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Topic: If I'm going to get just one Impromptu DVD...?
Message: Posted by: fengenroll (Dec 16, 2004 10:34AM)
I need to practice more impromptu stuff to feel confident in every setting, I want to be able to perform if someone asks me to.
I'v search around for the "ultimate Impromptu DVD" but it seems that there are so many to choose from, I found names like: Jay Sankey, Dan Harland, Greg Wilson, Celini among others.

I would like to add one with routines with "everyday" objects, but they can't be as advanced as some Greg Wilson routines I'v seen (my magic/sleight of hand/misdirection are not there yet).

Any beginner/intermediate DVD`s would be great.

Message: Posted by: Clarioneer (Dec 16, 2004 11:11AM)
Most of Greg Wilsons on-the-spot dvd is as simple as...
Dime & A Penny
Napkin Balls over the head
Florida Keys
Lipstick thro' hand

For paper/sponge balls/coins a good take/put is required these can be learnt from Roth or Ammars basic coin technique dvd's - they are excellent tutors.

Wilson is poor on teaching sleights but excellent on mis-direction

I would therefore suggest 2 - on-the-spot and either a roth or Ammar intro to coins...

Basic take/puts/switches are pretty simple even a friction pass is almost automtic as is a bobo switch, the only ones requiring a lot of practise is a retention vanish and advanced palming of multiple coins but luckily few tricks need this advanced stuff so whether you bother with them is up to you...

Many coin routines require a good goshmans pinch - the best teacher of this sleight is sankey for his coins across (Mr Clean Across) - Wilson has his equivalent (3/4 across) but spends little time on teaching the sleight so if you get stuck PM me - its simple to explain and do the sankey way just takes practise :)
Message: Posted by: Vandy Grift (Dec 16, 2004 11:24AM)
I agree with Claironeer. I can only reccomend Greg Wilsons "On the spot" since its the only "impromptu" DVD I own. As far as the difficulty level, my "magic/sleight of hand/misdirection" was not there either when I got the DVD. But after viewing it many times and practicing, its getting there, and faster than I had hoped.

When I first got the DVD I thought there was no way I could do 3/4 across for example. Now, I can see it coming together. It will still be a month or more before I can do it for anyone but I have the confidence that I CAN do it. Its a good DVD,
I'm sure you could learn from it.

I also have Ammars "Complete intro to coin magic" and have learned a ton from that combined with Bobo's MCM.

Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Dec 16, 2004 05:33PM)
On the spot is fantastic.

Too bad it's sold only by Penquin now.
Message: Posted by: Phil Thomas (Dec 16, 2004 06:50PM)
Larry Anderson's "Jawdroppers"

Available @ http://www.jawdroppers.com

Hope this helps.

Message: Posted by: Mercury52 (Dec 17, 2004 01:37PM)
Off the Cuff and On the Spot are both great impromptu tapes from Greg Wilson. For me, the teaching of the recap routine was more in-depth on Off the Cuff. If you have the money, get both.

Message: Posted by: Scott Wells (Dec 17, 2004 02:46PM)
Off The Cuff is my recommendation, too. Greg's got some great stuff...and it's easier than you think.

And indeed, Michael Ammar has several Easy to Master Card DVD's that are worth viewing, but then again, cards are not that impromptu. I mean, if you have a deck of cards, then you might as well do a lot of magic.

One thing to consider might be Osterlind's new DVD set on Easy to Master Mentalism. Certainly anything to do with the mind cannot be more impromptu. You could do some mentalism on the beach in your swim suit :)

Message: Posted by: fengenroll (Dec 22, 2004 07:00AM)
To be honest, I do think some of Greg Wilson's material is to advanced for me,
I don't honestly think many "magicians" learn the 3/4 across during their first year of practice..?

But, how about Dan Harland, he seems to have tons of Impromptu material out on print?
Any happy Harland customers out there?

Message: Posted by: jrandcc (Dec 22, 2004 03:41PM)
Greg Web's on the spot is very good. There's so much stuff out there. but I mean if you see something lying around just pick it up and fiddle with it, and ull think of something. Dan Harlan also has some importmptu stuff.
Message: Posted by: Vandy Grift (Dec 23, 2004 08:33AM)
On 2004-12-22 08:00, fengenroll wrote:
To be honest, I do think some of Greg Wilson's material is to advanced for me,
I don't honestly think many "magicians" learn the 3/4 across during their first year of practice..?


