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Hi. I’m relatively new to the forum, and like to ask this.
I’m starting to get more paid gigs, and I’d like to know how many tricks do you generally bring to a strolling gig? As you go from one group to another, do you do the same set of tricks to each group, or do you completely change it up each time? Generally how many tricks do you do to each group? Thanks. Still learning and growing. :)

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Of course what you bring and to some ecxtent how much depends on the audience, the situation, etc. For most walk around or strolling a should be able to get by on what I can comfortably carry in my pockets and perhaps a suit jacket. I could get by with a deck of cards, a rope, some 3X5 cards for mentalism, and some coins. I have 2- 4 packet tricks I love and will carry 2-3 of those. For each set, I probably will only do 2-3 magic experiences. I have a backup small case with extra supplies I put on the side. If children are involved and adults, I would make adjustments. I should carry a thumb tip but often do not. Generally speaking less is more. There have been times where for an hour to 90 minute walk around I have used an average of 6-7 items. Usually I try to have more available. I also carry a special and if possible, dramatic experience for the people who hire me.

Others will say much more.  Peace...Fred (Reisz)
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I would bring b'wave, a thumb tip and a silk, one deck and five silver dollars.

I only performed tricks that I knew backwards and forwards, no mentalism, unless b'wave counts.

I don't perform much now, for health reasons, but when I do it's fun. And scary

If you are in Chicago, you treat yourself to a visit at the Chicago magic lounge. Lots of magic happening there with walk around magicians.
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Originally Posted by YEO
Hi. I’m relatively new to the forum, and like to ask this.
I’m starting to get more paid gigs, and I’d like to know how many tricks do you generally bring to a strolling gig? As you go from one group to another, do you do the same set of tricks to each group, or do you completely change it up each time? Generally how many tricks do you do to each group? Thanks. Still learning and growing. 😉


You should have a sit down with Tony Kazoleas when at a Vancouver magic meeting.  He is such a wealth of knowledge and a great guy.  And if you do, then tell him Brian from perfect Magic says hello. 

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Thanks Brian. Will do next time I see him. 
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I usually do about three or four effects effects per table, depending on speed of effects. In a banquet type strolling event it is pretty much the same at every table. 

At a reception type strolling event where everyone may be standing pretty much as above but different material.

In a restaurant strolling situation the tables are smaller  and may be next to each other when you go from one table to another so I might not do the same stuff at neighboring tables. Since there is always a deck of cards in my pocket that means I can switch between any number of good card routines.


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Likewise, Paul.  I carry a deck of cards, several rubber bands, a Sharpie, and perhaps CBS coins if I'm in the mood to break it up.  Oh, and two carpenter's pencils.  That gets me through several hours of strolling.
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Great! and yes, you can't go wrong with some rubber bands on your wrist. Can definitely entertain a crowd with those! 😉 
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If your outside, bring lot's of water...
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Dayrl's odd quad is another, good for all occasions
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I have stopped doing card effects. Not that I don't enjoy card magic, but a strolling gig for me is to stop BRIEFLY and entertain with effects which may not be a familiar prop for a lay audience. Not to suggest all card effects take up too much time...I just think it is fun to use items which can illicit great reactions  without resorting to a deck of cards.

Believe it or not...sponge balls and linking rings are not as familiar to an audience as some magicians might assume. Regardless of what other performers assume, I always have a sponge ball and linking ring routine as cornerstone effects. They are both modular thus having the flexibility to adapt to the intrusions which can sometimes occur when performing at a strolling gig.

I also carry at least one paddle effect. This might elicit a gasp from more sophisticated performers, but a paddle routine presented smoothly and confidently can be a jaw dropper in the same sense a great card trick can be.

Mind Phantom offers excellent advice! However, The outdoors is great for hiking and playing two hand touch football, but not so much for magic...at least for me! 
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I think an invisible deck is worth the space in my pockets.
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Deck of cards - check.
Sharpie - check.
Card to Wallet wallet - check.
Packet trick holder with multiple sets of B'Wave, Color Monte, and the I Hate DC Trick - check.
Piece of yellow rope - check.
Two sponge balls - check.
Turbo Stick - check.

Okay, I'm good.

Performance depends on crowd reaction and how much time I am booked for. I like getting cards signed and letting people keep them.
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Deck of Cards & Sharpie
4 Sponge Balls & Purse Frame
Wedding Ring and String
Breath mints


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