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Topic: Harry Potter themed Close up magic
Message: Posted by: Vibono Magic (Mar 20, 2004 12:52PM)
Hi Gang

I'm doing a bookstore gig here in my town in Sweden in a couple of weeks when the "new" Harry Potter book comes out in Swedish. I need to find some nice close-up stuff with a potter theme/feel to it.

I thought I'l do cup and balls, floating feather, D'lite and maybe Vanni Bossi's Chick a flame. But I nead more. Any ideas?

Jonas Karlsson
Vibono Magic
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Mar 20, 2004 01:30PM)
Twilight for the mirror?
A die box for the philosopher's stone?
A flip book for the diary?
Message: Posted by: KC (Mar 20, 2004 07:36PM)
Andrew Mayne had a DVD devoted to children's magic with a Harry Potter/Sorcery theme to it. I think it was called Wizard School. http://www.weirdthings.com is his website.

K.C. Ushijima
Message: Posted by: Jeff Dial (Mar 20, 2004 11:49PM)
Keep you eyes open in the Linking Ring Magazine later this year (next two to six months). Someone I know is contributing his restaurant Harry Potter trick. It plays well and kids love it. It won't kill magicians, but it should generate tips. You'll have to wait for it.
Message: Posted by: Vibono Magic (Mar 20, 2004 11:55PM)
Thanks! These are all great ideas. Any more?

Jonas Karlsson
Message: Posted by: Jordini (Mar 21, 2004 01:26AM)
Some sort of "potions" tricks, if you can run w/ that theme. (I have three cups which stack on top of each other, and each cup has holes in it so you can pour one colored liquid into the top cup, then another liquid which travels "through" the top cup to the middle cup and a third liquid which goes all the way to the bottom cup.) If that made sense. Make something disappear. Perhaps an appearing pole from your hat.
Message: Posted by: Skeptic (Mar 22, 2004 10:18AM)
I did a bookstore gig for the book when it came out in america. I did Haunted Key and Golden Key(I think that is what it is called) I also did some card stuff with ESP cards and Tarot Cards. ITR work is also ok esp if you can get the kids to say the magic words from the books.
Message: Posted by: Han Solo (Mar 31, 2004 10:18PM)
How about card tricks using a Harry Potter deck? Penguin used to carry them and Wal-Mart should have them.
Message: Posted by: Jordini (Apr 1, 2004 12:20AM)
You could do a story of how evil is always trying to put Harry down (put card in middle of deck) but he keeps fighting and always comes out on top (ambitious move).
Message: Posted by: Vibono Magic (Apr 1, 2004 04:00AM)
Thanks guys! The gig is tomorow at midnight as that is the time the book will be released so there is still time for more.

Jonas Karlsson
Vibono Magic
Message: Posted by: Jordini (Apr 1, 2004 02:59PM)
Good Luck. Try vanishing salt in a TT. Tell them it's magic powder. (Have a small glass of salt. Make a fist w/ the TT in it. Pour in the salt, and vanish it. Then reach up after a few moments of searching and pour the salt back out into the glass.) Just don't tell them it's salt. For my cake routine I say that it's sugar. You could also pick up a firebook if you have time and get a Harry Potter cover (from one of the books). Cut it if you need to then glue it on the book. Tell them you'd like to recite a passage from the book. Open it and pretend to look for your glasses, as the book catches fire. Do this two or three times only realizing on the last time the book is on fire.
Message: Posted by: prospero (Apr 5, 2004 04:12PM)
--Thumb-cuffs themed with Harry Potter type stuff ("Open sesame" in potterspeak)

--A coin change routine (works well, "alchemy")

--Hummingbird card (gimmicked, but effective)
Message: Posted by: Vibono Magic (Apr 6, 2004 02:02AM)
Hi folks,
The gig went well. Unfortunatly there weren't that many people in the store that night. I played from 00:00 to 01:00 and did a street show befor we opened.
However, some of the ideas were used and went well. Thanks for your help.

