Collection of Curiosities: The Street Magician’s Pouch

Collection of Curiosities: The Street Magician’s Pouch

Ford Madox BrownColorful street magicians perform sleight of hand and even arcane tricks for the enjoyment of others. If you need to add a bit of dimension to such a character, perhaps add something unusual to the magician’s pouch, but consider giving the adventurers a quick glimpse of some of these! You can roll randomly for a result below, or use the handy number provided with each entry to figure out your result on a d12. You can also pick the one that works for the area in which your characters currently linger.

d12. Curiosity

  1. You see the magician snag a flower that changes colors from someone’s hair as she passes by. She tucks it into her pouch.
  2. A bat pokes its head out of the pouch, then ducks back into it.
  3. At the end of the act, the magician pops a pill out of his pouch and swallows it. A few seconds later, his hair and skin turns bright blue. Anyone he touches also turns blue.
  4. Opening the pouch causes a series of symbols to float upward through the air. These golden rebuses are uncanny in that they are noting things that just happened to you yesterday.
  5. The magician pulls a golden statue of a big-bellied human out, rubs its bald head, then tucks it back into the pouch.
  6. The pouch looks misshapen. It’s holding something large and triangular. Occasionally you hear deep-voiced language coming from the pouch that shift languages every fourth word.
  7. Several bracelets consisting of noisy chimes and bells are in the pouch.
  8. Someone collects miniature garden gnome statues.
  9. The magician’s hair sparkles due to hairpins featuring glinting stones of all hues. The pouch contains more of these hairpins.
  10. Clattering teeth march out of the pouch, jockeying for position.
  11. A human hand, severed but cauterized, is in the pouch. It makes a rude gesture at you.
  12. Someone put foul yellow slime in this pouch. When it makes contact with the skin of elves of any kind, it changes colors to bright green and smells like roses.

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