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dlcmagic
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Ok I'm not sure where to post this but here it goes.
Let's say you were going to perform a stage show tomorrow and you have nothing, no props nothing. But there is a Walmart in town. You need to put together a 45 minute show using materials from Walmart alone. What would you do? Just thought this would be a fun question to put on the Café.
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Well believe it or not being a clown I can fill a good 30 - to forty minues with nothing but my body. Now I know that I am a lunny looker but I have a whole file drawer of what is called Instant Impressions, but not of famous people but of every day things from silly to sublime. These we taught by my good friend Mr Clown Aka Earl Chaney. They are like a railroad crossing, a lighthouse, a tap dancing aligator, ect. These are also great fillers when something goes wrong or I need to strech time in a performance. that's my 2 cents Chuck.
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Cut and Restored Rope or Professor's Nightmare using clothes line rope from the hardware department and some scissors.

Appearing pole or giant magic wand using a shower curtain rod cover.

Pick up a few decks of cards and you can do endless card tricks. Grab a a can of Testor's clear-coat spray from the hobby department and put together an "Invisible Deck".

A couple of newspapers and you can do a torn and restored newspaper.

Some colored paper rubber cement from the craft section and you can put together some "Buddha Papers".

Some safety pins, elastic cord and a film canister you have a pull... if you find the right sized rubber ball in the toy department and a shot glass you make "Squash".

You can do some basic cups and balls routines with basic cups and balls off the shelf.

Get some Wooley nylon from the sewing dept. - strip out some fibers and you can float a dollar bill or do Hummer Card..

--That's got to be a pretty good show already. Anybody else got some?
Payne
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Well, since my ethical code won't allow me to step into a Walmart, I suppose I'd have to go to the closest Hardware store that Walmart hadn't put under and buy a sponge and some scissors and make sponge balls.

With some sheet metal, contact paper and some flat magnetic sheeting you could cobble together a What's Next.

The Plumbing department, with the aid of a hole saw, could provide you with a Shanghai Shackle Illusion.

A stationary store can supply you with everything to make a Technicolour Prediction board.
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Payne wrote: "A stationary store can supply you with everything to make a Technicolour Prediction board."

Aren't they ALL stationary stores? Or was that supposed to be "stationery" store? <G>
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Let's not forget the Miser's Dream, which you could do with a chromed or stainless steel pail that you picked up in the Garden or Kitchen department.

In fact, that's exactly what I did! SETH
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On 2004-11-01 10:53, Peter Marucci wrote:
Payne wrote: "A stationary store can supply you with everything to make a Technicolour Prediction board."

Aren't they ALL stationary stores? Or was that supposed to be "stationery" store? <G>

It appears that I'm another senseless victim of spellcheck. As punishment I will simultaneously produce 50 mouth coils from my mouth in a room full of people who suffer from emetophobia.
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I won't detail the tricks, but this ACTUALLY HAPPENED.

We were booked into a theater to our Midnight Ghost Show... and when we got there the movie screen was nailed down to the stage right at the front.

The theater manager would not change it, so we had to do a full evening show in the aisles of the theater.

Many of the tricks we had were too big and we couldn't do them in the aisles. So armed with tons of knowledge from places like the Tarbell Course, we went to a Woolworth Store (young folks won't recognize the name but it was what was called a "Dime Store" too -- and you could get almost anything there) and bought lots of things like rope, rings, etc., and put together a show.

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Walmart has a large "Made in the USA" inventory... I'd go with an All American theme.

Pete,
I believe Woolworth stores were still around at the end of the last century. Downtown Atlanta still had one on Peachtree Street until the very end.
Also, the movie Brother Where Art Thou' made a few references to the Woolworth's.
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Harder to find a "TG&Y" or "Ben Franklins Five and Dime" paid-for franchise still around. But there is at least one of each still.
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• Plenty stuff for a square circle and production items.

• Siberian Chain escape.

• Glass rocks for that "I have as many as you.." effect.

• Add-a-No. pads

• Rope and kid's department for a Chinese Rope Escape

• Shoelaces for string thru neck

• Stationery dept for sundry Mentalism supplies.

• String for close up cut n restore stuff and string tricks.
We dance an invisible dance to music they cannot hear.
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On 2004-10-31 20:47, Scott Ocheltree wrote:
Cut and Restored Rope or Professor's Nightmare using clothesline rope from the hardware dept and some scissors.

Appearing pole or giant magic wand using a shower curtain rod cover.

Pick up a few decks of cards and you can do endless card tricks.
Grab a a can of Testor's clear-coat spray from the hobby dept and put together an "Invisible Deck".

A couple of newspapers and you can do a torn and restored newspaper.

The Wal-Mart I work in actually gives away a local paper. I picked them up for the Anderson Tear. Put a couple together, haven't done much else yet!

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Some colored paper rubber cement from the craft section and you can put together some "Buddha Papers".

