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I started playing around with the d'lites I had lying in my closet as I would like to use them as an intro for dark clubs as originally intended but I abandoned the idea before trying or getting anywhere really.

I think it looks good and magical to pretend like the light in one hand is a little ball as if it were and free object and playing around I think it has a good effect to appear to pass it into the other hand, as you would a coin, rather than throw it. This way I think the audience would think it is more of a physical object such that when you 'throw' it between your ears it will have that much better effect.

Anyhow I think it looks believable doing such things when you have gotten started and in motion but practicing in the mirror when first lighting the first light imo it just looks like you are switching something on in your hand which ruins the magic right from the getgo. Maybe I need to practice more however I am not sure if that is all it is or whether there are more magical/graceful? creative? ways to initially show the light such that it wouldn't compromise, and indeed boost, the effect going forward from there.

So any ideas on how to intro the light to give it more impact? I thought this morning maybe having a silk over the hand and letting the specs guess what is under it. Nothing fancy about it but it could build intrigue in their mind what is under there and avoids the 'switching on' issue.

I did also think maybe I can improve the revealing of it by slowly sliding the thumb up but only a little notch so they can get a proper look as you might push up a (uk) 2p coin. Maybe imagining it as being a coin would do better for this as to how I am thinking of moving it around.

Any other thoughts?

As noted I want to do it in clubs with people standing in small groups I guess I would be standing a ft or two away; something to consider related to advice when regarding angles. This I would like as an intro where it can build a little curiosity such that they will then be more interested in some 'proper' card magic to follow as I found with these high stimulus environments you need like a 'pre opener' like a shiny object to initially grab the attention then more some magic can continue in earnest because I found without the initiall eye catcher they lack the incentive to commit to a more in-depth trick.
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Why not do like classic sponge-ball or coin and just fetch it from behind someone's ear with no more announcement than a "what's that, here?" or some such?
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Dan Harlan has a fabulous routine on his "Minotaur: The Final Issue" DVD set. Performed live in a bar.
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Oh ye, I was thinking of maybe looking like they had lint on their top or something and 'pull it out'.

I forgot about the oldschool behind the ear. So thanks for reminding me, I will look up some recordings to give me an idea of good delivery for it.

I suppose in that vein I can just look up any classical productions and see which suit.
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On Sep 20, 2018, arthur stead wrote:
Dan Harlan has a fabulous routine on his "Minotaur: The Final Issue" DVD set. Performed live in a bar.


Just watching the trailer and they all seem to be bars/street. Did you have a specific one in mind?
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Something I am looking into is pulling light out of overhead lights/lamps. Need a white D'lite set. It is a little more natural than "light from no where" and to me would seem more impressive. Rather than the magician making light somehow, he's pulled light out from a lightbulb and is manipulating it.
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Something I am looking into is pulling light out of overhead lights/lamps. Need a white D'lite set. It is a little more natural than "light from no where" and to me would seem more impressive. Rather than the magician making light somehow, he's pulled light out from a lightbulb and is manipulating it.


Funny you mentioned this idea! You can use this idea at Christmas, by slowly unscrewing a tree light at the same time as lighting up the d'lite. I know this is not an original idea, as an item once appeared a few years back in a Tucson AZ paper about a man who was seen plucking christmas lights off a tree in a city park and "eating them". hint, a magic shop was nearby! Lynn
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Something I am looking into is pulling light out of overhead lights/lamps. Need a white D'lite set. It is a little more natural than "light from no where" and to me would seem more impressive. Rather than the magician making light somehow, he's pulled light out from a lightbulb and is manipulating it.

you can pull it out of your cellphone flashlight if you got white ones..
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I ordered an ultra-bright white set. We'll see how it works. Smile
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I'll throw in my agreement with the smartphone flashlight - even just pulling it off and tossing it back on is enough of a shocker to register as a solid effect. Once you pull it off though, you can easily launch into a longer routine if you want, and whenever I've done it I get great reactions with it.
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Take a video and look at it a week later. It will give you more of an audience perspective. When I watch videos of my self they often look better than I thought.
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The cellphone light works great. If you're looking to treat it as a physical object, you could easily show a bag or box empty as well as your hands and then reach inside. The box/bag will hide you lighting the first light. You are making a little ball of light appear in a container and then doing slight of hand with that physical object.
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Where are you guys performing this? I stopped doing D-Lites about 15 years ago when I realised that every man and his dog knew how it was done. Hell, the dog was even doing it. They were in toyshops, magic sets, like EVERYWHERE! Are they back again?
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They were in toyshops, magic sets, like EVERYWHERE! Are they back again?


No, but since no one is doing them and they aren't the latest new thing, its been long enough that most people have forgotten about them! And there are ultra bright models now that look so much better!
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I received my set the other week. A short review: They look pretty great. Not blindly bright but well enough for performance in a moderately lit/dim room. On camera, they look insane due to lens flare and it matching well, at least for me.

I performed a short cellphone light routine tonight for a friend who likes magic and does a few card tricks. But first, a little backstory because it is important, trust me. We were talking some about magic and I performed a simple silk vanish with a TT, and then a few minutes later I reproduced the silk. I premised the silk routine with some patter about string theory and that magic is more so about manipulating reality instead of the traditional image of something like a rabbit from a hat.

He knew that was "BS" (and it was), and he said that he knows there are always logical solutions to magic tricks and he likes to try to figure them out. I then said, then how would you explain this... as I performed the cellphone light bit. I was implying that what I was about to do couldn't be explained logically, as you cannot explain reality manipulation with logic. I simply turned the light on my phone, took the light out, ate it, and spit the light back. After I did it, he responded "well see, it uh..." or something similar as he and the friends around me seemed astonished and laughed.

Here is the kicker. A little earlier, while me and my other friend from the story above were talking about magic, another friend came up to both of us and said that he used to do magic when he was younger and that he had... (yep). I did the cellphone light bit for him while the other friend wasn't paying full attention.
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I think there are 3 keys the first instance I told you about, the second instance in time:

1. Producing the light from a natural source. With an unnatural source (like thin air), the audience figures "the light had to come from somewhere..." Taking the light from a natural source that is made known to the audience gives more so an effect of "the light came from the phone but I don't know how he took it out of the phone"...

2. Keeping heat off the hands by doing an abbreviated routine. Doing a longer routine may end up giving the trick away. A longer routine will start to possibly look like something they have seen before. A short routine allows the magic to happen and then be over with before they have time to think about how. They just know what they saw, they don't even know their own thoughts yet. Further, this new take on the trick seems different enough from the typical routine that it might would seem it has a different method.

3. The audience needs to already expect "reality manipulation". I not only said something about it in the patter, but I performed something that was not as strong but supported it "reality manipulation", through the silk routine. I think doing the trick right out the gate before you have kind of set the stage is too shocking, their suspension of disbelief maybe will not kick in yet.

A card trick is a card trick- they should be seemingly impossible but many people often believe there is a logical solution somewhere- but manipulating light is absolutely crazy and should seem to have no logical solution. Some people may not suspend their disbelief to enjoy a magic show if they are not already expecting something so strong.
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The ultra bright reds worked very well for me recently at a Halloween fire ring. Basically, I plucked a glowing ember out of the pit; and in comparison to the old D'Lites, I believe it really looked like an ember. Not really part of a magic "performance". Yeah just a cheap trick. But there were genuine gasps of shock when I did it. Lynn
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Here is a performance of what I described above. Not a perfect recording but should give you an idea of what it looks like. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4pcDZuO0UY
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