tricks. So it's just a regular wallet, a duplicate card, two-packet tricks and a gaffed deck with my printed logo...a wallet and a deck so to speak.
Message: Posted by: Mikey-Flys (Feb 18, 2004 01:54PM)
Lately I've had a normal deck with me, invisible deck, and a "unshuffled" deck all primed. Sometimes a couple of gaffed cards to mix in and out of the normal deck.
Message: Posted by: Rob Johnston (Feb 18, 2004 01:55PM)
Right now, at work, I have a deck of cards and five metallic casino chips from Vegas.
Message: Posted by: Bill Thomas (Feb 18, 2004 09:07PM)
[list][*]Deck of cards[*]Wallet for card-to-wallet[*]Dreamweaver[*]Rubberbands[*]A few coins[/list]
Message: Posted by: kerpa (Feb 19, 2004 06:30PM)
I, too, carry coins, a deck and a hot rod. Then again, I'm a pediatrician, and the hot rod is particularly good for the three to five year olds. I am toying with carrying more, perhaps an expanded coin shell.

a/k/a Mike Miller
Chicago area
Message: Posted by: ivan7 (Feb 20, 2004 09:34PM)
Usually I don't carry anything. However, when I think I might be asked to do something (going to some sort of social function where people know what I do), typically I carry a nail writer, maybe a TT, maybe a bent c*** and sometimes I strap on a m****t (depends on where I am going). Anything else would seem a little overboard, especially cards. No non-magicians I know carry cards with them, and they'd think it a little odd I had a deck and would instantly assume it was faked. Not too good if one is trying to be convincing.
Message: Posted by: MoonBeam (Feb 21, 2004 06:06PM)
I personally don't really like to carry much, but a TT, #19 rubber bands and a few nice coins can go a long way.

Message: Posted by: WoodRat (Feb 28, 2004 06:39PM)
I always carry:
- silver half dollars

Sometimes I add:
- English penny and C/S
- or a shell

If I have a jacket I'll bring:
- Deck of cards (w/dups in the cellophane)
- Purse frame and 2 sponge balls
- TT and silks
- 4 balls (monkey fists)
Message: Posted by: walkman (Mar 15, 2004 09:28PM)
I always carry my silver half so I can practice my coin roll if I notice people watching I do some vanishes an sort of a one coin routine mostly to amuse myself
Message: Posted by: jbohn (Mar 17, 2004 10:48AM)
I like what Harry Murphy had to say; however, I do carry a couple of things:

3-4 Kennedy halves (if nothing else, I can practice palms and other moves)

Occasionally, a good old deck of Bicycles.

Message: Posted by: ace_up_sleeve79 (Mar 18, 2004 09:59PM)
I try to keep things pretty basic.I don't usually go up to people and start throwing streamers and mouth coils in their face.It's usually for my amusement and practice.
1 deck of bikes
6 halfs(including scotch and soda)
Raven(to surprise myself when I'm really bored)
lighter and a pack of smokes
Message: Posted by: Eric Woods (Mar 20, 2004 12:56AM)
I use to carry arround a ringflight that also provided me with room to carry coins, rubberbands, flashpaper... I NEVER performed the ringflight for fear of scratching someones ring. Anyway, you will always have your keys with you and by picking up a similiar keychain from the gas station (for about $2) you will always have some of your favorite tricks on you. And with all your tricks in there you WON'T lose your keys!!!
I have about 20 min. worth of material in there--that's packing small!
Message: Posted by: Scott Chesney (Mar 20, 2004 08:36AM)
Kollosal Killer and Color Monte

Message: Posted by: Dawai (Mar 25, 2004 10:07PM)
I carry with me $1 bills,coins,and a pen with a cap.
And I love Impromptu Magic.Its makes it a very challenging Magic when someone ask you to do something for them.
Message: Posted by: Jhonsky (Mar 28, 2004 03:38AM)
On top of cards, I bring coins. It's not too bad since I could always get change from stores. Also, rubber bands would be great. A pen isn't bulky as well. I can do a recap trick with it and it's a lot of fun. A ring,handkerchief, a shoe string for various tricks.
Message: Posted by: Paddy (Mar 28, 2004 04:16AM)
I always carry "beswitched" but I use a Canadian $5 bill and a U.S. $1 bill.

Message: Posted by: procy (Mar 28, 2004 05:30AM)
I always carry some business cards and some folded billets for some mentalism routines, CT e.t.c.
Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Mar 28, 2004 10:55AM)
I tend to only carry something when I go out on the town. Here's what I keep in the pockets of my blazer:

Gregory Wilson's "It"
Mirror Reverse
A deck of cards (I love to perform "Think A Card")
Bill Goldman's Mental Yarn (I LOVE performing this for the ladies)

I may, in the future, just do an equivoque routine with a prediction, instead of carrying a deck of card. I got really mad when I thought I had brought a plastic case of a certain weekend accessory and discovered it was a deck of cards instead. I also want to carry some folded billets on me for some mentalism.
Message: Posted by: Craig Dickson (Apr 12, 2004 12:38PM)
There are six Mis-Made Bills and a pack of loops in my wallet. Always The Mis-mades are left with spectator on those special occasions. I can tell you how many store openings have them on the wall where their first 20 dollar bill, etc., is proudly taped.

The mis-made is always signed. A business card that will be displayed for years.
Message: Posted by: jwebyra (Apr 12, 2004 02:15PM)
When I was in college I always had a couple of decks of cards in my knapsack. I learned a couple of things from the Mark Wilson Videos, played around so there wasn't any set up. Today I have coins in my pocket. I miss my college days.
Message: Posted by: miqufebo (Apr 12, 2004 06:29PM)
Hi! I am new to this site, but not to magic. I carry with me:

Some random coins
a BIC pen
and a pack of cards, all in my wallet.
Message: Posted by: Catmouth (Apr 12, 2004 09:29PM)
Great post, lots of cool ideas. I'm boring, though, just have a two packs of cards (throwing scrap cards, never a full deck, like me and a regular one). Like the pen through anything, though, kinda a neat effect.
Message: Posted by: Billy Andrew (Apr 13, 2004 06:44AM)
I try and keep items for impromptu either ordinary (coins) or invisible (TT).

Right now?
- 2 elastic bands around my wallet
- coins
- S&S
- Bitten coin
- 4 Business cards for matrix
- 2 identical Bic pens
Message: Posted by: willrob999 (Apr 16, 2004 06:00AM)
I always carry my Wallet which is loaded with the effect Kollasal Killer I always carry a pack of cards with me and two rubber bands and always have change in my pocket.
Message: Posted by: Scott Ocheltree (Apr 23, 2004 08:44AM)
I've been caught out with nothing on me a couple times now and felt quite foolish when asked to perform and wasn't ready.

I now almost always have a few rubber-bands for CMH and an Eisenhower dollar for a simple one coin routine.

If I'm traveling or visiting relatives I now have a nice Brenthaven fanny pack that I've squeezed the following into:

Corks (4)
Rubberbands (many)
Wizard Wands (like Jumping Jems only cooler)
Sponge Balls
Just Passin Thru

18" Silk
Giant TT and 6' TT Streamer
String for Cat’s Cradle tricks

Professor’s Nightmare
Rope and scissors for Cut and Restored Rope

Invisible Deck
Cards prepared for Card Warp
Deck and folded prediction sheet for Shuffle-Bored
Decks set for Diamond Jack (poker and jumbo)
Pick Me/Don’t Pick Me (poker and jumbo)
Kate and Edith (Jumbo)

This sounds like a lot but it packs down amazingly small and lets me be prepared for just about anything from a quick close up set to a decent platform routine. I don't take this with me everywhere, but it's small enough to toss easily in the car if I think I might be asked to share some magic.
Message: Posted by: bcharles (Apr 26, 2004 10:56AM)
Four halves, pen with a cap (Wilson's recapped), keys on keyring, and about a buck seventy-nine in change (quarters, dimes, nikels, and pennies) for many, varied coin effects.

Message: Posted by: ksalaz1 (Apr 26, 2004 11:11AM)
Hopping halves, deck of cards, Keys (Florida Keys by G Wilson), spare change.


Message: Posted by: Tod Todson (May 24, 2004 05:27AM)
I carry nothing. Just my set of house keys. With that I can remove one of them and do the Finger Blister effect.

Message: Posted by: James Harrison (May 24, 2004 01:54PM)
A half dollar and a chinese coin.

Ahh, the joys of pickpocket magic, all you need is the audience.
Message: Posted by: Leeman (May 26, 2004 01:12AM)
I made a post on this topic a while ago but I saw it again and reread the posts and was shocked. I used to carry a few magic items but now I don't take anything except the real mans wallet, and that is only becuase it is my wallet. after getting the on the spot and off the cuff videos as well as some other stuff I can perform magic with borrowed coins, bills, napkins, spoons, rings, buisness cards, pens, rubberbands. the way I figure if you are asked to perform magic then you should make the audience work for it a little. Plus it is more impressive to use their objects and then leave everything with them.
Message: Posted by: Oz Fan (Jun 1, 2004 12:34PM)
I carry 1 or 2 decks of cards, my wallet, and a duplicate card folded up in my shoe. So I can force card control 2nd from top, dl to show their card, snap fingers the card changes, then show their card in my shoe.
Message: Posted by: sal (May 22, 2005 09:29PM)
Dean Dills RE- Edged Set(Walking Libertys)W/ the C/S for the set.
soon to add the Nathan Kranzo's Stoned Purse routine ( waiting for it to arrive)
That's about it. Oh, Hot leads in the back pocket modified for a mini card to wallet
Well, That's my two cents

WOW, That first post wasn't so bad!!! I think I'll stay, Ha ;)
Message: Posted by: Elputty (May 22, 2005 09:38PM)
I usually have a deck of cards. If not, two rubber bands around the wrist for CMH. There's usually some change in my pockets and a bic pen. Lots of stuff from On the Spot.
Message: Posted by: froggyman (May 26, 2005 04:57PM)
Silver dollar size poker chips, Deck of cards, 4 Rubberbands around my wrist.
Message: Posted by: pedrothegreat (May 29, 2005 06:53PM)
Currently as I have only been doing magic for about 1 month, I only keep a pack of cards and sometimes the raven on me. although I'm not fluid with the raven yet so I only perform with that to drunk people!
Message: Posted by: kennan (May 31, 2005 01:23AM)
I usually have a blue deck of cards with a red backed king (cross twist) on the bottom of the deck, and the vanishing deck gimmick on the top of the deck (after my routine everything is clean). Also I have my card to wallet. inside my wallet I am set up for two dollar window. In my pocket I also Have one half dollar, and only some times a penthroughdollar, the boa coin bender, and my tt.

Basically, I make it a rule to always be ready for two 10 min, high impact magic routines
Message: Posted by: denzildon (Jun 12, 2005 08:51PM)
Here in Calgary I always have a jacket so I go out with a raven, bat, deck of bikes and coins.
Message: Posted by: greydonthemagician (Jun 12, 2005 11:18PM)
I carry only a deck of cards, but with it I can do many effects. I also just carry cards because I like to jazz. I f a spec comes up to me and wants to see a trick, I pull out my cards and make stuff up on the spot. This is a lot of fun.
Message: Posted by: Mike Melito (Jun 14, 2005 12:50PM)
Card to wallet
Time Machine
Card Warp
52 on 1 card
New Magi Card
Pager loaded ITR
Bendy Pen
Crazy Man Handcuffs
Message: Posted by: Philippe (Jun 17, 2005 10:34AM)
Read an article in either Genii or Magic in which Alan Alan reawoke a good oldie, the hook coin but using a larger than normal and heavier than normal coin which gives a much better handling than the old penny, so I haver started having this with me. I am never without cards, I have decks everywhere, car, pockets, my wifes handback, just never caught out.
Message: Posted by: Bill Ligon (Jun 17, 2005 11:52AM)
I don't carry a lot. No cards, but a nail clipper to make corner shorts in a borrowed deck (used judiciously!); my own large Chinese coin and rope routine; three half-dollars and an "ancient Roman" coin (heck, it might even be real); a handkerchief (clean); a lens for a certain coin trick I love; a small pocket knife; a book of matches, and sometimes now I take along Color Monte. Oh, yes, a pair of dice.
Message: Posted by: gngorick (Jun 17, 2005 09:50PM)
I carry:

*Banachek's PK Pen (I perform this a lot. Even if I'm not using it for its main purpose, it could be used for other pen tricks... spectators don't suspect a thing)
*3 Canadian Quarters and 1 Chinese Coin in a coin purse

That's it. I hate having bulky pockets.
Message: Posted by: FLIM-FLAM (Jun 17, 2005 11:03PM)
Coin penetration, deck of cards, 4 elastic bands, a few one dollar bills and a few silks.

I like to pack light! :)
Message: Posted by: ruaturtle (Jun 18, 2005 02:54PM)
I always carry two decks of cards, a sharpie, and a half-dozen half dollars...
Message: Posted by: Ty Argo (Jun 18, 2005 04:28PM)
ALWAYS in my wallet and ready:

-Mismade bill
-Stargazer band/crazy man handcuffs

...and sometimes I'll bring my 4 halves with ] in a nice coin purse.
Message: Posted by: Paul Rathbun (Jul 3, 2005 07:54PM)
I like to carry items that seem less like a prop. Perfect pen, greed etc. That way it seems spontaneous.
Message: Posted by: Wizzard (Jul 11, 2005 08:41AM)
Himber Business Card Wallet, 2 C&S Halves and a $2 bill switch
Message: Posted by: elasmac (Jul 11, 2005 09:35PM)
I always keep a deck of Bicycle cards and rubber bands on my wrist. I also bring the color changing knives in my shirt pocket.
Message: Posted by: magicmafia22 (Jul 16, 2005 12:27AM)
I try to carry a deck of card and a stealth pen
Message: Posted by: HatTrix (Aug 1, 2005 01:21PM)
I carry

-a deck of cards of course
-coins for coins across
-2 rubber bands for crazy mans hand cuffs
-a fork for some metal bending
-a tt and silk
-folding coin for bite out of coin
-stealth pen
-and sticky notes

the cool thing is my change bad is pocket size and it holds my stealth pen, change, tt, fork, and the rest is in my wallet.
Message: Posted by: Shalin (Aug 1, 2005 02:36PM)
I carry:

-A deck of bikes
-TT and silk
-some bills
-rubber bands
-Some coins
-Folding coin

that's what I carry on a regular basis when I am at school or on the street doing walkaround somewhere.

