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Dennis Michael
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I was asked to do the opening flag ceremony at the Cub Scout Pack meeting and given a Cub Scout Script to which we had to light candles and use patriotic words. Not magic at all, and I didn’t like the idea of given 8-year olds matches but I really liked the script.



I modernized the old scout script slightly and I used Silk Scarfs and a change bag instead of candles and matches. (In the background, subtlely, at a very low volume was the Star-Spangle banner music being played on a remote controlled bomb-box setting the mood.)



Here’s the script:



Scout 1: The blue of my flag is for truth and justice, like the eternal blue of the star-filled heavens. (He puts the blue silk in the change bag.)



Scout 2: The white of my Flag is for purity, cleanness of purpose, thought, word, and deed. (He puts the white silk in the change bag.)



Scout 3: The red of my flag is the lifeblood of the brave men and women, ready to die, or fight to live, for this our country. (He puts the red silk in the change bag.)



Scout 4: (Holding change bag.)

Scout 1 and 2 reach into the change bag and pull out the American flag silk by appropriate ends displaying a 36 inch American Flag as Scout No. 4 says: My flag - The flag of America, home of liberty, land of opportunity, where people of all races and creed, live in peace and friendship together.



Scout 3: Annouces please join us in saying the pledge of allegiance...



In light of recent events (Sept 11th) this went over extremely well. It was not played up as a magic trick, nor did most realize a trick was going to be performed. The flag surprize came as a shock, The "wonderment wow" effect and words of "Did you see that!" floated around the room. (Presentation is the key to a successful effect.)



The Cub Scouts got a loud round of applause for that opening. The routine played very well.



This routine is free for the taking, I liked the words so well, I am going to use them with my Flag Blendo trick at the Blue and Gold Banquet, and in my shows.



I realize, the use of the American Flag brings added applause. In light of recent events, it is a great addition to add patroitism to one’s show. A reminder that magicians are human and empathic to our nation in need to deal with the present situation.



Your Comments?



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Peter Marucci
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All too often, the flag is brought out simply as an applause-getter.

However, in this case, there is a legitimate justification for using it.

I like it. A lot.

It should play very well in other, non-Scout shows, too.

Well done, Dennis.

cheers,

Peter Marucci

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Dennis Michael
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I recognize the Flag as an applause getter and several philosophies regarding this.



It always plays well for schools because teaching patriotism is a subject teachers must address. (It also is a reason to hire a magician and get grants to pay for him/her.)



It works well with shows already great, which don’t really need this type of trick for an applause getter, however, to use it in a poorly developed show to make it seem better, is not the best thing to do.



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VERY well done, 2 thumbT's up! Smile
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Dennis



Too bad our pack meeting is tonight. But January...



I would love to use that if it's OK with you

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Dennis Michael
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Ray



Patriotism is free for the taking!

Enjoy, besides how can anyone say no to making Scouts happy!



Den

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That is a great routine. Thank you in advance I too will use it in my Blue and Gold shows. Thank you for sharing it with us.



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Dennis Michael
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Please let me know how your routine worked out at the Scout meeting.
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Do you mean they actually brainwash/teach patriotism over there? why?



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Great, very well done!!! Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile
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Here's an flash from the past. I've used a modified version of this "routine" at scout meetings and it sets a tone very nice.
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