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Topic: Whats your go-to-trick???
Message: Posted by: atouchofmagic1 (Mar 4, 2011 09:48AM)
What is everyone's favorite go to effect when you have little or nothing on you for performing on the spot? I personally like 3/4 across of Greg Wilson's dvd On The Spot. I also smoke so I do a lot of sleight of hand magic with cigarettes. Looking forward to hearing everyone's responses.


Always in magic

-Bobby :)
Message: Posted by: kasper (Mar 4, 2011 09:22PM)
3/4 across is an excellent effect. I can see why you use it! My "security blanket" is a good solid coin flurry that Ive performed for over 15 years. It's an EVENT. Add some flashpaper and I can get free drinks and make the meanest biker bar jump up and down with glee!
Message: Posted by: Yellowcustard (Mar 5, 2011 03:10PM)
Chinese Matches (Dai Vernon) which I learnt from the great Fooler Dooler DVD set. it can be done with coins, bottle caps or any small items.
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Mar 5, 2011 04:07PM)
Copper/Silver with Morgan dollar and Sudbury penny finish.
Message: Posted by: Simon Mandal (Mar 7, 2011 07:33PM)
Flight of the Paper balls / paper balls over the head.
Message: Posted by: motown (Mar 7, 2011 11:37PM)
Glass/salt shaker thru table.
Message: Posted by: boydy (Mar 8, 2011 10:42AM)
Tenkai? Pennies

One coin routine.

Questionable trick

My spelling sucks.
Message: Posted by: atouchofmagic1 (Mar 8, 2011 06:19PM)
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On 2011-03-07 20:33, Simon Mandal wrote:
Flight of the Paper balls / paper balls over the head.
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I love paper balls over the head lol... Classic and gets em' every time. If you ever get a chance look into Greg Wilson's On The Spot dvd if you have not already. Greg's dvd goes over this, as well as a fantastic sponge napkin napkin routine that is killer for being on the spot. I believe this ties in perfectly if you planned on doing paper balls over the head anyway.

Always in magic

-Bobby :)

Posted: Mar 8, 2011 7:21pm
Sorry... Fantastic sponge napkin routine..

Always in magic

-Bobby
Message: Posted by: Simon Mandal (Mar 12, 2011 01:27AM)
Greg Wilson's On the Spot is great!
Tony Clark has a terrific Paper balls over the head DVD too.
Message: Posted by: Mike Maturen (Mar 12, 2011 09:40PM)
I usually have my WOW! Card sleeve on me......
Message: Posted by: hakz (Mar 25, 2011 05:15AM)
I usually bring my raven with me, a standard deck and/or a stripper. Sometimes I do gag/shock lighter that's useful in different situations. :D
Message: Posted by: allusions (Mar 27, 2011 09:54PM)
If were at a resturaunt I will make a salt and pepper shaker transpose in the spectators hand under the table. Actually the illusion is that the shakers stay put but the contents switch places. I prove this by making salt and pepper appear in my hands and then vanish again only to show up in the opposite containers. It's just Hybrid of two of my favoirte table magic illusions
Message: Posted by: nucinud (Mar 27, 2011 11:19PM)
Ring on string, someone always has a ring etc.
Message: Posted by: Sammy J. (Mar 28, 2011 11:25PM)
Extreme Burn carried in a Jardonnet Fire Wallet. This is my everyday wallet, so I am always prepared. I carry lighter fluid in a mini-Visine container so I can load the wallet if necessary (I usually have the wallet primed if I think I will be asked to perform.)
Message: Posted by: NexusMagicShop (Mar 29, 2011 08:52PM)
I like to use objects around me when asked to perform impromptu like: Rubber Band tricks, Ring Magic, Coin vanishes etc. etc. Bartenders always have nice rubber bands in there drawers used to bundle money. Love those!

I also second Stephane Jardonnets Kaps on Fire wallet always a big hit. I know there is many initiations out there that don't cut it, so be sure to buy from him direct: http://www.Jardonnet.com

Sadly, he is being ripped off by so many different manufactures trying to copy but producing an inferior product.
Message: Posted by: P.Synenberg (Mar 30, 2011 09:05PM)
I generally wear a P**l every day, I borrow a pen and do the disappearing pen that Gregory Wilson performs in what I think is On The Spot. After I reveal it's behind my ear, everyone jokes and I say "No really..." and make the pen look like rubber with the age old trick. Than shove it into my fist and viola, it's gone... If I'm going totally propless than I really like 3/4 across, and even just some old classic coin work.
Message: Posted by: atouchofmagic1 (Mar 31, 2011 07:43PM)
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On 2011-03-29 21:52, NexusMagicShop wrote:
I like to use objects around me when asked to perform impromptu like: Rubber Band tricks, Ring Magic, Coin vanishes etc. etc. Bartenders always have nice rubber bands in there drawers used to bundle money. Love those!

