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James Adamson
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Just got back from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and there is a Great China Acrobat troop that has their own theater.

The show was fantastic, and one of the performers did the changing masks. He used the fan and also the covering of a cape during the different changes. The last change his entire front of his costume changed.

Also, during the show one of the performers just came out in normal suit and did Slydini Knot (short version), Do as I Do cutting the center of a silk and restoration, and finally a very good and funny version of the thumb tie. This section of the show was a complete surprise since I was not expecting it.

If you are in the area I highly recommend their show.

After the show you could meet the performers, but little or any English is spoken.

I am curious about what their daily lifestyle is like?

They perform @ 9 months out of the year there, with 2 shows one day and one show the next with NO Dark nites!
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I hear but don't quite understand the debate about the use of masks in general. Masks have been around for thousands of years. Medicine men, shamans, witch doctors, wizards, tribal healers, magicians of old etc. have all used masks --- albeit, some for sacred purposes and others for show and others for everything in between.

Over one hundred years ago there was "L'Homme Masque (1835-1913), a Peruvian magician (real name Jose Antenar de Gago) who performed primarily in France. His name, meaning "The Masked Man" came from the trademark mask he wore not only during performances, but any time he was in public. He was also known as Marquise d'Orighuela." (A quote from the biograhies section of magictricks.com)

Now, what I do agree with is do not copy someone's exact act. Be inspired by it. But don't copy it. I love masks myself and have been trying to think of ways to use them in an act. I have a couple of ideas but I haven't worked out the details yet. I did watch the movie, "King of Masks" and was in awe of this art. I, like others here, would also like to experience this live just for the sheer enjoyment!

Happy holidays everyone!

Jimmy
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I`m really interested for years about mask changing the Chinese style.

I only knew about the layers of thin cloth or silk mask on the face being peeled off one by one with methods.

The thing I don't know, is the way the mask is held properly in place with the hat.
How is it able to hold the mask layers securely without accidentally peeling of the second layer?

And second thing, how on earth the string and mask is being organized in such order that the performer won't get confused the order of the string to be pulled???
ANY HELP IS DEEPLY APPRECIATED...
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Bill Hegbli
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On 2006-07-16 06:29, afoi wrote:
I`m really interested for years abt mask changing the chinese style.
I only knew abt the layers of thin cloth or silk mask on the face being peel off one by one with methods...
the thing I dunt knoe is the way the mask is held properly in place with the hat.
how is it able to hold the mask layers securely without accidentally peeling of the second layer>?
and second thing, how on earth the string and mask is being organize in such order that the performer wont get confuse the order of the string to be pulled???
ANY HELP IS DEEPLY APPRECIATED...



We cannot discuss secrets on the Café, that is the rules. All your questions should be in the private section after you get 50 posts.

Some things have to be worked out with practice and your own work. It does not sound like you even put a hat and mask on your face to try it out.

You can by white thin plastic mask from htt://www.stoners.com to experiment with, you can paint them any color you want.
Pete Biro
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Think out of the box... masks can GROW, revolve, change expression, multiply, fly away... create your own persona and style and effects. It's not that hard if you put your mind to it.
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RandyStewart
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Juliana's artistry is one thing but just as impressive is her story!

She's an inspiration and rightfully took top awards over the years. She and Jade have always been perfect in my eyes. Real inspiration!
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Did I mention that she and JADE are perfect?
Pete Biro
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Yes, they are both perfectly wonderful performers, work hard and deserve their success. Jade is extremely happy having given birth to two wonderful children. I have been lucky to know and have spent time with both of them.
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On 2006-07-18 14:52, Pete Biro wrote:
Think out of the box... masks can GROW, revolve, change expression, multiply, fly away... create your own persona and style and effects. It's not that hard if you put your mind to it.


YES, Oriental Change masks started only for chage expression for character in Siquan Opera, because they have story, but now, most change masks performers only change for no reason. Why? Because when the secret did share with magicians, what we only interest was the method or secret, how it can apply and use it or fit it to magic performance. I did teach my magic students change masks improve method but what their use it also like others change for speed only.
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Apparently there IS a DVD about the Art of Mask Changing.

This DVD was available at FISM and is being advertised in MAGIC Magazine.

http://www.andymgic-cn.com

DVD is selling for $990

Anyone has managed to see it and can comment on the contents?
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Does anyone know where I can get these thin masks made in the US?
One for the money...., 2 for a pass..., 3 for a Fly..., and 4 for matrix!
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