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Steve_Mollett
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I received my Award of Arms in SCA partly through magic.
I used a folding table for cups & balls and other sundries, plus the gibciere.
I also had repro thumbscrews and Spanish Inquisition execution irons hooked to my belt to demonstrate "how I escaped the Inquisition in Toledo."
More than once, I entertained at feasts by performing fire eating.
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funsway
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I always had several pouches made from converted leather purses (over the shoulder prepared with items for six effects -- though I preferred to use "found " objects. I also had a wide belt under which I had constructed some small packets and clips. Wigh some garb it is appropriate to pull the material over the belt and allow to hang down to cove clipped objects and purses.
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Pokie-Poke
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The point of keeping the pockets or pouches in mind is not the secret hold out. but the every day..."I'll just put this ball in my po-----"
I quite often wear my ECW paints that have pockets, and make fun of them.

"You know this is impossible... these pockets won't be invented till 1630!"
and I use pouches instead of a gib. as the gib has you pawing in front of you privet parts, this dose not sit well with modern brain. a ring pouch on the side will act like a modern pocket, so it will not raise a flag when your hand finds it's way there.
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This is one of the advantages of wearing oriental styled garb. I, more often than not, wear a Mongolian del, which is a shirt that has a flat panel that fastens on the right. When wearing a sash, the entire front of the shirt becomes a pocket (ones that the Mongols would use). Within the sash I have had a small pocket sewn that is big enough for a thimble, a TT, Scotch & Soda and a lighter. Originally I would fold a sash to use the main fold as a pocket. After losing a couple of thimbles and a Scotch & Soda, I decided that there was not enough security in place. Keeping items from working their way out as you walk became a full time job. The sash with the pocket works better, especially when placed over my Motley Sash (a performance award that used to be given in Ansteorra). The knot of the Motley Sash is in front and creates a rim under the other sash which acts like a folded stop for items. This rig works very well for items that I might require on a moment's notice. The flat items in my shirt can provide me with at least 10 minutes worth of effects. My magic bag is based upon the old barrel bag. It is literally 1' in diameter and 3' long, with a supporting frame of walnut, turned on the lathe to look like bamboo. This frame allows great organization and a sliding tray for small items so they don't get lost in the bottom of the bag. The leather of the bag is tooled with all nine dragons from the Nine Dragon Scroll, painted by Chen Rong in the 13th century (My persona saw it, then reproduced it in a different medium). The bag holds enough magic to entertain for about an hour and a half.

My wizard's robe is based upon robes worn in the court of Kubilai Kahn, to whom I have offered my services. Longer sleeves fold back upon themselves, the lining creating a wide trim. Great for nesting your hands in cold weather, the hanging sections of sleeves act as a personal backdrop for performing sleight of hand. Also explains where the western wizard's robes came from.

These performing conditions are what caused me to create my own group of utility items. I created a device that pins to the inside of the clothes, with a sticky face that will hold a coin or thimble securely, ready for retrieval. This is an accomplishment, considering that my thimbles have been encrusted with rhinestones ala David Devant. Not period, but they show up extremely well, so I use them. The rhinestones make the audience think that they will have the edge in spotting them (they don't).

All of my patter in my routines are based upon my travels with the Polos, on the work I do for the Kahn, or creating my garb. "Thimbles are needed to create my clothing (believe me, you cannot buy this off the rack!), The hardest thing about using a thimble is keeping track of it!"

In the SCA, I often have to remind them that the C stands for "Creative".
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