I also second Stephane Jardonnets Kaps on Fire wallet always a big hit. I know there is many initiations out there that don't cut it, so be sure to buy from him direct: http://www.Jardonnet.com

Sadly, he is being ripped off by so many different manufactures trying to copy but producing an inferior product.
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How large is the Jardonnet wallet? Is it only suitable with a jacket, like the Mullica wallet? Or is it more portable to carry with you in your back pocket? I have thought for a long time about picking one of these up. Thanks in advance for your replies.

Always in magic

-Bobby :)
Message: Posted by: NexusMagicShop (Apr 4, 2011 12:23PM)
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On 2011-03-31 20:43, atouchofmagic1 wrote:
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On 2011-03-29 21:52, NexusMagicShop wrote:
I like to use objects around me when asked to perform impromptu like: Rubber Band tricks, Ring Magic, Coin vanishes etc. etc. Bartenders always have nice rubber bands in there drawers used to bundle money. Love those!

I also second Stephane Jardonnets Kaps on Fire wallet always a big hit. I know there is many initiations out there that don't cut it, so be sure to buy from him direct: http://www.Jardonnet.com

Sadly, he is being ripped off by so many different manufactures trying to copy but producing an inferior product.
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How large is the Jardonnet wallet? Is it only suitable with a jacket, like the Mullica wallet? Or is it more portable to carry with you in your back pocket? I have thought for a long time about picking one of these up. Thanks in advance for your replies.

Always in magic

-Bobby :)
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I keep mine in my back pocket unless I am performing the card to wallet effect. It's comfortable in either place for me smaller then a Mullica for sure.
Message: Posted by: atouchofmagic1 (Apr 4, 2011 03:36PM)
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On 2011-04-04 13:23, NexusMagicShop wrote:
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On 2011-03-31 20:43, atouchofmagic1 wrote:
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On 2011-03-29 21:52, NexusMagicShop wrote:
I like to use objects around me when asked to perform impromptu like: Rubber Band tricks, Ring Magic, Coin vanishes etc. etc. Bartenders always have nice rubber bands in there drawers used to bundle money. Love those!

I also second Stephane Jardonnets Kaps on Fire wallet always a big hit. I know there is many initiations out there that don't cut it, so be sure to buy from him direct: http://www.Jardonnet.com

Sadly, he is being ripped off by so many different manufactures trying to copy but producing an inferior product.
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How large is the Jardonnet wallet? Is it only suitable with a jacket, like the Mullica wallet? Or is it more portable to carry with you in your back pocket? I have thought for a long time about picking one of these up. Thanks in advance for your replies.

Always in magic

-Bobby :)
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I keep mine in my back pocket unless I am performing the card to wallet effect. It's comfortable in either place for me smaller then a Mullica for sure.
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Thanks for the reply. I might have to pick one of these up. Sounds to me like its a winner :)

Always in magic

-Bobby :)
Message: Posted by: JRediens (Apr 4, 2011 04:15PM)
I always have a deck of card with me so really don't have a favourite one, but probably the one where you petnde emorize the deck order in few seconds.
I'm working on adding one-coin routine
Message: Posted by: Jaz (Apr 7, 2011 06:47AM)
The last set I've done.

Recap (var.) with borrowed pen.
Pen thru borrowed bill.
Coin to pen cap.
Quick one coin trick with complete vanish.

A while back.
Coin to Key (var.) followed by Florida Keys.

A quickie I did recently was a production of 4 halve$.

It really depends on the situation and where we are.
Message: Posted by: General_Magician (Apr 12, 2011 09:27PM)
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On 2011-03-04 10:48, atouchofmagic1 wrote:
What is everyone's favorite go to effect when you have little or nothing on you for performing on the spot? I personally like 3/4 across of Greg Wilson's dvd On The Spot. I also smoke so I do a lot of sleight of hand magic with cigarettes. Looking forward to hearing everyone's responses.


