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Cliff G
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Good morning all,

I was wondering if anyone could help me out with putting me in the right direction about a tricked themed on Austalia

For younger children I will be using the "Matilda and Joey" Wonder Imagery silks from the idea of Jim Kleefeld

But am stuck about what to do with the older ages (9 to 11)

My searches have brought up the Baffling Boomerangs as a possibility but my gut tells me this isn't appropriate

Any help would be very much appreciated

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David Ginn had an entire Australia show, it's probably on video or DVD, in which case you can do bits from it with his blessing.
Cliff G
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Thanks Mick!

I have just visited his site - he had a book for sale there called Magic Around the World by Bill Ragsdale so I have just bought that

I couldn't find anything by David about Australia so have written to him - fingers crossed he can help me out

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Australia has been featured on a few of David Ginn's dvds - look for kidsbiz. He's a very nice, helpful magician who has always helped me out in the past.

"Magic Around the World" has some great ideas that can be adapted to fit Australia. pp137 ff has 18 commonly owned magic props which can be adapted to lots of different countries.

It's also worth contacting Sean Taylor and other Australian magicians. He's often been on the Café.

My rough brainstorm is .. mis-made flag, Koala puppet (Axtell??), hip hop kangaroos, Barry Mitchell's Mother of all diamonds (mineral wealth), boomerangs,
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Four Card Monte Revisited ( Wizards' Journal #17 ) would be fun with a Koala Bear and some Eucalyptus Trees for it to hide in. The missing marsupial can be found hiding in your "kangaroo pouch" or hanging from the back of a helper. Easy and inexpensive to make, no one else will have one, therefore the kids will never have seen this before. Google "koala clip-art" for lots of cute images or photos you can use.
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Nicholas J Johnson had an Australia show too, you could ask for some advice from him. He's a member here but I don't think he comes here much anymore.
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Thanks themagiciansapprentice, Jim and George for your advice and suggestions - very much appreciated.

Thought I would share some of the info I have found so far - It's an interesting booklet by Michael Eliott called "Children's Showtime"

He describes 3 shows

1. Safety Act for Young Children
2. Safety Act for Older Children
3. Magical Journey Act for Older Children - (Australia, India, China, Norway, Holland and Spain)

Printed before I was born (just!) in 1970 Smile
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Barry Mitchell has his DVD "Aussie Adventure"
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I have always used Australian pennies in my coin routines. They are about the size of a U.S. half dollar and have a kangaroo on one side. Also they are cheap and can be found in coin shops or ebay.

Have a nice day,

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I also use australian coins in my coin routines.
Possibly because I'm australian....
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Here's a link to a kangaroo hand puppet, if that is your thing. Cliche, I know. LOL!
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You can adapt "general" magic tricks to fit an australian theme.
- coins routine with australian coins
- mismade flag routine with either (mismade)australian flag or flags from different countries similair to australian flag
- stamp album with empazise on australian stamps
- sponge kangeroos would begreat as they can jump from hand to hand without anyone noticing.

Also I found critter knitter very usefull contected to australia as all the uncommon animals in australia gave me a good intro for the pattern about why drawing a weird animal Smile

Maybe you can make a didegridoo appear instead of a "wooden pole"

Also the boomerang originate in Australia (aboriginal). So maybe boomerang card trick with right pattern. Or something else with boomerang maybe.....

Vegamite and jelly instead of peanut butter and jelly

maybe a run kangaroo (or koala?) run adaption to run rabbit run
Or hippity hop koala's?
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