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I want to know from the vents which magic props you use in your act.
I could think of the Chop Cup, Ropes, ...
Any great idea ??

Thanks a bunch Markus
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Steve Taylor has a video called "Fooling your dummy" that talks about a good many effects that can be done with your vent act.
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I have to agree with Kyle. I saw Steve perform these at the Vegas Convention this year and bought the DVD myself. Good ideason the video.

I am also partial to some of the dummy mind reading effects. The audience knows the vent is the performer and this alone gets a laugh..and then when the figure gets it right..either via "cheating" with a hole in the bag etc, they cheer his ability. its a funny thing to me. LOL

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You can do so many magic tricks with your figure. Like Chris said the mind reading effects is always a hit especially with the adults. I do a skit for kid shows that includes the dove pan and the change bag and it works very well.
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I am working on a vent mentalism act using my Crow hand puppet that I bought along with a neat card trick where he actually finds a selected card in a closed card box. I forgot who created the effect, but I bought it from him at the Cleveland IBM Convention a couple of years ago.

The puppet has a squeeker/crow call built in, and I have been using that for him to communicate with me, and then I relay it the audience. It has taken off the edge of anxiety of me trying to voice it. I even start out by mimicking his squeeker vocally and looking around and acting like I don't know hwere it came from. I do it a couple of times, then finally "find him."

Anyway it always gets a good response, but I am doing a lot more mentalisim in my act, and think that having a "partner" like the crow would add to the overall entertainment value.

So now I think I am about ready to put words into his mouth , er beak. I have already started collecting bits and pieces of humor and beginning to script a routine.

I don't yet know what his voice will sound like, but I don't think anyone will care as long as it doesn't sound exactly like mine and my lips don't move too much Smile But I feel like the script will lead me to understanding his personality, and therefore what voice will best convey that personality.

Does that make sense to you? Or do you think it really doesn't matter at all?


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"Gospel Illusions for the Human Arm Puppets By Duane Laflin" has some great ideas that could be adapted to a vent. Change patter to suit your need 73 Donnie
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