Always in magic

-Bobby :)
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I am definitely a big fan of Greg Wilson. I usually perform his effect "A Questionable Trick" (Greg Wilson's dime and penny transposition which is also on his On the Spot DVD) and it seems to hit harder because it involves the spectator and it happens in the spectator's hand. I also perform 3/4 across and people have no idea how I do it, but, because "A Questionable Trick" involves the spectator participating in the effect and it happens in their hand I get better reactions from the spectators with that particular effect. 3/4 across is a good opening effect to perform in impromptu situations and "A Questionable Trick" is perhaps a good middle or closer effect in an impromptu situation.
Message: Posted by: CasualSoul (Apr 13, 2011 06:31PM)
3/4 Across is my go-to as well. I think what I like about it the most is that it it's not just a trick, but basically a routine all by itself; if one doesn't feel in the mood to really do any more magic, it's fine to just do 3/4 Across as it has its own opening, middle, and ending. I also love that it's gaff-less, required some genuine skill & practice to master, and seems to hit harder than any other pure sleight-of-hand coin routine that I do. It really is one of the best coins-across routines ever released to the community.

I also really like Extreme Burn, but I don't always carry it on me unless I'm planning on doing an entire paper money magic routine.
Message: Posted by: RPAYNE40S (Apr 14, 2011 06:10PM)
If nothing on me I use my pinkey. See Will Houstoun's DVD.
Message: Posted by: Barrett_James (Apr 16, 2011 12:22AM)
A Questionable Trick by Greg Wilson is TOTAL GOLD! I tried a few times to routine this with Millikins Transposition and Tenkai Pennies but the three tricks together seemed to take away from the immense impact that A Questionable Trick held all by itself. Just my two cents (pun intended!).

Regards,

Barrett James
Message: Posted by: Mike Maturen (Apr 21, 2011 08:19AM)
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On 2011-03-07 20:33, Simon Mandal wrote:
Flight of the Paper balls / paper balls over the head.
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This is a classic...LOVE IT! I used to do it on stage.
Message: Posted by: Mike Maturen (Apr 21, 2011 08:27AM)
It takes a bit of time to master, but the linking cigarettes looks killer...and can be done right under their noses. No gaffs, gimmicks, etc.

Also, a deck of cards and Jay Sankey's Revelation Shirt will usually leave them with their jaws on the ground. It has 7 different revelations on it, so you can perform 7 different effects if you wish.
Message: Posted by: atouchofmagic1 (Apr 21, 2011 09:01AM)
Yeah I will second the linking cigarettes, I have been on that one steady now for about a month and still having trouble with it. But lordy if you get it down it looks like real magic :)


-Bobby :)
Message: Posted by: Mike Maturen (Apr 21, 2011 09:35AM)
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On 2011-04-21 10:01, atouchofmagic1 wrote:
Yeah I will second the linking cigarettes, I have been on that one steady now for about a month and still having trouble with it. But lordy if you get it down it looks like real magic :)


-Bobby :)
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I just got it the other day, so haven't even really had time to play yet...and I have some stiffness in my hands due to disease, so not sure if I will even be able to master it...but I will try, because it looks terrific.

If not, there will be a DVD for sale! LOL
Message: Posted by: Damian (May 14, 2011 08:21PM)
If we're standing, I have a one-coin routine inspired by Kozmo's routine; ends, as does his, with coin to eye. Recap is also good while standing, if the right kind of pen is handy. I do TnR napkin in Cafés and restaurants a lot, also Starcle.
If I can borrow a ring, I'll do Gregory Wilson's version of Garrett Thomas' Ring Thing, as well as John Carney's ring and straw routine.
Message: Posted by: TheStoner (May 27, 2011 08:38AM)
Another vote for Greg's stuff - his DVDs are a must for quality impromptu magic
Message: Posted by: mahucharn (May 27, 2011 09:34AM)
+1 for 3/4 Across. Also, I use Gregory Wilson's Questionable Trick as well (it kills).
Message: Posted by: gibsoncrampton (May 30, 2011 03:38PM)
Another great reaction, completely impromptu trick I like performing, in the right setting, is wayne houchins 'control'
Message: Posted by: FuManChu (Jun 3, 2011 03:03PM)
If you only have a deck of cards to entertain a crowd of at least 20 people I would go with Al Koran`s twenty card memory.
Message: Posted by: GlenD (Jun 3, 2011 09:26PM)
If I'm going somewhere that I know is outdoors with canned beverages available I make sure to bring a sharpie and a quarter for performing "Sinful". Plenty of opportunities coming up with summer basically here. I usually have dice and/or safety pins on my person as well. I love these tworoutines, no table needed and impervious to almost any conditions.

