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myoungbauer
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I've been doing a shoe production for a long time impromptu at bars and restaurants(ala Michael Weber, Jay Marshall, and many others) I was trying to come up with ways to do this in more formal situation, parlor or stage. I've learned that both Gaetan Bloom and Norbert Ferre do magic with their shoes on stage, so I'm hoping their must be soemthing in print somewhere. The misdirection would have to be very strong to allow you to get away with this, but I think the effect would be worth it. Walking behind a table maybe, or while standing behind your prop bag? How would you get away with no one realizing your shoe was off? Anyone have any ideas?

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The key to it is lighting and acting. You lose the shoe behind a table or other prop as the spotlight illuminates your upper body and then zooms in close for some flashy manipulation pulling attention to your hands (live doves flapping their wings make a nice distraction). By now you are far away from the hidden shoe, but to get there, you have to be able either to walk normally, or to invent a dramatic movement that does not call attention to your missing footwear. Now you do a typical dove production, but end up with a duplicate shoe in your hands instead of the expected dove. You look surprised and as you look down to your foot, the spotlight travels down and illuminates your sock-clad foot. Having a hole in your sock through which your big toe protrudes, adds a bit of comedy.

If your shoes are the type that tie with laces rather than slip-on loafers, the mystery is compounded when you have to put your shoe back on again, the hard way. This could lead to some magic with shoelaces, ending with your shoe tying itself in place by magic.
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Agree that it will play big - however, I would not do it in a restaurant for hygenic reasons.

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As long as you're not a part time waiter/magician handling food and serving it to customers, what's the problem with performing it in restaurants? Unless, of course, you have horrendous foot odor.
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Actually Topas produces his shoe as part of hislecture. He literally takes it right off his foot but you never see it coming at all. He uses it to talk about creativity an effective misidirection. I also think he teaches it in his notes as well.

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On 2008-03-19 00:41, Spellbinder wrote:
As long as you're not a part time waiter/magician handling food and serving it to customers, what's the problem with performing it in restaurants? Unless, of course, you have horrendous foot odor.


It is a perception thing. A lot of people associate shoes with dirt and yes, the sweat of feet. Guess it is one reason why people do not put their feet on the table any more.

Some cultures even oblige people to take of their shoes prior entering a room/house.

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