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Since 9/11 most magicians I've talked with have stayed away from the Mis-made Flag, thinking it to be in bad taste.

I'm considering re-working the routine into a more patriotic theme of assembling the flag by adding the colors to create a flag representing bravery, honor and loyalty.

Any thoughts on this approach?

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I personally don't like the trick itself. However, I think that your presentation might really appeal to the audience. I think it sounds pretty cool. Smile
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Just a little FYI....the colors stand for:

The colors of the Flag originally had no meaning, but the colors of the Seal of the United States had meanings, and these meanings were translated over to the Flag.

I've got lots of other miscellaneous knowledge on the Flag. In case you didn't know, I've got a complete magic show devoted to the History of the American Flag. And, no, I do not use Mis-Made Flag in anything!

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Why do people think it's in bad taste?
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The Flag History show sounds like a great idea, especially these days, and if you are using it to help youngsters develop more respect for the flag, it's even better. I imagine some of the service clubs are interested in your show, too.

I really hadn't thought about it until another magician brought it up. I guess that there was a concern that it would be perceived to be disrespectful.

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There is NOTHING in bad taste about using an American flag. Not before 9/11 and not now. A statement to the contrary is nonsensical.

I use it in shows now more then ever. And the audience LOVES it. I don't play up the patriotic theme, but some audience members choose to take away a strong patriotic message, and they appreciate it.
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I recently remember reading somewhere that someone ended the Mismade flag routine with a silk cylinder and changed the mismade flag into a giant flag which fit in the cylinder.

Sounded like a good idea, except I could not think of a logical reason why they were placing the small flag into the cylinder, and covering it with a tube.

Just a thought!

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I don't do it, but I can't see any reason why not
if you can entertain kids with it. The premise is OK. Drop a silk accidentally, and get unexpected results.

My flag routine is to produce a red silk, then the white, then the blue, magically link the silks together, then change them into a very large flag.

It's not really very mysterious, just looks cool.

Depending on the venue, I tie it into what I want to talk about. Example, a get out the vote spiel to an adult audience.

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Bob Johnston
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I agree with you. However, some time ago I decided that the miss-made silks looked “weak.” So I had my tailor do some sewing for me with 18” silks.

One Long Red, White, and Blue
One Long Red and White
And One Long Blue.

It all works well with a double load Ch Bag.

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Bob Johnston directed me to this thread because he knows how much I love this trick. I've been closing my smaller shows with this effect since before 9/11 and it's always been well received. In my routine I bring up four kids and dress them up as the Statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam, George Washington, and Abe Lincoln. There's tons of comedy patter and an equal amount of photo opps. The routine concludes with me having all the children in the room stand up to recite the "Pledge of Allegiance" in order to produce the proper flag. I then play "God Bless America" or some other patriotic music to wrap up the show.

This routine is a lot of fun to perform, to watch and to take part in, and aside from the costumes that I use, it really packs small and plays very big. Even the Mom's and Dad's love to join in for the "Pledge of Allegiance."

One point I would like to mention is that I haven't had much success with the dropping of the blue silk on the floor. The kids in my shows would catch it before it even hit the ground and hold it up to me saying "Hey dropped this!!" So as an alternative I chose to just forget to get the blue silk from Abe Lincoln (usually a four year old wearing a beard and top hat) during all the confusion. As I said earlier this has worked for me for years now and I feel it's one of the strongest routines in my show. I hope you give it a try.

Best regards, Tony Parisi Smile
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There is nothing wrong with MisMade Flag. It makes a great closer.
Works great for kids. Lots of opportunities fun.
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