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duckster
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Armadillios?

No seriously - I think we need to move away from the doves and parrots, tigers, and ducks.

What else is out there that could be used in a magic show?

Has anyone here seen other animals in a magic show that isn't to obvious or traditional.

Who is out there doing a magic act with an animal that will actually surprise an audience.

a Llama?

Something Striking?

I am really tired of traditional magic.

I welcome your input!
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Well Duckster, let's see. Lance Burton used a mule and some elephants, Steve August uses a snake, quite a few magicians use dogs. I haven't seen the show in awhile but I believe LeGand David had a camel. Penn and Teller use bees and Rocco uses butterflies. David Copperfield used a goldfish once.

What else would you like to see? If you go back through this forum, you'll see quite a few post concerning animals other than the traditional. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on your point of view, not many magicians can afford to use animals other than doves and rabbits so this forum is bound to be heavy in those areas.

It's a little difficult to drag a camel into a children's birthday party, don't you think? Don't misunderstand, even though I am primarily a dove worker, I'd love to participate in a discussion about other animals as well.

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duckster
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Dave,

When Rocco used butterflies what exactly did he do?

Thanks for the response.
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Duckster:

Rocco's butterfly routine is a very pretty effect. He usually gets a child up on stage with him and sits on the edge of the apron telling a story. His hands are empty while he is talking. Then he puts his hands together sort of like making a snow ball and when he opens them, there is the butterfly which usually takes flight.

The pretty thing about it, is that when he holds out his hand, the butterfly comes back. Most of the time this works. Nothing flashy or spectacular, just nice pretty magic.

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Most of the time it comes back?

How many times have you seen him perform this effect to say "most of the time"

I am just curious.

I have heard about performers talking about using REAL Butterflies in a show - doesn't sound to practical - and probably more work than the pay off would warrent.

I don't know.
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I've seen Rocco perform at least 2 dozen times and I think it's come back in about 20 of those performances. If it comes back, he gives it to the child spectator. If not, no one knows it's supposed to, so there's nothing lost in the presentation. It's just pretty magic. It's just something that happens naturally. No work involved. Not a good routine for large stage but Rocco tends to perform in more intimate settings.

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Wow- you must know the guy personally
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Rocco performs regularly in my area. New York and New Jersey. Just so happens when I go to local shows, he's on the bill. I've met him and talked but not to a level of saying he's a close friend.

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Exotics! Exotics! Why bother? Most urban folks haven’t even seen the standard rooster, duck, or rabbit! I live in a small town in a rather rural area and I find that many if not most of my audience of adults haven’t seen live rabbits, roosters, geese, or the like.

I produce a huge (and I mean HUGE!) Flemish Giant rabbit (a female weighing in at 14 pounds!) in my bar/club act. You talk about a reaction! People think of rabbits as these little bitty things (dwarf breeds) and ZAP! I give them Godzilla (the actual name of my bunny!) You cannot believe the mileage I get out of her. She more than earns her keep.

I used to produce a couple of Banty Roosters (which are very colorful birds and fit into a slightly modified dove harness) but never replaced them when they finally retired.

I have also produced my British Bulldog.

Exotics! You don’t need them. Livestock is a real pain to troop with. They require more care and attention than the average assistant. Frankly that is why so few magicians use livestock.

I’ll leave the lions and tigers and bears, (oh my!) the cockerels, Macaws, and Parrots, the giant tortoise, pythons, and alligators all to the big time, big venue magicians. Me? I’ll stick to the easily cared for, easily transported rabbit, chicken, dog and dove. Hey the advantage to my animal companions is that any vet can treat them. No specialists needed!

The audience loves any surprise production of livestock.

But that is just a small timer talking.

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LOL anyone know how to train a butterfly? What can you give a butterfly as a treat lol
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In my kid shows, I use a rabbit, dove, guinea pig, ferret, chinchilla and cat. It helps get my customers to pick me over others. I'll advise you to start with one first. If you think you can handle another one, go ahead. If you do shows in a house, get small animals. If you do a lot of shows outside in public, get lager ones. First check with your city to find out what exotic animals are allowed.
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Hi, What does Lance do with his mule or elephants?
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Am working with a matched set of Chinchilla's. Very unusual to the kids. Very clean, quiet, no oder. Live approx. 20 - 25 years as opposed to a ferrets 6 - 7 years. Also use two dwarf rabbits (one black, one white) that are the same size as chinchilla's. Able to do lots of mix and match stuff. Highly recommend Chin's. Smile
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I always thought that it would be cool to produce a lama... I don't know why.

What exotics do you have access to in your area, that you can transport without any big hassle, and you can use in the show without being harassed my activists? Maybe that can help you decide what to use? Smile
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Aragorn,

I use only 1 chinchilla with my other animals. That is a good idea you mentioned, use more than one. It will be good transfering from one area to another.

I will look for another white one. All my animals are white because they can be seen easier.

The only thing I don't like about chinchillas is their gnawing abilities. I always warn the audience "No touching the chinchilla because she can bite."
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Danish magic man Hainz Saxburger produces a number of white mices in his act.
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