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rosewoodmagic
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Hello Everyone,

I have been building illusion for a number of years now, and am finally ready to bring some ideas to the market.

My question is as follows...

Do you, as an animal magic user, see a space in the prop world for effect that are basically miniaturized stage props that use animals, as opposed to human assistants, that are suitable for birthday parties, and that area 100% angle proof?


I'm interested in everyone's responses.

Best,
Rosewood
DaveWomach
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Can you give much of an example without exposing what you're trying to do? I'm not exactly clear with what you're looking for.

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rosewoodmagic
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RECAP:

My apologies Dave, for not being more clear.

Here is an example:

Say, for example, I wanted to create an assistant's revenge in the miniature, that would use say, doves instead of an actual person.

Imagine the effect: a blue dove is strapped into all the restraints, you whip a curtain around, and the dove has switched places with say, a red dove.

I'm interested in developing some of these ideas further, I'm just curious if anyone who works with doves, rabbits, etc, would ever actually be interested in using such small illusions in their performances.

Hope this helps.

Best,
Rosewood
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I think that is a great idea. It would need some routining, but the ideas are cool. Here's one I'd do if you made it... strap the dove into a holder, and pass a parakeet right through its chest. :o)

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Oh my goodness Dave! You gave me shivers when I read that!

That is a great idea. Perhaps I shall look into it;)

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Rosewood
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I would prefer that you use rabbits for your miniature illusions. Like cutting in half, floating in mid-air, transpositions, appearances, vanishes, etc. Rabbits are still the best type of animal children love to see in a magic show. They are also available everywhere.
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You would want to tread very carefully with some of these ideas. With today's attitude about cruel treatment towards animals - most audiences would look down and be offended by any magic trick that makes it appear as though the animal is being harmed in any way. There is a definite different attitude between things like that happening to a human and things like that happening to an animal. Modern Audiences know that you don't actually saw the human assistant in half. THey also know that the magical assistant is going into the sawing box willfully. In contrast - To use visible restraints on a bird or animal against their will onstage would not go over well. You don't want to offend potential clients with percieved animal cruelty. You may make the props as safe as can be - but the audience WILL percieve it as cruel.
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The best thing to do is post pictures of your current props you have using in your current shows. Post with a discription of the effects as you have been using. Then ask if there is a need/use for them.
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Bryan Gilles
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This is a great topic Rosewoodmagic! I have built several prototype illusions to be used with smaller livestock such as doves, parakeets, and even a chinchilla. I have played with the idea of releasing these effects to the magic community. I have been researching the rights to each effect. Eventhough it may not be an exact clone of the larger scale illusion which spawned the idea, it is still the same concept and performance. Another hurdle I have stoped at is, How many do you plan to build? Many of the people who own the rights to many of the effects that have been redone (per se) have allowed builders such as Chance Wolf... to build a limited number of illusions. And last, Would a not-so-known builder such as you or myself be appetizing to the consumers? When it comes to marketing your product, will your name spark visions of a well polished performer who just walked away from FISM or PCAM with awards in your desired field of magic. In this case, bird/stage magic. I really can't give too much advice because I am in the same delima as mentioned. I wish you the best in your venture. As I remind myself each day, keep your passion for the art and don't ever let a dream or vision die.
Best of luck,
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Nick Wait
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There are already Dove levitations and a dove zig zag so it's not a completely new concept.
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Bob Johnston
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Very few magicians that work with children would be interested in anything that you “strap” a bird or rabbit into.

Every point that “damien666” about this is on the mark.

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Daniel Faith
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I think you have a good idea.
There is also a zig zag illusion for the Rocky Raccoon puppet.
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I think it sounds like a great idea. However, I echo the cruelty concerns, because you might have some kid try it at home on his own pet. So I would stay away from the sawing and other dismemberment illusions. But vanishes and transpositions and levitations would be terrific and charming. You could really play this as camp for the adults who are present too.

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Hi,

I too would have to agree with the posters that mentioned you will alienate your audience if there is any suggestions of possible restraining of an animal. Vanishes and Appearances would work but restraints..personally I wouldn't do it.

My thoughts anyway and good luck with your business venture.

Chrystal
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Lucy and I have done animal magic with everything from horses to goldfish. The need to "strap" one down has never been part of it. It scares me more than it interests me. I don't want to be at the mercy of a scared and struggling animal during the show. There is enough of that in real ranch work to last me.

However, I do understand your interest in miniture illusions. Two people on The Magic Café that are real craftsmen at making professional stage props are Tabman and Ricker. They also enjoy making minitures for other reasons. Make contact with them. You can catch both here on The Café or on PMZZ. Here they will be found usually in the Workshop or Not Very Magical. They have a wealth of knowledge to share on stage, off stage and behind stage.

Enjoy!

Bob
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