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I thought I had posted this, but numerous searches proved fruitless. I came up with a new idea for kids shows, and I thought it would be appealing to bookstores and libraries as well, but I also want you guys' oppinion on it. it is called fairytale magic, and I use magic to, well, tell fairytales. I thought of using the square circle for rumplestilskin (i have no idea how to spell that, but you get the idea) and the three shell game for the princess and the pea. if you guys have heard of this before, please let me know. I guess I could post this in the forum for new ideas, but, being only 16, I have no interest in copyrighting it, at present. any comments would be appreciated. thanx!!
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I never saw any one do that and it sounds like a good idea, you could do smthing where you tell about cinderallas glass sleper and you show a slepper and you make it dissaper and reapper,thats all the ideas I have right now but ill keep thinking.
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It sounds like a wonderful themeed idea and it is nice to hear someone thinking outside of the norm. What is also great is that you are thinking of your intended market BEFORE creating the show. That is so important so that you can tailor the show to meeting the needs of this market. I think it would go over quite well at libraries, book stores, some day cares (if modified) and even some festivals.

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Hmmmm....this is definetly a good theme to use magic with, after all, fairytales are LOADED with the stuff! I'm gonna presume that your audience is in the 3-7 range. Let's see, let's see.....

Okay, here's one...Jack and the beanstalk. Needed:Change bag (altered a bit on the outside to resemble a simple pouch), appearing 10' pole, Miser's dream, and either a zombie-apparatus OR a handzup prop, and some IT. If you want to take it REALLY all the way, you'll also need a run-rabbit-run prop. Preparation: crayon the appearing pole green, get some play gold coins and play jewelery, a large but light colorful plastic key (like the kind found on a baby's teething toy) and use some lightweight plastic / styrafoam / whatever to make a harp-shaped zombie / puppet.

The performance calls for you bringing one child after another up to be Jack, whilst you play the other parts. (Whatever costumes / masks you want) At one point, you're the mysterious peddler selling the magic beans which are produced from the empty pouch (the change bag) and demo-ing how the beans (which you place in the bag, 'turning them into' all sorts of other things such as silks, etc.)really are magic. The beanstalk is the 10' pole, and you make all sorts of humorously futile attempts to get it to grow, only to have a volunteer succeed. Once in the giant's castle, you encounter the harp, and a labled 'magic cloth'. By joining the harp and the cloth, the harp comes alive (via either a zombie apparatus or a handpuppet with the handzup gimmik) and begins telling you where to find the treasures and warning you of the giant. I prefer to make the harp speak in "harpian"--musical twangs from a little cymbal shaker I'm holding which I then interperet (ala tinkerbell), but if you're a good ventriloquist--go for it! When the harp leads you to the treasure room, you're too big to squeeze through the (imaginary) bars, so you get all the kids in the audience to pretend theyre wriggling between bars, and now ask them to grab peices of treasure and toss them to you, and you catch item after item ala the miser's dream. During Jack's getaway, the giant (you) catches him, and locks him in a cupboard (all mimed) to eat later. The door is locked and you wonder aloud how he will get out, and there's a large key on the floor, which the kids will quickly bring your attention to, but the question is how can Jack get TO the key? Magic to the rescue! The harp tells you some magic words / movements which the kids in the audience do, and lo, the key lifts up off the floor and floats over to Jack! (the IT) Jack the makes a second getaway, and dispatches the giant when the big lug tries to follow him down.

As for the run-rabbit-run, you can add the golden-goose to the story. Replace the rabbit with a yellow goose, and have all sorts of trouble & hilarity trying to catch it.
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Good idea. I've done such shows. The main thing to remember is that the story, not the magic, is the important thing. You have to be an excellent storyteller for this to be completely successful.
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
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Mighty Fools idea is really good
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Hi Snap,

I too think you've got a great idea! Mighty Fools ideas are creative and shows that it would be worthwhile to pursue.I was really impressed with all his and your ideas.

I also thought of the Wayne Rogers, Appearing pole, for use in a Jack in the Beanstalk story. Or you could use Gene Andersons (Of Tear and Restore Newpaper fame). I had the opportunity to attend both their lectures and they both have effects which would work in your show. Gene has a DVD which shows how one can make an appearing tree made of of newspapers which stands about 10 ft! It's sure to get ooohs and ahhs from the audience.

