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MuscleMagic
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This happens to everyone, someone knows you are into magic (business or hobby) they ask you show me something (card magic) what is it you show them, at least what is it you show them first?

Reminds me of a joke, how do you get a magician to show you 100 card tricks? Ask him to show you one.
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I always have a deck of cards with some kind of packet trick or gaffed card stashed in the cellofane (however its spelled) of the card deck and I have 1 or two coin sets on me. So, depending on how well they know me - I try to do something I havent shown them before, or,I do something for the others that are around since some friends use me like their little trick monkey. Also, my deck is always preset for Chicago Opener right out of the box (or I leave the extra card in the box if I decide on another)
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MuscleMagic
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I do a very simple trick

pick a card any card (if table do a ribbon and let em pick)

control to top by whatever method I'm in the mood (if table my fav method is flip flop flop by paul Harris)

proceed to do the fastest card trick in the west move (flap on top card)

I try to place box in pocket and remove box from pocket leaving the card in pocket, patter "ok lets get the box of cards out of the way so you know I have no way of looking or peeking or doing any funny business" place it in pocket, grabbing on to that card allowing box to fall in on its own (works best when wearing pants that give some way like sports pants or not to fitted suit pants) then quickly within a second pull box out leaving card in the pocket and say, "you know what, why don't you hold on to the box".

To finish you have many options

a) simply produce the card (not to powerful as its coming from same pocket you had the box)
b) produce from same pocket but placing it in small wallet gaff (so so not recommended)
c) palm and produce from another pocket (bit better)
d) palm and produce from wallet that has sealed env.

Most people remove the card and show it, that's cool but the way I think is better is to have some time misdirection (Harry Lorayne talks about this allot) and when adding different location it really throws them off.

The beauty is the whole trick takes under 2 minutes, and doesn't require much.

PS when hadning back the box to them, I like to say "ok I think I know your card, seven of spades" obviously they say no, I act as if I messed up, this gets them to relax a bit, making it easier to do what I need to do (tommy wonder talks allot about this on his DVD's).
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I try to fit on-the-spot tricks to the time restraint and the audience's personality. 3 minutes tops? Very serious types? 10 minutes? All magicians? Etc. Carry a set up memory deck and off I go. Also have a small coin purse with four Walkers and an English Penny to do a handful of Coin Tricks, if the interest is there.
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I usually refuse.I think theres nothing worse than going every where "armed to the hilt"
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One option (I see that Adam1975 beat me to it) is to decline.

John Bannon, as a well-known example, espouses this approach. (Yes, there's more to it than that, but that's still his default response.)
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The Sloppy Triumph. Quick, easy, looks skillful and I've always managed a good response.

Or the obvious ACR.
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On 2012-09-24 07:22, Poof-Daddy wrote:
I always have a deck of cards with some kind of packet trick or gaffed card stashed in the cellofane (however its spelled) of the card deck and I have 1 or two coin sets on me. So, depending on how well they know me - I try to do something I havent shown them before, or,I do something for the others that are around since some friends use me like their little trick monkey. Also, my deck is always preset for Chicago Opener right out of the box (or I leave the extra card in the box if I decide on another)


I also always carry a deck with an oddbacker (ready for Chicago Opener). On the spot, you can use the oddbacker for any number of other effects (eg a David Regal effect called 'for Marlo'). But as to the original question, I like to keep that 'on the spot' effect simple like 'Doc Daleys Last Trick' or "Twisting the Aces' where not much time is needed. Lynn
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These days, I always carry the following items in my briefcase:

Four Walking Liberty Half Dollars
One 1943 Australian Penny
A Deck of Cards
The necessary gaffus for my handling of the Haunted Pack
A Sherpa Pen (it's a Sharpie wearing a disguise)
A Birthday Book (it's slightly smaller than a deck of cards)
A Spool of Thread, set for the Gypsy Thread
A short piece of chopstick (for resetting the Gypsy Thread)

So, what do I do?

1. Sometimes, if I feel that the situation isn't right, I don't do anything at all.

2. If someone insists on seeing something, then I'll consider performing something. What I'll do depends on the type of person and what I think will play strongly for them. If someone is more interested in fortune telling, I'll do my fortune telling routine with the Birthday Book. If they just want to see something that's visual and quick, I'll do either the Gypsy Thread (if there's no time to do minimal preparation) or the Haunted Pack (if I do have time to prepare.) If they want to see a more complete routine, I'll do some portion of my coin routine. If they REALLY want to see some card magic, I'll do an abbreviated Ambitious Card routine, with Harry Lorayne's nice ending. In any event, I don't do more than five or six minutes of magic.

3. I don't do a complete show unless it's necessary. (In the past thirty years, I've only had a few occasions where I needed to do a full show. In one case, I was traveling on business, and eating at a nice restaurant. The magician who was supposed to entertain a private party called in sick, at the very last minute. Since I was prepared, I decided to do my show, just for the heck of it.) In general, if they want a complete show, they can pay me, just like everyone else!
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Lately, I've been doing an OOTW variation called The Color of Thought.

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I have a deck in a Porper clip on me at all times. When someone in a casual atmosphere askes me to show them a trick, I usually do a version of Triumph, usually Last Man Standing.
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I do either the Time Machine effect that Steve Freeman does, or Uni-Flection by Larry Jennings.
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With a regular deck I also do Steve Freeman's "Time Machine". I usually carry a small wallet that has several sets of cards so I can do Jim Swain's "Psychic Poker" or a version of Don Tanner's "Classic Prediction". I also have a small envelope with four aces in it so I can do "Twisting the Aces" with Darwin Ortiz's suggested ending. Normally I also have two English pennies and a half dollar with me. I can perform several copper silver transpositions and use a little sleeving.
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Something impromptu, with available, borrowed objects.

If someone else had a pack of cards? Great. Not very common TBH.
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If someone ask me for a trick I p*lm a coin, made it appear in my right hand. They are surprised!

F***e transfer to the left hand, p*lm it in the right and it vanished. Voilà!
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I usually carry a pack of cards because magic is my business. If someone asks to see something, I usually do Roy Walton's Back into Time because it's a weird effect and no cards are chosen. If people want to see more, then I just jazz it I guess. Spare change is not a problem here in the EU since the lowest paper denomination is 5 Euro so coin magic is always easily done with borrowed money.
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When I leave my house, I almost always carry:

a deck of cards with the 4 aces on top
several rubber bands around my wrist
Extreme Burn gimmick
a small wallet to hold 4 cards for Richard Sander's 'Stickmen'

Then I do whatever seems right at the time. That could be crazy man's handcuffs, Extreme Burn, Stickmen, or something that uses the deck (e.g., Triumph, DDLT, twisting aces, or ACR). I rarely do more than 5 minutes.

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I LOVE Vlad's version of Roy Walton's Back into Time. I have also gotten a lot of mileage out of that. Thanks again Vlad!

Mike Roger's Remembering or Forgetting is also easy and leaves people with the look... 'what just happened?'
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I carry 4 regular aces in my wallet. When asked to perform one trick, I ALWAYS do Ambitious Rendezvous from
The Book of Destiny

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I will often perform Eqivoque using whatever objects are available; salt shaker, pepper shaker, ketchup bottle, etc.

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