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Recently booked for a library show in August with the theme Once Upon a Time: Myths and Legends. I’ll likely do the show dressed as an old wizard. I have a number of routines in mind, but I’d love to have input on any ideas that others have. What ideas might you suggest? What routines, stories, or tricks would fit well with this? I’ll try to share my finished show and the reactions it got in late August. Thanks in advance!
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Lorne
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Story Magic - with a display of 'the' Books. Done "Alice in Wonderland'' with the die box - <> "the Three Pigs" using the 20th century silks, Using any Pet Book for display "My Pet named 'Spot' and Family "(keeps increasing) using the Spot Card. Any 'Adventure Story' -using the 'Girl in Half' Rope tie (2 pirates holding ropes with a Princess tied in) -Many others, Done, several Library Shows. Best to you. Ralph ROUSSEAU (Russo) 85 June 4th - 75 years in Magic & Vent.
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Thanks Ralph for the ideas. I have a number of story book and fairy tale routines, but I’d like to aim more for myths and mythological creatures, as well as legends. Greek mythology, Arthur, unicorns, fairies, dragons, and come to mind…but I’ve got few routines for them.
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Here is one from Tommy James. Lopsided Cyclops.

https://www.tommyjamesmagic.com/store/in......ct_id=65
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"Princess in a Pickle" fits the fairy tale theme (it even has a dragon).

https://www.sillymagic.com/product/princess-in-a-pickle/

https://www.sillymagic.com/product/bag-t......ickle-2/

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"Uni-Corny" also might work for your theme.

https://www.wonderimagery.com/products/uni-corny

- Donald
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Love Princess in a Pickle. I’ll check out uni-corny and lopsided cyclops!
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Lorne
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You can probably just adapt many of the things you already do by changing your patter, and maybe decorating a few props, have a child wear a crown or tiara, etc. Since it's a one time show, unless you plan on doing the theme often, to me it doesn't make much sense to put a lot of time and money into it. A magic show already kind of fits the theme to begin with, and once you add a wizard outfit and change some patter, Bob's yer' uncle. I have a Harry Potter "instant Magician" outfit if you are interested.
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Thanks for the responses. I’ve already created a rough draft. I’ll start out in wizards garb introducing who I am and doing a warmup. I’ll then say we need to summon fairies to help with the magic and using a Dlite and an electronic D light catcher in a paper bag, I’ll collect some fairies. However fairies need to be given shiny things or they become mishievious, so I’ll do a fast misers dream. After introducing the fairies, I’ll explain that the fairies love gardens and gave me some flowers…so I’ll do blooming bouquet. I’ll end my introduction with a three card Monte where the magic middle card becomes the library card.
The three middle routines will be my version on Hop, Skip, Jump where an elf vanishes and reappears in impossible ways, the Princess Necklace, and then Unicorny.
I’ll do my end set with the selfish sultan, the lopsided cyclops, and the wand with three ends. At least that’s the plan..lol.
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Lorne
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A routine that I sometimes perform in my show is a "Wizard Hat Tear", along with the Multiplying Wands (for comedy). My routine has one child volunteer assisting me on stage. I mention Harry Potter, and talk about tearing up the tissue papers as my version of a test to determine if the child is truly a wizard. At the end of the routine, I restore the papers into a hat, and give the Wizard Hat to the child who helped me.

Wizard Hat Tears are available at many magic dealers (one link). The ones I'm currently using are made by Andy Amyx Productions.

