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Steve Hook
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Scott, David, and "MagicSanta":

For the record, "MagicSanta's" odd comment about the napkin being phallic never crossed my mind and neither did it cross the minds of friends to whom I sent the vid link. Actually, for just a moment, I thought "MagicSanta" was kidding.

The odd comments seem to say more about some people than about the entertaining trick itself.

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Actually had this David fellow PM'd me I'd have changed the review to remove the comment, which I consider valid. I will actually repost it without the reference but I do so because I don't want to take away from the item. I think David brought more attention to it than was warranted, congrats David, you don't shine the light on something you don't want noted. I still won't be kissing the thing nor dressing like a Malibu teenage girl.
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Title: The Incredible Dancing Paper Napkin
Medium: DVD
Arena: Close up, bar, restaurant, kids show, ‘impromptu’
Available: Any shop, Distributed by Murphys Magic Supplies

The Incredible Dancing Paper Napkin is a very creative haunted napkin puppet that you can easily put together and use in a number of situations. First off the quality of the DVD is pretty good, both in picture and sound. Scott Francis is the exhibiter and instructor and does a fine job. He is the co inventor of the method along with David Allen. The device used to animate the napkin is more likely than not to be in your home at this time and is easily made. The animation is very good and I wonder how these guys discovered the properties of the house hold item used in order to make the napkin work. I will tell you this, a dancing napkin like this absolutely kills with kids and ladies love it in bars. I’ve done it the old fashion way, you know, using your thumb pressure to get a bit of motion, but this is way better. Do this in a restaurant full of kids and you’ll the star of the night.

I can’t really think of a negative about this trick. It is visual, looks to be impromptu to the specs, and it will entertain the heck out of the kids. If you work for kids or work bars you’ll love this. The gimmick is a bit of a pain to carry a lot of for table hoppers but that aspect is addressed some what but if you have a place behind the bar you are set. This is a no brainer for the kids show performer. Making the gimmick is very easy, you’ll have it right the first time unless you are just not at all good at following instructions and have no skills with scissors at all. You’ll want to play with it to find out how the animation works. There has been some discussion about ditching the napkin at the end. I don’t think this is an issue because it just returns to being a regular napkin. On the DVD they just crush it but you can remove the gimmick if need be or switch it out, whatever. I do the ol’ Glorpy method and tell the kids I caught a spirit or fairy in the napkin and that is what causes the animation then when I crush it it is because the spirit few away.

I don’t want to be all rosy about this so I’ll find something to complain about. That would be in the routine where Scott kisses the napkin. I found it a bit too silly for my character, why I would want to kiss a napkin just seems odd. Luckily I’m comfortable as a performer and don’t have to copy every aspect of a routine. As for Scott himself, he is a funny guy but dude, unless you are a teenage girl from Malibu get rid of the jeans with the torn out knees. Sure it makes the silly kissing of a napkin work but still. Other than that this is one of the more valuable effects that has come out recently. Do note this doesn’t mean bad effects have come out, but from a performers perspective this is one that will be done. Very creative piece.
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I'm pretending it's 1965 again and I can say what I want. America ( and the world ) has become over feminized and the littlest thing offends someone.
"Of all words of tongue and pen,
the saddest are, "It might have been"

..........John Greenleaf Whittier
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I have just ordered this and look forward to performing it for friends at dinner etc.

As far as putting it in a show, some of you have mentioned tearing up the napkin at the end. Thyis could then lead into the Sucker Torn and Restored Napkin to make a nice little routine. The danciºng bit would just be an extra at the beginning. The napkin "knows" that you are going to tear it, and comes to life, trying to escape - you then also have a logic reason to tear the napkin, and the sucker effect takes the heat off any suspicion the specs may have about the dancing bit...

Just a thought...
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Hi there MagicSanta. This is that David fellow. PMing you never crossed my mind. Sorry if it offended you to post it on the thread. I am glad you choose not to kiss the napkin. I want people to perform this with their own style. It would kindof be boring if everyone did it like Scott.

I shine the light on things that I don't agree on. So to bring attention to it means that I stand up for what I believe in. So shine the light bright...I don't care. Im glad you speak your mind too.

By the way....I even wear ripped jeans to church. My style is ripped jeans. And I live a long way from Malibu. Maybe I should go there sometime.

Seriously MagicSanta....thanks for all the good comments.

Dave
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No problem, it is a good idea. I am not offended at all by you pointing it out, I stand by it based on the second definition found of the three in my dictionary for phallic. If I wore torn jeans to church when I lived in Decatur Georgia I would have been kicked out (granted this was many years ago before the area became an 'East Coast city' and was still a 'Southern city'. As you can see I changed the review and asked the wonderful gentlemen who keep this board clean to remove the other one.

