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Hi!

I was just booked for a gig in which I might have to do a short stage illusion. I was primarily booked for strolling close up magic, however the gentleman that booked me needed me to do something that was on a stage, even if it was just a close up magic trick. I explained, that close up magic is not good for a stage, but again, I will be spending most of my time performing strolling close up magic and he understood before he booked me that I am not a stage performer and never performed on stage. So, I told him I will see what I can come up with. I don't have any experience performing on stage (and the guy who booked me knows this, but again, this event I was booked primarily for strolling magic). I have some time to prepare something before the gig. What suggestions would some of you guys have for a great trick that I can do on stage that also kills and yet is good for a beginner such as myself?
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Not a good scenario IMO . You've never done stage and you'd be doing this as a one-off. Better to find the effect in your arsenal that plays the largest (crazy mans handcuffs won't but a bill to lemon could). Why risk a future booking on something that you and the booker know you don't have any experience.

With that being said I've always received great reactions with a harbin chair suspension. Perhaps a snow animator.

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Could they put up a screen and use a camera ala Copperfield? Then you could do close up on stage.
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Unless it's a huge room I think you could find some things that would work. Professors nightmare, torn and restored rope, vanishing silk, these all can work on stage.

Some card routines can work too... and yes bill to lemon is always a strong trick!
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Not a good scenario IMO . You've never done stage and you'd be doing this as a one-off. Better to find the effect in your arsenal that plays the largest (crazy mans handcuffs won't but a bill to lemon could). Why risk a future booking on something that you and the booker know you don't have any experience.

With that being said I've always received great reactions with a harbin chair suspension. Perhaps a snow animator.

Jason


Yes, I agree, not the best scenario, but I am not somebody to turn down work or a challenge. I was also sure to make clear to the customer I had no experience with stage and told him talents were best suited for strolling close up magic, which is what I will be used as primarily. But he still asked me to try to wing and it come up with something for the stage. Chair suspension is something I have always been interested in. I know of one chair suspension I would like to get, but right now it is outside my budget. Would you guys have any suggestions for any alternative chair suspensions that I could use that is not too expensive? I will probably also consider the Bill To Lemon or probably my favorite, Ammar's Bill To Peanut.
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Cue The Magic by Angelo C. plays very big and is easily accomplished. But may not be in your budget. Heck- you could get away with using something like Danny Archer's ANIMENTAL. An easy effect that is super baffling-cheap- and uses 4 volunteers on stage!

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I've always used a MAK. Their website says $664.00 now. I didn't pay anywhere near that. I added a little something for better/stronger support of the person. This should be done with a kid. If there are no kids, I'd stay away from MAK and go higher end (which means more $$).

Bill to Peanut is AWESOME. Kozak did/does this in his comedy show. Plays well. I have heard that Cue The Magic by Angelo C is also very good. These all can give the 'illusion' of being big but not having to do 'an illusion'. OH! Confabulation if you wan't to get some more people involved.

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Cue The Magic by Angelo C. plays very big and is easily accomplished. But may not be in your budget. Heck- you could get away with using something like Danny Archer's ANIMENTAL. An easy effect that is super baffling-cheap- and uses 4 volunteers on stage!

RNK



Thank you for your response RNK. Do you have a website that sells these particular tricks/illusions?
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Cue The Magic by Angelo C. plays very big and is easily accomplished. But may not be in your budget. Heck- you could get away with using something like Danny Archer's ANIMENTAL. An easy effect that is super baffling-cheap- and uses 4 volunteers on stage!

RNK



Thank you for your response RNK. Do you have a website that sells these particular tricks/illusions?



You are most welcome. Penguin has it for $230.00

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/3755

A very easy, fun, entertaining and still baffling effect.
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Sorry G.M.- they are out of stock, but The Magic Warehouse has it: http://themagicwarehouse.com/TA9570/Cue-......one.html
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Wow- sorry again G.M.- looks like almost everybody is out of stock. Though it looks like they have it at The Mystique Factory http://www.mystiquefactory.com/products/......-carbone
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In US- looks like Denny & Lee has it: http://dennymagic.com/store/cue-the-magi......one.html
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GM are you familiar with Cardiograph? It is easy to do, and is a crowd killer. It would also play real well with the card tricks that you will be performing while strolling.
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With the chair suspension illusion, if you are using a child, you have 2 main models to chosoe from. You can go with the Mak or with the Jim Sommer's version sold through Klamm magic. I prefer to use the Sommers model. They are not too pricey and 1-2 shows pays it off easily. It is a great piece to do if you know how to present it correctly. Always gets great reactions. If I can be of any help, let me know.

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There a many small effects that can be played on a big stage. Tossed Out Deck immediately comes to mind. That effect can involve several people in the audience and can run a good 5 minutes on stage.

You can also think about a Magic Square routine. In that case, all you would need is an easel, a large marker/dry-erase board, and a thick marker. The nice thing about this approach is that it will satisfy your client's needs, without breaking your bank account.

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Linking Rings, any Ring/Rope routine, any rope routine period, Bill in Lemon, silk effects (everything from vanishing silk to fountain of silks, 20th century silks), mentalism bits... all of these transition close up/stage work and translate well.

Coin routines work well; Miser's Dream is always a safe bet. Just use dollar size coins for visibility. If the venue area is small enough, you might get away with halves.

Cups and Balls can work on stage well, depending on what balls and loads you're using; same for Chop Cup.

Rising Card with jumbos...

I could go on and on. Just remember to pack small, play big. It's all in the presentation.
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Sucker Silk To Egg excellent for the stage 30.00 and you have a winner here for sure !!!
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Sucker Silk To Egg excellent for the stage 30.00 and you have a winner here for sure !!!
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Stumbled upon this post from 2014.

What I can say is in two words - Mat Franco.

This guy changed close up stage magic. I have so much admiration for him.
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What trick, if any, did you decide to do? How did it play?
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