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ziff
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Hi. Anyone have any experiences, favorable or unfavorable, with using Sean Bogunia's Manual Ultimate Sketch Pad in an indoor birthday party setting? I own the product and am particularly interested to know how close the audience can be without figuring the illusion out and additionally to what level lighting plays a factor too. I would be most appreciative for any insights anyone might have. Thank you and best regards.
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Depends on age really.
At close distances,(like a birthday party) I don't think the pad is the best idea. They can begin to see "depth" of certain things that they shouldn't.
For close up I prefer Axtell board, for parlour/stage I prefer Sketch Pad.
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Kids have great depth perception..... and they look close.
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Interesting feedback. I own the mini and stage size Axtell magic drawing boards and have found kids' "depth" perception to be pretty good with that effect too. Which is why I decided to get the Bogunia sketch pad. Perhaps you have a technique that you're applying, that I'm not, to prevent kids from seeing some of the depth of the Axtell drawing board in birthday party (mini drawing board) or stage situations (regular size drawing board)? Thanks for any further clarity you can provide.
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I have both the Axtell drawing board and Sean Bogunia's Pad.
The advantage of the pad is that at the end of the routine you can give the paper as a souvenir.
The disadvantages are (as said here) that it is less practical at close distance, and you have to be careful not to loose parts.
Usually I use the Axtell Drawing board.
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Another question: How would the manual board do for podium style trade-show work. Audience is pretty close, and the light is very harsh.

thanks
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In my opinion I would class both these items as puppets rather than magic. Most kids will have a pretty good idea of how they work anyway - As with all puppets, the success of the routine will depend on your ability to create an engaging character that makes the audience want to suspend their disbelief.
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I now have both the Bogunia Sketchpad and the Manual Drawing Board. Really like them both. I've found some distance between my audience and me is necessary to create the most convincing illusion visually. The Bogunia pad I'd only be comfortable doing on a platform or with the audience some distance away. I think you'd have more flexibility with the Axtell Mini Magic Drawing Board, if distance is an issue. I wouldn't be comfrtable doing either at a trade show with the audience right under my nose. Also the harsher the lighting the father I'd want the audience from me. To Kimmo's point, I believe maximum entertainment would come from using either effect as a puppet or as a ventriloquist character. And to achieve the maximum effect, I suggest really being able to act as if the drawing is a real, independent character from yourself along with having an entertaining routine. Manipulation of the mouth in sync with its speaking is key too as well as keepping the eyes moving in a human like fashion. My experience is that both effects are indeed very magical (i.e., they can leave your audience scratching their head in disbelief and be entertained) when you have such important ingredients working together: 1. proper distance from your audience (which can vary depending on lighting conditions), 2. good acting ability, 3. good manipulation of the eyes and mouth, 4. a strong routine. Best regards.
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Just wanted to clarify the first sentence in my post above. My comments relate to my experiences using Bogunia's Manual Ultimate Sketch Pad and Axtell's Mini Magic Drawing Board. Thanks.
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I've owned both...I like Axtell's but my favorite is Sean's. I use it with my daycare programs and goes over big...I think it's more than a vent routine and is very magical, especially with Sean's board. After I handed out the picture a small group of children were trying to tell the kid to make it talk. It's all in the presentation and you making them believe that you're drawing a face on there.

I have a great routine that I use that leads you into using the sketch pad or drawing board. PM me if you're interested.
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Quote:
On 2007-08-18 10:55, MoonRazor wrote:
Kids have great depth perception..... and they look close.


And they may be able to see things we don't usually see.
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It is wonderful what children see....and believe, I agree. Ax
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