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Topic: Losander Dancing Broom
Message: Posted by: Amazing Magic Co (May 10, 2005 06:16PM)
Does anyone have any experience with Losander's Dancing Broom? How do you like this prop? Is this best for stage or can it work in a parlor setting as well?

Message: Posted by: Fredrick (May 20, 2005 05:02PM)

While I have not used the Dancing Broom - not my style - I have used his wand. They both use similar hook-ups. If it fits your act, then I would say you'll be pleased with the quality of the prop.

~ Fredrick
Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (May 20, 2005 06:44PM)
One idea that comes right to mind with the broom is doing a socerer's Apprentice type of an act or routine with it. It would fir perfectly into that.

Message: Posted by: Amazing Magic Co (May 20, 2005 08:03PM)

Thanks for your note. I was wondering if this were mostly a stage affect or could be used for a couple of moves just a 5 feet away? I would imagine the quality of anything Losander released would be good. Kyle -- that's exactly what I had in mind. I actually began thinking of it as I read all of the earlier Harry Potter threads.

Thanks again!
Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (May 20, 2005 08:58PM)
Yeah, it seems both logical and would make a lot of sense. Good luck with that.

Message: Posted by: ufo (May 24, 2005 12:12AM)
Kyle has indeed given an excellent rouinte idea. This happens a LOT!
*As to the issue of the broom being a stage effect or parlor: the issue is one of lighting and conditions. As will all levitation effects there are many many technical considerations. Kevin James has published some excellent advice on the conditions for such effects and Losander himself has given the real work on this on his videos. Go get em!

"The re-souling of magic should be the goal of the twenty first century magician"
-S.H. Sharpe
Message: Posted by: Amazing Magic Co (May 24, 2005 03:40AM)

Excellent suggestions ... will do.

Message: Posted by: Fredrick (May 27, 2005 02:38PM)
On 2005-05-20 21:03, Amazing Magic Co wrote:

I was wondering if this were mostly a stage affect or could be used for a couple of moves just a 5 feet away?



The wand is designed for all circumstances. I imagine you could use the broom similarly.

Dirk is a great guy. I would e-mail him from his site to get his opinion.

~ Fredrick
Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (May 28, 2005 07:53PM)
I saw him lecture last weekend. I was surprised how close it could be performed, although he was using a torch on a staff, instead of the broom. The light was actually quite bright.
Message: Posted by: Amazing Magic Co (May 29, 2005 07:53PM)
That's great to hear. Dirk was lecturing in NJ not long ago and regretfully I had a travel conflict with work. I hope to have the chance to attend one of his lectures soon. He has really mastered this art.

Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (May 30, 2005 08:45AM)
It is always wonderful to see magicians thinking creatively and pushing their magic and their routines in different directions from the norm. This is how our artform grows.

Message: Posted by: Amazing Magic Co (May 30, 2005 06:46PM)

I agree and have found a lot of inspiration from the dialogues here on the Magic Café. I appreciate all of the creativity and innovativeness from your many comments along with everyone who is so forthcoming in elevating our craft.

Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Jun 2, 2005 06:20PM)

Thanks so much. I appreciate the kind words.

I think that the dancing broom just lends itself to a lot of creative routines. If it was a magic cane dancing, then maybe that does not scream a theme etc. However, when you have a broom dancing that is an ordinary object people can relate to, it really does indeed scream that it needs a storyline and a theme and a character in order to give reason and purpose to the broom dancing.

Infact I think it lends itself well to a lot of possibilities. For example, what about a guy on the street or a janitor at a school who hates his life and things in general. A radio comes on and says.. hey you.. wanna be a magician.. well now you can.. if only you believe. He turns the channel and shrugs it off but magic starts happening to him even though he does not realize it. Maybe the broom dances with him as if coming to life and going back to a prom that he never had the chance to do.

These are just thoughts off my head, but you can see how one simple object can spark an entire theme and storyline just built around it. Creativity is everything. Give your audiences more.

Message: Posted by: Amazing Magic Co (Jun 3, 2005 03:52AM)
Indeed! There is nothing as spectacular as when magic seems to come alive when you simply don't expect it. That moment of astonishment turns everyone into a kid regardless of any cynical impulses. It certainly is a gift for magicians to creatively make this magic happen as we all become believers even for a minute.

Thanks again!

Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Jun 3, 2005 07:01PM)
It is just always great when you can give your audiences something more to get excited about them just skill alone. There really are so many "layers" we magicians can place and add into our acts to add more entertainment value for the audience. It just takes a bit of effort and creative thinking on the part of the magician.

Message: Posted by: Pavel (Jun 10, 2005 04:06AM)
If you do this effect, it would be a nice idea to get Andrew Mayne's "Touching the Sky" and use Broom Flight from the book and then the Dancing Broom. It would be a little comedy.
Message: Posted by: Amazing Magic Co (Jun 11, 2005 07:58PM)
Which book has Andrew Mayne book has Touching the Sky?

Message: Posted by: Pavel (Jun 12, 2005 02:02AM)
The books name is "Touching the Sky" ant the effect with a broom is called "Broom Flight". Enjuy it in connection with Losanders Dancing Broom it will be very cool. Have fun.
Message: Posted by: Amazing Magic Co (Jun 12, 2005 04:40AM)
Thjanks. I will cehck that out.

Message: Posted by: Angelo Carbone (Nov 17, 2020 09:13AM)
What is the total length of this broom please?
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Dec 1, 2020 02:37PM)
[quote]On Nov 17, 2020, Angelo Carbone wrote:
What is the total length of this broom please? [/quote]

I have had two Dancing Brooms over the years. One was from Owen Magic, it was a straw broom made to sweep around a fire place. It was very heavy, and was not balanced correctly. Never worked. Thy just put a screw eye to attach the gimmick. Gimmick was also to thick.

The other one was a children's broom that were sold at Halloween time. It haw light in weight, but not balanced correctly. Just straw for broom sweeping end, and bamboo for the handle. It never worked either.

I suggest you simply contact Losander yourself to see if he even still makes his Dancing Broom, as it is not on his website.

Here is his contact page, you can call him, or Email him your questions.