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Topic: Help Creating a "Postal" themed act
Message: Posted by: cfleming (Aug 29, 2005 07:46PM)
Hey all,
I work for the U.S. Postal service as a letter carrier. I am in the early stages of developing a stage act using a "Postal" theme. Some thoughts I'm working on are,
T&R newspaper, 3 fly with stamps, Cards across using post cards, and something with Strat-O-Sphere, not sure yet.
Would really appreciate some ideas using postal items, Mailboxes, letters, Stamps, packages etc..

Please no "Going postal" jokes!

Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Aug 29, 2005 08:29PM)
Things with stamps travel, and the stamps get cancelled? There is a very nice short story about someone who gets stamps from some magical far away country.
Message: Posted by: BlackShadow (Aug 29, 2005 08:52PM)
The zombie floating parcel? Should be possible with the normal Z G......k and lightweight parcel.

Or die box routine with double "mail box" and "parcel".

Both of above are good for stage. I'm not sure how well normal size stamps would come across for stage work. A bit too small and fiddly to see?
Message: Posted by: Spellbinder (Aug 29, 2005 10:35PM)
The Magic Coloring Book used to have a Stamp Collector's book counterpart. You would show a blank scrapbook and an envelope of assorted stamps, then the stamps would disappear and reappear pasted in place inside the scrapbook. I haven't seen it lately, but it is something you could easily make. Because of the quantity of the stamps involved, this does work for the stage.

The Wizards' Journal #3 has a nice effect called "Letter From Home" which involves an unopened letter dating from the American Civil War that contains a prediction for the present day. It comes with Civil War stamp & antique envelope facsimilies for that authentic look.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Aug 30, 2005 11:01AM)
Some of the display material available at the Post Office would lend itself to adaptation. You could get some of those large pictures of stamps and do a version of the McCombical deck with them, for example.
Message: Posted by: BlackShadow (Aug 30, 2005 01:11PM)
Postal Order to Lemon or other impossible location :lol:

Ammar has some good material on switches and the use of monkey nuts in his money magic vids. Money would be quite appropriate or a postal theme as it's used a lot at post offices. Marked coin to sealed envelope in jiffy bag in nesting postal boxes in the middle of a bubble wrapped parcel would be another effect.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Aug 30, 2005 02:02PM)
You could also do a joke about "going civilian."
Message: Posted by: cfleming (Aug 30, 2005 04:12PM)
Thanks guys, love the ideas! Great idea, Bill on "Going Civilian" I'll defenitly persue that as well as all the other ideas. Keep em coming..
Message: Posted by: Jaz (Aug 30, 2005 05:10PM)
Stage you say?
Maybe something with big 'Gozinta Boxes'.

Let's see....
Mail Carriers have an age old and ongoing relationship with dogs.
Dog leash, chain, bone, a juicy steak,,,,nope, nothing yet. Grrrr.
Message: Posted by: cfleming (Aug 31, 2005 07:45PM)
Wow! Great ideas! Thanks for the feedback! Thinking of using my mailbag to work out of and implementing all these great ideas. Thanks, Jaz for the dog ideas never thought of that aspect. Again, thanks for coming through.

Message: Posted by: pikacrd (Sep 1, 2005 09:01AM)
Mail bag escape perhaps. Sub-Trunk painted as a large package.
Message: Posted by: pikacrd (Sep 1, 2005 09:05AM)
A prediction effect where the prediction was mailed to someone, you could play on the fact that the postal security and Postmaster General have had it in there possession so you know that it has not been tampered with.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Sep 1, 2005 07:36PM)
If you absolutely MUST use the Strat-o-spheres, here is a suggestion. Repaint "The box" so that it has the USPS logo on it. Make it into a special "Super Express Mail" device. You might want to repaint the tube as well. I think you get the drift, though.
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Sep 3, 2005 10:57AM)
Have you noticed the nice teddy bears they sell? Think Ted Lesley and go for it!

How about the boxes and envelopes. Much to think about there.
Message: Posted by: adzimme (Sep 8, 2005 09:03PM)
The postal version of the coloring book is detailed in Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic. It actually involves more than just the book. Not a bad idea for your theme.

Message: Posted by: pasharabbit (Sep 9, 2005 07:05PM)
Somewhat dangerious but appriopriate for a Post Office routine you could do the bullet catch in the teeth routine. You borrow a gun from a member of the audience... Making things disappear would be pretty good too since we all know mail gets lost.
Message: Posted by: pasharabbit (Sep 11, 2005 11:53AM)
On a more positive note a simple 3 cup monte trick would be pretty easy to adopt to a postal theme. Use packages instead of cups. You could gussy it up with the appropriate postal humor. Another idea is doing a mentalist routine where you read the illegible address on the envelope. You can poke a bit of good natured fun at the customers whose handwriting or addresses verge on the ridiculious. By the way I think the U.S. Postal service is first rate. If only the P.O. would lose some of my bills, those things never get lost!
Message: Posted by: George Ledo (Sep 14, 2005 01:47PM)
How about something with a nest of boxes? Or something that got lost and was found inside the nest? Or something with a damaged parcel?

Many many years ago my Mom worked for the PO. In the postal worker's magazine there was a cartoon of a guy in a sorting room staring at a package. The thing was a cone about three feet high... standing and balanced on its point. I asked for and received permission to send the cartoon to the Linking Ring, and they published it.

Been wondering about that package ever since.
Message: Posted by: Eric Rose (Sep 15, 2005 09:52AM)
LePaul's Card to envelope, Dingle's Cards Across in Envelopes, zip code memory act, victory carton illusion, inexaustable box to illustrate getting the most in a package...

so many to choose from, so little time.
Message: Posted by: cfleming (Sep 15, 2005 02:53PM)
Wow! Fantastic ideas! Plenty to keep me busy for awhile. Thanks.

Message: Posted by: asper (Sep 22, 2005 08:53AM)
I hope you're nicer than the clerks at my post office. They are always rude.

But you could always produce a machine gun and go postal.
Message: Posted by: asper (Sep 22, 2005 08:56AM)
How about a costume change at the end?

Do a coloring book with stamps? Turn Money Orders into cash?
Message: Posted by: asper (Sep 22, 2005 10:10AM)
Human scale tricks.
Message: Posted by: Tyler_Magician (Sep 22, 2005 01:33PM)
I came up with a partial routine a while back using a character, the Magical Mail Man. Some tricks that could be used are a Stack of Boxes usingpacking crates. Pretty much any illusions with cardboard boxes or packing crates. I was thinking about doing an appearing illusion from boxes, like appearing poles or bowling balls, etc.
Message: Posted by: Mike Walton (Nov 8, 2005 08:49PM)
On 2005-09-15 10:52, Eric Rose wrote:
LePaul's Card to envelope, Dingle's Cards Across in Envelopes, zip code memory act, victory carton illusion, inexaustable box to illustrate getting the most in a package...
Not only could you do a Lepaul Card to Envelope in a wallet but also in a stack of letters which could be secured by those standard postal rubberbands for authenticity.
Message: Posted by: Jared Sherlock (Nov 15, 2005 07:23PM)
You could perform the POSTCARDS FROM THE ROAD.
PM if you would like more details.
Message: Posted by: BaseballMagic (Nov 19, 2005 03:04PM)
You could possibly work out a large color-changing stamp routine or some "stamp manipulation" with very thin, card-sized, cardboard stamps. A stack of packages effect would be neat as well. Another idea would be to use a multiplying dots routine with a letter inplace of the domino card and stamps in place of the dots.