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Update: for Canadian Magicians. Ordered Lopsided Cyclops from Tommy James and Uni-Corny from Wonder Imagery. Two different experiences. Has any other Canadian magician out there been held at ransom by UPS? My order from Tommy James, where the items were shipped by USPS and the shipping costs were predetermined before I ordered. This went splendidly. The other, by Wonder Imagery, where the cost of shipping was not included. After ordering, I was told the cost of shipping was an additional $20 by UPS. I paid the additional money but yesterday received a notice from UPS that they are charging an additional $47.61 import charges. Since the item cost less than $100, the shipping was now an additional $67.61.
I contacted Wonder Imagery to inform them of this and they replied “We have no control over what your government charges in taxes and I’m a bit offended that you’d blame it on me.” Of course this isn’t a tax, it has nothing to do with import duties, or Canadian taxes. It has to do with UPS charging carrying charges. Wonder Imagery went further to explain that if I would have asked for USPS, they would have charged $8 more, but it could take 15-20 days longer to arrive. Funny thing is, my order from Tommy James using USPS standard shipping is here already whereas my order from UPS isn’t.
I tried to explain to Wonder Imagery that perhaps they should be aware of this additional costs to Canadians and be up front about this. They replied, “Should you choose not to order from us in the future because you didn’t communicate you wanted a different shipping method, I’m a bit puzzled at that, but OK. Where you spend your money is 100% your choice and I respect that.”
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Lorne
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After some emails back and forth to Wonder Imagery, we reached a more conciliatory attitude. Tim from Wonder Imagery wrote, “ I will try to put a note on the site in the shipping information section to let people know they are responsible for import/duty tax/fees and any brokerage charges by the carrier. It’s not just Canada - it’s all international destinations. I’ve never thought to add this to my site before because this is the first time in over 20 years of shipping internationally that it has been an issue.”
Thanks Tim, that might help.
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Lorne
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In a recent email from Barry Mitchell, I discovered that he sells a Dragon Silk Routine ("Sparkly The Dragon"). This would also fit with your theme.

https://barrymitchellproducts.com/produc......e-dragon

- Donald

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P.S. In regards to importing orders from USA into Canada, I also prefer to use USPS over UPS. Sometimes there are differences in the shipping costs, between the 2 shipping businesses. My experience has been with buying magic from Tommy James, Smoky Mountain Magic, David Ginn, and other dealers, and also with ordering BOR items from Loftus Novelty, and also with ordering some printed items from GotPrint. With USPS, you often don't have the same brokerage fees and customs fees that UPS charges (sometimes you don't even get dinged at all for customs fees, when using USPS, which is a pleasant surprise... I remember that happening once with a Pro Suitcase Table that I ordered from Showtime Magic - a big, heavy parcel... I think it was a fluke... another time I had to pay normal customs and brokerage fees on a Botania that I ordered from Richard Hughes). Most of the time, the brokerage fee is much lower with a parcel arriving via USPS, compared to UPS. Also, you often have to call into UPS to clear the parcel, after they reach out to you (phone tag). However, with UPS the parcel often arrives faster.

I also had a strange (but happy) experience recently with some plastic bags I was buying from Uline. The bags were for my magic wands & instruction cards, which I give away at some birthday shows, and also sell BOR. I ordered the bags from Uline, and paid the fee for shipping via UPS ($45 for the bags, about $8 for tax, and about $24 for shipping... Canadian dollars). I did the order over the phone with the Canadian phone number. The parcel arrived the next afternoon! What was odd, was that although Uline has some warehouses in Canada, they actually shipped my order from the US, because their location in Washington State was closest to where I lived in Victoria, British Columbia. I didn't have to pay any customs fees or brokerage fees, nor was I contacted by UPS at all, plus my shipment arrived next day. But it came from the USA - I could tell by the paperwork.
Donald Dunphy is a Victoria Magician, British Columbia, Canada.
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On Jun 2, 2022, danfreed wrote:
You can probably just adapt many of the things you already do by changing your patter, and maybe decorating a few props, have a child wear a crown or tiara, etc. Since it's a one time show, unless you plan on doing the theme often, to me it doesn't make much sense to put a lot of time and money into it. A magic show already kind of fits the theme to begin with, and once you add a wizard outfit and change some patter, Bob's yer' uncle. I have a Harry Potter "instant Magician" outfit if you are interested.


Great idea from Dan.
If you are looking for something particular for a Library show, How about a book test, such as "Word in a Million" for the older readers?
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