Here are 5 fast impromptu magic tricks that are perfect for when you are out and about and don't have any of your regular magic props on you. They are particularly suited to eating out at fast food restaurants like McDonalds or Kentucky Fried Chicken. These places supply everything you need to do these five magic tricks.
You'll find them listed down below but first I'm going to point you in the direction of a really good impromptu magician.
The best in my opinion is Gregory Wilson. I first came across him over a decade ago in a then VHS series called OFF THE CUFF.
There were two highlights on those tapes for me. The first is Recap - The stuff legends are made from. Perhaps the most popular trick invented in the last 10 years. Stand in line to see a show at the Magic Castle, and I bet you someone's doing this for people while their waiting. What is Recap? It's an eye popping five-phase routine with a borrowed pen and its cap that you will use everyday - everywhere you go!
The second is his rubber band finale for the Crazy Man's Handcuffs rubber band trick. I use this almost every day of my working life.
Plus, half a dozen more spur-of-the-moment miracles in this 90-minute impromptu lecture. With off the cuff, you'll be prepared to perform on-the-spot in a wide range of sticky situations - at work, home, a restaurant... of even a deserted island! In other words - anytime, anywhere... with anything. Off the cuff is the one thing that every magician should have up his sleeve.
There was a second video series named ON THE SPOT - Impromptu Magic ... Anytime, Anywhere with Anything! There is SO MUCH solid magic technique on these tapes. Just get them and learn and you will be a better magician.
One thing Gregory Wilson's routines require is practise, lots of it. What I am serving up here doesn't. Of course the more practise time you put in the slicker they will become but you should be able to launch straight into these after the first viewing.
Julian's FAST FIVE Easy To Do Impromptu Tricks
1. Instant Star - you will find the video for this further down the page
You should also be looking at the magic of Tom Mullica. His Indian Bean Mystery is something everyone should learn. The moves are simple but the deception created is very strong and just a little gross, which is why I love it.
By the way, the Instant Star work by a scientific principle called Capilliary Action.
For those interested, this is the explanation: Capillary action, or capillarity, is the ability of a liquid to flow against gravity where liquid spontaneously rises in a narrow space such as a thin tube, or in porous materials such as paper or in some non-porous materials such as liquified carbon fibre. This effect can cause liquids to flow against the force of gravity or the magnetic field induction. It occurs because of inter-molecular attractive forces between the liquid and solid surrounding surfaces; If the diameter of the tube is sufficiently small, then the combination of surface tension (which is caused by cohesion within the liquid) and forces of adhesion between the liquid and container act to lift the liquid.
Hmmm, just watching it happen is more fun I think.