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dave s
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Hey everyone,

I’d be interested to know which impromptu routines get the strongest reactions for you. I don't care if they use gimmicks or involve set up, as long as they appear impromptu to the audience (i.e. a bill switch appears impromptu, even though you use a TT).

my top routines:
1) bill switch to mismade bill
2) coins across
3) center tear

I’m still workin on:
4) psychokinetic time
5) signed torn and restored sugar
packet

I look forward to hearing your thoughts!!
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It's a series of effects: I start with Premonition, then show the thought of card in Invisible Deck, the chosen card is then put on the palm and a cig on top of it is made to float, after which the card itself floats with no visible support, and ends with cig thru coin.

All the best!

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Sanata Gimmick
Thimble Routine
Cards Across
Rising Card
Bill Switch
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Bill switch
Pen Thru Bill
Recapped
Card Warp (although I think I will soon be doing it differently after viewing Vinny's one card method)
3/4 across

Invisible deck is real close too, it is kind of hard to settle on just 5 effects.
I will probably be including some type of dice routine into my top 5 when I feel more comfortable with my presentation. I would like to say ambitious card routine but I still don't have enough confidence in my overall routine yet (even though i have been playing around with this off and on for close to a year).

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My favorite impromptu routines are as follows:

*Ring on string routine (I have done this with someone's showplace and their class ring, at their request)

*Torn and Restored Bill

*Spoon Bending

*Center Tear Effects

*2 in the hand, one in the pocket (sugar packets, coins, etc)

*Most of my card routines, if someone hands me a deck of cards

*Bending my finger backwards... a very interesting visual effect

I have many more... I like them all. I think impromptu magic can be a blessing for magicians who are trying to make people believe that magic can happen anywhere.

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Danny Magic
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Coin under watch (great reaction)
paper balls over the head (always fun)
recap
coins from ear (sylvester pitch)
crazymans handcuffs with final band vanish to reappear on left ear
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Nothing really sticks out more in my mind than Pinnacle...but I do have a lot of card tricks that are impromtu and GREAT. Smile
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Sticky Situation is my attention grabber
Recap
TT appearing, color changing, then vanishing silk
Brainwave
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Leeman
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The ones that get good reactions for me are:
  • floating bill
  • pen thru bill
  • and just about any card trick or coin trick using normal coins
Eric Grossman
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Guys,

Impromptu means, with nothing on you. Use whatever is around, or use borrowed items. Invisible deck is not impromptu. TTs, IT, Sanadas, pen thrus, are not impromptu.

Use a borrowed deck for card effects. Use borrowed coins, etc...

I love Dean Dill's No Extras. Paul Cummin's Underhanded Coins Across, as well. A couple of quarters is great for a coin routine (see Greg Wilson).

Recap is great, although I don't do it. I just haven't learned it.

Anyway, nothing against all the stuff listed above, because there is some great stuff, but we're talking about impromptu.

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MacGyver
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Hmm...
  1. Pinnacle if you can count that since both can be borrowed

  2. Napkin sponge balls

  3. Mr. Clean coins across

  4. Recap revisited
Mark Martinez
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Some of the effects named above don't sound impromptu to me but in any case:
  1. Crazyman's Handcuffs
  2. No TT bill switch
  3. Torn and Restored Sugar Packet
  4. Sponge balls like routine with waded napkins
  5. Coin routine with a barrowed quarter
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Eric Grossman
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MacGyver,

Good list. That's what I'm talking about.

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Testacroce and Muscle pass routine.
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NJJ
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I guess I try and make all my magic look impromptu. I like my audiences to feel as if this is the first time I have ever done this. As if I could do anything in the world but I decided to do this to demonstrate my skill.

But I also do...
  1. Coins thru table
  2. Recap
  3. Ring on broken and restored rubber band.
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In any place I'm asked to perform I usually carry a normal deck and some coins:

Two card monte
A complete coin vanish
Human Blockhead
Vanishing Fingers
Some stand up comedy
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GlenD
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Maybe I am just ignorant (wouldn't be the first time) but does impromptu ALWAYS mean with borrowed items?

I realize it doesn't mean carrying around a case full of props. But a TT or "pen" (whether it's a normal Bic or Papermate or a special pen for pen thru bill) can not be considered impromptu just because you pulled it from your own pocket???

GlenD
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Impromptu can be seemingly unprepared. Impromptu can be done with borrowed objects. Impromptu is an act of magic that seems out of the blue, the spur of the moment kind of thing.
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Eric Grossman
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Well I guess that everything that we do should appear impromptu to the spectator. But, for this forum, being that it is only for us, let's push ourselves a little.

For us, truly impromptu should mean unprepared. You're right that it shouldn't absolutely mean borrowed objects, but how about not using any magic props?

What would you do if you didn't have the usual with you, the things that we normally carry? Remember guys, this is our place to learn, so let's step outside the box a little. Here's a list:

Sponge balls with napkins
Coin routine with common change
No Extras by Dean Dill
Recap (I'll learn it)
Paper ball over the head (Slydini)

Let's also pretend that there doesn't happen to be a deck of cards around, either. That would make it too easy for us. Thanks for the indulgence.

Eric Grossman
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Leeman
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Dave, who posted this forum, said that he didn't care if the routine took set up as long as it looked impromtu to the audience.
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