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I am finalizing the last piece of my summer family show at a kiddie amusement park and am hitting a wall on music. It needs to be clean, and since I use a young assistant, nothing about love... Kinda' shuts out a ton of music. I am not committed to a run time yet, but the trick takes about 3 minutes minimum to perform.

It can be any genre so here's to a clean canvas. Thanks in advance for chiming in.
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Contact Arthur Stead. He makes royalty free music and does a real good job. You can find him via google.
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I would suggest that the theme and/or story surrounding and motivating your presentation would suggest/dictate the music choice.

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Oh yea, on theming the illusion. The show is titled "a Brief History of Magic," the temple is the end of the show During the tribute to the TV illusionist section (ala David Copperfield), which is why using any music that was in "Miami Vice" would work (I jest). I will theme the story to the music, I want to use a commercially familiar cut (thanks for the tip on RF music though) and meet the no love story requirement. Am I just grasping at straws? I know every illusion Copperfield did was practically a love story.
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My daughter uses Arthur Stead's music in her dollhouse routine. Here is a sample from one of here shows.

http://www.magicbydanielle.com/page73.html

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Ive used "Fractured Mirror" by Ace Frehley, is an instumental.
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Doing a "history" theme should bring about many ideas for any segment in the show. There are many decades from the last 120 years or so that have music closely linked to that particular decade, and from there, it should be easy to pick out a style of magic (costuming, etc.) that would fit the decade, as well. In order to retain focus on the effect, the theme should be quickly identifiable to the audience. They need to "get it" without much, if any explanation. Easily parodied or themed could be Roaring 20's, Diner 50's, Rock & Roll (Hippy) 60's, Disco 70's.

You could of course go back further than 100 years with lots of classical music, or even into the future with something techno.

For the time period you suggest (TV illusionists), I immediately think of popular TV themes from the era (70's & 80's). These can be dramas, comedies or even game shows. Do a Google search for TV theme songs, and you get several websites dedicated to all that stuff.
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I'm really glad tv illusionist immediately brought the 70's and 80's to mind, it did for me as well when I assembled the show. I wish I had a "flashier" illusion to perform but we'll make great. We've got a smaller stage so we can only do so much. I've got a few hundred songs from that time period, it's just nothing hits me as great. I'll keep digging and thanks for the advice.
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I would recommend the bacchanal Saint-Saen's "Sampson and Delilah." About the right length (okay, you might need to edit it down with audacity), is dramatic, and has that Arabian, exotic sound to it that will lend itself to a Temple themed illusion. And because it is classical, I would imagine you can get by without royalties. Here is the piece, if you've never heard it before.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vj4GWqu1ulA
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My next suggestion would be the Polovtsian Dance from Borodin's Prince Igor. Most of the instrumental/orchestral versions you find have the voice parts replaced with oboe.
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