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Topic: Theatrical Magic for a production of "The Winter's Tale"
Message: Posted by: Darcy Brown (May 9, 2011 06:51AM)
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!
Best Regards,
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (May 9, 2011 07:19AM)
For the Floating Light Bulb, buy the booklet "Burling Hull's Miracle Floating Light Bulb". If you need the actual Floating Light Bulb, you can purchase that from Abbott's Magic. http://www.abbottmagic.com They sell the the book as well.

Never witnessed a floating Gramaphone, so you are on your own there.
Message: Posted by: Darcy Brown (May 10, 2011 08:02AM)
Thank you for the advice. Very much appreciated! I'd been looking at the Abbott's light bulb, and have read that it is the model - or very similar - used by Harry Blackstone. Intrigued, needless to say! Will certainly look into it.
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (May 10, 2011 02:22PM)
Have sent a long PM to you. Walt