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n3cromanc3r
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Our local town has free Friday night movies and will be showing Harry Potter here in a couple weeks. I will be working this event in a 40 foot tent with chairs as well as doing some walk-around and pitching of items. I and am curious how some of you modified some of your presentations to standard effects to fit the Harry Potter audience during the recent HP book events. I read in another thread that many of you performed these.

I don't have to modify my approach to fit the HP theme but I thought it might be nice to have some effects that play into it though. I know some of you have full blown wizard acts, I don't plan on going this route because I can really not go to a great expense. I'm looking for how the presentation of standard effects were modified or just some idea’s in general. I do have a full magic shop of effects at my disposal. Any ideas for HP presentations would be appreciated.
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Two of the simplest ways to make it seem more "Harry Potterish" is to; 1) Wear robes and 2) Use latin-sounding magic words, that describe the effect happening. That's all I can think of right now, but both of those are extremly inexpensive additions (especially the second).

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Low cost props, the wand, the glasses (from when you were back in wizards school) you need to read the "magic" instructions. Dress it up. All this material available most of the year, but even more so now that Halloween is now approaching!!!

How about a wizards "trunk" to take your props out of? As far as the magic it, if you can reference the movie this would be great. ie. "heres' one that Harry showed me himself" or "the first trick that Harry learned"

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I just thought of a few nice, cheap additions:

1) A feather levitation. Harry did this in the first book/movie while saying the spell, "Wingardium Leviosa."

2) An escape act. If you use locks, the appropriate spell to unlock them is "Alohamora" (maybe even a comedy Thumb Cuff routine)

Here is a (more or less) complete list of spells, incantations, and charms from the Harry Potter books: http://www.mugglenet.com/info/other/spells.shtml . I'm sure you can see the potential in some of these.

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Thanks for the great reference!!

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Very good ideas. Anyone else with any good suggestions, please post.
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You should also check out Wizard School by Andrew Mayne and Broom Flight from Mayne's 'Touching Sky' book.

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I did a Profs Snape themed act for the official book launch in Malta.
all effects I did were either similar variations to the magic in the 3 movies, or "dark magic" using fire that suited the dark Snape.
just watch the 3 movies and take note. then decide what character best suits your style (dark, good, comic)...
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I have a question. Who do you see as your largest audience? If it's children, bring them up and have them do the magical spells for you (let them use your wand and so forth) telling them that you are going to make them an honorary wizard. Make sure to play it all off as "real magic." On the other hand, if you think more teens-adults are going to be there, you can bring them up to be your assistants but do it a little more mockingly. Basically, you could have them try to cast a spell and then something other than the desired outcome occurs.

Here's another thought: Think about how funny a pair of locking scissors could be if you needed to "say a magic word" to open them. Say that they were designed so that young wizards don't accidentally cut off their fingers. You can keep trying and trying to teach a child how to say the word(s) properly but no matter what they can't do it.

I'm sure if you look at what you already have in your repitiore you can fgure out how to make it seem more "wizardly." I hope this helps you.

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Whats' great about many of the suggestions on this thread is that they can be used for Halloween coming up also!!!!!!!!!

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Yes there are some good suggestions here. If anyone else would like to contribute please do. "Wizard" type presentations to standard effects are what I'm looking for.

Thanks for your help .
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My son played the part of Harry Potter for the last book release and we created a whole series of effects based on the books. All of them are based off other effects but were changed to fit the arry potter theme, as mentioned above float a feather, or how about the sorting hat for a mental effect just to mention a few
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You can get a lot of harry potter themed props on the net.Do a google search and you will be surprised.
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I've been asked to host a Harry Potter Kid's Dinner evening Saturday, and searching the Café I stumbled in here... Although the evening is geared towards ages 7 onwards, I'm not sure of who will show up (this being a very small town with only one cinema and nothing else to do).

Here are some of the effects I'll be performing:

* Afghan Bands as 2 houses (Slytherin & Gryffindor) compete - don't forget the locking scissors, bent sissors etc
* Living Arm (borrowed from a friend)
* Magic Colouring book (for the little ones)
* Floating Feather (Fearson Hookup)
* Professor Trelawney's Mindreading: I'll explain this one. As I am more of a mentalist I couldn't resist adapting this from Osterlind's Easy to Master Mental Miracles vol 4 (called Phantom Artist). It's turned into a very cute routine because of the visual and funny revelation. PM me for details.
* my Harry Potter booktest: http://www.online-visions.com/effects/0308harry.html
* Torch to Rose
* Kid Levitation (also known as "Abnormal Lift" requiering no props... as performed by the Evasons on stage and explained in Osterlind's EtMMM vol 3)
* Cardiographic (whats more magical than a drawing come to life for kids?)
* there will be moment where the flame from a candle is plucked off to light another... Hagrid (assistant) tries it and the result is Dragon Breath

Here are some other ideas that I considered:

