The Magic Café
Username:
Password:
[ Lost Password ]
  [ Forgot Username ]
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » Once upon a time... » » Buddhist magic (3 Likes) Printer Friendly Version

 Go to page [Previous]  1~2
Anatole
View Profile
Inner circle
1771 Posts

Profile of Anatole
I'm also coming late to this party. However, this may help with the coming lunar new year for 2012.

Make a set of cards with the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac on it and use those cards to adapt standard trick presentations to a Chinese New Year theme.

Most of 2012 will be the Year of the Dragon, and all those tricks ornamented with dragon images would be appropriate--from producing a 36 inch dragon silk (I once produced a 6-foot dragon silk from a large wooden drawer box) to the "Color Changing Dragon Fan." You might check party supply stores for Chinese New Year realia. I also did the Dragon Fanning Deck, of course.

At a coin store once I found a coin with a Chinese New Year pig on it for a Vietnamese friend's birthday (the Vietnamese also celebrate the lunar new year) and you could do coin tricks using coins like that. They probably make coins for all 12 animals.

Paper was invented in China in the year 105 A.D., and at a Chinese New Year magic show at a Chinese-Vietnamese friend's school I did the routine of a tearing paper tissue strips and producing a mouth coil. I did Joann the Card Duck and when the selected cards are being shown to the audience, I covered the duck's eyes and told the audience I do that because "She's a Peking duck."

If you really want to make your performance stand out, you can make your own "Instant Painting" picture on acetate of a Buddhist statue or a Chinese dragon. Keep in mind that the Chinese dragon looks different from, say, the dragon that St. George killed.

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
----- Sonny Narvaez
link8822
View Profile
New user
Central Jersey, NJ
66 Posts

Profile of link8822
One of my goals is incorporating Buddhism ideas into magic effects, too. I enjoyed Balaram's 2nd presentation. I'll try to post some stuff when I come up with routines.
Anatole
View Profile
Inner circle
1771 Posts

Profile of Anatole
The Chinese legend of "The Dragon's Pearl" is not, I believe, specifically Buddhist. But it _is_ a captivating story about a Chinese boy named Xiao Sheng--roughly pronounced "showl" (as in "owl") "shang" (as in "hang")--who finds a magic pearl that makes one grain of rice multiply into a huge bowl-full. There is a great picture book version by Julie Lawson and Paul Morin.
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61......300_.jpg

To illustrate the story, I "put" a single grain of rice into a drawer box and make the single grain multiply into a full box of rice. Then there's a scene in the story where the boy hero swallows the magic pearl and he turns into a dragon. (I guess you could do the rice bowls.) When Xiao Sheng swallows the pearl (I pretend to swallow it using a fr**ch dr*p), it starts to burn in his throat and I mime that it's burning my own throat. At the end of the story I point out to the kids that I did not really swallow the pearl, but made it disappear using "magic" and sticking my tongue-in-cheek to pretend that it is there. At the end I reiterate that I did not really swallow the pearl just to make sure that the kids don't go home and try it with a pearl from Mom's jewelry box.

After reading the story from the book (or re-telling it), you could ask the kids: "Would you like to see another picture of what the dragon looked like?" and then produce a Rice dragon silk.

The story ends a little sadly, but the kids loved it. Look for it in the children's room of your public library or order it from amazon.com if you'd like to know the full story.

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
----- Sonny Narvaez
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » Once upon a time... » » Buddhist magic (3 Likes)
 Go to page [Previous]  1~2
[ Top of Page ]
All content & postings Copyright © 2001-2019 Steve Brooks. All Rights Reserved.
This page was created in 0.09 seconds requiring 5 database queries.
The views and comments expressed on The Magic Café
are not necessarily those of The Magic Café, Steve Brooks, or Steve Brooks Magic.
> Privacy Statement <

ROTFL Billions and billions served! ROTFL