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Message: Posted by: dlcmagic (Oct 31, 2004 06:02PM)
Ok I'm not sure where to post this but here it goes.
Let's say you were going to perform a stage show tomorrow and you have nothing, no props nothing. But there is a Walmart in town. You need to put together a 45 minute show using materials from Walmart alone. What would you do? Just thought this would be a fun question to put on the Café.
Message: Posted by: Chuck Lyons (Oct 31, 2004 06:32PM)
Well believe it or not being a clown I can fill a good 30 - to forty minues with nothing but my body. Now I know that I am a lunny looker but I have a whole file drawer of what is called Instant Impressions, but not of famous people but of every day things from silly to sublime. These we taught by my good friend Mr Clown Aka Earl Chaney. They are like a railroad crossing, a lighthouse, a tap dancing aligator, ect. These are also great fillers when something goes wrong or I need to strech time in a performance. that's my 2 cents Chuck.
Message: Posted by: Scott Ocheltree (Oct 31, 2004 07:47PM)
Cut and Restored Rope or Professor's Nightmare using clothes line rope from the hardware department and some scissors.

Appearing pole or giant magic wand using a shower curtain rod cover.

Pick up a few decks of cards and you can do endless card tricks. Grab a a can of Testor's clear-coat spray from the hobby department and put together an "Invisible Deck".

A couple of newspapers and you can do a torn and restored newspaper.

Some colored paper rubber cement from the craft section and you can put together some "Buddha Papers".

Some safety pins, elastic cord and a film canister you have a pull... if you find the right sized rubber ball in the toy department and a shot glass you make "Squash".

You can do some basic cups and balls routines with basic cups and balls off the shelf.

Get some Wooley nylon from the sewing dept. - strip out some fibers and you can float a dollar bill or do Hummer Card..

--That's got to be a pretty good show already. Anybody else got some?
Message: Posted by: Payne (Nov 1, 2004 09:44AM)
Well, since my ethical code won't allow me to step into a Walmart, I suppose I'd have to go to the closest Hardware store that Walmart hadn't put under and buy a sponge and some scissors and make sponge balls.

With some sheet metal, contact paper and some flat magnetic sheeting you could cobble together a What's Next.

The Plumbing department, with the aid of a hole saw, could provide you with a Shanghai Shackle Illusion.

A stationary store can supply you with everything to make a Technicolour Prediction board.
Message: Posted by: Peter Marucci (Nov 1, 2004 09:53AM)
Payne wrote: "A stationary store can supply you with everything to make a Technicolour Prediction board."

Aren't they ALL stationary stores? Or was that supposed to be "stationery" store? <G>
Message: Posted by: sethb (Nov 1, 2004 02:02PM)
Let's not forget the Miser's Dream, which you could do with a chromed or stainless steel pail that you picked up in the Garden or Kitchen department.

In fact, that's exactly what I did! SETH
Message: Posted by: Payne (Nov 1, 2004 02:16PM)
[quote]
On 2004-11-01 10:53, Peter Marucci wrote:
Payne wrote: "A stationary store can supply you with everything to make a Technicolour Prediction board."

Aren't they ALL stationary stores? Or was that supposed to be "stationery" store? <G>
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It appears that I'm another senseless victim of spellcheck. As punishment I will simultaneously produce 50 mouth coils from my mouth in a room full of people who suffer from emetophobia.
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Nov 1, 2004 02:19PM)
I won't detail the tricks, but this ACTUALLY HAPPENED.

We were booked into a theater to our Midnight Ghost Show... and when we got there the movie screen was nailed down to the stage right at the front.

The theater manager would not change it, so we had to do a full evening show in the aisles of the theater.

Many of the tricks we had were too big and we couldn't do them in the aisles. So armed with tons of knowledge from places like the Tarbell Course, we went to a Woolworth Store (young folks won't recognize the name but it was what was called a "Dime Store" too -- and you could get almost anything there) and bought lots of things like rope, rings, etc., and put together a show.

The KEY to all this is your KNOWLEDGE of magic.
Message: Posted by: kregg (Nov 1, 2004 03:40PM)
Walmart has a large "Made in the USA" inventory... I'd go with an All American theme.

