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I have no idea where to put this post.

I had an idea a few years back of doing an effect that dealt with whatever fragrance the performer is wearing. I never came up with a method or a routine. I just thought..."wouldn't it be cool if I could leave the spectator with a good memory of me and anytime they smelled my cologne, they thought of me?" I have often thought of getting one of those perfume pens...but, I am looking for thoughts/suggestions...ideas on presentation and method. Thanks!
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Just don't use cheap cologne!
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If you study NLP, you learn how to attach anchors to people, perhaps you could do it with that. Or you CAN do it with NLP, Im totally positive. Though it's not such a convenient and easy method to do on stage.
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actually, it was through my work with the creators of the WonderWords series that I came up with this idea. i have never done anything with it, but I would love to!
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I do not know if this will help you. It would require some rework on your part, but I know everytime, I read it, I get choked up.

The story lends itself, to what you are seeking and even a few bounes, with the letters.

Read it, give it some thought, you might find something you can use:

There is a story many years ago of an elementary teacher. Her name was Mrs. Thompson. And as she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children a lie. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same.

But that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard. Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he didn't play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath. And Teddy could be unpleasant. It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X's and then putting a big "F" at the top of his papers.

At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child's past records and she put Teddy's off until last. However, when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.

Teddy's first grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners...he is a joy to be around."

His second grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle."

His third grade teacher wrote, "His mother's death has been hard on him. He tries to do his best but his father doesn't show much interest and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren't taken."

Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't show much interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and sometimes sleeps in class."

By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself. She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy's. His present which was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that he got from a grocery bag.

Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents. Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was one quarter full of perfume. But she stifled the children's laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist.

Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say, "Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to." After the children left she cried for at least an hour. On that very day, she quit teaching reading, and writing, and arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach children..

Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy. As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded. By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of the smartest children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became one her "teacher's pets."

A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life. Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy. He then wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he'd stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would soon graduate from college with the highest of honors. He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Then four more years passed and yet another letter came.. This time he explained that after he got his bachelor's degree, he decided to go a little further. The letter explained that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had. But now his name was a little longer -- the letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, M.D.

The story doesn't end there. You see, there was yet another letter that spring. Teddy said he'd met this girl and was going to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit in the place at the wedding that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom. Of course, Mrs. Thompson did. And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing. And she made sure she was wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together.

They hugged each, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson's ear, "Thank you Mrs. Thompson for believing in me. Thank you so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference."

Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back. She said, "Teddy, you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference. I didn't know how to teach until I met you."

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Thanks for that story, first it sent a shiver up my spine and then nearly had me in tears.

Exactly the sort of feelings I wish to instill in my audience when performing, a difficult thing to do but one worth working toward.

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I saw DeNomolos perform a piece to that very story at the "Works in Progress" session at Phoenix Gathering, and it was quite effective :o) (I'm 95% sure it was Ed, although it could have been Bro. Shadow...Steve, are you reading this, and were you at that session?)

(This is not to say you stole the idea, I assume you didn't, as it's a fairly well known story [evidenced by a quick Google search]; just that great minds think alike :o)
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At first, the story moved me, but as it progressed I found that it started to repel me more and more. There was something grotesquely oedipal and manipulative about the whole thing. Towards the end I was just waiting for the line ”and then Teddy was found dead in his mother’s underwear, reeking of woman’s perfume”.

My apologies if I have offended anyone, but this was my reaction; a reaction which, just like the other people's reactions, show the strength of the fragrance theme.

For inspiration on the smell/fragrance/scent theme you should read:

1) ”Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” by Patrick Suskind.

2) The story 'The Name, The Nose' in Italo Calvino’s ”Under the Jaguar Sun”.

3) ”A Natural History of the Senses” by Diane Ackerman.

There were also some interesting suggestions the other day in another thread that relate to using smell to prime spectator's associations:
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Yes, the story is common and pretty easy to come by. There is another one, about a girl, a rose petal appearing and the smell of perfume, burt I could not find that one.

It would figure, I have one orginal idea a year and someone beat me to the punch! Well, if it had to be someone, at least I am in good company!

Would love to know some of the details of how whoever performed this!

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