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magic.mind
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Magic trick: a simple vanish, mentalism: a reading in conjuction with other "effects" ( ideas from Riggs, Amira, Webster)
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A scotch and soda effect is nice.
and can be done in a minutes notice.
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Cold Reading in Alaska! That's classic. If you don't mind, I'm going to appropriate that one...notice I didn't say steal or misappropriate!
Brad during my time there in Plano,Texas, they used to call me a Plano Mexican.
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On 2011-08-16 05:35, Michael Daniels wrote:
C**** M*** H********

Mike


I know quite a bit of things but I couldn't figure this out.
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On 2011-09-08 20:50, cablerock wrote:
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On 2011-08-16 05:35, Michael Daniels wrote:
C**** M*** H********

Mike


I know quite a bit of things but I couldn't figure this out.




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There are many great effects that could be stored in your wallet or carried in a pocket that are nearly self-working (which is what I think you are asking for). It really depends on your style. I like effects with a story behind them that can fit in my wallet, like Heirloom. You could also put one of a couple mentalism effects in there, such as Powerball 60 or Kioku. No sleight of hand required. You could also carry a wallet which has come built-in effects, but which functions as your every day wallet. I carry the Showdown by Outlaw Effects.

Another approach, if you have an iPhone, is to load it with a few magic apps. There are a few great ones out there that have a mentalism angle. With just my wallet, phone and a small stack of business cards, I can string together quite a range of effects.
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Ok well, always always CMH or Jumper. NOW since we are saying Impromtu and I am not allowed to use my Rubberbands then my wedding ring or borrowed, I will do Rhing Thing by Garrett Thomas...
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On 2011-08-13 11:45, Ms. Merizing wrote:
Borrow a shiny coin. Perform a Retention Vanish.
or
Use a combination of half dollar, expanded half dollar shell, & flipper half dollar to perform a combination of engaging effects. First, read Bobo's Modern Coin Magic.
or
McBride's Magic Wishing Rainbow.



Please DO NOT perform a retention vanish. This is a sleight, not a routine.. Even if you are the best coin magician in the world and perform only a retention vanish nobody is gonna be fooled. If the coin is not in the right hand, it's in the left. Every lay man knows it. This kind of sleights must be used as part of an entire routine.

Also don't spend your money buying coin gaffs. It's obvious that you aren't going to handle them correctly. You need lot of experience on how to use a shell in a routine, how to give the coins for examination etc...

If you really want to learn some coin magic go and grab a book or a beginner's dvd (personally the dvds helped me more as a beginner)
You can do wonderful stuff with just some coins.. Stay away from the gaffs until you reach a high level.
This is the advice I was given when I started and now I'm thankful to that guy..
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I strongly recommend a beginners book which comes with a DVD
Magic The complete course by Joshua Jay.
Has over a hundred good magic tricks including " The
ten greatest card tricks of all time"
I purchased mine as"used" from the list at Amazon.com for less than ten dollars.
Another cheap but excellent beginners book is STREET MAGIC by
Paul Zenon a very experienced magic teacher from the UK. Same source as the Jay book.
After woking through these books you might look at more specialised books such as the
Dover series of books put out by Karl Fulves. The mentalism book is especially good.
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On 2011-08-11 10:09, Devious wrote:
Magic Stop Light Cards and Buddha Money Papers are two strong effects that I give to my students. Floating Match Card is the 3rd. Do these and gain some confidence to encourage your growth in the craft.
R2


I second the magic stop light cards - these modest little things have gotten some suprisingly strong reactions for me. If you put a lot into the presentation - and as these are almost self-working it is easy to do so - you can get very good reactions whilst you concentrate entirely on presentation.

I also can second the citation of Paul Zennon's 'street magic book' by drjeb, good call!
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Brad, I don't happen to get into this neck of the woods much, actually never been on this particular street here before but it looks interesting... Smile

For me, closeup tricks are a must have to break up the monotony of what you like best. I happen to like coin magic and use a small variety of closeup magic to break up the coin action and it works well and helps keep the attention of the specs that I have seen.

