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On 2005-02-04 08:27, Werner G. Seitz wrote:

When cigarettes are not allowed, I would stop doing cigarette-routines or replace the routine using cigars, there are great wooden cigars available and most effects using cigarettes can be done using cigars..

20 years back I did a cigarproduction instead of a cigaretteproduction and it was very strong..


Although you may not be able to do the same routine, ie:vanish a lit object in a tt, you can use most of the techniques, moves, bits, with other objects.

I think that some of the alternatives suggested here are excelent and you certainly can build an entire routine, if not act around them. Do a bill switch as a lead in to manipulation for example. Perhaps "vanishing crayons" to open or close manipulation w/crayons.

May I suggest that Color Changing knives can be used for many, if not most, of the same things. Again, one would build it into a total presentation. Ex: Her is my everyday knife (white), but when I go out, I want something a little dressier (change to black) of course sometimes the knife just disapears on its own and I have to reach over heare to get another one (work it out for your self).
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I have used crayons. When I go to places with children they are usually readily available so I don't even need to carry them around. I also use chapsticks. Due to the climate I live in I usually have one on me. They are a bit thicker but work for me. I have also used wooden dowels that have been cut to the size of a cigarette. They work well and can be painted or left as the color of my hands (hint hint).

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There are some really good looking cigarette substitutes out there. You can roll a piece of index card to the same size as a cigarette, cover it with cigarette paper, and then use red foil and a bit of glitter to simulate a lit cigarette tip.

They won't last forever, so you might want to take an afternoon to make a few dozen of these. Also, you could cut a piece of doweling of the correct diameter to the correct length and make a manipulation cigarette out of that. cover it with paper to get the right texture.

John Calvert still does a cigarette act, but he warns kids not to smoke before he starts. He also does not smoke.

Cal Emmett, whose cigarette manipulations were some of the best, also did not smoke. He would puff on a cig, but he never inhaled.
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Your idea is very good, Bill. John Cornelius has an great idea also in his book that came out a year or so ago. There are many places where cigarettes are taboo, however, fake or real, lit or unlit. That American Cancer Society benefit just wouldn't appreciate the droll humor that if folks didn't smoke, we might not need the society as much (lol). Any, I enjoyed your suggestion -sound like more fun than buying the old fake lit ones-and sturdier also.
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I wish I had bought about a dozen of those cigarettes John had. They were made of something he got from a surplus shop. That happens. You find a brilliant idea, purchase the supplies you need for it, then the company either goes bankrupt or they can't get it any more.

There used to be some ballpoint pens that look like cigs. They had a pull-out filter that had the pen part attached to it. You would pull that out and turn it around and insert it back into the white part of the cigarette.

You could start your routine with "I used to smoke, but thanks to the ads on television, I quit." As you make these remarks, pull a pen out of a cigarette box. "I have this right here -- I substituted a new hobby for it -- writing!" Then go into your cigarette act. You could do all sorts of things with this.
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Bill-you can't get the right size from the same place you get your wand sleeves??David
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It's not that simple. The sleeves are a bit larger than their nominal size. I use a 3/8 inch sleeve, which is actually larger than 3/8 inch. Then I shrink it to size. The same sleeve works for 5/16 inch. But a 1/2 inch sleeve won't work for 3/8 inch. It will shrink down, but it looks lumpy.
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John Calvert must go through hundreds of stage cigarettes in a month. He would be be worth a try. He also may have some really good lecture material on the subject.

Good Luck!

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I use cut up straw pieces. it works.
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