Glen
Message: Posted by: ambassador365 (Jun 5, 2011 02:54PM)
Torn and Restored napkin
Message: Posted by: D Byrd (Jun 8, 2011 09:59PM)
Back when I used to perform it was ALWAYS Color Monte and the TT. Those two effects never failed to blow their minds.
Message: Posted by: The Wonder Company (Jun 10, 2011 10:57PM)
I really love Ghost bills lately. And Danny Garcia's Jacobs Ladder. So visual.
Crazy Man's Handcuffs too.
all borrowed!
Message: Posted by: liqpix (Jun 11, 2011 03:03AM)
I love Daniel Garcias Pressure as well as Jacobs Ladder. - then dis- jointed...
Message: Posted by: Erdnase27 (Jun 20, 2011 06:32AM)
My last performed tricks in the bar were:

- Ashes to palm (always an ashtray near)
- Use 3 dripmats for 3 card monte (just bend them and use ash from ashtray to mark one)
- Recap
- Chinese Matchsticks by Dai Vernon
Message: Posted by: atouchofmagic1 (Jun 21, 2011 03:51PM)
Some really good stuff here guys!!!! I actually just bought "Street Monte" By G Sparks!!!! The effect is a little obvious if you watch the demo. However, I have been working on a revised handling for a bar situation. It uses a spectators quarter and three different beer caps IE (Miller Lite, Corona and Heineken) Then I place the coin under the chosen cap and in a monte style routine the coin keeps appearing under different caps under the craziest of conditions and then finally under the specs watch!!!! I would suggest checking into the original "street monte" and if you like it just shoot me a PM and I will be more then happy to go into more details on my revised routine.... Like all good things though trial and error are key. So its still a diamond in the rough but so far its coming together nicely.

Anyways some really good stuff you guys have been listing!!! Lets keep em comin ;)



-Bobby :)
Message: Posted by: Rectify (Jun 21, 2011 10:54PM)
I agree with On The Spot enthusiasts. 3/4 across kills every time, Recap also gets great reactions. I also always have a TT with me, best impromptu tool ever created.
Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Jun 23, 2011 02:16PM)
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On 2011-03-05 17:07, Pete Biro wrote:
Copper/Silver with Morgan dollar and Sudbury penny finish.
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I use the Sudbury penny finish with a big build up, with no other phases to the routine. I got the idea for my presentation from Shawn Farquhar. It gets such a great reaction that I put it into my professional repertoire.

I also perform ring and string. The modification of a Mark Leveridge ring-on move really gets attention and my finale is definitely a big finish.
Message: Posted by: 55Hudson (Jul 4, 2011 10:41AM)
Two in the hand, one in the pocket; with bar napkins, wine cork cut up, or any other small, common objects. Can be done anywhere, any time with minimal prep.

Hudson.
Message: Posted by: Devious (Aug 16, 2011 07:38PM)
Kenton Knepper's Kollosal Killer or Osterlind's Torn-Restored Post-It Note
Message: Posted by: Comedy Writer (Aug 23, 2011 01:32PM)
Hippty hop rabbits.
Message: Posted by: RLFrame (Aug 24, 2011 12:19PM)
Comedy Writer:

"Hippty hop rabbits."

I don't get it. COuld you explain that?
Message: Posted by: KingNothing (Aug 24, 2011 01:58PM)
Torn and restored dollar followed by a vanish.
Crazy man's handcuffs.
Coin tricks.
Pretty much, anything that's on hand. You can even use a pebble with most coin sleights.
Message: Posted by: Comedy Writer (Aug 26, 2011 01:55PM)
Its a reversal; obviously, you couldn't carry that trick everywhere; therefore its funny
Message: Posted by: whiteoakcanyon (Aug 27, 2011 10:37PM)
Crazy Man's Handcuffs is my go to trick at the office.
Message: Posted by: atouchofmagic1 (Aug 29, 2011 03:51PM)
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On 2011-08-27 23:37, whiteoakcanyon wrote:
Crazy Man's Handcuffs is my go to trick at the office.
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Yeah I may also recommend taking a look at Flush by John Stessel. It's a really nice linking rubber band effect that happens on the specs finger and is easy to do. I ussually start with Crazy Man's Handcuffs then move onto Stairway by Marcus Eddie then end with Flush and it kills everytime.


