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Andy Wonder
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I am looking for ideas to add more magic effects into one of my educational school shows. What I have is a very lesson orientated show that has a lot of talking and complex messages. It is really more of a comedy show than a magic show because it is a real laugh a minute show with only 5 magic effects for a 50 minute show. I want to add more magic but the show is already a bit too long. I am looking for ideas that I can use to add a few quick tricks that could slot in somewhere.

I have quite a long (20 minute) 20th century silks/change bag routine. It is a funny routine with some music, dancing & a story, but the magic is the weak part. It needs some subtle incidental type effects to keep the magic happening. Any ideas?
Andy Wonder, Auckland, New Zealand
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Try putting somethin funny in the change bag, so when the magics done instead of the tied together silks they've turned into whatever, I've got various things I use, Ones a large tongue, (I get all the kids to stick their tongues out to see who's lost heirs)We the put the large tongue on the end of the wand and try again and the magic works. When you put it on the wand, you hold the wand above their hand say "Your going to wave the wand and tongue like this" and as you walk away you slide your hand up and off the wand taking the tongue (or whatever you use) with you and the kids shout like mad. you put it back oin and repeat it while telling the kid off for not keeping it on the wand.

I also use a large plastic banana in the same way. This also give you the chance to use more funny wands.

I use a 3 way change bag as the assistant is the one who always puts stuff in and takes it out. Practical Magic http://practical-magic.com do a good one called the flapdoodle change bag. One pocket has a zip bottom, one is normal and the centre one is velcroed so rips open.
Yours Funfully
Clive "Emazdad" Hemsley
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HI,
The First thing you could do if your aim is to strenthen the magic is vannish the silk in a different manor. if this is not to your liking how about having the silk mutilate in some way rather than vannishing. return it to its former glory then vanish it. Better still how about this use your change bag to vannish the silk a bit at a time IE 3/4 of a silk 1/2 a silk then vannish the final bit in a TT. I did this once with a rainbow silk each colour dissapering leaving 3/4 1/2 as above so I know it plays well
Phillip
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the magic is the weak part. It needs some subtle incidental type effects to keep the magic happening. Any ideas?



You could do some quick flourish effects with the silk before vanishing it . One very visual effect is to use the Mikame Auto Silk Changer gimmick which is a fast color change effect . Draw the silk through your hand and it changes color. No poking or pushing (like a dye tube) ; simply pull the silk through your hand and it changes color . Fast and clean. (easy to ditch the gimmick )

So, you start your 20th Century Silks effect with , for example, three blue silks. Tie two of them together and stuff them in a glass or whatever...... . Take the third silk and say : "you know, this would be better if it were yellow " and change color .

You can get the Mikame Silk Changer from Steven's Magic Emporium or any other Mikame dealer .
http://www.stevensmagic.com
(sorry , I only know U.S. dealers, but I see from your profile that you are in New Zealand )

Another little flourish effect you can do with the silk is to have it penetrate through the bottom of a glass . There are several ways of doing this , but a rather effective (yet simple) version is in the Mark Wilson Course on Magic . (if you want the exact page reference let me know and I'll private message it to you ) .

After doing the penetration of the silk through the glass you can then offer to do it again, but this time when you uncover the glass the silk has vanished
(via a classic "catgut" loop pull) .

Now continue to the climax of your 20th Century effect.

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Frank Tougas
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It might be fun to use some of those reissued character silks where you hold it up in front of you and your own head becomes the head of the character screened on the silk.

I also prefer to use the old handkerchief pull to vanish the middle silk.I think it looks more magical to have it vanish in your hands than in a suspicious velour type bag with a handle. A bare handed vanish would certainly give you more magic.

Depending upon your character and act you could still use the change bag by putting the silk into it, then think better of it and take it back out showing the bag empty. Next vanish it with the pull. When you pull the two tied silks apart there is a colorful pair of silk Scobby Doo or Power Puff Girls boxers tied between them. Looking embarassed and checking around for the missing silk, look back into the change bag and pull out the silk. There is a double surprise adding more magic.

Rough but an idea. Good Luck to you.
Frank Tougas The Twin Cities Most "Kid Experienced" Children's Performer :"Creating Positive Memories...One Smile at a Time"
magicsoup
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sink into the gutter...produce a pair of funny boxer shorts!
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Cards, change silk to cards and pull a few tricks. Smile Smile Smile
bike during the day,
do magic at night,
and very early the next morning,
homework.
Andy Wonder
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Phillip, your idea about having the silk vanish bit by bit was great. Thank you. Actually I don't use silk because I have a custom print that I use. I have had it printed onto a large polyester square using subliminal printing. Instead of a stright vanish in the change bag I am going to change it to the plain square without the printing. Then next change it into a small white silk (so it has apparently shrunk). The final attempt to restore the skilk results in a TT vanish without the change bag. Such a simple idea really so I dunno why I never thought of it myself.
Andy Wonder, Auckland, New Zealand
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Try the pro model of the 18" Double 4-Color Change Silk. I used it as a rodeo clown for a quick trick as needed in emergencies in the arena to redirect attention or to cover a delay in the show.

Two 18" silks (different colors) are shown then pulled through your hand and come out as two 18" silk of two more different colors. It can be repeated at will since it resets.

Bob Sanders
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PS --- This is great for team colors etc. (The 18" silk pro model is much better than the 10" acetate child's toy.) It produces nearly 5 feet of real silk.
Bob Sanders

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Mary Mowder
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I agree with Bob.

Double Color Changing Silk (if handled correctly) is quick and Magical.

Rope through Body is quick and stunning.

Tiny bits of jugglery can add a special sparkle although they are not strictly speaking, Magic.

Pavel's Knot off Silk, the one that leaves a hole, is quick, Magical and has a funny twist at the end.

-Mary Mowder
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Yes, you should do it that way, Andy.

I said, you should do it that way, Andy.

Andy.

Andy?

Andy?

ANDY!

AAAANDY!

AAAAANNNNNDY!!!!





I think he's gone.
Mary Mowder
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Funny magicgeorge, I had not noticed the original date of post.

-Mary
magicgeorge
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It's Bob's fault he keeps digging up old posts to talk about 18" Double 4-Color Change Silk. Which sounds pretty good, he should just start a new topic and review/link up the product.

Andy hasn't posted in the Café for a while, although he's still knocking around online. He has a great rabbit in hat puppet routine.
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