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I was introduced to the world of Harry Potter about 12 Months ago when the first Book came into a Library where I was performing and the librarian gave me the book to read and comment on.

As a result, the very next day I rehashed some of the effects hidden away in my cupboards and drawers and came up with several ’Harry Potter’ magical items that put me way ahead of other Magicians in Western Australia by winning me bookings in every Public Library in WA.

Is anyone else doing Harry Potter Magic? If not here are a few ideas to get you thinking
Levitate a feather (I use an IT Reel),
Make up a Harry Potter Wand (I used a small Harry Potter figurine from off a Candy novelty which I glued onto a standard Magic Wand with a small pin on the end for popping a ballon). A similar figurine is used to decorate the front of a Production Box and a sheet of Harry Potter wrapping paper is used to cover another Prop.

I am now working on some ’Lord of the Rings" themes and updates for the next Harry Potter
release. Give it a go... it’s always better to lead the Herd than trail behind.

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This topic was covered on the Learned Pig forum also where I gave some ideas. Abracadabra magazine had a series of effects on the theme by Harry Reeve and also there was one by Mandy Davis and my ideas in the last issue of Alchemy magazine which I edit.



Good luck with your adaptations.



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Funmagic, check over at Visions e-zine for my Bizarre Bazaar and the "Goblet of Fire", which puts a whole new Potter-esque spin on an old prop.

http://www.online-visions.com

Also, Seams Like Magic

http://www.seamslikemagic.com

has a sorcerer’s hat change bag, that I use as a Sorting Hat (from Potter).

Your three-way coloring book just needs a new cover to become a Hogwarts coloring book.

And there are Harry Potter playing cards available, that should certainly lead to dozens of applications.

cheers,

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Peter

I can’t believe you forgot your "The Philosopher’s Stone" from Visions. It's a great routine as well.

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Oops! Okay, the Philosopher's Stone, too! Smile

Writing a monthly column in Visions and in the Linking Ring, plus e-zines in New York, Ireland, South Africa, England, and New Zealand tends to put me in "overload" at times.

Being forgetful, of course, has absolutely nothing to do with age! Smile

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I was just at the Walmart web site and noticed that they have a Harry Potter Quidditch Card Game on clearance. Was $4 now $1. A search for "quidditch" at the web site will find them.

I have no idea what this is, but it does show cards of different colors. I would think these would work great for any card as object tricks. A little imagination would probably produce some packet tricks as well.

I have no idea if these are available at the brick and mortar locations as well.

Good Luck
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Hank Lees has a 'sorcerers broom' on their hot list that you can animate in your hands...

with some good patter you could maybe turn this into a nimbus 2000... or combine it with other effects...

it plays in your hands, so this one may not play so well for a bigger crowd...
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I have a deck of Harry Potter cards
(poker size) & Svengalli deck.
I do a combination of basic routines
then switch it out for the non-gimmicked deck.
Great reactions.. both from kids & adults.

If not clear,the Svengalli deck is also
a Harry Potter deck.
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I don't know if it's just me, but I really just can't stand Harry Potter. It's almost as bad as Tickle Me Elmo or Barney. Smile Please no offence to anyone. This is just my opinion.
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Cool,
I doubt that it's just you; I'm sure many people can't stand Harry Potter.
(I happen to be one who thinks the books -- and the movie -- were great.)
However, your comparison with the Elmo and Barney fads is a good one! Smile
And I respect your difference of opinion; if we all thought the same way, we'd all be working for one huge multinational conglomerate! (which we probably are, anyway, but just don't realize it!) Smile
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On 2002-02-13 06:11, Peter Marucci wrote:
Cool,
And I respect your difference of opinion; if we all thought the same way, we'd all be working for one huge multinational conglomerate! (which we probably are, anyway, but just don't realize it!) Smile




And we would all be doing the same effects exactly the same way everytime. Smile
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Exactly, Ray! Smile
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they're good books, and certainly worth a read (not just because they are good books, but because its what kids are filling their minds with!). It doesn't matter if its a fad... if you're going to be entertaining kids, then why wouldn't you try and keep your finger on the pulse? Smile
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Hula hoops were a fad back in the dark ages when I was a kid.

My son (11) and my daughter (13) both competed in "Hula Hoop War" at their field days in elementary school For her three years ago, for him coming up next month.

'Fads' come and go but the best 'fads' will always resurface to some success.

Harry Potter will never go completely away. Wait until the hype for the fifth book! Smile

But you are right--if you want to do kid shows you have to keep up with the kids.
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I have started using Kurotsuke from Max Mavens Videomind, I use 3 hematite and 1 clear crystal stones, the latter being the sorcerer's stone.
Have used the effect 4 times with good response. I use for 8 year olds and above.
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My Entire show is potter based. I am Prof. Trickenu P. Bumbledumb. The new Prof. of Defense against the Dark arts teacher at Hogwarts. You can call me Professor...I wear a wizard robe. Drop Harry potter names all over. I got my wand at alavanders..I give out Lepercan gold (careful it disappears in an hour if you don't eat it) Etc...
My show is also set up so I can change it from Potter to a regular Wizard. Oh and my Witches Familur is a duck called Duck Duck (Gwendlyn the Duck).
Most magically yours,
WR Smile
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I have been doing a completely Harry Potter show for nearly three years now. I assume the character of Professor Hieronymus Payne who has come to give the first year orientation for all those lucky enough to be attending Hogwarts in the upcoming school year. Nearly every effect has been custom built for the show or heavily reworked. A brief rundown of the effects are as follows
Bounce No Bounce Ball (casting a spell to stop it from bouncing)
Himber Pail (Filches Mop Pail)
Fraidy Cat Rabbit (converted to The Fat Lady portrait. She's there and then shes not.)
Transfiguration (A routine using a Nielsen Ketchup Bottle and a series of Comedy wands)
Run Dragon Run (using a custom made changing textbook ala colouring book and a custom made dragon simulator)
Cords of Fantasia (using balls and hoops to test the audiences knowledge of Quidditch.
I have several other peices that allow me to play the same location multiple times by mixing the effects
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Just want to say a big THANK YOU to all who have posted on this topic. I had to expand my thinking when a career change prompted me to accept a certain number of kid's shows. Of course, they all seem to want Harry Potter theme parties. Necessity is the mother of invention, but you folks are the brothers who definitely came to my aid today.

For anyone else looking for ideas on customizing your props (so you can accommodate those wonderful requests), Tony Daniels has a video out called "Customizing Your Stuff." Frankly, it's not broadcast quality, but the ideas are very sound, and Tony makes a good living using these customizing methods in the very competitive Southern California market. Smile
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Just a thought.
How do we stand regarding copyright.
Apart from on our feet or legs. Smile
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Technically, it probably is illegal to portray Harry Potter characters. But the effects themselves may be more difficult to claim as Potter material. I don't know of anyone who has gotten in trouble with this (yet).

BTW, I call my zombie a bashful silver snitch, hence the silk...

you get the idea.
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