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Magicjg
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Best coin routines you guys use in restaurants. I want something with a great climax and that takes up some time. No short routines.
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How about hopping halves? I don't have it, but I'm looking into it. Smile
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David Stone's one coin routine is fantastic, completely impromptu as well, you can learn it in his DVD 'The real secrets of magic vol. 1'.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=yfHaNhBJXe0&a......;search=

There is a clip of him performing a couple of coin routines, the coin routine I am referring to begins at 1:00. Very impressive routine.
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Jay snakey's "Holy Moly" works great also.
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Cool guys. That really helped. If anyone else has any input on this please feel free to post.
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On Mark Jenest's tape "Miracles while you wait" he does a version of hopping half without the usual gaff. He calls it "Short Hop". I've been doing this for a long time. It doesn't take a long time to perform, but it isn't a quickie either. I, also, second Stone's One Coin routine; I used parts of it combined with some things from Shoot Ogawa's "Cultural Exchange". The other two coins routines which I perform on a regular basis is a mutation of a Gary Kurtz routine called "Copper Silver Continuation" (although over the years it now bares no resemblance to the original, but it was a starting point) and "Turtle Coins" by either Cody or Aaron Fisher (I always forget which one...gggrrr). Ron Jaxson's "Flip-M-Out" is currently my favorite coin routine that I perform.
Hope this helps.
Also, sorry, but I just saw Paul Cummins lecture last night. Fabulous matrix routine with 2 bills and four coins. I'll be working on that for a while. I can't remember the name of it (my notes are in the car), but I'll reply with he name when I go back outside. One of the best lectures I've attended, and I've been to quite a few.
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Dean dill has an awesome Matrix with a backfire called the Tonight Show Matrix.
He also has another great trick that is sort of a coins across on a close up mat with a surprize ending!
Both those great routines can be found on his DVDs.
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How much time do you do at a table?

Matrix tricks are not good for table hopping. Where are you going to perform them? Between the plates? In the salad?

I don't do anything strolling that I can't either do in a spectator's hands or on an area at a table that is no more than 8 inches square.
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I agree. I'm working at a Japanese steakhouse right now and they cook in front of you. If I can't do it in the spectators hand I can't do it at all.
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Matrix isn't something that can be done at every table. In fact, I rarely do it at the restaurant. It is much better suited for a bar situation, but it can be done in the restaurants. For me, it is usually later in the evening, when we are not on a wait. Usually, later in the evening, people aren't in as big of a hurry to eat and leave the restaurant. They tend to hang out at their table longer.
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Oh and by the way, the matrix routine from Paul Cummins lecture is called "Top Billing"
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I would also like to know how the heck you guys are doing matrix routines in your restaurants, if you are working restaurants at all. I feel like you can really tell who works in a restaurant and who doesn't by the effects they say "work best" for them. What kind of tables do they have in the restaurant for those who are doing the matrix routines? Do you bring a close up mat around with you or do you do it on a hard table surface? If you do a barehands matrix can you hear the sliding noise? Or if doing a regular matrix type of routine how do you conceal the drop noise? I've been working restaurants professionally for about 4 years now and I just still don't believe that people recommend matrix to other people on the Café to do in a restaurant. Don't get me wrong, matrix routines and assemblies are some of my FAVORITE effects but I save those for different venues like grand openings when I have my rolling table and a soft surface to work on.
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On 2007-08-12 10:26, twistedace wrote:
I would also like to know how the heck you guys are doing matrix routines in your restaurants, if you are working restaurants at all. I feel like you can really tell who works in a restaurant and who doesn't by the effects they say "work best" for them. What kind of tables do they have in the restaurant for those who are doing the matrix routines? Do you bring a close up mat around with you or do you do it on a hard table surface? If you do a barehands matrix can you hear the sliding noise? Or if doing a regular matrix type of routine how do you conceal the drop noise? I've been working restaurants professionally for about 4 years now and I just still don't believe that people recommend matrix to other people on the Café to do in a restaurant. Don't get me wrong, matrix routines and assemblies are some of my FAVORITE effects but I save those for different venues like grand openings when I have my rolling table and a soft surface to work on.


Yo Bry!
Believe it or not, I've pulled off doing Dean Dill's "No Extras" (Barehanded Assembly) when I was working PJs. They have hardwood tables as I believe you know. I did it a few times and you couldn't hear the coins sliding or anything like that, and it did get amazing reactions. I didn't do it all the time, only a few times being that we both know how table space is limited majority of the time.

I totally agree with what you're saying. I wouldn't recommend a matrix or barehand assembly for a restaurant. It's too much to worry about and when I did it, it was more to see if I could pull it off than anything else, AND because I had the table space for the first time ever. That's why it was only a few times, lol. Save all that stuff for the grand openings just as you said. I think that we should always work in their hands as much as possible. And also with effects that require little, if no, table space at all.

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Wow, I had no idea you did that in a restaurant Bill. I'm pretty surprised. BTW, when I said that you can tell who works and who doesn't based on the posts it wasn't a specific attack on anybody. I'm saying that generally in the Café you really can tell at times. I've never been able to do the matrix in a restaurant setting just because the restaurants aren't always noisy enough to allow me to do it on a hardwood table.
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Wow, I had no idea you did that in a restaurant Bill. I'm pretty surprised. BTW, when I said that you can tell who works and who doesn't based on the posts it wasn't a specific attack on anybody. I'm saying that generally in the Café you really can tell at times. I've never been able to do the matrix in a restaurant setting just because the restaurants aren't always noisy enough to allow me to do it on a hardwood table.


Wow, I could of sworn I told you that before. Seriously though I can count on one hand how many times I did it. Probably like 3 tops and that was it! I hear what you're saying though, you can really tell at times. I didn't take offense either, I know what you meant. Like I said before, never again. It was just too much to have to worry about it and I'm still shocked to this day that I pulled it off, lol.

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I have found that a coins across routine followed by a one coin routine with a jumbo coin climax works great. It is good visual magic, easy to understand, involves the audience, doesn't need a table, nothng gets wet or sticky and is pure slight of hand. It is very visual and does not require much concentration on the part of the audience.
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In restaurants, I use cards, coins, ropes, rings, and sponges, all out of my jacket pocket. The two coin effects I usually do include a coins across effect with silver dollars called Boomerang Coins, and a three coin vanish and reproduction called Digestible Coins. Both are in my coin book (see link below). I also do a production of four silver dollars into the spectator's hands called Peace Dollar Prodcuction. That's in my new Book/DVD (Kingdom of the Red, see link below).

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Although I'm by no means a coin guy, I think Troy Hooser's Charming Chinese Challenge is perhaps one of the best coin effects for table hopping. Check it out.

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I've done a variety of coin effects in my restaurant work. And yes from my above posts I have even pulled barehanded assemblies, but I wouldn't recommend that at all lol.

The routines I've performed the most for my audiences range from a coins to purse to coins across to hanging coins. I don't perform all at the same table. I normally do the coins to purse then go into coins across. I've found this combination to get great reactions. Every now and again I'll do a flurry into a jumbo but I mostly stick with the coins to purse then coins across. It's all about experimentation. Find out what works best for you and your audiences.

-Bill

P.S. Just like Jeff said above me, Charming Chinese Challenge is a GREAT routine to perform table-hopping. It's visual and ends in the person's hands.
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Mark Mason's "Come Fly With Me" is quite the showpiece.
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