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Topic: Tattoo to butterfly
Message: Posted by: yachanin (Apr 30, 2006 10:22AM)
I'm hoping someone can identify this effect and direct me where to find it (I came across it at one of the on-line stores, got called away on an emergency, and now I can't remember where I saw it).

From what I can recall of the description, you show a tattoo of a butterfly on your arm, it changes and you watch it fly away.

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Regards, Steve
Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (Apr 30, 2006 01:19PM)
Wacth out or the Green Lantern will show up to battle you
Message: Posted by: Prof. Pabodie (May 5, 2006 06:28PM)
Well, I have your answer, guys. I recently purchased a slim but delightful pamphlet called 'The Prestidigitators' Almanac' by Keith Arlen Lack. I got mine from Magic Depot, but they told me it was their last copy, but perhaps they have re-stocked. Check out http://www.arlenstudio.com Inside are the explanations of four effects:
1. The Dear Boss Letter
2. The Butterfly Effect
3. Bleeding Heart
4. Tarot Cards from the Edge & Beyond
Plus 'Performance Tips' and some artwork that you can copy to create your own special cards.
The Butterfly Effect is exactly what you described. Hope this helps! The Dear Boss Letter was worth the price for me. I love the effect of the bloody handprint appearing on the page!
Jim
Message: Posted by: Clifford the Red (May 6, 2006 12:50AM)
Ditto, that is a great issue!
Message: Posted by: yachanin (May 10, 2006 11:18PM)
Hi Prof. Pabodie,

That is exactly the effect. Thanks.

What do you think of the Butterfly Effect? Your comments would be greatly appreciated.

Regards, Steve
Message: Posted by: Prof. Pabodie (May 11, 2006 10:40PM)
Hi, Steve,
I have only read the effect and handling of the Butterfly trick, but my impression is that if you are passionate about performing this, it is definitely a reputation maker. It is so unusual and, when done correctly, I'm sure beautiful, it can't be anything less than stunning to witness. If you're doing an outdoor gig...having this at your ready, for just the right time...would be well worth the effort. Definitely an odd effect. Lack gives you all the info you need in this little booklet. At first I thought I wouldn't go to all the trouble to put this one together...but I do keep thinking about it. I guess I sympathize too much with the butterfly....
And I suppose making a tattoo of a housefly come to life wouldn't be as charming.
Message: Posted by: truthteller (May 12, 2006 12:17AM)
Isn't this Andrew Goldenhersh's routine?
Message: Posted by: Prof. Pabodie (May 12, 2006 08:18PM)
I am not familiar with that one. In this manuscript, Keith Lack does credit Paul Harris for helping develop some of his thinking on this effect.
Message: Posted by: truthteller (May 13, 2006 09:59PM)
As I understand it, Andrew shared his work with Paul. Andrew has been performing it for quite some time.
Message: Posted by: yachanin (May 15, 2006 07:48AM)
Hi Prof. Pabodie,

Do you know if the butterfly is harmed in any way?

Regards, Steve
Message: Posted by: Prof. Pabodie (May 15, 2006 10:54PM)
Hi, Steve,
I have not tried this effect, but Lack goes into detail about how to make sure the little guy flies away happily at the conclusion. Even if you don't wind up performing this piece, Lack's thinking is intriguing to study. And there are other effects in this little book that I will perform.
Jim
Message: Posted by: pkg (May 19, 2006 01:10AM)
I've posted in the secret forum an alternative to "real" butterflies...closest thing to reality without having to wonder how to handle the butterflies (you may want to search polly "wants a cracker" too)
Message: Posted by: yachanin (Jul 17, 2006 11:12PM)
Hi Prof. Pabodie,

I ordered the Prestidigitators Almanac from Keith Lack at Arlen Studio about a month and a half ago. Unfortunately, the only correspondence I've had from him was an email indicating how much it would be and where to send the money (his PayPal account wasn't set up with his new bank yet since he had recently moved). He has not replied to any of my email inquiries since then (I asked if he had received the money order I sent and what was the status of my order). As far as I know, he has my money, but I don't have the almanac; of course I don't know for certain because he hasn't replied to my emails. Too bad, because the effects sound great. Apparently his customer service is not.

