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budsie175
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I have just purchased a single d'lie cause I only have one good hand. The various tapes I have seen deal mostly with the presentation and most forums handle the care and color preferances. I work with kids and what I am looking for are some clever ways to lead into the presentation. Any thoughts from you pros?
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I found a thread (I think there are many) about D'Lites routines. Here it is -
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......forum=10

I hope this helps.
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Just a suggestion, get two.
There are soo many more possibilities with more than one.
Even if you are right handed, it is very easy to do it with your left. Unless, however, you CANNOT use your other hand, in that case, one is still good.
I put mine to music. I have never done this yet, as I am still working on my Stage Act, but I open with "Light Flight" (A ball of light floating around) and I do that to "If you Still Believe" (I don't know the author, I can't seem to find her.) And then, I produce a Dlite from the floating ball. The music stops, and then "Woo Hoo" from the Vonage Commercial starts. It works GREAT with the movements of the dlites. Especially the way I use them. I pluck them from the air, and then it becomes out of control, they are coming here and there. It's really funny.
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I carry a red d'lite with me and my wife carries one as well. when performing for kids there is always one kid that has those sneakers that light up. well with just one d'lite I go and steal the lights out of there shoe.... I make them dissappear I throw them to my wife and she tosses them back to me... it makes for an interesting routine before or after the show.
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I found some very nice d'lite routines oon youtube.com
you should look into that.

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Refering to MagicB1S's post... yes playing catch with D'lites is always a fun thing to do. I like to try and think of the most creative way to toss it back to my partner. Great for filling in time or for walk around.
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I happen to love those little red thingies, clever ways to lead into them for a kid show hummm how about I brought a little friendly sprite with me today oh where is that sprite ... sneeze and catch the sprite on the way out... kids will laugh and then you have your light for what ever else you are going to do with it.
hope that either helps or gets your creativity sparked.
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Just ask yourself what the D'lites may look like in the eyes of a child. Christmas tree lights? Night lites? Sneaker Lites? Then build an introduction based on that thematic concept.

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I would be interested to know what you end up with.
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I got some White ones a couple of days ago and did a short routine where I 'removed' the lit bulb from a flashlight, played with it for a while and then returned it.
This was with an adult audience at a barbeque and it went down really well.

I found the need to keep the light moving faster than the with the red ones, if you get the white I think you'll see why.

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2 is better than 1 lol D'lite is a great effect, I think it's not as good if you only have 1...
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I finally wound up with a container of "fairy lights" that I open and pour in my pocket. One at a time I pull them out for a brief routine and put them back in the container. Their favorite is to put one in my ear, spit it in a glass, swallow it and then cough it back up. When I'm done I search the pocket for any leftovers allowing me to dump theTT and put the cap back on the container. Done.
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Hey budsie175,

I love the 'spit into glass' idea - mind if I borrow it¿ Smile

Best, Mike
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Be my guest and you don't have to return it.
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Thanks mate - although I would have rinsed it out first Smile
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If you are interested, here is a short excerpt from my just-turned-13 (as in 2 weeks ago) daughter who performed this on Friday night as an intro to her show. Her D'Lite routine is about 45 seconds from the time she walks out from behind stage until the stage lights come back on for the rest of her show. Here we go:

Rich (CALAMARI) you may want to check this out too! I can't wait until we get the actual video back from the videographer! I only got this bit with my little handycam WHILE I was also trying to watch her. The video isn't too great since I was having a hard time paying attention to the camera.

Also, please note that this was all choreographed to music, however the video does not have the music playing in the background.

http://s111.photobucket.com/albums/n132/......ghts.flv
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Nice and smooth - well done.

Mike
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Thanks Mike T! She practices really hard, at least 2 hours a night. To date, she has done 4 "stage" performances and may be doing another one in October, we're not sure yet. She has only been doing magic for 1.5 years, but takes it very seriously (like everything she does) and devotes a lot of time to it.
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On 2006-09-01 10:50, magic4ewe wrote:
...She practices really hard, at least 2 hours a night....takes it very seriously (like everything she does) and devotes a lot of time to it.


Sounds like a winning formula to me!

Best, Mike
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Dear budsie175,

I've been doing d'lites since they were first released years ago and I have come up with TONS of different routines and different ways of performing them. If anyone is interested I can also help them with the best way to handle them as well. One of the things I've noticed when people do delights is lack of coordination and synchronization. This is KEY when doing the d'lites or you will be discovered! Practicing is KEY especially if you want your audience to believe that you're really working with a MAGICAL light and not just a light-up thumb. I feel that some people don't practice enough and then do the d'lites for an audience before they are ready and it's obvious what is going on. Make sure you practice and make sure you watch yourself so that when you turn on the light your thumb is BEHIND your hand and not facing the audience! The other big mistake people make is letting go too soon before they appear another light (be it another d'lite or other). Its pretty to watch someone doing it, but its AWESOME and TOTALLY MAGICAL to watch someone who is doing it CORRECTLY! I'd say 95% of the people I've seen perform this illusion do it wrong.

One of the other things I'm not very happy with when it comes to d'lites is their popularity and their somewhat "exploitation" on the Internet. Go on ebay and look at all the people selling them. So many lay people already KNOW about the d'lite and there is NOTHING worse than someone saying "oh, I know how you do that!!!" I have always strived to make sure my audience KNOWS that the light is REAL first. At one point I found this little round (a little smaller than a half dollar) LED thingy that was sold as a key chain. It's like a little red reflector that is hollow and when squeezed it starts to flash red LEDs. I would start with this since it is something that I can actually hand out or toss in the air, and easily plam for getting rid of it later. This is a GREAT way to start your d'lite routine. I am in the process of making what I will be calling a d'lite "orb" that will look JUST LIKE a real D'lite except it will be double ended and will be able to be tossed in the air first. Once your audience sees that the light is not in anyway attached to you it now becomes A HUNDRED TIMES more believable. If you need some ideas on how to make something like this let me know. Or do a search for "red leds" on google and find something that suits your needs.

Now, for a one handed magician I would suggest this. Find something like what I've just described. It's easily tossed in the air and caught with one hand. Then perhaps put it in your pocket and begin your routine with the real d'lite. Another thing I've used in the past is a red led wired into my curtain or somewhere on my table. I designed a foot switch so that I can work it with no hands! The one I made cost me less than 10 dollars and I bought everything from Radio shack. They have the leds, wire, switches and battery holders. Then you can step on the switch, make it light up and then pluck it off or throw it on etc... Another thing that would work nicely is having someone else work with you and have a laser pointer. At the start of my d'lite routine, my assistant starts pointing the laser at me and I start to shoo it away as if it were an annoying bug or something... Then it crawls into a pocket or behind my table and when I go to find it I pull out my "orb"... I throw it around a bit and then use my real d'lite from that point on in combination with my LED in my curtain and some other great d'lite things I've made. If you want some good idea let me know. I'm always glad to help a fellow magician...

Hope this helps!

Peter Austin
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