Pete,
I believe Woolworth stores were still around at the end of the last century. Downtown Atlanta still had one on Peachtree Street until the very end.
Also, the movie Brother Where Art Thou' made a few references to the Woolworth's.
Message: Posted by: thumbslinger (Nov 1, 2004 03:49PM)
Harder to find a "TG&Y" or "Ben Franklins Five and Dime" paid-for franchise still around. But there is at least one of each still.
Message: Posted by: Tom Jorgenson (Nov 1, 2004 07:19PM)
• Plenty stuff for a square circle and production items.

• Siberian Chain escape.

• Glass rocks for that "I have as many as you.." effect.

• Add-a-No. pads

• Rope and kid's department for a Chinese Rope Escape

• Shoelaces for string thru neck

• Stationery dept for sundry Mentalism supplies.

• String for close up cut n restore stuff and string tricks.
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Nov 2, 2004 01:44PM)
[quote]
On 2004-10-31 20:47, Scott Ocheltree wrote:
Cut and Restored Rope or Professor's Nightmare using clothesline rope from the hardware dept and some scissors.

Appearing pole or giant magic wand using a shower curtain rod cover.

Pick up a few decks of cards and you can do endless card tricks.
Grab a a can of Testor's clear-coat spray from the hobby dept and put together an "Invisible Deck".

A couple of newspapers and you can do a torn and restored newspaper.
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The Wal-Mart I work in actually gives away a local paper. I picked them up for the Anderson Tear. Put a couple together, haven't done much else yet!

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Some colored paper rubber cement from the craft section and you can put together some "Buddha Papers".

Some safety pins, elastic cord and a film canister you have a pull... if you find the right sized rubber ball in the toy dept. and a shot glass you make "Squash".

you can do some basic cups and balls routines with basic cups and balls off the shelf.

Get some Wooley nylon from the sewing dept. - strip out some fibers and you can float a dollar bill or do Hummer Card..


--That's got to be a pretty good show already.
Anybody else got some?

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Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Nov 3, 2004 08:56AM)
A legal pad, a magic marker and a tiny wastebasket (Works great for a version of Mental Epic, like Danny Archer's Triple Threat. Also, magic squares or an effect like Meir Yedid's Total Destiny.)

Rubber balls and a large aquarium net (for balls in net)

Three small objects (for "Two in the Hand, One in the Pocket")

Metal Coathangers (for the Mike Caveney version of "Powers of Darkness")

A length of wide ribbon, needle and thread, and some velcro. (For U.F. Grant's "Mummy Cloth")

Index cards and pencils (For billet work)

A large novelty pencil, clasp-style change purse and a hankerchief (for a "Flipstick" routine)

A ladies' scarf (for the "Seven Cornered Scarf")

Thimbles (for manipulation)

Two decks of cards and model paint used as roughing spray (McCombical Cards Across)
Message: Posted by: Rob Johnston (Nov 3, 2004 01:47PM)
Chap stick, lighter, cards.

Bulldog clips.

Superglue (for card making).
Message: Posted by: Starrpower (Nov 4, 2004 11:08AM)
This has happened to me , but I didn't have a Wal-Mart. All I had was a Kwikee Mart! I realized, upon arriving at the venue, that I had forgotten my case. I was working on a Riverboat Casino at the time, and I had to cover eight hours of strolling magic and two stand-up programs.

I picked up a couple decks of cards, some rubber bands, casino chips/tokens, rope, and a few other sundry items that I don't recall right now. I was able to make it through the night.

I don't remember the exact effects I did. I do remember that the strolling, of course, was a lot easier (heck, who *can't* work with coins, cards, and rubber bands for a night?) For stand-up, I remember doing Professor's Nightmare and "Shooter" (shooting a hole through a chosen card; I had the helper point at it with their finger like a gun and yell "Bang!" I used Karrell Fox's method where the rubber band kicks the card into the air.)
Message: Posted by: Daniel Faith (Nov 6, 2004 11:22PM)
"Let's say you were going to perform a stage show tomorrow and you have nothing, no props nothing. But there is a Walmart in town. You need to put together a 45 minute show using materials from Walmart
alone. What would you do?"
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If you are not already prepared and need to throw together a show, if you have to put it together in a rush, it would not be a quality show. If you do have stage experience then that scenario would never happen.

