Back in October I started trying to go to more open mics to play with new ideas. I haven’t been to as many as I’d like, however the one I went to last night was a gave us drink tickets. That got me thinking about a trick with them.
If you showed the ticket, then it grew to about the size of a sheet of paper! For the finale you produce a drink out of the giant ticket!
That’s a great little routine that would be a good opener, especially for something like a corporate holiday party where they are giving out drink tickets.
As for a routine, you could tell a story about trying to use a drink ticket and that the bartender told you it would only get you a small drink. The ticket grows and you got a full beer.
The challenge would be making the growing ticket not look like it was just folded up behind the small ticket. I guess that’s the gag the sets up the production of the drink, so the growing doesn’t need to be the strongest trick.
A couple of nights ago I went to the Tacoma Magic Club’s holiday party. I always try to support the magic clubs in my area whenever I can. It was a fun night and towards the end, people in the club can get up and do some magic. One of the magicians did one of my tricks!
It was a lot of fun to see John Villarreal do my Russian Shell Game! This is a shell game that end with 15 shells on the table. This routine is one of tricks that I wrote in a notebook years ago and have been wanting forever. Then a couple of years ago, I made a set and it took off!
If you do anything that I’ve created and I’m at a magic club meeting, please do it! I love seeing what I’ve created out there in the world being used!
It’s funny that yesterday’s post was about being heard, and then today’s post is also going to be about that. However today’s post is about not being heard in a different context. Last night I did roving magic at an event for a conference, and the music all night was super loud, I really couldn’t … Continue reading “Being Heard Again…”
It’s funny that yesterday’s post was about being heard, and then today’s post is also going to be about that. However today’s post is about not being heard in a different context. Last night I did roving magic at an event for a conference, and the music all night was super loud, I really couldn’t be heard from a few feet away.
This problem is common, especially as we get into Holiday Party Season. The DJ was playing the music loud during the first half and playing even louder the second half. The problem was that this isn’t a gig at a wedding, and we weren’t at “da club”, so no one was dancing. In fact, the dance floor was empty and all of the people were on the opposite side of the room, where it was slightly quieter.
So how do you fix this?
There’s really no way to do it. I guess you can talk to the event planner and ask them to have the DJ turn it down, This may or may not have some effect, but odds are they won’t turn it down to an ambient level. It will still be at a “performance level”.
I adjusted my set, it was a few quick visual things and that’s about it. I also seeked out places that were slightly quieter, and there were a couple which was nice.