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Michael Peterson
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I usually carry-
My pimpernel wallet with several predictions & business cards(it's my everyday wallet)
Some bent coins
A deck
A T.T. with a bill in it
My handling of twisted sisters
A Sharpie
A small ink pen
A cigarette pull
P.K. ring
Kundalini rising gimmick

At very least I have some bent coins in my pocket and some predictions in my cel phone.


Mike
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A TT
Breakaway Half dollar
Color Flip
fogelka
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Rotating between Stealth Assassin or Hip Pocket Mullica
(Looks like I might now need to add Bang On to that rotation!)
Python Pen for coin bends
Flipper coin (lots of quick visual routines with this!)
Cards, of course
magic777
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I always carry a TT and a small silk. A pack of bicycle cards and 4 coins of a style depending on which country I am in. With these a show can always be given.
ShawnMilo
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Level 1:
Standard deck of Bikes in a Porper clip and the Amazing Jumping Arrow. Always.

Level 2: (When I'm wearing my Scott-e-Vest, which is almost always.)

The above, plus:

Malini bag (loaded). One of the best effects in magic.

Sharpies (black and silver). Labeling your beverage at an outing. Can possibly be used for magic also...

Ropes for Fiber Optics. A wonderful, wonderful routine by Richard Sanders.

Coin purse containing five Kennedy halves, Kennedy expanded s****, English penny, Chinese coin, and a silk. (Harlan's Rising Dough & Roth's "Perfected Coin Through Handkerchief.)

At least one squeaker, preferably several (in case of giveaway).

Third Degree Burn (I perform this in several completely different presentations, depending on whether I feel like using a force or not, and whether I feel like using flash paper or not.)

TT (one to three). Required by law, although I don't really use them -- yet.


Level Three (when I feel like it):

All of the above plus a Zippo, flash paper, and a random item or two I may have been fiddling with recently.

I have to say, of all the items I carry, I get the most mileage out of that little squeaker. I use it in public whenever it occurs to me, and it gets the best reactions out of adults and children alike. I don't do it as a magic trick -- just a little something unexpected. I think people like that. I bought 144 on Ebay for cheap. The next-most-used item is the Amazing Jumping Arrow. It's always ready, fun and easy to perform, highly visual, quick, and never gets a yawn.

With just the contents of my pockets, I was able to perform in a street fair with a couple of other magicians. We took turns performing, and we went for seven hours, gathering pretty nice crowds. It was a ton of fun. And I only did three effects, for the most part, all day. Then another three or four that I did just a few times, for people who hung out a long time, or people who left and came back with friends.
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Leland up there asked an interesting question:

Quote:
...knowing WHY you decided on what you carry would be most beneficial. What is it that drives your choices?


Routining drives what I carry, and what I carry drives my routining.

I try to use each item three times in a carefully plotted routine.

For example, I carry a 3-foot length of cored rope. Of course I do C&R, and I do a ring on rope. (I'm still looking for the third rope effect.) The ring on rope uses a handkerchief for cover, so I added Quicksilver and Freefall (from Fulves) to reuse the handkerchief. If no one wants to volunteer a ring, I use the bang ring from the dime & penny, which are also used as the base for three coin tricks. Etc. All of these are in my Altoids tin, except for the handkerchief.

With a small packet trick wallet, a (stacked) deck of cards, and my Altoids tin, I can perform 32 effects which are routined to create an entertaining and coherent 90 minute show. Smile

Of course, I have NEVER done the whole 90 minutes in one sitting! But I keep track of which of my friends have seen which bits, so I always have material I can do.

The short version is, I go for mileage. But I try to make sure each effect has a solid impact, and that they routine well with a good story/presentation.
'The central secret of conjuring is a manipulation of interest.' - Henry Hay
CDKconjurations
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I usually carry three old-style English pennies and a pair of dice. These things are always with my loose change that I pick up and pocket as I am going out the door. These are the only "props" I carry with me on any given day, and I've carried them so long that they really don't seem like props to me at all...
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On 2003-01-01 11:25, Peedlkyle wrote:
When you are just going about your everyday life, not doing street magic, what do you keep on you for magic. I keep a deck of cards on me ALWAYS, but what other things do you keep without being too bulky?