What would I do?

I would not do it!
Message: Posted by: Kenn Capman (Nov 8, 2004 06:07AM)
[quote]
On 2004-11-07 00:22, Daniel Faith wrote:
"Let's say you were going to perform a stage show Tomorrow and you have nothing, no props nothing. But there is a Walmart in town. You need to put together a 45 minute show using materials from Walmart
alone. What would you do?"
---
If you are not already prepared and need to throw together a show, if you have to put it together in a rush, it would not be a quality show. If you do have stage experience then that scenario would never happen.

What would I do?

I would not do it!

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I believe the original post was an extreme, improbable 'what if?' that was meant to be a fun brain-teaser.

I can honestly say that in all my years performing that I have, on occassion, had to make last minute additions/substitutions utilizing local resources.

Anyone who tells you they haven't simply hasn't been performing long enough to meet Mr. Murphy and his incredible law.
Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Nov 8, 2004 08:57AM)
[quote]
On 2004-11-07 00:22, Daniel Faith wrote:
"Let's say you were going to perform a stage show
tomorrow and you have nothing, no props nothing.
But there is a Walmart in town. You need to put together a 45 minute show using materials from Walmart
alone. What would you do ?? "
---
If you are not already prepared and need to throw together a show. If you have to put it together in a rush, it would not be a quality show. If you do have stage experience then that scenario would never happen.
What would I do?
I would not do it!

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I remember having a conversation with a couple of full-time pros as to what they would do if their props were lost, when flying to a gig. They said it would be no problem because they could use things that they find at the venue, as well as at local stores. I don't think that either one had a problem with their luggage being lost, though.
Message: Posted by: dlcmagic (Nov 8, 2004 09:00AM)
Alan,
Yes it was meant as a "what if". I just wanted to
post the question as a fun type of thing.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Nov 8, 2004 07:28PM)
But David and Cynthia,

My act does come from WalMart!

I have used the clothesline for over twenty-five years. It is my favorite magic rope!

I also use the floral wire, rubber cement, pay envelopes, labels, ribbon, matches, string, poster board, electrical conduit joints, cat carrier for doves, Velcro, canned goods (containing productions), feathers, fresh fruit, rubber bands, pins and pens, Sharpie pens, tape, laser lights, craft rocks, WD-40, batteries, curtain bases (tiki light stands), bubble solution, gold fish and bowls (for loads), balloons, hoop for suspension, plastic bags, artificial flowers, blank CDs, and even plastic pill bottles from the pharmacy. For years I could even buy EMT there for curtains. It was so cheap that I didn’t haul it from show to show.

I've only been doing magic forty-three years, but some of my stuff comes from magic shops. At home it is sorted and stored in the plastic boxes from WalMart.

I will also admit that I enjoyed living in NW Arkansas over twenty-five years ago. It was like watching America go back into business again. I do miss Sam Walton. He was the best magician of all.

Bob
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: dlcmagic (Nov 18, 2004 06:20PM)
[quote]
On 2004-11-08 20:28, Bob Sanders wrote:
But David and Cynthia,

My act does come from WalMart!

I have used the clothesline for over twenty-five years. It is my favorite magic rope!

Bob,
Really? The same rope for 25 years. Isn't it worn out and dirty after 25 years? (lol)
Message: Posted by: Starrpower (Nov 19, 2004 11:13AM)
What's EMT?
Message: Posted by: BarryFernelius (Nov 19, 2004 11:45AM)
This really happened to me in Tempe, Arizona quite a few years ago. I was sitting by myself in a Japanese restaurant, reading Kaplan's The Fine Art of Magic. I was in Tempe on a business trip, and I wasn't carryig any props. The waitress interrupted me and asked if I was a magician. (She'd seen the title of the book!) Upon hearing my positive reply, she took me to the manager of the place. The manager explained that there was a party going on in one of the private rooms, and the magician that the restaurant had hired for this special event had just called and was unable to perform. She asked if I could help out.

I stepped out the front door, and looked up and down the street. There was a Walgreens store a few doors down. I went in and quickly bought:

A couple of decks of cards
A Sharpie
A metal container (a planter of some kind)
Rope
Cheap pair of scissors
Safety pins
Thread
And a roll of quarters as $10 in change!

