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I would suggest finding a copy of Martin Gardner's "Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic." It is loaded with page after page of little miracles that can be performed with items you usually run across all day long while you're out and about.

It's a virtual "encyclopedia" of impromptu magic! If you can find it, get it. You won't be disappointed.

Todsky is right on the link. Here is the direct link to the Miracle Factory where you can find out more about their (I might be wrong, but I believe limited) re-release of this book. http://www.miraclefactory.net/

Mark.
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Yikes! The signed copy of Gardner's re-release (with additions) is $300! That was an impromptu shock!
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Todsky, I got lucky and picked up a pristine copy of Gardner's 'Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic' on eBay for about $75, shipping included. Of course, it took me a dozen auctions over about 6 months to do it! But it was WELL worth the effort. If you really want to do impromptu magic, it's a must.
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Airship, I hope to have your luck.
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Airship, I got lucky. Just bought a copy of Encyclopedia from a Café member for $90. Whee-hoo!
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I viewed Gregory Wilson's On the Spot. Lots of good ideas in that one. His stuff seems mostly suitable for the kind of performer who is touchy-feely and a little in-your-face and hyper. He does this very well, but it isn't my way of performing. Still, there are at least a few effects I can adapt for my use, including Recap and a couple of the coin routines. I think it's an especially good video on spectator control.
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Hey. I really suggest picking up JAY SANKEY'S ANYTIME, ANYWHERE dvd. I have it and it contains a lot of excellant, no set-up magic, that can be done...you guessed it! Anytime, and Anywhere! With borrowed objects! Alof of the methods are basic, bus still powerful too.

Good Luck!
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Good referral, Steve. ANYTIME ANYWHERE has gotten some good reviews from others on the Café. Thanks for that.
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Michael Weber's "LifeSavers". Tarbell.
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Been reading thru Gardner's Encylopedia of Impromptu Magic, and it's really quite incredible. The amount of fascinating tricks and bits in this one book is... encyclopedic! This is a must-have for anyone who does impromptu, and even a probably-have for those who don't. And I'm only up to E for Eggs! Pretty much any single object you can think of, Martin has found some magical use for it. Great stuff!
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On 2006-09-03 13:13, Matt Malinas wrote:
Recap is truly great.
I've got the video about 2 weeks ago and I was very impressed
by greg's performance of the routine. I was familiar with the previous version
but recap is much better.
you should definetly look into it.

-Matt


Recap is in "On the Spot" right?
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I just finished watching Brian Platt's "Catapult" DVD, actually a two DVD set.
If you want to do some very nice and truly impromptu coin magic as well as some other effects that appear impromptu in the eyes of audiences then this is a good buy.

Best,
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Lifesavers by Michael Weber.

The tricks are even divided different situations you may be in...like at the dinner table, or given any random object...etc
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I have also just finished watching Brian Platts Catapult! DVD, and it has already paid off in a few impromptu situations. I have friends that will always hand me a single coin or random object, and say do something magical, thanks to Platt, I blow them away everytime. You can get it here:
http://www.magicshop.com/catalog/catapul......latt.htm

On The Spot by Gregory Wilson is another fantastic collection of impromptu material.

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I have had my copy of "Martin Gardiner's Encyclopedia" for over 20 years, and I still see something new (or forgotten!) every time I open it up. Does anyone know if the new book is going to be released in a regular edition too, for us working poor?

Another great book, if you can track a copy down, is Jay Marshall's "How to Perform Instant Magic"

There are two good DVDs in the "World's Greatest Magic" series from L&L, "Magic with Everyday Objects" and "Dinner Table Magic"
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Another plug for Sankey's Anytime Anywhere. Great stuff and well presented. Some of it really blows laymens minds
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Greg Wilson's "On the Spot" is a great one. Especially his sponge napkins and the other routine related to it.
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BOOK: Gardner's Encylopedia of Impromptu Magic
DVD: ON THE SPOT OF GREG WILSON
simply the bst ones..in my opibnion
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Obsession, by PkSon - http://www.2deemagic.com

I recieved it a few weeks back (one week delivery from North Korea...wow) and I am extremely impressed. It's an impromptu card magic dvd. But by impromptu do you mean impromptu magic, as in with borrowed everyday objects, or impromptu card/coin magic...or both? : )
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I have to say that I just bought a used copy of "How to perform instant magic" by Jay Marshall and it is really bad in my opinion. The tricks are simplistically juvenile. The line art drawings are excellent... too bad the effects they illustrate aren't. Jay Marshall pushing cutting a piece of string through a straw with a slit in it? C'mon! The only redeeming part is the page and a half preface with an explanation of three rules for performing magic. That's it. If anyone wants a good condition copy, send me $10 so I can get my money back and I'll send it to you.
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