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Topic: Best sources of impromptu magic
Message: Posted by: therntier (Jan 2, 2003 07:04AM)
I recently purchased Greg Wilson's On the Spot and Off the Cuff videos. Since I usually do card magic, this was new to me. They are absolutely fantastic. I was wondering if you guys could recommend other books/videos that focus on the same kind of magic. Thanks
Message: Posted by: ixnay66 (Jan 2, 2003 09:33AM)
Martin Gardner's Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic is a HUGE book full of impromptu miracles.
Message: Posted by: Harry Murphy (Jan 2, 2003 01:38PM)
Dan Harlan has a three video set on “Impromptu Magic” that will give you more impromptu magic than you will ever use. Tom Mullica put out an impromptu magic video set also. They are a bit hard to find.
Message: Posted by: manix (Jan 3, 2003 05:21PM)
Dig out Stars of Magic. Lots of great impromptu stuff in there. Go on, do what Blaine did, find some stuff that's so old, it's new!

Seriously though, it's one of the best books ever written on the subject. Sadly it is often overlooked though.
Message: Posted by: biff_g (Jan 6, 2003 02:08PM)
I agree that Dan Harlan's video set is an excellent resource.
Message: Posted by: markjens (Jan 6, 2003 04:29PM)
Ditto on Stars of Magic. This is one of those oldies that if people don't quit talking about it, everyone is going to start doing the stuff again. It has been really great doing some of that old stuff, but between this and the Genii board, all of you are bringing it back up again. Stop, would ya? :winker:
Message: Posted by: EranRaven (Jan 6, 2003 06:39PM)
Life Savers by Mike Weber had some cool routines in it.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Jan 6, 2003 10:35PM)
Simon Lovell's Party Animals and Office Animal Videos.
Message: Posted by: debaser (Jan 12, 2003 11:17PM)
Rubberband magic is usually a good way to go

There's quite a bit of material that is actually quite good.

Message: Posted by: Hermes (Jan 13, 2003 05:33AM)
I love impromptu magic - it's my speciality!

These 2 books are available from Amazon:

"Self-working Table Magic: 97 Foolproof Tricks with Everyday Objects" - Karl Fulves

"Magic with Everyday Objects: Over 150 Tricks Anyone Can Do at the Dinner Table" - George Schindler

Peace & blessings be upon you.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Jan 24, 2003 10:29PM)
Speaking of Stars of Magic, Johnny Thompson's set of tapes is almost a review of the book, and he does a great job with these effects. Recommended! :cool:
Message: Posted by: markkwan (Jun 17, 2003 05:01PM)
What a bunch of wonderful sugguestions. I also recommend the on the spot and off the cuff videos. they're great in my opinion.
Message: Posted by: Bob Gerdes (Jun 17, 2003 08:20PM)
There's also a lot of very good impromptu stuff in "The Magic Book" by Harry Lorayne.

Its one of my all time favorite books.

Message: Posted by: CardFan (Jun 20, 2003 05:37PM)
Look for "Out of Thin Air" by Larry Anderson it's a good source too.
Message: Posted by: Socrates (Jun 29, 2003 05:21AM)
'The Magic Book' by Harry Lorayne is a must in this field and the great thing is you can pick up a copy of it really cheap or even rent it from your library.

Another book that is a must have is 'Magic & Showmanship' by Henning Nelms as it'll help you to begin thinking about your magic and how you relate to it.

If you have these two books and you take on board everything that they say you'll be on your way to becoming a great impromptu/close-up performer.

The final ingredient you need is creative imagination, for without this there is no hope for anyone to become anything but a clone.

Take what you will from my advice and may the force be with you.


'Imagination is more important than knowledge' - Albert Einstein :die:
Message: Posted by: PyroDevil (Aug 13, 2003 10:55AM)
Gregory Wilsons Off the Cuff and On the Spot.
Message: Posted by: Lee Darrow (Aug 13, 2003 11:49AM)
The Jay Marshall video Table **** from Stevens has a lot of the material from the Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic on it. Even though Jay looks a little uncomfortable, the tape has some great bits and closes with his Jaun Escadero routine and Lefty.

Worth the price just for those bits, frankly.

Lee Darrow, C.Ht.
Message: Posted by: juan (Sep 27, 2003 09:19AM)
Daryl's [i]Fooler Doolers[/i] videos: they are not specific about impromptu but have a lot of tricks to do impromptu.
Message: Posted by: Luis Sirgado (Sep 27, 2003 09:23AM)
[i]Self-working Table Magic[/i], it´s a very nice book to learn something´s related to impromptu magic.

Message: Posted by: DarryltheWizard (Oct 17, 2003 08:23PM)
You forgot Tom Mullica has excellent tapes on impromptu magic presented in a comedy style.
Darryl the Wizard :rotf:
Message: Posted by: LordM (Feb 4, 2005 12:27PM)
Tom Mullica has some great ideas on Improptu magic. check out his videos.
Message: Posted by: Parson Smith (Mar 24, 2005 11:14PM)
I agree with Socrates. 'The Magic Book' by Harry Lorayne needs to be on the reading listfor every beginner.
Message: Posted by: newguy (Mar 25, 2005 02:23AM)
Am I the only one that thinks the On The Spot and Off the Cuff videos are no good? Too movey, too contrived. Yikes!
Message: Posted by: kuroko (Apr 14, 2005 12:42PM)
On the spot is good..
and we must not forget about "simply harkey"
Message: Posted by: Paul D (Apr 24, 2005 10:12PM)
While at Boomers in vegas at a meeting a few months ago I sold On the spot to Jeff McBride I told him that he should know everything in it but he still bought it I think he just has a crush on Greg Wilson.