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thomasR
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The best gimmicks? A pack of cards and 3 pieces of rope!

But it really depends on you. Some gimmicks that could be good on the street include Thumb Tip, Loops, Svengali, Chop Cup, and many others.
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Cups and balls. Coin shell. Chop cup. The number one thing is ???????????????? entertaineding your Audiences.
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Thumb tip vanish silk ..Card to Walett..Tossed out Deck .....Rope pro nightmere ...Cups and Balls
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Frank, you are the only one with the absolute correct answer. Every other person thinks "the trick" is important. Bull Oney! The performer is the ONLY important "gimmick."
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Talking about gimmicks/tricks etc:

I have just been reorganising my workshop and it was as bit like a review of last 20 years of purchases at magic lectures, convention type events and other opportunities for impetuous magical purchases.

The general theme in the reponses to the OP are spot on - present the trick/magical gimmick (what ever it is you choose) - infused with your own etertainng personality and you are heading in the right direction.
Gimicks are cute - and sometimes looking at a new one can aid in thinking creativley - or at the very least provide a level of introverted entertainment for myself.....

Some rubber bands, a coin, a TT, 3 pieces of rope and a Svengali Deck (or some other combination of effects/gimmicks) and a entertaining performance will do the trick just fine.

BTW thanks to the OP for staring this discussion - if you are still out there Mr Bobobaggins - let us know how you are going.

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Ok why does everyone just keep talking about entertainment a, BOBOBAGGINS asked for help on some good gimmicks to help with his routine. We all know that entertaining the crowd and involving them is what we are after. Yes a magician uses TRICKS to entertain the crowed painted with humor and character. A magician without tricks is just a comedian and or actor. Lets be real. When I ask for help when it comes to tricks for a stage show or routining for a kids show. I don't care to hear that " Oh it all depends on what kinda character you are using" then yall hush up and the person still feels lost on his or her quest to map out their magic career. How about telling newbies like us what kinda characters are there, and what kinda tricks suit those characters, which professionals has used those characters, which books, dvds, and or props and gimmicks should we look at. Then you can tell us how we use all this magnificent stuff and tell us HOW WE ENTERTAIN THE CROWD AND MAKE THE SHOW ABOUT THE CROWD using magic, comedy, and creative story telling with those slieghts, props, and gimmicks. We are in a whole new century. we gotta have a better way of helping each other out than by giving such vague opinions.
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Mymagician, I think you are wrong. period. Your character is very, very important as to what effects you can use. Years ago, and I don't remember which magi did this, but he had a silent act with cards and cigarettes and his whole shtick was the totally confused expression he had when the magic just happened. Gazzo can't pull that one off because Gazzo's character is a brash, loud persona. I can't do either one because of my character's personality. But I can come out on a pitch with some rope in my pocket and make money. Your character's personality will decide what effects work for you, not some gimmick.
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G'day Mymagician

That is a reasonable question.

It appears that you and I and lots of other responders know that entertaining and involving the audience is most important.

However it is not clear that Bobobaggins has got on top of this concept - I believe it is more than acceptable to offer this type of advice along with ideas about the gimmicks that people are using. You may have noticed that plenty of the responders are suggesting effects to consider.

To advance this discussion I would like to see Bobobaggins come back and tell us a bit about his show and character etc.

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Looking back to my post (second reply to OP). I asked for more info: his character, location, type of show. I don't see he's responded...
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"I don't remember which magi did this, but he had a silent act with cards and cigarettes and his whole shtick was the totally confused expression he had when the magic just happened" this would be Cardinni

But listen to PADDY, he knows what he is talking about, think about it someone asks what is the best gimmick for street performing obviously they have priorities wrong, they need to refocus on character, connecting with the audience & entertaining. There is no best gimmick.
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BALLS !

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^ HA! xD

Ok, got that laugh outta my system! Now then, an answer for everybody. Indeed, character is MOST important, and of course without knowing what

Bobo's Character is like, we can't really expect anyone to know what would work well for him. However, people have recommended several great props

such as Svengali decks, TTs, and the like. I would recommend the same tools, as they are incredibly versatile! You want "gimmicks" that are able to

be used in a variety of situations, so that you can adapt to different crowds, different people. When you can adapt, and adjust, you can better

connect to the specs and if you can befriend them, it does help the hats, at least in my experience lol
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Im not saying character is not important, but if a newbie ask a question about options for a gimmick then help them get to their answer by seeing what character they are using and what gimmicks go with their character. but get them to that answer they want to know so they can fulfill that idea map of who they want to be magically. does that make sense. some times I feel that ppl try to be too poetic ALL the time, instead they should be more substantial for conclusion then spice it with a poetic flavor for the influence so the student/ newbie wont feel lost.
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Sanada gimmick...

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