I did a show that included a a card set (with Haunted Pack and Ambitious Card), a nice rope sequence, and the Miser's Dream. The audience was incredibly receptive and enthusiastic. (I'm not sure if the manager told them about the other magician not showing up.) As I'm writing about this, the feeling that I had then is the same as the feeling that I'm having right now: total exhileration!
Message: Posted by: Jason Fleming (Nov 19, 2004 07:13PM)
[quote]
On 2004-11-19 12:45, BarryFernelius wrote:
As I'm writing about this, the feeling that I had then is the same as the feeling that I'm having right now: total exhileration!
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I don't blame you...what an inspiring story!

Thank you for sharing it!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Nov 19, 2004 09:16PM)
[quote]
On 2004-11-19 12:13, Starrpower wrote:
What's EMT?
[/quote]

EMT is the steel tubing (pipe) used to protect electrical wires. It is very cheap, comes in 10' lengths, and very useful in stage magic. It will cut with a small tubing cutter and there are many joints available to make it into a giant tinker toy project. The 1/2" fits Eureka table bases. The 3/4" is the most useful in general. Here a 10' piece will sell for $1.75-$6.00 depending on who saw you coming. It makes great stands, curtain rods, flag poles, etc.

Lucy and I couldn't have a stage show with out it.

Bob
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: Starrpower (Nov 19, 2004 09:38PM)
As for EMT:

Would it be what I would call conduit?

And can I assume, then, that the stuff has been replaced by PVC tubing and that's why it's no longer available?

***

And, for those few who think this is a hypothetical question and no "real" magician would do this: think again! Re-read my earlier post and those of others who, for whatever reason, HAD to do this. As for my situation, I had a long-term contract with the cruise line, and I couldn't just "not do" the show. I think that the fact that we were still able to perform under these conditions is a testiment to our abilities and professionalism, not evidence to the contrary.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Nov 21, 2004 11:17PM)
[quote]
On 2004-11-19 22:38, Starrpower wrote:
As for EMT:

Would it be what I would call conduit?

And can I assume, then, that the stuff has been replaced by PVC tubing and that's why it's no longer available?
***
[/quote]

Yes, conduit is another name for it. However, it is readily available at Lowe's, Home Depot, etc. PVC is not a total replacement. It is cheaper! PVC breaks under stress. Conduit bends.

Bob
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: Peter Marucci (Nov 22, 2004 05:18AM)
Payne writes: "It appears that I'm another senseless victim of spellcheck."

Sorry, I didn't realize that spellcheck also destroyed one's sense of humor! <G>
Message: Posted by: dlcmagic (Nov 24, 2004 05:06PM)
What?
Message: Posted by: calexa (Dec 16, 2004 06:47PM)
Woolworth is still strong in the UK and Germany....

I would go to Walmart, buy a gallon of water, pay with a 10-Dollar-Bill, and then, with the change, I would perform a little bit of coin magic.

Magixx
Message: Posted by: HowDini (Jan 1, 2005 03:07PM)
Multiplying Toasters
Message: Posted by: Daniel Santos (Jan 1, 2005 07:55PM)
I bought some fake apples to juggle with, some fake peppers possibly for fire eating, and two 12 inch gold rings...i can cut one open and search for that two-ring routine I hear everyone talking about ;).
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jan 6, 2005 12:09PM)
Something else we get from Walmart FREE are 5-gallon buckets from the bakery department. Lucy does a giant cups and balls with them. They also make good containers on the road for carrying things, ditching things, or just a place to sit.

Bob
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: knmagic (Jan 9, 2005 02:41AM)
Bob, do you buy WalMart's stock? You should :)

Posted: Jan 9, 2005 3:44am
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I forgot to mention get the napkin tissue, rubber cement and make the paper hat tear.
Message: Posted by: bnadworn (Feb 5, 2005 10:44AM)
When I was younger I was once asked to do a show for some people at a gathering I was attending. I got some styrofoam cups and rolled some wet tissue paper into balls and dried them and was able to do cups and balls on the spot. For the final load you can really use anything available. Use rocks if you need to (Hey this trick really rocks!).

