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Jumping Pulse by Dr. Bill Cushman. Or even the set pieces in hypnosis can wow some people. I usually do the set pieces first, show some mentalism like a CT and afterwards bring up hypnosis and see if anyone wanted to be hypnotized. Usually works out and then people are more confident in you as a performer and therefore easier to be put into a trance.
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Any kind of psyforce will do. Fun to jazz around the psyforce to make it play even bigger (or make it fail miserably)
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If you have business cards and a pen or pencil, you could be ready to amaze:

http://www.shufton.com/Magic/PS_-_I_Love......ou-.html

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I keep freakey, powerball 60, and extreme burn on me at all times.
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A very good thread to make magicians THINK!

Martin Garner had the right idea when he wrote, "Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic". It almost didn't get published! Frances Marshall had typed the whole book in a "small" book format, on a TYPEWRITER. (Computer typing wasn't "born" yet!)and , then it sat on a shelf! Gardner wrote and asked when it was going to be published (nudge, nudge!) Jay said, "Let's print it in an 8 1/2 x 11 format." Fran said, "@@#%%! I'll have to retype the whole thing!"

"Fear not! I'll save you!", said I! "This is the type of book in which old timers will be writing in the margin: "See also, Tarbell, page 313" or "Would fit with the color change knife, etc.

"Why not publish it in 8 1/2 x 11, with the type in the narrow syle as it exists, and leave a WIDE margin, so the fellows can add their own notes?"

Frances, much relieved, said, "YES!" Jay said, "Of course!" --and that's how it finally got published. (I will accept all "congratulations!", etc.)

I foolishly loaned my copy to a magician friend. I have too many friends, and can't remember who borrowed it! That's about ten years ago. I haven't seen it since.

If that reminds someone (!!) All is forgiven,but please PM me for my current address. Thanks!

I especially liked Funsway's post (10-24-13;) THE TEN COUNT The 10 count is still sold by Magic Inc. as "Passe Passe". Comes with two sponge balls. Funsway's point that two crumpled tissues or napkins would work, reminds us that many effects can be done with improvised props.

Rajeshi on 1-21-14, reminded all of us that, "It's not the prop, it's the performer"!

Hudson55 on 70-26-14, reminded us that "impromptu" doesn't mean "unprepared". I would "add" that that crumpled napkin could also make possible the T&R Napkin. Or steal two and crumple, and one could also do the "sucker explanaation". Then, finish with paper balls over the head. That's a 15 minute act!

Ado (without further "ado") you may not have been "hudged" to "do it now"!Don't procastrinate! Learn how to improvise! NOW is the time to be a good Boy Scout! (BE PREPARED!) Ado said that on 5-10-14.

Those "catalog tricks" are not inherently "evil", but, it's nice to be able to do a show with "nothing"! --Remember "HANDIES"? Tricks done with bare hands! Thanks, Meir Yedid!

magidoc on 11-28-14 suggested mental effects and hypnotism. Good stuff, but defnitely not the "quickie" type of effect. You would need to consider the physical situation, but, there is no question, in my mind. Mental and "Hyp" is potent stuff. I vividly recall standing emergency watch (hurricane) in the Navy in the '50s. I adlibbed some hypnotism and, it was POWERFUL!

A cynic asked Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts, "Be Prepared! for what?" BP responded with a smile, "Any old thing!"
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Great story! I normally just attempt COG, cos why turn down a chance to practice it
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On Dec 13, 2014, Pepsi Twist wrote:
Great story! I normally just attempt COG, cos why turn down a chance to practice it


What's your success rate with COG?
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Surprisingly good, or at least surprising to me! I've not tried a great deal yet but you can basically tell at the start if it's going to work or not, and then try something else if you think it wont.

Also a PATEO force and prediction is an easy thing to try at any time.
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I've been getting good success rates with guessing which hand a spectator has hidden a coin in (8-10 in a row isn't unusual). Very impromptu. The method is in chapter 14 of Banachek's Psychological Subtleties - I won't give the name of the effect as it gives away the secret. I'm sure I also saw Derren Brown do this in one of his stage acts but I don't know if he used the same method.
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Mr. Clean coins across
warren
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Another vote for Mr Clean coins across I use this all the time, plus I've recently purchased Colin Mackenzies Fly Drive so I'll be able to also do ring/coin to impossible location too Smile
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Business cards can easily be used for a bit of impromptu mentalism. Or a bit of hypnosis always plays well in situations where you don't have anything on you, even magnetic fingers.
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There are so many ways to perform great propless mentalism (e.g. Peter Turners Isabella's Star but even equivoke will do). For children I sometimes do coin magic just for fun.
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On Apr 2, 2015, Amro wrote:
There are so many ways to perform great propless mentalism (e.g. Peter Turners Isabella's Star but even equivoke will do). For children I sometimes do coin magic just for fun.


The problem with Isabella's star is knowing the zodiac number. Peter Turner is able to do it reading lips, but no many people can do the same, so you would have to use some prop.
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"The problem with Isabella's star is knowing the zodiac number. Peter Turner is able to do it reading lips, but no many people can do the same, so you would have to use some prop."

I don;t like the lip reading either. The zodiac number however, can be discerned in other ways that are still impromptu and prop less.
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If you have a ring on/off by Nicholas Lawrence or
if you have sunglasses stay cool by Tobias Dostal
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>>Here`s one that can send people into temporary shock! Can be done in a birthday suit and uses no props. Try it in a
swimming pool with only you and a spectator (victim). <<

Nah, that won't work here. All of the public pools here in the Dallas area require swimsuits. I could do it in our pool at home, but my wife knows all my tricks already. Oh, well. It was a nice thought.
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Actually most of the Liars Paradox will work very well when you are absolutely unprepared and "naked". Especially those that are impromptu and that require no props. Even better if they are also suited for groups, such as: Imbalanced by Atlas Brookings, or the recently added: ANDANTE Murder Mystery by Andreas Dante: http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/7386
That one works for groups from 3 to over 20 people and still requires no preparation or props.
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Sponge balls with napkins if I'm in a bar or restaurant
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I do Card manipulation with business cards
Straw over the ear and striking vanish with coins.
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