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Just wondering what reactions you get to the dancing cane. I have seen it performed (live, and on Jeff McBride on Stage Vol 3) and it just seems so obvious to me. The hand movements leave no other option, especially with around the back moves etc.

So I was wondering if you get good reactions to your routine, or do people tend to watch with that 'It has to be string' look on their faces?


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Good Question Chris ! I totally agree with you. Hope that someone out there can answer this.


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Chris... I perform dancing cane whenever I have the right setting for it. I personally love doing it. Since I have friends and family in the audience they hear more good than bad comments. I still hear "How do you do that with the cane?" Answer... "It's magic". Smile
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I added fire to my cane, and this dispells any obvious methods.

I float a living breathing girl and vanish her in mid air, and yet after the show the audience talks more about a floating stick that's on fire that vanishes into silks...go figure. Beautiful magic.


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When performing the dancing cane, remember the shorter routine the better. Try animating the cane more than actually making it float.

I use my dancing cane in only the shows where I have control of the lighting and staging.

The effect can be beautiful when in the right hands. Smile
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I close my show with the Dancing Cane, but the cane itself does not float or dance at any one time for more than 20 seconds.

Watch Dirk Losander perform his routine... I''m sure you'll be a believer. The beauty and 'wonderment' of the effect should truly camoflage your method. If the audience is guessing ******, then the performer is doing something to tell them that (either by his hand movements, cane swings and moves, etc...).

Reactions... people remember the cane that floated and danced around as I said my goodnights.

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Brevity is important when performing the Dancing Cane. Do ANYTHING long enough and you feed the audience exposure vs. wonder. I like the idea of 20 or 30 seconds. Thanks Troy.

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Personally, I can say that is my worst trick! It is too obvious even with a good performance ... there are so many other great floating effects than the dancing cane...
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Killer effect , but keep it short! Smile
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I agree inidyls. Short and sweet. Less is more. Smile
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I disagree with you. The dancing cane is one of the best tricks ever, the longer the routine the better. I do it in my act. When I do around the body go around with it. It takes people's minds off looking for a thread.

Go to a guy called Loki. Go to his site, he sells canes that are the lightest on the market. They are £15.99p (that's about $25) and buy his notes on the dancing cane too. It's worth it. Go to then click on Magicians then go down the list and click on Loki.

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All I can add to the above is to keep BOTH hands moving, especially the one connected to the cane, when I discovered this my routine improved 100%.

As far as audience reaction, I have found this to be extremely mystical, unexplainable and magical for an audience. Mind you I AM from Australia, we have animals here that jump up and down. Smile

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Having had the opportunity to see Peter Pitt do it, I can honestly say this— if it is performed right, it is breathtaking to behold. I don't think time matters, but it helps a lot if you're a good dancer. Like Fred Astaire dancing with a hat rack; people would end up being mesmerised by both the magic and the dexterity of the performer.
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Peter Pitt was the best performer who did the dancing cane. But that was late sixties, early seventies. It has fallen into disuse since then.

Precisely because of that, it would probably be all right to use it again. But— I have to agree that the routine should be kept short, preferably woven into a routine and not presented entirely on its own.

There are some great moves, although they belie the fact that it's a ***** gag. Watch some old videos of Peter Pitt if you get the chance.
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I saw Ben Caesar perform it a few years ago, when he had won a few contests. His routine was great! A good routine can make all the difference.
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My use of dancing cane is this: I come out with it in hand... then I trip on something and the cane flies out of my hand - oops! But the cane doesn't fall down, it tries to run away from me... I manage to grab it, but then the naughty thing turns into a candle and a silk... how bizarre...

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I've been getting an incredible response with the cane for the past few years. (Been doing it for about 10 & those first few years weren't so great!) I make sure to only do a few moves & do them well. The routine is only about a minute long, but that's all it takes. Any more than that & you can kill the effect. At least that's my experience anyway.
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Well I agree with most of what each of you has said...obviously the trick is a classic because it can really look like magic! Also obviously it has a very direct method and therefore is easy to tip if you aren't very clever.
Keeping it short is one key and the other is for you to do all that nasty homework on picking "that special material needed" for the method and learning about lighting and how it affects varying performance environments.
I love the cane but never do it anymore for fear of exposure unless the circumstance is just right and kills! Good luck and keep em flying.
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