Monthly Archives: February 2016

So You Don’t Like Magic Gimmicks

If you’re one of the people that visit our Facebook regularly (just click the F in the right upper hand corner of our home page), you many notice that I try to feature one trick a day that I particularly like.

Sometimes people come in to our shop and want stuff that isn’t a gimmick. After all, who walks around with a set of cups and balls in their pockets. They want to do something off the cuff, and I started to think about it. That was the day I featured Bandwidth. And then I thought we should have a category just for that type of thing. So  if you are looking for magic that uses innocent looking everyday props there is a lot to choose from,  including any kind of ring effect, such as the Growing Ring DVD, The Himber Ring, The PK Wizard rings, De’Ring, Ring Flight, Finger Ring Magic DVD by WGM, Ring in Shoe, Interlace to name a few innocent ring tricks. I’m sure some of you could come up with others.

Then there are tricks with money, coins, and Canadian ones as well.

How about things that float? How about our Canadian bills.They are not floating well these days, in more ways than one. If you crease it in the middle and stand it up in your hand instead of crumpling it up, it’ll work. There wouldn’t be any gimmicks there, right? How about things that move about like Loops and the DVD.

What about keys? Bob Solari’s Keyruption or Hell Bent, or Link Key? Of course there are books and DVDs on the subject of Magic with Everyday Objects.

There is Business Card Magic, and don’t forget the Sharpie. I could write a blog just on the Sharpie

There are Pen Tricks. John Kennedy’s Pen Thru Bill  and Perfect Pen are classics.

So  if you are looking for magic that uses innocent looking everyday props there is a lot to choose from.

Oh, and don’t forget about your iPhone. For the greatest reaction of all time if you have an iPhone, you should get My Pet Boris.

I’m sure I missed a bunch so feel free to add your favorites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Give A Magician Enough Rope….

Rope is a wonderful prop. Magicians can use it on stage or close-up. It can do all sorts of things; change colour, change size, it can be cut and then restored, it can be knotted and unknotted in mysterious ways, it comes in different colours, it can be escaped from when tied up even in the most legitimate manner by unsuspecting spectators and is easy to transport. It’s what you call “Plays big, packs small.” There are books, DVD’s and individual props ranging in price from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars. Something for everyone.

These are some photos from Magie Montreal. A blast from the past. Enjoy!

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Children of Magicians

Its one thing to have a favourite uncle pull a quarter from your ear or nose; its quite another to be born into a family with a mother or father or both who are magicians.

This child learns early things that other children may not. They know the importance of keeping a secret, they know what goes on behind the scenes. They know about practice and more practice. They know about the importance of a story to accompany a trick and how important it is to get the audience on your side. They learn that there is more than one way to skin a cat, so to speak, and also not to let the cat out of the bag! They learn that everything is not always as it seems. They are usually favorites for “Show & Tell” in school. They know to “show” and they also know not to “tell”. They learn from their mistakes, what to do, what not to do and they don’t even realize what they are learning. Its a part of them. They learn to look for solutions in difficult situations. When my eldest grandson was about 9 or 10, now 26, he demonstrated the Dice Bomb for a girl a little older than him. She had figured it out and asked to see the top. He was devastated and went to the back of the shop and figured out a way to do it so that everything could be handed out immediately. He asked me if he could show it to her again. I said no. Forget it. When the next customer comes in you can try it then.

My other grandson, age 8 at the time, learned the hard way, that when you do a little show for your classmates, you should have a large shopping bag to put your tricks in when you are through. He had a case for most of his things but he hadn’t anticipated what he would do with his Appearing Lightening Wand which was longer than his case. Nor could he close it in front of them, without giving up the secret. And they all ran up to him after the show, touching the wand that he had no where to hide. Are you feeling for him? (I had actually phoned him the morning of his show, to tell him to bring a large shopping bag just for that reason, but he had already left for school. I knew what was going to happen and it did.)

Yesterday, the child of a customer of ours came in. Her father had been doing magic long before he was married. When he got married he brought his bride up to the shop and said, “I promised you magic on our honeymoon.” I don’t think she was thrilled. Now their child was no longer a child. She was a student at McGill getting ready to graduate this year. She was giving a presentation and wanted a particular effect, not to do a magic show, but to emphasis a point. She said she found if you did a little magic in your presentation, everyone pays attention. She grew up with magic and doesn’t quite get how fascinated everyone is with it, but said it really works for her.

Many of my customers started magic when they were kids and now they have children of their own. I wonder if they realize what is being passed on to them, even if it is unintentional.

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Is Dove Magic Making A Comeback?

Laurent GagnéI remember way back in the day when Phil and I used to travel to magic conventions all over Canada and the USA. Practically every single stage act was a Dove Act. It was almost a rite of passage for magicians! It was so prevalent that the one and only Bob Little also had a dove act, but he was the dove, a giant dove, and he produced magicians out of a hat, miniature magicians, that is. It was hilarious.

After a while I guess magicians realized that the dove market was flooded and many went on to other things, like cards, mentalism and floating things. It never totally disappeared but is there a resurgence? It may have been Darcy Oake’s “jaw dropping dove illusions on Britain’s Got Talent” that rekindled the flame, but there are new dove items on the market, so that gives me a clue.

Think I’m kidding about rite of passage? Take a look! Just to name a few! Mouse over the image to see the name of the performer

 

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