-Bobby :)
Message: Posted by: cairo (Aug 29, 2011 05:36PM)
I tear up a few napkins, toilet paper, paper towel, notebook paper,or whatever,make them into some little balls and do an impromptu sponge balls routine. Kills every time.
Message: Posted by: mag1cman (Sep 2, 2011 12:25PM)
I'm with Whiteoakcanyon - I always have 4 or 5 rubber bands on my wrist and can go with Crazy Mans Handcuffs or a couple of the others off Dan Harlan's "The Band Shark". The incredible disappearing rubber band is insanely simple, people are often genuinely amazed and I'm always giggling inside at how I get away with it!
Message: Posted by: bowers (Sep 6, 2011 01:42PM)
I usely have the coins on me
to do a spellbound routein.
if not I always carry my tt
for a bill switch.
Message: Posted by: edmejiamagic (Sep 6, 2011 09:36PM)
My go-to and most comfortable close-up item to perform is my coin flurry with jumbo finish. Working at a restaurant, I've had plenty of time to master it and become extremely comfortable with it. I can just about do it in my sleep! CMH is always ready to go. For awhile, I would perform (while serving tables) CMH, into Stairway, followed by Sanders' Cramped, a bill to pen cap routine. It kills!
Message: Posted by: vardo5 (Nov 17, 2011 09:00AM)
Depends on the spectator but I do a one ahead prediction or a coins across. I usually also have color monte on me.
Message: Posted by: Suren (Nov 17, 2011 12:26PM)
2 card monte for the win! BTW I cant find that questionable trick on youtube can someone give me a link?
Message: Posted by: David_Libertine (Nov 17, 2011 03:31PM)
Wow... all good stuff here.

If I'm out and about, I usually have a forcing deck of some kind made from local casino cards (I live in a "casino town"), Kolossal Killer (the forcing deck always is made to work with KK as an option), a TT, a silk handkerchief, and something that burns... people love fire.

And, of course, a pen and post it can always be picked up for a B****t S****h or CT, but the BIG killer is always metal bending. If I'm anywhere near a spoon, fork, key, penny, etc. I always like to work in THEIR hand if I can.
Message: Posted by: Iris Caraway (Nov 20, 2011 12:42AM)
Disappearing saltshaker. Gets 'em everytime.
Message: Posted by: Blayk P (Nov 20, 2011 11:49AM)
If I have a deck of cards, I just do something with that. If not, I always have my wallet, and in it I carry Shinkansen by Phil Goldstein and a Credit Card Monte. Also, rubber band magic is good to perform on the spot.
Message: Posted by: Suren (Nov 27, 2011 06:50AM)
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On 2011-11-17 16:31, David_Libertine wrote:
Wow... all good stuff here.

If I'm out and about, I usually have a forcing deck of some kind made from local casino cards (I live in a "casino town"), Kolossal Killer (the forcing deck always is made to work with KK as an option), a TT, a silk handkerchief, and something that burns... people love fire.

And, of course, a pen and post it can always be picked up for a B****t S****h or CT, but the BIG killer is always metal bending. If I'm anywhere near a spoon, fork, key, penny, etc. I always like to work in THEIR hand if I can.
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Jay Sankeys spoon bend also kills them. One of my favorites.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 7, 2011 12:41PM)
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On 2011-03-29 00:25, Sammy J. wrote:
Extreme Burn carried in a Jardonnet Fire Wallet. This is my everyday wallet, so I am always prepared. I carry lighter fluid in a mini-Visine container so I can load the wallet if necessary (I usually have the wallet primed if I think I will be asked to perform.)
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I'm sure Sammy is careful where he performs the fire wallet. However, I would not recommend this for everyone. For example, it is not funny or appreciated when someone pretends to write a check at a bank teller and fires up his wallet. In fact, if you do this in almost any public place, such as a restaurant or an auditorium, you may be arrested for violating the fire code.
Message: Posted by: charliecheckers (Dec 13, 2011 08:07PM)
People always love the fire wallet, never disappoints.
Message: Posted by: devinhesketh (Jan 6, 2012 06:47PM)
Oh wow. Lots of Greg Wilson fans on this thread. Thankfully I am a huge fan too. I usually always perform his "Ring Thing" or the pen trick he does on "On the Spot" (sorry I forget the name of it). They are my two favorite impromptu effects. Normally I just work with what I have. Sometimes I carry rubber bands on my arm so I do "Crazy Man's Handcuffs" always gets a good response.
Message: Posted by: braabesflaben (Jan 7, 2012 09:25AM)
Just started practicing coin magic with sleight of hand, that makes it easy to perform on the spot. already had some good reactions.
Message: Posted by: rmendez (Jan 9, 2012 02:43PM)
I carry Mogar's Hot Rod knife in my right pants pocket. I also carry a $1 to $5 Bill Transposition and Hundy 500 in $100 bills in my wallet everyday.