It is a very good effect, very creative, and doesn't work with wimpy gimmicks like I tried the other day. Good luck and keep in mind, Stone Mountain....the chimes...phallic.
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On 2007-10-24 13:47, David Allen wrote:
Hi there MagicSanta. This is that David fellow. PMing you never crossed my mind. Sorry if it offended you to post it on the thread. I am glad you choose not to kiss the napkin. I want people to perform this with their own style. It would kindof be boring if everyone did it like Scott.

I shine the light on things that I don't agree on. So to bring attention to it means that I stand up for what I believe in. So shine the light bright...I don't care. Im glad you speak your mind too.

By the way....I even wear ripped jeans to church. My style is ripped jeans. And I live a long way from Malibu. Maybe I should go there sometime.

Seriously MagicSanta....thanks for all the good comments.

Dave


So if someone's style is to cross dress, that's ok in church?

And you thought kissing napkins and phalic symbols were your biggest problems.
"Of all words of tongue and pen,
the saddest are, "It might have been"

..........John Greenleaf Whittier
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They have no problem with my clothes in church as long as I don't wear my spaghetti strap shirt.

Oh should I have said that........?
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PLEASE I BEG OF ALL OF YOU DON'T BUY THIS DVD. I want it all to MYSELF. ]:->

I love this effect. I don't care what anyone thinks about the routine on the video, and anything they may think of as dirty, it's still great. I'm kinda mad I didn't think of it myself. I've been doing it all over the place and getting great reactions. Let's face it, if you are a real pro the reaction is what you are after. If you are only interested in finding out the method you will kick yourself, so don't buy it just to find out the method and resell it or just give it away. That will just kill it for everyone that is actually doing it.
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I returned to my former stomping grounds in the Bay Area (SF bay) and went to a fund raiser for a highschool.... one of the 'special days' they are promoting is, and I'm not making this up, "transgender day! Come dressed as the opposite sex!".
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On 2007-10-24 16:15, David Allen wrote:
They have no problem with my clothes in church as long as I don't wear my spaghetti strap shirt.

Oh should I have said that........?


I wish you hadn't said it. lol.

Congratulations on one of the BEST effects to come out in years. Simply brilliant!
"Of all words of tongue and pen,
the saddest are, "It might have been"

..........John Greenleaf Whittier
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It looks very good, does this trick use the same gimmick that Waltzing matilda? or it is something different? I do have a Waltzing Matilda so I don't want another version of the trick.
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MagicSanta:

You sure do think and write about weird sex thoughts and proclivities a lot!

Maybe it's time to get away from your unusual fears and get back to the actual product here, "The Incredible Dancing Paper Napkin" and how it can best be used to entertain your fellow, normal humans!

And everyone else:

Any more reviewers out there? I've heard there are a lot of cool ideas being generated by those who are now performing this. It just seems to have so much potential.

Would love to hear of any suggestions which you folks might be willing to part with.

I had the barebones method tipped to me early on but I've finally got the actual DVD on the way. Will make a few comments after watching it.

One idea I had is to wear "X-ray Glasses" (the ones with the circles) with which to hypnotize the napkin, but the napkin winds up goofing with the performer's suggestions/orders. (I know I run the risk of MS criticizing my choice of glasses frames, but I'm willing to take the risk in order to make a few kids laugh!)

Ideas?

- Steve
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It appears that Dave and Magic Santa have sorted things out on good terms so lets just leave that and concentrate on a very good product.
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Steve is just angry because he is from a Yankee state....
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On 2007-10-25 16:58, pabloinus wrote:
It looks very good, does this trick use the same gimmick that Waltzing matilda? or it is something different? I do have a Waltzing Matilda so I don't want another version of the trick.
Pablo


Quite different and very clever. You will meet a new dance partner Smile
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On 2007-10-25 17:18, Steve Hook wrote:
One idea I had is to wear "X-ray Glasses" (the ones with the circles) with which to hypnotize the napkin, but the napkin winds up goofing with the performer's suggestions/orders. (I know I run the risk of MS criticizing my choice of glasses frames, but I'm willing to take the risk in order to make a few kids laugh!)

- Steve


That's a very clever and professional idea.
"Of all words of tongue and pen,
the saddest are, "It might have been"

..........John Greenleaf Whittier
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Steve's glass frames represent Satan.
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On 2007-10-25 18:16, MagicSanta wrote:
Steve is just angry because he is from a Yankee state....


For the record, I've lived in Florida, Hawaii, and North Carolina, none of which are "Yankee" states.

Also for the record, if I ever win the lottery, I'll spend 3 months out of the year in New York City.

But North Carolina is SOUTH of Virginia, another decidedly Confederate state. You do the math......

..........but we digress.........
;-)

- Steve H

PS: Thanks, Chris.
Like Bonnie Raitt said, "I miss Little Feat more than I miss being 8 years old." Thanks for the concerts + recordings, Lowell, Richie, and Paul!
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