Message: Posted by: sayer (Aug 23, 2005 03:29PM)
I carry rubber bands. It easy to use them.
Message: Posted by: solidimageartsllc (Sep 4, 2005 07:53PM)
What a facinating topic! I confess - I NEVER leave the house without a least ONE, highly polished Kennedy half. Sometimes I'll mix in a little Scotch and Soda for the hecklers. ;-)

Message: Posted by: Parson Smith (Sep 23, 2005 03:11PM)
Message: Posted by: GWSchott (Nov 20, 2006 09:11PM)
Pen thru dollar
Deck of cards
Flipper coin & ES
3 regular half dollars
Message: Posted by: Andy the cardician (Nov 20, 2006 09:41PM)
I always got a deck of cards in my pocket - for practice and impromptu presentations.
Message: Posted by: kumpletoo (Dec 5, 2006 10:44AM)
I carry the following:
Quarters for coin in pen cap routine
Deck of cards
Rubberbands for CMH
Message: Posted by: Belleque (Dec 6, 2006 11:48AM)
10" Linking Rings
Temple of Banares
Vanishing Elephant

oops I mean

Black Tiger Deck
Rubber Bands
4 half dollars

Message: Posted by: BCaldwell (Dec 6, 2006 11:51PM)
Just my wedding ring. I can make it vanish when I see a hot girl checking me out... Ok, that has never happened... sad... very sad... :(
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Dec 7, 2006 11:01AM)
My gosh some people load up like 007 with gear just to go get coffee.

Anyone just "go out" and NOT bring anyhting? Sorry stupid question.
Message: Posted by: airship (Dec 7, 2006 12:29PM)
I wear my gold Black's PK Ring all the time. It's great for spontaneously levitating stainless flatware.
Message: Posted by: Magic CPA (Dec 7, 2006 12:29PM)
I usually carry a mismade bill, rubberbands (e.g. CMHC, ring up rubberband, etc.) and prepared business cards. I'm considering learning a "$5 to $1 transpo" trick (e.g. beswitched) which I would carry in my wallet.
Message: Posted by: DStachowiak (Dec 30, 2006 04:07AM)
On 2003-01-02 23:33, vinsmagic wrote:
I carry a pair of dice..........
Yea I love that routine in the Bruce Elliott book too LOL
Message: Posted by: phase27 (Dec 30, 2006 11:53AM)
I usually do not carry much but my wallet always has Kollosal Killer and Fraud ready to go. These are 2 really powerful effects that are easy to carry and can be done as long as I have them set. Lately though I havent been leaving the house without my deck stacked using the BCS. I love using this stack.
Message: Posted by: DStachowiak (Jan 1, 2007 12:35AM)
I don't always carry all this at once, usually I have about half of this stuff with me, depending on what I think I'll be in the mood to fool with when I'm leaving the house.
1 TT
1 straight deck
1 Gimmicked deck such as Invisible or Brainwave, as a security blanket
Half in bottle
Leipsig's Pride
4 half dollars or silver dollars
1 E. S. to match the above
1 big penny, dollar size OR big penny "clank" size. I don't usually carry both big coins at the same time
a little ball of fun tack stuck on a button somewhere about me
Lately I have taken to wearing IT loops
1 or 2 English Pennies
Message: Posted by: Tim Hannig (Jan 3, 2007 01:23PM)
Hundy 500
Cashier's Nightmare
view this at google video here http://tinyurl.com/yzxz69
Message: Posted by: Fizzban Magic (Jan 27, 2007 06:35PM)
I carry notepad, pencil, and my haunted key, it works great as a pendulum too!
Message: Posted by: KoskiK (Jan 27, 2007 07:54PM)
I always have a deck of cards, a marker, 4 sponges, coins, TT & silk and elastic bands. When I've my bag ,which I've with me most of the time it adds 2 decks of cards(one has custom looks), d'lites, raven and sts.

I always knew I carry too much stuff with me, but I can't even think going out without at least the TT, deck of cards and sponges.
Message: Posted by: morgandollarman (Feb 22, 2007 12:34PM)
I always carry my 3cm and six 64 kennedy's and a TT ,that gives me a few routines at a moments notice....
Message: Posted by: Yellowcustard (Mar 19, 2007 11:01AM)
Great reading what you all carry heres my list for what to carry. I beef it up if I know iam going to be in a large group of pepole.

I always carry my magus capsule which also help to carry thumb tip and two razor edge dice.

somtimes I carry......

Flash paper in a small mint tin and a hanky and 3 ring circus.

in my bag is equal ropes and a ring for ring and rope.

a boxs of matchs.

Souce stuff at venue ......

2 grapes and old coffe mug = chop cup routine final load any thing big.

Travel cards and rail tickets are good for useing to cover coins in a coin matrixs also mark them up to use in a 3 card monti.

I just keep looking for stuf at venues.

if any set up or riging is neede go for a poo.

With above stuff I do a pile of tricks. in this situation keep it simple keep it short and let them ask fo more leave for a bit then do more your also find ther like a chat as well so slow down. The other week I went to a bar to see a friend that had been a wawy for a while his whole faimly rocked up I did a bit of table hoping for a hour then done a big prestion of notey not as a final trick then sucked up free drinks as payment..

Keep going pepole
Message: Posted by: Bendy (Mar 19, 2007 10:26PM)
I never leave home without at least one TT. Usually, I have more than one. A hard one and a soft one. Only time I can get caught without a TT is when I'm mowing the yard and I have to confess...I've thought of even carrying one then!

In addition to that, I always have various coins, (the new dollar coins, Kennedy half dollars, Gospel tracts in coin form, etc.), and I've always got some kind of paddle trick on me, (usually a Hot Rod of sorts). A mis-made bill is also in my wallet and my wallet is always on me. Those are the ALWAYS ON ME items. What I USUALLY have on me includes a Black's PK ring, D'Lites, a small, (but manly), coin purse and Jay Sankey's Holy Moly. ...All of these are on me even when I am not expecting or planning to perform.

Then I also add stuff to the mix when the situation, what I'm wearing or where I'm going allows...just in case. Stuff like a bill tube, the Change Cap, a devil's napkin, ITR or IT loops, Third Degree Burn...whatever I think to grab on the way out.

Of course, if I'm expecting to perform, I'll have a jacket with the pockets loaded or will have one of my cases with me. Long story short, (I know, too late for that): Can't beat a TT. Never leave home without one!!
Message: Posted by: silvercard (Mar 21, 2007 02:24AM)
Sometimes I will carry more but the minimum will be a TT. Whenever asked to perform a trick, I will do Dollar Bill Switch or Vanishing a lighted match.
Message: Posted by: Mickkn (Mar 21, 2007 02:47AM)
Some half dollars, BCS Deck, Invisible Deck, a TT and a 12" silk
Message: Posted by: Amade3us (Mar 21, 2007 08:01AM)
A TT, deck of cards, deck of cards, Super Sharpie
Message: Posted by: Leland Stone (Mar 25, 2007 01:53PM)
Hiya, Magi:

Your contributions here are instructive and thought-provoking; Harry (the artist formerly known as Mumblepeas) and others make a strong case for anti-clank Magic -- the sort which doesn't require a clanking pocket load of gizmos.

Clank Magic is, however, that to which I gravitate, as I tend to be linear -- okay, hidebound -- in my thinking. Thus, knowing WHAT you carry has been helpful, and knowing what you DO with what you carry has been moreso, but knowing WHY you decided on what you carry would be most beneficial.

What is it that drives your choices? Some have mentioned published routines, and that's helpful because I can study the cited material and connect the dots between the published source and the Magician's answer/style of creative thinking. Beyond that, however, what is 'it' that yields an "A-HA!" moment, that allows or enables you to (sorry for the cliche') "think outside the box" and, for example, come up with 'VooDoo Ashes' using lipstick instead of ashes?

It may be that your talent is innate, and thus not transferable. But if the answer is simply training one's mind to be more creative, then your detailed analysis would be most helpful.

Thanks in advance,
Message: Posted by: Pathian (Mar 26, 2007 05:38PM)
I typically carry a deck of cards since that's most of my repitoire, but I'm cutting down for now unless I know I'll be doing magic (I like to keep a deck of cards in an inside breast pocket of a jacket or in a side pocket, but its too warm for that now and they warp in my pocket even in my guard).

Anyway, my typical carry items these days are...

In the pocket:
Blue Bic Med. round stic pen for Greg Wilsons Recap
Some spare change from my desk for random coin tricks
Sometimes a stealth pen

In my wallet:
Greed bill
Hopping Halves
Whatever my favorite packet trick of the moment is (currently Richard Sanders Super Duper Jumping Gemini
Message: Posted by: hiwese1 (Mar 27, 2007 01:27PM)
Deck of Cards
Scotch and Soda
Bill transpos
Message: Posted by: Tony Webs (Mar 29, 2007 06:15PM)
I use to carry allsorts on me at first. Now I just have my wallet with a bit of change in , an ordinary pencil or pen with a bit of paper or card. My mobile phone, but what I have on it is some music that I play if performing the mizers dream routine for those that like I also have some music and sound effect on it that I use to accompany my own mini impromtu act together with a few photos of numbers or cards that I use as a revelation/ prediction.
My business cards are the only cards I carry unless traveling long distances and that's when I may practice with a deck.
Message: Posted by: Billy_M (Mar 29, 2007 07:02PM)
I ALWAYS have a deck of cards. I try to have atleast 2 bills and a few coins. Also, I bring whatever new gimmick I bought.
Message: Posted by: FunTimeAl (Apr 3, 2007 08:27AM)
PK Ring (I know they break easy, but I can't resist)
Coin Purse containing:
Shell & 3 half dollars
foam peas (I'll use whatever is around for walnut shells)
Half a spoon (if I'm going some place where eating will be involved.)
Deck of Cards

Funny how I'm often the only one wearing a jacket and collared shirt where ever I go these days!
Message: Posted by: waianaeboy702 (Apr 4, 2007 04:35PM)
Hypno bill, lethal tender, wizard g2 pk ring,
Message: Posted by: Michael Peterson (Apr 14, 2007 12:40AM)
I usually carry-
My pimpernel wallet with several predictions & business cards(it's my everyday wallet)
Some bent coins
A deck
A T.T. with a bill in it
My handling of twisted sisters
A Sharpie
A small ink pen
A cigarette pull
P.K. ring
Kundalini rising gimmick

At very least I have some bent coins in my pocket and some predictions in my cel phone.

Message: Posted by: Borack (May 3, 2007 07:06PM)
Breakaway Half dollar
Color Flip
Message: Posted by: fogelka (May 4, 2007 01:09AM)
Rotating between Stealth Assassin or Hip Pocket Mullica
(Looks like I might now need to add Bang On to that rotation!)
Python Pen for coin bends
Flipper coin (lots of quick visual routines with this!)
Cards, of course
Message: Posted by: magic777 (May 6, 2007 09:06PM)
I always carry a TT and a small silk. A pack of bicycle cards and 4 coins of a style depending on which country I am in. With these a show can always be given.
Message: Posted by: ShawnMilo (May 9, 2007 10:52AM)
Level 1:
Standard deck of Bikes in a Porper clip and the Amazing Jumping Arrow. Always.

Level 2: (When I'm wearing my Scott-e-Vest, which is almost always.)

The above, plus:

Malini bag (loaded). One of the best effects in magic.

Sharpies (black and silver). Labeling your beverage at an outing. Can possibly be used for magic also...

Ropes for Fiber Optics. A wonderful, wonderful routine by Richard Sanders.

Coin purse containing five Kennedy halves, Kennedy expanded s****, English penny, Chinese coin, and a silk. (Harlan's Rising Dough & Roth's "Perfected Coin Through Handkerchief.)

At least one squeaker, preferably several (in case of giveaway).

Third Degree Burn (I perform this in several completely different presentations, depending on whether I feel like using a force or not, and whether I feel like using flash paper or not.)

TT (one to three). Required by law, although I don't really use them -- yet.

Level Three (when I feel like it):

All of the above plus a Zippo, flash paper, and a random item or two I may have been fiddling with recently.

I have to say, of all the items I carry, I get the most mileage out of that little squeaker. I use it in public whenever it occurs to me, and it gets the best reactions out of adults and children alike. I don't do it as a magic trick -- just a little something unexpected. I think people like that. I bought 144 on Ebay for cheap. The next-most-used item is the Amazing Jumping Arrow. It's always ready, fun and easy to perform, highly visual, quick, and never gets a yawn.

With just the contents of my pockets, I was able to perform in a street fair with a couple of other magicians. We took turns performing, and we went for seven hours, gathering pretty nice crowds. It was a ton of fun. And I only did three effects, for the most part, all day. Then another three or four that I did just a few times, for people who hung out a long time, or people who left and came back with friends.
Message: Posted by: airship (May 9, 2007 03:29PM)
Leland up there asked an interesting question:

[quote]...knowing WHY you decided on what you carry would be most beneficial. What is it that drives your choices?[/quote]

Routining drives what I carry, and what I carry drives my routining.

I try to use each item three times in a carefully plotted routine.

For example, I carry a 3-foot length of cored rope. Of course I do C&R, and I do a ring on rope. (I'm still looking for the third rope effect.) The ring on rope uses a handkerchief for cover, so I added Quicksilver and Freefall (from Fulves) to reuse the handkerchief. If no one wants to volunteer a ring, I use the bang ring from the dime & penny, which are also used as the base for three coin tricks. Etc. All of these are in my Altoids tin, except for the handkerchief.

With a small packet trick wallet, a (stacked) deck of cards, and my Altoids tin, I can perform 32 effects which are routined to create an entertaining and coherent 90 minute show. :)

Of course, I have NEVER done the whole 90 minutes in one sitting! But I keep track of which of my friends have seen which bits, so I always have material I can do.

The short version is, I go for mileage. But I try to make sure each effect has a solid impact, and that they routine well with a good story/presentation.
Message: Posted by: CDKconjurations (May 9, 2007 05:39PM)
I usually carry three old-style English pennies and a pair of dice. These things are always with my loose change that I pick up and pocket as I am going out the door. These are the only "props" I carry with me on any given day, and I've carried them so long that they really don't seem like props to me at all...
Message: Posted by: Justin Style (May 16, 2007 01:07PM)
On 2003-01-01 11:25, Peedlkyle wrote:
When you are just going about your everyday life, not doing street magic, what do you keep on you for magic. I keep a deck of cards on me ALWAYS, but what other things do you keep without being too bulky?

My two hands. I never leave home with out 'em. I'm a Sleight-of-hand artist. That's all you need, the rest is fair game and you can do magic with anything.
Message: Posted by: mrdane (Jun 14, 2007 12:50PM)
A deck of cards with one gaff
a Fraud bill or two in my wallet
Sponge Balls
Pen thru dollar
Superman coin Bender if I'm wearing a Jacket

Im trying to stay away from carrying so much though so I currently only have a fraud bill and sponge balls
Message: Posted by: closeupcardician (Jun 15, 2007 11:47AM)
My 52 Assistants, A Sharpie, Rubberbands (for one of my ambitious finales should I choose to use it.) and a stack of business cards.
Message: Posted by: cosmopop1 (Jul 6, 2007 07:22PM)
I always carry a deck of cards and, lately, I have been carrying around Hot Rod.
Message: Posted by: Lash (Jul 11, 2007 03:46PM)
It depends. Usually I have some coins and a silk for vanishing or penetrating quarter through handkerchief. Sometimes I carry a TT, a hot rod, and occassionally Scotch and Soda or Gen Grant 5 to 1 bill transpo.
Message: Posted by: Guardian452 (Jul 11, 2007 10:09PM)
Deck of cards
Message: Posted by: closeupcardician (Jul 12, 2007 02:24PM)
Also a notebook and pen so I can engage in what Psychologists call "Naturalistic Observation" or in laymen's terms people watching without the people knowing your watching. someone may say something that leads to a great story or patter line.
Message: Posted by: niva (Sep 12, 2007 10:21AM)
You carry all those???

