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John Martin
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Hi Everyone,

I'm adding a broom suspension to my illusion show and was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on an alternative to the standard broom/pole used in the suspension. The variations I have seen include guitar/Devlin, newpaper pole/Moretti, sword/Pendragons and neon lightbulb/Bill Smith. Any ideas would be much appreciated.

Resptfully,

John
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Does your show have a theme? Having a theme can really help you figure out what would be the best prop to put in place of the broom.

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John Martin
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Hi Nick,

No, no particular theme. It's a family illusion show, light and humorous. I'm not so much concerned with the presentation as with the props involved. I've thought of a spear, road sign pole, a pole with a removable lantern. I was just wondering what others thought might be interesting.

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Well if it's family oriented, why not take the pole, wrap it in the long skinny balloons used for balloon animals. Now you have what looks to be a balloon pole. For patter? Why not take a helium balloon and tie it arround your assistant's foot, explaining the "amazing properties of helium." That was the first thing that came to mind when you said "family illusion show" but there are plenty more ideas.

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The most remarkable broomstick I've ever seen was Kirk Kirkham's when he did the neon tubes and took the last tube completely away. Ask Pete Biro, Mike Caveney or any other of the 200 magicians that saw that show in the late 60's. A spontaneous standing ovation. In later years I used the same prop - under the right conditions it was one of the most spectacular suspensions ever done.
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I have two words: Copperfield Water Suspension.

Okay well maybe that's three but you get the idea. You can use something along those lines. Just a suggestion. But don't copy... wouldn't want to get sued now would you?

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The water suspension has nothing to do with a broom suspension. Totally different effect and presentation.

It does matter what theme you will use for the show. If you are just doing tricks why bother to change a classic.

Use a guitar.
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I know it has nothing to do with a broom suspension but the water suspension is so much more interesting... well, that's just my opinion.

But a guitar does sound like a good variation for the Broom suspension. I also like Nick's idea of the helium baloon.
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How about using what "looks" like a big thick piece of rope? I was working on a rope idea to follow a sword basket routine, and later went to a "cranker" type levitation in a different area of the show, but I've always wondered what it would have looked like or how the effect would have matured, had I followed through with it. I still have the first sketches of it (very crude sketches) in one of my notebooks of stuff that never became a reality (or should I say "illusion" lol). Maybe the rope would have "risen" out of the basket while I (or an audience member) played a flute? Maybe it would have been done seriously, or maybe it would have been a comedy routine.

Naturally, the entire idea of the rope replacing the broom would create a zillion problems, especially if it were to rise from a basket, but I think it would look pretty cool, and sort of original, in a classic familiar sort of way. Curious to know what you guys think...

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How about using an upright vacuum cleaner? After all it is the modern day equivalent to a broom.

Or don’t use anything, have the assistant balance on her fingertips and out stretched hand and arm. Sort of like a cartwheel frozen in the middle.

Or maybe use two assistants, one is the pole and the other is suspended at a right angle to the first (looking for all the world like a real feat of impossible strength!).

Or you could invert the broom, brush side down and have the person suspended from the tip of the handle.

Or …you get the idea…
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I say use the broom. Why not? The whole point of the broom is that she is floating on the bristles, not a stick. Richiardi used to pull down on the bristles to show how delicate they were as the lady was floating. The idea of the soft bristles conveys to the audience that she doesn't just have some rigid pole jammed up under her arm.
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Wmhegbli, a guitar is already a signature piece of Connie Boyd. Remember,use other artist to inspire you, but do not copy their act unless it is either on the market or in print.
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Anyone have a used Chalet broom suspension they want to sell?

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Never heard of this Connie Boyd person! What Magic magazine cover is he or she on?

I don't get to see that many performers being not able to travel the world.

Great minds think alike I guess. It was only a suggestion.
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Connie Boyd? Never heard of that person either, but I DO believe Chezeday has been using a guitar suspension for years ... maybe 15 years now. Steve, are you out there? Can you confirm this?
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Yes, I have a wonderful Chalet Broom Suspension and routine for sale...

Comes complete with Chalet's great base, excellent brooms, excellent harness, nice costume, stool (two height adjustments for height of girl), edited music and killer routine good for most every event. Comes in two fiber cases (one for brooms, the other for everything else and on wheels). The cases are worn and cracked, but have been used in this condition for several years without any problem.

$1,750.00, plus shipping from Dallas, for everything.

Write me if you are interested! Thanks...
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Grab this Chalet broom suspension !!! It's the best one made,in my opinion, and George isn't making them anymore. I used mine for 6 years at Caesar's Magical Empire, sometimes up to 7 shows a night and never had a problem. It's terrific!
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The most unique use I have seen of a broom type suspension is Nathan Burton's "Turbo 2000" - Giant Pink Hairdryer.

Has anyone one seen him perform this illusion?
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Nathan uses the Gossamer Harness.
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I quote my dad in the current issue of MAGIC...
why he did not use a broom...

"They belong in the broom closet and not onstage."
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