Fengenroll, if you think the Wilson tapes are too advanced by all means stay away from them. If you go in believing that its too difficult and that you will never be able to do the things on the DVD, then you probably won't be able to. I truly believe that any skill level can learn from this and that the only way to improve your skills is to start on something that is difficult and WORK on it until it becomes as perfect as you can possibly make it.

I'm assuming that you don't own a copy of "On the Spot" since we are discussing it here, but since you honestly don't believe many "magicians" learn the 3/4 across during their first year of practice I assume you've seen it performed. First I certainly believe that many "magicians" espically those who focus on coins would learn the main sleight in their first year of practice. I don't even like to say how many sleights are used in a routine, but in this case there are very few. Without having seen the explanation of the routine, I'm not sure how you can say its far too advanced and that not many "magicians" would learn it in their first year of practice. If someone were proficient in the main sleights used, they could probably view the tape and perform it the next day. Others would need to work on it for a while, but its certainly not the most difficult thing in the world. Its a matter of practice more than anything.

I would reccomend this DVD to a beginner who is willing to put in the work to be able to perform some or all of the routines.


P.S. When I got this DVD I wanted to do ReCap, my striking vanish was a joke when I started practicing it. I thought there was no way I could ever make it look good. About two months later, I was at a point where I would pick up a pen and do ReCap anytime for anyone.
Message: Posted by: GeorgeSantos (Dec 25, 2004 10:52PM)
Try Tom Mullica's Expert Impromptu Magic made easy. They are good and fairly easy to do. With a little practice,you'll start wowing people.Also try some coin magic, coins appear to be impromptu when pulled out on the spot-everybody for sure has coins.
Message: Posted by: Irtaza (Dec 28, 2004 07:28AM)
Oh yes Toms Mullica's exert impromptu magic made easy it great!also check out fan harlan ultimate impromptu magic.those tricks are great .
Message: Posted by: dengez (Jan 5, 2005 03:37PM)
ON THE SPOT. Hands down.
Message: Posted by: magicmonkey99 (Jan 8, 2005 02:14PM)
Get on the spot. and if you have enough money get off the cuff too
Message: Posted by: teejay (Jan 9, 2005 06:47PM)
Greg Wilson's On The Spot is terrific
Message: Posted by: Charles Adams (Jan 11, 2005 11:08AM)
Don't forget the Steven's Greater Magic Libary Impromptu I and II. Lot's of good material.
Message: Posted by: Bob T. (Jan 14, 2005 04:14PM)
I agree with Phil, Larry Anderson's Jawdroppers, good stuff and easy to do.
Message: Posted by: rvigon (Jan 15, 2005 11:54AM)
I love on the spot you can start of with the easy stuff and as your skills and missdiresction improve you can learn the "harder stuff" my personal fav is his take on paper over the head the glass kills them
Message: Posted by: John Long (Jan 21, 2005 09:36PM)
I can appreciate not wanting to spend money on something that will have limited use, now, when you could spend the money on something that will have great use, now. Last year I bought Sankey's Revolutionary Coin Magic, took one look at the explanation for the Capricorn Change, and prompty put the DVD back on the shelf. Great stuff, but I'm not there - yet. I am still working on stuff from Amar's CICM.

To that end, have you looked at Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic. It is wonderfull. It has a section on impromtu magic, as well as cards, coins/money, rope, silks, mental, "betchas"(more like puzzles than magic), "make at home magic", sponge balls, billiard ball, cups and balls, and illusions(how to make them, such as floating your assistant - takes a few rolls of IT :)).

It has some very nice tricks. His cut and restore string just floors people(by the way, that trick can be made more convincing by letting the spectator choose a colored marker, then marking the cut ends with the marker. When the restoration is done in the spectators hand, and the colored section, and the color that they chose, is now in the middle of a fully restored string... it plays great. Its incredibly simple, but really impresses people. Its takes a simple prep, but I carry some around with me so I'm ready to go).

I digressed, so, this book is nicely organized, so that you can work on the types of effects you are interested in, thoroughly illustrated to help you see step by step(to be any better, it would take a video), and is cheap. Just make sure you get a more recent edition, with over 500 pages, not the one that has about 472 pages. The extra he added, "reputation makers", has a ring on rope trick that is very nice, and the effect/method could be used in conjuction with other penetrations(I'm considering it for a "Deans Box" routine.)

