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Topic: The first time
Message: Posted by: magicians (Sep 3, 2010 02:10PM)
I was going thru old video clips and found this one. It was the first time I tried this effect. I literally woke up in the middle of the night and did the clip.
It wound up as part of Dances with Ropes.
http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/XIbXNkEG9k_3YlAzFSpZkA?feat=directlink
Professor Ian's Dream Rope Routine

Sorry about the video quality, it was an experiment at the time.
Message: Posted by: magicians (Sep 3, 2010 08:20PM)
Wow, I guess this is not a shared experience. Lots of viewers and no comments. Was it that boring?
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Sep 3, 2010 08:35PM)
Ian
I remember when you PMed me the link to that video to ask me what I thought of it.
Message: Posted by: Ron Vergilio (Sep 4, 2010 02:37AM)
Ian,

That was a nice twist to the PNM. I liked it. I won't even ask. LOL

-Ron
Message: Posted by: funsway (Sep 4, 2010 11:14AM)
I like it, but your stuff often makes me feel stupid -- as in, "Why didn't I think of that."

Maybe others are similarly affected. They don't respond because they have pieces of rope in their hands -- a compliment. In many ways you are the "Johnny Appleseed" of modern rope magic. Looking forward to your Lecture in November.
Message: Posted by: magicians (Sep 4, 2010 01:54PM)
In my case, stupidity is the mother of invention. When you approach a magical premise without preconceived notions, the result is a fresh approach and oft times the simplest.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Sep 5, 2010 01:46PM)
Not boring at ALL, Ian. Nice variation! I've done Daryl's version of Professor's Nightmare since I got his Magic Castle lecture on VHS. I would be FORTUNATE to attend your (or any, these days) lecture in November!

Doug
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Sep 5, 2010 02:19PM)
Doug
It would be very wise of you to attend one of Ian's lectures, because Ian is a magic invemtor, that has taught me much.
Message: Posted by: magicians (Sep 5, 2010 03:19PM)
Thanks, Al and Doug. And Al, I had to abbreviate the lecture you saw in Colon, we had a non-magic family of rug-rats in the room.
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Sep 5, 2010 03:47PM)
Ian
I have seen all of your videos, I have most of your DVD's, I've eaten pizza with you in Colon, Mi, I have talked to you right here at the magic Café for a few years, and I think that I am qualified to call you a great magic inventor.
Message: Posted by: magicians (Sep 5, 2010 05:50PM)
Al who?
Just kidding. My goal in life is to throw out some puzzles now and then. Plus fishing for compliments with foolproof bait. I have some plans this fall to shake up a few trees and the Magic Café is the prime place to test out the waters.
I just post a few clips now and then to remind people I am still here.
You and a few others have made it a pleasure. The challenges of creating new rope moves come from all of you out there. I have a lot of methods looking for applications.
Years ago, I had my shop where I would taunt the local club and customers. Lately, I have been at home (except for venturing out for lectures). The medium of youtube and video have been my portal for getting feedback and experimenting with perspectives of rope magic.
Also, if I don't get my original moves made public, I can't document them later when others re-invent the wheel.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Sep 5, 2010 08:53PM)
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On 2010-09-05 15:19, Al Angello wrote:
Doug
It would be very wise of you to attend one of Ian's lectures, because Ian is a magic invemtor, that has taught me much.
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Unfortunately, my situation, as it stands, prevents me from going anywhere. Currently, homeless, and dropping fast. No hope for employment at this stage. About to move to plan "C", which may have me saying goodbye again from the Magic Café for a while. Discouraging as it sounds, I am OK. There is a shelter in downtown Bangor. I may be moving there, I don't know yet.

Ian's lecture would be a wonderful thing to attend, as I said. Brilliant mind. Anyone who can, may I highly suggest attending!

