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John Palazzo
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What do you consider the most popular gags or magic tricks to be done at parties, the dinner table, or at the bar - seemingly unplanned - of all time?

(My variation of a popular theme question.)

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A lot of people don't like it, but Gregory Wilson's "Head Trip" found on his "On the Spot" video is brilliant for the dinner table and gets some great laughs. Simple, yet special.
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If you have seen Daryl's "Live from London" videos, he talks about the "Bounce, No Bounce Balls". He has several routines that he does. One of the effects he does that is like a gag is the bounce effect with "grandma's" dinner rolls. This is a nice gag and can be done with anything, it's even funny when you sometimes get caught.
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A couple of quickies I usually do at dinner parties that get a good response are, penetrating matches, coin vanish in napkin, and no gimmick pen thru dollar. All around classics.
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Glass/salt shaker through the table.
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Salt shaker through table, two in hand and one in pocket (bar napkins work well here) burnt match in match book, torn and restored napkin, coin flourish, cigarette flourish. My favorite bar trick is a one cup and balls routine. Coffee cup, olives for balls, and lime or lemon load.

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One I've always enjoyed, since learning it, is Greg Wilson's "3/4 Across". It can be done with borrowed coins, and doesn't even have to be done with quarters.

I've done it at parties and even in the galley on airplanes. It's a killer in a short sleeve shirt!

A slight variation in the routine allows you to perform the effect with different coins - you don't make all three go.

I saw a street magician in NYC recently doing this with borrowed coins - and he was really spanking the audience! Ramone, I think was his name.
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Look in Gardner´s Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic.
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For gags, The Amazing Jonathan put out a great book entitled: Every Trick In The Book.
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On 2003-03-18 10:14, Boxav8r wrote:
One I've always enjoyed, since learning it, is Greg Wilson's "3/4 Across". It can be done with borrowed coins, and doesn't even have to be done with quarters.

If you liked 3/4, you should check out Sankeys Mr. Clean Coins Across. Uses three coins, same moves, but, IMO, looks cleaner.

I love doing Eyescream at dinner parties! Really funny and crazy!
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Seated at a table? Eating a Knife. A classic that you don't see much anymore, but it's a killer.

Salt Shaker or glass thru table. I once did this with a wine glass and cloth napkin. Tough, but it worked.

You can make a thumb tip from paper napkin and water, vanish salt, etc.

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I always like doing the fork in the eye trick, where you use the coffee creamer.
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I like "The Floating Dinner Roll" as described in Magic for Dummies. Essentially a Zombie Ball routine with a dinner roll, fork, and napkin.
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Depending on the situation, I'll often do the instant memory square "Harry Lorayne's Reputation Makers". People just can't believe it. Twisting the Arm is also a great one to pull off. Keith, I'd like to see that eye creamer thing, man.
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I like Dan Harlan's Starcle. You do it with a paper napkin. Very visual and you can create all sorts of stories around it just to fit the mood of the party.
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I second the dinner roll Zombie routine.

I usually finish up by "bouncing" it off the floor a time or two.

I also get good mileage out of the "disappearing drink" ice cube/flash paper thing. Don't remember the name, but I think it's from AoA (Paul Harris).
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At the dinner table, I like to bend a spoon, "straighten it out", then lap it and hold it out over the table, bend it with some difficulty, and then...POOF! All this takes place in under 20 seconds, and the specs immediately know you are a magician and *sometimes* ask for more.
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Sweet Surprize (Sankey) for dinner table magic.
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TT from a paper napkin and water???
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