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Does anybody know of a book or a video of tips and routines and handling for spring animals? I know of the spring animal teach in video, but I heard it is really bad video, any other suggestions?
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Sirref, I would have to agree that the teach in video is not worth the money spent. I was badly fooled by it's purchase. I am not aware of any other videos out there. I understand someone has written a very good book out on routines and handling. This may be a local item and not distributed regionally. I will find out more and let you know.
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Watch David Williamson do his routine.
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Mr. Williamson performs his hilarious routine on the sadly out-of-print Sleight of Dave video. If you can beg, borrow, or, uh, buy this one second hand, you won't be sorry.

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Take a look at Al Cohen's magic shop webpage:
http://www.alsmagic.com/

Click on the video clips link, and scroll down. There's a clip of Al doing Rocky. He's completely different than Dave Williamson, but it can give you an idea of how to make Rocky move, and how to interact with him.

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I have been doing something a little different with my handling lately. I have been using the HandzUp product from Hottrix to create the illusion Rocky is moving unaided. The effect looks much like this: Hottrix Graphic

I make out Rocky is trying to hide in a pocket behind my jacket because he is shy. Then he peeks over the top you see him whisper in my ear. All the while his tail flashes around the side. When he comes out I am into my regular Rocky routine. It is nice because my hands are apparently not even touching him. Since I have been doing this I notice children starting to claim ‘he is not real!’ which tells me it must make him look real for them to say that.
Andy Wonder, Auckland, New Zealand
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Andy:
What a clever idea. I think that is really thinking creatively and the kids probably do indeed enjoy it a lot. Thanks for sharing that with us.
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Andy,

Ditto on thanks for sharing.

I have the Handz Up gimmick in one of my drawers.

I get it out to play with everyonce in a while. Even though I do a lot of puppets including "Bob" (my version of Rocky)
I did not include that in my playing with the gimmick.

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I think Andy's concept is a very creative way of taking a common routine and taking it to another level. It is what I call thinking outside of the box. Thanks again Andy for the clever ideas.
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"me three" (don't you hate "me too" posts? Smile)
I also have an un-used Handz Up (and an over-used Rocky).

Thanks for sharing, Andy!

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Does anyone else do anything different from the norm in the way they handle or present "Rocky"? I would be curious to find out what other creative ideas are out there.
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Does anyone else do anything different from the norm in the way they handle or present "Rocky"? I would be curious to find out what other creative ideas are out there.

Hi,
I only use rocky in my adult show. I have my own routine which is a bit different and I would like to keep to myself. However, I always produce rocky rather than just taking him out and saying I have an animal here type of aprouch. After the previous effect I am left with a silk and i say "when ever you see a magicain with a silk hankerchief you expect him to produce something, well I am no different" I now gather up the silk making some whistles like bird noise and produce rocky looking, laughing and saying "not what you thought is it!" I cannot explain why but this line with rocky apearing gets a big laugh.
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Bits I use include

"Sneezing" after Bob kisses me.

I call him Spring Bob. and ask if the kids know Sponge Bob, (Pause)

Kids say _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _.

If you are a worker you know the response.

Then I tell them when I say

Spring Bob, they say

Furry Tail,

It aint killer but it does add a bit of fun.

I also miss call it by saying it is a baby dragon.

(another Magician got it wrong.

I miscall things alot.

My dancing chicken is sometimes called a dragon or a bear.

You know that Harry Bear that likes to garden.

He carries pots with him so of course they call him...
...
...
...
...

You got it.....


Harry Potter.


Sorry couldn't resist.

Today was kind of unusual the first day off

Magic, not the usual day job as the nearly

normal counselor.

Hope to see you this week in KC at the IBM

convention. (in between Nearly Normal Gigs

that is)

Harris Deutsch
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I've been using Rocky since the mid 80's, and I use him in just about every show I do. Most of the routines I developed for Rocky are based on circus stunts... jumping thru a hoop, riding a unicycle on a tightwire, doing a magic trick. In my book "Kids Think It's Funny" (link in my signature) I have a whole chapter devoted to Rocky ideas and routines.

I do have the Rocky zig-zag (given to me by Stephen Spanks), and I made a few modifications that really help. I took off the lid, so when I am doing the routine one hand is holding Rocky. That way I can move him so he reacts to the blades going thru him. I also tied a string to the fake tail in such a way that when I pull him up out of the box at the end, the tail comes up with him. The normal way is to stuff the tail back into the bottom of the box, then pull Rocky up. A small detail, but as we all know, details can make a big difference.
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