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tommy
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Gardening Tips for Magicians.


I am not much of a gardener but this might inspire me to make a magic garden.

http://www.primrose-london.co.uk/product......s_id=371

Have you guys any ideas on how to create an Alice in Wonderland sort of garden.
Creating magic gardens might turn into a profitable sideline for an enterprising magician.


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I've always been interested in gardening but only certain plants. I grow Pitcher plants (carnivorous) Nepenthes Ampullaria and Nepenthes lowii and harvest my own mushrooms which I eat. If you've never seen the Oyster or Reishi shrooms grown at home you may not understand what I mean.

The mirrors shown at that site are interesting and one I've seen actually looked real! I mean you may just try to walk up to and through the illusionary space.

The problem with any garden or enterprise you suggested tommy, is these are constructed living designs which require ongoing maintenance. If I had to pay someone to do what I do with my plants, I'd have to give up gardening as it would be cost prohibitive.

Some self-monitoring or hydroponic features are possible and practical if money is no object. So the client would ideally be one who has included a gardener in the annual budget.
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Hi,

Gardening in one of my several passions! I once won the gold medal in my city (2 years in a row). Trust me, If I can do it...anyone can! :O)

I approached it much like magic. I spent a year gathering books at the library and read, made notes and took the time to decide what look I wanted to achieve. See kinda sounds like the same approach one should do with magic! Then I took a marketing approach, again like someone new in magic I joined clubs and became friends with others whom could mentor me or provide me with advice. Yup, those little blue haired ladies were willing to share their secrets with me once they saw I was very interested. Many gave me free plants which they divided from their garden (all gardeners love to share their plants), I soon found out. I now do the same with others that stop and chat to ask me about my garden. You save a lot of money when you find out what multiplies, seeds itself and is given willingly by others.

Above all..you have to love it..(hmm again like magic) and you'll spend the time developing your new found interest. The end result was, I entered a contest, not with the intention of winning but to get the feedback from the judges. I made the garden a relection of my own personality...paper mache'd giant bugs to show that all things grew really big in my yard. (showed my humorous side) I also place a lot of art work which shows my creative side. Made the judges laugh and the end result was I won the top prize, without really planning on it. Just like magic, you make the garden your own work without copying anyone else's, it becomes a reflection of you, your creativity and brings smiles to people.

Have fun! Oh yes, should mentioning gardening like magic can be addictive. :O)

Chrystal
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Thank you for the help.
Funny how almost anything creative can be related to magic. They say the more help you have with your garden the less it belongs to you. That is good thing to remember for magic.

However; I was not thinking of gardening as such but inventing illusions that could be used in a garden, like that gate above.
Such illusions could be sold by magicians to gardeners or garden centres, maybe. If I was a struggling inventor of illusions, I would be thinking, people spend a lot money on gardens so how can I get into that market. It is a mercenary thought. It is not the performance of magic I know but it might bring a little magic into the world.
Gardens are magical places.
http://www.psychicsophia.com/magicalgarden/

You start thinking like this when you eat a magic mushrooms. Smile
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I was very intrigued by James Dyson's optical illusion in his Uphill Water in the everlasting waterfall feature. It really is a sight that defies logic and it's not the garden variety waterfall.
Personally I'd like to create a rose garden with a variety of playing cards design such as spades, clubs, heards and diamonds! The numbering can be tricky..
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Hi Again,

Tommy, I really liked your post and I agree that people would rush to their pocketbooks to purchase illusions or other creative works of arts to enhance their gardens. Many people started buying giant orbs made of mirrors which allows the viewer to view the garden behind them and to the side while peering into the orb. Those inventors with a lot of creativity can further enhance this and develop something like an crystal ball with images inside perhaps? (Thinking something like Disney's Haunted House but with mystical creatures inside the ball.)

Another feature which is popular is each garden supposedly shows the individuality of the creator, many like to have their guest walk through and discover "hidden things" not readily seen at first glance. Little hidden doorways in the knots of trees, a gnarled piece of bark which upon closer inspection appears to be a face on the tree, stones on the garden floor with beautiful art work, a display of various well used gardening tools which showed the fruits of the gardeners labor, bird houses and other forms of whimsical art, and of course hidden creatures amongst the lush plantings. All these can be perhaps modified in some form to be illusions or magical effects.

Water features are very popular and Evolve named one which I'd love to own. Again, with some creativity an enterprising person can find ways to create illusions for those peering into the pool of water - perhaps a mermaid or some other mystical creature peering underneath?

Another thing I found interesting when reading many gardening books is those interested in vegetable gardens. Old timers swear that planting certain crops by the light of the moon brings a huge harvest. I imagine the url you posted above Tommy probably deals with that. Herbatology and incantations appear to go back way in our history. That's something I haven't dealt with myself but again an enterprising magician can perhaps create an illusion that mirrors that mindset.

I also remember being fascinated by some artist featured in gardening books that created huge mythical monsters out of scrap material. One made metal creatures, simply using old bed springs, while another had life size animals he created out of pieces of chain. I suppose the next level would be having creatures that move, or swayed giving the appearance of being alive which again would be something that gardeners would love in their yards.

I think creating a "secret garden" does indeed become magical and I can see that people would be willing to pay a hefty price for those able to offer this service. Hey your post Tommy, may be the start of a new job creation for someone!

Chrystal
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