You could buy some ropes and do an escape, cheap silverware and do spoon bending, and cards are good for a few hours anyway. There is always the kids "magic" kits available <grin>. You too can become a magician. ;)

Another thing you can buy (just though of it) is some chap sticks and do a cigarette routine making them appear and disappear and pull them out from everywhere.

I guess I probably wouldn't even need to go to the store since there are so many everyday items already around everywhere that can be part of the show.

- Brian Nadworny
Message: Posted by: steves7 (Apr 12, 2005 11:37PM)
You guys are something else. I couldn't imagine having to run down to Wal-mart and get enough stuff to do a show with. I would say that only a portion of my tricks could be replicated at Wal-mart. I am truly impressed. It makes me want to get more diversified!
Message: Posted by: Atown88 (Apr 16, 2005 12:34PM)
I'd buy some cards a couple of ropes and maybe a handkerchief.
Message: Posted by: John Bundy (Apr 26, 2005 09:59PM)
You can find the parts for a fine vanishing milk tumbler.
Message: Posted by: woodenmarvels (May 2, 2005 06:35PM)
[quote]
On 2004-11-01 10:44, Payne wrote:
Well, since my ethical code won't allow me to step into a Walmart, I suppose I'd have to go to the closest Hardware store that Walmart hadn't put under and buy a sponge and some scissors and make sponge balls.

With some sheet metal, contact paper and some flat magnetic sheeting you could cobble together a What's Next.

The Plumbing department, with the aid of a hole saw, could provide you with a Shanghai Shackle Illusion.

A stationary store can supply you with everything to make a Technicolour Prediction board.
[/quote]

We have the same ethical code. I am a vendor and Wal-Mart treats us like common criminals and low lifes. I have to service them but do not shop them. Any magic ideas to make Wal-Mart dissappear?
Message: Posted by: b-gann (May 2, 2005 08:14PM)
Well I too have to say I would not shop in a walmart because I feel that they are single handedly killing the world. I have found that you can get a lot of magic ideas walking through hobby lobby or any other craft store. I have made a silk production cage and I am thinking about ideas for a giant card rise.
Message: Posted by: JJP161 (May 2, 2005 11:44PM)
Great ideas, thanks for getting the creative juices flowing.
Message: Posted by: Lord of Illusion (May 4, 2005 09:52AM)
Out of the craft dept I would grab some large metal rings and some super glue and cobble together a set of linking rings; enough rope for a rope routine; cards (for manipulations); posterboard (for jumbo cards - this is a stage show after all); some fruit for bill/card in lemon; a big art pad, markers and *********** for that dadgum rising card drawing trick that I can't remember the name of to save my life; and some of the other things that have already appeared on this list

Azrael

OH...WAIT!....and a big watermellon and a briefcase (and some netting) to pull it out of as an opener!
Message: Posted by: sbroomheadsr (May 8, 2005 12:20PM)
For the escapes, go to the pet dept and get a choke chain collar. I use those all of the time.
Message: Posted by: MrMagic1 (May 29, 2005 02:29PM)
I would get some paper and cards and do some mentalism. I'd also get some chains and rope and do some escapes. Then do some ball manipulations with golf balls.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Dec 17, 2005 05:41PM)
Well, the Christmas closeouts will go on sale at WalMart Monday. What will you search for for magic?

I will look for battery operated lights and remote controlled extension cords.

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: Darkwing (Dec 17, 2005 09:05PM)
Bob,

I would have to say that Walmart is one of my favorite magic shops.

And for all you guys who don't like Walmart because of their vastness, before Walmart came along, you had Sears and people said the same thing about them. We all have seen the demise of Sears because the company lost contact with their customer and I see the same thing happening to Walmart. It is the nature and cycle of business.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Dec 19, 2005 08:28PM)
I've noticed that WalMart could not sell all the clear ball Christmas tree decorations they stocked. Next week they will disappear from the store. There have to be uses for those for magicians! What are they?

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: Josh the Superfluous (Dec 30, 2005 11:01AM)
Crazy mans hand cuffs. Gypsy thread.


Could any of the livestock workers grab some birds and hamsters, and a sewing machine? Or do the animals need conditioning?

