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tenn_ray
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Good afternoon, everybody. I'm interested in learning a few sleights using live flowers. I'm doing better than O.K. with coins and cards, and I am looking to expand. I tried using the search, but it had way too many hits. So if anybody has any advice or could point me in a direction, I would be grateful.
Thanks in advance,
Ray.
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Sleights with flowers varies with size and type of flower and length of stem. That is presuming we are talking real flowers or silk or plastic artifical flowers, if you are talking feather or spring flowers it is a whole different ball of wax. Most sleights with real/plastic/silk flowers are going to be similar to flip stick routines, or in some cases you can find ball manipulation for shorter stem flowers, like using carnation with a short stem. If you have worked with card and coin sleights, while different you realize there are some similarities in moves. Well the same holds across most sleights. Get a manipultion series like Jeff McBrides and take some of the basic moves and practice them. I'd suggest practice with plastic flowers first, then move on to silk or live flowers if that is your interest. For feather and spring flowers, well these items have their own genre in magic and there are lots of books available that cover use of these.
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You may want to extend your search for sources backwards in time; the sleights evolved for doing magic with pipes are just what you need for doing magic with flowers. David Leendert Bamberg was known for his magic with clay pipes (see Tarbell, Vol. 5), but there are other old sources describing various sleights with pipes. Some cigarette handling might also be of value, adapting those moves to the flower stems.

As Photius suggests, practice with plastic flowers to work out the moves.

Eleazar Goodenough uses live flower bouquets in his "Step On It" routine described in The Wizards' Journal #9 on my site when you get ready to think about grand finales.
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Also, try to use the forum's search button. I've seen "flower magic" threads around.
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One of the magicians from the Flicking Fingers video has a very nice coin routine that ends with a live rose production from a purse. I really looks great!
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Check out Patrick Page's DVDs. He's got a good piece about them that's a very natural production.
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Unlike using real animals, using real flowers isn't commonly considered a "specialty" of magic. Although some magicians do work with them, I know of no magician that specializes in all types of magic that one can do with real flowers. (My knowledge is not encyclopedic, though. I never knew there was any magician specializing in sea-shell magic until I met Dr. Sawa.)

But odds are, there won't be any books or videos on the various things you can do with flowers. So, you will have to collect from various sources and try to adapt other specialties (wands, sticks, stem-glasses, etc.) to flowers.

One thing that seems like it would lend itself to flowers is floating/levitating magic. It's a specialty that is pretty popular these days, so there should be a wealth of material here on the forums that will give good sources for further study.

Good luck!
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On 2008-01-21 20:53, Billgussen wrote:
But odds are, there won't be any books or videos on the various things you can do with flowers.


I beg to differ. In the Wizards' Journal #14, you will find an e-Article called "Flower Power" which lists most of the standard magic effects currently performed with feather or spring flowers and shows you how you can perform the same effect using real live flowers, or using realistic silk or plastic artificial flowers.
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I stand corrected. I'm glad there's something out there.

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If performing magic with live roses is your thing, I'd definitely check out "Rose Magic" by Monty. Has lots of good effects using real live flowers. Practice with fake flowers first, or it will become VERY expensive. Here is a link to the video demo as well as where to purchase this effect:

http://www.montysmagic.com/shopping/magic_rose.html

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