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Michael Berends
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Hi All,

I'm looking for a clean looking parakeet production without the use of apparutus (Boxes, Tubes...etc). The use of a silk ala dove productions is OK.

I already have a number of ideas that resemble all the dove productions that I used to do. Haven't put any of it into practice yet. Just seeing if anybody can point me to something different before I go through the work of making harnesses, pockets.....etc.

Thanks,
Michael Berends
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damien666
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Parakeets can be very good little escape artists. I know a lot of people use droppers(something plastic with a pop off lid attached, so you can hit the lid with your thumb and the bird slides out into your hand), as opposed to holders. That way, they can't wrestle thier way out. One thing though - Parakeets do not travel well in cold - They can be quite fragile in that they they like warm climates and are quite suseptable to illness from getting the chills. Especially our Canadian Winters...
I think I saw you at a little convention in Calgary several years ago called 'Laugh-fest'. If I recall, You did a sub trunk with Jim Ptycia(sp? - - three times the charm!) Sorry to bring back repressed memories!
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Michael Berends
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Hi Damien,

You're right. That was me. hahaha! That was approximately 10 years ago!

It's painful to remember memories like that. You do have to admit, it was really funny! (Now...Lol)

I used to do lots of dove work but these little critters are new to me. They're definitly not like Doves. They have quite the little personalities too!

I'm using them for something else but would like to introduce the parakeet, in a magical way rather than just having the bird handed to me or having it in a cage already on the stage. Makes more sense to me that way.

I don't want to resort to any apparutus, other than something I can get out of my pocket, like a silk, kleenex, balloon, etc. If I can get away from a body load that would e great too because it might not be at the top of the show.

I've even thought of a load off a prop that gets brought on stage, that gets placed into a body load position while onstage?

I can still do the main effect without it. I just want to add that extra little something too it.

Any suggestions woul be great,

Thanks,
Michael Berends
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paraguppie
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Michael,

Dave Womach has an excellent tape about birds, with a few different ways to produce a parakeet (from kleenex, from a coloring book, and shows his version of a production holder or "bag"). I just got it and it's a good video. He also does a bunch of dove productions and even some parrot work. http://www.davewomach.com is his site and you can reach him through there. Good luck,

Keith
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Michael Berends
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Hi Keith,

Thanks for the tip.

I just talked to Dave Womach. I met him a couple of years ago and we just got in touch with each other again.

I've already mentioned to him that I want his videos. Glad you like them, I'm sure that I will too!

Cheers,
Michael Berends
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Bryan Gilles
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I second that... Dave's videos have been a great deal of inspiration to me as well. Iam doing several effects he taught such as the parakeet from a pack of cards and the geni-tube production... Another great performer is Jack Kodell. He did variations of classic dove magic and used parakeets... I am now using one of my parakeets for my final load in a cups and balls routine... You can do so much with these little guys... Good luck to you.
Bryan
Antoine
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Do you know Alpha's parakeet holder? I have a book in French on how to palm parakeet... If you 're interested in it PM me.
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