Regards, Steve
Message: Posted by: Prof. Pabodie (Jul 18, 2006 12:25AM)
Steve,
This is contrary to my experince with Keith, Perhaps he is on the road or something. I have sent emails to him that were replied to within minutes! I hope this problem gets rectified soon so that you receive your book. As a side note, one of the effects requires the use of a chemical. The company that is mentioned as a supplier has unfortunately gone out of business...but Mr. Lack was quick to furnish me with the name of a company that delivered said chemical to me in two days. After you receive the book, you can PM me for info. Good luck!
Message: Posted by: Gordon (Jul 18, 2006 06:42PM)
Personally, I'd leave the "tatoo to butterfly" routine to Andrew Goldenhersh. In his hands it is lovely, and there's lot of other magic to do instead.
Message: Posted by: Prof. Pabodie (Jul 19, 2006 12:32AM)
There's a number of good routines in the book we're talking about, not just the tattoo effect. And even though I don't perform the tattoo effect, I thought it worthwhile to study. If I can ever see Andrew perform it, I will certainly feel fortunate.
Message: Posted by: Sandwichical (Jul 24, 2006 01:59PM)
As a guy, I'm a bit skeptical of a "butterfly". Can it be altered to something else?
-Sandwich
Message: Posted by: Bill Ligon (Jul 24, 2006 04:26PM)
How about a bat?
Message: Posted by: Gordon (Jul 24, 2006 09:35PM)
Umm, sure. But producing a live bat doesn't seem nearly as charming. I think most audiences would have a negative reaction; they're not known to be clean, nice creatures.

Yes, I know this is the bizarre area, and pleasing one's audience is often secondary to being "spooky."
Message: Posted by: Spellbinder (Jul 24, 2006 09:45PM)
How about having a white dove "tattooed" on your chest, which is seen when you remove your jacket (this only works for body-builder types). After a few bizarre rituals, you grab at your chest and produce a live white dove. The tattoo has changed to a bloody image of a dove as if you had ripped it from your body. You wring the head from the dove and let blood spill out of the head onto the pentagram, where it flashes up. You toss the head back at the dove and it lives again. You let the dove fly off (assuming it is well trained to do so) to one of your stage props, or even off stage. Now tell the audience that you need a virgin to sacrifice in order to complete the ritual and see if you get any volunteers.
Message: Posted by: Bill Ligon (Jul 25, 2006 08:34AM)
Well, the bat was suggested in jest, but the dove...now that has possibilities.
Message: Posted by: John Raymond (Jul 25, 2006 09:53AM)
Bugs Anyone? Plus besides Baba and Bill how many people do you know who have a trained bat?
Message: Posted by: Bill Ligon (Jul 25, 2006 10:46AM)
A cockroach?
Message: Posted by: John Raymond (Jul 25, 2006 11:47AM)
Yeah Big Hissing Cockroach
Message: Posted by: Gordon (Jul 25, 2006 12:16PM)
Sorry, Bill, there wasn't any hint of jest in the message that suggested the bat. It's hard to read intent, and this place is so filled with crazy suggestions that it fits right in. :-0
Message: Posted by: Bill Ligon (Jul 25, 2006 01:03PM)
No apology is necessary, Gordon. I am afraid I sometimes (?) try to say something funny without making my intent clear. I forget, I suppose, that this medium does not carry vocal nuances (whatever those are ;) ). -- WARNING: That was another feeble attempt at humor.

And what is more charming than a big, hissing cockroach? :goof:
Message: Posted by: Sandwichical (Jul 25, 2006 02:32PM)
I say to bit the head off the bat!:)
Well how 'bout an inanimate item?
Or a girlfriend?
-Sandwich
Message: Posted by: Spellbinder (Jul 25, 2006 05:41PM)
Not going for the dove, eh? How about a goldfish? That line of magic has a long history and you can buy everything you need at a normal magic store.
Message: Posted by: The Doktor (Jul 27, 2006 09:21AM)
After reviewing this post The Doktor indeed used John R's idea for bugs. The Doktor produced several cockraches and flies from an unusual tatto inspired by a Joe Coleman painting. The tattoo (fake) was added to the forearm of The Doktor and the effect was both frightening and beautiful at the same time.

