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Bryan Gilles
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Hey Everyone,
Ive got a show coming up (Dec. 18th-04). I will be entertaining 100+ and they are wanting to theme their event as a circus...Any ideas? I do several classics...
Dove pan, Square Cirlce, Needle Through Mirror, Mail Bag Escape, Profs. Nightmare, Change Bag, Domino (What's Next) Card, Pom-Pom Sticks....to name a few... I know they aren't consider "grande illusion" but I am willing to hear what anyone is willing to share.Any help is welcome...
Thanks,
Bryan
Dennis Michael
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You got an illusion show in mid December and you are NOW just trying to figure out what you are going to do? In a Month?

Now that's magic!
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Bryan Gilles
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LOL... It never fails... we are actors playing the part of magicians who are also playing the part of event planners... It's these small changes we make in our patter and routines at moments notice to please the client or audience, that eally sets magicians apart from other performers in the entertainment industry.
The Donster
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Why not make evreything look like a circus theme or it is/from the circus.
HarbinJr.
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Bryan,

You don't really need the "big" illusions to do this right. Think side shows at the circus or at the carnival. See if that direction helps you out any. Remember, they don't know what your going to be doing at the show, the only person that knows what your going to do and when.....is YOU! Call me sometime!

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Dennis Michael
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In that case, the electric man (Magic Light bulb). The human pin cusion, needle through hand, or neddle through arm (Anderson version).
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stephenbanning
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You might consider the Circus Sideshow Silks Effect (I believe Dennis Michael above has a pic of himself doing them). They are fun and use a circus theme. The cost however is $100. I use them and they are worth it for me.

You might also consider using some circus music. One of Laflin's Royalty Free CD's has some.

There are also clown silks you could produce from the square circle.
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I took a bunch of the old Merle Evans RBBB records and converted for CD's. I used them as pre show music. It worked great. You can pick them up on EBAY cheap.

There is also a group on East Coast lead by Richard Windmarsh that plays the old time circus music.

Do Zig Zag as the Indian rubber girl, she bends she stretches, she twists, she turns.

Color changing plumes are off the circus horses.
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Jim Snack
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So, you've got a little over two weeks to put this together. I recommend that you do not try to put together a brand new show. There's just not enough time to do a quality job. Re-frame the magic you already do.

Start with your costume and/or character. You could easily become a "Magical Ringmaster." Get a red tailcoat, some tall black boots, a decent silk top hat and a whistle and you will look the part.

Or perhaps a "Magical Circus Clown." Get a colorful clown costume. Or, as Stephen suggested, a "Circus Sideshow Barker." Get a straw hat, red vest and striped trousers.

If possible, have a simple circus backdrop made that can be hung from a jet set. Nothing too elaborate, even a black curtain, draped with red trim will work.

Add some lively circus music, Sousa marches, etc., to set the atmosphere.

If you insist on adding one or two new tricks, keep them simple and colorful.

And don't forget about popcorn. Use the popcorn dye box, or magically pop some in your dove pan and end up with a rabbit. If possible, try to get the smell of freshly popped popcorn in the show. It just screams circus.

Just about any trick could be re-framed with a circus theme once you have the character, costume, setting and music covered. Think about the overall show, not just specific magic tricks, and it will come together.

Break a thread.

Magically ,
Jim
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amazingluke
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I know 'Harlequin' had some circus elements in a show he was planning...hopefully he may see this post or perhaps you could PM him.
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Well there is always the trick circus wagon.
Kyle
Posted: Dec 1, 2004 3:21pm
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And you might want to look on Wolf magic website.
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