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donny
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I guess I'm not familiar with the whole Stage Illusion thing. I need ideas on what we could put together in 30 days. She's 9, with nominal magic/stage experience.

-Fairytale Miser's Dream
-a broomstick 'flight' illusion
-Professors Nightmare

Yeah, that's all I got. Anyone suggest effects or resources?

Thank-you ;-)
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Tell us more about the event, venue, audience, how much time you have for your act, and your magic/stage experience.

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If it is illusions you are after, then Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic has several you can throw together quickly, inexpensively, and are fairly easy to do. If you are talking stand-up, dove pan, squared circle, most box magic.
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When my son was in high school his choir had a talent show in the auditorium of his school. Using one of the other girls in the chorus as an assistant, and with him having no magic experience really, I taught him an illusion. The illusion was a haunted house with a ghost costume and I believe it was in Mark Wilson's course as noted by Father Photius above. I made the house from 1/4 drywall which can be cut with a utility knife and decorated it according to the instructions using white paint and a sharpie, along with red vinyl tape for the corners. It was not expected that it would be used again which was the reason for the material choice and it held up wonderfully before and during the performance.

It was funny because during the performance I sat behind a couple of rows of kids and the performances were only being loosely watched as the talent show was not performed publicly but rather for the chorus members. There were large pockets of watchers and many others simply wandering the aisles. I listened to the comments as my son performed and it was funny because, as you would expect from a loose performance at a talent show with no professional performances, people were half paying attention. At the end of the illusion when the assistant removed her costume and the Haunted House's roof began to move and my son then stepped out the comments made from the rows in front of me (now paying full attention) were priceless.

For those not familiar the illusion begins with the audience unaware that there is an assistant and the performer dons the ghost costume and the haunted house is then assembled. The climax is reached when the assistant reveal her/himself in the costume and the performer is in the haunted house previously shown empty.
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Ah, yes! Mark Wilson's. I have that. I'll have a look, Thanks all!
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Just though I'd complete this post, three years latter :-/

The event went wonderfully. We did a D'lite Miser's Dream w/ appropriate music, some dancing, and two other D'lite products. I didn't think she'd do the dance part, but she took to it! It was the best presentation.

Donny,
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3 years...that was quite a long show. Smile
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