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Eric Rose
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Okey dokey, here it is. You show your hands empty and bring out some Silly Putty. You open the egg and pull out the blob of pink putty. You discard the egg and start playing with the blob. As you stretch it, you make a long thing that looks like a mouse's tail. You open your hand and now there is a real mouse attached to the tail hanging out of your hand. The Silly Putty is gone.

OK, now its time to admit I've tried this several times, but it has a problem. I started with the mouse loaded in the egg, Silly Putty at the other end. (I used a larger egg from generic Silly Putty from Walmart. Drill all sorts of holes in the end to ensure the mouse has air.) The mouse (mice) have been small, young mice. A white one has a tail that perfectly matches the Silly Putty. The problem is that to get a mouse small enough to fit in the egg, its too young to be hand trained. The end result is these little mothers bite like a sonofagun and tend to urinate and deficate without control. (I told you this has a problem.)

Any thoughts or suggestions on making this work? Granted, it wouldn't be perfect for table hopping, what with the fear of disease, infestation and mouse feces on the table, but oh, if it worked...
Pakar Ilusi
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Don't use a mouse.

Use instead a dove, rabbit, hamster, turtle, butterfly, grasshopper, worm, snake, lizard, iguana, oohh... you get the idea. Might need a little more Silly Putty though, and a different method to boot. Hmmmm...Smile

Hope that helped some...
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montz
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How about a variation of David Harkey's ring to silly putty?

Using the patter that a good artist sees an image and then free's it, hand the spectator some putty and have them make an object, say, a half dollar.

Then they tear the putty open to reveal the thought of object inside.
magicgetsgirls
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What about a fake dove? I heard they only bite or urinate on you when they're REALLY scared. Seriously though, it could work. Most fake doves are hollow anyways. If you somehow concealed the fake dove and putty out of sight for a split second, you could put the silly putty inside of the hollow dove. This would leave you with the putty "gone", and the "real animal" taking its place.
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Jonathan Townsend
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Eric,

Congrats on getting the animals trained.

What would be the drawback to using an older animal? Is it the tail? The concealment?

Would a hand trained animal be comfortable in your jacket pocket until palmed into routine?

I'm impressed,

Jonathan
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nostromo
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How about adding another step? Start out with an egg that has just the putty (no mouse) and animate the mouse tail out of the silly putty, and while everyone's attention is on that bit of business you switch out the first egg for another one that has Mr Mouse. Act like the mouse is getting out of control, or any other reason to want to get it back into it's egg 'home'. Open the other egg while palming the putty tail without ever having to touch the mouse until it's time to close out. Keep a large clear glass tumbler and a square of cardboard or linoleum tile on your working surface so you can catch the mouse if he scampers about and you want to keep him.

Or use a cups and balls kind of routine for a final load?

Now, not that I am REALLY recommending this or anything, but when I was in Okinawa there were some bars that staged mongoose and snake fights. Since there were far more snakes than mongoose, (mongooses? mongeese?) the bar owners were rumored to toss the snakes in the refridgerator for a few hours before the 'fight' to slow them down. Oh, wait. Snakes are cold-blooded creatures. That may not work with a mouse. Perhaps there is some other acceptable way of slowing down a mouse?

Or is there some reason in your patter so that you could be wearing thin leather gloves to protect you from nibbles? Maybe to supposedly protect you from the 'magic influence' or 'special spirits' or
'scientific animation ray', or the 'caustice efects' of the 'transmuted' putty?

All just thoughts, hope they open a path that is useful to you. Sounds like a GREAT effect!!
pbg739
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I used this idea once for awhile, but it caused too much stress on my pet. I brought out a pack of hamster snacks (looks a lot like fruit snacks that kinds bring in their lunches). I opened the top and offered a spectator their choice of a package. Upon their choice, I tore open the top, and a live hamster popped out. This was used as an opening effect, and I asked my vet how to load it correctly. A Hamster is less likely to bite. But to be honest, the overall effect is not worth the frustration that comes along with the unpredictable actions of small rodents. Just my 2 cents.

Pete
eric_e
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The fact that the small mice tails match the Silly Putty is cool and what made this worth chasing to begin with, it seems to me. But urination, defecation, biting, etc. are pretty big downsides, I must agree. The title of this thread fits it well, sadly enough. Smile
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