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NJJ
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Hi John,
I don't steal from the pocket because I think it looks dodgy.

Going in and out of the case or hat is OK if you produce two balls, vanish one and then have it REAPPEAR in the hat. The fact that you clearly had TWO balls (really one ball and a sh***) means people won't see the addition of the second ball for what it is.
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It is also funny that I now do a 6 minute billiard ball routine that is entirely done with just a single ball and a silk. It gets great reactions but that is because I am giving the audience much more then a showing of skill alone. The routine has in it a storyline, character and emotional response. It just works for me because I wanted to do a manip routine different from the rest and to connect with the audience.

I have described this routine idea elsewhere but will tell you about it here if anyone is curious as to how I went about it.

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Hey, Nicholas, I LOVE my Empire golf balls. Glad to hear I'm not the only one. They don't talk, they're bright and visual and as you say, you can throw them. I'm still working on throwing one and catching it in "ready to multiply" position but I think it can be done.
I disagree that going to the pocket looks dodgy though. I've been doing multiplying balls for years and no one has ever (to my knowledge) noticed me stealing a ball from my pocket. I do it at the same time as other ball appears; you can do it quite blatantly and no one will be looking at that hand.

I use a principle I got from Roy Baker's "Yell-Up For Kids" to turn Multiplying balls into a comedy routine.

Kyle-Billy McComb has a nice routine with a single ball and silk maybe you could add this to your routine too.

George
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George,

I would like to see Billy's routine or to get information on it. There might be some moves or ideas in it that I can learn from.

I have been doing my own simple routine for a while now and it seems to go over really well for an audience. I think it is because of the compelling story I tell that seems to connect with an audience more.

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I read through this post and remembered a performance by a young man on one of the WGM specials. It was a billiard act with a cue and it was fantastic. Anyone know who this performer is?
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On 2004-07-14 07:36, dsilverfield wrote:
I read through this post and remembered a performance by a young man on one of the WGM specials. It was a billiard act with a cue and it was fantastic. Anyone know who this performer is?



His name is Raymond Crowe I believe.

Kyle, I would like to hear more on your single ball and silk act. Tell me more.
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I wanted to create a routine that utilized my love for manipulation but did not come across to an audience as a mere show of skill alone. I wanted to give more to my audience in some sort of way.

I also wanted to create a personality piece in my show so that I can connect with my audience early on and show them I am just like they are, only I know how to do some really neat things.

This billiard ball act was a combination and solved these two problems for me. It allowed me to create a personality peice that utilizes manipulation but in such a way that it is NOT a show-off piece.

In a nutshell, the stage is set to look like my childhood bedroom. I have a simple table on which sits a toy chest. A stool rest to the side of the table and a coat rack for my jacket is in back.

I take the jacket off and place on the rack and sit down on the stool. I then share with the audience the story of how I became a magician and how as a kid everything was so magical to me. The story goes on to tell of how I was inspired by an old magician at my school who told us kids, "magic is not about fooling anyone; it is about entertaining them, and tonight I hope I have done just that. You also do not have to have big props or a lot of money to do good magic. You simply need a simple prop and your imagination!"

This is when the music starts (It's a wonderful world) and a pin spot shines down on me. When it comes back up I am now wearing a baseball cap like I did when I was a kid. I stand and look into the treasure chest and find a simple ball mixed within my baseball cards and stuff teddy bears. It is the ball I stare at as the magic begins to happen.

It is a simple routine that really helps give an emotional response to my audiences. As the music ends, everything goes back inside the toy chest and the lid is closed. I then tip the chest over and open it once more and all the childhood memories have vanished and I am sitting back on the stool with my jacket on.

In this routine, it is not so much the magic that is highlighted as it is the story and emotions I am manipulating.

I only ask that you enjoy the routine but please do not steal it as it has taken me a LONG time to get it to this point. =)

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That's right yanak5. He is the chap and his act was fantastic.
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Yeah, Raymond Crowe did a nice job. I just wonder if he could have themed it even more to the whole billard ball theme. There seems to be many more visual things he could have done to add to it. Nonetheless, I thought it was very well done. The billard balls made a bit more sense and did not come across entirely as a show of skill alone.

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Excellent idea Kyle. I felt warm and fuzzy inside when I read it Smile I've been working on my routine for some time now, and I'm really getting ahead. I sort of mixed and changed my theme a bit. But it's comming together great! I have a lot of ideas and am getting everything I need from friends and fellow peers. I can't wait to have it complete.

-Thad
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Thad,

I would love to hear about your routine and where you have it right now.

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I came up with a performance idea last week when I came across a contact juggling website, I'm not sure if you all are familiar with contact juggling so here is a link to some on-line videos of some contact juggling.

http://www.contactjuggling.com/performances.php
I think a combination of both manipulative arts would look amazing. I think what De'vo did for Card manipulation, contact juggling could do for billiard ball manipulation. The balls they use come in all different sizes but I've found that you can do most if not all of the moves with our regular Fakini balls. Check it out!
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Stimuli,

That sounds real great. If you can combine the art of juggling with billiard ball manips, you can create a very fascinating routine or act that has some real impact. Do you plan on exploring this more? If so, what ideas do you have for character or act theme?

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Each one of my characters controls a different object and has a whole new personality to them. I have a guy called the Gambler who manipulates poker chips while in a mock hold 'em game using a bunch of coin manipulation techniques and some things I've only seen poker players use on TV. All of my act ideas are still in the early stages of development. Contact juggling which is something completely different than regular juggling (you don't throw any balls) looks like an amazing art to learn and is pure manipulative bliss (candy for the hands). And I don't know if I'm going to develop it any further; it was just an idea I had.
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"I read through this post and remembered a performance by a young man on one of the WGM specials. It was a billiard act with a cue and it was fantastic. Anyone know who this performer is?"

It was indeed Raymond Crowe from Australia who is one of my favourite magicians. Raymond is one of Australia's TOP corporate entertainers and has appeared at FISM as a guest performer and other notable venues. In my humble opinion he also does the best hand shadow routine I've ever seen!
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