The close-up magic that I do, right under people's noses, works best for small groups and is popular for receptions and banquets. I work from group to group so everyone sees my tricks. It takes about two hours to cover 150 to 300 people.
I can get enough props to peform a two-hour show into a small briefcase. Contents include: cards, a chain, a brass box, exploding cotton wool, three sponge balls, a marker pen, a white soft rope, pad of paper, three crime novels, and various gimmicks I won't divulge including how I get borrowed rings to disappear and appear later from a flash of flame.
I always carry this case in my hand. The only other luggage I take is a suit carrier with casual clothes, two suits with silk shirts that tend to crease less than cotton. I must be able to carry my luggage in one hand. I hate having anything on my back or shoulders.
Since I work very close to people, I need to be well groomed and make sure I have plenty of toothpaste and brushes, wet shaving gear, along with lip balm and hair gel which are crucial plus vitamin C pills, headache cure and sore throat pastilles.
It takes an hour to pack. I lay everything out before- hand so I can look at it and ask myself if I really need it. I then remove half of it, pack what's left and still find I only use half of that. I'm rarely outside, so don't need to take heavy clothing though I pack gloves for New York. I only take essentials, plus a good novel to read on the plane.
I never take a camera. I prefer to remember my experiences and I know I can always go back again. It's like being in London and never taking pictures of something that's familiar to you.Reuse content