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Hello Everyone:

I am looking for some ideas/suggestions for a Mardi Gras Magic Show Theme.

I am helping a friend that got hired to do a show and the person's theme is Mardi Gras Carnival and wants a magic show to match it.

Anyone have any ideas, like what tricks, routines to use, music, etc...

I appreciate your help with this since have not much time but like a week to prepare such.

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Card in the cake. I remember an old Mardi Gras tradition is the cake with the prizes inside.. you could vanish the card and have it reappear in the impossible location, or do it with a borrowed ring.

I believe it is called a "King Cake". You ought to research it first, so you can present a little of the history of the cake into your routine.
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Mr. Wiz,

Spending a lot of time in that area, I can come up with a few good routines that you can use.

First: Geoff mentioned a "King Cake". The tradition is that, when the New Orleans families got together for parties at their neighbor's houses on the day of Carnival. One neighbor would bring the King Cake.

Inside the cake was a plastic baby meant to represent the newness that Lent brings with it. You can do a vanish of a playing card, and when you cut open the king cake you can have the plastic baby holding the card.

Another great favorite is the cut and restored string of beads. Beads are thrown from the parade floats to people who yell
"Throw me something mister". It would be a very easy thing to get a length of cheap plastic beads, (that's all they are) and do a cut and restored rope routine.

The next one may be more difficult to find, but they do also throw doubloons (coins) with the names of the Krewes (The Sponsored Floats - The Krewe Of Rex, The Krewe Of Orpheus, ect.) and some of them are regular sized and some are jumbo sized. This lends itself to any coin routine.

Next, you can do a spongeball routine, if you dye the spongeballs in Mardi Gras colors. (green, purple, gold) By the way the colors mean something, purple represents justice; green, faith; and gold, power. Maybe you can do a "Mental Force" routine with "Multiple Outs" using cards with the colors on them.

If you use IT, you can float a Mardi Gras item like a coin or a king cake baby.

The coolest routine would have to be if you can get hold of any of the Mardi Gras cups that they throw, (plastic 12oz cups) with the Mardi Gras info on the outside, they make great cups for "Cups And Balls". Especially if you have balls with any of the colors.

Another really cool effect involves a lesser known Mardi Gras tradition. The Mardi Gras Balls that are hosted a week before the parades are by strict invitation. The invitaions used to be hand printed in Paris, France and sent to America. If you have a window and a somewhat authentic looking copy of an invitation, you can do a "Corner Short Card Routine" where the invitation that you just torn the corner off of (accidentally) ends up taped to the outside of the window.

Just a few ideas to get you on your way!! If you have any more questions on the subject send me a PM or email me.

S. Patrick

One thing I forgot!!!

The best music to use is, "When The Saints Go Marchin' In" or any well known Jazz tune.


Jeez! I just can't stop!

By the way, the person at the party who gets the King Cake baby, is the person who will host the party next year, and buy the next king cake. The origin of the king cake is actually a "Kings Cake", which are the three Kings who brought gifts to the newborn baby Jesus. The baby is also meant to be Jesus.
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