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WR
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I have been working on putting together a show around the Lord of the Rings. I am doing a routine from Peter M. wondering anyone else has any Bizarre effects around this theme??
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Hmmm.... the first thing that's comes to mind would be a pseudo-psychometry with a "ring" theme.

Have the One Ring on your person, and demonstrate how it can find another, hidden ring. You could recite the "One Ring to rule them..." poem while doing the location.

And if you know how to muscle read, finding the ring would be a superb way to demonstrate it.
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Great ideas... I like the idea of giving the ring a mind of its own.

A pendulum routine could work very well here, with the ring recognising or trying to get back to its master.

Loop the ring through a suitable chain (as in the book) then talk about how it betrayed Isildur (to his death) and Gollum, and still tries to escape it's keeper to return to its dark master. It was placed upon this very chain to prevent its escape and the consequent ruin of the world. But still it feels the draw of the Dark Lord - as we shall see.

Have some cards made up, five or more with elf runes on representing figures of power (Gandalf, Elrond, Saruman etc.) and one with the fiery Eye of Sauron, They all have the same backs.

You could go into a standard pendulum routine with the face up cards but I feel this would be a little flat as everyone would just be waiting for the ring to pass the Sauron card. So, you turn away and ask the spec to mix the cards (face up) then turn them over, so only they and the ring know where the Dark Lord resides. Then go into the pendulum routine with the ring revealing the Eye of Sauron. The pendulum routine (as I'm sure everyone here already knows) works on an old, tried and tested principle, written up in many places. For anyone not familiar with it, there is a great routine in "The Book of Thoth" by Stephen Minch, along with many other great effects for the Bizzarist.

One little point. This should take place mid to late in your routine so your amazing powers have already been established e.g. after the great ideas put forward by Mysterium. This gives you a reason to turn away during the mixing of the cards when really you have no reason to as the effect does not involve you. You turn away because you do not want to influence the pendulum ! "I'll turn my back, so I don't know the resting place of Sauron, so there's no way I could influence the ring." This sets up a really good explanation for the more skeptical audience members. The first scenario (as effect is intended) is pure bafflement, you will get the usual (magnets etc.) explanations, but with careful set-up you can disconnect from these. With the second scenario they think you cheated - by moving the ring with your mind! "Those cards are marked and when it came to the right one he made it move himself." Either way you win!

I have done a version of this many times, normaly the point being to prove the spec has the power within them, I always turn away at some point saying I don't want to influence the outcome by knowing where items are placed etc. The explanation (normaly by men) that I cheated and moved it myself has come up on several occasions. In some ways, this can be stronger as it give you all the credit.

Hope this works for you.

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Dave

PS. Remeber it's "The Ring" and "Figures of Power", not "the pendulum" and "the cards"
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The ring trick on Johnny Ace Palmer's first trilogy video would be great. It was in his FISM routine. He places the ring in the left hand and it reappears on the right hands fingers.

Excellent effect.

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With the ring as the focus there's a ton of material including THE DEMON RING bit from Rick Maue's "Book of Haunted Magick" and various routines employing the old Jordan Ellis Ring or a Himber Ring.

What we need to think about are the other magickle items in that book/tale... the Sword, the issue of invisibility (black art & thread act for stage work... you put on the ring while sitting on a throne chair and visibly vanish -- in slow motion -- only for things to begin happening about the stage... Email me for details to Kirkham's Invisible Man Illusion/act)

The Black Riders could, in a large scaled show, equate to things like the Cape Vanish of a Girl used by Lance Burton, along with a Vanishing Horse.

The Emulation of Gandolph could be done via the old Fire & Water transition routine.

I know these ideas might be a bit off your orignal track of thought, but I believe you can see the potential of it all.
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I think that all belongs to the dimension of a show.
In a stage show you could do very great things.
In a Parlour/close up it will be nice and astonishig but you can't materialize the BALROG!! Smile
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Yes, but you can set everything on fire!