No wonder you could do a street show. lol ;)
Message: Posted by: magicupclose (Sep 13, 2007 08:12PM)
Always have rubber bands on my left wrist, a deck of cards, sponge balls, half dollars, and English pennies.
Message: Posted by: jbrealmagic (Sep 14, 2007 03:48AM)
I carry:
thumb tip, Beswitched gaffed bill, bite coin (quarter), dime and penny, and Kundalini (placed on last minute).
I try to stay as impromptu as possible, using sleight of hand based routines with various objects (i.e. muscle pass with a flat rock; transposition with napkins; or mathemagic prediction ending in grey elephant, but touching an object in our surrounding's that is grey, etc...)
Thank you to everyone who has added their insight.
Message: Posted by: Bendy (Nov 22, 2007 09:20PM)
On 2003-01-01 11:25, Peedlkyle wrote:
When you are just going about your everyday life, not doing street magic, what do you keep on you for magic. I keep a deck of cards on me ALWAYS, but what other things do you keep without being too bulky?

When I'm not going out specifically to perform, I obviously always have SOMETHING on me. Without fail, I NEVER leave the house without a TT.
Just recently picked up Gregory Wilson's "FreaKey"; so I have that, along with "RinKey Dinky" in my pocket for some anytime key miracles. Most of the time I also have "Holy Moly" on me and "Hopping Halfs." When I wear jeans, I keep my PK ring in my watch pocket, where I can easily use it to quickly "dump" an item or slip the ring on my finger for impromptu illusions. Like the TT, I NEVER leave the house without some kind of paddle trick. The Number 2 pencil, a Hot Rod of sorts, a money paddle or my Hot Knife.
Message: Posted by: Bendy (Nov 22, 2007 09:23PM)
On 2003-01-01 11:25, Peedlkyle wrote:
When you are just going about your everyday life, not doing street magic, what do you keep on you for magic. I keep a deck of cards on me ALWAYS, but what other things do you keep without being too bulky?

When I'm not going out specifically to perform, I obviously always have SOMETHING on me. Without fail, I NEVER leave the house without a TT.
Just recently picked up Gregory Wilson's "FreaKey"; so I have that, along with "RinKey Dinky" in my pocket for some anytime key miracles. Most of the time I also have "Holy Moly" on me and "Hopping Halfs." When I wear jeans, I keep my PK ring in my watch pocket, where I can easily use it to quickly "dump" an item or slip the ring on my finger for impromptu illusions. Like the TT, I NEVER leave the house without some kind of paddle trick. The Number 2 pencil, a Hot Rod of sorts, a money paddle or my Hot Knife.
Message: Posted by: Max Krause (Nov 23, 2007 02:44AM)
I wear my necklace, rubber bands on the right wrist, a deck of my cards, my business card case, 4 silver half dollars, and a TT, in my right pocket. My wallet and a pen in my left pocket. Jumbo silver coin in the left back pocket.

In my car I keep my brochures, extra business cards, and extra decks of my playing cards to give to a client if I happen to sell myself while I am out and about.

I try not to overload myself with props as I am not out to do an entire close up show but just enough to whet their appetite. I always try to subscribe to the less is more approach.
Message: Posted by: Lord of the Dragons (Nov 23, 2007 08:00PM)
I usually carry 4 decks around. Now not all are in my pockets mind you. I carry a blue and red deck. a black pool deck and what I like to call a mess up deck for things such as a Mounting Back Aces by Jay Sankey and Torn by Gracia. I also carry around Scotch and Soda. I honestly don't need anything else. I am not big on gimmicks though on occasion I do use them. I just like using my own brain and will power to perform. That way I can go anywhere at anytime and do something without having to set up a gimmick or if people ask me to do something again I don't have to turn them down cuz my gimmick isn't set up.
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Apr 27, 2008 07:05PM)
I don't carry much, except:

-Coin tricks: A few coins to do any of my "Short Pockets" coin effects

-1 closeup trick: A TT for vanishing a hanky

-2 Packet Card Tricks: B'Wave and Princess Card Trick (rarely do PCT)

-1 Deck Trick: Invisible Deck

-Mentalist effects: Proof Positive or Business Coin Prediction

I mix & match from time to time but always travel light. I do the coin stuff more than anything else, but mix in a close-up effect or a card trick at times. I also have the Sankey close-up gems; Leaving Home and Killer Key. Typically, I will place the deck trick in my brief case when off to work. In my pocket will be the 3-4 half dollar-size coins, A small wallet with the 2 packet card tricks, and the TT. That's it! :)

I have tons of stuff but seem only to carry these few things around with me from day to day. And actually, I probably use the coins more than anything else, to do actual effects and more importantly to easily practice sleights almost all day long sometimes while riding on the bus, walking along the streets or sitting at my desk at work. Come to think of it, all I really need in my pockets are a few coins. Just the same, my load is always very light with small stuff that plays big. :) -MB
Message: Posted by: Mad Mage (May 8, 2008 04:01PM)
Most of the time coins and bills. If I'm going to be around a lot of people like a party or get together; coins, bills, a deck of cards, loops (or IT with putty), TT with a sm silk, PK Ring (or the BAT), sponge balls, a pencil or pen and a few mentalism ideas for good measure. Everything packs in my pockets. The great thing about PK rings is that (along with some PK putty) any borrowed cup and wadded paper can become a Chop Cup.
Message: Posted by: Demon5magic (May 10, 2008 12:45PM)
I made a nice little stand out of a coat hanger that holds all that I carry: a Thumb Tip, two decks of cards(one red one blue) three sponge balls, a card holder, and my wallet.
Message: Posted by: Mr Goodbar (May 20, 2008 10:49PM)
In certain situations I've been caught off guard asked to do tricks such as feats using electric touch, or a blister effect when I'm just hanging out in shorts and flip flops (mmmmmm The Self Tying Flip Flop) so in time I started only looking for things that I can do anytime and things I can always carry around...

And the props I've found to be the best and most useful for me are the things I use for everyday life... and I look for ways to incorporate them with tricks

For One - An "Assassin Wallet" (only works for you :])

Two - Always "A Celtic Knot Ring"

Three - I-Pod & Headphones (for mp3 Song Stop Mentalism)

Four - Don't usually have a deck but I always have 1 or 37 nearby or in my car.


Some other suggestions I had might be to carry

1 - a rabbit box
2 - a dove or 3
3 - premade balloon animals
4 - Andrew Mayne's Bowling ball from empty bag
5 - a straight jacket

Message: Posted by: mrdane (May 23, 2008 02:28AM)
Depending on whether or not I'm wearing a jacket...

Jacket Mode
Superman Coin Bender
Sponge bunnies or balls
Deck set for King Thing
Alternate Gimmick deck (invisible, perfection, or mental photography)

Always on Me
In my wallet - (Fraud bills, 5 and 1, Anniversary Waltz, Chicago Opener and Litmus paper gaffs)
Message: Posted by: Douglas Lippert (Jun 29, 2008 02:36AM)
I usually just do a variation of Pat Page's EZ Money. This really knocks their socks offs and I do not need to do anything else after that.

I used to carry Pocket Space by Anthony Miller but I never liked the fact that they had to "look up" their card.
Message: Posted by: Andrew Loh (Jun 29, 2008 09:08AM)
I just carry a deck of ordinary Bicycle deck because most of the time, I perform impromptu card magic... As for coins, I will request the spectator to lend their coins to me and I will too, start to do some impromptu coin magic routines...
Message: Posted by: holo (Jul 2, 2008 03:46PM)
Coins, and if I feel like ill wanna do cards, then a deck of masters in my card clip
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Jul 2, 2008 11:24PM)
I carry a thumbtip, a ham sandwich, and a 1947 Buick. That thumbtip really holds a lot of stuff!

--Grandpa Chet
Message: Posted by: Douglas Lippert (Jul 31, 2008 10:41PM)
How does the Buick run?
Message: Posted by: airship (Aug 1, 2008 10:01AM)
You turn the key, engage the transmission, and hit the gas.

Message: Posted by: Michael Peterson (Aug 1, 2008 12:41PM)
On 2008-05-10 13:45, Demon5magic wrote:
I made a nice little stand out of a coat hanger that holds all that I carry: a Thumb Tip, two decks of cards(one red one blue) three sponge balls, a card holder, and my wallet.

A coat hanger, can you please explain this to me?

Thank you,

Message: Posted by: Emerys (Aug 3, 2008 08:00PM)
I simply carry a deck of cards and four silver dollars. There is so much you can do with these simple props
Message: Posted by: kiss_bpp (Aug 8, 2008 10:05PM)
I am with you Emerys I go for the deck 4 half dollars and a [. This can take you very far. I should also add the loops in my wallet for those perfect moments. Such as catching bubbles and floating them in your hand with my father screaming that he can't go to his grave with out understanding that one.

Message: Posted by: spencerpeterson (Aug 13, 2008 04:05PM)
A deck of cards, sometimes a single half dollar and 2 rubber bands, I can also do some magic with my wallet and phone
Message: Posted by: Phil J. (Aug 17, 2008 07:19AM)
Only thing I never leave home without is my Stealth Assasin (i use it as my everyday wallet), a complete act in one wallet. Depending on where I'm going I might also take Coinvexed.
Message: Posted by: critter (Aug 18, 2008 07:39PM)
Oh it's bulky:) I have about 10 pounds of coins in my pocket. I usually carry 2 rubber bands, and sometimes a scarf or 'trick' coin like dime and penny.
Always coins though. If I have a coin I can bust out a miracle.
Message: Posted by: Glen (Oct 2, 2008 11:08AM)
Top left shirt pocket in a special holder (homemade) Eye Exam, two card monte, NFW, ultimate monte, done with mirrors. In pants pockets.....one black scarf, one smaller red scarf, TT, Boston Box with 5 halves, 5th has a shell on it, hopping halves, red ribbon for ring & string. PK ring. If I wear pants with extra pockets a deck of cards.
Message: Posted by: maxhuntmagic (Oct 3, 2008 01:38AM)
I carry
1x deck of cards, 2x rubber bands, finger ring for ring on band
IT for like 4 hours then I break it!
Business cards
Message: Posted by: basic_mystifier (Feb 10, 2009 06:47PM)
Deck of Bicycles and a half dollar
Message: Posted by: tstark (Mar 15, 2009 08:15PM)
Change and rubber bands are my choice. There is so much that can be done with the coins and CMH is still one of the most startling effects. If I am at a restaurant toothpicks are easy to get a hold of for a penetration effect (ordinarily done with two matchsticks).
Message: Posted by: John J Walton (Mar 17, 2009 08:57PM)
I am not to good with coins and cards yet so I carry a few small props in a fanny pack around work. I switch up from time to time but I usually carry the Haunted Key, some type of small paddle trick/Hot Rod, Pentro Penny, Matchless Matchboxes, Floating Match on a Card (in a plastic case so it doesn't bend), Diminishing Die. I am considering a TT and silk as soon as I get a little more practice with it and the You Do The Math card trick (again in a plastic Case) along with the Destination Unknown trick.
I also carry the old 2 one dollar bills to 1 two dollar bill trick in my wallet. Gotten good responses on it. Especially when it appears you just grab dollar bills from your wallet.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D (Mar 19, 2009 04:26PM)
Stealth assisan wallet
Directors cut
Message: Posted by: MikeyM71 (Mar 22, 2009 10:38AM)
I used to stuff my pockets, but now I travel really light.

I usually carry a TT, a deck of cards, and some coins.
Message: Posted by: MikeOB (Mar 26, 2009 07:26PM)
Directors Cut
Magnum wallet with Sanctum 2 and Kioku
Destination Unknown
Deck of Cards
Message: Posted by: RealityIsDeception (Mar 30, 2009 03:42AM)
The stealth assasin wallet, a sharpie, and a deck of cards......You could create a lot of miracles with that.
Message: Posted by: lewisswiresmagic (Apr 3, 2009 07:53AM)
Always a deck of Ghosts or Red bikes, a thumb tip somewhere (they seem to be in most of my jackets anyway) a sharpie, sometimes have either the raven, bat or gekko set up, elastic bands, a few coins, a paperclip and if I'm going to the pub or something I might be as bold as to take an invisible deck matching my standard deck.
Message: Posted by: Lbuford (Apr 7, 2009 01:37PM)
I always carry a deck of cards, 2 rubberbands, my own special "mind reading" cards, 12 small cards numbered 1-12 for the clock trick, Die Cipher II, 3 symbol cards, the WOW! gimmick sleeve, 2 cards with 4x4 blank squares to do a sudoku-shocker magic square and a Sharpie.
Message: Posted by: passerby (Apr 8, 2009 03:56PM)
I usually don't carry much besides a deck of cards, but only if I feel like doing magic. I don't mind turning people down, it only makes them value the performance a little more when I actually do something since I'm an amateur and only perform for friends and family.

If I do have a supplement for my RD, it's normally because I want a finisher to shut the younger ones up after the first trick (they get so annoying). Anyone else, RD effects and changes are usually enough. If I do supplement, it's a variety of things so I can keep it interesting. This includes TT, IT, HC, ID, AD, SD, TWM, GB, and any other miscellaneous props or gimmicks I've collected over the years.
Message: Posted by: mike256 (Apr 20, 2009 01:38AM)
I always have my sponge balls with me. If I'm not showing them, I'm practicing or just working on palming etc. . . a deck of cards or 2, my bunnies, profs nightmare, a few coins quarters or half dollars. I just made up a multiplying bill to carry with me. purse frame for sponge balls. and a hankey. some times I really load up and put stuff in my coat pockets too :D I try and practice everywhere I go.
Message: Posted by: Bendy (May 29, 2009 06:50PM)
I ALWAYS carry a TT with me. Always. The only time you'll find me outside the house without one is when I'm mowing the yard. Lots of possible "impromptu" possibilities with a TT. On my key ring, I often have "Departure," and I ALWAYS have "FreaKey." There is almost always some type of paddle trick on me (like the No. 2 Pencil, a Hot Knife, a Precision Magic Hot Rod or the Amazing Jumping Arrow). I also am in the habit of taking "Holy Moly" with me wherever I go.

