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chris mcbrien
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I love coin magic. And, I use it at various levels with kids (like walk around at mall shows and fairs), however, I'm thinking of using copenetro or mikame's flying coins for stage....does anyone think this would work? Even though halves are smaller than Ike's, I'm thinking the frame would help them stand out...especially if they were really clean and "shiny"...and the glass with it's sound would sell it as the coins appear at the bottom, along with a spectator for confirmation and reaction...does anyone think this would work..or not?
Many people have asked me to exhibit more of my coin skills on stage, and apart from the Miser's dream *(which I do but honestly would like to try something ddifferent)> Ideas and critiques of these effects for this particular audience are welcome!
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If you have a camcorder and either a large screen TV or a projection unit, you can perform even the smallest close-up tricks on stage.
chris mcbrien
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That would be nice! However, I don't have that luxury yet! Great idea, though...I saw a performer in Wisconsin use this...although I'd have to admit I think people had a hard time watching both the screen and the particiant's reaction at the same time as their eyes had to focus back and forth. However, I can definetely see the possibilities this posesses!
Thanks!
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I've done that numerous times. Close projected so everyone can see it!
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Chris,

I think you can do it without projection. Remember T. Nelsen Downs performed a coin act in 3000 seat vaudeville theaters without projection.

Your ideas about the frame and really shiney coins will definitely help, along with strong spotlighting. It will help if you can narrow a spotlight down tight on you and darken the rest of the stage. I've done this for the Gypsy Thread trick onstage.

The right backdrop is also important. You don't want anything too busy. I believe Downs worked "in one" and used a backdrop designed with large painted coins to help the audience understand what they were looking at.

But I think what will really sell it are the volunteer's reactions. If they are amazed, they audience will experience it through their reactions.

Give it a shot.

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chris mcbrien
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Thanks, Jim, Jim and Den! I will definetely try the spotlight if I have the right venue. I'm going to work on the audience reaction to this one..perhaps even two spectators? I really wish I could have the camcorder and big screen..perhaps certain schools may have this available that I go to.
Thanks, guys!
Chris
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Are you a member of a magic club? If so, the club might consider dipping into its treasury and buying a projector and camcorder, then renting it out to its members (collecting a large deposit to insure its safe return). When it has paid for itself, the deposit can become nominal.
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Payne
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Libraries are generally small enough venues that you wouldn't need a projection screen to see what's going on. Especially if your going to be using a stage effect like Copentro. Why would you ask your audiences to come see a live show on television?
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By the way this topic is Coin Tricks at School and Library shows.

Generally, the Miser's Dream or Coin Tray on a stage without a projection is fine. Coin vanishises and manipulation tricks do not play as well as many other effects. Close-up Coin on a stage for kids should be replaced with a more visual effect.
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chris mcbrien
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Exactly. I don't worry about libraries so much, although sometimes the crowds can be almost as big as as schools. My goal first and foremost is to be entertaining, then a motivator...so my first concern in entertaining them is "can they see this" then "will they get it?" when it comes to the magic. Even though I've seen the projectors used on stage shows that were permanent shows in that venue, I would not want to lug around a screen and projection system.
Actually, I was hoping Mikame's flying coins was available for Ike dollars, but I don't think it is, which if not is sad because Ike's are very visable on stage.
Well, if you guys have more ideas, I'm definetely interested...thanks for all your comments BTW. I'll get this thing figured out!
Chris
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