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Bairefoot
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LJust wondering does the ballon to dove tray play well in a professional stage show? Does the audience like it? Thank you.
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A retired dove worker in California use to have it in his act at private parties. The kid's seem to enjoy it and go wild. The only drawback is that sometimes you get a few of them shouting at you to do it again. On a stage setting, you wouldn't have that problem but I think the trick goes over so quick that it might be a non-memorable effect.

For that reason, I think Rick Thomas used it as his opening trick. The bird cage works on the same principle as the dove tray.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t0IrkIQS_I

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DOVE PRODUCTION CAGE

Based on a concept by Rick Thomas and brought into reality by Richard Hughes in 1988. A beautiful circular chrome bar cage about 12” high and 10” in diameter is freely spun while holding the cage’s top ring. In a flash of light, a dove appears.

This is a custom prop made to troupe with lots of little extras that will give that unique touch to your act. The base is deceptively thin. Not one but two photo flashes insure the faultless performance of this effect every time. One bar breaks open to allow immediate removal of the dove. The ring is mounted in a ball bearing race to give a smooth spinning action. Produced in very limited quantities. Custom ATA case available.
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DOVE PRODUCTION CAGE

Based on a concept by Rick Thomas and brought into reality by Richard Hughes in 1988. A beautiful circular chrome bar cage about 12” high and 10” in diameter is freely spun while holding the cage’s top ring. In a flash of light, a dove appears.
The dove production cage that Rick Thomas uses was made by Richard Hughes but uses fire, not light flashes. The fire version is no longer made

The dove tray that this topic is about works just fine in any setting but in a stage setting, needs to be combined with other dove effects rather than being a stand alone effect. There are many version of the effect. Dove in balloon is one. Another is to have a clear box placed on top of the tray and the dove made to appear inside the box. Another popular version is gloves to dove. Works the same as the dove in balloon. Toss your gloves onto the tray and produce the dove. This version isn't as popular as it used to be as not many magicians perform in full dress with gloves. Regardless of the version, it does play well.

When I was performing, I used the tray as a table top to hold another prop. That threw off some of the suspicion and provided a reason to have it in the first place.
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Thanks for all the help. Is anyone here have a Richard Hughes dove production cage. That they might sell. Richard does't have these in stock he has to make them. So if someone here is not using theirs I am interested in maybe buying theirs.
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I used to have a Chalet version of the tray. I agree with Dave Scibner that it's important to use it as a table (attach a table base tripod to it with a flange on the bottom) that you will use throughout your act as a small side table or if you have an assistant then it can be a tray that the assistant uses to carry items on and off . But don't just bring it on to do the one effect (balloon to dove) and then not use it again. It should be perceived as a utility tray or table , not as a stand-alone prop.

I am by no means an experienced "dove worker" so I'm talking out of my depth here, but I have seen magicians do a no-tray version where a balloon is blown up and held between the hands , then it pops and a dove appears. If I were going to do a balloon to dove effect today I think I would tend to seek out that sort of method (perhaps in one of the volumes of Ian Adair's Encyclopedia of Dove Magic?)
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I am by no means an experienced "dove worker" so I'm talking out of my depth here, but I have seen magicians do a no-tray version where a balloon is blown up and held between the hands, then it pops and a dove appears. If I were going to do a balloon to dove effect today I think I would tend to seek out that sort of method (perhaps in one of the volumes of Ian Adair's Encyclopedia of Dove Magic?)


I guess you could say I am an experienced dove worker. This is a standard dove production. The method is the same as most dove productions. Basically introducing a balloon instead of flash paper, silk, newspaper etc.

Bairefoot, you might want to check out this topic

https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/view......forum=13
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Bairefoot
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Thanks everyone.
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I have an old abbotts I have used in every show for over 40 years.
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I used the model turned on its side with the picture of a dove on the surface, once the production was made the picture was gone.
The dove appears to come right from the picture, kids and adults both love the effect. You can do it with a small hand flasher to add to the effect.
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