In the glove box of the car, there's always one TT, one Hot Rod, a 9" silk, a regular deck of cards and an Invisible Deck. So if I'm driving my car or have quick access to my car, I've got something available.
Message: Posted by: Martin Adams (Jun 2, 2009 03:56AM)
I always have Stealth Assassin, ESPerfect, a deck of cards, and Tarantula on me. :)
Message: Posted by: jazzy snazzy (Nov 21, 2009 06:33PM)
I always carry 4 halfs and a silver eagle for practice when I'm waiting somewhere.
Evenings out are with 2 IT rigs and a thin vintage cigarette case full of packet tricks, monte, Cardini's card guillotine, etc. and a mis-made bill.

Usually I just float something quietly to see who pays attention. If I get a bite, I continue. If the crowd builds, I go out to the car and load up.
Message: Posted by: jazzy snazzy (Nov 21, 2009 06:47PM)
Also, I don't have any misgivings about testing new routines. It helps to see the reactions, even if its not perfect yet. If something goes wrong, good, then I have to bail myself out of it.
Oh look, my shirt's on fire.
Message: Posted by: PaulPacific (Nov 25, 2009 12:33AM)
I always carry a small stack of billets in a bulldog clip, a collapsable pen (to fit comfortably in my pocket) & a Swami Gimmick.
Message: Posted by: AdamB (Dec 2, 2009 12:50AM)
I'm amazed some of you guys carry so much.

Anything more than a couple regular coins, and a deck of cards if I have my backpack with me, is too much.
Message: Posted by: chris young (Dec 24, 2009 09:52AM)
I just carry deck of cards, thumb tip, invisable tread reel and long piece of rope. I usually get 45 mins of magic to get business and impress.
Message: Posted by: MattMagician (Dec 28, 2009 12:50AM)
Deck of cards, a sharpie, and a stack of business cards prepared for an Out to Lunch routine I created. It's great because they end with a very magical, memorable business card, and it's an instant reset!!
Message: Posted by: punx469 (Jan 3, 2010 08:33AM)
3 Sponge balls, TT, Ring Flight, and a deck of Bike's and The Shark gimmick right now. And a few coin in the pocket
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jan 3, 2010 10:22AM)
On 2009-12-02 01:50, AdamB wrote:
I'm amazed some of you guys carry so much.

Anything more than a couple regular coins, and a deck of cards if I have my backpack with me, is too much.

Do you actually work much? Or is this just a hobby for you?
Message: Posted by: Ezzet (Jan 6, 2010 01:52PM)
I see a lot of people mentioning TT. I was wondering what kind of routines most of you use with your TT.

Message: Posted by: DaddyDoodle (Jan 8, 2010 04:02PM)
My wallet, which I always have with me, has several items in it - Wonderland Dollar, MagiCard, Mental Yarn, business cards w/ blank back for "printing," Bryn Reynolds' BusinessCoin Prediction, acrobatic dollars, and a couple others. I also always carry at least on half dollar w/ me to do a simple vanish or similar.
Message: Posted by: Brent McLeod (Jan 9, 2010 04:33AM)
On 2010-01-06 14:52, Ezzet wrote:
I see a lot of people mentioning TT. I was wondering what kind of routines most of you use with your TT.


The one effect I perform more than anything and use
in many shops, bars,restaurants, on the street etc and gets a great reaction is
My version of Bill Switch-Using White Paper (same size) to $10 Bill

Here they are bright Blue and the visual transformation is quite startling!

I usually present a business card and has lead
to many functions for the companies etc
as they have seen a brief magic miracle and the've met you!!

Message: Posted by: AdamB (Jan 9, 2010 11:06AM)
On 2010-01-03 11:22, Bill Palmer wrote:
On 2009-12-02 01:50, AdamB wrote:
I'm amazed some of you guys carry so much.

Anything more than a couple regular coins, and a deck of cards if I have my backpack with me, is too much.

Do you actually work much? Or is this just a hobby for you?

Good call. This is currently just a hobby. Even so, I can't see myself carrying sponge balls, cards, and a few gimmicks for everyday carry and NOT in a working situation, as the thread mentioned.
Message: Posted by: james_thecanadian_magician (Jan 12, 2010 03:07PM)
Hey kudos to you AdamB, if you can perform good magic with just cards and coins. Impromptu magic is one of my favourite kinds of magic.
Message: Posted by: TheCoats (Jan 12, 2010 04:13PM)
I typically always have my backpack with me which has decks of cards in it and whatever gimmick or packet trick(s) I am playing with. Oh, and the backpack also contains my small moleskin journal I use to write down Magic related information, ideas, and tricks/tips.
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (Jan 12, 2010 07:47PM)
On 2010-01-08 17:02, DaddyDoodle wrote:
My wallet, which I always have with me, has several items in it - Wonderland Dollar, MagiCard, Mental Yarn, business cards w/ blank back for "printing," Bryn Reynolds' BusinessCoin Prediction, acrobatic dollars, and a couple others. I also always carry at least on half dollar w/ me to do a simple vanish or similar.
[/quote] thanks- glad BCP is working for you. No more are for sale due to a military deployment, but I plan to tip the methodology, as well as several variations on it, when I get time to release my next eBook. Bryn
Message: Posted by: mrsmiles (Jan 13, 2010 05:14AM)
On 2010-01-06 14:52, Ezzet wrote:
I see a lot of people mentioning TT. I was wondering what kind of routines most of you use with your TT.


Good question, and as you know as a utility item you can do almost anything. I like it to assist with a torn and restored paper napkin, though of course there are alternative methods to doing this trick without a TT. Another one I like is to vanish salt or sugar.
I prefer not to vanish a silk due to the reasonable amount of lay people who know the effect. On the otherhand, if you have a wand with you, using David Williamson's method is great silk vanish and even 'informed' lay people won't have a clue.
Message: Posted by: Perseus Arkomanis (Jan 13, 2010 02:08PM)
Deck...TT...loops...gaffed coins...oh...and a gypsy thread spool...hehe
Message: Posted by: surryhills (Jan 15, 2010 02:48AM)
I only carry a deck of cards...
Message: Posted by: Flec (Jan 15, 2010 04:42AM)
Ring flight Revolution from David Bonsall is the only thing I carry now without fail. I might take a TT ready for a Bill Switch if I'm keen. These two tricks are enough to impress anyone at a moments notice.

I have to say that as magicians, we sometimes do magic to please ourselves rather than the audience. If someone says 'show me a quick trick' then usually that's what they mean. They don't mean show me 30 minutes of your act! I do two very good tricks and swap business cards - if they want more they know where they can hire me! And I sometimes use the line "if you think think that was good....this was on the spot! You should see me when I'm prepared for a show!"

I'm not a fan of going down to the grocery store and carrying a deck of cards, 4 sponge balls, 8 sponge rabbits, 2 coins in my shoe, some elastic bands on my wrist, a tub of magicians wax, an invisible deck in my back pocket, an out to lunch wallet and a sheet of flash paper....."just in case."

Magicians are supposed to be able to do magic anywhere, at any time, with anything. So when performing impromptu I can borrow items and perform miracles with them. Why do I need special props like sponge balls and decks of cards when I'm doing my shopping? It is different at a paid performance, because I am expected to have props.

If it's a prospective client I show them ring flight and bill switch and that's it. If its a group of friends who aren't going to book me, but they still want to see something I can then do a few mental routines, a watch steal, PK time, some coin routines - and anything from the Greg Wilson DVD's 'Off the Cuff' and 'On The Spot!'
Message: Posted by: Zaprig1 (Jan 16, 2010 05:41PM)
Amen to Ring Flight Revolution!

I carry a Two Dollar Bill Tear, some flash paper, a 3CM, Extremem Burn, and Holy Moly as well.

A solid and devastating 5-7 minutes if I wish to take it that long, but these all hold their own ON their own too!
Message: Posted by: mhsam (Jan 20, 2010 05:20PM)
Iwear a suit/sportcoat every day so Iget to carry: Stockbroker for my business cards, Howie Schwartzman's Leather Impact,and the Invisible Deck. I carry in my pants: Predator Wallet or original Roy Roth Kolossal Killer Wallet and color changing knives.
Message: Posted by: mhsam (Jan 20, 2010 05:21PM)
Iwear a suit/sportcoat every day so Iget to carry: Stockbroker for my business cards, Howie Schwartzman's Leather Impact,and the Invisible Deck. I carry in my pants: Predator Wallet or original Roy Roth Kolossal Killer Wallet and color changing knives.
Message: Posted by: Hedberg (Jan 20, 2010 10:41PM)
I have a memorized deck that is roughed on the backs. That way I can use it as a regular deck and I can also use it as an invisible deck by faro shuffling half of the deck face down into the face up half.
Message: Posted by: Mad Mage (Jan 30, 2010 10:37PM)
At the risk of getting heckled for not having read the entire 10 pages, let me say this.

A lot of stuff can be carried in a Sport Coat or Field Jacket Styled shirt. I just got 5 Sport Coats from a local Goodwill for $20. I didn't intend to get that many, but I got lucky with the fit, varity and price. I intent to fit one with a topit that buttons out of the way, a Raven on the left and a pull on the right. Additionally, I'll add pockets inside to carry cards and gaffs. Start with a tweed or herring bone that goes well with jeans, dockers or dress pants.

If the Suit/Sports coat is not your thing you can always use a fanny pack or the assassin's pouch.
Message: Posted by: RodHousley (Feb 9, 2010 10:48PM)
One Coin and a deck of cards. I can do a whole show with these props. Visual, stunning magic that is memorable and amazing sleight of hand that people are impressed by. I won't leave without my one coin. I may leave without my cards.
Message: Posted by: JCheng (Feb 14, 2010 03:20PM)
One coin, deck of cards and Wow! by Masuda!
Message: Posted by: ballisticmonkey3 (Mar 17, 2010 01:51AM)
Usually, I will have on me a rising deck, some glue and thin wire or thread, and a PK ring. The PK ring is not something I got away with in the beginning, but now that I have won it for a while, nobody gets suspicious. I also carry a really cheap version of the pen through bill, mostly to write with. However, one of my favorite routines to do is the quarter through soda can because I can just buy it from a vending machine or borrow the stuff.
Message: Posted by: scarylarry (Mar 17, 2010 03:04PM)
Generally on any given day I carry a deck of cards, invisible deck, extreme burn, underground bill, some rubberbands on my wrist and my iphone (which has several of the best iphone tricks anywhere that aren't even on the market yet)
But in my car is usually one of my magic cases....just in case :)
Message: Posted by: idomagic (Mar 17, 2010 10:22PM)
Usually nothing, if I can't do something with something impromptu, then I don't force it. If I am headed to a party or somewhere I know I'll get put on the spot... I toss a thumbtip, a white silk and a stripper deck in my pocket.
Message: Posted by: NickDiffatte (Mar 31, 2010 10:12AM)
A zig-zag and sometimes a sub trunk. just kidding
Message: Posted by: griffindance (Apr 2, 2010 09:24AM)
Im normally a KISS (*eep *t *imple *tupid) kinda guy. One packet of Phoenix cards is always in a jacket pocket or a bag. Ditched my Bikes and Bees in favour of the Birds. Although this and the €2 coins are mainly for my benefit if I have a break at work.
Lately Ive been feeling a bit weird tho... IT and wax! Not the simplest and not exactly impromptu, but its not been going that badly.
Message: Posted by: DWRackley (Apr 21, 2010 11:16PM)
[*]Deck of cards (regular but Si Stebbins stacked, plus a different colored Joker)
[*]Scotch & Soda (plus a couple spare halfs)
[*]T***b T*p
[*]PK Ring (plus a vial of tiny Neodymiums on my key ring)
[*]Frixion cartridge (inside a Pilot G2 body)
[*]Business cards for (my version of) "Out to Lunch"
[*]Blank business cards for Annemann’s “Psychic Writing”
Message: Posted by: J.G. the magnificent (Apr 28, 2010 12:11AM)
On 2003-01-01 15:23, marko wrote:
I used to never be without a deck of cards in my pocket. But I'm sane now.
Amen to that for a while I had the shape of the deck in my jeans.
Message: Posted by: J.G. the magnificent (Apr 28, 2010 12:27AM)
Depends on wheather I want to carlessly grab things that I can do eaisily, do high impact, or experiment with new material. Typically though cards and or sponge balls, possible coins, string and ring, and imagination can sometimes be your best freind. Especially when you have a note book of paper. Paper balls over the head, stand along retention vanish just to shut em up, torn and restored paper, center tear effects, hell tear, ect. I once did a kick butt coin trick by acccident. http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=349645&forum=66
Message: Posted by: Yellowcustard (Apr 30, 2010 08:25AM)
On 2007-03-19 12:01, Yellowcustard wrote:
Great reading what you all carry heres my list for what to carry. I beef it up if I know iam going to be in a large group of pepole.

I always carry my magus capsule which also help to carry thumb tip and two razor edge dice.

somtimes I carry......

Flash paper in a small mint tin and a hanky and 3 ring circus.

in my bag is equal ropes and a ring for ring and rope.

a boxs of matchs.

Souce stuff at venue ......

2 grapes and old coffe mug = chop cup routine final load any thing big.

Travel cards and rail tickets are good for useing to cover coins in a coin matrixs also mark them up to use in a 3 card monti.

I just keep looking for stuf at venues.

if any set up or riging is neede go for a poo.

With above stuff I do a pile of tricks. in this situation keep it simple keep it short and let them ask fo more leave for a bit then do more your also find ther like a chat as well so slow down. The other week I went to a bar to see a friend that had been a wawy for a while his whole faimly rocked up I did a bit of table hoping for a hour then done a big prestion of notey not as a final trick then sucked up free drinks as payment..

Keep going pepole


How things change. This list below all fits in a small pocket in my wallet which is designed to hold loses change. There’s a whole host of stuff I can with this as well.

4 Aces.
4 Coins (I use old English pennies)
Chadwick’s mending cotton.
Elastic bands and stargazer gaff.
Power ball 60.

Add a deck of cards and a Hanky I am not just doing drinks for mates I am earning out of it. Don’t mean to sound cocky but its great to chart progress and it is partly thanks to the Café and all that are part of it.

The thing that as developed the most is rather than just tricks I have routines. I have 2 full 3 trick routines with this stuff as well as third almost. Then a few more bits as well. Rather than just tricks I have routines. Also Just as a presenter I am a lot more relaxed and calm.

So once again thank you all.
Message: Posted by: adamferrucci (Apr 30, 2010 10:03AM)
When I'm at work I usually have a TT and a MMB on me. I also keep a deck of cards in the office just in case. Slow days at work mean I get to practice with cards alot. When I go out at night it usually depends on what I'm wearing. If I'm wearing cargo shorts I'll be loaded up with stuff. Sponge balls, a few decks of cards, Hopping Half, Scotch and Soda, Lethal Tender, Himber Wallet for an effect that I just learned, TT w/ MMB and sometimes I'll carry money streamers.
Message: Posted by: Bryan Smith (May 2, 2010 01:42PM)
I almost always have a regular deck of cards and there are infinite possibilities there. In addition I will often have TT, pen through bill, and coin shell at any given time just in case.
Message: Posted by: insight (May 9, 2010 07:27PM)
I carry a little something with me that I shall not reveal just yet. I'm coming out with a brand new effect next month (see my Mental Prediction post in Penny For Your Thoughts), and once it is out, I shall share with a select few. This allows you to predict the "thought of" number of a spectator without any fishing.

