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Yesterday at work we had a fire alarm. It wasn't a planned drill to test readiness, it was a glitch in the system that triggered the alarm. So we were stuck outside in the cold for about an hour while the alarm company, who's supposed to come over immediately, finally came after the third call. They said they didn't get the first call but gave us a ticket number in the second call. On the third call the told us the ticket number want in their system.

So, as I'm standing there I realize that it only I had a deck of cards on me...

And then I ran through my playlist and wondered what I'd perform since I'm either usually prepared with a Sharpie and a card to wallet. I realized my playlist was that extensive since I usually get paid to stroll and not entertain one group for an extended period of time.

So let's jam, since this is a good way for more people to see what you do. And I'm thinking that since a while building evacuates during a fire drill your cried may build to where you might be doing a full circle show, let's plan on the people in your department sticking around and watching until you get there all clear to go back into the building.

Your fire drill kit consists of a deck of cards and a Sharpie. You don't have a table, which is what threw me for a loop since I usually have one when I work.
Although you can have people holding out their arms to hold cards... But not for long as it gets tiresome.

I'm starting this list with a short AC routine
Reversed signed card
HaLo Aces with 2-4 people holding out hands.
Bannon's Proximity and I think AK47 may work as well
Double reversed card that Eugene Burger teaches

Let's see if we can build a list so we can entertain during an extended fire drill.
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Yesterday at work we had a fire alarm. It wasn't a planned drill to test readiness, it was a glitch in the system that triggered the alarm. So we were stuck outside in the cold for about an hour while the alarm company, who's supposed to come over immediately, finally came after the third call. They said they didn't get the first call but gave us a ticket number in the second call. On the third call the told us the ticket number want in their system.

So, as I'm standing there I realize that it only I had a deck of cards on me...

And then I ran through my playlist and wondered what I'd perform since I'm either usually prepared with a Sharpie and a card to wallet. I realized my playlist was that extensive since I usually get paid to stroll and not entertain one group for an extended period of time.

So let's jam, since this is a good way for more people to see what you do. And I'm thinking that since a while building evacuates during a fire drill your cried may build to where you might be doing a full circle show, let's plan on the people in your department sticking around and watching until you get there all clear to go back into the building.

Your fire drill kit consists of a deck of cards and a Sharpie. You don't have a table, which is what threw me for a loop since I usually have one when I work.
Although you can have people holding out their arms to hold cards... But not for long as it gets tiresome.

I'm starting this list with a short AC routine
Reversed signed card
HaLo Aces with 2-4 people holding out hands.
Bannon's Proximity and I think AK47 may work as well
Double reversed card that Eugene Burger teaches

Let's see if we can build a list so we can entertain during an extended fire drill.


I love this topic, EvilDan!

I have a heckuva day ahead of me, but will return to share my list!

Thanks,

Rudy

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One eyed Jack Sandwich - Harry Lorayne
Twisting the Aces - Vernon
Be Honest, What is It - Eddie Fechter



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Nice topic, Evil One! Point of order: Why wouldn't we avail ourselves of items that we or others might commonly have in our pockets, purses, or bags? Common coins, pocket knives, tissues, a note pad, etc? Wouldn't that not only greatly expand our repertoires, but also get more people involved? Your thread, so your rules, but what do you think?

In the meantime, and sticking with your spartan list, here's a couple to add.

1. Pick a card, any card. So many variations on this theme!
2. Head Over Heels. Either Head Over Heels Triumph, or Rising Invisible Card.
3. Twisting the Aces.
4. Dr. Dailey's Last Trick. John Bannon's handling using a spectators crossed arms.
5. Steve Freeman's Time Machine.
6. Pseudo-memory routine using the HaLo Cut to affect the reveal. (This is something I use, and I think Harry teaches a version too, but I don't know if it has a name. Down and dirty: have selected card returned and controlled to second-from-bottom; show that card is neither on top nor bottom; pretend to memorize order of cards; ask for name of selected card; cut to card at "memorized position" using HaLo Cut.)

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Anthony Vinson, because it allows for too many possibilities. By restricting the props to a deck of cards and done standing up outside, since it is a fire drill, it gives those who are prepared the least, the most info. And since Sharpies are in most offices, I added the Sharpie otherwise it would just be cards and standing up. I like having cards signed as well, so that was another reason.

You know, essentially this comes down to someone hands you a deck of cards. What would you perform if you don't have the convenience of a table. Restrictions increase creativity.
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If I didn't care about getting the cards somewhat dirty, instead of using hands you could also use the ground just to place cards down if you had too. 


not in specific order:

be honest what is it
halo aces 
twisting the aces
double exposure (i think people would have a phone)
one eyed jacks
Shawn Farquar's ACAAN (forget name, in the hand acaan)
pick a card trick
Harry's lie detector (the one he taught in the lecture)
ACR
Think, touch, turn (Malone)
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Your Favourite Card- Lorayne, And Finally!
This has become my "go to" two card transpo.
If I need to do it without a table I substitute Mr. Lorayne's Angle Spread for a Pressure Fan technique he taught us all in Optical Sandwich from the Card Classics of Ken Krenzel .
Perfect.
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Quick As A Wink from Karl Fulves' Close Up Card Magic
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Interesting opener from Evil Dan and equally interesting responses.

