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Topic: Normal props?
Message: Posted by: Billy Bo (Dec 18, 2005 09:13AM)
I have not done many shows however there is something I have noticed. there is a different kind of reaction when you use something kids can relate to eg. drawing board, colouring book, wands, puppets, story board magic cards, magic painting.
its because to them they are normal everyday objects so the magic is stronger. hence I am making a rabbit production from a pet carrier or cardboard box, any ideas would be great. what other effects using normal objects have people used for kids.

stevie d
Message: Posted by: Billy Bo (Dec 18, 2005 07:17PM)
HERE IS A GOOD LINK http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=139434&forum=17

any other ideas?
Message: Posted by: harris (Dec 21, 2005 11:46AM)
You are on the right track.

My programs are a mix of magic props and household items.

I sent you a PM.

Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Dec 21, 2005 11:54AM)
I've produced a rabbit from a small cardboard moving box: the type that folds flat and has a bottom that folds into place when the box is opened up.

I like the pet carrier idea as well.
Message: Posted by: drwilson (Dec 21, 2005 12:25PM)
There are some very good thoughts on this subject in [i]Magic and Showmanship[/i] by Henning Nelms. He is not just writing about kids. If you bring out a red box with Chinese dragons on it, they think, "It's a magician's box." It is therefore not surprising when it does something magical. They don't know how it works, but they don't know how a toaster works either. If, on the other hand, you bring out a cardboard pizza box, a bicycle tire, a jumprope or a hammer, because it is a familiar object, they assume that it is what it looks like, even if it is gaffed to the nines, and hence it is possible to really surprise people by doing magic with familiar objects.


Message: Posted by: Billy Bo (Dec 21, 2005 03:58PM)
Keep the ideas coming. I thought the pet carrier production was a good idea because it is also a carrier so 2 in 1. you could incorparate black art inside which I think would be quite convincing.

Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Dec 21, 2005 06:09PM)
The idea of using common and every day objects was something that always made me shy away from doing Mental Epic for years. I simply did not like the idea of using this magic prop looking board. It just did not seem to fit for me.

Now I do a version that only uses a clip board, paper, a magic marker and a deck of cards. The rest ios a lot of funny and silliness on the way to a really fun routine with a startling conclusion. I have found that it not only fits my style more, but the audience gets a much better reaction because everything I use is so commonplace to them.