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Topic: Best Impromptu For TV
Message: Posted by: Justin Flom (Aug 30, 2002 12:15AM)
This producer/director is asking me about magic tricks for his new television show (name and release dates not allowed out yet). He wants close-up effects that can be done without a table, and in under 20 seconds. I know we're talking about very few tricks that fit this, but I knew you guys here at Magic Café would have some ideas. Just good, short tricks for TV without aid of table. Thanks for the help!!

Justin :donut2:
Message: Posted by: Thoughtreader (Aug 30, 2002 09:53AM)
Visual tricks such as "Anti-Gravico" (where you take the open and full pop bottle, turn it upside down and it does not spill out) or the "Hydrrstatic Glass" would do well too.

The Ball and Tube, The Fickle Nickle, a coin vanish via "Raven" all come to mind too.

PSIncerely Yours,
Paul Alberstat
Message: Posted by: Sid Mayer (Aug 31, 2002 09:39PM)
The first things that come to mind are productions ... not from boxes which take time to be shown empty. Barehanded or from a silk might be good. Produce anything from a scarf to a fishbowl.

The serpent silk is another fast, highly visual effect.

Message: Posted by: dchung (Sep 2, 2002 04:06PM)
If you want to throw in a card trick, a rising card effect should do.

Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Sep 12, 2002 12:13PM)
To get specific, is he asking about tricks you could do or tricks the host could do?
Message: Posted by: Justin Flom (Sep 15, 2002 12:28AM)
We're talking tricks I'd be doing, not a host. It's more of a sitcom, not a magic special. :)

Message: Posted by: Tercero (Sep 19, 2002 04:44PM)
In my opinion, one of the greatest magic trick for TV is "Increasing the Value" of a bill. Quick, visual, fantastic! :goof:
Message: Posted by: Joe M. Turner (Sep 19, 2002 04:56PM)
The coin that falls up is a quick, visual zinger.

Message: Posted by: Juan Brown (Sep 24, 2002 12:31PM)
I always use the bottle through body ... that´s a great impromptu effect.
Message: Posted by: Bascomb Grecian (Oct 5, 2002 02:44AM)

If this is still a priority for you to get your show together, think of this!

I had this same question posed to me at a large banquet for the United Way here in Redding. You see, I got exposure, the ABC news affliate was on the scene, and well since I was there "WOWING" the crowd, the news decided to "show" me.

The camera/tech asked me to do some "tricks" for the camera.

Justin, this quite possibly could be the greatest question you have asked! Why. Seize the magic "moment". One word— JAM.

I did six fast "coin vanishes and reappearances". I just "jammed" for the camera, and was featured live on the news!!!!!

Try to think, and be prepared for all the possible scenarios. One Coin routines, worked for me!

Message: Posted by: Michael_MacDonald (Nov 3, 2002 03:39PM)
Lets look at this from a different perspective— I don't know about most of you, but I see 20 seconds as a long time. I can do a complete coins across in 20 seconds, but hey ... that's me.

I like a gold silver transposition in the hand of the spectator. It works great and seems imposible to do, it's short, and uses no gimmicks other then a gold plated half. All sleight of hand but well worth the work.

Michael MacDonald
Message: Posted by: BryanDreyfus (Apr 26, 2003 08:57AM)
It is difficult to creat a rapport AND do a trick in 20 seconds that will be what it should be. I can't, off hand, come up with enough material that fits the bill. That will not be an easy gig and at worst a non meaningful sight gag. Hardly "magic".

You have to think what will be the consequence of what you put out ... will it be work that will build desire to see more or will it be percieved as "filler"?

Prospective clients may not want "filler".

Sometimes what sounds like a good thing can be the worst thing to do, career wise.

Quality over quantity. It's better not to be seen doing magic badly just to be on TV. Lots of people will form opinions of your work by what you are allowed to do.

I will be interested in how it comes out.

best wishes
Message: Posted by: zombieboy (May 11, 2003 06:30PM)
I would use Greg Wilson's coins across from his On The Spot video. Most visual routine I've ever seen.
Message: Posted by: Marc Levine (Aug 3, 2003 12:18PM)
Ditto on the coins across Zombieboy...It's my favorite impromptu effect.
Message: Posted by: submagi (Aug 7, 2003 12:51AM)
Do a color change routine or Oz's vanishes routine. Both are quick and very visual.
Message: Posted by: chriscox (Aug 16, 2003 03:40PM)
A good, quick, visual and can be silent trick which is amazing is a live goldfish production.

I've seen it done many a time, it's class!
Message: Posted by: LordM (Jul 19, 2004 09:43PM)
You can do rubber band tricks, and twisting arm, coin magic (like ungimmicked hopping halves) misled.. this is just a few..
Message: Posted by: flipped (Aug 23, 2004 08:01PM)
Recapped is a great impromptu and Head Trip will get great laughs