It seems to me anything short of gaffed coins and trick boxes, could be purchased.
Message: Posted by: sirbrad (Jan 1, 2006 02:07AM)
Are you kidding? Wal-mart is just as good as a magic supply shop. Especially to those with creative minds.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Feb 13, 2006 09:48PM)
Tomorrow is Valentines. Guess how many hearts will be sale priced!

Scheme!

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: Paul Budd (Mar 19, 2009 10:28AM)
I love "what if" scenarios like this.
Message: Posted by: Matthew W (Mar 19, 2009 11:31AM)
Rope, thin thread, a bracelet or a large ring and scissors for rope through body going into a ring on rope routine and then cut and restored rope. 10-12 minutes right there.

Cards, paper bag, knife and poster putty for an ambitious card followed by a card stab in a paper bag.

Some chain, a lock, chain extender links(screw-type caribeaner), and a large handkerchief for comedy Siberian chain escape.

Pen, paper, and cards for a one ahead routine.

Pail and some half dollars from the bank inside walmart (at least my local one has a bank inside) for misers dream.
Message: Posted by: Russell Scoggin (Mar 24, 2009 01:44AM)
Well this situation happened to me one time because someone had actually stole my large case out of my car while I was in Wal Mart of all places. Anyway, I had to start thinking quick because the show was in just 4 hours from when I realized my case was gone. I purchased balloons for the borrowed bill in balloon effect, I actually had time to make a "Wizard's Manual" effect from Doc Hilford. I made a makeshift "Dangle Book" that Dick Zimmerman puts out and I did an "add a number effect with it. I bought rope and sissors and did my version of the professors nightmare and also a cut & restored rope routine. I purchased toilet paper and did the paper balls over the head ala Tony Curtis. I purchased a couple of Inquirers and some rubber cement for Joel Bauer's version of torn & restored newspaper (which at first, I wasn't sure if I could remember the right set up for it-but it worked out great) I purchased 5 decks of cards and made a tossed out deck effect ala Wayne Dobson and also card on seat by Chuck Fayne. I did a floating bill effect because I always carry the string with me in my wallet. And I put together a routine on the fly which I won't give away. Although it was for adults, I did use a lunchbox, crayons and a kids coloring book. Then several principals and ideas from different entertainers that actually turned out to be a really good routine. People were even talking about it after my show. I didn't time my show, because of putting it together on the fly didn't leave me time to time it, but it ended up being over an hour long show. So I know for a fact that it can be done since I've experienced it myself. Also I know there is a mental act that is by Max Maven that can be done pretty much on the fly. The info is on Max Maven's DVD called "Nothing". Anyway, a lot of people have great ideas on this subject, but I guarantee you, if you ever get caught in a situation like this and it's either get paid or not, then you'll come up with something.
Message: Posted by: MatBlack (Mar 24, 2009 04:54PM)
I was struck by this recently in Oz - the stores in question were Bunnings (big hardware chain) and OfficeWorks, and the tricks I produced were:
Cardiographic (the original was in my luggage)
Bank night (the tip was in my pocket)
And a cascade prediction into a locked safe (they were on special for $99 at Bunnings) at the endo of which I gave the safe to the spectator as a souveneer - which got a huge laugh. (the show fee was good enough, and I didn't ant to lug it home)
Luggage was waiting at the hotel when I got back. grrrr.
Message: Posted by: SolitarySoul (Mar 26, 2009 12:24PM)
Fun "what if" thread - in addition to what's been mentioned, I'd buy some napkins for a napkin tear I learned in Mark Wilson's Cyclopedia of Magic.

Between rope, cards, napkins, newspapers, magazines (book test), sponges, balls, envelopes, etc, there's easily a whole show (or two) in WalMart.
Message: Posted by: magicians (Mar 26, 2009 05:19PM)
Except for the myth that stuff is "made in the USA", I'd go to the camping department and use the pup tents to make a shadow box illusion. Tons of square circle stuff, zombie balls in the plumbing department ala Karson.
Tambo coils from the fabric department, mouth coils, fire production boxes, flash pots...oops, that's what I make now from Walmart.
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Mar 28, 2009 10:26AM)
Zombie Ball? I'd go to fabrics and crafts and get a medium-sized foam ball and a square of fabric from the remnants basket. (Not certain if the gimmick could be devised from something in fabrics and crafts or if I'd have to go to hardware!)
Message: Posted by: en2oh (Mar 2, 2010 10:56PM)
Coat hanger, flat black paint, plastic silver ball or in a pinch, styrofoam ball and a fabric foulard and your have a basic Zombie set up.

