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Doug Higley
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The ONLY reason I'm posting this is that I have shown other magicians this over the years and folks in pet shops and at bird shows, etc. and it always gets a big smile...or a jaw drop at the pet shop...and the kids go nuts!

So once you produced your dove now what? Or say you are at a bird show and there are doves for sale...Using the natural instincts of the bird make for a brief and funny routine.

First of course you do the Dove Hypno that we all know...but now take it a bit further. If you cradle any dove in the palm of your hand (upright) you will notice that if you move your hand slightly the dove will adjust his TAIL feathers to compensate for the balance shift, either up or down.

Take the dove in your left hand and cradle it and have your hand so that the feathers of the tail are aimed down. With the SLIGHTEST imperceptible move of your left hand (it can't be seen if done right) slowly cause the feathers of the tail to rise up...your RIGHT hand is making hypno motions with the fingers to 'RISE', then down, then up, etc.

I usually end that with a little fart sound and make the tail go UP fast. The kids crack up of course.

Then to end the routine have the dove wave goodbye or salute the folks you are demonstrating to. Again cradle the dove and if you push GENTLY on the right wing, the left wing will rise in a salute.

You have no idea how this goes over at a pet shop or show. The folks think it is a trained bird!

Have fun. Ain't doves grand?

Doug
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Zack Schaff
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Ha! That's great, I'll have to try that.

Thanks for the tip Doug,

-Zack
Doug Higley
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I just remembered...this can also be a an impromptu 'Lie Detector' or 'Question Answering Dove' etc. as well...Tail Up for YES...Down for NO etc.

Might as well get more value out of that bird seed!

Doug
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Darkrider,

That is a great stunt with a dove. It has unlimited possibilities for a magician that talks. This is an election year, think of the possibilities!

Thank you for the post.

Bob
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Doug Higley
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Thanks Bob...I also came up with some other bits...(one of them VERY funny) PM me and I'll tell ya.

I might write this one up and sell it as a $3 download! hahaha.


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