Magic EDC Thoughts

I recently released Trip To The Clip 2.0, a natural routine for EDC (Every Day Carry).

With that in mind, I’ve been thinking more about magic EDC. Here are a few of those semi-rambling (but hopefully useful) thoughts. Some of these are explored in the Trip To the Clip video.


The purpose (or at least my purpose) for magic EDC isn’t to shoehorn magic into less than ideal scenarios. It’s not even to always be ready to perform, although some of these suggestions in this post, like be able to magish with quarters, will do that.

To me, magic EDC is being ready to perform in situations where it’s beneficial to you and the possible audience. So if I know I’m going to in a situation with that possibility, I bring those few things necessary.

They’re pockets, not saddlebags.

I look at some of the pics people post of their EDC and think, “Whoa. That’s a TON of props.” As in a dozen props. Listen, if that’s you, well …you be you. That’s not me. And I say that not to pay polite lip service when I really think something much more negative. Nope. I sincerely mean, “if you want to carry that much, good for you. I prefer not to carry that much stuff.”

They’re pockets, not magic shops

Sponge bunnies are a working staple of thousand of pros, yet for EDC I can’t get past the oddness of people thinking, “That’s a “grown a** man who carries around tiny bunnies.” Listen, if you DO carry around sponge bunnies on a daily basis, I’m sure you bring some joy to folks, but I’ll still pass.

To be clear, I am not talking about a strolling or close-up gig. I’m talking about EDC.

Don’t just think EDC. Think EDA.

There are things that are magic friendly that exist in the world around us every day. These things are Every Day Available. Meaning, if you’ve never performed Three Fly with three Ritz crackers, forget me asking if you’re a magician. Instead, ARE YOU EVEN ALIVE???!! HA!

One of my favorite memories of this sort of thing is from thirty years ago when I noticed a loose thread hanging from the jacket of a woman I was dating. It took me about 5 seconds to quickly ready a Gypsy Thread. I performed it for her. She wasn’t given to foul language, but as the thread restored she just looked at me and said, “What the %^&*. How? HOW??!!”

I’m certain that 90% of the impact came from the improvised nature of it. And the same impact comes when you perform Chink-A-Chink with sugar packets.

Unlike birds, quarters are real.

Quarters are better than every day carry, as they are every day available. “Excuse me, may I have change for this bill in quarters?” Now you’re good to go.

There’s a ton of ungaffed coin routines that work very well with quarters. You don’t always need half dollars. Get into some of the classic David Roth routines and you’ll find some gems that work well with quarters. Eddie Fechter’s coin work is another great source. Spend a few minutes with half a dozen quarters to get used to the size and you’ll see what I mean.

The jumbo coin that is not a jumbo coin.

I’ve done the Slydini/Roth One Coin Flurry with a jumbo coin finish for decades. For slightly fewer years, I’ve performed it with a surrogate jumbo coin. This originally appeared in my blog back in August, but I’ll save you the trouble of clicking by reposting it here:


In the original routine, a half dollar (or for EDC, a quarter would be fine) vanishes and reappears several times, then transforms into a jumbo coin as it lands on a spectator’s palm.

Here’s the great coin master David Roth performing it. One difference is he does the large coin appearance in his hands, not the spectator’s hand.

My EDC version:

Coins are something I carry every day. A jumbo coin? Not so much. As you might expect from a guy that wrote a book on packing small, playing big, and living large, I’m not a fan of carrying a bunch of extra stuff in my pockets just for the chance of EDC amazement. So if not a jumbo coin, what??

I want the coin to transform into that is:
1) the right size
2) makes theatrical sense
3) is something I usually carry

I use my wallet I currently I use my bill clip from Trip to the Clip

The scripting is simple enough, as this routine is fun, quick eye candy, not Atlas Shrugged. “Fifty cents here. Gone. Fifty cents. Fifty cents. (Wallet) Fifty bucks.”

For deception’s sake, try not to put your wallet in the same pocket you stole it from. And to be clear, this works with a hip pocket wallet, not the larger wallets, like the classic Seabrooke or Kaps wallets.

If you want to learn the Roth routine, track down a copy of David Roth’s Expert Coin Technique by Richard Kaufman. I’m sure there are other sources on video, but my copy of the book was literally 12 inches from me as I typed this post.


Speaking of borrowing a handful of coins …

I won’t tip it here in this public page, but there’s a great routine where you write down a prediction. A dozen or more coins are dumped on a table and the tails up coins are set aside. The remaining heads up coins are gathered up, dumped on the table and the tails up coins are set aside. This leads to one heads up coin left. Say, it’s a 1989 nickel.

Your prediction reads 1989 nickel.

This can play large for a small group. Use a glass to shake the coins to add the element of noise. Have several different participants shake the glass. Each shake adds a little more impossibility and drama.

You know the work on this, so consider this a reminder of a classic you may have forgotten.

The Hoy Book Test

You pick up 3-4 books off the shelf your friend’s house. A little magician’s choice happens. A dash of showmanship. Boom. You’ve read a mind from across the room.

Cards Are Good EDC

A plain, ungaffed deck of cards can obviously do wonders. Hundreds of wonders. Takes up little pocket space and, unlike bunnies, doesn’t look odd. To be blunt, they often look cool.

Someone asks you to “do a little something.”
You demur.
“Well, OK.” You take out a deck of cards. “I carry these with me sometimes.” You remove the cards from the case and absent-mindedly pop a one-handed shuffle.

Yep. Cards are cool.

On that note, here’s a routine that combines cards with another classic, Patrick Page’s Flash Cash (modified for EDC). Have it in your pocket and you’re always ready to blow some minds.

Get details here:

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