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Brian Davis
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So last night we had Halloween... kids wandering everywhere in search of sugary goodness. Normally I sit outside with a bowl of candy and an 8" Dobsonian telescope. I offer the cant, and a view of the Moon, or star clusters, or planets, or anything else that might be up, and the kids (& adults) generally trip over the forgotten candy bowl to take a look through the telescope.

Last night was cloudy. So... what to do?

I pulled out some rope, and while sitting with the bowl of candy started doing simple (*really* simple) rope tricks... vanishing knots, one handed knots, Professor's Nightmare (I had what I needed for some cut-and-restore, but never pulled it out), and I had a great time. There were some kids that after watching (and participating, I generally got them involved) would run off and bring back friends. It was a great way to have fun with a little practice, while entertaining somebody else, and just trying all sorts of different patters and presentations. Talk about a constantly rotating small audience for up-close, surrounded magic.

The fact that I'm a rank amateur at this meant the lighting conditions (poor) were ideal for me as well Smile
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You know I never ever considered this but it is a great idea! I totally agree with the low light for us newbies too lol. I don't have any rope experience but a TT Routine, IT, or cups and candy routine would be fun.

Just the thought of the constant rotating crowds would be fun! I just might have to try this out next year. Thanks for sharing.
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Great story.
Sadly we don't have much trick or treaters around where I live.
But that is definitely a great way to make this night even more special for the kids. Well done.
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This is a tremendous idea, too bad they don't do Trick or treat in where I live.
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For the past five years we have set up a themed walk-around our house on Halloween. The trick-or-treaters enter a side gate, walk through my raised bed garden which is now a cemetery. Go into the backyard to see various characters and then exit the other side gate. Past themes have been Pirates, Wizard of Oz, Carnival Sideshow and Haunted Mansion. We make it "spooky" not "scary" so as to focus on the little ones and their parents. We now have over 300 trick-or-treaters and parents come by each year. Last year I was an old man that sat in our kitchen window and performed a zombie ball routine replacing the silver ball with a skeleton head. This year I did a head-drop (see Greg Ferguson's tutorial on YouTube). The parents are particularly appreciative and tell us that it is their favorite stop every year and truly makes Halloween a super fun event for their kids. This next year we are considering a theme of Alice in Wonderland, the most recent version. They have some pretty cool characters and we should have a lot of fun putting it together.
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