My favorite opener is my handling of the chop cup. I use the small cup, and my final load are two large eyeballs. My favorite closer is a toss-up between Xerox Money or Stack of quarters. I use Johnny Thompson's idea of making the cone out of a borrowed bill, and usually end up getting to keep the bill.
I did just have a great thing happen today. We have a fantastic Irish pub/restaurant here in Nashville called Seanachie's. I wanted to go inside just to check it out since my family is 1/4 Irish (I claim that side of the family more since becoming a fan of Billy McComb). My wife suggested I talk to the manager about performing there. I met the manager and talked about getting back into doing restaurant magic using Eugene's idea of having the table request me instead of doing walk-around. He liked the idea so much, I'm the middle act next week on Halloween between two Irish rock bands.
As I left, my wife looked at me and said, "See what you get when you listen to me?" I'd been thinking about getting back into restaurants, but hadn't really put forth much effort. I didn't audition, just talked to the guy, and he'd remembered seeing me at another restaurant venue and liked what he saw. Just think...I'd been putting off talking to managers (I hate selling myself..can't stand going through all the no's).
Did I mention I have the greatest wife in the world?