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Topic: Billoon by Mark Jenest
Message: Posted by: nonvpro (Jan 20, 2008 12:20PM)
I've always loved bill to impossible locations. Got a couple of questions about Mark Jenest's "Billoon". I perform mostly in high-end restaurants and bars. Wondering if anyone is performing this routine in a strolling venue. Not so much in a restaurant, but rather in the bar. If so, how well does it go over? Can the balloon that is being used be a clear balloon? I saw Mark's demo and he used a black balloon. Must the balloon be placed on the floor to be burst, or can it be held or placed on a table or bar to be burst?

Thanks
Message: Posted by: the Sponge (Jan 20, 2008 05:00PM)
No. the balloon cannot be clear. it must be opaque. it can be placed on table or bar to be burst.

s.carder
Message: Posted by: Spydur (Jan 21, 2008 01:01AM)
If I was working in a High-end bar I would probably NOT do this routine. Simply because I don't want to be bursting balloons all the time and causing a racket.

That is also very VERY dependent on the venue. If it is already noisy than I imagine this could fit in ok.

I use this routine all the time in my stand-up show and it gets a great reaction.

Corey
Message: Posted by: nonvpro (Jan 23, 2008 09:02PM)
Spydur

I presented that question to the owners of the establishment. The told me that in the bar anything that gets people's attention is ok with them. I did mention bursting a balloon and they seem very happy with the idea.
Message: Posted by: Spydur (Jan 24, 2008 11:24AM)
Nonvpro,

That is great to hear as I love this routine. Have a wonderful time performing it and I look forward to hear about any advancements that you make on it.

Take care,

Corey
Message: Posted by: JustinVisible (Jan 28, 2008 10:47AM)
I used to do this routine all the time too. I have recently made some significant changes and combined it with some ideas from either "5x5 japan" OR "new magic of japan" (i don't recall which one while I am at work). It plays great now and then as well. I don't recommend doing it at every table or even that often. Maybe 4 times max in a night (assuming 3 hour gig). Also, one of the extra props I was using when performing was an extra, super, oversized pair of fake plastic scissors (props???)... It was a sight gag but also a reason to go to the pocket.

Good Luck,

Cheers
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jan 28, 2008 12:53PM)
My routine for this trick is in "MicroEconomics".

I don't do the routine much these days but I used it a lot in the past and I'm sure I'll use it a lot in the future. It's taking a rest right now.

Restaurant? When the balloon pops, spit flies. Be careful exactly how you're doing it.
Message: Posted by: nonvpro (Jan 28, 2008 06:47PM)
Maybe its just me. But is there anything lost because the balloon is not clear? I know "The Sponge" stated the balloon can't be clear.

Thanks
Message: Posted by: Spydur (Jan 28, 2008 08:51PM)
Nonvpro,

Have you tried the routine yet?

If you have how were the reactions?

Look forward to hearing how your audience is liking it.

Corey
Message: Posted by: nonvpro (Jan 28, 2008 09:24PM)
Not yet.
Message: Posted by: Clark (Feb 3, 2008 03:22PM)
I have used the Jenest routine for quite a long time in bar settings everywhere with great results. Just in case you're interested, I've given a rough outline for a routine I put together several years ago. It was my most requested set in the last bar I worked. Hope you get an idea or two from it.

Best,
Clark


(1) Approach the group and blow up a black balloon. You are going to end your set with Mark Jenest's "Billoon." Make jokes with the balloon, and then hand it off to a member of the party.

(2) Take out two bills and perform "Time is Money", a trick that is in Magic Magazine this month (Feb. '05). One bill is signed, and both are folded and then given to the spectator. They clearly see the two bills, and in less than a second, one vanishes...the signed bill is found neatly folded under the person who signed the bills watch. This routine alone is the best non-card item that I have found in years in any magazine, so take the time to track it down.

(3) Place the bills away after the applause, and do a quick color changing knife routine. (Real people LOVE the knives, man.) Hand one knife to a spectator and have them open it while you place the other away and secretly obtain the signed bill...which, by the way, everyone thinks is out of the picture since you did such a great trick with the bill anyway.

