Originally Posted by ScreenguardGuy
I just thought I'd share my favourite coffee shop trick. I was actually saving this one for a guide I was writing that would have been sort of a 'free online resource magic coure' where I would direct beginners to all the best free resources for becoming a magician, but scrapped that idea when I realised it would be more of a blind leading the blind type deal.
Anyway here it is it's Coffee Break by Greg Wilson.http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/2890
If you click the link you'll see that in their infinite wisdom Penguin Magic are actually giving this one away for free (as of 28 Jan 2016). It's probably as a sampler to get you to buy Coffee House Conjuring (which is amazing by the way). I wasn't sure I wanted to share this with anyone, but at the same time it's kind of hard to keep a free trick a secret, and I really wanted to talk about my handling for this one.
I don't really like 'improving' tricks, especially when they're this well done. I think it was Al Baker who said that many a good trick has been ruined by improvement. But there is one small thing that I do which I think works out that's only sort of briefly touched upon in the explanation. Afterwards people always want to inspect the bag. So I have a duplicate in my pocket. In the offbeat I switch the bags. Always. Also after they're done examining it I vanish it, but that's just because I really like vanishes. My switch is to show both hands empty (but not make a big deal out of it), then palm the duplicate and vanish the original bag, but since nobody pays attention at that point (too busy looking at the stick), I'm pretty sure any kind of vanish would work.
I've had so much fun with this (maybe it belongs in the buried treasure section more). I always arrive early when I meet my friends (would not go to Starbucks otherwise), and this is one of a couple of tricks that I set up. Then I wait. If the subject of magic comes up this is golden! If not, then I may not do the trick at all. I personally like the fact that it's done with stuff that has a brand that's super recognizable. I think that adds a subconscious element that everything is all ungaffed and above board.
If Penguin ever stop making this available for free (and I think it's been available for at least 2 months now when i first got it), I'll probably delete this post as I think I've tipped the method for the main effect a little too much now.