Doug
Message: Posted by: magicians (Sep 5, 2010 09:15PM)
Doug, Can you do, or ever try street magic?
Find a spot, drop a hat on the ground. Al does busking, he does it. So do a lot of magicians.
If you know any magic at all, go to a library and tell them a price to do some magic and/or start a class.
Approach the club in Bangor
http://www.ibmring362.org/
Join them in a fundraiser on your behalf, so you can get on your feet.
No shame, no problem, pay em back when you can.
Free Internet at any public library.
Message: Posted by: tomterm8 (Sep 6, 2010 12:01PM)
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On 2010-09-05 21:53, Dougini wrote:
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On 2010-09-05 15:19, Al Angello wrote:
Doug
It would be very wise of you to attend one of Ian's lectures, because Ian is a magic invemtor, that has taught me much.
[/quote]

Unfortunately, my situation, as it stands, prevents me from going anywhere. Currently, homeless, and dropping fast. No hope for employment at this stage. About to move to plan "C", which may have me saying goodbye again from the Magic Café for a while. Discouraging as it sounds, I am OK. There is a shelter in downtown Bangor. I may be moving there, I don't know yet.

Ian's lecture would be a wonderful thing to attend, as I said. Brilliant mind. Anyone who can, may I highly suggest attending!

Doug
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Doug, I didn't know it was so bad for you. I would suggest going to the sidewalk shuffle forum on the Café, http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewforum.php?forum=6&34128, explaining your situation, and post asking how to busk.

People will help you out.
Message: Posted by: funsway (Sep 6, 2010 05:50PM)
Doug, if you can get to Knoxville, TN you can have a place to stay for a month or so. Busking is legal downtown and I have lots of equipment you can borrow. You can help me around the place with some remodeling construction, painting and so on while looking for work. Maybe one of the nearby magic shops/shows is hiring.
Message: Posted by: magicians (Sep 6, 2010 06:34PM)
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On 2010-09-06 18:50, funsway wrote:
Doug, if you can get to Knoxville, TN you can have a place to stay for a month or so. Busking is legal downtown and I have lots of equipment you can borrow. You can help me around the place with some remodeling construction, painting and so on while looking for work. Maybe one of the nearby magic shops/shows is hiring.
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Hey Doug, you can Winter in Knoxville. Cool deal. I will be at his house in November and have first dibbs on the big bed.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Sep 14, 2010 09:16PM)
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On 2010-09-06 13:01, tomterm8 wrote:
Doug, I didn't know it was so bad for you...People will help you out.
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Thanks Tom! It's still up in the air. I'm spending a lot of time during the day, downtown. In the library, walking around. I've shown a coin trick or two, and some impromptu stuff, but that's about it.

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On 2010-09-05 22:15, magicians wrote:
Doug, Can you do, or ever try street magic?...Free Internet at any public library.
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Thank you Ian! I just discovered that! Nice and quiet, too! Street magic, no, I never have. Long story, but it really doesn't fit me. I did a professional gig for a couple years, but had some real bad luck with that, long story there too.

And thank you funsway! Really generous offer! I'm feelin' the friendships here!

:)

Doug
Message: Posted by: magicians (Sep 15, 2010 07:52AM)
You know, if your really hungry, but you don't like turnips...you eat turnips.
You have a skill set of magic, and the worst tricks get a tip or two. Chris Capehart makes $1500 a week doing very little, with little variety.
His philosophy is small tips ad up.
You can't do tech work on the street, and there is no biz like magic to get a quick buck.
On the other hand, you could work from the library and do your tech work. I do web sites all over the world from my laptop while watching TV.
I host 60 sites from one account.

That's another type of magic you can do.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Sep 15, 2010 11:54AM)
Wow, Ian! Nice ideas! I like turnips, by the way, LOL! I've done a bit of impromptu magic the last couple of days. Mainly coins. I'm going to try and find some rope. It's amazing what curiosity does. I had about three or four come over to see what was going on. Good reactions.

I'm going to work on that a bit. I currently have the fear-factor to overcome. That will lessen with time. Thanks, my friend!

Doug
Message: Posted by: magicians (Sep 15, 2010 08:43PM)
Here's another first time effect, that is in my current lecture. I never posted the whole thing online because it was a little odd.
Anyway, this is an un-gaffed traveling knot effect.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hALqI-209GI

It was the first time I had done this as a complete effect.
The music just makes me feel good.
Tango Rope
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Sep 16, 2010 09:27AM)
Way to go Doug
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Sep 16, 2010 11:03AM)
Thanks, Al!

