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brad12d3
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So I thought it might be fun to do something of a mini magic show for the trick or treaters this Halloween. Nothing fancy, just a couple of tricks that are kind of spooky. The one thing that I know I will use for sure is Tony Chris' "Haunting". I've been throwing around the idea of a ghost magician,... maybe Houdini himself.. or something else.. I don't know. I've got a creative block.. Any suggestions?
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I like it!!!! You have great taste!

Seriously though, it is a great idea that you have. I use to perform Harry Anderson's Needle through arm for Halloween in my earlier days when kids would come to the door. That always got a rise out of them. If you can still get one, there is a great little effect by Bob Farmer I believe called Creature or something like that. It is the effect where you cup your hands and open them slightly and a cool little creature appears to move in your cupped hands. I use to use that one all the time for Trick or Treaters. That would really freak them out. I lost my gimmick though. It is fantastic. Also if you have a little table set up, I strongly recommend using a Glorpy, haunted hanky type effect. That is perfect for Halloween.

You could also do a knife through arm if you have one, or how about The Web by Jim Pace. That should scare them good! Man, I am thinking I should do this too again. I haven't done a Halloween Trick or Treat at my door show in over 10 years.

I am sure you will come up with lots of good stuff.

Tony
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For small kids, I'd suggest doing something quick and visual, like lighting flash paper in a Dove Pan and turning it into candy, which you then hand out to the kids.
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On 2011-09-23 22:11, Tony Chris wrote:

If you can still get one, there is a great little effect by Bob Farmer I believe called Creature or something like that. It is the effect where you cup your hands and open them slightly and a cool little creature appears to move in your cupped hands. I use to use that one all the time for Trick or Treaters. That would really freak them out. I lost my gimmick though. It is fantastic.

Tony



Creature was the effect marketed by Keith A. Lack.

The Bob Farmer effect, The Creepy Little Baby Hand was published in Magic For Dummies, pp. 109-113.


Brian
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Ah yes, thanks for the correction. I remember that now. Thanks Brian. Both of those are great little effects and perfect for quickie at your door for the tricksters that night.

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Most of the children will be young so I wouldn't do any thing scary or the parents might get upset. I'd use a change bag and show it empty. Have the children say the magic words; Trick or Treat and then they can reach inside the bag and pull out some candy. Just keep refilling the change bag between groups of children.
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On 2011-09-24 12:31, wizardpa wrote:
Most of the children will be young so I wouldn't do any thing scary or the parents might get upset.


They come to my house to get scared! Parents love it. Sometimes it is too much for some of the kiddies, but they know what it is before they arrive. Some never make it out of the car, some make it out of the car but hop back in before taking a step towards the house, some make it to the walkway and turn back, some maker it to the entrance and turn back, and some run when I open the door. When this happens, usually one or more of the parents/adults with them will come in. They love it!

As for a good, quickie magic effect, it depends on what you are going for. I have done a lot of different things through the years. You could do an arm/hand/finger/head chopper, or something creepy with tarot cards or a Ouija Board. I've done the floating Lite Flite and the lighted hoover card effect before, and they worked well. Even something as simple as vanishing a piece of candy can make the atmosphere more magical and/or spooky.
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Haunted key? Haunted hand?
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GUILLOTINE!!!!!!! (With lots of blood) Smile
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I have some Front Porch Illusions in various issues of The Wizards' Journals on my site: #4 "Mr. Bones", "Return of the Werewolf", "Giant Spiders", "Ghost Box" ; #13 "Eisenheim's Ghost"; #14 "The Inexhaustible Jack O'Lantern" ... plus a few others which can easily be adapted for front porch mini-shows.
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Floating Zombie Skull by Kovari is what I always include in my shows for Halloween.
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Wow ... thanks guys. Good stuff! Smile I have been brainstorming an idea that would involve some fancy rigging either off of my roof or in one of my two trees (or both!) that would let me float something around remotely.. I haven't started dabbling with it yet but I was thinking that I could use the motor and transmitter/receiver of a cheap rc car to make it happen.

I guess what I am aiming for is around 3-4 tricks/gags that will give the sense that there is some unseen ghostly entity floating around. I don't necessarily want to give them nightmares for the rest of the year (it would be a fairly friendly ghost) but I want them to remember it and tell there friends about how they saw a ghost and it wonders around their neigborhood every year.

I just want to get their imaginations rolling!
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You might want to look into "Air Swimmers Remote Control Flying Fish" at Amazon.com or the Flitter Fairies from the same place.

Air Swimmers Fish on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIJINiK9azc

Flitter Fairies on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=318bPWJWyaM
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Here is a link to a routine I use for Halloween. No big rigging involved but it is fun!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbxcdaGRW6Y&feature=related
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Check out Tommy James' halloween DVD, a lot of great ideas!
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On 2011-09-28 15:59, Full Effect Steve wrote:
Here is a link to a routine I use for Halloween. No big rigging involved but it is fun!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbxcdaGRW6Y&feature=related

I Like it. great job Steve!
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Thanks Tommy!
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If you have the Skeleton-in-the-Closet props, "Skull-o-pini" is a big hit with audiences of all ages. See http://www.arthurstead.com for details.
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Hi Arthur, is there anyway to hear or see some of the routine? Sounds very interesting!
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Hi Steve,

Unfortunately, no samples or videos are available. But take my word for it: Skull-o-pini is a fabulous routine! Generates wonderful responses from kids and adults alike.
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