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Topic: What type of parrots
Message: Posted by: maps (Aug 19, 2008 10:55AM)
Do you think an African Grey or an Amazon parrot will show up beter on stage? I am talking about magically producing them from a production box or table load of some sort.I see most magician usually produce a macaw or a cockatoo.
I was thinking of producing them magically and then going into their routine.
Any advice will be deeply appreciated.
Thanks.
Message: Posted by: Ken Northridge (Aug 19, 2008 12:53PM)
Obvioulsy the larger the parrot the better it will show up. Being that most backdrops are dark in color, a light colored parrot will usually show up better. Also, white is a deceptive color and gives the illusion of the bird being bigger than it really is. Perhaps this is why doves are so popular with magicians.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Aug 19, 2008 02:22PM)
The stage lighting is very important too. Puck uses a Cockatoo: http://www.puckmagic.com/ Ice McDonald uses a Macaw: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1YvthSF_Lw&feature=related
Message: Posted by: maps (Aug 19, 2008 07:58PM)
Thanks for the advice Ken and Dynamike.I am trying to stay away from cockatoo and macaw.
Message: Posted by: maps (Aug 19, 2008 11:50PM)
I am leaning towards the African Grey.
Anyone uses a sun conure in their act?
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Aug 20, 2008 06:44PM)
You should see the kind of bird Gen. Grant uses. Some call it a Portugese Pigeon. Some say it is a King Dove or Giant Runt. His bird looks big like this: http://www.royalfibers.com/pigeons.htm
Message: Posted by: Lou Hilario (Aug 20, 2008 07:46PM)
Hi maps,

In my experience, African Greys are stage shy. Amazons are better for stage work. I find them better talkers when trained to talk on command.
Message: Posted by: maps (Aug 21, 2008 12:00AM)
Tks for chipping in Tito Lou.
I am talking to a lot of breeders and parrot owners and it can be quite a challenge choosing a particular breed.Wow,amazons are quite expensive here!
I agree that they are better talkers.Which ones are better?... the blue fronted or the double yellow? or are there others?
Dynamike,those are big birds!!! Almost like a chicken!
How's yr cuckatoo going?
Message: Posted by: Lou Hilario (Aug 21, 2008 01:38AM)
As for talkers, both the blue fonted and double yellow heads are the best. But I prefer the Double Yellow Head which I used to have. Also, the males are better talkers. Get them when they are fully weaned. Yes, they are expensive. Some macaw breeds are cheaper like the blue and gold macaws.
I find the best parrot pets are the ones that talk. Problem is the talkers are the nippiest of them all. You have to get used to their little bites. As for me, I enjoy it.
Message: Posted by: maps (Aug 21, 2008 04:40AM)
I just found a baby african grey and he's kinda attached himself towards me,so I'm gonna adopt him and first as a pet and if wants to go into showbusiness,I ain't gonna stop him!
He's looks kind a vulture now.He about to be weaned and I've learned to hand feed him.I also got a 3 mths old sun conure.Wish me luck guys!
Message: Posted by: MagicMatthews (Aug 21, 2008 04:16PM)
Parrots? Have a look at Laura, the silver campine chook! She and Gregory the golden campine rooster are my favourites. Plus, my kids love chasing them around the backyard too. They're easy to look after and show up well on stage. However, I've never tried any body loads.