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SOHartist
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Hey guys, I'm new at gospel magic. And I know some people do a trick and relate it to the gospel. And some people do a whole show then talk about God or w/e. What do you do in your shows?

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I use a stratosphere for one of my routines. What I do is equate the green ball as GOD and the yellow ball as the Holy Spirit and the red ball as Christ. As you know the red ball goes in last and I say that this is wrong that Christ should be first in our lives, then pull up the cylinder and the red is first. Then I go on and get the red ball in the middle location and then I say that Christ should be in the center of our lives, pick up the cylinder and the red ball is in the middle. Then I put the extra red ball in the box but first show it empty and eguate this as the tomb, show the balls going in the cylinder again and I say that Christ arose and is no longer in the box or tomb but should be first in our lives.
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ALthough not every effect I do has a Christian Message, nobody gets away from me, whether I am doing magic, or just talking, without hearing something about God, and Jesus Christ, the only way to God.

I just did a large stage routine for our Annual IBM banquet, and my silks routine, (patterened after Duane Laflin's short routine DVDs, but not as smooth as his..) started with me picking up a single white silk, and I talked about all of the colors that God has created, that white is the presence of all colors. And after then producing a dozen beautiful differently colored silks from that white one, I talk about although it is beautiful here, and God created all of this for our enjoyment here on earth . At this point, I have placed all of the produced silks on my table, until I only have the white one left. So I reach back over and pick up all of the silks I had previously produced, and show them in one hand, and the white silk they came from, eld high hin the other. I pose there for a moment to let it all sink in. (Duan'e advice on a number of his DVD's) And I talk about Heaven, how much more beautiful it must be. That God would send His only Son, Jesus CHrist to die on the Cross, to pay for our sins, so that we could go to that place more beautiful than we can image, and this earth will fall away, but the Glories of heaven await those who trust in God thru Christ, and I start the silk fountain. It is 18" silks and colors seem's much brighter than the 10" silks I produced earlier, and audible Ohhs, and Ahhs, continue as long as it flows, and the final display from the silk fountain is a large peacock silk, and I say, all God's children, and all God's Colors, Only available thru faith in Christ. I probably should/could do a Jesus Silk for the final display, but I think the message got across!

This is how I try to deliver the messages. Not beating them over their heads, or deliverying theology it is also over their heads, but I try to make it as clear as I can. We are sinful, and can't reach heaven ourselves. We need a savior, and Jesus died for all of our sins, so He could be that Saviour, and we could be with Him. I do lots of routines about sin, and try to offer equal messages about Grace.

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Another question, how long do your gospel shows last?
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I once made a small gospel routine for my youth pastor to do at youth group one night. it was very short, approximately 10 min. and it was all about seeking christ. my youth pastor loved it, and so did the youth group when I did it for them (actually, and this is totally understandable, since I was performing for a bunch of teenagers, one of them broke my best wand. it added a bit more comedy to the show, since it was following the breakaway wand.)
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Each illusion or escape in my act has a mesage. In the first half of the show I use illusions to tell the Gospel message. In the second half I use escape and invite the audience to "Bust Loose" from anything that is holding them back in their relationship with Christ.

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Is a 30 min. show good for a strictly gospel show?
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The time will depend on a number of variables. I don't think anyone can give a cut and dried, one size fits all time, although they might be able to provide guidelines.

First, it depends on your definition of a "show".
I often just start up a conversation with a stranger, and do a bit effects and talk about Sin/God/Salvation/Jesus Christ and that may run 1-10 minutes.

I say, no matter what type of "show" you are doing, perform until they no longer wnat to hear you, and then stop.

You can do an awful lot in 30 minutes, and if you can keep their interest, and make a solid point, that should be OK. Just be careful that you don't expose them to a dozen different concepts/messages hoping one will stick. You need to focus on, and make a point, because any talk/show/message with too many points, just becomes a hard to relate to, prickly porcupine.

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With children's gospel shows I like to use the Kandu Komedy Karton. It's a fantastic routine using a box with gag gimicks like a trap door in the bottom so the silks fall out when the two volunteers put the silks back in the box. two spring loaded silks so that when the kids put the silks in the box they fly back out. It's all very obvious and very funny. I talk about the colors of the rainbow using the silks, and that the rainbow is God's promise that he would never destroy the world by flood again. Then when all the silks are in the box, I mix them up, grab a paper bag and place the "silks" in the bag. After that I have the breakaway wand, a wand with the ends that pop, and the wand that grows. One volunteer holds the bag, the other works the wands, say the magic words and presto, out of the bag comes a Jesus silk. I then talk about another promise God made . . . It's quite effective. With the kids, I use the ABC gospel message. I like it, the kids think it's hillarious, and the Jesus silk brings it all back around with a really strong closing.
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