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Jason Fleming
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You have absolutely nothing with you... no thumb tip, no card deck, no vanishing monkey...

You're at a bar with friends, many of whom are drunk. One friend spills the beans that you are a magician, and demands that you do a trick. There are attractive people around, looking at you longingly and expectantly, and you are motivated to impress, but you are propless. You quickly survey the scene, and decide to do....

(assume half of them have seen you do napkins OTH last week...)
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1st, I ask someone for Three 5 Pences (In the States, I'd ask for Three quaters) Then start by doing "coins across".

I would then do a routine that Wilson shows on his "On the spot" vid........ "I have 10 cents in this hand. I have 2 coins but one is not a penny...." I would then do this routine (Those familiar with the Wilson vid will know what I mean).

I would then do "Coin matrix" using 2 beer mats and 4 coins.

A routine using a bic pen would come into effect (Re-Capped.... From On the Spot)

I would bide my time and get ready for the appearing drink from under the beer cloth (L.Green FISM 1).

Do a routine where I make a specs watch appear in a bag of chrisps.
(This routine I have done once and can be totally impromptu and funny as heck!)

Place a specs ring under a beer mat and it tuns into a coin. Their ring re-appears below an upturned glass.
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I believe this is called "A Questionable Trick"
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If you are at a bar and your friends are drunk, the greatest thing to do is Paul Harris' "Aerodynamic Dollar". It never fails to make them laugh senseless.
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Bar environment! Ah, this is one of the best places for “impromptu” magic. Oh so many props available right on hand (fruit, glassware, cutlery, cigarettes, bottles and cans, napkins, coasters, money of all kinds, pens, paper, and on and on…). And it has a general sense of fun to play on. The only way to "lose" in this environment is if everyone is too drunk to follow the magic and enjoy the fun.

First, if my audience were too far-gone, I would excuse myself to go the head and then simply vanish. When challenged the next day, I would claim that my big trick was to disappear!

Otherwise, I could perform them a series of bill (folding money) effects (Topsy-turvy bill, gag, torn and restored bill bit and bill switch (tip-less the only way to switch). All of these effects are very visual (even in low light) and all very easy to follow (especially important when the spectators are somewhat impaired!).

Or perhaps I would perform the old “Borrowed and Marked Coin in the Beer Can” (three second set-up, no gimmicked coin and the top has to be cut off the can to get the borrowed coin back out. This is one effect that is hard to top!

There is always Sam Berland’s old bit of wrapping a shot glass in a bit of newspaper or napkin, and using a couple of olives, perform a “one-cup” cup and ball routine. Finish with a lime (from the bar) final load and vanish the shot glass. I know this is an old, old bit, but is still strong.

You could even borrow the stuff needed to perform Mark Jennest’s Jigger routine. It’s all there at the bar (at least in most bars).

Finally, I always love performing the bottle through the table and/or vanish bit. It always seems so impossible for a bottle that is almost full of brew to vanish on a toss or be pounded through a tabletop.

Of course all of these effects are remarkably easy to perform (assuming you have had a few brews with your pals and may be a tad off your timing for fine muscle work with coins), all of them are very visual, and all of them are very easy to follow.

Of course, this is just some stuff from the top of my head that I can and am prepared to do. I work in a bar environment fairly regularly and I often use what is at hand to effect my little miracles. I also know that people who are well into their cups are a waste to perform for and tend to avoid them.
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On 2002-04-17 13:58, mumblepeas wrote:


First, if my audience were too far-gone, I would excuse myself to go the head and then simply vanish.



I'm still laughing at this.
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My favorite stand-by for bar magic, when I have nothing on me, is the Michael Ammar version of the Matchbook trick (can't recall the official name) where you remove two matches, burn the rest of the pack, vanish one and it returns to the pack, then you do a torn and restored match with the last unlit match. This always gets a great reaction! Also, Dan Harlans torn napkin to star effect is very nice for the ladies in the crowd (starcle? I believe it's called) I'm so bad with effect names!
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Dan Harlan also has an extremely nice torn and restored match. There are lots of great tricks that can be done just with a book of matches.

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Some great posts here...mumblepeas, as usual you offer very creative ideas.

Here's what I usually do in this situation:

1. Produce quarters from someone's various body parts
2. Greg Wilson's 3/4 across
3. Borrow a pen and do a strike vanish of one of the quarters (reappear inside the cap?)
4. Greg Wilson's Re-cap
5. Take the rest of the night off

Cheers!


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I ALWAYS carry Ring Flight with me. As long as you have that, you always have a trick to do. Why not do "A Card Trick Without a Deck of Cards". This can be found in the book "The Magic Hedonists Go To the Bahamas". A GREAT book by Ammar, Paul Harris, Daryl etc. If you need more info on this trick or book, let me know.
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There's some great mental magic to do impromptu that works well when people are a bit toasty. Example (although they may need to use a pen and napkin): think of any one digit number, multiply by 9, add resultant two digits together (eg: resultant no. is 35; 3+5=8), subtract 5, take letter of alphabet that corresponds to that number (1=A, 2=B, etc.), think of a country that starts with that letter, take second letter of that country name and think of an animal that starts with that letter. Tell them the animal. You're a mind reader. You can even be toasty yourself.

Also, has anyone seen the hand through hand on the stem of the wine glass? That'll keep 'em busy for a while...

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Closeupmaster... You bring up a very interesting thing with 'Ring Flight'.

A number of years ago, I was entertaining some friends at a local nightclub. One of them was getting pretty inebriated, so I finished my little magic 'set', by borrowing his car key, and making it vanish... only to re-appear on my key ring.

Needless to say, the crowd's reaction was tremendous, and I magically became my friend's designated driver... ala 'Ring Flight'. Magic again, saved the day!!

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That was a great idea!

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That coin found inside the beer can sounds like a very good idea. I may have to try that one some time. My Papaw is almost invariably drinking a can of beer when he watches my magic . . . hey, maybe that's why he likes it so much?? Smile Smile Smile
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Doc Fleming writes: "You're at a bar with friends, many of whom are drunk. One friend spills the beans that you are a magician, and demands that you do a trick. There are attractive people around, looking at you longingly and expectantly, and you are motivated to impress, but you are propless. You quickly survey the scene, and decide to ...."

. . . pick up the blonde at the end of the bar and leave.

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You probably saw this one coming. How do you pick up the blonde, what do you say to her?
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Who said anything about talking to her? With Mr Marucci's cheeky grin and distinguished looks I'm sure he's fighting them off with a stick! Smile
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Uh, guys...

I don't see anywhere where Peter said the blonde was a "her"...

;)

Kidding, Peter, just kidding!

I would do a propless mentalism effect that would absolutely blow their minds. And I wouldn't go out with that "friend" again. a REAL friend would politely and discreetly ASK me, not openly DEMAND anything from me.
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I am too busy studying magic to learn how to pick up girls.

JK (JustKidding) I'm supposed to get married this summer.

However, on topic:
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ashes through hands
vanishing cigarette
and
burned match returns to pack.

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Peter Marucci
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All right, all right! I'm sorry I even mentioned the (female) blonde! Smile
Totally impromptu, with nothing one me, and at the bar?
Coins through table, for sure; with borrowed coins -- and then I keep them and buy the blonde a drink! Smile
Seriously, I have done this, under just such circumstances, and it is highly effective; just watch your angles.
More importantly, it is visual and quick, which is what you need under those circumstances.
Well, gotta go new and beat some more blondes off with a schitck -- uh, stick! Smile
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