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The Mighty Fool
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Over in street magic, there are numerous threads regarding what we carry with us, our mainstays / faves, yadda-yadda. Our effects are small, so we usually carry quite an arsenal. I've gathered from some of the posts / threads in here that most busking acts consist of only 3 tricks. So my question is, what effects do you use? What do you prefer? Is no magic act considered complete without the cups & balls?

P.S. I searched this room post-by-post looking for this subject, but it's either never been discussed or I missed it.
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I have my cups but don't always use them. If I'm doing close up shows, I usually end with ambitious card to ring box, a la Tommy Wonder, which is a killer finale.
I have a few decks of cards, Brainwave deck, rope, 10 inch linking rings, cups, pouch, thumbtip and two silks, ninja rings, spongeballs--that's about it. Oh, wait, my amp and a boom box.

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Though I carry my cups, typically another performer and I switch up doing shows and therefore I only perform the cups on my last turn. I also always carry a pouch with a few coins, endless chain, a deck of cards, rope, scissors, and a newspaper... and of course fruit.
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Yeah, Jim, forgot to mention my coins. Which is usually what I open with. 5 half dollars and a jumbo half for my coins across to jumbo routine. Am working on a copper/silver routine but haven't done it for the punters yet. Also forgot to mention my bent, three card monte cards. And my table and cart, which everything fits into/onto for easy transport.
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I usually have cups an balls, ninja rings, billoon, coins, cards, silks, TT, sponge balls, squeekers, wand.
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If no table, fire book, rope, switchblade or scissors, two decks of cards, 2 Sharpies, TT, 2 silks (different colors), coins for C/S (ungimmicked) with jumbo half finish.

If with a table, all that and a small leather duffle bag with a few extra things like Nielsen Coke bottle, jumbo watch production, and bowl routine props or chop cup. Although I do a cups and balls routine, I have yet to work one up for the street (no pouch yet... quiet Frank... I know...)
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I take my table case, containing 3 - 10" or 3 -12" rings, several card decks, color changing knives, ropes for C&R, and already prepared Prof Nightmare ropes, Ninja rings, wand, Jumbo Shattered, rubberband supply, flattened pennies w/10 commandments, razor blades from mouth, and it contains a large closeup pad, the legs for the table, and table drap with advertising on it.

I also have a knapsack that contains, coloring book, stiff rope, "Elephant Fly", string of Gosman sponge hotdogs, Spring skunk, Coins, a couple specialty decks, a smaller closeup pad that rolls up, Scissors and rope, and usually a set of 10" rings.

I can grab either one and go off to work just fine, or if I am working a really good pitch with good traffic, where I might be for a while, I take both so I don't get bored. Smile

And that doesn't count the dozen or so pocket things, like packet tricks, sponge balls, coins, penettraing pen, etc, that I take wherever I go even when not intending to work a pitch. I hate to have a ready audience and be short on magic.

So I am pretty much ready to go 24/7, but if I am serious about working a pitch, I take one or both of the bags.

I am just now working my cups and balls routine into shape, and don't know exactly how I will carry the cups, balls, loads, and wand in the pouch or in a bog, etc, when I start taking it out.

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Jim:

....."fruit??" You mean like for the C&B finale?
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Having recently visited Tannens, I see that Bro David carries larger stocks than them!!!
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On 2004-12-09 03:06, The Mighty Fool wrote:
Jim:

....."fruit??" You mean like for the C&B finale?

Yes. I also have it for a bill in lemon or bill in orange effect.
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MF you must have missed it in your search but I have posted and discussed my act several times here on the Café.

Here it is again! As to act, I tend to do ropes (rope thru person, cut and restored to Professors nightmare, etc, etc), signed-borrowed-bill-to-balloon (thank you Mark Jenest), or occasionally to a lemon, and the cups and balls or Benson Bowl or Chop Cup. Add the warm-up (Misers Dream), show-off (coin flourishes), crowd attracting stuff (banter, jokes, tug of war with the rope) and the passing the hat and that’s about it.

While this is the core of my street act I also have a sponge ball/rabbit routine and a solid thumb tie (with watch steal) routine that I will also perform when the crowd is real small (say 10 people) and I want to create a bit of excitement and get some attention getting energy going. I might even perform my borrowed, signed, torn and restored bill routine.

I know this sounds pretty sterile but there really is a lot of fun stuff interacting with the audience.
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I just bought a whole load of feng-shui coins that are about 3.5" wide.
The look very good. The only issue with them is that they have a tiny hole
at the top and the bottom (as well as the hole in the middle) that keeps
it from being perfect. They are thin. If you're producing a whole bunch of
jumbo coins from a silk, a la cellini, this could be a good option.


Harry I also use Billoon, as I stated above.
Maybe I'll pm you my routine to see what you think.
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