Also posted this over at the Grand Illusions forum:
I have been performing and studying magic for a little over 15 years, and am currently completing full-time actor training at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney, Australia.
We have just begun rehearsals for our Second Year production of Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale". In the roles of Autolycus (rogue, peddlar, and trickster), and Time, our director wants me to incorporate a good deal of theatrical magic into the play.
I am looking for methods, manuscripts, lecture notes, any sources and ideas, for achieving the Floating Light Bulb effect, and potentially a spinning/floating gramaphone record (Cleomines and Dion return and "play" the record as the prophesy of the Oracle of Delphi). We are working in a fully-equiped theatre, with highly skilled lighting, design, and production students and teachers, so any major rigging or lighting considerations won't be an issue.
Any help in pointing me in the right direction would be hugely appreciated!