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Mike Maturen
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I am in the process of writing, designing and building my new illusion show. It is called "The Dream", and is basically the story of my evolution in magic, and my childhood dream of being a professional magician.

I will pay tribute to the three magicians who influenced me most in my formative years: Doug Henning, Harry Blackstone, Jr. and David Copperfield. I am wanting to get a few effects that give a real flavor of these three men, without losing my own personality.

In short, I want to pay tribute without imitating. Any thoughts on the best ways to do this? Costuming, re-creating an effect?

Look forward to the replies.
Mike Maturen
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Henning--tie-dye with lots of light blue and a long-sleeve knit top.
Blackstone (either)--tailcoat--Jr's were snazzy.
Copperfield--White, long-sleeved shirt w/ open collar, black pants.
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Hi Mike,
I like both your idea and paying homage to your heroes and your past.

I do consulting by email and Skype, helping to write or polish/edit magical scripts,
suggesting set, costuming, and technical elements, working to make a show theatrically logical with a consistent premise and order, and when needed stage and/or direct the whole production, including movement, persona, theatrics, and a cohesive beginning, middle, climax, and ending.

You can get an idea of my theatrical, acting, directing, writing, and magic performance creds from my book "Tales of Enchantment" You could also search out my years of Café threads.

My hourly rate is competitively low or we could explore a set fee option. Feel free to PM me or better yet, give me a call, for an initial consultation.
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Walt
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Bit self indulgent maybe?
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On 2012-07-10 14:53, thecharlatan wrote:
Bit self indulgent maybe?

I think that comes with the territory when you are a magician.
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It strikes me that the three personalities you mentioned had very distinct ways of dressing.

How about a costume quick-change as a magical transition between time periods?

Imagine successive quick-changes from coat and tails to psychedelic Tie-Dye to “basic black.”…?
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I would suggest instead an introduction to three phases of your act that deals with the approach each of these masters approached magic. Hemingway was all about wonder in a very childlike way; Blackstone was about mystery and pizzazz; Copperfield is a showman and a master of theatricality. These are the essences of each, and what made each an icon of their era in magic.
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On 2012-09-15 23:54, Motley Mage wrote:
Hemingway was all about wonder in a very childlike way;

Me thinks you're confusing your magic with your profession there, Professor! Smile
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Motley Mage
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Methinks my spellchecker on my phone did me in again! Henning, of course! B-)
Mike Maturen
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Motley: This was along the lines of what I was thinking. I do have costumes (with the exception of the Tie-Dye) that woyuld work...but I don't want this necessarily want this to be along the lines of a tribute band exactly imitating another band. This is why I like your idea.

My current thinking is that I would start the show with a Shadow Box appearance (which I already do), dressed in my tux (not tails, but oh well). Then do a few effects that would be reminiscent of Blackstone.

The second portion of the show would lean more toward children's style magic (a tribute to Henning).

Finally, I would finish off with a few theatrical story-telling type pieces (like the snowstorm) that would be befitting of Copperfield. I likely would wear my tux pants, with a white satin renaissance style shirt.
Mike Maturen
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Chris Henderson
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Along those same lines on one of Doug Henning's last TV specials, he did a routine where he compared and contrasted 3 magicians -- Houdini, Chung Ling Soo and himself -- by performing the cut and restored rope. Each time he cut the rope and restored it, he did it in the very different styles and mannerisms of each of those 3 different magicians.
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I rememebr Hennning having that huge head of hippy hair and that great moustache and the shiny red /blue costumes. He was famous for the zig zag and the beautiful smile. The smile was the real magic.
I did not get to see Junior, but I did see his father. Who could forget the dancing handkerchief, floating lightbulb and buzz saw? Tails, elegance.
Copperfield -Hair, and that squinty sideways look, with a bunch of good looking chicks.
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Thought of this later. A nice way to let the audience remember, or get to know the personalties your are honoring, is to have their pictures on a projection screen.
If you use children or young adults for assistants, you can dress them up in the honorees costumes and have them involved in the production. I can see a young boy with a big wig and moustace, dressed as a young Henning performing trick that Henning would do.
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