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Chuck Lyons
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Guys also remember to give the bird arm a purpose. Like holding a lease, or a cup of popcorn or some reason that it does not have to move . I have had one since it was first introduced and have just bought my second one. I hope to have a animated one soon. This is a great prop. Chuck Lyons
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Chuck,
That's an excellent reminder, just like using a magic wand. Give the hand a reason to be still.
Thanks,
Oliver
Chuck Lyons
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Oliver I also do this as a walkaround. When a child tells me he know hows it done I bend over to him and whisper, yes your right but many of these adults don't know how its done so keep it our secret. This seems to appease most of them and they leave feeling smart not tricked.
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Chuck,
I've also resonded, "I know but don't say anything. He thinks he's real".

On a tangent: Does anyone know what kind of bird Vern is based on? If you wanted to tell the kids what kind of bird he is, what would you say?

Oliver
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A Loony Bird of course!

(that was the name of my old show back in the early 70's. (The Loony Birds)

But it fits Vern to a T


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Chuck Lyons
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Oliver I love that . I hope you don't mind if I borrow that like its great thank you.
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I don't mind at all, Chuck. Feel free. One of the great things about this website is the sharing of ideas that can help us perform more effectively.

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Hi, does anyone here have the Axtell mcaw, whats your views. thank you.
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Hi Wally,

I think I have answered your question in here (please look below your 1st post) and also in the other thread.

Or you need more opinions?

Regards,

Budi Ha Ha
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Great posts! I appreciate how you share ideas and information. The Bird Arm Illusion is such a fun prop. I can't tell you how many people have been fooled by it. Hundred's of thousands! The Animated arm's finger movement is very subtle as it should be. To create the random movement, I held a parrot on my arm and my engineers recorded my real finger movements and then put that into the electronics. There can't be a lOT of movement because it tends to look really fake then. Subtlty is the key and you really don't need it. It was made because of the overwhelming requests we got for one that moves. If an audience member stares at the hand and the finger moves a little bit, they are further confused. It's just another level of magic.

Further we have a whole new batch of AxTrax routines on CD! These are called AxTrax Wide open because each routine has 5 character voice options! Just pick a voice, pick a puppet and now an entire library of routines is available! More at http://www.axtell.com/axtrax.html

Enjoy!

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