Another thought is, you could take a common fairy tale which everyone knows and add your own twist to make it humorous and perhaps the kids could particpate. I used to tell the story of the Gingerbread Man but had different characters appear than those common to the story.(In my story, he never got eaten but went on to live happily ever after.) Jack could even have the beans turn into the Appearing Ladder (some comedic banter before hand with the children about what happened after Jack planted the beans.) This would come as a suprise and it does depend on your persona when telling the tales.

Overall, I think your idea is definately worth pursuing. Good Luck with it!

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Hey, guys, thanx for all the great advice!! I really liked mighty fool's and hospitality hostess's ideas for jack and the beanstalk. I'm really looking for new ideas, I don't have enough material so far to make a show, and I'd like to advertise myself as a "fairytale magician" as soon as possible. keep the ideas coming!!
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I use on occasion the dwarf and giant routine. (perhaps by Supreme)

The dwarf grows while the giant shrinks.

I also tell fractured fairy tales with Nigel, The puppet that rocks and talks.

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Harris,

Do you use Fractured Fairytales from any particular source?

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What could be a very funny routine is to tell a fairytail in reverse. One where it is all backwards on purpose. Instead of the bad wolf and the 3 little pigs, it becomes a story of the 3 good wolves and the big bad pig. The kids would have a riot laughing at it and trying to help you correct it etc. Could have a lot of byplay and interaction as well.

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Also, telling Fairy Tales in the form of Spoonerisms can be very funny all by themselves. Spooner created a sort of scrambled English that can be funny for kids and adults.

Another idea would be to use Victor Borge's Inflated Language where things like "he rode forth on his mighty steed" becomes "he rode fifth on his mighty steed," and the like.

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HI,
There have been many fairy tail and nursery rhyme tricks over the years Supreme magic put out many such as Goldylocks and the three bears

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You could tell "little red riding hood", and every time you mention her name, you say the wrong color, and the kids (after the fourth or so time) are now waiting in gleeful anticipation to shout out "RED!!!!!" correcting you.
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You could tell "little red riding hood",

Hi,
You would need to be careful with this one as it might not be politicaly correct to talk about Russian contraseptives in front of kids. LOL
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****groooooaaannnnn*****
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On 2005-02-22 02:46, Lee Darrow wrote:
Also, telling Fairy Tales in the form of Spoonerisms can be very funny all by themselves.

I recall YEARS ago on the "Hee Haw" TV show that one fellow (I want to say Archie Campbell) told some spooner-ized fairy tales. They can be HILARIOUS if done well! Perhaps 30 years ago I heard him tell, "The Pea Little Thrigs" and "Rinder-Cella and the Steply Ug-Sisters meet the Prandsome Hince"...the fact that I STILL remember them is probably a testament to how funny they were.

I know that seasons of Hee Haw are now available on DVD. I'm not saying this because I'm a huge fan of the show (haven't watched it since), but they could be worth a look if you're looking for humorous material. Especially silly stuff.

Last year I created a full magic and illusion show around Fairy Tales; a proposal for an amusement park. (They're still considering it for 2006.) I won't go into details here because it's still pending and the effects are all probably much more elaborate than you're likely looking for.

It wasn't based on telling the stories themselves, but focused more on the magical abilities of the individual items and characters -- finding Cinderella's tattered dress and using the Fairy Godmother's wand to change it instantly into a ball gown or shattering the Wicked Queen's mirror from Snow White and it visibly restoring itself for example.

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Check out Arnie Kolonder. He has been doing this for years all over the world. He does it in a full blown illusion show.

For the last several years and again this year, he has presented this type of Fairytale Magic at the KIDabra Conference. Last year he did a tour in Korea.

There is room for more entertainment in this area.
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Den, and others,

This raises a question for me.

I pray this does not denegrate into a mess.

But when is something called "copying" and when is it called competition?

Arnie Kolonder does a Cinderella act - someone else decides to do one too, although it's different.

Rudy Colby does a cutting the leg off act - someone else does a cutting a leg off act too, although it's different.

Sylvester Jester does a comicbook character act - someone else...well, you get the point.

Is this copying, or healthy competition?

If different slants on acts/products/services were verbotten we wouldn't have a choice of cars, watches, or computers, today.

So, where is the professional line drawn?

Thoughts and civil comments please.

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There used to be a site by a ventriloquist with online source.

I can't remember the man's name, and a few years ago it was not available anymore.

Just start combining tales and miscalling characters to make one that is yours.

As someone said, "The play is the thing."(or something like that)

Emulate(sic) don't copy.

I use the 30 minute drive to work to play with ideas. (A digital recorder would be nice to record the few gems that I come up with)



Be safe, well and creative.

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