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Race Blakhart
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I was looking at a small paper bag today as I folded it back into its flat form. This thing must be full of possibilities. Is anyone aware of any classic tricks, or for that matter, any tricks at all with said bag?


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Paper bag makes a great presentation for the ID (see Joshua Jay's basic course book), but that's not really impromptu, as you need to be carrying an ID.
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I posted a "Misers Dream - For Kids" using a paper bag and Tootsie Rolls on the Perverse Magic thread of the Genii Forum on June 1, 2005.

The Miser’s Dream is an excellent example of the fifth category of Perverse Magic – Whimsical Perverse Magic. The magician and the audience are on different plains as to what each sees. The magician sees objects before him that the audience doesn’t – until the magician catches it.

The effect has usually been done with coins but Bob Mc Allister came up with a wonderful routine for kids using chocolate chip cookies. I came up with a variation using Tootsie Rolls.
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Thank you both for posting! I'll look up both the book AND that post! Smile
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The "magci Nook" has several effects.

I have one for Halloween "Ghost White" that uses a paper bag. PM me
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Egg bag - vanishing bottle
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If you don't mind fairly easy art projects, Mark Wilson's CCIM has some uses for paper bags.
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I'm thinking Teddy and I should buy a whole stack of paper bags and take our puppet show on the road.
Perhaps we could recreate the works of one Andrew Lloyd Webber? :p
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Hi Race. I saw your post a few days ago but was unable to make an account untill today!

About 20 or so years ago I had a birthday party with a magician, and he did a trick with a paper bag. My memory is a little hazy, but it was something like this.

I was actually his assistant for this. He had me come up then go around to everyone and ask what flavor lolipop they wanted, then he would put that flavor in a brown paper bag. At the end, the bag was empty! I actually forgot about that trick until years later when watching an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond, where he kind of exposed the method in an episode. It was a great trick though and sure fooled me and everyone else at the time.

The magician was Mr. G from orange park florida. I'm not sure if he is still performing, but his shop is still there.
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I got a couple of ex girlfriends where a paper bag would have come in handy.
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You could possible use it to put a deck in to show that you can't mix it, or you could have the spectator shake the bag to make it that much more random and shuffled
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I just bought 2 packs of paper bags at the dollar store.
One pack for using Bag-O-Lites
and a different size pack for my vanishing wine bottle.
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Bill Abbott sells PB&E, an egg bag routine with a gimmicked paper bag. Looks like a great product but quite expensive.
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Somewhere in Bobo's is a great miser's dream routine, with coins not tootsie rolls, where after the coins are dropped in the bag is popped and the coins vanish.
It is an idea I've wondered why more people have not used.
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Greg Arce developed a mental paper bag routine that is excellent for parlor and stage. He is supposed to be releasing that soon.
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On May 13, 2016, federico luduena wrote:
Greg Arce developed a mental paper bag routine that is excellent for parlor and stage. He is supposed to be releasing that soon.

I will be keeping an eye out for that one!
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Max Maven's Kurotsuke...stunning effect...of course you could always cut eye holes out of the bag, put it on your head, and perform as the "unknown" magician...anyone remember the unknown comic from the gong show? Smile
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Oh yes he was great. Murray Langston, Ironically it seemed he kept all his funniest stuff for when he wasn't wearing the bag.
It seems to me someone has done this as a magician.
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