For what it’s worth here’s a condensed version of something I contributed to a magazine about a hundred years ago. The venue exists and the story is true. Good job it's condensed, looking at the length of it.

Once upon a time I was one of a trio of conjurors working a Christmas Staff Party function. The works outing of Henleys a car sales firm. It was in the town hall in Bolton Lancashire. A spacious building, with more than one event running alongside "ours". Peter Kay recorded one of his live shows there.

The evening started off well enough with the three of us working tables at a steady enough lick. When it came time for the main course, we eased off a little. Most of the guests were about to tuck in when, Oops, off went the fire alarm. We were standing very near to our close-up cases, so we grabbed hold and headed for the street. In orderly fashion, of course.

All we had to abandon was a smattering of conversation; not so the guests. They departed less cheerfully, glancing over their shoulders at plates and tureens filled with hot (paid for) grub.

Out in the street, being December, it was bitter. Dry, thankfully, but Arctic. No gloves, no scarves no overcoats, ears, nose, fingers on the outer fringes of hypothermia. Gary and I stood in a shop doorway, huddled together for warmth.

If the place had been on fire we might have managed to warm the ever freezing digits a bit and do a trick; thankfully, the blaze failed to materialise. The alarm in question was in another part of the town hall. The Christmas Pantomime theatre. A malfunction was the consensus; it usually is, but usually isn’t always and you don’t mess around with fire. Hence our street adventure.

Shaun kept sort-of warm by dispensing hot air all over the place, gleefully making balloon animals for any passing waif and stray.

The firemen, having checked and rechecked the building, gave the all clear and departed in their clean machines, royal portrait and hour glass intact. After half an hour in the street, back inside we trundled defrosting along the way.

The evening continued amid an air of philosophical good humour. According to one source, large quantities of "warmed-up gravy" were issued to raise, and sort of reheat, the exceedingly low temperature and ever less appetising appearance of the interrupted main course.

The unplanned interval, exciting thought it was, certainly took the edge of the evening. But following the usual hot Christmas pudding (optional extra, ice cream!!!) and the familiar rambling, incoherent speeches normal service was resumed. The disco cranked itself up from the standard background whisper of 95 decibels to the more usual weapons grade assault level. The booze flowed and feet hit the floor.

Stint complete we left. Another thrilling adventure for the memoirs.

Full marks to Shaun, but everybody else was too busy freezing to do anything but shiver.

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Great story. We're in the middle of winter here and surprisingly it was the warmest of the past few days. That being said my fingers freely slid over each other with no grip at all. That's why I always carry a small bottle of Chamberlain's Hand Lotion with me. It gives me grip even in cold weather.
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I wouldn't be able to hold any attention at my work.  Drill, accident or the real thing.  Everyone at my work would be hunting around for sticks and marsh mellows just in case the place really does burn. 

But I'd probably stick with cards across or ambitious cards. 

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The thing to really watch out for though, is spectators burning your hands.
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The thing to really watch out for though, is spectators burning your hands.


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Martin Gardner’s Newspell is a fun quickie here.
Bob Cassidy’s Bottom Line Preminition would work.
I know Trevor Lewis performed his Direct Mindreading into the spectator’s palm.
Harry Lorayne’s That’s the Truth! from And Finally! is very entertaining as is Dave Solomon’s The Finger-Print Trick from his new book which works in the spectators palm.
J.C’s Simplex Lie- Speller

... a good mix here
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I don't have the experience you guys have, so I don't usually jump in.  I do feel however that I can answer in this one.  I like Halo Aces, One Eyed Jack Sandwich,  (pretty much anything by Harry, it seems that what is books mostly consist of).  Coinkydink by John Carey is a good one. Fingered 3 by Simon Lovel works well for me too!
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I don't have the experience you guys have, so I don't usually jump in.  I do feel however that I can answer in this one.  I like Halo Aces, One Eyed Jack Sandwich,  (pretty much anything by Harry, it seems that what is books mostly consist of).  Coinkydink by John Carey is a good one. Fingered 3 by Simon Lovel works well for me too!

Good call on Fingered Number 3 , Jabs!
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I keep a deck that is set up for a routine that I've been working on, so if it happened right this moment it may be better than other times.  But in the spirit of sticking to it being a "random deck"  I think my go to would be a pick a card, lost in the deck and then found most likely in the format of the trick that fooled Houdini (that is the name I learned it as, it may be wrong; basically svengali with a normal deck). 
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