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dennper
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Hi All,
Ok sorry for starting another "best" thread, but specifically looking for what's your favorite 'ice breaker'? This would be something that doesn't involve launching into a routine or buildup, or pulling out props that need introduction (or cards, sorry), or being asked to do something, but just a "there it is" and watch the reactions. Situations might be standing in a group at a cocktail party or something similar. You gain attention and something magical just happens. Ideas?
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I've had fun with an ITR (things move and float), Baumann's 'Metalogic' (spoon bends), Self Folding Bill (the bartender's tip doesn't want to leave me).

If I notice that anyones watching me I do these things as if I'm just screwing around. Believe me, people freak out!
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Thanks Jaz, that's the kind of things I'm looking for, like a simple coin vanish. Still experimenting with ITR and have a lot of work left to do!
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If you're a smoker then here are some others:
"Color Changing Lighter". A dealer item using a BIC lighter.
Cigarette rise from cig box.
"Cigarama" Cig production routine by Frank Garcia. A similar version by Chanin in Tarbell too.
"Cigarette Up the Nose" by Gary Kosnitzky. Dealer item.

Others.
"Pop Up Tie". Dealer item.
"Self Tying Shoelace". Dealer item.
"Healed and Sealed Soda" by Anders Moden. Dealer item.
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Have you ever tried to just say hi =) and try not to show anyone anything magical. BUT THEN...after a while completely blow them away? They'll never expect it.
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Torn and restored cocktail napkin works.

Use the plastic cocktail straws for cut and restored straw, or penetrating straws. The penetrating straws just looks like your tying two plastic straws in a knot while chatting with them and then disolve through each other.

These all seem simple to us but are very surprising to non-magicians.

Muggs
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Comedy Prediction by Aldo Colombini. Always breaks the ice for me!
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I like the paper rose. At events I'll carry a few nail puzzles and ask for help with them. The conversation starts from there.
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Hands down, a Floating Bill effect.

Guy I used to work with killed with this. The stance attracts attention ("Hey, look at that guy over there...what's he doing?" seems to be the crowd's typical attitude -- it's a non-confrontational approach that draws people in).

Besides watching the lighting and avoiding beady-eyed little kids with REALLY good vision, the only problem was follow up material. Nothin' else looked quite as Magical.
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Best impromtu effect for me is Stigmata.
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Nothing gets people laughing and talking like the $100 bill switch.
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Also anything with the Riggs butterfly pad
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Crazy mans handcuffs, quick, simple and very visual. Never fails to hook people into wanting to see more
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I've found that doing magic right away for a group of people detracts from your overall performance. (Unless of course you are working a restaurant, for obvious reasons). But if you are strictly performing as a hobby, your best bet is to approach a group and start talking. Work the conversation to match the presentation of your opening effect. Then go from there.

Instead of throwing magic in their faces, you establish yourself first as a person, not a magician.
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I just like productions of any kinds the magical the better perhaps use whatever you have just produces a deck of cards from an ungimmicked wallet dave forrest. flowers from nowhere david stone etc

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Mismade bill. I prefer to start by displaying the mismade bill first (a real attention-getter) and then turning it into a regular $1 bill. This way, nobody knows you're doing a magic trick until the end. The patter I use is "Look what I got from the ATM machine this morning..." I got this idea from the book Switch and it works great.
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On 2008-03-31 13:18, Magic CPA wrote:
Mismade bill. I prefer to start by displaying the mismade bill first (a real attention-getter) and then turning it into a regular $1 bill. This way, nobody knows you're doing a magic trick until the end. The patter I use is "Look what I got from the ATM machine this morning..." I got this idea from the book Switch and it works great.


That is excellent!


Mike
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For me, pretty much anything with money gets people interested. 5 and 1 or even Fraud. Although I try to start with something from the enviornment such as a sugar packet.
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