My two hands. I never leave home with out 'em. I'm a Sleight-of-hand artist. That's all you need, the rest is fair game and you can do magic with anything.
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A deck of cards with one gaff
Sharpie
a Fraud bill or two in my wallet
Sponge Balls
Pen thru dollar
Superman coin Bender if I'm wearing a Jacket

Im trying to stay away from carrying so much though so I currently only have a fraud bill and sponge balls
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My 52 Assistants, A Sharpie, Rubberbands (for one of my ambitious finales should I choose to use it.) and a stack of business cards.
"Magic as art cannot live without love. Love of some kind. There are novels without love, other arts without love. But there can be no magic without love." - Rodney Reyes
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I always carry a deck of cards and, lately, I have been carrying around Hot Rod.
Lash
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It depends. Usually I have some coins and a silk for vanishing or penetrating quarter through handkerchief. Sometimes I carry a TT, a hot rod, and occassionally Scotch and Soda or Gen Grant 5 to 1 bill transpo.
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Deck of cards
Spongeballs
CCK
Hey, what can I say

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Also a notebook and pen so I can engage in what Psychologists call "Naturalistic Observation" or in laymen's terms people watching without the people knowing your watching. someone may say something that leads to a great story or patter line.
"Magic as art cannot live without love. Love of some kind. There are novels without love, other arts without love. But there can be no magic without love." - Rodney Reyes
niva
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ShawnMilo,
You carry all those???

No wonder you could do a street show. lol Smile
Yours,

Ivan
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Always have rubber bands on my left wrist, a deck of cards, sponge balls, half dollars, and English pennies.
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I carry:
thumb tip, Beswitched gaffed bill, bite coin (quarter), dime and penny, and Kundalini (placed on last minute).
I try to stay as impromptu as possible, using sleight of hand based routines with various objects (i.e. muscle pass with a flat rock; transposition with napkins; or mathemagic prediction ending in grey elephant, but touching an object in our surrounding's that is grey, etc...)
Thank you to everyone who has added their insight.
Bendy
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Quote:
On 2003-01-01 11:25, Peedlkyle wrote:
When you are just going about your everyday life, not doing street magic, what do you keep on you for magic. I keep a deck of cards on me ALWAYS, but what other things do you keep without being too bulky?


When I'm not going out specifically to perform, I obviously always have SOMETHING on me. Without fail, I NEVER leave the house without a TT.
Just recently picked up Gregory Wilson's "FreaKey"; so I have that, along with "RinKey Dinky" in my pocket for some anytime key miracles. Most of the time I also have "Holy Moly" on me and "Hopping Halfs." When I wear jeans, I keep my PK ring in my watch pocket, where I can easily use it to quickly "dump" an item or slip the ring on my finger for impromptu illusions. Like the TT, I NEVER leave the house without some kind of paddle trick. The Number 2 pencil, a Hot Rod of sorts, a money paddle or my Hot Knife.
Bendy
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Quote:
On 2003-01-01 11:25, Peedlkyle wrote:
When you are just going about your everyday life, not doing street magic, what do you keep on you for magic. I keep a deck of cards on me ALWAYS, but what other things do you keep without being too bulky?


When I'm not going out specifically to perform, I obviously always have SOMETHING on me. Without fail, I NEVER leave the house without a TT.
Just recently picked up Gregory Wilson's "FreaKey"; so I have that, along with "RinKey Dinky" in my pocket for some anytime key miracles. Most of the time I also have "Holy Moly" on me and "Hopping Halfs." When I wear jeans, I keep my PK ring in my watch pocket, where I can easily use it to quickly "dump" an item or slip the ring on my finger for impromptu illusions. Like the TT, I NEVER leave the house without some kind of paddle trick. The Number 2 pencil, a Hot Rod of sorts, a money paddle or my Hot Knife.
Max Krause
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I wear my necklace, rubber bands on the right wrist, a deck of my cards, my business card case, 4 silver half dollars, and a TT, in my right pocket. My wallet and a pen in my left pocket. Jumbo silver coin in the left back pocket.

In my car I keep my brochures, extra business cards, and extra decks of my playing cards to give to a client if I happen to sell myself while I am out and about.

I try not to overload myself with props as I am not out to do an entire close up show but just enough to whet their appetite. I always try to subscribe to the less is more approach.
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