I highly recommend it to beginners.
Message: Posted by: DAVEC (Jan 23, 2005 12:43PM)
Like phil said, Larry Anderson's Jawdroppers was the first 4 vids I bought.
Great stuff all easy to do stuff aswell.
Also I think on the end of one of the four tapes you get a sort of bonus trick, which is called THE SELF-FOLDING BILL which is quite cool.
All in all for the price with a free deck of Svengali cards aswell its a good buy.
Message: Posted by: kryptonite76 (Jan 24, 2005 12:10PM)
Dan Harlan's Ultmate Impromptu Magic videos run the range of real easy to mildly difficult. Plus, Starcle is included on one of the tapes. It is by far the most impressive thing you can do with a cocktail napkin. And coincidently, I have these videos posted for sale in dvd/video section of this site for $25.
Message: Posted by: Eddie Torres (Jan 25, 2005 03:14AM)
If you want to pick something Dan Harland-ish out there, I'd go for his rubberband set. Some of the effects are useless but most are great stuff you'll want to learn if you want to deal with impromptu magic.
Message: Posted by: RonCalhoun (Jan 31, 2005 10:59PM)
On 2004-12-16 11:34, fengenroll wrote:
I need to practice more impromptu stuff to feel confident in every setting, I want to be able to perform if someone asks me to.
I've search around for the "ultimate Impromptu DVD" but it seems that there are so many to choose from...

I would like to add one with routines with "everyday" objects...

[b]Get Harry Loraine's "The Magic Book" instead.[/b]
Message: Posted by: Joe Mauro (Feb 1, 2005 01:52AM)
Jawdroppers is undreated. I wasn't too pleased when they were on adverstised on TV, but they are quite good. He edited Mark Wilson's big magic book. He's been behind the scenes for quite awhile.
Message: Posted by: Jhonsky (Feb 1, 2005 04:09AM)
On 2004-12-22 08:00, fengenroll wrote:
To be honest, I do think some of Greg Wilson's material is to advanced for me,
I don't honestly think many "magicians" learn the 3/4 across during their first year of practice..?

But, how about Dan Harland, he seems to have tons of Impromptu material out on print?
Any happy Harland customers out there?


Honestly, I did 3/4 across within the first year of my practice. In fact, the first year of my magic career. But yes, I do understand what you mean. It was quite overwhelming at first. But know as I gain confidence in performing, I take it as a challenge to grow by learning difficult stuff.
Message: Posted by: joespc (Feb 1, 2005 06:45AM)
Greg Wilson's On The Spot is probably your best buy.
Message: Posted by: LordM (Feb 10, 2005 06:45PM)
Well I prefer Dan Harlan's videos about Improptu magic.
It's much more creative and you have a big variety of stuff.
Message: Posted by: magicbern (Feb 13, 2005 04:46AM)
On 2004-12-16 18:33, Frank Starsini wrote:
On the spot is fantastic.

Too bad it's sold only by Penquin now.

So what's the connection between the quality of magic on Wilson's DVD and the fact that the distributer has changed?
Message: Posted by: NMaggio (Feb 13, 2005 05:14PM)
Ammar's "Icebrakers", believe it or not, has a few gems that have worked consistently for me. Although you might percieve it to be a "beginner's video", it does contain a wealth of basic psychology, demo scenarios, and entertaining information.

Nick Maggio
Message: Posted by: Ricardo_magician (Mar 5, 2005 06:49AM)
I suggest greg wilson on the spot dvd I like it its got some sweet tricks on it.
but that's only my opinion.

Ricardo the Magician
Message: Posted by: Hamilton (Mar 6, 2005 11:07AM)
I have "on the spot" and think it is very good for on-the-street-with-the-people style and that will do a lot for anyone looking to build confidence for any setting.
Message: Posted by: GeorgeSantos (Dec 12, 2008 06:26AM)
On 2005-01-11 12:08, Charles Adams wrote:
Don't forget the Steven's Greater Magic Libary Impromptu I and II. Lot's of good material.

I'm interested in this set of videos. Anybody have it? Haven't read any reviews for these videos..
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jan 6, 2009 11:07AM)
Another good DVD for impromptu magic, believe it or not is the Slydini DVD "As I recall..."

ideas with sponge balls, t/r napkin, cigarettes, etc.