In terms of other things, I usually carry a deck of cards.

Message: Posted by: Mad Mage (May 13, 2010 08:31AM)
I've changed up a little.

Mostly coins particularly 4 quarters for Wilson's "3/4 Across," coin matrix with bills or business cards, and various other coin effects. A dime and two matching pennies for Wilson's "A questionable trick."

A Deck of cards, Though it can be cumbersome without a jacket or shirt pocket.

PK Ring
Wizard Ring that matches my wedding band with a few sm magnets.

Loops wrapped on a poker instruction card in my deck of cards.

Extreme Burn and other effects.

A TT wrapped in a sm silk to keep it clean.

Message: Posted by: Mike Davenport (May 13, 2010 10:51AM)
Deck of cards (Bikes)

PK Ring

A quarter or two (usually folding and steel core)

If I'm feeling really magical when I put my shoes on I put my TT in my pocket. I keep one in my sock drawer. Is that weird?

that's pretty much everywhere I go. My wife doesn't like that I wear my PK ring instead of my real wedding ring a lot. She has threatened several times to throw it away.
Message: Posted by: mindguru (May 14, 2010 08:26PM)
Pen and post it notes.
Message: Posted by: 55Hudson (May 17, 2010 08:07PM)
A deck of cards (regular) and a couple half dollars. But also try to be prepared for borrowed objects or those that might be around -- salt shaker, four peanuts (or rocks or what ever).

cups and balls with coffee cups and kumquats (great idea from M. Ammar!) -- what a reaction that got!
Message: Posted by: superpixel (May 19, 2010 01:09PM)
Four quarters, one sharpie, one "twisted pen" and Lubor's lens in my wallet. A deck of Bicycle cards with a double-back, Twilight Angels and Grow gimmicks. Rubber bands on my wrist. iPhone with a few utility apps. Sometimes 2 or 3 more items from True Astonishment... and MagiCard. If I'm feeling frisky I'll pack an Altoid tin with a TT, penny & dime, cig through quarter and some wax and an ITR.
Message: Posted by: iluzjonista (Jul 26, 2010 06:42AM)
Normal deck of cards, sponges, iPhone with tricks, Multidimentional, Probe, sometimes electric touch, small mental wallet, purse with coins- with electronic I feel like James Bond:-)
Message: Posted by: shaneking (Jul 26, 2010 09:32PM)
With just a pen and paper you can do the magic square. Harry Lorrayne does a magnificent routine of it on youtube here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeaTzZO8jTU
Message: Posted by: insight (Aug 2, 2010 10:55AM)
With mentalism, you have to carry nothing sometimes.

Message: Posted by: Alex Rapattoni (Aug 6, 2010 10:09AM)
If I plan on doing random acts of magic I will carry any number of things, however if someone ask me to show them a trick I usually try to borrow something from them or pick something up for what's around. I am always on the lookout for rubberbands, paper clips, bic pens, I love getting change, there are great things that you can do with a spare quarter or a dime and two pennies. My favorite impromptu vanish uses a handful of change and a sucker.
Message: Posted by: Douglas Lippert (Aug 9, 2010 11:18PM)
On 2010-08-06 11:09, Alex Rapattoni wrote:
My favorite impromptu vanish uses a handful of change and a sucker.

The fake take works well for a lot of effects. I used to carry magic on me. I don't do that anymore. I try to borrow things or do some mentalism. I usually don't care what people think but having a magic prop on me at a bar isn't very cool...haha.
Message: Posted by: Ken Northridge (Aug 10, 2010 08:28AM)
I've been a magician for over 30 years and very rarely have I carried magic with me. That changed when I got my iphone. Its perfect because I don't have to try to remember it. Its a habit. Its always there and people really seem to get kick out of it.
Message: Posted by: magicbenyoung (Aug 17, 2010 01:55PM)
I always carry:
-A normal deck of cards with one gimmicked card that is truly invisible but incredibly useful.
-3 half dollars
-blank business cards for mentalism and most importantly
-KOLOSSAL KILLER. Always in my wallet. Works every time. Super easy. Gets better reactions than just about anything. Best decision I ever made.
Message: Posted by: Alex Rapattoni (Aug 21, 2010 03:56PM)
It struck me today that j left the house with four sponge ladybugs and a Svengali deck. No that that is a bathing, but Iaughed aboun how my style has changed, even very recently. I always felt that magic has to be natural, that everything should be examinable and borrowed. I think I realized that If I perform well I shouldn't have to worry about that. If I want to borrow I can.

I just wanted to share this revelation, even though it's no a complete thought yet.

Message: Posted by: mycoolwould (Aug 22, 2010 12:46AM)
I never leave the house without a regular deck of cards, cigarettes in a gimmick box, 5 half dollars and two prowling eyes, looking for the perfect moment to blow someone away.

I used to load myself up with a bunch of utility items but as my style has progressed I now tend to stick to pure slight of hand. the only gimmick I regularly take out with me is my "special" cigarette pack for penetrations of small items and real living insects. I prefer to not force the spectator into a moment, rather let the magic unfold organically and spur of the moment...its much more powerful this way.
Message: Posted by: afinemesh (Aug 22, 2010 04:17PM)
In my wallet I carry:

Bill Goldman's mental yarn
Powerball 60
Test conditions by mentalvoyage
Kioku by Outlaw effects
My business cards for my version of Max Maven's positive/negative.

On the go Mental magic at it's best
Look Ma, no hands.

Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Aug 22, 2010 09:54PM)
It changes every week, lol, but here's my latest "inside my wallet":

Message: Posted by: Sammy J. (Aug 25, 2010 05:25PM)
Just watched your video and I love your magic room.

As far as the wallet goes, I saw what you carry, but am surprised that you can't fit a change of clothes as well!

One thing I would consider adding is Shawn Farquhar's "Torn 2 Pieces". Great effect, razor thin.

Love my "Anything is Possible" bottle!

Message: Posted by: trouser (Aug 29, 2010 03:35PM)
This is a great thread. I always carry:
Extreme burn
Holy Moly
Powerball 60 (my new favorite)
2 Rubberbands
Wonderland dollar
A couple IET loops
and a TT/silk
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Aug 30, 2010 12:48PM)
On 2010-03-17 23:22, idomagic wrote:
Usually nothing, if I can't do something with something impromptu, then I don't force it. If I am headed to a party or somewhere I know I'll get put on the spot, I toss a thumbtip, (and)a white silk...in my pocket.

Wow, that sounds like me today! The only difference, is I carry a red silk! Usually, I can find something to perform with. Usually, pocket change, or borrowed quarters work well enough. I might carry my Ike Dollar coins and an Expanded, or just a Quarter Expanded, if I KNOW I'm going to be asked to do something.

I think the most important part of the statement, was, "...if I can't do something impromptu, then I don't force it..."

Message: Posted by: Mark Jarvis (Aug 31, 2010 01:25PM)
Roger Klause's Ultimate Slow Motion Bill Transportation. This visual magic of a five dollar bill turning into a one without any fancy moves is a killer and is unexplainable. The gaff is invisible. I have performed this hundreds of times and have never been called on it. As close to REAL MAGIC in a moments notice that I have in my pocket at all times!!
Message: Posted by: PenEnpitsu (Aug 31, 2010 05:23PM)
For me, I have a little magic pouch that I use to carry my thumb tip, some gum, a penny shell, a miniature penny, some bottle caps, a PK ring, and a deck of cards. great ideas on this thread, I'll need to make some additions! :)
Message: Posted by: Kuma (Sep 1, 2010 05:50AM)
I just realised *duh* that besides some rubber bands, I always have my iPhone with me and there's a couple of good magic apps loaded on there.
Message: Posted by: Jacques (Sep 6, 2010 01:27PM)
I try to keep it simple but versatile, but these objects are more for me to play with and practice sleight of hand than to show a trick. I always have an old brass chinese coin (36mm), an old silver counterfeit 5 francs (37mm), a brass ring (43mm)and a string (1.5m green paracord). Sometimes, the ring is included in a coin routine. I may replace the silver coin for a Copper/silver and matching coin in the future.
Message: Posted by: toph (Sep 10, 2010 04:41PM)
Ive been carrying around my matches and a sharpie for SMOKE by Alan Rorrison, as well as Quantum Bender 2.0 by John T. Sheets. Thinking about adding Proximity by ProMystic to the mix for added fun.
Message: Posted by: s3rg3 (Sep 10, 2010 06:58PM)
IPhone, Bicycles, some half dollars and my head (for the more mentalist effects)

Message: Posted by: Lost in Thought (Dec 15, 2010 05:13AM)
I've been trimming the fat somewhat lately - currently my pockets hold:

A stack of blank business cards
A marked, stacked deck

That's enough for at least an hour of material, which is obviously more than necessary! Obviously that's mostly card and billet work, although some rely on common borrowed objects. For the more prepared moments, the Sharpie is a Super Sharpie, I'll have a gimmicked wallet (mainly for confabulation-style strategies in billet work) and a padlock on my keyring.

I'm still trying to get rid of the cards, but the last two or three effects are too strong to give up on.
Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Dec 15, 2010 04:42PM)
I normally just carry a dollar size coin, for a simple one-handed vanish and reproduction. I can always do stuff with borrowed objects. I have a small multi-chambered change purse that I may store a few things in - ring and string, mental yarn and Acer's Spare Change. Powerball 60 sounds great, too.
Message: Posted by: Denis Bastible (Dec 15, 2010 06:41PM)
Hopping Halves
Message: Posted by: panlives (Dec 16, 2010 03:50PM)
A deck of Bikes and a very good memory.

I am trying to learn as much as possible from Harry Lorayne, who can do magic at a moment's notice with those two ingredients alone.
Message: Posted by: Double O Magic (Dec 16, 2010 06:56PM)
A deck of cards and my hearty Walking Liberty. Maybe something else based on my mood :P.
Message: Posted by: djurmann (Dec 21, 2010 02:54PM)
On 2003-01-01 16:31, NoahJLevine wrote:
I only carry playing cards. I would think that it would be weird in an informal situation to start pulling out coins and sponge balls and rubber bands even though you can do some great tricks with them.


In my experience people think it weird I have cards on me never mind the rest.

Anyway I normally have a Jerry O Connell plus wallet with envelope, cards, sharpie a piece of rope /cord for ring on string, sometimes flash paper and lighter, and sometimes 2 sets of ESP cards to do Thom Peterson's ESP your pants.

Message: Posted by: TheGreatNancini (Jan 13, 2011 12:41AM)
I always have a deck of cards and some rubberbands. Of course being a woman I have the luxury of pulling most anything out of my purse and it not seeming unbelievable that I would have it.
Message: Posted by: Riku_Pajari (Jan 13, 2011 01:07AM)
Deck('s) of cards, coins (half dollars, euros, chinese coin, half dollar shell and even one giant half dollar), ring & chain, Oddball. That's what I have in my pocket's right now. Oddballs is maybe too much but it's fun to perform if there are bunch of people that want to see magic.

I just carry too much stuff with me all the time :D Or maybe I need some more...
Message: Posted by: mago.niko (Jan 15, 2011 12:42PM)
I always carry my coin purse (5 half dollars, 1 shell, 1 c/s, 3 copper english pennies, 1 folding half and 1 chinese).. If I know that I'll be asked to perform severall routines I'll also carry my jumbo half, a deck of cards and maybe a thumb tip.. Ofcourse I always have some cigarettes and a lighter..
That's all in my pockets even if I go just for a cup of coffee.. :)
Message: Posted by: kumpletoo (Jan 17, 2011 02:42PM)
Q Connection, quarter shell for coins across(I borrow the quarters from lay people), Bic pen for recap and coin in pen trick and rubber band penetration, david blaine's mind reading deck (best gaffed deck ever made).
Message: Posted by: M&M Magic (Jan 20, 2011 06:34PM)
A deck of cards and rubber bands. Easy to perform, but yet astonishing.
Message: Posted by: RJ Hunt (Jan 22, 2011 01:09PM)
I can't believe how many people carry a deck of cards with them on the ready...I guess as a working pro I tend to leave the cards at home when I am "out & about" and not working. If needed I rather borrow a deck if it's available.

Other wise I have my coins (4 halves, cig & quarter, coin in bottle, silver copper brass, or hoping halves) I also have my cigarettes & lighter which I do a lot of stuff with. And I ALWAYS have my color changing knives which can serve two purposes. First to entertain and second to stab or cut anyone who complains about the magic...or lack of card tricks...LOL

Later & Out,
Message: Posted by: Rashkenes (Jan 25, 2011 03:06PM)
1 deck of black raiders or similarly awesome deck, 1 stripper, 1 invisible, 2 Svengali, 1 blank deck, pair of dlites and a piece of five fifty cord. As well as my gaffes clothing and fedora. If I'm not on base working then I'm off base performing. Love performing magic to the point where I'm always prepared to whip out a trick.
Message: Posted by: Godzilla (Feb 8, 2011 12:09AM)
My first post...lot of great information here! I like having impromptu without the obvious gimmick (cards,Sponges,plastic boxes and so on)
I have a sharpie,cigs and lighter. Some change and a Titan's Finger on my belt loop. I like to do the real quick and fast and move on ...letting them think about what they just saw and not able to ask me for more! One of my favorite is Jet Cig.,gimmick to shoot cig out of pack to produce worlds fastest levitation! Kind of dumb, but gets a laff! My favorite is quarter in a can (not because of Chris,but starts and ends clean and things are borrowed!)Looks like magic!!!
After reading these 12 pages , I have to go research so many more tricks and find out what they are. Thanks! No, I really mean that, Thanks!!!
Message: Posted by: FuManChu (Feb 13, 2011 03:54PM)
I always leave home with a Thumbtip, 4 Halves and 2 English pennies. Sometimes I have a bicycle deck with me.
Often one find something interesting to lie around what can be used for an impromptu effect like Chink a Chink with Sugar cubes.
Message: Posted by: atouchofmagic1 (Feb 18, 2011 07:59AM)
I always have the following items with me all day everyday no matter what.

1-Hip pocket Mullica (I mean c'mon its my wallet lol)

2-5 & 1 Transpo (stay's in the wallet)

3-Departure Ring Flight (on my key chain)

4-Greg Wilson's Freakey (also on key chain)

5-Steve Haynes Toosh (stays in my business card wallet)

5-Spare change (for any coin routines)

6-Deck of cards

7-Sharpie marker

that's all I need and that sets me pretty straight.

Always in magic

-Bobby :)
Message: Posted by: Sean Giles (Feb 25, 2011 04:57AM)
Coin purse with 4 x £2 coins and shell.


