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Al Angello
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I wish there was a "Bongo Hat" performance video, because I am new at this one. I have Spelbinders hat, I have Mark's book, and a demo would be the perfect thing to set me off in the right direction. How long should this routine play? What age group does it work the best with?

Now before anyone brings this up let me say that everything I do I do my way, so seeing someone elses interpertation of this one will only inspire me to do my own thing with it.
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I think I remember Ken Scott using one in his "Making The Birthday Dough" video. Or maybe it was B. J. Hickman. But I thought it was done on one of the children's magic videos. I ended up giving mine to one of my fellow entertainers because the picture of the giant was too scary for my young audiences. I love the hat, but wasn't enamored of the artwork. The idea of a blank one a-la Spellbinder that you can customize is a nice idea.
Tony James
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Jake - you're wrong. Sorry.

Making something or having it made and handling and presenting it in your own way does make the effect your own. It becomes yours.

Because until any effect has gone through this presentational transformation it cannot become your own. And until it does it's someone else's and you are merely copying.

So whether it's a classic or anything else, work on your own presentation till it fits you like a glove and it will assist if you do have it made to measure or you personalise it in some way to make it different.

As I said before, individuality is the bread and the meat of the business - the performer's very foundation.
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Tony, I agree 100% about what you said about presentation. I was trying to point out, (obviously not too successfully), that it's the routine and the presentation that makes it yours, not the prop. It is not necessary to make your own rings to develop a unique ring routine.
Just as a side, and not as part of this discussion: I'd like to hear about your Punch & Judy show. I've been fascinated by P&J ever since I first saw them presented at the Barnum & Bailey Circus side show when I was 10 or 11 years old. I worked P&J at shopping malls ,(primarily), during the 60's. I always felt that it was more than just a show, it was like part of history being preserved. Very few people here have ever seen it, and probably most of the younger generation doesn't even know what it is. By the way, I could never get the hang of the swazzle so that I could be understood. Incidentally, the show always got a good turn out.
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Sorry Jake - I had misunderstood you. Obviously we're in agreement.

Punch is a weird thing. Over the centuries it's had moments of intense popularity followed by periods of decline, only to spring back again when least expected.

I dare not think how many sets of Punch figures are out there, mostly I suspect little used and perhaps many not used at all. It's a hard show to take out especially if you try and do what I do - go out on a Tuesday (normally) and return on a Sunday having progressed from one show to the next around the country.

Actually doing the show itself is the easy bit!

Happy to talk Punch but perhaps better in a PM. Don't wish to bore everyone here.
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Jonty the Magician
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Hi all. I just bought Bongo's Hat off ebay. It looks great. Thing is it came with no instructions, which is not a problem as far as the routine is concerned, but is a major problem for folding the bloomin' thing up again afterwards! It's like one of those chinese puzzles, it'll take me a week to figure it out. And I haven't even used it yet, I just unfolded it to see what it looked like! Arrggh. Can anyone please help?

Jon
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There is a fantastic routine by Mark Lewis in his book (The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Lewis).
That routine is a reputation maker.
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You'll find instructuions for folding as well as a tiny model hat template you can print out and practice with in The Wizards' Journal # 8 under the title "A Hat for All Seasons" on my site.
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Danny Hustle
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I agree wholeheartedly with tricky Ricky on the routine he mentions. I actually said that in my original post in this thread but it disappeared (as if by magic! Smile ).

Here is a pic of me performing Mark's routine about 4 years ago at a school show. IT IS GREAT!

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Here's the description at the Madhatter Magic Shop website:

A super kid-show bit of business. 1. You show a BLUE hat, which you place on your young helper's head. 2. Oops, it's too small ... so you expand it into a bigger GREEN hat. 3. No, still too small ... so you make it into an even bigger RED hat. 4. Not big enough, so you expand it into a bigger POLKA DOT hat. 5. You do it again, and turn it into a GIANT STRIPED hat! 6. Turn the striped hat around, there's a really funny Giant's Face on the other side! Silk screened on a special bookbinder's material, made from plastic and very strong -- use it over and over again.

This bit of business has been in my magic bag for over 30 years. Folds flat, plays big, always gets laughs.

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To me, the great advantage of The Mark Lewis routine over the one that Pradell mentions, is that the hat does not go on the child's head. It goes on the performer's head. Much funnier that way, and you need have no concerns about head lice!
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Mr. Riddle, sire, I must correct you. The Mark Lewis routine does put the hat on the kids head. I wouldn't worry about head lice though. Most parents kill 'em off right away and it isn't likely going to be an issue. I want to second, or third, the Mark Lewis routine, it is brilliant for children because it takes advantage of what makes kids giggle like lil' demons. It can be found in The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Lewis...I, of course, copied it from a post Mark made that had the routine on it prior to him removing it because people, like me, hijacked it. If you do a search on Mark Lewis magic you should be able to find a link to buy the ebook.
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I just went down and found the printed pdf. Even if you don't do the Bongo hat, there's priceless bits that can be used in other routines. I think I'll re-read the book again tonight...

Ken
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I must have a different copy of Mr. Lewis's routine. In my book, the hat goes on the performer's head! Is it possible there are two versions of the routine? One for the British, and one for Americans?
"Yes, Virginia, there really are people named Riddle...isn't that AMAZING! And to think of all the royalties I'm missing out on! SCANDALOUS!"

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Danny Hustle
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KEn,

GREAT POINT!!!! Classic bits that will work anywhere.

Best,

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Could be Lord Riddle, could be..... No where in the North American version do they say "pip pip" and I'm sure that is a main component of the British.
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More lice in the British Isles?

(Sorry, couldn't resist.)

Andy
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Tom Riddle
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Andy..........the British Isles is RIDDLED with them. Hence my surname!
"Yes, Virginia, there really are people named Riddle...isn't that AMAZING! And to think of all the royalties I'm missing out on! SCANDALOUS!"

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The confusion is coming from the way Mark begins by putting the hat on his own head first, and later on in the routine puts it on the kid's head. So you are both right, and you are both wrong. As punishment, you should both go back and read Mark's routine again. The one you'll find in The Wit and Wisdom book is best, because I proofread and edited it myself (ahem!). In any case, we are agreed that his routine is great, but for the person asking how to fold the hat to begin with (having unfolded it by accident before he had time to study it) you should go to The Wizards' Journal #8, "A Hat For All Seasons" and make a small model as described in order to learn how the folds are made.
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Tom Riddle
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I am interested that in that wonderful picture of Danny Hustle performing the Bongo hat, he has the hat on his head lengthways rather than widthways. I have always put it on my head widthways, so it is more like a pirate hat than a Robin Hood hat. I cannot recall which way round Mr. Lewis suggests in Wit and Wisdom.....not that it matters really. I personally find having it widthways is more harmonious with the audience. Others may not agree. Spellbinder's white hat could work rather well if the white was treated as condusive to black art a la Omar Pasha!

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"Yes, Virginia, there really are people named Riddle...isn't that AMAZING! And to think of all the royalties I'm missing out on! SCANDALOUS!"

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