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magicfish

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Hey Fellas,
I'm inspired to start this thread about Bits of Business by some of the titles I showcased in the Book Collecting thread.
Not necessarily magic (although they can certainly be very magical), bits of business are those wonderful little pieces that can stand alone or accentuate a performance or just impress in social scenarios. They could be flourish in nature or just subtle little displays of skill or ability that let the onlooker(s) know they are in the presence of someone extraordinary.
This is a place to discuss, list, or showcase some
Bits of Business.
I will start by showing a little gem I learned from Bob McAllister approximately 30 years ago.
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Note: this isn't as impressive in the kitchen in pajamas, but while conversing in a restaurant and the soup arrives and without blinking you silently flip your spoon up to your fingers and start sipping, it is very cool. Especially with high polished silver under the lights. A good heavy spoon is best.
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Thanks for starting this thread, magicfish. That's a sweet way to pick up a spoon!!

I used to do the gag where you throw a roll down on the floor and it "bounces" back up to your hands. I learned it off an old Michael Ammar video tape.

Speaking of Michael Ammar, he taught us some bits of business at the recent lecture that I attended. Imagine walking into a friends house or a hotel room and seeing a bit of the wallpaper peeling off. You go over to the wall and restore the torn wallpaper!!
It looks incredible and can be done impromptu.

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See now that's awesome!
I absolutely love this kind of stuff, Rudy.
Its adds to the overall persona. We are magicians. 24 hours a day. Its not what we do, it's what we are. So why save it for formal performances only? Let's bounce dinner rolls, repair wall paper, and flip spoons up. Why? Because we can!
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Here's one. Not sure what it's called. BOX FLIP for lack of a better title.
Not sure where I learned it.
You start with the deck of cards hanging off the edge of the table.
(Start with the deck boxed and the flap away from you. Later, when you get the hang of it. you can do it with an unboxed deck of cards.)
You then place your hand palm down, fingers under the deck.
In a quick motion you kick your hand up which flips the deck up off the table and starts it flipping over end for end.
And then, without stopping, you move your hand forward and catch the deck.

Like I said, once you get the motion down, you can do it with an unboxed deck of cards.



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Thats a great one EvilDan. I've been doing that one for many years with beer mats (coasters). I do it once casually as though nothing happened and it always garners an interesting response, funny looks, etc.
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We used to do that as an elimination game with ever-growing stacks of coasters.  Other variations were to do it with both hands simultaneously, or to let the coaster do a complete 360 in the air before catching it.  The games usually resulted in at least one coaster going in someone's drink, which only added to the entertainment value.
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     Somewhere there's a video of me doing that flip with two half decks/two hands at the same time. It's decades ago - I have no idea how to find it.
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         Now that I think of it - I believe I did it on an old video of mine - a Stars of Magic video.
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