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Doug Trouten
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The theremin is a musical instrument that you play by waving your hands near it (no touching required). This seems like a technology that could be adapted for magical effects. Does anybody know of a trick that uses the control principle of the theremin to do something other than make music?

For those unfamiliar with the theremin, here's a clip:

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There is a new version out using laser beams popular in schools

different principle, I am sure, but very magical in what can be produced musically just by waving your hands.

Beamz is one -- try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbk_hZLG......zJtadxcL
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Very cool, Funsway. I have a daughter who likes oddball musical instruments, so this went right on her Christmas list. I suppose the idea of using this kind of technology (or Theramin tech for that matter) to create an illusion is an illustration of Arthur C. Clarke's third law: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
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When I was doing Medieval stuff I pretended to demonstrate an ancient instrument as part of a bardic story. Actually, guy behind me played an Oud out of sight.

People were impresses and wanted to know where to buy one.

Now we have air guitars ...

PM me is desired and I'll tell you about an "earth bow, harp-drum" is she wants something really strange and very ancient.

no electronics, though
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The Theremin is a strange electronic instrument and hard to play.
I didn't realize that it was featured on the original Star Trek theme song until Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory stated it.
But I recently ran across a group called Wintergatan that combines a hammered dulcimer with a Theremin.

And after you watch this video, watch their Marble Machine that makes music using 2000 marbles!
Here's the group with a Theremin.

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