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Are you kidding me!!!??? I would have gone cxrazy. That is when I would have personally had a talk with the person after the show and pulled them aside. That simply can NOT happen or be tolerated. That is just flat out wrong.

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This was a show at an elementary school carnival. Needless to say the place was packed and I was sitting In the very back of the room. Trust me when say I could hardly believe what I saw and heard. I did not talk with the performer but I am sure that he hung himself with what happened. I don't know the guy personally and had never even heard of him. Like I said, I've never seen him again and doubt that he could last in the business with the way he treated his audience members.

One of the most important things we as performer must do is treat our audiences with respect at all times. I can only imagine that the poor child who was forced to help out most likely hates magic shows now and always will.
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You are so right. Some magicians fall into the category of what I referto in my "creativity" lecture as "Falling in love with ourselves." We love an effect or illusion so much that we end up doing it for US and not for THEM. We forget the audience and by doing so start putting undo pressure on them.

You must always realize that your audience is everything. Without them you are a lonely guy on a stage by yourself. You simply can NOT pressure a child into doing any of these style illusions. You must always be willing to not do the illusion if you know you can not find a child that will work and meet the needs of the illusion. Never force it to happen.

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Right on!

I don't force any child to do anything- levitation or anything else for that matter.
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Hi,
Anybody want to purchase my Jim Sommers Chair Suspension?
Practically new (used it about 5x), have a real nice soft case for it (made for keyboards, everything fits perfectly).
Love to get rid of it, will give you a great deal.
Call or e-mail if interested, thanks,
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TCsteinberg:

you need to post this in the let's make a deal section. You need 50 posts to do so!
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I have been following this discussion hoping to get something out of it or to contribute more to iit. so here I go. after performing the carpet for the past 25 years and finally retiring my p;d wooden chairs for a new set this past year. I think I have them down to ok routines. What I know to be true about putting a kid on the illusions is this. the kids have to work up to it to be dynamite.I therefore use the selected kid in two other routines that build up that level of confidence in the kid. By using the kid in a positive way they are then given the reinforcement that will get them comfortable enough to relax and have a great time. I use this in all my shows. I have worn out Two carpets and am on my second set of chairs it works,
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Absolutely correct. You can certainly build the trust, as Michael does. That is a god idea. Or, you can also build it up by creating a routine that gives time devoted in the ebginning of the routine to lughter and smiles before the child is ever placed on the illusion. This is what I do. My rotuine is strutcured in such a way that I always have the illusion at the end of the show and I always get the child relaxed and trusting me long before the illusion ever starts. It really does work.

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On 2009-05-11 08:34, Spellbinder wrote:
I took a different approach to the Carpet as suggested by Walt Disney's Aladdin film in which the carpet takes on a life of its own. Rather than under control of the magician, my carpet was possessed and a bit mischevious. It bounced around on top of the book, knocked off objects that were set down on top of it, and seemed to get more and more excited as it approached the time for it to perform. It made chirping noises that I could understand and which I interpreted for the audience. The little tassels on the four corners (again, getting my cue from Disney) were under "zombie" control to make them expressive, and magnetic to make them able to hold small objects and even openly steal them from my person, to the amusement of the audience.

...a very creative post, Spellbinder. You're one of the most creative people here in Little Darlings, here are some awesome ideas!
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I have all but abandoned the very idea of ever again performing in someone else's home. I've have very little so far in the way of carry-in and set-up, but I still get the willies when I think about some of the expensive carpets and furniture I've seen getting nicked or damaged.

The thought of bringing a (relatively) large and heavy illusion into such a room through a maze of furniture and set up on expensive tile or shag and causing even a small bit of damage is enough to make me stay far away from these, no matter what their added value is!

Obviously, though, many expert performers do this all the time with no problems at all. Do you take extra precautions for certain situations? Or is there just absolutely nothing to worry about (other than being clumsy)?

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Someone with Michael's experience I am ready to listen to.

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Jolly Roger tells me that there is an old illusion out there called FLOAT ME ALONE which is a suitcase levitation. It seems as though the illusion can be assembled in front of everyone. You open a suitcase and take out 2 other suitcases. The child sits on top and you pull out the middle suitcase. Sounds very interesting! I know nothing of this illusion but he tells me that it is by far the best illusion of a child.
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Jolly Roger tells me that there is an old illusion out there called FLOAT ME ALONE which is a suitcase levitation.


Hank Lee was putting this out, a few years ago... I am not saying it originated with him, but you might give them a call if you are really curious.
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Roger just told me about it...that's all. I would like to see what it looks like as it does sound interesting. I think Roger told he that he got his from Hank Lee's
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That is interesting as I have not seen or heard about that one as well. I would love to see it and get a feel for it. I have an idea of what principle it utilizes. if I am correct, then what would be great is to change up the suitcases and change them into books. Then use it in a library show to show the magic in reading. Just an idea.

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Wow Kyle...great minds think alike! I do a ton of school shows that promote reading and that is the same thing I was thinking of. I currently do this with my flying carpet, the screen looks like a giant book.
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Yep. Works really great and a nice way to end your library show by showing that reading is magic. =)

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I just released my Vampire Levitation in time to enter the competition for "best" children's levitation in the living room. Originally, this was designed for a 1975 theatrical production of Dracula on a huge stage, but over the years I whittled away at it until it is now one of the lightest weight, easy-to-set-up-in full-view-of-the-audience self-levitations (NOT a suspension) that you can make yourself for under $50.00. It's on my site in The Wizards' Journal #17.
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Spellbinder,

Does this look as good as say Super X and is it more practical? How long on average to build it? I'm really looking for something light and practical (as I'm sure everyone is). I only want to have one levitation as well.

On that topic, I didn't notice much mention of the Super X for living rooms. A friend of mine uses his religiously to float the birthday girl/boy with much success, although I've never seen him perform it he seems to love it. Are not many performers using this much anymore?

Thanks,

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I also preferred using the Super-X as a suspension, making it SEEM as if I was going to do a chair suspension by using two chairs on the ends of the board, then turning them around so the seats pointed out away from one another, removing first one chair, and then the other.

However, the Vampire Levitation is NOT a suspension and it is done with yourself as the levitee, rather than someone from the audience. However, it is probably the lightest weighing levitation you have ever lugged around, even considering that you need to carry a backdrop to perform it. Once you assemble the inexpensive parts you need, there's not much to build. You could make a mock-up in one evening and try it out in front of a mirror to begin learning how to levitate and disappear.
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