Jonas Karlsson
Vibono Magic
Message: Posted by: Richard Lucas (Apr 6, 2004 06:39PM)
Use IT to levitate. Always an eye popper: "Wingardian Levioso" or something like that which they used to levitate the ogre's club. I am thinking of making a small club of balsa wood to use for children.

Also, there is an auction on EBay for gold coins from the bank in the movie. They are authentic from the movie - you can vanish them or make the appear, push through a table, etc.

Almost anything works because Potter is attending the school of Witch Craft and Wizardry, after all.
Message: Posted by: Jordini (Apr 9, 2004 12:01AM)
On 2004-04-06 19:39, Richard Lucas wrote:
Use IT to levitate. Always an eye popper: "Wingardian Levioso" or something like that which they used to levitate the ogre's club.

Just a note on that, it's wingaadian (I think there's an r but it's not really pronounced) and it's levioSA. They are also most famous for saying that while levitating a feather, not the club. Minor details that the children may correct. Not a big deal though. :P
Message: Posted by: indridcold (Apr 26, 2004 02:19AM)
Hey, I think I remember it better with the club from the film, as that is when it pays off, and Ron is able to beat the baddie.
Message: Posted by: Jordini (May 4, 2004 09:50PM)
....er, yeah, but the feather was first.....
Message: Posted by: spatrick (May 5, 2004 03:47PM)
Actually the word is "Windgardium Leviosa".

There are several ideas that can be adapted to this line.

Surprisingly noone has mentioned anything about Harrys wand. This leads you into a story of Harry choosing his wand and trying all sorts before selecting his own (rubber wand, nest of wands, breakaway wand, feather duster wand).

S. Patrick
Message: Posted by: edfliss (May 10, 2004 09:12PM)
About two years ago (shortly after the release of the first Harry Potter movie) there was a column in one of the magazines (I can't remember whether it was in Magic's "Turn it Around" or Genii's "Pediatrix") that explained how to gaff a sack of Bertie Bott's Every Flavoured Beans and do a routine separating the good tasting and bad tasting beans using an audience volunteer. I haven't had an opportunity to use the trick (my students are too old to have read Harry Potter as children and too young to have read it as parents)but it looks like a great routine for a HP themed show. The column gives the complete routine.

Message: Posted by: Blackpool (May 30, 2004 04:33AM)
I am doing a Harry Potter theme for our local Girl Guides in August, and I am interested in getting more suggestions. I am planning on doing a potion with a dove pan to make some Every Flavoured Beans.
Message: Posted by: andre combrinck (May 30, 2004 05:38AM)
The Haunted Deck using the Harry Potter deck as mentioned.A book test using the new Harry Potter book.
Just a few thoughts.
Message: Posted by: Richard Lucas (May 30, 2004 08:51AM)
I just bot what looks like a duplicate of the gold key that was used to unlock the door in The Sorcer's Stone(?). It was one of the flying keys. The Magician is able to move the bit (part with notches that operates the tumblers inside the lock) up and down the shank but no one else can. I tell a story (actually I lie) that the key is a duplicate of the one Harry Potter used, they are issued to Magicians with the secret "spell" (Oh what a line, it's getting deep here!).

The best I found, Kineti-Key, is by Viking Mfg., it is a better quality, $35.00 for the gold plated one, $10.00 less for the knock off. Viking is the originator of this trick.


Others sell a knock-off, here and overseas, that looks like a piece of junk but this one is a quality product.

Everyone thinks a duplicate key is involved but it isn't, and I hand it out for inspection.


I meant to state that the Viking Key is $10.00 LESS than the knock-off. The original, better looking gold plated Key by Viking is $35.00, the cheap looking knock off is $45.00
Message: Posted by: indridcold (Jun 27, 2004 08:47PM)
Most magic tricks can be modified to fit Harry Potter. Another idea is Crazy Man's Handcuffs (Alohamora).