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Regan
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I agree with Kyle also. I have seen people with tears in their eyes after my snowstorm routine, but it is a touching routine, not a sad one. I believe my routine evokes childhood memories in people and thus causes 'good' tears. If it were causing sadness, I would change it. I have had many, many positive responses about my routine, even from the ones that shed tears, so I think it is ok. Mine patter is based on a true story that happened to me, so it is a very personal routine that has a special meaning for me.

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What Regan jjust described is the perfect example of what I refer to as a personality piece in your show. It is something that evokes a positive emotional response in the mind and hearst fo your audiences. If done right, it allows the audience to see the magician as one of their own. It allows the audience to feel that the magician shares the same pains, love and joy as the audience does. In this fashion, then the audience conects with the performer on a much more personal level. It allows the magician to break down the barrier between stage and audience and draws the crowd inward and not outward.

The right personality piece can leave an audience with a feeling of not only wonder but a feeling of joy and tears of joy. It can also make a difference in your show if done correctly.

This is not to say that the snow storm in China has to be a personality piece. It certainly does not have to be. However, if you do want to go this route, your best bet is to do as David suggested by tapping into your own childhood and your own memories for inspiration. We all have experiences that we went through that can be shared on the stage in a magical fashion.

If you do not choose to go this route with the Snowstorm routine, then one must still be willing to go out there and think and be creative. Think outside of the box and not mimcking what has already been done before.

Some great ideas can really come from the strangest of places if you just allow yourself to see beyond the norm. Culture and the world you live in can be very inspiring to creativity. I try and keep a notebook around with me so that I can always write down ideas as things come to me. I even have one near my nite tableso that I have started capturing ideas from dreasm before I forget them. They may not always make sense then and there, but they can be useful later on to create magic that is as unique as you are.

A perfect example of this is what McBride has told me he does. Jeff is constantly writing and taking notes in his journals and notebooks. These are thoughts and ideas on everything and anything. His lotta bowl routine is a thing of pure beauty. What he didn't do was the norm. He looked beyond the obvious to first NOT think of the prop and work outward, but started with the theme or story or plot and worked inwards.

In doing so, he creates a compelling story that has magic at it's core. However, by doing so, he adds more layers that the audience can really grab a hold of. The audience can now feel for this character and understand the story and magic takening place even without a single spoken word. His use of pantomime and music all integrate to create a total and unique magical experience.

Challenge yourself to look beyond what you think you are capable of doing. Creativity does not come easy to some, but it can be learned. It is just like anything, it takes practice and the art of DOING to become better at it. Push yourself and create magic that is new and refreshing and your audiences will thank you for it.

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At the Magic Castle Awards some years ago, I did a routine with Cary Grant and the snowstorm was the closing bit.

Nixon had just returned from China and I picked up a roll of toilet paper that I had put chinese letters on... and said, "Cary knows Nixon and he gave him a roll of toilet paper he picked up in China...."

I then tore off half a dozen peices and tore them up, dipeed 'em in water, picked up a fan and started to fan like crazy.

Nothing happened (being all magicians in the audience) I said, "By now the stage is usually filled with confetti..."

AND BOOM.

From above enought "confetti" SNOW? came down that all you could see was my head sticking up out of a 5 foot deep pile of snow!

With Cary Grant standing next to me... the sad part? The guy taking photos laughes so hard he spilled his drink on his camera and the lens was screwed up and the photos are almost unintelligible.... argh.
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Now that's a hell of a story Pete!
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Hehehehe That is awesome. I would just hate to be the poor guy who has to clean up after that hehe. thanks Pete for making my day.

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I just bought a snow storm off ebay, but I'm have not tried this before I know there's a lot of different ones made, does anyone know are heard of this one? and is it any good? I've been wanting to do this effect for along time now, and have been get things together for it, even have a snow machine to use with it if all works out ok. also could someone recommend which snow storm is the best are they like best. there description of what I bought. ( We supply you ten special Snow Storm Tablets. Each Tablet has about 2000 tissue paper "snow flakes" in a compact tablet ) I have never heard of the tablets before, only packages. Thanks ahead for your input. Owln_1
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Simon Lovell has something interesting on his Lovell Live video involving ripping up something. Perhaps.... It would be a comedy bit, in this case.
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The single best story for the Snowstorm is in the Book Theatrical Magic by John Pyka - available at http://www.theatricalmagic.net
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On 2008-06-10 09:00, owln_1 wrote:
I just bought a snow storm off ebay, but I'm have not tried this before I know there's a lot of different ones made, does anyone know are heard of this one? and is it any good? I've been wanting to do this effect for along time now, and have been get things together for it, even have a snow machine to use with it if all works out ok. also could someone recommend which snow storm is the best are they like best. there description of what I bought. ( We supply you ten special Snow Storm Tablets. Each Tablet has about 2000 tissue paper "snow flakes" in a compact tablet ) I have never heard of the tablets before, only packages. Thanks ahead for your input. Owln_1


Owln,

The better snowstorm loads are made by Larry Maples and Mondo Magic. I have also bought loads from Seo Magic and they are excellent. I do Snowstorm In China routine in each of my shows and the reaction is always positive.

David
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I still say that the best patter for the snow storm is qyuite simple. It is the one YOU yourself create. You must be willing to think outside of the box and find patter that fits you and who you are on stage. No one knows you and your show and your character better then you do.

We all have the ability to be as crfeative as we want to be. We just have to exercise our creativity and creative patter is one way in which to do it. Instead of buying patter or using someone elses, go out there and work on patter that really fits you.

Certainly many people here could GIVE you patter, but that is the easy way out and it may not also fit who you really are. Instead work on patter yourself and really dive in to what you want to say to the audience and what reactions are you trying to give to the audience.

It may take longer to develop, but your audiences are worth it and will thank you for it.

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