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Kyoki_Sanitys_Eclipse
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Hello everyone. Right now I'm working at a haunted corn maze and was wondering how others contend with the dark. Last night I tried to catch people I'm the best lighting and perform there. However, the area where you wait in line is in a dark area and that would be the best place for me. Any suggestions?
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Wear a miner's hat (with light) hee hee

I would use light colored props like white rope, white handkerchiefs, white or yellow silks, white golf balls, etc.

I assume that you're "working the line", The ELUSIVE SILK VANISH (P 319, my book) with a white or yellow silk. My routine is set up when you start working and is immediately repeatable, all night. Patter theme: "sheet for a small ghost, etc.)

Serpentine silk, or silk knot tricks are good.

The Perpetual Ball phase of my ball routine would play great and takes no set up.

The rope and tape principle (grandma's necklace) but use the Cords of Fantasia method (wand instead of thread (immediately repeatable) Damte called it the "Lazy Magician) I think it's in Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic.

PM me.
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Dick Oslund
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Professor's Nightmare, (no set up)

vanish lit match in TT

Slydini Knots (vanishing square knot) see my dvd) You could use bandannas (red & blue)

Hunter's shoelace knot

Appoint someone to hold your flashlight and be the spot light man!
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Kyoki_Sanitys_Eclipse
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I actually did think about using a headlamp.
Kyoki_Sanitys_Eclipse
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So I used the headlamp last night. I found that as long as I used the flood instead of beam function and angled it down I didn't blind people. In fact we could look each other in the face at the same time. Also in a place that is dark and you cant bring in light it gave me an air of authority
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One of my favorite methods is to do some magic with a flashlight and then switch the trick flashlight with a genuine duplicate and hand it to a spectator to use as a spotlight on me as I perform other tricks. If that spectator has to leave to go somewhere else, have him "train" a substitute spot-lighter and it can pass from spectator to spectator until your set if complete. Then take the light back, switching it for the trick light and ask them how on earth they managed to get the light to work when it has no batteries. It works into the magic as well as providing a source of light for other tricks.
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I ran into that situation and bought a LED potable cordless spot light. It had a adjustable stand to direct the light where needed. I bought it at Harbor Freight and found a good buy at Aldi.
Convenient, portable, no electric cord and you can use 1 or more.
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Kyoki_Sanitys_Eclipse
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Those are both interesting options. Im looking into them now
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HI Chance!

When I would get a 'WORK THE LINE", in the off season I would carry the props in my pockets. I did about 5 minute.s and move on

The nightmare was almost always "in", and the so called Slydini Knots, too, (visible props, visual effect, no table needed, angle proof, no reset, versatile effect.

Thr TT and silk, was good too.
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Kyoki_Sanitys_Eclipse
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Hi Dick,

Im working on the Slydini nots starting this weekend. It wont be ready this season but its good to know. I sent you a pm.

Chance
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If your a fan of them, use the opportunity to add in some aggressive IT effects that you'd be hesitant to use in normal conditions.
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D'lites can still be amazing if the choreography is spot on and the routine is kept short and sweet. A good way to get folks attention if anything else.
Kyoki_Sanitys_Eclipse
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Both of those sound like really good ideas. I especially like the d lites idea. If I could find a way to secretly turn off my head lamp then I could "pluck the lite off my head.
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When working in a cemetery, I made a stand out of a piece of plywood for the base and a pipe fitting flange that held what had been a jointed pole that was made to hold a bird feeder. I suspended a glass enclosed lamp with a candle from the pole. On the bottom of the lamp I put a battery powered lamp that shines down.
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There's a simple solution.
Everyone carries a cellphone nowadays, your cellphone has a bright flashlight.
Whenever I'm at a gig where it is too dark, I simply tell my audience it is a bit dark here, ask if one of them would be able to assist with holding my cellphone flash light so we can enjoy the performance?
After each trick I'll ask them to pass the phone to the next person so no one will have to hold the phone for too long of a period of time.
Don't give up, don't EVER give up.

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