The Magic Café
Username:
Password:
[ Lost Password ]
  [ Forgot Username ]
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » Magic...at a moment's notice! » » Bar Tricks! (0 Likes) Printer Friendly Version

 Go to page 1~2~3 [Next]
mithrius
View Profile
Regular user
Chicago, IL
127 Posts

Profile of mithrius
It looks like the 'favorite restaurant trick' thread has been reborn, but let's go for something a little different.

What are the best bar tricks that you know? I'm talking about strong magic that you can do with borrowed objects. How about borrowing a jigger from the bartender for a version of Jiggernaut? Slydini's Paper Balls Over the Head seems like it would kill here.

What else have you got?

Jim
Nick Alexander
View Profile
New user
Australia
60 Posts

Profile of Nick Alexander
Starkle by Dan Harlan is very clever and you can use a serviette from the bar. I don't know if Harlan’s patter would work in a bar situation but I'm sure someone could probably come up with something.
Insomniacs Dream
View Profile
New user
Port Glasgow in scotland
67 Posts

Profile of Insomniacs Dream
One of the best tricks I do at a bar (it can also be done anywhere) is “signed coin from arm.” Just borrow a coin and have them sign it. Then it vanishes and you show both hands clean. Then you roll up a sleeve and continue to force your fingers into your arm as blood rolls out, and you pull the coin out of your arm, still signed and a little bloody.

There are many version of this trick including a great one by Roth. I think it always goes down well

alan
If i never sleep wy does it feel like im dreaming
Bobcape
View Profile
Elite user
Rapid City, SD
470 Posts

Profile of Bobcape
Don't under estimate the old 9 penny trick. It's a strong effect for a bar environment. You have to use a stooge, but that's half of the fun. I have an arrangement with bartenders at 3 different locations. Each thinks their arrangement is exclusive. It's usually worth a complimentary drink or two.

Bob
Be Amazed! + Enjoy The Magic!
kihei kid
View Profile
Inner circle
Dog House
1040 Posts

Profile of kihei kid
Torn and restored napkin, floors lay-people when you grab the napkin right under their drink or ask them to grab one for you. They’re just not ready for it. Smile
In loving memory of Hughie Thomasson 1952-2007.

You brought something beautiful to this world, you touched my heart, my soul and my life. You will be greatly missed.

Until we meet again “my old friend”.
Eirik
View Profile
Special user
Oslo
879 Posts

Profile of Eirik
I work as a bartender, and I have seen some great (and not so great) bar tricks. Simple is often good, and that is why l still like:

# The old ash in the palm is still a mystery for most laymen.

# A bill switch or cigarette vanish with a TT is great.

# Not to mention coins-across, or a beauty: the Muscle Pass (I'm still practicing this though.)

-e- Smile
...As long as i`m not a world-champion at anything, the great reactions of doin` magic will do just fine.....
mithrius
View Profile
Regular user
Chicago, IL
127 Posts

Profile of mithrius
Eirik, all good suggestions. Sankey has said that he used his Hot Cross coins across effect in bars because it was very frenetic. Do you think that type of energy helps in the bar environment more?
DrDale
View Profile
New user
60 Posts

Profile of DrDale
Lets not forget Scotch and Soda.
Bong780
View Profile
Regular user
Toronto, Canada
172 Posts

Profile of Bong780
Try Matrix or chink-a-chink using beer bottle caps if you have a surface. Any effect with flash paper is good at bar, it'll catch attention even they're bit drunk.
mithrius
View Profile
Regular user
Chicago, IL
127 Posts

Profile of mithrius
Chink-a-chink with bottle caps... SWEET!

I wonder if any other good tricks can be done with bottle caps... Has anyone used Daryl's Cap in Bottle?
JackDaniel
View Profile
Veteran user
nevada
376 Posts

Profile of JackDaniel
Anything that lights up, fire-wallet, flash paper etc.
Things that vanish and stuff that bends - like a smooth spoon bend works well in bars.
The best is to use the stuff the bar provides.
Get The Eason DVD's - make you own routines, and you will astonish!!
Visit the magic of Vegas and your life will change forever..
Insomniacs Dream
View Profile
New user
Port Glasgow in scotland
67 Posts

Profile of Insomniacs Dream
You could pull the old Paul Zennon super strength gag. Pick the biggest guy out the bar and bet him a drink you can throw a bottle cap further than him. Say you both get three tries and the best one counts. So you guys go outside and you let him go first and his goes for miles. Yours doesn’t until your last one that completely outdoes his!!