JOL Plus wallet containing:
Extreme Burn 2.0
boon writer
business cards for various effects

Keyring containing:
Ring Flight revolution
Titans Finger
Message: Posted by: justinwebb (Mar 31, 2011 10:03PM)
I am the kind of person that wants to be practical and loaded but not bogged down so I carry.
My time machine watch with a loop under it.( it help guard the loop from breaking)
MY fire/card to wallet with extreme burn, 5&1 transpo, $2 window,ring on string envelope,and my buisness cards for mental effects inside.
a deck of cards...(sometimes)
linking rubberbands on the other hand.
on my keychain I have departure ring flight along with the Rizer gimmick.
and finally four coins in my pocket for a multitude of effects.

So I guess all said and done I have plenty of pocket space left and all I have on my person is my wallet,keys,and my excessories on my wrist... all in all I forget what all I have because they all pack so small.
(oh and a sharpie lol.)
Message: Posted by: jonathandupree (Apr 1, 2011 01:52PM)
Infinity wallet with a Koran deck, a pair of dice, ring flight revolution and tagged on the keychain
Message: Posted by: justinw20 (Apr 1, 2011 04:25PM)
Well, my EDC (Every Day Carry) includes:
• Deck of Bikes with one “extra” card.
• Two half dollars
• Couple of rubber bands
• Outlaw Hideout wallet with:
• Sanctum - Sanctuary
• Kioku
• Psi Card
• Lunaria
• Several Business Cards

If I’m going out and about with my family, I’ll throw in:
• Loops
• Quarters (Cigarette Through and Bite Through)
• PK ring
Message: Posted by: JRediens (Apr 4, 2011 04:16PM)
A deck of plain card maybe in a stack order or with 40 card in 10 card poker order,
Message: Posted by: outsider-80 (Apr 5, 2011 12:00PM)
A pack of cards, 2 rubber bands, a paperclip, and a dollar bill.
Message: Posted by: Chopingboard (Apr 8, 2011 11:21PM)
A deck of cards and two toothpicks
Message: Posted by: Rectify (Jun 21, 2011 10:59PM)
IPhone, TT, Jerry O'Connell's billfold wallet, Extreme Burn 2.0, deck of cards, and occasionally some sponge balls.
Message: Posted by: dman11 (Sep 7, 2011 01:52PM)
During winter months when I have a coat on I have a Joshua Jay wallet thingy that I keep a thumbtip and hanky, scotch and soda, flipper coin, Vanished (coin trick) in that...Also have an O'connell packet trick wallet with Ultimate Monte, color Monte, B'wave and any packet trick I might be working on at the moment. In my regular wallet I keep a mismade dollar bill......During the summer - sometimes I have the packet trick walllet but usually nothing.
Message: Posted by: mpicard (Sep 9, 2011 10:31AM)
Always have tt with 2 silks, powerball 60 in plastic card wallet and cheating gambler in same wallet. sometimes deck of cards.
Message: Posted by: ringmaster (Sep 27, 2011 01:34PM)
If I'm going out I always have my slight of hand skills ............. and a gaffed paper clip.
Message: Posted by: Devious (Sep 27, 2011 02:11PM)
These days it's Sugar Rush, Post-It Note Restoration (lighter,post it notes,marker), 4 coins and 4 cards for a matrix routine.
Message: Posted by: General_Magician (Sep 28, 2011 02:04AM)
On 2011-09-27 15:11, Devious wrote:
These days it's Sugar Rush, Post-It Note Restoration (lighter,post it notes,marker), 4 coins and 4 cards for a matrix routine.

Kolossal Killer is definitely bad ass! I am ready to perform it at a moment's notice. I "got" my wife with this one! This should be a very interesting impromptu trick to perform.
Message: Posted by: Larry Barnowsky (Sep 29, 2011 08:01AM)
I carry basic items and perform effects from my books:

4 aces in my wallet for Ambitious Rendezvous (a combination of ambitious card, wild card, and transformations with no gaffs or extras). Taught in [url=http://www.barnowskymagic.com]The Book of Destiny[/url]

4 silver dollars (usually perform Boomerang Coins or Digestible Coins from [url=http://www.barnowskymagic.com]21st Century Coin Mechanics[/url])

A velvet rope (for Wedding Ring Redux) from [url=http://www.barnowskymagic.com/kotr1.html]Kingdom of the Red[/url]

Message: Posted by: Jeff Christensen (Oct 16, 2011 04:56PM)
3 coins, a magnetic hold out for them, 2 decks of cards one in Tamariz and the other set for another effect by Jay Sankey.
Message: Posted by: Magic_engineer (Oct 24, 2011 08:27PM)
I always carry 2 halves, an english penny, a silk and a giant half- This allows me to do several routines - with these I add magnetic scotch and soda, hopping half and David Roth's 3 ball routine. Often I add professor's nightmare, sponge balls and a deck of cards.
Message: Posted by: Suren (Nov 12, 2011 06:48AM)
Deck of cards,rubber bands, coins and sponge balls.
Message: Posted by: charliewerner (Nov 15, 2011 03:02AM)
Mainly card = Card Game, trick performance and practice some sleight with ..

Coins , rubber band = for practicing and performance.

Thumbtip= Torn and restore tissue, cigarrete vanish.. bill sw*tch

recently.. so papers and a pencil.. doing mentalism stuff...

And I always bring my L**Ps with me for pk effect.
Message: Posted by: Merc Man (Nov 15, 2011 06:21AM)
At the moment, I carry:

1. Thumb Tip - for literally anything! (Bill change, salt across, producing a handful of small coins from a rolled bill)

2. Dual Control - one of these gimmicks is set up in every jacket I own, so that I can levitate anything at any time

3. PK Ring - primarily for stopping a specs watch but also for beer cap in bottle

4. Hopping Halves (Tango)

5. Cig thru £2 coin

6. Kartis Bill Change - in my wallet

7. JOL Shogun Wallet - set for a 3 way prediction effect on my business card

8. Rinkey Dinky (attached to my normal car keys)

9. Pen Thru (I'm really bored of this trick after 10 years - but it always seems to play well!)

Sounds a lot? Well, I never feel 'bulked up' because:

- The ring is just worn as a ring - and if I wasn't wearing this one, then I'd be wearing my actual wedding ring anyway

- We all carry a wallet of some kind (the Kartis bill just sits in it ready to go)

- the 3 way prediction effect I perform uses business cards in my wallet and is a 3 way selection prediction using the wallet itself, my car keys and my mobile (cell phone) that obviously I carry with me anyway

- The same goes for the car/house keys - you have to have them with you

- Most people carry a pen in their jacket pocket - as it writes as well, I use it as a normal pen to sign at the bank, etc.

- The Dual Control gimmick takes up hardly any room in your sleeve

Therefore, the only magic 'props' I carry in my trouser pocket are a TT and 3 coins.
Message: Posted by: vardo5 (Nov 17, 2011 09:05AM)
Amazing folks, thanks for all the insight.
I always carry 4 walking libeties and 1 morgan dollar. I also have a skeleton key on my keyring that works for the haunted key and a ring on my thumb that I can use for a sweet little routine.
Message: Posted by: Yellowcustard (Jan 20, 2012 12:49PM)
Hi there since my earlier post I have changed what I carry with me.
in my wallet I have
power ball 60,
A paddle routine,
Four old English pennies,
And my new addition,
Ray kosby reusable ticket.
Message: Posted by: rhettbryson (Jan 20, 2012 03:14PM)
In an Alakazam Stealth Assassin wallet I always carry Extreme Burn. There are SO many opportunities to pull out money in public that this has proved to be an ideal "worker? for me to have on me at all times.
Message: Posted by: A Show By Joe (Jan 24, 2012 11:48AM)
I carry a TT, set of sponge balls, coins, and 2 rubber bands for poor man's handcuffs.
Message: Posted by: rmendez (Jan 24, 2012 05:12PM)
Why settle for just some of it? Seriously, I carry a doctor's bag with everything I perform everywhere I go. I'd rather have it all and not need it then to need it and not have it.
Message: Posted by: henri loik (Jan 24, 2012 06:40PM)
I carry a slicer illusion, a zig zag, and an origami illusion. All in my pocket.

Seriously though I usually carry around a deck of cards, even though I don't like card magic. I also carry all sorts of random props like rubberbands, poker chips, dice, and a pencil. It basically varies day to day.
Message: Posted by: robholland (Feb 29, 2012 01:22PM)
2 rubberbands and a coin
Message: Posted by: Lundonia (Mar 1, 2012 03:37PM)
2 decks, a red and a blue
2-3 packet tricks
Sharpie and/or Chop gimmick
Message: Posted by: Surgei (Mar 2, 2012 08:40PM)
I live in a town where lots of people smoke. As a result I can do a lot of impromptu magic with stuff they have. In addition I usually just carry a pen and some paper. Living in a town with more than three hundred bars, most in a one and a half by one mile box, I don't even have to carry the paper because coasters napkins and the like are usually around. I do a great mental piece based on a psych diagnostic tool and years of being around people.
Message: Posted by: bobflyer (Mar 23, 2012 09:23PM)
Sugar Rush, scotch and soda, deck of cards, TT and rubber bands
Message: Posted by: Romano911 (Apr 11, 2012 08:20PM)
5 half dollars and shimmed shell, sharpie that I modified with a mag***, holdout, and if I am wearing a jacket a deck of cards and my F1 wallet.
Message: Posted by: zatara (Apr 11, 2012 09:03PM)
Loop of IT on wrist. Perform at the beach.
Message: Posted by: ThatsJustWrong! (Apr 12, 2012 12:02PM)
I can't remember if I have already posted here and I'm too lazy to go back and look but I've recently altered my everyday loadout anyway. I always wear a sportscoat so pocket management is easier. My baggage is currently:

Infinity Wallet with Kolossal Killer, Sanctum 2, Lunaria and a stack of business cards.
Multi Dimensional
Deck in a Breakthrough stack
My animal cards

Other stuff may vary from week to week based on my mood. When I'm at the beach I just carry the incredible shrinking wand but it's rarely used since I spend most of my time trying to get people to stop rolling me back into the water.
Message: Posted by: Italia16 (Apr 13, 2012 01:43PM)
Stripper deck and the Stand Up Monte cards.
Message: Posted by: bishthemagish (Apr 29, 2012 09:14PM)
I don't cary around anything at all. If I am at a party and someone wants me to do something - I have the host supply the cards and any other things I may want to use for a impromtu show.

I don't cary any magic unless I am going out to do a gig someone is going to pay me for.
Message: Posted by: GlenD (May 30, 2012 01:01AM)
I've really scaled down over my magician journey and all I carry now is simply 3 chainsaws. Fire 'em up anyplace anytime, juggle, FREAK OUT, and done!

Message: Posted by: MAGIC325 (Jun 8, 2012 10:21PM)
Double backer in wallet
Message: Posted by: Bardo (Jun 10, 2012 07:13AM)
The Stand Up Monte - Garret Thomas and more recently \'Three\' by Steve Valentine.
Message: Posted by: DiabolusMagic (Jun 10, 2012 07:33AM)
Color Changing Knife

I figure if someone wants to see more than that they can pay me.

I'm also always wearing my PK ring but I don't know how to do anything impromptu with it so it doesn't really count.
Message: Posted by: Magic-Scott (Jun 26, 2012 04:27PM)
Cards and loops
Message: Posted by: Guy Normas (Jun 30, 2012 12:48PM)
Balloons & Rose napkins plus Imagine any card (in my head)
Message: Posted by: magicHart (Jul 8, 2012 04:53PM)
Powerball 60
Royal Scam (John Bannon)
Message: Posted by: Billybonkers (Jul 9, 2012 01:40AM)
Telethought wallet with my business cards. Always ready to read some minds.
Message: Posted by: MikeBeaudet (Jul 9, 2012 07:01PM)
Deck of cards and my Erdnase's Bible !!!
Message: Posted by: Cipher (Jul 9, 2012 07:58PM)
Loops, deck of cards, invisible deck, coins, and TT. Takes up very little space, and has so many impromptu applications.
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Jul 11, 2012 06:10PM)
On 2003-04-17 14:31, Harry Murphy wrote:
What do I carry when I am just heading out? Nothing! That is, NO magic props or tricks. However, I am ready to perform a short set when asked for a trick (and I want to do a trick, but that is a different discussion!) I don’t do a “trick” I perform a routine (or a set) with a beginning, middle, and an end.

I have said it before elsewhere, but I believe that the way to think about impromptu is not what you can “load yourself” up with, or what you can do with the “non-magical” items that you normally carry with you but rather, what can you do with the items that the average person carries on them!

If you are going to do impromptu magic (magic that you want to do and are not
“foisting” on an unwanted audience) then think about doing solid routines with borrowed items from the spectators! There is little that is more powerful.

Think. Do you have a routine for borrowed bills? Borrowed coins? What can you do with a ring, or a pencil, or an ink pen? How about a clean handkerchief, a lipstick (yes lipstick, why use ashes?) All items that many folks carry so why not be ready and practiced (yes practiced) to use them?

You could always be prepared to use the paper napkins from a bar top or waiters station (or just one from your place setting). In the restaurant, how about a saltshaker or glass. What can you do with those common items?

Honestly, just using those items you could entertain (emphasis on entertain) a small gathering for 15 plus minutes. And that is using NOTHING out of your own pockets.

IF you are asked to perform on the spot and you WANT to perform, then there is no excuse for you to NOT be ready to perform a strong effect with items borrowed from the spectator asking for the performance.

A little thought and a bit of practice time with common objects and you are never caught unprepared. Leave the TT’s, the deck of cards, the sponge balls, and hot rods at home, but leave home prepared to work wonders!


I was just reading this last night and was thinking, "Yeah, I can see Harry's point, but I don't really see the need to be too dogmatic about it either." I mean... we could do both right?

Then I was thinking about Harry's view again today. I was thinking about how I don't really care for coin work, for example. I like to watch other people do coin work who are good at it, but I don't like working with coins that much so I don't feel the need to add them into my repertoire.

That's when it dawned on me that that isn't how a professional would look at things. If I'm going to be a professional; which is my current goal, even if I'm never on TV or never invent the next best effect I should at least have enough respect for the art to have a couple of coin tricks in my arsenal because as a magician that is what people will expect. Maybe I don't have a long coin routine, but as a performer I could have enough to do something with a coin or two- strictly for the entertainment of others. And that's why I'm doing magic right? then the joy and wonder I give them blesses me in return and maybe I even enjoy the coin trick that much more. Both aspects feed each other.

So Harry's comments really got my thought going in a great direction, and thank you for that Harry. For that matter; I'd like to thank everybody here for all their great tips and advice. There are literally hundreds of years of magic experience available here at the Café and I'm very appreciative of how you all are helping me to grow and become a better performer.