Some closeup effects that I have found that play well include:

-TT (For vanishing a hanky or for a bill fold, can't be beat for instant magic - Greatest device ever devised)

-Hoy's Big Bold Book Test (This is amazing anytime you do it...So easy but quite baffling)

-Crazy Cube (Simple little dice trick, packs small but plays big, and they'll never figure it out)

-Anything by Steve Dusheck but I suggest his "Ringer" or "Copper/Silver Transpo" aka Digital Dissolve - (Classic!)

-Anything by Platt Magic but I suggest his latest, "Sugar Rush" (Sweet!)

-Anything by Jay Sankey but I suggest his "Leaving Home" or "Killer Key" (Both quite clever and magical)

-Easy but Amazing card tricks: B'Wave, Princess Card Trick (Easy but amazing)
*And learn the power of a good "DL," it will open many doors for you with a regular deck of cards.

-Ultimate Positive Negative (Clever piece of easy Mentalism)

These are some of the ones I have come to play with it moreso than a lot of other stuff out there. Of course there is tons of closeup magic out there and some great stuff indeed, but for me I like simple, not difficult to learn and present. My coin work is where I may deal with more involved effects. I don't want to think about complicating things all-in-between and these closeup effects fit the bill. They are all super easy to learn and do but quite amazing. When you put it all together, it really strengthens your routine and gives you great time to relate to your audience or allows you to quickly move on while leaving something unbelievable behind with the specs. Most of these closeup gems are not long-winded and deliver their punch within a quick flow. I have found that doing a few good closeup effects will really ratchet up your magic. Like I said, there's a lot out there and choose a "few" things you really like and work on presenting those, and they will work well for you as you come to be able to do them in your sleep for people anytime, anywhere, right up close. Smile
*Check out my latest: Gifts From The Old Country: A Mini-Magic Book, MBs Mini-Lecture on Coin Magic, The MB Tanspo PLUS, MB's Morgan, Copper Silver INC, Double Trouble, FlySki, Crimp Change - REDUX!, and other fine magic at gumroad.com/mb217magic Smile


"Believe in YOU, and you will see the greatest magic that ever was." -Mb Smile
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Simplest and most effective are normally different.

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On 2011-08-26 21:13, Mystic Sleights wrote:
I always keep extreme burn with me. That blows people away!


This is a reputation maker. Not that hard to learn, and powerful to laymen beyond most effects.

It is from Richard Sanders.

I have had it in my wallet since it's release, and it is powerfully strong magic!

Sammy
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CMH or bank note through elastic band. everybody loves da moneys!
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Salt shaker through the table works great in a pinch.
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I can make 3 suggestions - all of them require absolutely nothing but borrowed objects

1: FREAK by Will Houston - Do a freaky twist with your pinky finger and crack your knuckles (a big crack!) YOu only use your finger and with the right showmanship and acting, you can horrify your spectator. Lots of other body related effects on the market that are impromptu.
2: The serial number bill routine from Colin McLeods mentalism DVD, "Opening MInds" It is a 3 phase routine and is excellent (Uses 2 spectators), I'm afraid the name of the trick escapes me but someone else could remind me.
3: Plenty of Iphone Tricks out there but most of them lack strength, you could try the calculator prediction trick where the spectator names 3 3 digit numbers and you multiply them together using their calculator and your prediction turns out to be the product - If you like Iphone tricks and mentalism, you could also check out the DVD "Double Feature" by Patrick Redford, the first routine uses a tiny bit of setup but not much.
Hope that helps Smile
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The calculator trick comes from Rich Fergusons DVD "This is Mentalism"
The trick from Colin McLeod, I cant remember the name, but the trick is shown in the first part of the trailer (almost full performance)
Good Luck
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I use 3 impromptu iphone effects: iPredict, Mental Killer, & iForce. I love doing iPredict where the spectator can call the number on their phone to find out there card. Mental Killer does the same thing, but has another feature where you can predict a day and time of the week they name. I use iForce for some esp & cities in my state predictions. I usually will only do one of these for a spectator. I also might use Sankey’s Holy Moly or Killer Key.
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I always lead with David Roth's 3 ball routine. I always enjoy performing and hopefully the audience enjoys it to.
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One thing that I always have in my inner dress coat jacket is the ORIGINAL (NOT the more modern metal version) of the Joe Porper toothpick paddle. It is GREAT as a natural thing to bring out after a meal in that impromptu situation!
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Nothing can beat Invisible Deck. No sleight of hand and killer reactions every time. A must have for any magician I think.
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