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I've always liked this one that I found in some library book a long time ago. Shake a little salt on the table and hold the shaker in your fist. Take the pepper shaker in your other fist and sprinkle a little pepper over the fist holding the salt shaker. Open that hand...and the salt shaker has disappeared. Now take a pinch of salt off the table and sprinkle it over the fist holding the pepper shaker. Open that fist, and the pepper shaker has vanished as well. Just a little well-timed la__ing and you've got a miracle. I also like the thumb-tipless version of burnt and restored napkin as performed by Tom Mullica on Vol. 16 of Expert Impromptu Magic Made Easy (Video).
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On 2002-10-23 06:18, actorscotty wrote:
How about "floating dinner roll" (fork is the Zombie gimmick, and cover is a napkin)...

EXACTLY what I was going to say. I did this effect just the other day too.
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Vanishing sugar is a pretty nice trick, although the clean up afterwards is a bit messy...
Also that spoon bending routine where you don't actually bend the spoon is pretty good, and better for impromptu restaurant performances than actual spoon bending, since most silverware is pretty sturdy these days.
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<i>There is a great little prediction trick that I like to do involving sugar packets. I forgot where I got the effect from but it is pretty much like using the old double-sided quarter and predicting the date on the remaining coin.

I use about 10 sugar packets and number them from one through 10. I make my prediction on a napkin to which number sugar packet will be left remaining. The spectator gathers up all the sugar packets, shakes them in their hands and throws them up to land on the table. All sugar packets that land number side down are eliminated. When one sugar packet is remaining, my prediction is turned over and the number matches.</i>

This effect is from Paul Harris' Art of astonishment Vol. 3. It's very powerful, I find. I'll do Stirring Silver (Sankey) if someone has a ring, or more often, borrow a penny and quarter and do a transposition with no dupes. My favorite impromptu is Thumb Thru Ear (no TT, just some acrobatics). I don't know where it's from, so I appreciate any input, but Harry Allen taught it to me a few years ago.
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I like the floating dinner roll, the salt shaker through table, and also the bent and restored spoon. Also, I've found out if you pass the salt shaker under the table to someone who is helping you, they can set it on the table while the attention is on you. Then you can make it vanish from the napkin, and then make it reappear back on the table. Instead of just making it pass through the table. Just a suggestion.
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The bouncing dinner roll ala Jay Marshall and the magnetized straw are two of my favorites. The straw used to be a cigarette before PC. Lay the straw on the table, scribe a circle around it a few times to magnetize the straw then have it roll along with your finger as you move your hand away from you.

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When I do restauraunt work I like to get there before serice to do my pre show set up and in this time I like to plant cards under table clothes and tape cards to windows and put cards in vases.
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"I like... Saltshaker vanish/through the table, zombie roll, and spoon bend."

I would totally agree with this statement. I have been doing these effects since I was a kid, and still do them today Smile
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Any routine with spoon, coin, bill, straw and crayons could work. Look at Martin Garder's Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic, the best resource you can find.
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Didn't see it, did anyone m,ention starcle?
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I had a "great" time with the glass (salt shaker) through table once... For some reason basically I missed the drop and had the horrendous feeling of a glass rolling down my leg and smashing on the floor (damn tiled floors). Needless to say the magic was lost at that point, but the waiter was really cool about it and didn't seem to mind me crawling around on the floor sweeping glass from under the table!
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Bill switch...napkin to a real bill. (Muerte's gimickless bill switch)
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