With all these thoughts in mind we went to some friends' house for lunch today and as I was sitting there with their young children I remembered Harry's post and looked at the table wondering what I could use to entertain them for a few moments. Using a plastic water bottle cap I did several vanishes for the children, pulling the missing cap from their ear, etc. Then I decided I'd do a trick that I really thought might be stupid- sorry, but I tend to over-think things sometimes or get critical of things that maybe seem simple.... I guess that's one way to put it. Maybe I look at it as a magician and think, "Nobody's gonna fall for this." But anyway, I decided to do torn and restored paper towel and the little girl was amazed. Her dad even said, "How you do this?" (They are from Ethiopia) So the trick with humble supplies, that I looked down upon, actually "killed" to coin a phrase.

How awesome is that? Thanks Harry! I'll never look at magic the same way again :D Even if I do carry the odd TT or packet trick, I'll be alert for that occasional napkin as well because I'm a magician and an entertainer and bringing joy to the people is what it's really about.

I guess I could have saved a lot of time on this post and just said- listen to Harry and don't overlook the small stuff. TnR napkin kills when you perform it well :)

God bless!
Message: Posted by: Jon Blakeney (Jul 11, 2012 10:32PM)
Ignition is on me 100% of the time now
as Carl Maldon says "don't leave home without it".
Message: Posted by: Eric the Excellent (Jul 18, 2012 07:48PM)
I usually just pack my bed of nails, a couple of cinderblocks, and a sledgehammer.
Message: Posted by: zmg013 (Jul 29, 2012 07:30AM)
Biz cards for mentalism, a thumb writer (Vernet), a thumbtip for bill switch, and of course cards.
Message: Posted by: Rampage (Aug 1, 2012 10:36AM)
Currenty I carry Cards, Coins (Morgan Dollars, Kennedy Half's) Thumb tip and Rattled.
Message: Posted by: runt_jorden (Aug 3, 2012 05:16AM)
Cards and ID.
Message: Posted by: whiteoakcanyon (Aug 3, 2012 06:23AM)
Four Kennedy Half Dollars and a sh..l, two rubber bands, and ID.
Message: Posted by: terrillific (Aug 8, 2012 06:45PM)
Duplicity by John Bannon, deck of cards, Mullica wallet, Standup Monte, Drink by Nathan Kranzo, iPhone for iPredict.
Message: Posted by: Jon Blakeney (Aug 11, 2012 07:40PM)
Departure as well as ignition.
Message: Posted by: CGillusionist (Jan 7, 2013 02:20AM)
I would expect this forum to have a lot of replys lol I carry

-Deck of cards
-rubber bands on my wrist
-loop on the other wrist
-black sharpie
-gimmick cards and flash paper in my wallet (gimmicks for cannible, lit, rapture, duplicates, red cards)
-zippo ace lighter
and if I'm wearing a jacket
- an omni deck
Message: Posted by: John McLaughlin (Jan 7, 2013 09:53PM)
Hip Pocket Mullica, Coins Across, Extreme Burn and 1/5.
Message: Posted by: Jon Blakeney (Jan 7, 2013 11:16PM)
Up date ,my second departure fell apart , twice shy .
So now it has been replaced with Ring flight revolution .
Message: Posted by: ahattrick (Jan 17, 2013 07:12PM)
I usually only have a deck of cards, but I keep a few duplicate cards and a couple of different colored ones in the box as well so I can do a large variety of tricks
Message: Posted by: ummer21 (Jan 19, 2013 10:48PM)
SS Adams Coin Box ALL THE TIME! Deck of Marked cards. Sometimes a thumb tip.
Message: Posted by: 204rags (Apr 3, 2013 08:46PM)
I always carry a couple of different rubber bands to do the jumping rubber band. This is impromptu and easy to do/learn.
Message: Posted by: murphey (Apr 7, 2013 02:44PM)
Extreme burn, Ignition, FOB, Iforce, and most importantly my hands.
Message: Posted by: MagisterFreud (Apr 8, 2013 12:33AM)
Eight tarot cards, a deck of bikes stacked for Fulves' Quick as a Wink, a gaffed coin, a lighter in my coat pocket, business cards and a pen for lots of impromptu mentalism.
Message: Posted by: close_up_act (Apr 9, 2013 07:03PM)
I always have a pen with a cap on me, spare change, my business cards with a prediction written on the back, and sometimes go out with a few rubber bands on my wrists....

Junior :)
Message: Posted by: theamazingsauce (Apr 11, 2013 02:57PM)
Lately I've been carrying:

A eagle quarter
A jumbo quarter
Captain and Coke 2.0
Pointless, which can be used for Recapped and ungimmicked pen through dollar
TT w/ 6" Silk
and The Amazing Jumping Arrow

Sometimes Sponge balls and bikes if I know someone's going to ask me to perform. Which is almost always.
Message: Posted by: David Fillary (Apr 18, 2013 05:07AM)
4 half dollars, 2 2p coins and 2 2euro coins (both exactly the same size and perfect for transpositions in their hands), a napkin, a silk handkerchief, a ring, rubber bands, strawberry laces, a shoelace, a TT and a deck of cards. If I'm not wearing a jacket, just coins, bands and TT.

However, I am most likely to do borrowed coins effects or TT effects with borrowed objects if I'm asked to perform. A salt vanish while out for a meal is incredibly powerful! This way I don't seem like a weirdo who carries loads of magic around! If they really want more (and I love to perform all the time atm), then I bring out the other stuff, but I've already proved myself by then.
Message: Posted by: vampiro (Apr 18, 2013 10:50PM)
I really appreciate the posts. I have recently come back to magic after being away for about 20 years due to being too busy with business and life.
Recently, I have been caught many times without being prepared to perform. In spite of what people say, the best "impromtu" magic, is to me, done with secret preparation or gimmicks.

So I need to decide on a minimal and changing small list of goods to carry with me.
Thanks for all your posts. What you carry reveals more about what works than just about anything else.
Hats off,
Message: Posted by: cardsrosescoins (Apr 24, 2013 10:18PM)
Exact change, hundy (of various denominations, can't afford to carry $600), a $1-$5 transpo, THREE by Steve Valentine, and Kolossal Killer (using phoenix double decker cards so my wallet isn't insanely thick). Occasionally I will carry key master or freakey if I feel it's likely I will be performing. Then I can do various tricks with spare change and bills, pens, and whatever is indigenous to the environment.

I used to carry WAY too much in my pockets and it was getting to be absurd. I would carry at least two decks (one gimmicked and one not, at least one or two packet trick wallets, several different coins, it was ridiculous) Then I decided it wasn't worth it to weigh myself down with all the stuff that I wasn't using as often as would justify the bulky pockets.
Message: Posted by: The Amazing Pog (Apr 25, 2013 08:48AM)
Harry and Preston's comments are worth a re-read ... Prepared but not 'loaded'. That said, I don't think it hurts to have 1 or 2 items knocking about one's person :)
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Apr 25, 2013 11:27AM)

Generic props,(rope, silk(s), coins, cards, balls,TTetc.thatcanbe used to perform many different tricks are a lot more practical than specific props. The 'exception' proves the rule, of course, but, for me, it must be a REAL EXCEPTION!

I've noted that in a lot of the situations that I met in hospitality suites, cocktail hours, etc., "eye candy" effects were the best choice. For example, Out Of This World is an excellent effect, but more suitable for individual close up or parlor programs.

Physical involvement can be a challenge, too. A hospitality suite situation: Spectator is holding a drink in one hand, an hors d'oeuvre in the other. --"Hold this (sponge ball)' or, "Please take a card."!!!

Generic props help me to meet a situation like this.

I once did a 60 minute corporation cocktail hour, with a TT and a book of matches. Bits like Percy Abbott's "Perpetual Balls" have helped me make a living for many years! A 27" 'poly' (not silk)can provide 'knotty' fun. Ditto a 4' piece of rope. Sponge balls are almost limitless in effects! A deck of cards and a routine of fans and flourishes (fancy shuffles and cuts)is one of my (and over the years, many audience's)favorite"tricks".
Message: Posted by: mixman (Apr 27, 2013 03:12PM)
This is a great thread. It really got me thinking. Especially Harry Murphy's post. A professional should be effective at their profession pretty much all the time. Doctors carry little black bags when they are out of their office (or at least they used to before litigation set in). Law officers usually carry a weapon even when they are off duty. But a Magician is a bit different. Real magic doesn't need special props, so I decided to carry only ordinary everyday items (at least in appearance). This is what I carry.

3 or 4 rubber bands around my wrist. Borrow a dollar bill and I have a 3 minute eye popping routine.

A thin black ballpoint pen (Bic or Papermate). I use it with the borrowed bill to perform Daniel Garcia's "Void" (he uses a straw, but the pen works fine). Finish with a TT bill switch and there is another great routine.

4 quarters (just in case I can't find 4 to borrow) plus a matching sh*ll. Now I can do 3fly or coins across, or matrix with business cards.

I have a medallion around my neck tied with a black shoelace. It's not fancy but it gives me an excuse to have the shoelace and borrow
a finger ring for several ring and string effects ending with pro flite ring flight. which I use as my regular key chain.

So I have a solid 12-15 minute show and all I have in my pockets are 4 quarters and sh*ll, my TT, a pen, and my keychain.
Message: Posted by: Remagicon (May 2, 2013 05:53PM)
I currently always have the following:
-Deck of cards in a porper card clip, loaded with 2 duplicates, and 1 blue backed card (used for two different effects)
-Wallet contains a 2 double backers (one is red/blue), a French Kiss 3-card preset, a gimmicked credit card, and a gimmicked bill for a fairly fair pen through bill effect. I really need to clean out my wallet sometime (may remove jokers, and replace with one double backer)
-6 Rubberbands on my wrist
-a mini universal pull of my own making (can be used w/o a jacket), can only be used for coins and small slips of paper though
-balloons for Pressure
-various coins for coin matrix, coins across, vanishing coin effects, etc. I need to learn some good routines in this area.
-a sharpie as a wand and for signing things
-Paperclipped card
-Paperclipped for Stairway
-hypnosis, prop-less

I can carry all of the above with a jacket. Minus the jacket means minus the deck of cards. Either way I am packing enough effects and routines to last me a decently long performance, and more than enough for any street magic performance or even walk around.
Message: Posted by: Ado (May 2, 2013 10:53PM)
A deck of cards, my two hands and my mojo.

Message: Posted by: Roy the Illusionist (May 3, 2013 02:48PM)
I usually carry 3 sponge balls for my sponge routine, yes only 3, and a card deck with Further Than That(Mark Wilson) setup.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (May 3, 2013 05:10PM)
A deck of cards, a thumb tip (with rainbow streamer loaded), some coins, and a couple of mouth coils.
Message: Posted by: mixman (May 3, 2013 05:30PM)
Oh, just added Kolossal Killer to my wallet. WOW! What a great effect.
Message: Posted by: louisk (May 4, 2013 03:35AM)
A deck of cards - stacked
Message: Posted by: Escape Artist (May 6, 2013 07:43PM)
Invisible Deck
Message: Posted by: morro3 (Jul 18, 2013 11:06AM)
A MD of cards, pencil and some business cards. That is enough for most of the time.
Message: Posted by: DrVG (Jul 25, 2013 11:43PM)
My hands, 10 fingers +

- TT
- a few coins (local currency) that I can use anwy
- paper tissue -> sponge ball routine if needed
- rubber bands

imho most important is what you can do with your surroundings.
Message: Posted by: DrVG (Jul 25, 2013 11:44PM)
On 2013-07-18 12:06, morro3 wrote:
A MD of cards, pencil and some business cards. That is enough for most of the time.

business cards are great for a 3card montee or ambitious card routine
Message: Posted by: Zack_Johnston (Jul 26, 2013 03:29PM)
Business Cards for billet tears, a sharpie, a notebook (Matthew Mello's Tecnique), and a deck of cards. :)
Message: Posted by: mercedesrules (Jul 30, 2013 09:31AM)
.......As a rank beginner, I got a chance to use the special "H" wallet I started carrying. My wife had agreed to purchase some items at the jewelers but didn't have her charge card. I opened my wallet and exclaimed, "I don't have mine either!" Then I spun around and said, "Oh, wait; here it is!" ;)
Message: Posted by: Riffle (Aug 7, 2013 11:12AM)
Half dollar [ set, always on me, favourite routine is David Roths coins across.
Message: Posted by: bidbid (Aug 9, 2013 08:20AM)
A deck of cards, a pen, a gimmicked one for lubor lens and a f1 nitro wallet, with a mental act built in.
Message: Posted by: jcrabtree2007 (Aug 9, 2013 12:07PM)
On my wrist- several rubber bands.
In my wallet:
1. Greed by Daniel Garcia
2. Jay Noblezada's Two Dollar Window
3. Roger Klause's 5 to 1 transpo
4. 2 kennedy half dollars and an Australian Penny (cooler IMO than English Penny)
5. Powerball 60
6. Three by Steve Valentine
On my Keyring:
1. Pro-Flight Key ring (my keyring) - I use a few carabiners to quickly detach bulk of keys. makes effect cleaner
2. Ignition (i store gimmick in my wallet when not in use)
3. Linkey by Allan Rorrison

I can literally perform an hour worth of magic at a moments notice and this doesn't take up much space. pretty much on me wherever I go.
Message: Posted by: jcrabtree2007 (Aug 9, 2013 12:08PM)
Fun Topic: and 10 years in the making!!!
Message: Posted by: chrisontour (Aug 18, 2013 12:08PM)
Very interesting topic indeed! In addition to a pack of cards, I keep a "shift" gimmick on my keychain at all times and use it as a go-to when I want to present something impromptu.... and when pulling out a pack of cards just doesn't seem organic enough.
Message: Posted by: Rook (Sep 8, 2013 04:32PM)
I'm not a huge card fan, so I don't do a whole lot of card effects.

In addition to the sponge balls I've typically carried around with me, I've taken to carting around Ian Garrison's Dances with Ropes, depending on my pocket space du jour.

Message: Posted by: reed kammerer (Sep 8, 2013 08:58PM)
The three items I mostly carry are...rubber bands....Scotch and soda......sorted affair.
Message: Posted by: RandyK (Sep 9, 2013 11:03PM)
I usually carry cards, a sharpie, a notepad, pk ring, loops, vanish ink, thumb tip, and sponge balls.
Message: Posted by: magicgerry06 (Sep 24, 2013 10:50AM)
I do the simplest plots you can do in Magic completely improvised and impromptu and hands off:
-heads or tails
-which hand
and then an Acaan with a borrowed and shuffled deck
Message: Posted by: Taterini (Apr 4, 2014 12:22AM)
I always carry these because everyone seems to like money tricks and it seems a bit more impromptu or as they tend to say these days "organic"
- Noblezada's Two Dollar Window
- Sometimes instead I'll do the Million Dollar Fantasy (great daydream patter) by Dick Barry
- Noblezada's 5 in 1 Transpo
- Thread Bill by Francis Menotti
- Cornered by Joshua Jay
- Mismade Bill (no TT version)
These 6 fit in my wallet and they take up no room since they all nest together if stacked/layered just right

Lately I've been carrying around Powerball 60 if I want to leave them speachless and a mini-wallet with added mini props which usually will get a good laugh
Message: Posted by: Jamie D (Apr 5, 2014 08:22AM)
As a mentalist, It depends on where I'm going but usually bring a business card with a magic square set up, a be*t coin, a NW, a set of small esp cards and my phone :) Not everything is always in my wallet but usually the square, esp symbols and phone are a must.

