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mouliu
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Working on my billiard ball routine. Please comment.

http://tw.youtube.com/watch?v=Cyw7QA8Ghu0

Thanks a lot.

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The manipulations are SO nice and Clean!!! The final vanish is very good! But the question is: Is this an entire routine for audiences, or is it rehearsal for a complete multiplying ball routine?? Congratulations!! Good ball manipulation!
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I really enjoyed that, thanks for sharing!

Also, loved the final vanish and the "Where did it go? Oh, there it is!" look.
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Hi, that's nice! Your manipulation skill is very good. I like it very much!
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Wow, your handling is very, very good. Makes me want to look into the hard ball manipulations. Even when you dropped the ball, you recovered like it was nothing!
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Smile Very nice, indeed. I liked your choice in music, too!
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Pretty nifty. Be careful pulling the ball off the silk face-on to the audience, especially if you end with the silk's corner. It's more deceptive, IMO, if the audience has a profile view.
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Thanks, all, for your input and kind words.

Michael, what's "profile view"?

Hansel, it's my complete ball routine. I use the "one ball" concept to try to make it easy to follow for the audience.
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Tasty!!!!!!!!!!
I do not normally like stage magic, but your handling is very elegant and smooth.
Also, love the music.

Keep up the nice work.

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Quote:
On 2008-03-13 20:34, mouliu wrote:
Hansel, it's my complete ball routine. I use the "one ball" concept to try to make it easy to follow for the audience.



Ok, very well done!!! Congratulations!
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I couldn't read the scripts on the page, but I enjoyed the presentation of your routine very much. Good job!!

What brand of balls are those?
Michael J. Douglas
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Cheung,
If you turn your body to the left or right and hold the ball out in front of you, pulling the silk back towards yourself, the audience will get a side or "profile" view of the ball instead of looking down on top of it. This is more deceptive, IMO, and it brings things up to chest level for better viewing.
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It's clear that you have spent a lot of time and thought on the manipulations, perhaps too clear.

In other words, the way that you present the effects tells the audience that you are doing moves, not magic. That makes sense if you think that there's no way the moves (which were well executed, by the way) actually fool anyone. However, if your intention is to present magic, instead of manipulation, (i.e. a form of juggling) I think you need to reconsider the way your "frame" the vanishes.

In other words, you tend to hold the ball in a display position in your right hand, stop, look at the audience, then do the move, and then show that the ball is "gone". This "says" that the placement of the ball in the hand is part of the vanish. I'm not sure that's what you mean to tell them.

Consider the moment when you do the placement of the ball as just described, and then you push back your sleeves, and then show that the ball is gone. An alternative (and better, IMHO) way to do this would be to display the ball at the right fingertips, push back the right sleeve, do the transfer, immediately push back the left sleeve, and then make the ball disappear.

Do you see the difference? In the second example, the transfer is "invisible". If you're doing magic, ALL the transfers should be invisible.

That's the way I think about it, anyway. You've obviously done the "hand work". Now it's time to do the "head work".
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That is a really good routine for just a single ball. Very creative!
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Thanks all for yours ideas. They really help.

Michael, now I got what you meant. I'll try doing it on "profile view".
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Dear mouliu, yor skill is really good, about the routine, I don┤t know how it works for an audience, by this I mean that I, as a magician, know that your vanishes are increasing in difficulty, but for a lay person may seem the same vanish: you put it in your hand, it vanishes, now it appears... now it goes into your hand again, and it vanishes, now it appears, now it goes in to the hand, it vanishes, it is not in the other hand, and now it appears.

I would advice in increasing impact instead of difficulty, and maybe adding little climax moments and then a big one, the color changing ball you used is an example, that was very good, that was different, I liked the silk part too, but maybe ending with a gigant ball, an orange, or even multiple sponge balls, instead of doing so many vanishes. I am not sure if this is my point of view only because I am a magician, maybe it does hit hard for lay audiences, but I say it sincerly and with all means to help.

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