Some simple levitations/thread effects are always great standbyes.

Doug
Message: Posted by: rklew64 (Mar 2, 2010 11:40PM)
Magnets
2" shower curtain rings ( the solid ones of course and just take off the clips)
#2 pencils or chopsticks for ring on stick
Don't forget the sharpie
Boy this is like Iron Chef but for magicians.
Message: Posted by: rklew64 (Mar 2, 2010 11:43PM)
Fishing line and a large rubber band for haunted deck
Message: Posted by: rklew64 (Mar 2, 2010 11:45PM)
This feels a bit like revealing secrets or gimmicks because we're deconstructing tricks, no?
Message: Posted by: chmara (Mar 3, 2010 12:03PM)
15 or twenty years ago one of our better local guys constructed a finale card trick routine that would fit the bill.....

He wore a hard-hat and tool carrier around his waist -- had a couple of things in the tool carrier but finally had a pick a card trick......... could not find the card -- funny stuff around that and a few tools --

then he brought out a leaf blowed. On front of the blower he mounted (coat hanger wire I suspect) a roll of toilet paper -- and when he turned on the blower the paper came out as a streamer -- unrolling in any direction he pointed the blower ---

And -- while it was unrolling the card came out of the roll and was found among the large pile of paper now on the stage.

Enjoy.,
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Mar 3, 2010 01:36PM)
[quote]
On 2004-11-01 15:19, Pete Biro wrote:
I won't detail the tricks, but this ACTUALLY HAPPENED.

We were booked into a theater to our Midnight Ghost Show... and when we got there the movie screen was nailed down to the stage right at the front.

The theater manager would not change it, so we had to do a full evening show in the aisles of the theater.

Many of the tricks we had were too big and we couldn't do them in the aisles. So armed with tons of knowledge from places like the Tarbell Course, we went to a Woolworth Store (young folks won't recognize the name but it was what was called a "Dime Store" too -- and you could get almost anything there) and bought lots of things like rope, rings, etc., and put together a show.

The KEY to all this is your KNOWLEDGE of magic.
[/quote]

Had an illusion show at a school carnival.

When I sold the show I saw the stage and told them that it was just big enough.

When we showed-up to unload they had the room devided by a large screen and on the other side was a Book Fair. They wouldn't turn the lights off on the stage or stop the book fair while we were performing - so they made noise. we had 7 feet from the apron to the screen so we had to wheel the illusions in from outside and lift them on the stage - then back down and some of them had people inside.

To answer the initial question - had I known what they were up to before hand I would have gone to a store and put together a show with Clothsline cardboard boxes and a quarter bolt of fabric.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Mar 3, 2010 02:55PM)
Demanding stage space is one of the first things I remind a customer of. Sometimes it doesn't work out but I've learned to be flexible.

Here are a few things to discuss impromptu designs for, with items from walmart:

TT, dye tube, mouth coil, salt pour, sponge balls, silks, pull, ....
Message: Posted by: Hansel (Mar 11, 2010 02:47PM)
1. Cut & Restored Rope ( Scissors and rope )
2. Nest of Eggs w/$100 ( Ziploc bags, Toy eggs, Hot Glue )
3. Torn & restored Newspaper ( Newspaper, Glue Stick )
4. Appearing broom ( Regular Broom , Bathtub tube cover , Glue)
5. Vanishing mug/a la vanishing bowl ( Mug, plate, crazy glue )
6. Egg Beater Mind reader ( Egg beater, tray, tape, paper, crayons )
7. Card Across (Deck of cards)
8. Sympathetic Silks ( 6 silk scarfs )

WOW, that's a parlor act...see you later, I'm going to Wall mart!
Message: Posted by: willhunter (Mar 15, 2010 02:27PM)
How about three tumblers and a few toy ball for a cups and ball routine. Find something odd for the final load.