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GarySumpter
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Christian,

I look forward to seeing the other video. No disrespect was intended.

I would definitely say consider shortening the cane, just because you CAN doesn't mean you SHOULD.

By the way, you're a lot better than me, so feel free to send some pointers my way too! Smile

Gary
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On 2006-03-26 19:40, RandyStewart wrote:
Tim,

Tell DMann the story of the assistant who, well 'froze' when you need his assistance the most during the DWayne Floating Ball. Dmann has an appreciation for such effects but when he reads that story, it may be the last thing he ever reads as I thought it might be mine as well. Talk about the stuff that heart attacks are made of.


Thanks Randy.... Just when I had forgotten about that terrible day...you have to remind me!!!!!

Here is my sad tale....

About 6 years ago had to do a big wig corporate show with little notice. I added a part to my floating ball routine where did sort of a asrah/zombie type of effect where the ball would look like a zombie after the Okito method, but I'd let go of the cloth and it'd keep floating and then end in mid-air vanish. A friend of mine agreed to be the back stage operator for this effect. I told him not to worry as I'd direct him from the stage. " When I make a gesture with my hands in an upward direction...you make the ball go up and when I want it to come back down I'll make a gesture calling it down to me and you make it lower down to me."

We did this in rehearsal and it went flawless! When it came time to do it in front of an audience and the guy in the wings could hear the reaction of the audience ...he FROZE big time with stage fright. For those of you who can remember Jackie Gleason doing his " Huma, Huma, Huma" routine you'll be able to picture exactly what happened.

Anyway.... when I made a gesture for the ball to rise..... he panicked and the th**** slipped through his fingers sending the ball to the floor. There I am making my gesture and trying to speak out the side of my mouth so the audience wouldn't see me hollering ... UP! UP! UP! to the guy in the wings standing 10 ft from me. I was the one on stage looking foolish yet he was the one with stage fright.

He eventually made the ball jump off the floor but it swung like a pendulum and it did the opposite of what it was supposed to do. I'd gesture up and it'd jump down... I'd gesture down and it zoom up. It looked like a bad comedy act and I still have the tape from that show. I keep it to show friends when they think they had a bad show or we need a good laugh.

And NO! I will not post a clip from it. ( thought I'd say that up front for those of you who wanted to see it )

Best,

Tim
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Tim,

Thanks for sharing that story. A nightmare of a story but I’ll remind you that it serves as an inspiration to me personally in that you obviously carried on both during that performance and in your magical career. Some could say you haven’t been around long enough until you experience your own performance horror story. This topic is not focused on mishaps by professional magicians but that story and a dove worker who missed the pocket during a toss vanish, and a world-renowned manipulator who had a production item (parasol) go off way before it was supposed to are some of the horror stories I’ve been told and in one case, seen footage of it. And these guys have a reputation and are some of the best!

IT COULD OF BEEN ANY OF US!

Although I have a wicked sense of humor, believe me, I can’t and am positive never will be able to laugh at those moments. Perhaps my vivid imagination just keeps me in their shoes .

But thanks for being a sport and showing us when these things happen to a serious performer, they learn from it and carry on. I know it serves me well and am grateful.

I wonder if anyone would notice I've replaced the fine threading on some of my effects with 1/2" steel wire to avoid breakage during performance. Can't be too careful ya know! Hmmmm....
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Hi Randy,

That story was the worst goof for me but there is always the time I was doing the linking hula hoops on live television and got the hoops all tangled up in the mic cord. I always perform with a wireless mic when I do my own shows but this TV studio only had wired ones. I asked for a test rehearsal but the show producer wouldn't hear of it. " If you can do your job...we will do ours" was her response.

When it came to the part of the routine where you step through a hoop and bring it over your head ... I couldn't finish that move because I had hooked the cord connected to my lapel mic with the hoop. I had to stop the routine there. All the more reason I insist on a dry run when ever I do any television spots now. The producer was very apologetic but the damage was done. Live and learn I guess. LOL

Best,

Tim

P.S. Maybe some day all us Café Members can have a " I'll show you mine if you show me yours" posting of our bad performance videos. LOL
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Ok!! Guys! Sorry, it took long for me to chime in, but Wow, what stories?

