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OK, you are sitting in a restaurant (or, alternatively a coffee shop or bar) with a friend or friends. You do not have a deck of cards or a packet trick with you (highly unusual for some, traumatic for others).  Nor do you have a TT, any coins or props of any kind.  Your friend says, "Hey could you do a trick?" What would you do?

You may use any objects that are readily available in the setting where you are, such as, glasses, cups, silverware, toothpick, sugar packets, salt and pepper shakers, napkins, straws - or an ordinary item(s) you might have in your possession (e.g. a pen or business cards).  Or, you may borrow an item(s) from your friend(s) including but not limited to coinage or paper money.  

You are not limited to one trick, but if you list more than one, start with your favorite, next favorite, etc.
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Ask the person to give you 4 small objects and do Dean Dill's No Extra's. 

If you are not familiar with it, it is a sort of 4 coin assembly with no cards. but it can be performed with anything. You can get a download of it for 4 dollars at Vanishing Inc,
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Ask the person to give you 4 small objects and do Dean Dill's No Extra's. 

If you are not familiar with it, it is a sort of 4 coin assembly with no cards. but it can be performed with anything. You can get a download of it for 4 dollars at Vanishing Inc,


Looking into this one right now. Thank you Michael. Impromptu object magic is an area I need a lot of work in. I pretty much exclusively work with cards right now.
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ErdnaseVernon Wrote: "Looking into this one right now. Thank you Michael. Impromptu object magic is an area I need a lot of work in. I pretty much exclusively work with cards right now."

Yes, E.V., IMHO it will serve you well (as it will your audiences) to give some attention to impromptu magic with ordinary objects.  A spectator is not going to write off the little miracle you just did with his coin, bill, or watch or the sugar packet or salt shaker on the table, or whatever, as "trick cards."  So many of us on the Forum love cards and card tricks, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.  But there reaches a point of diminishing returns (as Mike Powers might say).  I remember when I was first starting out as a professional 23 years ago.  I knew quite a few great card tricks.  But it would get to the point where more than once someone in a group of spectators would ask something along the lines of: "Can you do a trick that doesn't use cards?" This was a bit of a clue.

The impact and reaction we will get from spectators when we are able to pull off something truly magical with ordinary objects, or something that belongs to them, whether performing at a booking or just for friends or family, is a big reason why I started this thread. (Although so far the replies and comments have been remarkably meager).

I noticed that within a few minutes of my having posted this thread, another member posted a somewhat similar one (and I am sure it was only coincidental).  The other thread, which has received a much more prolific and enthusiastic reception than my own, involves the hypothetical scenario where someone pulls out a deck of cards, hands it to you, and says do a trick.  I assure you, that unless you are Harry Lorayne, that is only going to happen once in a blue moon.  

To be more well-rounded as performers, be more entertaining, and get stronger reactions from our audiences, I believe it is well worth exploring and mastering other material in addition to our beloved card tricks. Just my opinion...
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ErdnaseVernon Wrote: "Looking into this one right now. Thank you Michael. Impromptu object magic is an area I need a lot of work in. I pretty much exclusively work with cards right now."

Yes, E.V., IMHO it will serve you well (as it will your audiences) to give some attention to impromptu magic with ordinary objects.  A spectator is not going to write off the little miracle you just did with his coin, bill, or watch or the sugar packet or salt shaker on the table, or whatever, as "trick cards."  So many of us on the Forum love cards and card tricks, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.  But there reaches a point of diminishing returns (as Mike Powers might say).  I remember when I was first starting out as a professional 23 years ago.  I knew quite a few great card tricks.  But it would get to the point where more than once someone in a group of spectators would ask something along the lines of: "Can you do a trick that doesn't use cards?" This was a bit of a clue.

The impact and reaction we will get from spectators when we are able to pull off something truly magical with ordinary objects, or something that belongs to them, whether performing at a booking or just for friends or family, is a big reason why I started this thread. (Although so far the replies and comments have been remarkably meager).

I noticed that within a few minutes of my having posted this thread, another member posted a somewhat similar one (and I am sure it was only coincidental).  The other thread, which has received a much more prolific and enthusiastic reception than my own, involves the hypothetical scenario where someone pulls out a deck of cards, hands it to you, and says do a trick.  I assure you, that unless you are Harry Lorayne, that is only going to happen once in a blue moon.  

To be more well-rounded as performers, be more entertaining, and get stronger reactions from our audiences, I believe it is well worth exploring and mastering other material in addition to our beloved card tricks. Just my opinion...


I totally agree. I just love card handling, very peaceful and calming action for me. So I fall into the habit of doing and learning card tricks almost exclusively. Any good reading recommendations for magic with ordinary items?
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Believe me, I understand where you are coming from ErdnaseVernon.  It is great, however, that you are open to broadening your horizons, and I think you will find peace and relaxation in working on the impromptu/every-day-object stuff as well, and great rewards.

