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 Post subject: How many tricks should I carry around
PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2003 5:17 pm 
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If I were to do restaurant magic-which i am planing on doing in a little while-how many tricks should I carry around? I will definitly bring a normal deck (I have a ton of tricks with a regular deck), probably my mental photo deck, a double card for the we'll twist trick by Derek Dingle (a trick that uses a number of slights) and a few others. Will this be enough to entertain many people in one night?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2003 6:30 pm 
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I would also bring four half dollars and two rubber bands.


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You also might want to bring an Invisible Deck, just in case something goes wrong :wink:


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With very nice carpenters jeans (black) you can really carry around quite a lot without having to have bags, etc. That's what I do and it works out great. Lots of pockets for easy switching/etc. Bad part is the pain it is to go out and find pants like that, that are the right color, that look nice.

I'm also looking into getting clothes made for me. I've got a few connections (you meet so many people doing magic), and I think I can get shirts/jackets/pants made for me with the pockets and compartments I want in them for not too much money.


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Thanks for the replies everyone. Also, I saw this DVD called visu-antics and the video looked awesome for it. Here is the thread http://www.penguinmagic.com/search.php Tell me what you think of it. Good for restaurant work?


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http://www.penguinmagic.com/product.php?ID=529 this link should work-the other one didn't seem to work.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2003 1:13 pm 
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visu-antics is GREAT. :D :D :D :D :D
really easy impromtu magic. :shock:
you get a lot of great stuf, but in the end you would like even more!!

i would really advice visu-antics tho anybody that dous magic. :wink:


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2003 2:16 pm 
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Hey thanks edymagic-I think i'm going to get this soon.


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me too


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Looks good to me.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2003 10:39 am 
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This may sound silly, but I would say, carry as many tricks as you can!
Of course, that's within reason. Don't carry so many that you don't know what is what.
A few tips:
For "packet" card tricks, one of those little card wallets (they look like business card holders) are great. I actually have mine labelled on the inside for instant location of the various packet tricks it contains.
If it suits your style, get a vest made. They can look pretty snappy, and they are not nearly as hot as a jacket. If you take a vest to a tailor (or even better, have the tailor make the whole vest), it will fit perfectly, and you can have all the pockets you want, exactly where you want. My vest is simple black, and even when jammed with stuff it still looks good. It has about ten (!) inside pockets, a sleeve for the "long card", as well as a couple of outside pockets. It's like a whole night's show in one item of clothing.
Have a "place" in the restaurant/bar where you can store some extra stuff. This might be some bigger items more suitable for stage work, but I have often been called upon to do just that sort of thing, This usually happens when someone is having a party, and have booked a big table. In that case, cards and coins don't cut it, so you need to be able to do something a little bigger.
Sorry, I realise these tips might not be entirely relevent to your situation, but I just wanted to pass them along. Unfortunately I learned most of this the hard way... through experience! How I wish someone had been there to give me some of these same tips.....


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Hey that sounds great. I'm also thinking of putting a large pocket on the left side of my coat or shirt so that I can dissapear decks glasses, ect. (hopefully not mash potatoes-dry cleaner is expensive)


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It sounds to me like you need a routine, not just pockets full of random gimmicks. Work out a decent routine and only bring what you need.


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Oh. I do have routines. you are very right that it would be pointless to work at a restaurant without a few routines or even more. Many of my routines come from the art of astonishment books. I take tricks and combine them that I know will fit together. I have tested them and I know that I'm not ready for the restaurant work environment. First I must build my confidence and experiance. I am planning to perform (for free) in front of a mall, streets or somewhere like that just to boost my people skills up a notch or two.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2003 10:20 pm 
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Okay here are some of my routines.

Ambicious card routine
-The Ambicious card with a surprise ending

Cards across routine
-Interlaced vanish
-Limo Service
-Cards across
-Whack your pack

The Triumph routine
-Cut the aces
-Triumph (Garcias version)
-Travelling visitor

The Linking cards routine
-Immaculate connection
-Uncut version

The invisible palm routine
-Fantasy aces (Paul Harris')
-Mondo nifty invisible palm
-Quickcon aka illusion
-Cue cards

The Derek Dingle routine
-Universal cards
-We'll twist
-Bizarre Shrink (PH)

The colour routine
-PH vanishing deck
-Colour stunner
-blue tatoo

Mambo Number 5 (a whole routine in itself)

-Revolver
-Renegade
-The hit man

The maybe routine
-giant killer coin
-Silver slide
-Free flight

These are the effects left over that I want to try to put into routines
-Recap
-2 Card monte
-Vanishing hank
-Mental photo deck
-The Daley Show

As you can see most of these effects are from Paul Harris and about 96 percent of them are sleight of hand. In the future I am planning on getting Visu-antics, stealing Pips and a sponge ball routine. Tell me what you think, ask me about any of these effects as well. Thanks


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