I love that DVD. I've also seen a Mullica DVD since then and was laughing my @ss off. the "bean" trick is hilarious. I've done it. It's disgusting. It's a must.
Message: Posted by: motown (Jan 7, 2009 08:42PM)
Jay Sankey's "Anytime Anywhere" DVD is very good.
Message: Posted by: Will Tsai (Jan 10, 2009 01:40PM)
On the Spot is good. (y)
Message: Posted by: mrsmiles (Jan 12, 2009 05:11PM)
4 top dvds in order of merit in my opinion (3 or possibly all 4 in my list have been mentioned already I know! See also the extra two cited below)

On the spot, G Wilson
Any time, any where, Sankey
Dinner Table Magic, Worlds Greatest Magic
Magic with Everday Objects, Worlds Greatest Magic

There's loads of great stuff you can use on the following two dvds as well that are mostly impromptu & require only basic to intermediate sleight of hand on the whole:

22 Blows to the Head, Sankey
Fooler Doolers vol 3, Daryl

Finally with a TT, your repertoire of impromptu magic increases a huge amount. I recommend the Gary Darwin dvd set. Just have one TT in every jacket and you will always be able to use one impromptu because you'll always have one with you! (Except for those of you in very hot climates who wouldn't go out with a jacket! Applies for about 2 weeks of the year to those of us in the UK only!!)

Good luck!
Message: Posted by: Magicusa (Jan 24, 2009 06:09PM)
If I only could buy one then "ON THE SPOT" would be it.
Message: Posted by: spatlind (Jan 30, 2009 10:16AM)
Gotta agree, On The Spot!
Message: Posted by: CAROLINI (Apr 6, 2009 10:35AM)
JAW DROPPERS is loaded with excellent material.
Message: Posted by: mumford (Apr 6, 2009 11:05AM)
Jay Marshall's Table Crap
Message: Posted by: Magic CPA (Apr 6, 2009 12:19PM)
I would start with vol.1 of Jawdroppers. It contains a great selection of easy-to-do impromptu magic with coins, matches, spoons, rubberbands, etc. Once your skill improves, you can then progress to the Greg Wilson DVD's such as On-The-Spot.
Message: Posted by: Mike Webb (Jun 15, 2009 07:23AM)
Tom Mullica's stuff is mostly bar tricks and gags.
Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Jun 16, 2009 02:38PM)
On 2009-06-15 08:23, Mike Webb wrote:
Tom Mullica's stuff is mostly bar tricks and gags.
What's wrong with bar tricks?

The cigarette stuff is nice. I've seen the act, several times. I have to locate his lecture notes, sometime soon. It's in my library, somewhere.
Message: Posted by: valueduser (Apr 15, 2011 04:08PM)
I like icebreakers by Michael Ammar. It used to come bundled with Ultimate three card monte. I also really like Tom Mullica's impromptu tapes.
Message: Posted by: Rectify (Jun 21, 2011 10:56PM)
On The Spot. Gregory Wilson is a fantastic teacher and fun to learn from. Every trick he introduces is something that is practical to use in real situations, and as the title says, "on the spot"
Message: Posted by: rockmartian (Jun 22, 2011 09:43PM)
On the spot was my first Magic dvd years ago. It has its challenging effects, but it also has plenty more basic effects for those who are beginning. I strongly suggest on the spot above all other titles.
Message: Posted by: Dr_J_Ayala (Jun 23, 2011 07:53AM)
On the Spot and Off the Cuff from Gregory Wilson get my vote as well. As far as not teaching the sleights, most of good impromptu things like Yuppy Chow are kind of self-explanatory. There are lots of other performers who put material on DVDs with the assumption that you already know the basics - and that is perfectly fine unless the sleight is unique or has a different way of being done which deviates from the standard. I think they do that because there are more than enough ample resources out there from which to get the basic sleights.

Frank was right when he mentioned the Slydini 'As I Recall' DVD - there is a lot of great material there for all levels of skill. Also, the Tom Mullica vids are great too because there are some magicians out there who do more gags and jokes in a show that actual magic effects and everybody still has a great time! I agree with what Frank said about the "bean" trick - and I second the comments! I have never smoked but I have always been in awe of performers like Slydini and Mullica in relation to the work they do with cigarettes. There are some very cool effects in Greater Magic and the Tarbell books, among others, for cigarettes. As a close-up worker you can buy small dowel rods and cut them to cigarette size, and stain and buff them up or paint them like little magic wands and do the same effects.

Jawdroppers is also an excellent source. I still use a lot of things from that particular work.
Message: Posted by: dukun (Aug 16, 2011 03:43AM)
Greg Wilson
Larry Anderson
Tom Mullica
Fooler Dooler
Jay Sankey..

I Have that All.. BUt

if I have to pick one..

I Can't..

Message: Posted by: debjit (Mar 20, 2019 11:51AM)
On The Spot by Gregory Wilson. It can't have enough votes.