* Diminishing Milk and Glass Suspension
* Soda Resurrection (David Blaine has just aired again on our local TV)
* Floating Match on card (for walkaround)
* Spoon and Key Bends (sorry, can't resist)
* Torn & Restored Muggle Newspaper
* Young Harry Balloon (no) Pop: Dress a small kid in a cloak, wizards hat, and Harry specs, crouch behind him and your arms become his arms as "he" now pierces a balloon with a spike. Funny as his faces contorts because he is waiting for the pop, and in the end he is the hero 'cos it didn't.
* Rope Routine (yes, I have a magical background so I think I can remember how to do Daryl's Rope Routine although its been some years now - haha)
* The Web makes a nice packet trick themed to HP.
* So does Rising Cards.
* Cards Across
* Six Card Repeat (as done by Hagrid when he wants to show what magic he can do)
* Rope thru Body (Invisible Cloak presentation)

Truthfully there are so many things one can do for this theme. It all depends really on your performance conditions and age group. Budget isn't really an issue as many of the above props can be borrowed from any magician who's been around, and the rest costs a trip to the stationary store. Good luck with yours N3cromanc3r.

regards

Jo
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Well when I saw this I thought of Andrew Mayne's "Touching Sky" book, but more specifically his "Broom Flight" effect.
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Here is how I open my Potter show
For this routine you will need
A leather bound folio
A letter from Hogwarts
A nice cloth sack
A Fickle Fire or any other such fire from palm gimmick
Two Tai Chi practice swords, the collapsible kind many magic shops sell as appearing swords.
An Appearing Ten Foot Pole
A set of Bounce No-Bounce Balls.
A Wand


The Magician enters the stage with a leather folio:

MAGUS: Good afternoon my name is Professor Hieronymus Payne and I have recently arrived from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to give to you, all of you lucky First yrears, your orientation. Did we all receive by owl post the missive informing us of our acceptance into Hogwarts and of this assembly? I trust we did otherwise we all wouldn't be here now would we?
Now before I commence allow mr a moment or two to go over my list so I can see what I am dealing with here today.

The magician opens the folio and starts looking over the list of names.

MAGUS: Oh dear, . . . oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. I see here according to my list here, that every single one of you have spent your entire life in the Muggle world, and therefore have absolutely no idea what I just said. So allow me to reiterate. I see every single one of you have spent your entire life in the non-magic world and therefore you may be unaware of the differences between our two existences. Fear not, I have encountered this situation before and thus have come prepared with a visual aid to illustrate the differences between the real world of magic and the non magic world you have been living in up until this point in time.
I just put it in this bag here

The magician places the folio away and extracts from his table a bag. He reaches into the sack and extracts a fire bowl or hand pot, looks at the burning item nonchalantly and then places it back into the bag as if it is an everyday occurrence.

MAGUS: . . . no that's not it, terribly sorry but that’s a light subject I will be dealing with a little latter in the program. Here it is.

The Magician withdraws a sword from the bag.

MAGUS: Oh dear, that’s not it either. This appears to be the sword of Salizar Slitherin. I have no idea how that got in there. Must remember to give that back to Dumbledor . . . .Whaer could that be now? Must have fallen to the very bottom of the bag as it was a very rough flight over. Must remember not to use that cheaper grade of floo powder. Ahh yes, here no,

The Magician extracts yet another sword from the bag

MAGUS: that's appears to be Sting. I really don’t know how that got in there as it’s from a completely different story. Must be some mischievous house elf Let me see here, this is really most embarrassing, I do apologize. Here we go my visual a. . . .

The Magician pulls a ten-foot pole from the confines of the sack

MAGUS: goodness that is where that has gotten to. I have been looking all over for this. However this is not the visual aid of which I spoke but instead my office staff. Odd it being in there. None the less the hunt continues. Here? No that’s the writing desk. Ah, yes! Here it is, at long last, my visual aid!

Victorious at last the Magician holds up his visual aid for all to see. It looks remarkably like a rubber ball.


MAGUS: Do we all know what this is? Yes it is a ball, very good, most observant. And do we know what balls do? Yes quite right, they bounce.

The Magician bounces the ball once or twice.

MAGUS: Why? Rubber? No no that is what the ball is made of, it is not why it bounces. Now I am sure that some of you have been told that the ball bounces because of surface tension, long molecular chains, transference of energy and other such Newtonian fal-der-all. But that is not the real reason the ball bounces, the real reason that it bounces is because there are gremlins in it.

The Magician bounces the ball yet one more time.

MAGUS: Yes, quite. There are gremlins in the ball, and there are gremlins in the floor. Now the gremlins in the floor hate the gremlins in the ball, and the gremlins in the ball despise the gremlins in the floor so when the two groups meet. . .

The Magician drops the ball and it bounces back up into his hand.

MAGUS: they push against each other as hard as they can and thus the ball bounces.
I see you believe me not. Very well I shall prove it by using a simple first level spell.

The magician reaches into his table to get his wand. He waves it in a flourish and exclaims

MAGUS: Hostilus et Amicus! There, now the gremlins in the ball see the gremlins in the floor as ball gremlins, and likewise the Gremlins in the floor now see the gremlins in the ball as their brethren floor gremlins. So with each seeing the other as their own they welcome each other with open arms and therefore the ball will no longer bounce.

The Magician drops the ball and it fails to bounce.

Hope at least one of you can utilize this routine in one way or another.
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Great stuff there Payne. Def gave me some ideas to play with... thanx.

Btw... Ashes on the Palm become The Dark Mark Smile
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Lots of ideas are available in The Wizards' Journal at The Magic Nook ( http://www.magicnook.com ) but you look like you have more than enough to work on already! Good luck with the gig!
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