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I have 'just' got back into magic recently, after falling into and out of it through the lack of magic shops in my area (i.e. couldn't get hold of professional props), but thanks to the inter-web thing, I have rekindled my love of magic.

One thing I have noticed with me, is my 'persona' on stage seems to fall into a street magician of the late 1800's. I found this out whilst rehearsing C&B, chop cup and 6 card repeat. This has felt comfortable for me and as such want to build up on an act that goes through the history of magic as a street entertainer (whether this turns into busking/live performances etc).

I know that C&B, chop cup and three card Monte would be a good start, but obviously would need to build on this for the act to progress, are there any historical tricks from that period (1800-1930) that would be a good idea. Table turning/table levitation's I know would fit this type of performance, but want to start small, and don't (yet) want to fall in the 'physic' area of magic.

Any suggestions would be helpful. Oh and by the way, the clothes I wear are of a casual worker of the 1890's, not a Derren Brown clone (HAHA!)
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Oh, the reason why I felt right being dressed as an 1800's street entertainer is that I co-ordinate living history events and was already in costume, and the costume and the magic just seemed to fit.
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If I understood correctly, I will say that if ye present it well enough, most tricks would fit; but how about an ACR routine, some billiard balls tricks and the sort?
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I agree with alfvallarta. Much of what is thought of as “parlour magic” came from that era any way. Almost anything will work with this, except maybe for really shiny chrome plated props. Brass or copper anything would work, especially the routines with Cups you’ve mentioned.

If you’re doing card magic, you might want to look at some of Bicycle’s specialty cards, just for fun.

http://www.ellusionist.com/vintage-serie......rds.html


Any coins should work for this as well. Odd or old coins don’t have to cost a lot. I found some old Chinese coins at a flea market that are almost dollar sized that are great for manipulation.

Gimmicked coins as well, Scotch & Soda, Locking $1.35, Cigarette (or pencil) through the Half. You could get lost in here!

http://johnsonmagicproducts.com/shop/index.php


If this is a costume (and you own it) you might also research having a Topit installed. It is current with that era, and opens up many possibilities. You can find patterns and DVD by Michael Ammar here.

http://www.ammarmagic.net/topit-pattern.html


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Wow!

Many thanks for the advice, and will be looking at these in between university and essays, (In real life I am a TV, Film & Theatre undergrad). What really facinates me, and possibly is the reason why I am intreged in performing a 'historical' act is that the art of magic is very much intertwined with the three subjects I am currently reading.
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The other advise is fine..... but for you, I'd suggest:

Check out the school for scoundrels. Those guys are right up your ally.

And look at the work of Whit Hayden. Whit is a member here, and very helpful. Also Café member Bill Palmer is a wealth of historical information, and helpful as well. Welcome to the Café! -Josh
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