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shakes
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Hello,

I was wondering if anyone has ever heard of a dancing/vanishing cane. I was told that Fantasio made one at one time but haven't been able to find hide nor hair of it. Was also wondering if anyone has ever used one and/or knows where I could find one since my search has come up short. Any help or suggestions would be greatly welcomed. Thanks in advance.
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Purchase the Fantasio Book, in there it tells you how to make the item you are seeking on page 24.

I suggest you buy the book from Fantasio at http://www.fantasio.com as he is selling it for half price. You might also inquire with him if he still has any of the weights available from him for this trick.

Better yet, just order everything from him at once, cane and book and see if he can supply the weight as well.
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Thanks for the suggestion wmhegbli. I'm purchasing the book now and contacting him about the weights. Have you ever used one before?
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I used the Fantasio dancing cane with the weight in the 1980's at a night club in Virginia Beach that was having a "Bong Show" (a take-off on the Gong show) and the judges gave me a perfect score. I modified the Fantasio gimmick slightly based on an idea that was published by Rob Allen in the June, 1972 issue of _Linking Ring_. I did obtain Rob's permission to include his gimmick in my lecture notes.

I performed an advanced version of my cane routine (but using the same gimmick) when I lectured at Denny and Lee's in Maryland and one of the attendees was nice enough to give it a strong recommendation here on the Café. You can read the thread at
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......start=60
where one of the posters writes: "I was just at a lecture recently at Denny and Lee's and the performer had one of the best dancing cane routines I have ever seen. He kept it short..never let the cane fly too long and had it choreographed so that no one..and I mean no one could tell the hands had anything to do with it. Denny told me this guy had an amazing cane routine and he did..."

The important thing about the cane--as noted by some highly respected authorities in magic--is to keep the routine short. You might find this thread "Best dancing cane" on the Magic Café interesting as well:
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......start=30

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
P.S. My perfect score at the Va. Beach "Bong Show" was tied later by a singer. The audience was asked to break the tie by "voting by applause" for the final winner. I didn't feel too bad losing out to the eventual winner of the Virginia Beach "Bong Show." She was a singer just starting out named Juice Newton.
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On 2011-09-15 01:45, shakes wrote:
Thanks for the suggestion wmhegbli. I'm purchasing the book now and contacting him about the weights. Have you ever used one before?


Yes, I have, that is how I know how to advise you on this prop.
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Thanks for the advice, I will definately keep that in mind when I get my routine together. The posts helped also so thanks again. I ordered the book and am just waiting for a response on the weights. Thanks for all the help from everyone, and to Anatole, that's an awesome story about Juice Newton, I bet your magic is better than hers though..LOL
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I'm trying to create a new opener that is rather quick and that is using the Fantasio Vanishing Cane as a dancing cane. I bought the Fantasio gimmick which is a black ring that just slips over my cane. The only problem is that you have to get that ring positioned correctly and the balancing point changes constantly when I extend the cane. I use a flash paper cap and the cane vanishes to a red 18' silk. My question is, is this a good method to use? Is there a better and more effective method.
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I used this years ago and never got on with it. The main problem was that when you extended it it was alrays a different length and so the balance was all wrong.
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The June 2012 issue of _The Linking Ring_ has a write-up of my "Enchanted Walkingstick" routine that explains how to find and fine-tune the balance point on a Fantasio vanishing cane in order to adapt it into a dancing cane regardless of the length of the cane when you extend it. It helps if you have added the extra weight to the inside of the ferrule (hollow bottom tip) of the cane. (Without that extra weight the thr--d would be shorter than the optimal length for the routine.) I also describe an adjustable gimmick that attaches to the cane based on Rob Allen's gimmick published in the June 1972 issue of _Linking Ring_. It is that adjustable gimmick that allows you to fine-tune the proper place to attach the gimmick.

An important point is that the place where the gimmick attaches to the cane is slightly _above_ the exact balance point.

You can see a rather blurry video of my routine at:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=704......&theater

Note how the cane remains in a fairly vertical orientation when it goes around my body because of the fine-tuned balance point. (Sorry for the blurry video image. I made that mpeg video back in the days of 14.4 modems and intended the viewing window to be small to allow for faster loading.) The fact that the cane changes to a streamer rather than a silk scarf makes finding the right attachment point extra critical.

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