My confidence got boosted a bit! The coins, Okito Box, and thimble kept attention for quite a while, yesterday, in the Library. Smiles and laughs, and a lot of "Shhh!", LOL! The little gift shop, downtown gave me a good reaction, when I went in and got change (4 quarters) for a dollar, and proceeded to do Coins Across. They got all the employees out to watch, after the first coin went across, Ha!

Today, at the Library, I was immediately asked to do another trick. Sheesh, I did so much yesterday, I didn't really know what to do, so I did Coins Through the Table, and my thimble routine again! I need to get some rope. I do a Cut & Restored Rope, with no funny moves, and ends clean. That'll fry 'em! Oh, and I checked, NO busking in Bangor! Not a big enough city anyway. Oh well!

I'm at the Library now, just sitting here, and they are still talking about "the magician over there." Ha! People here don't see magicians, very often! I'm wondering, where are all the IBM Ring #362 people? You'd think I'd run into someone, after a few days of this!

Oh well! Gonna go out and walk around a bit. Warming up, now. Kinda cloudy, but not a bad day!

Doug
Message: Posted by: magicians (Sep 16, 2010 12:45PM)
I contacted the ring president to give you a shout. That was a week ago.
There is also that restaurant about three blocks from the library. Maybe some table hopping?
Message: Posted by: magicians (Sep 16, 2010 03:46PM)
More than likely, your town is magic deprived. Ripe territory to become the "local" magician. When I left Middletown, NY years ago, I couldn't go to the store or a movie or down the street without some kid or adult say "there's the magic man".
Make up some business cards or even hand print them on a card. I tell you, it'll pay your rent some day.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Sep 17, 2010 08:27AM)
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On 2010-09-16 13:45, magicians wrote:
...There is also that restaurant about three blocks from the library. Maybe some table hopping?
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You know Bangor, Ian? Three blocks from the library...hmmm, Giacomo's, on Central? There are a few others, but TINY! The only one that has a sizable lunch crowd is on the corner of Hammond and Central, called the Thai Siam. I'll check them out! Thanks!
Message: Posted by: magicians (Sep 17, 2010 10:04AM)
I have Google Earth, lets you scope out the landscape. Small restaurants are great, larger is for later. Giacomo's sounded great.
Just do it! If you don't make money, you will eat well.
Message: Posted by: tomterm8 (Sep 21, 2010 09:09AM)
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Oh, and I checked, NO busking in Bangor! Not a big enough city anyway. Oh well!


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Hi Doug, there's a phrase in busking... 'it's easier to ask forgiveness than get permission'. What this means is that if you just go out, and do a small show, aimed at getting ten people to stop, and stay for ten minutes, you can busk without really disturbing anyone. Even if its technically illegal, the police aren't going to get there in time to stop you, and people will leave you alone unless you are causing trouble. If a policeman comes up, you just suck it up, say something along the line of "Sorry sir, I didn't know it was illegal... I'll move along now", and find another place outside of the area to busk.

As for the town being too small... I think doorway shows are good, because you can do them anywhere.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Sep 28, 2010 03:01PM)
Well, folks...I have experimented with various ideas, and have had no luck. I DO have an idea. Portland may be were I'm headed next. I have had some encouraging suggestions from people I have performed for in Market Square here in Bangor. I actually got applause and put $5 in my pocket last weekend!

Portland has a lot more opportunities, and I'll come to the Café, and let you-all know what I have found! Thank you for your prayers and support!

Gratefully,
Doug
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Oct 2, 2010 12:30PM)
UPDATE:

Fell flat on my face, with the Portland idea. We press on...
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Oct 2, 2010 12:41PM)
Doug
I know that you live in Maine, but Burlington, Vt, is very fertil teritory for busking.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Oct 2, 2010 05:34PM)
After trying my hand at that, I have come to the smart conclusion busking is not for me. However, I have a few gaffs up my sleeve, I'm currently working on. It or they, may work out after all, for the best. I'll find out by Monday...

;)