I can’t tell you the method because it’s in his book, “100 Ways to Win a Tenner”, but I do it some times. I use it to win a drink. lol

alan
If i never sleep wy does it feel like im dreaming
Scott Wells
View Profile
Special user
Houston, TX
937 Posts

Profile of Scott Wells
I recall someone publishing an impromptu version of the old arrow trick using a rectangular beer mat. You just draw an arrow on both sides in the proper arrangement then talk about directions to the restroom (this way, that way, upstairs, downstairs then outdoors.)

yours,
Scott
"A magician who isn't working is only fooling himself." - Scott Wells, M.I.M.C. with Gold Star

The Magic Word podcast: http://themagicwordpodcast.com Listen to convention coverage, interviews with magicians, pictures, videos and more.

Magic Inspirations website for all things Banachek: www.magicinspirations.net
shanester
View Profile
Loyal user
Darlington, England
267 Posts

Profile of shanester
George Schindler’s book on tricks at the dinner table has the beer mat trick in, but with a cracker. It has some good stuff to do at the bar.
Shanester
Vibono Magic
View Profile
Special user
Växjö,Sweden
647 Posts

Profile of Vibono Magic
Jeff McBride's torn and restored bill routine.
Bill on lemon (can be set up in about 10 seconds.)
King Salomon’s drink…
Vibono Mirage
Magic entertainer and Balloon artist
Roger Boucher
View Profile
Regular user
114 Posts

Profile of Roger Boucher
You ever seen Karate Bottle Cap? It looks completely impromptu. Just use what’s around you. It gets great responses.
falcon
View Profile
New user
15 Posts

Profile of falcon
I like the “Magic Count” with two borrowed dollar bills and then the “Pen thru Dollar.”
Lee Darrow
View Profile
V.I.P.
Chicago, IL USA
3589 Posts

Profile of Lee Darrow
Salt shaker through the bar - kills.

Ashes to palm - Heba Haba Al made a legend of himself with this trick using a sugar cube and eyebrow pencil rather than the rather unhygienic ashes.

Han Ping Chien coins thru the bar. Borrow the coins.

Flight of the Paper Balls - Laughter galore! Vanish the last one behind the bar to fool the rest of the crowd, just to take the sting out of it for the original volunteer.

CMH - a modern classic.

Equivoque. When done correctly, this is real mind reading to an audience.

Piff Paff Poof safety pins.

Jiggernaut by Genest - a brilliant routine and it uses the barman's tools!

Paddle routine with a pencil. Genest marketed his No. 2 Pencil routine a few years back, but I've been doing a basic paddle routine with borrowed pencils for about 20 years, as have others. His additions to the concept make it worth looking into, but it's not really impromptu.

Hope these ideas help!

Lee Darrow, C.Ht.
http://www.leedarrow.com
http://www.leedarrow.com
<BR>"Because NICE Matters!"
Steve Oxford
View Profile
Regular user
Churchville,MD.
155 Posts

Profile of Steve Oxford
I have found a gem in the book, Magic of Matt Schulien, a bartender by trade and one super magician. Some have said his material is dated, yet I still see a lot of it in use in the real world today. If you have it on the shelf, dig it out and give it a re-read, you'll be glad you did, in my opinion.
S.
Lee Darrow
View Profile
V.I.P.
Chicago, IL USA
3589 Posts

Profile of Lee Darrow
The Matt Schulein book is a MUST READ for anyone wanting to be a bar magician. There's some great material in there and for years, no one would do card on ceiling as it was "Matt's trick."

People had some respect in those days. Smile

Don Alan's Pretty Sneaky and Close Up Time are also good for bar work, as is The Card Magic of LePaul, who worked Le Petit Pigalle in St. Louis (IIRC) and was one of the top card hands in the world. Even Marlo respected his work.

Vernon on Malini has some great stunts as well. His chink-a-chink, card stab and rock under the hat are all classics.

Hope this helps!

Lee Darrow, C.Ht.
http://www.leedarrow.com
http://www.leedarrow.com
<BR>"Because NICE Matters!"
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » Magic...at a moment's notice! » » Bar Tricks! (0 Likes)
 Go to page 1~2~3 [Next]
[ Top of Page ]
All content & postings Copyright © 2001-2019 Steve Brooks. All Rights Reserved.
This page was created in 0.15 seconds requiring 5 database queries.
The views and comments expressed on The Magic Café
are not necessarily those of The Magic Café, Steve Brooks, or Steve Brooks Magic.
> Privacy Statement <

ROTFL Billions and billions served! ROTFL