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Topic: Patriotism Routine
Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Jun 2, 2003 04:37PM)
In the U.S. July forth is coming around...
[b]Here’s a basic script for a patriotism routine:[/b]

Because this routine can be for a variety of audiences, and it can also lead a group into the national anthem, the routine can be emblished to fit the individual situation. Stated as written can be used as a serious moment on July, 4th. With Kids, audience participation can be done by asking them questions, Starting out with the silks like
"Where do they see the Red, White and Blue everyday in school?" Someone usually responds back with the American Flag.

Show duel sided change bag empty, produce the following silks Blue, White and Red.

[b]Blue Silk:[/b] The blue of the American Flag is for truth and justice, like the eternal blue of the star-filled heavens.

[b]White Silk[/b] The white of the American Flag is for purity, cleanness of purpose, thought, word, and deed.

[b]Red Silk[/b] The red of the American Flag is the life blood of the brave men and women, ready to die, or fight to live, for this, our country.

[b]Place all Silks in Change Bag:[/b] Vanish the silks

Reach into the change bag and pull out the American flag silk by appropriate ends displaying a 36 inch American Flag and say: My flag - The flag of America, home of liberty, land of opportunity, where people of all races and creed, live in peace and friendship together.

Here is an opportunity to deliver a message to the kids about patriotism, if this is the way you want this routine to go.

I realize, the use of the American Flag brings added applause. In light of recent events, it is a great addition to add patriotism to one’s show. A reminder that magicians are human and empathic to our nation in need to deal with the present situation.

For those of other countries, change the wording to suit your specific situation.
Message: Posted by: Dennis Loomis (Jun 11, 2003 10:45AM)
Hi Dennis,
Thanks for sharing this patter. Coincidently I just ordered one of the Americal Flag Blendo Bags from Peter White. (P & A Silks.) I had been planning on doing a silent routine (with music) incorporating the blendo, but with your great patter, I may do it as a patter piece as well.
Dennis Loomis
Message: Posted by: Margarette (Jun 28, 2003 11:31PM)
That's a great routine! You know, one thing you could do after producing the Flag is to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in it's original form...the way Francis Bellamy wrote it! I've got it written down somewhere in one of my Flag notebooks (I write stuff down so I don't HAVE to remember it!)

Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Jun 30, 2003 08:50PM)
Our Cub Scout Pack used this routine for one of the starting ceremonies which did lead to the Pledge of Allegiance.

I never new there was an original form of it! I would love to read it!
Message: Posted by: stephenbanning (Aug 30, 2004 10:21PM)
Hi Dennis. I really like this!