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What would you all say about D'lights as a stage trick with the lights off of course.
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D'lights was invented by a stage magician for stage. The colors show up well with the lights off or on.
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I've also seen them worked from a stage with no problems. The lights were dimmed a little so they would stand out better, but were still on.

It's a great effect.

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FISM winners Sara Kabagujina and Sultanngali Shukurov used something like D'Lites a loooooooooooooong time ago to win the Grand Prix... the act was so beautiful that Flip (who was next to me in the audience) and I both had tears of joy when we saw them.
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On 2006-11-14 20:01, Jake12 wrote:
What would you all say about D'lights as a stage trick with the lights off of course.


You will need a great rountine. Without that, you will quickly loose the audience attention.
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I think the important thing here is to always strive to be creative with your routine with the lights. I really do not think it is good enough to just do a routine of this light jumping from place to place. One, there is no rhyme or reason for it happening and 2) it gets really boring pretty fast after the first few times.

I think the magician can and should really strive to think more creatively with their light routine and come up with something their audiences will enjoy and can get into. Bring something more to it and give it a reason for happening. There are so many ways you can use this if you just open your mind for experimentation.

Sure the lites can be fun for the first 2 times, but after this it gets BORING!!!!! I mean really. Think about what you are showing the audience. You have a light, you can dance it around, it goes out it comes back. Anything more then this is redundant. We magicians tend to perform DLites because it fascinates us and we perform it for US and NOT our audience.

Step out from the dLites and learn that they are ONLY a utilty prop and not a full routine by itself. Give your audiences something more in the routine to grab ahold of and to enjoy. Be creative with using the dLite. Think outside of the box.

If you really study the essence of it, it is the sudden manipulation of light. But this light source can come from anywhere. Just producing a light from no where has no real purpose or reason to an audience.

But if there is a lightbulb on a table and all of a sudden it keeps blinking on and off. You bump it and it goes back on to white again and fades out. Frustrated you bump it again and walk away only to see the light has turned red as the music has also now changed to something more eary. You stare at it and unscrew the bulb thinking you have beaten this weird magic that seems to be happening. Suddenly as you go to throw away the bulb in your hand, it lights back up again red. You finally toss the thing away in the trash and your thumb now lights up red. You act shocked by it and try to get rid of this thing that plagues you. You manage to trap the light but the red light turns into a red silk instead. Eventually you git rid of the light. You slump down on the chair and the music fades out. Only then the lamp lights up red again as you stare at it and the eary music comes back for a final surprise ending.

This is just off the top of my head, but already you can see the difference here. Now you have a purpose for what you are doing. You are beginning to create magical drama with using the dLite ONLY as a utility to create the magical moments of entertainment value. You can see that you are now developing something more with your dLites and giving the audience more to have fun with

Think outside of the norm and create something different and unique to you.

I hope this helps you a bit.

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I like the D'lites as a stage routine, but Kyle is right. They are only props and give them some meaning. I personally use mine in conjuction with the d'lite flite, a beer mug with flashing leds in the bottom and filled with ice water, one of those mouth pieces with flashing leds, and finally a light up banner based on the flip down banner in Mark Wilson's Complete course. I'm only telling you the props I use and not the routine as it would take WAY too long, But I think its a good one and one I've worked long and hard to get the way I want it.
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I love d'lites.. but if you are getting a high fee for a stage show ... performing a trick they sell at the mall might not be a good idea ..
I have seen a few well known pros use them ...but the audience was mostly magicians who loved the routining they presented.... I love the illusion but would never do it in a show ..
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I would agree to disagree with Cardone. Certainly nothing personal at all. It should never be about the trick itself but what you do with it to create a total entertaining package or routine. A thumb tip by itself can be quite boring, but in the hands of a professional it can look outstanding and be quite entertaining. The same can apply to the linking rings. Anyone can get it at most magic shops and even at some toy stores. By itself it lacks power and is a mere trick, but in the right hands it becomes something totally different. It can become magical poetry.

I think the problem is that too many magicians do not spend the effort to really do more with the dlites except for tossing them about on stage. If this is your idea of a routine, then yes, you may want to take it out of the show and move on. But, if you are willing to invest some time and think on a creative level, there is no reason why you can not create a routine with the dlites that will entertain the best of audiences.

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I know what your saying Kyle and I totally agree with you. I have what I think is a creative routine for this talent show that I'm doing at my school.
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Jake: I wish you much luck and success with it. Would you care sharing some ideas with us on your routine? Perhaps we can give some advice and brainstorm with you a bit. I certainly understand if you would rather not.

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This is only a part of the routine: After tossing the "light" around a bit I pretend to lose it and come to the concusion that its in my mouth. This whole time I have a mirror box on the table in front of me, So I "decide" to put the "light" inside it Then I take another light from my mouth repiditly. Then I open up the mirror box and take out some christmas lights. that's not the whole routine though.
A friend of mine whos a magician gave me the christmas light idea.
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Ok my question for you is why? What is the premise of the lights and why are you placing them in your mouth? I am not in any way trying to be mean. I am simply stating this for a reason to try and show purpose and add more creativity to the dlite routines that folks start creating for their shows.

