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MikeJRogers
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Hi everyone,

I was just wondering if a manipulation act involving sunglasses has ever been done before? I thought it would be pretty 'funky' does anyone have any ideas?

Here are the things I've thought of so far:

Smile - Multiplying sunglasses
Smile - Color changing sunglasses
Smile - Vanishing and reappearing lense/s

Any others you can think of?

Thanks for your help,

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How would you do multiplying sunglasses? Or color changing glasses? I was thinking about a zombie too, but it would also be hard to make a gimmick for.
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Hi Alex,

I havn't really thought about methods yet, but nothings impossible. Zombie sunglasses could work well, thanks for the contribution.

Keep the ideas coming everyone, any help is greatly appreciated.

Mike
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A good opener I have been using ever since the World Magic Seminar in 99 is fire to sunglasses. Fireball in you hands appears suddenly and left behind are a pair of cool shades. Go to your dollar store, buy a bunch of cheap but good looking sunglasses and play! Smile
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There was an effect a little while back where some sunglasses would float around and finally float up to your eyes. Can't remember what it was called though. Anyone remember?
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Thanks for your reply Maylor, I think the effect your talking about is Mesika's Floating Glasses.

Thanks again,

Mike.
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Sunglasses has been done before by Topas in his act but they were not the main theme. He just used them as a reoccuring object.

There are many things that can be done with shades in magic. The best thing to do is by some cheapo black shades and just start experimenting with them.

Start by getting used to them and figuring out how best ytou can hold them. Getting comfortable with the object is really the first step before you can start figuring out moves with them.

Some great moves can be done with the glasses if you hold them in a Tenkai palm technique and use a flip out actiuon for appearance. Give it a try and it can be quite startling.

You can also use the glasses in a flip stick fashion by vanishing it into a silk. The silk production covers the other move quite well.

You can also flip out a lens and put in flash paper to match the lens color. Pop out the lens, light it in a flash and change it into a billard ball etc. This makes for a great transition move.
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Tim Ellis has a nice "catch game" with glasses in his Cups´n´Balls FISM-award-winning routine. I love that routine. The glasses really play a great part.
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Ludmer that is very cool but I think he wants moves that can be done as a stage act presentation.
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I've seen Tim Ellis routine live a few times, I attend a magic club he runs. His routine rocks!
As Kyle said I was really after Stage Manipulation but any contribution is great, thanks!

Mike
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Does anyone know about the Vanishing Sunglasses that they're advertising at Hocus Pocus? Smile
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Alex:
I have not heard about them, but you can do some really nice moves if you use the glasses in more of a Tenkai position or as a Flip Stick type of sequence.
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Woody Pitman makes a gimmick for vanishing glasses. I love it and you can use any glasses. I recommend this highly. http://www.woodypittman.com/
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Zaubern:

I will have to look into that. Thanks for the information. I have often just modified card manip moves for use with the glasses vanishing etc. A Tenkai-type vanish can often be used as well as some flip stick moves.

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I have some lecture notes by Topas somewhere. They are mainly about performance theory (really good interesting stuff), but at the end describe a couple of his sunglasses effects. If they are still available they are a must if you want to try manipulating sunglasses.
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Dollar stores are great sources. A few years ago I saw an article that mentioned the comedy possibilities of folding reading glasses. I have a few pair.

A quick gag is to produce them from a "Goshman" purse frame. I also play around with a hat and glasses change.

Enjoy your next trip to the dollar store.

I can't remember who it was but I loved the vanish of sunglasses that "appeared" as the performer’s "bow tie".

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That was Topas.
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I did a little routine with sunglasses and still do it occasionally the only reason I don't do it is some of the sleights are identical to the sleights I use for my CD manipulation routine.
Once you are comfortable with gripping na object you can do a rouitne with it.
Just some ideas I am still working on.
Because the lenses are dark you can actually hide an object like a silk behind it and produce it. A little holder can change a lense to a silk instantly by Pa--ing the lense
The idea Kyle had with the flash paper is excellent also.
You can produce different parts of a pair of shades and put them together magically even if you have to use a change bag. Produce a few things drop it into a change bag and pull out a new set of glasses.
I don't like the idea much (using a change bag) but that is why it is only and idea.
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ABC:

Some very creative ideas you shared with us. Thanks. I like some of those suggestions and you can see how by thinking outside of the norm, you can really create some interesting effects.

The hardest part is just getting your hands comfortable with holding and p_ _lming the glasses in the way that you need. By using a silk, you can also create some nice transition effects as you would via a flip stick production or vanish.

Just get some cheap sunglasses at a dollar store and start to experiment with it. The more you play around with the props, the more ideas will come to your mind.

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Kyle, you seem to repeat yourself quite a lot in most of the forums? You must have some really great ideas man!!

But once read is enough!!

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