I recently bought ignition so that will be on my key ring just for something different.
Message: Posted by: bobbyk (Apr 10, 2014 11:28AM)
This has been a fun and interesting topic. Nice to see what others carry.
I've changed things up just bit lately. I normally have "inferno" on me & Chinese Coin puzzle (J. jay) both do very well for me.
Add a deck of cards & I carry a mini version of bank night that I made up as well as time Machine. That gives me plenty to choose from.

Add a sport jacket and then I'm also carrying John Kennedy's original mystery box, sharpie & probably a deck for cosmos duo.

I appreciate all who shared information. Good info...

Message: Posted by: vindar (May 6, 2014 06:39AM)
I usually carry with me a deck of card in mnemonic order with an additional DB and my favorite 3 1/2 of clubs...
Message: Posted by: gvinson (May 8, 2014 12:29PM)
I always carry 5 to 1 transpo and 2 dollar window. Packs small and 2 dollar window is a great one to do anytime
Message: Posted by: Kbuck54 (May 8, 2014 04:47PM)
I carry a Doctors bag full of goodies.
Message: Posted by: Terrible Wizard (May 23, 2014 03:45PM)
I've recently been having a blast overcoming magic performance nerves by making sure my wallet was loaded with a lot of easy to do but solid tricks, revelations, cribs and bar betchas. In combination with a stacked deck of cards it's been working very well :). I'm now working on making a loaded notebook.

My wallet currently has ready to go:

Cards ready for card warp
Cards for three card monte: ungaffed; gaffed; and U3CM
A variety of ways of revealing different cards
Bingo cards (number prediction)
A revelation for equivoke style trick
A set of MOs for a mental magic style trick
A card that turns inside out (bar betcha)
A small stack of marked and stacked ESP cards
A set of cribs for mathematic tricks
A set of cribs for a host or bar bets

Soon I'll be adding to my carry round collection:

Elastic bands
An origami type trick
A small prepped pocket notepad for a variety of mental magic effects

And a deck of cards: prepped, marked, stacked, with gaffs hidden in plain sight and the box made useful
And another deck, with different set-up for switching

I'm working on ways to use my watch and phone ...

I like being able to have access to loads of tricks without carrying too much extra stuff. Although it sounds a lot, it's not a lot to carry: my everyday wallet, watch and phone + a notepad in my jacket pocket + one or two decks of cards.

And as I go there's room to add in some coin stuff, and maybe a TT or Sw**i. I reckon I can fit a little rope into a jacket pocket too :)

And, of course, it's always good to know a couple of body magic tricks or stunts, some propless mathemagics, a couple of things that can be done with borrowed or nearby items, and a little some cold reading ability.
Message: Posted by: Kbuck54 (May 23, 2014 04:52PM)
Just how BIG IS your wallet? LOL.
Message: Posted by: Terrible Wizard (May 24, 2014 04:25AM)
It's a great wallet :). It's a normal hip wallet that fits easily into my jeans pocket, but it's like a TARDIS, when you open it out there's fold after fold and flaps, and pockets everywhere. I can put my everyday notes, coins, cards etc. in it and all that magic stuff and still have room for other stuff. :).
Message: Posted by: Gill (May 30, 2014 01:31AM)
Well, normally I don't carry any props or gimmicks, but if I know I'm going some boring place I might bring a deck of cards to amuse myself. Think train journeys and dull airports. :)
Message: Posted by: GlenD (Jun 11, 2014 04:29PM)
Am "re-tooling", so to speak, what I typically carry on my person. I have personally revived "Lethal Tender" and began carrying it again, with a new to me presentation. I kind of do a 3 phase routine with it now, beginning with the card in the wallet as a prediction and go on from there.
Deck of cards (ungaffed).
Still carrying a loop around my wrist or in an envelope in a shirt or jacket pocket.
Inferno effect- Joshua Jay. Just got this fairly recently and really love it! All you got to carry is the matchbox!
Pen with cap (recapped).
A few quarters in my pocket and a half dollar. Gregory Wilsons 3/4 across (have been working on it for 12 years and still working on it but can actually perform it well most days if my fingers aren't too stiff).

That's it for now.

Message: Posted by: Atte (Jun 23, 2014 02:40PM)
Always with me:
-one deck of bikes (usually with one extra card from another deck)
-Some coins and t-shirt -origami made from 5€ bill in my wallet
Usually in my school bag or in my pockets:
-Sponges, frame and 2x squeaker
-Some packet effects or extra cards

If I really want to be prepared for everything I take little 12cm x 12cm x 7 cm plastic box with me which contains usually:
-set of ropes
-extra deck of cards, usually PRISM
-set of silks
-6 card repeat
Message: Posted by: Alexxander (Jul 7, 2014 10:21AM)
I have with me:

A few pre-folded billets in my wallet and a pen.
Sometimes I carry a deck of cards too, but that's it.
Mind reading is the strongest magical effect you can do.
Message: Posted by: nwanstall (Aug 5, 2014 07:27PM)
Just a deck of cards for me.
Message: Posted by: KirbyKoolAid (Aug 8, 2014 04:05PM)
At least one deck of cards (with at least one with a couple of prepaired tricks inside one and a regular other. In my wallet I have a couple of blue-backed cards (I only like to use reds, personal preference, but the odd colour change is amusing enough). I also have a few elastic bands, a couple of baloons, a few mini cards (from a cracker), and a couple of toothpicks. I don't have use for the toothpicks (I can sorta stab a card out of the air, but it really doesn't look good), but if I have a spare couple of minutes with nothing to do I try to find something to do with them.
Message: Posted by: Ypnoze (Oct 13, 2014 10:21PM)
A deck of cards, some business cards, a TT, some single cards and gaffed cards
Very soon Private eye, proximity and inside out from Promystic !
Message: Posted by: RobDougherty (Oct 15, 2014 07:30AM)
Every time I leave the house I have at least the Raven, four dollar coins, 5 half dollar coins (1 s**mmed) and a 50p folding coin. If I'm "going out" and will be socialising I'll have all of that, TKO 2, a couple of [ dollar + half, gold plated half, half-dollar sized chinese coin, old english penny and various materials for "rigging" things for the Raven. I don't have business cards for magic as I'n far from pro.
Message: Posted by: Thorn (Oct 16, 2014 01:54PM)
Everytime I leave my house , I carry about 5 magic items with me and change them every week. I feel that this allows some tricks to not be retired to the big drawer.
Message: Posted by: Thorn (Oct 16, 2014 02:15PM)
I almost always leave my house with a small magic backpack. It usually includes a bicycle , a gimmick deck, smoke by Alan Rorrison, TT, Tarantula and Dresscode.
For occasion on when I am leaving the house on a wimp I bring my ring for Divorce by Justin Miller and Ring Thing by Garrett Thomas , 3-4 quarters, and spider pen/ loops. These few items allows me to perform a endless amount of effects and routines without having huge pockets.
Message: Posted by: Jay Store (Oct 18, 2014 11:19AM)
A deck of cards, usually prepared... but willing to ignore my preparation if the whim takes me. And whatever packet trick I am enjoying at the time. I have no qualms about producing random items from my pockets: I teach in a school, and the pupils kind of expect me to entertain from time to time with weird gizmos. It gets around a problem mentioned somewhere else of how to introduce a prop that is obviously not a normal piece of life too!
Message: Posted by: seanksutton (Oct 24, 2014 10:05AM)
-Deck of Cards
-Invisible Deck
-Rubber bands
-Half Dollar
-Extreme Burn 2.0
-Kolossal Killer
-Inner Circle
Message: Posted by: poolside (Oct 26, 2014 08:47PM)
...and I alwasy have two small packets of business cards set up as a mini-Svengali deck (with short cards) and an Invisible deck (just put raised lettering face to face) ready in my wallet so it' s always fun to give out my card.
Message: Posted by: mahucharn (Nov 5, 2014 10:40AM)
I like to keep a few coins from whatever country I'm in inside of the change pocket of my jeans. I've got a fairly decent one coin routine that I can turn into a coin under watch/watch steal in an instant if I want to. I also carry a pen with me, and will use it for writing things down in my daily life (or use it for Gregory Wilson's Recapped routine). Am I at a restaurant or bar? Great! Impromptu spongeballs for paper balls over the head or some in the hands magic. In a bar setting I'll make all sorts of assorted objects disappear with simple vanishes from Bobo/sleeving. Add some put-pocketing and a bar bet or two and I can entertain for more than 10 minutes while really only needing to bring a pen and a watch around (everyone has coins!)
Message: Posted by: Shadowstalker (Nov 23, 2014 01:46PM)
I almost always carry a phoenix deck & some coins to practice with.
Sometimes I also take an ID with me.
Message: Posted by: JoshTmagic (Dec 18, 2014 08:59AM)
2 Decks of Cards
Jumbo half Dollar
Puncture 2.0
rubber bands

Changes day to day
Message: Posted by: TheMightyRicardo (Dec 25, 2014 12:06AM)
Always a TT and a business card trick. Have kept these in my pocket and wallet for years. Just for those one in a hundred times when I can use it.
Message: Posted by: Anand Khalsa (Dec 26, 2014 02:16PM)
Its nice to see people posting in here almost 12 years later. :)
Message: Posted by: kenodad (Dec 26, 2014 03:10PM)
I love thinking about this topic. In my wallet I have Heiny 500, Powerball held together with some rubber bands. I also have a bill for Asi Wind's Time is Money. I ALWAYS have my wallet, but I also like to carry a coin purse with 3 coins and a shell and a sun/moon coin for SAMOYA. Exact Change is usually in my other pocket. That's it; but that is plenty.
Message: Posted by: MScapes (Jan 23, 2015 12:23PM)
Finger ring, holy moly, coins, a deck of cards or sometimes Monte cards in a z fold if I don't want to carry a deck. Loops often but not always
Message: Posted by: RickDangerous (Nov 23, 2015 12:11PM)
Deck of cards tuned in Mnemonica, ready for Michael Close's AMAZING invisible deck routine. I could go into other effects afterwards due to the condition of the deck. But most of the time, the ID is more than enough to convince whoever happens to ask me to see something. And also I do think that it's normal for a magician to carry a deck around wherever he/she goes.
Message: Posted by: Professor Marvel (Dec 4, 2015 09:53AM)
A deck of cards set up for Red Hot Mama wrapped in some elastics.
Message: Posted by: Kyoki_Sanitys_Eclipse (Feb 7, 2016 12:59AM)
Four silver half plus [, Scotch and soda, copper silver, thumb tip, four different coins in a pouch that I like to play with and bang ring
Message: Posted by: magics4fun (Feb 14, 2016 08:02PM)
I have enjoyed reading what others are carrying and using. Myself I carry the following money magic.
Tembus so simple but has never failed. Two Dollar window, Wonderland Dollar and papercliped Dollar. Scotch and soda and a couple other coin tricks. Along with that melt down, cut and restored string.Power ball 60, Plus.chip prediction.these are 10 of 30 that I switch out regularly. Plus some mentalism and objects around me. Every magician is different and their favorite effects very. No matter your favorite or any magicians favorite. Remember the magic comes from you and your personality that make the magic.not the trick itself.
Message: Posted by: Stu Montgomery (Feb 15, 2016 05:06PM)
Odd Quad by Daryl, Mental Photography, Vernet TT...maybe a Coin Unique from time to time.
Message: Posted by: plmqaz1243 (Feb 25, 2016 10:29AM)
Index cards, a swami gimmick, a couple bent coins, and a quarter shell in my pockets. My wallet has a great instant-reset borrowed bill TnR I made (based on Ammar's wallpaper tear card restoration) along with a gimmick for peeking full-length credit card numbers (I suspect it's an original idea).
Message: Posted by: DrVG (Jan 30, 2018 08:31AM)
2018 :
rubber bands
regular coins (at least 3 of similar denomination)
note bills (for change)
tt (loaded with a bill)
wallet (regular or gimmick or my toad skin wallet (a real dried buffalo toad)
ball pen (with a cap)
ring (possibly pk)
business cards
candies (for personal consumption or impromptu transmutations)
a possible additional gimmick or trick I m working atm or upon mood
Message: Posted by: Russo (Jan 30, 2018 12:25PM)
Posted this befor, someplace;; for you who have people asking "do a trick---do a trick---do a trick --over and over -and over---ASK them for a coin or $ bill-- do an effect with the coin or bill - then put Bill or Coin, in YOUR pocket - if they ask ?? say "I do this for a living-my Family Thanks You"- of course, if their BIGGER than you or they get MAD - just give it back L-O-L (80 year old reTIRED-70 year Pro)
Message: Posted by: mandrax (Feb 3, 2018 08:44PM)
Mini chop cup
Deck of cards
Hal Dollars
Ring and string

and sometimes a little packet trick (nfw, double back, gypsy cards)
Message: Posted by: jmagic (Mar 13, 2018 05:08PM)
Color changing knives and stack of plastic thimbles
also a pocket silk square and a johnny wong coin set
thumb tip and a diamond silk
Message: Posted by: j.morl (Mar 16, 2018 07:21PM)
I have a £2 / 2p coin unique and Symbol by Steve Cook.
Both very easy to perform and always get a great reaction
Message: Posted by: magicianbrady (Mar 17, 2019 06:32PM)
PK ring and Thumbtip
Message: Posted by: dbolan (Jan 7, 2021 09:42PM)
[quote]On Dec 26, 2014, Anand Khalsa wrote:
Its nice to see people posting in here almost 12 years later. :) [/quote]

Message: Posted by: PhantomStranger (Jan 8, 2021 07:37AM)
B'wave and witch of glastonbury .. also locked and loaded on my phone
Message: Posted by: ringmaster (Jan 8, 2021 11:13PM)
Nothing, I learned this thing call slight of hand. You should try it. Cheap and easy, fast and fun. Packs flat and always ready.
Message: Posted by: ringmaster (Jan 15, 2021 02:46PM)
[quote]On Mar 16, 2018, j.morl wrote:
I have a £2 / 2p coin unique and Symbol by Steve Cook.
Both very easy to perform and always get a great reaction [/quote]
Hope this good. I just ordered one. I need a new toy, it's boring being locked in.
Message: Posted by: Rodeo (Jan 19, 2021 12:25PM)
If I am just running out quickly, both Ignition and Powerball 60 take no additional space and are already in my wallet and on my keyring.
Message: Posted by: MichaelJMoore (Apr 23, 2021 03:49PM)

I bought rings for the sole purpose of magic, mainly thanks to Garrett Thomas's Ring Thing, a go to effect plus many others & some creations of my own.


Lots of fx, one of the top favorites being Pinnacle.