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I love any of the pk silverware stuff.

The other night I was totally caught off guard. I was eating and the people I was with kept saying "do a trick." (I felt like fido). anyway, I notice that there were two salt shakers on the table, instead of salt and pepper. What an opportunity! I casually excused myself to the bathroom, and loaded a pepper from another table. When I got back, I waited a few minutes, then said "why are there two salt shakers and no pepper shaker."

I then did a switch [would say, but for fear of any exposure (I'm not familiar enough with this board yet to know where to draw the line) I won't]. it went over wonderfully!
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My favorite impromtu effect is "coins under saltshaker".

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Maybe it might be more of a gag, but Mac King's "Eyescream" (jabbing a fork into your eyeball) can be a lot of fun if done at the right time. Smile

(I do it without exposing the M.O. at the end.)

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My favorite is traveling boobles from one can to second can. This is Paul Haris idea (I learn it from T. Mullica video). Very nice, simple to do and really impromptu Smile
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Another favorite is David Williamsons "salt in coffee cup". (I don't remember the correct name for it, it was written up in Genii Magazine several years ago).
Effect: inside of coffee cup is wiped clean by spectator then set aside. A handful of salt is then made to vanish, spectator is asked to look in coffee cup and the salt has reappeared inside.

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Apart from loops there is a great routine on one of Greg Wilsons videos, a penetration of a ring onto a spoon and then the vanish and reproduction of the ring. This routine has been gold to me. Thanks Greg!!!
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My fave whilst seated is vanishing fork, done when they are under the impression you are bending it, you then vanish it (involves misdirection and lapping like salt shaker trick)
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Sponge napkins without a doubt. I love it!
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Greg Wilson's Glossy Finish, off his On the Spot videos.
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Coin in Sugar Pack, from the much maligned Jawdroppers video is a great effect. When this infomercial was running on TV the boards were full of magicians who got the method wrong! Very good example of misdirection and naturalness instead of finger-flicking.
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On 2002-12-17 00:14, Bill Palmer wrote:
My all time favorite impromptu effect is one that can be done just about anywhere, including a restaurant. You can borrow all the props. You borrow a quarter, a nickel and a dime. Write "Why the Dime?" on the back of a business card (without allowing the spectators to see what you have written). Then place the card on the table with the writing side down.

Place the three coins on top of the card. I think most of you know how this finishes up. It may seem to be a silly trick, but it really amazes the spectators.

I fear I don't, can I get a hint on it please? Smile
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I usually like to do the spoon thru ring from Best of Sankey, vol 1. it's fast, quick and in your face.
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Glass through table is a good one. Along with the old bending spoon.
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One cup/bowl routine with lemon or bread roll final load... salt shaker thru table. Smile
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I am kinda lazy. In that situation I will to Memory effects or cold reading.
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I always wear rubberbands so...I would have to say crazy man's handcuffs.

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I believe there is a routine by Slydini using a sugar packet. Open the packet, pour out the sugar, vanish it. Hand the empty(?) sugar packet to the spectator. It's now full.

This kills.

Flight of the Paper Balls plays well, too, speaking of Slydini...

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I will go into a restaurant with a group and secretly take someone's spoon as we are sitting down. (secretly place it shell like into your own spoon). When they notice they don't have one, announce that you can fix that. Pick up your nestled spoons as one, with the back towards them and proceed to rip it into two spoons and give them one. This usually gets a few jaws dropping.
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I like the singed 25c into a sugar pack
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Hello everyone,

I like crazy manshancuffs followed by a rubberband vanish (You have the rubberbands in the beginning position of CMH and vanish one of them, very clean, great effect, you can reproduce the second rubberband from wherever you like, I prefer from my sock).
Also the coin that falls upwards by John Cornelius. I do this twice and then ask the spectator if he/she wants to try it. Then I vanish the coin using a retention pass, and show both hands empty using a whiped clean move from micheal Ammar and finally reproduce it on my upperarm. Blows them away completly.

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