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Fábio DeRose
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You have a good point, tough I never had ayone ask me "what the heck is that light-up thing floating?" haha

On 2009-12-30 20:38, Anatole wrote:
I think my main problem with light-up canes is they aren't analogous to anything in the real world. The Creekmore canes all look like something you would see in the real world. People have seen them in movies and TV shows. I can't think of any movies where a "normal" character (or even an abnormal character) walks around with a cane with lights up and down its entire length. There's something to be said for the classic black and white cane. I can accept a cane or staff with something special like a light on the _top_, because that would be similar to a cane with gems ornamenting the top. But lights along the entire length is a little bizarre and unnatural.

More believable/acceptable than the light-up canes would be a dancing lightsaber, which I think did appear on the market for a while a few years ago. The Lucas movies have at least made lightsabers a device relatively familiar to the general populace (there is even a lightsaber Wikipedia entry), although I would still question why a magician would have one in his possession--unless he's also a retired Jedi knight. I can imagine that Ben Kenobi was a member of the IBM--Interplanetary Brotherhood of Magicians.

Even a dancing fluorescent light would be a little more natural. Check the videos at these links:

These routines use something from the real world. They have even been used in magic before, going all the way back to the 60's when I saw Joe and Georgi Smiley do their Neon Rod Through Lady illusion. Everyone knows what a fluorescent light is, and a floating fluorescent light is not that much more unnatural than the classic Blackstone floating light bulb would be.

Just my two-pennies.

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
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