(4) Have the person you handed the knife to use it to bust the balloon, and inside will be the signed bill, again.

I have been, intentionally, a little vague here because I do not want to tip methods if you do not own the above listed tricks already. Track them all down and try them together, they flow very nicely.
The balloon keeps you from having to table hop with produce in your pockets, and it also causes quite a stir when busted. After the noise, other groups will notice you and the group you are with having a great time...nuff said on that one.

By the way, the bill routine is suppose to have a borrowed bill, but I do not like to approach people and ask for money after knowing them for 15 seconds. I just bring out two bills and have one signed. I use the same bill trick after trick. All of the initials on the bill eventually become a good conversation piece during the night. Hope you try it...it kills for walk around.
Message: Posted by: Spydur (Feb 3, 2008 09:15PM)
I, myself, would not have the person use a knife to pop the balloon. I don't want a knife coming at my hands...

Just me.

Corey
Message: Posted by: doug brewer (Feb 4, 2008 10:50AM)
Clark: Great routining. I'm a huge fan of routining in ALL venues. Hardly anyone routines walk-around (at least, that I have seen). I also agree with your borrowing-a-bill philosophy. Borrowing a bill works in stand-up (parlour) settings or even behind the bar, but doing it walk-around is not my cup of tea.
Message: Posted by: Clark (Feb 4, 2008 05:51PM)
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On 2008-02-03 22:15, Spydur wrote:
I, myself, would not have the person use a knife to pop the balloon. I don't want a knife coming at my hands...

Just me.

Corey
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This isn't a card stab, dude. It's a balloon that is eight to ten inches across, hardly dangerous.... You need to find a smarter audience. ;)
Message: Posted by: Clark (Feb 4, 2008 06:04PM)
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On 2008-02-04 11:50, doug brewer wrote:
Clark: Great routining. I'm a huge fan of routining in ALL venues. Hardly anyone routines walk-around (at least, that I have seen). I also agree with your borrowing-a-bill philosophy. Borrowing a bill works in stand-up (parlour) settings or even behind the bar, but doing it walk-around is not my cup of tea.
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Hi, Doug, thanks for the nod. I really enjoy your work, bro. I use your "Hook Revisited" when I perform regularly - very nice routine. Simple, visual, great all way 'round. You have a knack for simplifying a routine while keeping its strongest points. Easier said than done when creating coin handlings.

Glad you enjoyed the outline I provided here. It really stood strong for me when I was working the bar often. The bar was when I really hit on the idea of using the same bill over and over, and it turned out to be a good bit while also being very practical.

Take care,
Clark
Message: Posted by: Spydur (Feb 4, 2008 09:43PM)
Clark...

Not necessarily the case. I am just smart enough to not trust my audience member who is in front of an entire audience...perhaps for the first time. And I am not going to take any chances.

Again, that is just me. But knives coming in my general direction...be it eight to ten (which really stands to reason that it is more like 4 - 5 inches, seeing as the balloons diameter is 8 to 10") inches away is still a sharp blade coming at me, and my hands, which I need to be able to use on a regular basis to perform my craft.

I may just be paranoid....

:D

I do like your routine, however, which I forgot to mention earlier, and those that read this thread should be thankful that you were gracious enough to share it.

THANK YOU!

Corey
Message: Posted by: Clark (Feb 5, 2008 09:18AM)
Hope you didn't take me seriously, bro. It was just a joke.

Seriously, though, the chance of something happening to your hands with a color knife is nonexistent. It's not like you give instructions for them to take a "Mason" whack at the balloon. LOL 99% of real people are timid around balloons, much less popping them.

Take care, boss. Glad you got a little out of the routine.

best,
Clark
Message: Posted by: Jay Elf (May 22, 2008 11:07AM)
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On 2008-01-28 11:47, JustinVisible wrote:
I have recently made some significant changes and combined it with some ideas from either "5x5 japan" OR "new magic of japan" (i don't recall which one while I am at work).
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Hello, JustinVisible
I would like to know which kind of changes you made.
However, if you don't want to divulge it, ignore my post.