Some safety pins, elastic cord and a film canister you have a pull... if you find the right sized rubber ball in the toy dept. and a shot glass you make "Squash".

you can do some basic cups and balls routines with basic cups and balls off the shelf.

Get some Wooley nylon from the sewing dept. - strip out some fibers and you can float a dollar bill or do Hummer Card..


--That's got to be a pretty good show already.
Anybody else got some?

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A legal pad, a magic marker and a tiny wastebasket (Works great for a version of Mental Epic, like Danny Archer's Triple Threat. Also, magic squares or an effect like Meir Yedid's Total Destiny.)

Rubber balls and a large aquarium net (for balls in net)

Three small objects (for "Two in the Hand, One in the Pocket")

Metal Coathangers (for the Mike Caveney version of "Powers of Darkness")

A length of wide ribbon, needle and thread, and some velcro. (For U.F. Grant's "Mummy Cloth")

Index cards and pencils (For billet work)

A large novelty pencil, clasp-style change purse and a hankerchief (for a "Flipstick" routine)

A ladies' scarf (for the "Seven Cornered Scarf")

Thimbles (for manipulation)

Two decks of cards and model paint used as roughing spray (McCombical Cards Across)
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Chap stick, lighter, cards.

Bulldog clips.

Superglue (for card making).
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This has happened to me , but I didn't have a Wal-Mart. All I had was a Kwikee Mart! I realized, upon arriving at the venue, that I had forgotten my case. I was working on a Riverboat Casino at the time, and I had to cover eight hours of strolling magic and two stand-up programs.

I picked up a couple decks of cards, some rubber bands, casino chips/tokens, rope, and a few other sundry items that I don't recall right now. I was able to make it through the night.

I don't remember the exact effects I did. I do remember that the strolling, of course, was a lot easier (heck, who *can't* work with coins, cards, and rubber bands for a night?) For stand-up, I remember doing Professor's Nightmare and "Shooter" (shooting a hole through a chosen card; I had the helper point at it with their finger like a gun and yell "Bang!" I used Karrell Fox's method where the rubber band kicks the card into the air.)
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"Let's say you were going to perform a stage show tomorrow and you have nothing, no props nothing. But there is a Walmart in town. You need to put together a 45 minute show using materials from Walmart
alone. What would you do?"
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If you are not already prepared and need to throw together a show, if you have to put it together in a rush, it would not be a quality show. If you do have stage experience then that scenario would never happen.

What would I do?

I would not do it!
Daniel Faith
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On 2004-11-07 00:22, Daniel Faith wrote:
"Let's say you were going to perform a stage show Tomorrow and you have nothing, no props nothing. But there is a Walmart in town. You need to put together a 45 minute show using materials from Walmart
alone. What would you do?"
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If you are not already prepared and need to throw together a show, if you have to put it together in a rush, it would not be a quality show. If you do have stage experience then that scenario would never happen.

What would I do?

I would not do it!



I believe the original post was an extreme, improbable 'what if?' that was meant to be a fun brain-teaser.

I can honestly say that in all my years performing that I have, on occassion, had to make last minute additions/substitutions utilizing local resources.

Anyone who tells you they haven't simply hasn't been performing long enough to meet Mr. Murphy and his incredible law.
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Quote:
On 2004-11-07 00:22, Daniel Faith wrote:
"Let's say you were going to perform a stage show
tomorrow and you have nothing, no props nothing.
But there is a Walmart in town. You need to put together a 45 minute show using materials from Walmart
alone. What would you do ?? "
---
If you are not already prepared and need to throw together a show. If you have to put it together in a rush, it would not be a quality show. If you do have stage experience then that scenario would never happen.
What would I do?
I would not do it!


I remember having a conversation with a couple of full-time pros as to what they would do if their props were lost, when flying to a gig. They said it would be no problem because they could use things that they find at the venue, as well as at local stores. I don't think that either one had a problem with their luggage being lost, though.
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Alan,
Yes it was meant as a "what if". I just wanted to
post the question as a fun type of thing.
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But David and Cynthia,

My act does come from WalMart!

I have used the clothesline for over twenty-five years. It is my favorite magic rope!

I also use the floral wire, rubber cement, pay envelopes, labels, ribbon, matches, string, poster board, electrical conduit joints, cat carrier for doves, Velcro, canned goods (containing productions), feathers, fresh fruit, rubber bands, pins and pens, Sharpie pens, tape, laser lights, craft rocks, WD-40, batteries, curtain bases (tiki light stands), bubble solution, gold fish and bowls (for loads), balloons, hoop for suspension, plastic bags, artificial flowers, blank CDs, and even plastic pill bottles from the pharmacy. For years I could even buy EMT there for curtains. It was so cheap that I didn’t haul it from show to show.

I've only been doing magic forty-three years, but some of my stuff comes from magic shops. At home it is sorted and stored in the plastic boxes from WalMart.

I will also admit that I enjoyed living in NW Arkansas over twenty-five years ago. It was like watching America go back into business again. I do miss Sam Walton. He was the best magician of all.

Bob
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