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This evening I received a phone call off a lovely lady from a tv production company. the company in question are producing a new prime time tv show in the uk with a celebrity host and have asked myself and my performance partner if we could do a four minute spot. normally this would not be a problem but they have asked us to do something shocking and different from the usual stage illusion or close up. we have a big list of things for normal shows but only a couple of things in mind for this ( we already do the bullet catch and a sketch involving nails, noses, rat traps and the sorts) but all of these routines are to long. what I am after is some ideas off someone asap as they want a promo dvd doing and sent off to them. please please help. thanks, russ
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Do a passionate make out scene with your partner, and turn it into the bitten off and restored tongue.

That'd be plenty shocking, and get the ratings to boot !

You won't be seeing Penn & Teller doing it anytime soon.. I hope.. lol
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P&T's first special, back when Teller COULD talk. Smile

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The Scanners' Head Explosion mentalism routine
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On 2006-08-16 15:56, Tony Iacoviello wrote:
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P&T's first special, back when Teller COULD talk. Smile

Tony


lol !!! oh, and EWWWWW
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That's funny!!!!!! The P&T tounge thing that is.
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My partner being a he would not be to amused at the idea of tongues so if you have any other ideas I would be very grateful
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Have you looked at SAW?
Needle Through Arm?
Stimata?
Gut Buster?
There are a host of new effects that really look good, especially on television.

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On 2006-08-17 12:52, invisibleincmagic wrote:
My partner being a he would not be to amused at the idea of tongues so if you have any other ideas I would be very grateful


Ah, that's different. And not nearly as common.
Is your partner also an accomplished magician, or more of an assistant ?
I think that will partly define some of the things you can do or not do.
Personally, I feel that TV specials, especially when you're trying to make your mark on the world, should not utilize easily store bought tricks, but should be unique and original - the tongue thing was totally off the top of my warped head, but it was spontaneous and unique. Just not appropriate for this partnership.
(I still think that would be a killer, if not risque, bizarre routine though !! )
Another useful technique is to tie a routine into some current theme, taken from the news or something.. follow the "zeitgeist", if you will.

Normally, I would not touch a terrorism theme with a 150 foot pole, but since the plot was foiled and never "realized", you could have you or your partner go up in a small prop plane, and suddenly the plane blows up.. only you reappear as one of the ground crew.
Or not, but you get my gist.
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You may or may not have heard of my partner but he is accomplished, his name is Mark Thorold (mind controller wallet, psychic shopper routine, psychic pick pocket to name but 3 all available at jb magic, just a little plug).but we have been given about 5 days to come up with and film a promo dvd and no matter how good you are you are not going to be able to come up with something in 5 days that is mind blowing on your own, hence the plea for help. thanks for all the suggestions though, keep em coming.
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What's you budget?
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To be honest this is our first tv slot and for a 4 minute period I don't think they are gonna shell out to much, I think it is a case of what we have to do is just fulfill the criteria they have asked, which is for shocking magic ?
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For your First TV spot don't you think you should be true to your selfs ...If you don't do what your calling SHOCHING MAGIC then maybe you should stick to what YOU do best...Any mind blowing effect will be shocking if do it right . So why don't you take some of Mark Thorold effects and rework and twick them .your on TV so why not use it .Like you said a little Plug ..


If I got hired for my magic because they liked it then told me to do magic I did not do I would tell them to find that kind of Magician that dose that kind....But that is just me...

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Hmm.. let's look into this definition of "shocking" magic further.
What's their idea of "shocking" ?
Geek ?
Gross ?
Satanic ?
Making Howard Stern appear ?
Sawing lesbians in half ?

Okay, here you go - use two currently marketed effects to get your shocking magic:
"Saw", by Sean Fields, and "Rainmaker" by Peter Loughran.
As you saw through your partners neck with the thread, set up "Rainmaker" to deliver not water, but buckets 'o blood - as you "sever the main artery".

How's that ?
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