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No gaffs or cards, you aim to create maximum impact, you can only use borrowed items - what do you do?
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If I could borrow a finger ring and a piece of string, I would do James Swain's ring and string routine.
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Make that two votes for ring and string.  A shoelace will suffice in a pinch.  My personal routine is part Dan Fleshman and part Chris Kenner and part before either of them were born.
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Borrow a quarter and make it 5 quarters!!

See Bob Carver's Progressive Production on page 377 of Bobo's The New Modern Coin Magic and I have two presentations on the October 1, 2004 posting to the Perverse Magic thread on the Genii Forum.
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Borrow a quarter and make it 5 quarters!!

See Bob Carver's Progressive Production on page 377 of Bobo's The New Modern Coin Magic and I have two presentations on the October 1, 2004 posting to the Perverse Magic thread on the Genii Forum.


My suggestion was based on only using borrowed items.  So even if I had change in my pocket I couldn't use it.  Did I misunderstand?  Otherwise I might ask for 4 quarters, ring in an extra one and do a coins across.
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Don't underestimate the humble center tear.

If you're in a situation where there's a supply of something (like sugar packets) handy, Two in the Hand and One in the Pocket with, if you'd like, a final production of some larger item you've purloined from nearby (salt shaker or whatever).
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I live for these situations! I will usually just do some hypnosis or CMR but I also have loads of methods that don't require anything. If I want to do a prediction effect, I have plenty of options including the pateo force, quinta force, or equvique. I can also do an amazing birthday reveal with RedDevil's Gemini Principle. I also can do a stage routine with a few pieces of paper and Patrick Redford's Tetrad Switch. 

Beyond that, if I can get some business cards, I will do acidus novus all day to create some really powerful reveals. 


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You have nothing on you, and can only work with borrowed items.  Ring off string, 2 in the Hand, Center tear, CMR, hypnosis etc. All good suggestions thus far... as is a suggestion routine using an idea or two from Banachek. 

The mentalists amongst us have a definitive advantage here - but magicians too can certainly adapt to whatever environment they happen to be in.  Gregory Wilson is a good resource for this kind of situation.  Many moons ago I attended a lecture of his here in the UK, I took pages of notes and asked him plenty of questions.  He really knows his stuff when it comes to performing off-the-cuff.

What is freely available in most places you go?

Harry Lorayne has The Larger The Bill in The Magic Book which is cool, especially if you get the opportunity to memorize the serial number.  

A borrowed pencil can be utilized in many ways, and if you can also get a handkerchief you can push the pencil through it - you could then follow with Grippo's Wish from Art of Astonishment volume 1.

Borrow single coin and you've got endless options -  [wink]
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I'm with Nathan. An equivoque or the venerable PATEO principle will get you far. A rubber band or two? Harlan's linking bands or crazy man's handcuffs or both. Add a finger ring and you've got Rubber Ringer - with some cool additions as found in Mike Powers' Tesseract. A coin? Brief one-coin routine at your service. Business cards and a pen or pencil? Raj Madhok's Invisible Book Test or Best of Friends from his book Curiouser and Curiouser. Post-Its? The previously mentioned Center Tear is at your disposal. A napkin? Dan Harlan's Starcle. (I love performing Starcle.) Lots of possibilities.

Speaking of napkins, did anyone see Al Schneider's killer routine in the March issue of Genii? Wow. 

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If I'm in a restaurant or coffee shop, I would do a sponge ball routine using balled-up paper napkins.  Or something with coins.
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    Snap!
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    Snap!


Good one! In his book, Lifesavers, Michael Weber describes using Snap! to affect a penetration through a spectator's wrist. It's pretty cool.

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A single coin routine.  If it's a larger coin, muscle pass, otherwise various vanish and reappear.
Make the coin vanish and come out of a pen/marker cap, via Kap's subtlety.

Crazy Man's Handcuffs and finish with one band melting into the other one.
Make a ring rise up along a rubber band

Slydini's Paper Balls Over the Head

Starcle is great

Salt shaker through the table

Just to name a few.  It all depends on what's available.

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Another vote for Dan Harlan's Starcle.
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How often does this situation actually arise?  

Sometimes on discovering you're a magician people may ask to see something, but not always.  If like Nathan you live for these situations then you'll have rehearsed your routines, and quite possibly engineered these circumstances in order to 'seemingly' perform off-the-cuff.

If you wish to create the maximum impact with your magic this approach is definitely worth considering [wink]

A second question is why perform under these circumstances?  For me it was a great way of creating word-of-mouth advertising, and picking up gigs, plus it gave me the perfect opportunity to field-test my magic and tweak the presentations/techniques etc.  It certainly beats trying out new stuff in paying gigs, but I've also been known to do that too.

A third point is what does this one trick offer those watching, and what does it say about you as a magician?  Again this is personal so answers will vary, but it's definitely worth contemplating. 

In most cases people have never experienced close-up magic in person, and it's a possibility they never will again - you may be the only magician they ever meet, so you may as well make it the strongest, most memorable piece of magic you can possibly perform.

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel" - Maya Angelou
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Soc pointed out two of my biggest secrets. I do rehearse for these events and I will often engineer them to happen!

I lover performing. Even when I was on hiatus I would still perform at the request of my friends and acquaintances. I get so much joy out of bring joy to them. For this reason, I make sure that I have atleast two or three things ready to go at any time. Being a mind reader, this doesn't mean I carry props with me. Many of my favorite routines only require my knowledge of the method. Because of this fact, I make sure to have memorized the script and presentation. This just amkes me seem like I'm not fumbling around- but to be clear I always make it sound like I'm making this stuff up as I go. 

Secondly, I will also engineer these things to happen. I originally got this idea from Mark Elsdon in his Conversation as Mentalism series. I will steer the conversation into an area in which I can demonstrate some skill/ ability/ or idea. I will even make it seem like it was their idea to ask to see me perform. Like Soc said, it is a good chance to practice new material  and get some word-of-mouth marketing.

It also helps build some credibility and can even create legends surrounding you. I do a pretty standard coin bend. It is honestly nothing to special. I do a coin bend with some suggestion and a good premise. The catch is, I don't perform it that often. People who have known me since high school still haven't seen me do it, but they all know about it. For those that have seen it, they speak of it like it's a real miracle. The same goes for a routine I perform that takes advantage of the ideomotor response. 


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