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I'm not putting them into my mouth I'm taking them out and putting them in the mirror box, then I open up the box and then that's when I take out the christmas lights. (It's a really sort string of christmas lights because I don't want to pretend I'm taking them out of my mouth for long time cause then it would look dumb, and the mirror box isn't really big so it comes in perfect)
(The routine looks a lot better then what it sounds)
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Jake,

I am not making fun of the act or your work ion it and I hope it is not taken that way. My problem with most dlite routines is that there is no rhyme or reason for anything that is happening on the stage. It becomes to much of, "look what I can do with these dancing lights". Nothing wrong with that, but to the audience, once the light appears and vanishes, any other move is essentally the same thing.

What I strive for is to get magicians thinking on a creativee level. Have a reason for doing what you are doing, develop a routine so that it makes sense to the audience. Create drama or a theme or a storyline around what it is you are showing them with the dlites.

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I see your point and I thought of making a story line before, but I couldn't find a spot for it in the routine.
You have a great point though for there being no reason for the light to do what it does. Do you have any ideas on that?
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Let me try and give you some ideas through brainstorming and just to show you how your mind can think creatively to develop different and unique approaches for your dlite routines. keep in mind these are just random ideas and does not mean they have not been done before by someone. these are just thoughts and suggestions as food for thought.

First we must determine that a dlite is nothing more then a utility prop or item. When we break down the essence of what it is, it becomes the manipulation of light and of light of different colors if we choose to. With this fundamental idea, we can start to think away from magic and start to think of ways in which we can manipulate the light to make sense to the audience who is watching you.

- What if there is a light bulb on a table and all of a sudden it keeps blinking on and off. You bump it and it goes back on to white again and fades out. Frustrated you bump it again and walk away only to see the light has turned red as the music has also now changed to something more eary. You stare at it and unscrew the bulb thinking you have beaten this weird magic that seems to be happening. Suddenly as you go to throw away the bulb in your hand, it lights back up again red. You finally toss the thing away in the trash and your thumb now lights up red. You act shocked by it and try to get rid of this thing that plagues you. You manage to trap the light but the red light turns into a red silk instead. Eventually you get rid of the light. You slump down on the chair and the music fades out. Only then the lamp lights up red again as you stare at it and the eerie music comes back for a final surprise ending.

- You talk about your summer vacations and how the coolest thing was catching those bugs whose butts would light up (gets a laugh). It was the coolest thing because to you even now those summer days became magic. You then see a light in the air and plus it out and hold it in your palm. You can place them in a jar as you capture them. the music plays in the background to go along with the theme and story being told. Maybe some how in the end the jar lid opens up and the lights fly off stage.

- The light can also come from a traffic light. Maybe you are on stage and the setting is like a busy street corner. The audience sees a cross walk sign and a traffic light on a stand. They hear the soundtrack of traffic going by. every time the traffic sounds fade and you take a tsep into the street.. the traffic revs back up again really loud almost forcing you to jump back getting laughter from the audience. You do this a few times and look at the light and it still shows green. Being clever you cover up the green light and cause it to go out. You are happy that you got it to stop but just then the traffic sounds all confusing and you hear tires squeal. You realize there is no light in the traffic light. Oh no what to do. You get an idea and take out your laser pointer and point it at your hand and your hand lights up. You toss this to the sign causing it to change to red. You hear the traffic screech to a halt. This can be a comical routine where you are manipulating both the traffic light and the sound that is caused by your antics. Funny by play could happen as your look at your hand and it still has the red light. You hear a cop come walking by and you try so hard to get rid of the evidence.

- Another concept is taking a boom box onto the stage. You turn it on so people can see the red Power light. you place a tape in and start to do some magic or dancing and the thing gets all garbled up. You look inside to find the tape destroyed. You look into the Cd player and there is no CDs anywhere to be found. You get this idea and start to produce CDs at the fingertips. Just then the red light flickers on the boom box. hmm you wonder. You bump the boom box hoping to fix it. The light goes off and you are bummed. You then realize the light from the boom box power is now on your finger. You produce another CD and you point the light on your finger towards the CD. every time the light hits the CD the music starts to play. This leads you to manipulation of laser light and manipulation of Cd music and sound. But, it does so in a very unique way that the audience can relate to.

Now these are just ideas off the top of my head and have not been thought out in any great detail. However, I hope it acts to inspire you to think creatively. Think outside of the norm and build your dlite routine around things that audiences can associate with. Hope this helps.

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Those are great ideas and I think I'll add in a couple of new parts to my act.
I have 22 days intill the show so I have time to perfect my stuff. thanks for the help.
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You are most welcome. I hope it inspires you to think outside of the norm and really start thinking creatively with your dlite routine. Let us know how you are progressing with your routine and if we can be of further help to you. My pleasure.

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