Perhaps a tarnatula would work.

Maggots

Worms

Beetles

The flies were great but lost on the larger audience. It was eXcellent to see them fly away after appearing. Thanks all for inspiring The Doktor and keep the ideas comming. The bat would work but where can The Doktor get one that isn't rabid?
Message: Posted by: gsidhe (Jul 27, 2006 09:55AM)
Nix the tarantula...They don't like to be palmed or stuffed into anything, and you do not want to make one mad. (Yes...I have a tarantula, lovely little beast. The only way I would ever make her appear out of anything would be a chick pan where she'd be comfortable) Scorpions...Same thing (Have one, love it to pieces, but not the ideal creature to have appear from anything)
Giant cockroaches however...Easy to breed, keep and handle, and they don't mind tight spaces. Lot's of info on the net about how to keep a colony of them in a rubbermaid tub.
Bats (Although actually sweet creatures) are not available as pets, and not particularly trainable.
Plus, they stink.
Snakes are good, and come in an amazing variety of sizes and colors, can be easily handled (And make wonderful pets), and a relatively large snake can fit into a relatively small space comfortably. My 5' python can easily fit into a 10"x10"x2" space. She sleeps in a box that size! There are snakes available that get little over a foot long.
They also have giant millipedes that are very easy to handle and care for. Nothing like a 8" black or red multilegged critter crawling out to say hello.
DO NOT MISTAKE A GIANT CENTIPEDE FOR A MILLIPEDE!!! THEY WILL HURT YOU!!!
How about a hermit crab? You can find those pretty much anywhere nowadays, easy to take care of, come in a huge variety of sizes, and their shells can be decorated/painted/bejeweled in any way you see fit, so you could make one match a tattoo perfectly!
Crickets, mealworms, superworms and just plain old earthworms would be fine. You can put a lot of those in a small space, and all are easily obtainable. (Heck...I have crickets on hand at all times, but for pet food purposes...Maybye I should be looking at them differently!)
Just my thoughts on it!
Gwyd
Message: Posted by: coupcoupdaddy (Jul 28, 2006 12:30AM)
As a spokesperson and security guard for the Cricket People, they really do enjoy magic appearances and will reward your audiences with much personal attention. See Borodin's Final Curtain for a true story which, we hope, will dampen volunteering Cricket People for minor foodchain duty and move them more into the spotlight.

H D X!!

--Lydia 13
Message: Posted by: Tregar (Aug 16, 2006 10:06AM)
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On 2006-07-18 00:12, yachanin wrote:


I ordered the Prestidigitators Almanac from Keith Lack at Arlen Studio about a month and a half ago. Unfortunately, the only correspondence I've had from him was an email indicating how much it would be and where to send the money (his PayPal account wasn't set up with his new bank yet since he had recently moved). He has not replied to any of my email inquiries since then (I asked if he had received the money order I sent and what was the status of my order). As far as I know, he has my money, but I don't have the almanac; of course I don't know for certain because he hasn't replied to my emails. Too bad, because the effects sound great. Apparently his customer service is not.

Regards, Steve
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I am having the same exact problem. I sent a personal check and it cleared the bank on June 26th. If I were to describe my exact experience, I would be copying your post word for word. I checked the web site but couldn't find a phone number to call. Has anyone else had similar problems with Arlen Studio?

Mike
Message: Posted by: kaytracy (Aug 17, 2006 09:11AM)
Keith is pretty busy from what I have seen.
We ordered some from him for the website and they took a while to arrive. He will get things to you in my experience, it can just take a little while.
I do not want to sound like a plug, but we do have this publication in stock at Bizarremagick.com- Not sure if Tory has put it onto the site yet, but she has 5 left on the shelf at this time.
I would send him an e-mail and inquire as to when he will be shipping it for you.
If you are pressed, feel free to send me a PM- the mail at the site has been acting up, and I will have Tory get back to you on price etc. We try very hard to ship within 2 days of an order.
Kay