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Topic: Hi can anybody help?
Message: Posted by: henson (Aug 6, 2004 08:08AM)
Hi I work for deafblind people , and I am researching magic that can be done for deafblind people-this means they are both deaf and blind.
is there anyone out there who has any ideas what tricks there are that the veiwer can benefit from even if they cannot see or hear it!
tough one eh!
Message: Posted by: mattisdx (Aug 7, 2004 12:33PM)
Hello and Welcome to the Café ! :D
Message: Posted by: henson (Aug 11, 2004 04:00AM)
Hi nice to meet you
Message: Posted by: Chris Henderson (Aug 12, 2004 05:04PM)
Is there a braille book test out there anywhere?

While not a trick, per se, the first thing that came to my mind is the old stunt where you have three bowls of water. In the bowl on the left you have cold water. In the bowl on the right you have hot water. In between these two bowls is a bowl of water at room temperature.

The left hand is placed in the cold water bowl. The right hand is placed in the hot water bowl. Keep each hand in for a moment. Then both hands are simultaneously placed in the center bowl - the one filled with room temperature water. The sensation of hot and cold will instantly reverse. In other words, the hand that was in the hot water will now feel cold, while the hand that felt cold due to it being in the cold water will now feel hot.

I'm not sure how to turn it into an actual usable effect, especially for a deaf/blind person, but with sight and sound out of the question, tactile sensation might be the next best sense with which to create an illusion.

Good luck!
Message: Posted by: R2 (Aug 12, 2004 06:27PM)
Go into the "What happened was this" Forum to find stories related to performing for people with hearing disabilities.

Nice to know that there are folks like you out there effecting positive change! Welcome to this find establishment!~R2
Message: Posted by: Patrick Differ (Aug 12, 2004 07:23PM)
Egads! What a challenge you have undertaken, my friend! May the winds of fortune blow your way!

Riddles, puns, lateral thinking exercises, twisting arm...stumped! Whew!

Magic that relies only on the senses of touch, smell and taste to perceive...Body Magic!

Tricks with Your Head -- Mac King.

Message: Posted by: Chris Henderson (Aug 12, 2004 09:52PM)
A couple more thoughts:

I checked my copy of [url=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0812860888/csicop/103-0490845-7060663][i]Body Magic[/i][/url] and Chapter 5 has some effects that involve taste and smell that you might be able to incorporate. They're not too startling, but they might prove a good starting point. There are other effects in there as well that deal with the sense of touch. This is a hard-to-find, out-of-print book. But if you keep on the look out for it you can still find a used copy of it every once in a while.

Another thought that might work is the old trick where the spectator puts both hands behind their back and places a coin in one hand, then brings out both hands, each closed into fists, and spreads their arms straight out all the way to their sides and the magician instantly identifies which hand holds the coin. You could simply tap the hand that holds the coin. Most magicians are familiar with the method (which, unfortunately, is not 100%), but with practice you can detect "that certain something" to a great degree of accuracy.
Message: Posted by: henson (Aug 13, 2004 04:36AM)
Wow thanks for your help , I have been realy stumped! its frustrating because I know there must be things that I can try , but what?
I have been posted several small ideas which I will attempt and then see what happens!
big trees from small acorns grow.

thank you very much once again


deafblind uk
Message: Posted by: Chris Henderson (Aug 13, 2004 04:44PM)
Another idea:

What about Nick Brown's Wonderland Bill? You could use a sheet of paper the size and shape of a dollar bill with braille writing on just one side of the paper.

Allow the deaf/blind person to feel the configuration of the piece of paper, including the writing on the one side, say the side opposite them, and the cut-out "door" and the hole caused by that "door." The blind spectator then holds the cut-out door with one hand and feels with the other hand to make sure the writing is on the opposite side only while their side is blank. Do the effect and suddenly they have been "pulled through" the small hole so that they are now on the opposite side of the paper with the braille writing. They get a chance to hold, and hence, feel everything from start to finish. Their sense of touch confirms to them the same thing sighted individuals experience when they see this effect.
Message: Posted by: Patrick Differ (Aug 13, 2004 08:58PM)
Rocinante...hats off to you!


Do it again!

Message: Posted by: prettylady1990 (Aug 14, 2004 02:02AM)
Welcome to the Café. You must be very kind to work for the deagblind. I hope you find whatyour looking for
Message: Posted by: DamienT98 (Aug 17, 2004 06:33PM)
Wow, that is a toughy, the only thing I can think of is the rising card, using braille cards, if there are such a thing. You could place the deck in their hands and they could then feel the card rising out of its own accord... just and idea...
Message: Posted by: Dr. TORA (Aug 18, 2004 05:03AM)
Hi Henson,
You are doing a great job. I wish I could help you but hesitate to say something wrong. All I can say is: Welcome to the Café.The Café is such a the unique place for Magic. It is ever expanding and has nearly 14.000 members throughout the world. It will make a great contribution to your magic perspective. Do not forget to post often. You will find many new friends and many new ideas here. I predict you will like the Café.Please grab a chair and begin to type your next post while you have a cup of strong Turkish coffee on my bill.