I highly recommend "Magic with Everyday Objects" by George Schindler.  Here is a link to it on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Magic-Everyday-Objects-Tricks-Anyone/dp/0812885651

i also highly recommended "Self-Working Table Magic - 97 Foolproof Tricks with Everyday Objects," by Karl Fulves, available from Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Self-Working-Table-Magic-Foolproof-Everyday/dp/0486241165

And if you like math/number magic, then "Self-Working Number Magic," also by Karl Fulves, is great.

Additionally there is a world's Greatest Magic DVD available from Penguin, "Magic with Everyday Objects."

Magic:http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S8267

The above are just some of the many resources.  Note, as well, there are card tricks translatable to impromptu/ordinary objects; as one example among many, Matrix using business cards and borrowed coins.
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Much appreciated.
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    "If you like math/number magic..." You will love MATHEMATICAL WIZARDRY - check it out at harryloraynemagic.com.  If you want people to think you're a genius, that's the point of that book.
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    "If you like math/number magic..." You will love MATHEMATICAL WIZARDRY - check it out at harryloraynemagic.com.  If you want people to think you're a genius, that's the point of that book.


Most definitely will Harry, Thank you!
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Do some sponge ball magic with paper napkins.  Done that many times.  
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Yes, I was remiss in not mentioning "Mathematical Wizardry," by Harry.  

And MagicMason, that is an excellent idea to do sponge balls with balled-up paper napkins.
One would also have the option of doing a phase of "two in the hand one in the pocket" as part of that. 
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Id probably do a coin trick. Coins across, copper/silver transposition, expantion of texture, or a coins through silk (using a napkin).

Or the linking headbands if anyone is wearing them.


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I recommend Martin Gardner's monumental Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic.  Some of the items are more like stunts or bar bets, but there are many excellent impromptu magic routines included.

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The Balducci levitation can be a stunner if given the right circumstances. I've also used Grey Elephant in Denmark for impromptu performances.  Another idea would be salt shaker through table followed by torn and restored napkin (using the napkin which was used to cover the salt shaker).

Many years ago my friend and I were the president/vice-president of a local magic club. We made it a point to have a segment of at least 2 meetings out of the year to focus on impromptu magic.
We would place a tub full of random objects and have members pull out one or two items and come up with "something". Those meetings were always the most fun...   
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I have a go-to Twisting the Arm presentation that only requires a flat surface and long sleeves.

Gregory Wilson's Off The Cuff DVD offers several strong effects with common objects. Re-Cap requires nothing more than a Bic pen. Feeding Bernie is a well-motivated bills through table effect. There is also some Michael Weber material (and plenty of GW/MW collaboration) from that lecture. This was Greg's first filmed production.

Speaking of Michael Weber, the long out-of-print Life Savers is devoted to impromptu effects and utilities with limited resources. Here is the table of contents:

http://www.conjuringarchive.com/show.php?book=595


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Re-cap is great

X-finger has always been one of my standby's

Ring thing is really great. (usually followed by Goldfinger)
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X-finger has always been one of my standby's



Yep, I would expect so! [smile]

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I would ask the person who wanted to see the trick to give me his watch.

I would then smash the watch on the table and before the watch's owner could hit me I would lift my hand to show - not a smashed watch but my keys.

"The key to the trick is---" you say as you stand and take the watch out of your pocket and return it.

This is "Slydini Kills Time" on the cover of the third issue of Apocalyspe on page 25 (March 1978).
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This is such an intriguing question Magic-Aly.

I like to use coins with simple sleights and thoughtful scripts. A Bobo switch can be used with any small object to create a true moment of magic, and I'm even partial to the French drop as a vanish these days.

Many magicians would benefit from leaving their playing cards alone for an extended period and learning some magic with everyday items, but I think the most important thing to consider is the scripting and purpose of the effect itself.

Your question makes me curious as to whether I could create a magical experience without utilizing any tricks whatsoever... now you've got me thinking.
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Any small object can be lapped.

If I am allowed to go into my wallet I would do John Riggs Business Card Business, if not, I would do Doug Dyment's Sign Language.

Great topic!

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This is such an intriguing question Magic-Aly.

I like to use coins with simple sleights and thoughtful scripts. A Bobo switch can be used with any small object to create a true moment of magic, and I'm even partial to the French drop as a vanish these days.

Many magicians would benefit from leaving their playing cards alone for an extended period and learning some magic with everyday items, but I think the most important thing to consider is the scripting and purpose of the effect itself.

Your question makes me curious as to whether I could create a magical experience without utilizing any tricks whatsoever... now you've got me thinking.


That's good, Socrates!  You certainly have stimulated a lot of thinking on my part...
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