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Darkwing
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Does anyone know of any sources for oriental fan productions? Any info on props, routines, videos would be helpful
BenSchwartz
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I know that Alan Wakeling has a fan routine in "The Magic Of Alan Wakeling" by Jim Steinmeyer
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Geoff Ray
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You can find fan productions in nearly every card manip book. Learn these first and then go on to personalise your style
Darkwing
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Geoff,
I think you might be confused on what I am looking for. I would like to do Asian fan type productions. I already do card fans and split fan productions.
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Darkwing,
I think I know what you are looking for but I too have been looking. I bought 2 dozen paper fans to experiment with for vanishes and production. Smile
Darkwing
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Me too Boltt, however I've found the cloth type to open much better. I have also experimented with trying to figure out a way to produce silks from a fan, sort of like a snowstorm effect. Mmmm...., still working on that. If you have any suggestions on that I would love to hear them.
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I do a whole routine with fans as an interlude during my Chinese manipulation routine. I learned everything from the magic of Alan Wakeling book. Check it out.
Darkwing
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I'm still looking for resources, anyone found anything lately?
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I know Shimada use to do a lot opf this as well as the parasols. I also think he may touch base on this in several of his Steven's magic video tapes. You will have to double check on this as I am not 100% sure.

I think the best bet is to do what I do at times. Get a few props (fans) and just start experimenting with them. I think sometimes this is more beneficial then a video tape or a book, because you are not limiting yourself.

This way your opening yourself to try different things and find out what works well for you. Some great moves can be worked this way.

I would think that some flip stick and some candle moves may work well for appearing of the fans in a closed position. Give that a try.
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...mixed with already marketed effects with fans - colour changing fans, egg of fan, snowstorm in china... you soon have an act in production!
Carron
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You can come up with a lot of really nice moves yourselves, ie using a topit, sleeving body loads it is very easily achieved just let your mind roam
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The best way to work on something like this is to really explore different moves and sequences yourself. Often times different obejects can use the same moves as other magic apparatus.

For example flip stick is usually always done with a wand. But the same moves can really be applied to any object that fits that same general shape.
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Battle Orders Martial Arts Equipment has a fan used for martial arts, seems pretty well made bearing in mind the price
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Darkwing,

The fan act in Alan's book is just using regular fans, several years ago the same fans were at gift shops. Gold metallic foil. Alan just opened them up with a flair or style.

I had fans that open automaticly 15 years ago. But I never could come up with a method for production, concealing, or a delayed opening.

There there was an illusion builder in Rachester, IN that made self opening fans for production in the early 1990's. Don't know if he still in business. They were made of metal like the break a way fan. That is why I never purchased them.

The problem is a method for production. The ones I have are made from real wood and silk type material that you can pick up at an oriental shop. Abbott's Mfg. Co. came up with a spring opening. I never could figure out a holder.

If you want to buy one as an example email me, I paid 25 dollars, will sell at the same price.

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Good Luck!
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"The Magic Of Alan Wakeling" by Jim Steinmeyer

Fans are just one of the great things you will find in this amazing book.

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