So, I will tell you only one of my Horror Stories that actually turned out alright. This was at Guntown Mountain in Cave City Kentucky 1972, I was doing 7 Magic Shows a day and 8 Gun Fights (Had to do double duty...no extra cash). I did the Saloon Show, that lasted about 35 minutes. Any how to the story...I spied this one kid from the audience before the show and talked him and his parents in to allowing him to help me during the performance.(a habit that I learned along time ago) Anyway the time came for the young lad to come up on stage...he got up from his chair and both legs literally went limp...the kid actually crawled onto the stage...After some calming he finally got to his feet. Well, I was doing a card effect where the card was torn-up and thrown in a glass and covered with a small tube with a plate on top of the tube. On the plate was a small piece of flashpaper. All, of this was placed on top of the boys head and ignited with a lighter. With the card being restored in the glass all but the one piece the boy was holding. Well, Lo and Behold! If I didn't catch the kids hair on fire...not just a little bit...but about 4 inches of hair completely bald from his forehead to almost his ears. Needless to say! This broke the entire audience up...as I truly hustled the boy back to his seat...again with the rubbery legs and all.

After the show was finally over I went over to see if the parents were .... off! Nope! they thought that was a part of the act and that their Son was extremely grateful for his on stage experience. I have to tell you that was the scariest day I ever had in a magic show.
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Wow..after reading these stories I have so much to look forward to! Anyway..back to that ol' dancing cane. I was just at a lecture recently at Denny and Lee's and the performer had one of the best dancing cane routines I have ever seen. He kept it short..never let the cane fly too long and had it choreographed so that no one..and I mean no one could tell the hands had anything to do with it. Denny told me this guy had an amazing cane routine and he did, I modeled my own after it with my own touches. He showed us moves that blew everyone away. I'm only embarrassed I can't remember the guys name. But I do have his manuscript around here and if anyone would like to be put in contact with him just send me a pm. The manuscript was under $20 and worth it's weight in gold. I later combined what I learned there with Peter Lorough's gimmick and I have a jaw dropping 30 seconds of dancing cane now. When you keep it short and sweet and throw some flames in the audience swears you did stuff that would make Merlin drool.
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I think to get the best reaction for performing dancing cane is by learning some of these:
1. Learn to dance, I think when somebody finally learn how to master the gimmick, they only concentrate on the cane itself rather than body movement which I think is the most important thing on the act.
2. Learn mime. Mime did help me to put a soul to the cane.
3. Add a story. Finally I decide to add a story to my act. At least if something wrong happens, they will still enjoy the story even though I do it silent.
4. Just like you guys said, keep it short ... 30 sec is the best I think ...

Wesz
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John,

don't suppose it was Loki? The guy looks like the Joker from Batman.

He is a local guy and first introduced me to the cane, he certainly is great at it!

Gary
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John,

The magician you saw at Denny & Lee's was Sonny Narvaez.

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Just wanted to let everyone know that the 201 cane will be released April 15th. Oh! Thanks, to you all for the kind words.
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I'm definitely looking forward to its release.
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Yes Sproctor it was Sonny Navarez, thanks.
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Christian, I enjoyed watching your act mate, keep up the good work.Some killa moves, a bit long of course, but it has all the potential in the world. Congrats! Its not easy to put your nuts on the line, and post your act on here to be critiqued by other magicians.
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The best -- flat out best -- routine with an inanimate object I've ever seen wasn't in a magic act. It was Fred Astaire dancing with a coat rack. That coat rack took on a life of its own, and didn't even have to float to do so.

I don't remember which movie it was in, but I have a large collection of F.A. movies and I'll see if I can figure it out this weekend and post the name here.

It's an education.
That's our departed buddy Burt, aka The Great Burtini, doing his famous Cups and Mice routine
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See if you can also find out who the magic advisor for the movie was. Although, not a magic act, but certainly orchestrated by a Magician.
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Well, I didn't even have to dig it out: a Google search turned it up. The movie was Royal Wedding (1951), and the dance was choreographed by Fred with his long-time collaborator Hermes Pan. Definitely worth taking a look. The dance number has nothing to do with magic, but that coat rack can teach us lots about the dancing cane.
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Sorry, it took so long for me to reply but I finally found The Movie and your right George that was terriffic.
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