As a magician it is super important that you are ready and able to impress a potential client at a moments notice. So that means you must always have something magic related on your person at all times. Now I completely understand that some magicians may disagree with this statement. As some will say that that you should be able to use what is in your surroundings to perform magic with. While others might say that if they aren't getting paid, then why would they want to perform. I'm not trying to start a debate on whether you should or should not carry magic at all times, but rather I am speaking for the majority of magicians who like myself believe that if you want to impress someone you need to be prepared, and that means you must have magic with you at all times. Personally, I believe I should have 5 tricks with me at all times, plus the ability to use what is in my surroundings as well. So I would like to discuss some of the tricks that I carry with me, and what other magicians carry with them on their person at all times.
The reason I choose to carry 5 tricks at all times is so that I can perform a mini show at any given moment and I'm set and ready for any situation.
Here are my top 5 choices for magic tricks that I can perform as close-up (or) as a parlor sized routine with no notice what so ever.
#1.) Kollasal Killer - This is a great routine that will allow you to not only be able to predict any thought of card by a spectator and that card is inside of your wallet. This is a great trick in itself. But it's also perfect to have any out for any given mistake made for a card trick. As a magician we've all experienced a moment where something goes wrong...and if the card you thought you had control of suddenly isn't where you thought it was. You immediately can have it all come together as the chosen card is actually inside of your wallet. The only downfall to this is it does take up quite a bit of space inside your wallet. Which limits how much else you can carry, and it requires you to have a very specific type of wallet to perform this trick.
#2.) Tornado Deck - Such a beautiful transposition effect that is extremely visual where a torn card switches places right before the spectators eyes. It takes up very little space as you only need 2 cards in your wallet for this. Now this one is one that costs you each time you do it...you can only do this trick 28 times before you need to buy a new deck. So I'm very selective on whom I show this to, but wow is it easy to perform and I will tell you it will knock the socks off of the spectators!
#3) CardNow App - There are so many great smartphone magic apps that you can use now, but this is one of my favorites because it allows me to leave my business card with the spectator in a magical way that isn't the cheesy back palm that most every layperson knows how is done.
#4) Deck of Cards, Smoke & a regular Sharpie - Depending on the audience, I will typically do Card-to-Mouth, But there is just so much you can do with this. I keep Smoke with me as well so I can make do card to mouth and make the smoke come out of my mouth, along with the signed mercury fold card. This just enhances the effect and makes for a bigger wow moment for the spectator.
#5) Extreme Burn 2.0 - Being able to turn 5 one dollar bills into 5 twenty dollar bills right before the spectators eyes (or it can be any other denomination I just prefer 20's). This one is GREAT as a first impression, but there is a time that I would not suggest performing this one. If you are a magician working for tips, this one isn't not going to help you since you can make money with magic, why would they bother to give you any of their money? If anything they will just want you to turn their 1's into 20's.
Next are a list of other magicians choices for their magic they always keep on their person at all times:
Ox Bender - Being able to use only one hand and have a spectators borrowed and signed coin bent in either their hand or yours. This is one I perform often and I highly recommend, I prefer using this at my events rather than as an everyday carry item, but I can see why other magicians choose this one for sure!
Finger Ring & Rope - This is a simple and effective routine that looks amazing...It's where a finger ring, borrowed is best (but you can use your own as well) and the ring will penetrate off of the rope, and it can jump onto an ink pen, sharpie, or a magic wand works too. I personally prefer to not carry around magicians rope with me at all times, but if the right opportunity is present I can always use my own, a friends, or a spectators shoe lace to perform this trick.
TT - Personally I like to also have a sugar packet with my TT so I can make the sugar vanish and appear inside spectators shoe for a killer effect that will blow their minds. But for me I prefer this to be in my paid performance not in my magic I perform when first meeting a potential client. The only real downfall to this is that the TT is so well known by most laymen. But regardless, they are always still very impressed because although they may know how it was done...but they didn't see it being done, and that blows their minds. So that just means you better have this one down if you are going to do it!
Magic with Large Finger Ring - Making it Vanish and Reappear This is super easy and also adds to your style as a magician. But I personally don't like wearing big bulky rings, so it's not something I like to perform.
Card2Phone App - This is such a great app that you can download for your smartphone which will allow you to insert TONS of random everyday objects inside of your phone and then magically make the item appear back to real life and disappear from inside the phone.
Scotch & Soda - This is perfect for pocket sized magic, sets up in seconds and your ready to wow the spectator...this works great for any age, but you really need to know how to sell this one with your personality. The trick is self working so long as you perform it correctly. I love performing this and following it with melting coin. So I take a half dollar and a Mexican centavo and turn that into a half dollar and a quarter in the spectators hands. Then I put the half dollar inside a plastic bag, have the spectator put the quarter into the bag on top of the other coin then pull the half dollar thru the bag without any holes being put into the bag. This really enhances this trick and makes it into a routine. But again I prefer to do this at paid gigs not as my everyday carry items.
So what is your everyday carry magic? What magic can you not leave home without? How has having these items effected your magic career? What audiences is best suited for each of the tricks you perform?
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Aaron Clark (The Amazing Ziggy)
My Name is Aaron Clark and I'm know as The Amazing Ziggy. I've been a Professional Magician for over 20 years performing all over the US and internationally, but mostly for events on the east coast in the Atlanta Area.