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danaruns
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Hi. I need to steal a coffee mug from the inside left part of my jacket. I need to be able to grab it by the handle and produce it in the old Josh Jay production. Does anyone have any tips for a way to secure a coffee mug inside my jacket for a steal and production? Any commercial gimmick out there, or any hints on how to make one?

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Something that heavy would not be on the jacket but the pants or dress you wear, with the jacket covering it. It should fall at the place where your body curves inward. You should be able to reach it with the wrist turned upwards so the fingers can reach it. Push up, so the mug falls into the palm.

I suggest a simple hook sewn to the pants, or for a longer length, use 3 or four ribbons, ending at an flat elastic loop that fits around the mug, that is holding the mug securely. Just reach and pull.

A lot depends on the style of the mug and how / where the handle is placed on it.
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Dana,
I’m working on a wine/champagne bottle production.
I purchased "Splash" from David Stone.
A mug may work if the handle is facing up.
I can try it when I get home.
Let me know.
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I just remember, you may be able to use the Fred Kaps steal. The item that heavy could be hung from over the shoulder in a harness sorts. If it on the left side, you turn at the waist to the right, you left hand is bent at the waist. So as you turn, the mug comes to your hand, and all you do is grab it. As you turn back, you are holding the mug. The turn should have some kind of reason, maybe reaching for something with your left hand, or simply turning and addressing a spectator or audience on that side.
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I should mention that the steal is when I'm showing both sides of a cloth napkin (works like a silk). I hold it by the two upper corners and show one side, then when I turn it to show the other side it puts my left forearm as cover over my right arm, and my right hand is right at the left lapel of my jacket. It's a tiny move to just grab the cup under the left side of the jacket. Then show the other side of the napkin again, but now I've got the cup in my right hand behind the napkin. It's a simple matter then to pull the napkin over my right hand and reveal the cup. This is a steal I think was created by Joshua Jay. Not sure I'm explaining it well. Sorry.

So I just need to be able to grab it out of the coat. That's what I need the gimmick for.

The Fred Kaps steal is awesome, and I've produced silk flower bouquets that way, but it's not quite right for this usage. I don't know the David Stone "Splash" steal. I've always produced something as big as a wine bottle from a topit.
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Actually, your current method is older then ever. That is the way stage magicians use to produce bowls of water, under a foulard.

E-Z Magic use to sell a nice wine glass production in the 1969's, Show the cloth napkin on both sides, drag the cloth over the palm up right hand, then pull the center of the cloth up, let it drop, and something is under the cloth. Pull the cloth away, and reveal the martini glass full of water.

danaruns, as mentioned, if you can attach a hook, make out of coat hanger cover with shrink tubing. Attach to your waist if you wear slacks, or the belt on if wearing a dress. A jacket or shoulder 36 inch silk, tucked under the belt, let the ends show below. This will cover the mug.
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You already have an idea, a topit.
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