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Yes at the end everithing got burned,but the card/icon/object/miniature/actor that will be Gandalf exit from the smoke alive Smile
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There are some Lord of the ring/Hobbit type routines in the Compleat Invocation. If I can find the time, I will look them up & post the page numbers(unless someone else would be so kind).
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If you are familiar with darkstone you could transpose it to rings in a box or bag (instead of stones) very easily and always pick out the "dark ring" as it is the "one that rules tem all"
if your not familiar with darkstone look at
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You could have a commitee of spectators come on stage and when your back was turned one of them would take the ring. Then as you are trying to determine which one has it 5 ring wraiths descend upon the stage and physically cart off the spectator who has the ring. Screams can be heard backstage and maybe a severed body part or two is flung from backstage. The magician thanks the surviving spectators, puts away his hobbit props and breaks into a rendition of Hippity Hop rabbits.
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I know, I know, it's all humor, but there's a lot of folks ragging on "hippity hop rabbits," and yes, it's a so-called "sucker" trick, and it's everywhere, and everyone's trying for something new and different and scary, and it's an older trick, many people don't like it, it's too "easy," etc., etc., etc. But you know what? Kids love it, it's an established trick, it's popular, it's a good trick to create a story around, it's easily adapted to spring and Easter shows, it works, it's funny, and it's effective.
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I think a Palantir effect would be good for a LotR routine.

Effect: An antique wooden box is brought out, and opened to reveal five crystalline spheres. Four spectators are summoned to spirit one sphere each away to be hidden somewhere in the room. After they are securely hidden, the magician gazes into the fifth Palantir and describes the immediate surroundings of each of the four other spheres, finally revealing the precise location of each one.
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There's a routine in "Who's Afraid of IT" where a borrowed ring moves toards another one, while on a wand held by a spectator. I believe that there is a similar routine in Flourious (or whatever) by Gary Kurtz.

Such a routine would be VERY impressive to an audience member. Another is on one of Dan Harlan's rubber band videos, where the ring travels UP an angle towards a spectator. The ring is on a single strand of a rubber band.

I did this last night at a networking party for Chicago Wedding Pages Magazine and it brought screams!

Ninja Rings done to the Ring poem would probably play well and Ring Flite is a no-brainer.

For the mentalists out there, any pendulum discovery would play up nicely and PK gimmicks could make it REALLY eerie!

Hope this helps!

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Well the type of effect that hobbits would appreciate would be the production of food—a lot of food, as in a feast. I'm thinking about something like an Organ Pipes routine or bottomless picnic basket. I'm not sure how you could find a bizarre angle on that, though.

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I adapted Peter Marucci's "Under the Protection of the Fairies" trick into a LotR trick. You can read about his presentation on BizarreMagick.com. I have a wizard show I am just putting together and my character is a clumsy, forgetful wizard (but I look like Gandalf).

Anyway, I show 20 cards all face up and lay them out. I then show the one ring and recite the poem and explain about how it yearns to reunite with its master. The spectator then says any number between 1-20 and they count to that card and place the ring on it. The backs of the two cards on either side of their card is shown to be normal, but the back of their card has the eye of sauron on it. Its a great effect to show how the power of the ring can corrupt even those who believe they can use it for good.

Just an idea that I thought was neat. Thanks to Peter for planting the seed.
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By the way, just in case you didn't know, there is a replica of the "One Ring" from the Peter Jackson movie being sold. I personaly hope to get it for christmas... Anyways, I think this prop would add greatly to a "Lord of the rings" routine or show.

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You can buy a ring with engraving that shows up only in reflected fire light?
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JonTown,

If you find such a ring, I suggest you don't use it... Hehe! No but seriously, the replica has only permanently engraved markings although I'm sure there must be a way to create such an effect. Maybe you could fill the markings with a fluorescent paint and under a black light, the markings would shine...

Just an idea.

Richard
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I remember reading on the Café here somewhere (I just can't find it now) about a metal alloy that is gold colored until heated when it turns red. If you filled in carved letters in a regular gold ring with that, you would get the exact "one ring" effect. I seem to remember the fellow who posted it was an engineer and the alloy may be hard to get or expensive, but if you could—man, would that be cool!

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