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Why not use confetti and release it from your hands when you produce the cane? Smile
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Nice idea. A confetti bomb even? Smile
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I turn my cane into a balloon then I swallow the baloon and make the cane apear from my mouth.
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Nice. Is this balloon an uninflated 260 by any chance? Smile
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Ok....now for the party pooper.

What is the logic in using a cane?

They are not, as they were, regular everyday items anymore. Canes are thought of as an aid to the partially crippled where they used to be an accoutrement to formal wear.

People don't put on the ritz like they used to.

Welcome to the 2000's.



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Well said Bryan... but if they are used in a traditional act - with tails or any other formal wear I'm not sure what you said applies. Gentlemen attending weddings often have canes, and they are even for hire in the wedding rental stores.

Used in the right act - I think they are good!

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Alice Cooper has a cane in his hand when he's in concert. I wouldn't call him or his act traditional.

Think outside the box.
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Markis:

So well said. You really hit the nail on the head when you said "think outside the box".

Too many of us see magicians and decide to duplicate what we often see already being done. This serves no purpose and only makes you appear like another magician and not yourself.

Time must be spent to develop a proper style and character that is all your own. Allow your imagination to run wild and take inspiration from the world around you and not just your fellow magicians.

It always bothers me when I see or hear magicians not willing to put out the effort to be and think creatively.

It is just way too easy for people to mimic others. This does nothing for our art but to create bad clones.

The beauty of magic is that it can be performed numerous ways and in numerous storylines and themes.

One should really put out the effort and really study a prop like the dancing cane and throw away all other vesions of it or all other presentations.

Do not look at the cane as a cane and certainly do not think it just has to dance. Ask yourself questions like: what if it vanished in the act only to reappear later on? what is the purpose of the cane and what am I trying to convey to the audience?

All of this starts to make you think outside of the box and starts to open your mind to other possibilities that may not be the norm.
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Well said my friend! Smile
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Tom:
Thanks you sir. I really appreciate the kind words. I just like to try and get people to think creatively in their own magic.
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Does anyone know any more? ...guys? Smile
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I would say think creative with it. Think outside the box and you may realize that things will come to you and can flow in nicely to a musical routine that could be used as a stand alone act or be a good intro to a bigger show. Ideas can come from any place. Keep your eyes open for them.
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Another idea would be flash string.
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Flash string works well with the appearing candle also, but you really go through the stuff quick and it's not that cheap.
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Flash string is nice, but use it in moderation.
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What about a small candle, I don't mean a fantasio one but a small skinny white real candle. that could work!

anything of a similar size would also do , thin candlestick? wand?
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George Saterial does something along these lines. He has a cane and it vanishes so that he ends up with a lit candle in one hand and a silk in the other. It is really a beautiful sequence if you have ever seen it.
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Hmmmmmmm sounds very nice, I'll experiment and see what I can come up with along those lines!
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Are you trying to come up with ideas for a particular style act?
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No kyle just ideas in general that I could apply to any sort of act I was choosing to do

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