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[quote] On 2011-05-27 15:03, Mr. Woolery wrote: Master Payne is certainly the go-to guy for this sort of performing. I'll make a few general suggestions, but I have to say his advice will always trump mine because of his extensive experience. Suggestion 1 - Look at some 14th and 15th century pictures of magicians. Most of the time what you see is a guy doing cups and balls. But you also generally see a fairly substantial pouch either on the right or in the center of his belt. In other words, a huge pocket. Only on the outside. If you are SCA, I have to say that's one of the things most often missing from a complete outfit - a place to put things. (The other two things that are often missing are headwear and proper shoes.) Suggestion 2 - Hidden pockets are a good thing. I don't know how long people have hidden pockets in clothes for magical purposes, but it isn't hard to put something under the edge of a tunic, behind a tabard, in a hood, at the edge of a cloak, and so on. Suggestion 3 - Baskets. Have a market-type basket with the more visible props in it. Carry it by the handle. No need to hide rope, scissors, bags, bottles, deck of cards, dagger, or any of a number of other items. This can also be deceptive. If you do a billiard ball routine, for example, openly take the first ball from the basket. You establish that your props are there. The others can use ball droppers or hidden pockets. Suggestion 4 - Impromptu routines with common items. If at an SCA event you will find bowls, mugs, sunglasses, bottles of beer. What else? Work up some routines with such items and be ready. If you want, you can bring your own and seed the performance area ahead of time. What looks totally impromptu ("Anyone mind if I borrow this bowl right here?") is really you using your props that you put in place an hour ago. I wear jeans often in real life and I have my keys and wallet in the front pockets so I never put magic stuff there that's any larger than a thimble. And that doesn't survive long. I also wear a kilt on hot days and put my stuff in a sporran. I'm used to not going to my pockets. Think about what you plan to wear and how you can get the most from it. Hope that was helpful! -Patrick [/quote]
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