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I was absolutely in love with a dancing cane I had gotten from England in the 70's. It weighed 2 oz. hollowed out balsa wood, heavily lacquered.
I performed it in 1983 at the Wilshire ebell in LA for the PCAM convention. Didn't know Peter Pitt was in the audience.
I was MC for the show, and introduced the set by making a comment as to how much I love this cane, you might say I've become rather attached to it. And that comment brought down the house. But, I swear that I had never said that before and didn't realize the joke until after I had said it.
That cane was so pefect, I could virtually stop it anywhere I wanted to.
I shattered it in a car door and never found another like it.
So, yes, it was a fatal attraction .....for the cane.
I believe whenever doing the cane, I allow it to "lead" as we dance, and I follow it. This allows me to compensate if a strong wind comes along.
Here is a video of a cane (home-made), that snapped on me during a show. We all screw up sometimes. It was a killer.
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I wound up purchasing the precision Magic Dancing cane along withtheir Cane 101 DVD. I can't be happier. Awesome moves and best of all, a PERFECTLY balanced cane.

McBrides DVD is also a nice supplement to Precision Magic's.

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Update on my cane work with Precision Magic's Cane.

Last year I won the 2007 Magi-Fest Stage Competition with it, and have now been booked to returnthis year as the host of the Thursday Night show!

The Dancing Cane was the best investment (time & money) I have ever made.

As for being caught. I have pretty much eliminated that possibility. Lighting and movement conceal the gimmick, but some of the moves I do completely eliminate the possibility of the suspected workings. Even IF some 20/20 vision guy sees a glimpse, his beliefs will be destroyed by some of the moves, and decide he was wrong about the method.
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I know.. this is a super old thread.. but I loved the title..

and with a 2 oz cane.. how can it possibly be dangerous?
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I use to do this at Magic Mountain in Valencia, California in a outdoor theatre. I had my girl friend stand at different parts of the theatre to make sure the gimmick could not be seen. Also, I didn't use black, I used a purple gimmick. Then I painted the gimmick with different colors like camouflage. If you keep the cane moving, even if it's just a little bit, it should not be seen, but do take the precaution and do the pre-show work to make sure.
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On 2008-01-16 06:30, magicians wrote:
Here is a video of a cane (home-made), that snapped on me during a show. We all screw up sometimes. It was a killer.

I am glad you survived by keeping the act alive. That makes you a hero.
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