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KenTheriot

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I did a 7 minute set for a show about a year ago and one thing I keep thinking about was how when I opened up with the bottle production, it starts out by bringing out a large red hanky. 

I walked out and flipped open the hank and everyone started cheering before I even did anything! It really took me by surprise. The trick starts with a little ruse/cheap joke where you cover your left hand with the hank and ask a spec to guess a number between 1 and 5. Whatever number they say you say "you're not gonna believe this" and you uncover your left hand holding up that many fingers. A real groaner. Then you put your left hand back under, whip off the hank and you produce the bottle.

Anyway, the question is - if I didn't want to do a bottle production - can't think of a great motivation for it in a busking scenario anyway - what wold be something else to open up with a big red hank? It was so amazing how people just perked up right away when they saw me whip that think out of my breast pocket :-).

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I don't worry about motivation as much as I do the impact of an effect. I've seen many magicians produce a bottle for the pure sake of producing a bottle...and it gets a GREAT reaction. I doubt spectators are driving home from a performance and griping because the magician didn't have motivation for the tricks he did. A quick opener like a bottle appearance from a red hanky will get their attention and make them stay and watch. More power to you if the red hanky gets a reaction in and of itself...it will make the bottle production that much more fun!
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A simple Card Through Hanky would be a nice effect. Of course given the material of said Hanky (hehe i like typing that) isn't TOO starchy!! If it is it might bind up!!
 



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This occurred to me as I read your post. Here's a down and dirty description. 

Interstellar 

Magician produces BRH to audience oohs and ahs. Describing the hank as a representation of the universe, the magician pinches one corner and produces a small silk. More oohs and ahs ensue. Magician vanishes small silk - preferably yellow to illustrate light - into corner of BRH. Shakes and shows empty. Touches corner where silk vanished to opposite corner, then reproduce to illustrate interstellar travel by means of Einstein-Rosenberg wormhole. To end, small swallowed by black hole at center of "universe."

Obviously needs to be scripted and blocked, but methinks it's a fun idea. YMMV.

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For a children's show, with a small hanky I did a vanish and production of the hanky followed by a production of a sponge ball from the hanky for my next trick.  Maybe instead of doing a bottle production you can produce a prop you need for your next illusion.
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I don't worry about motivation as much as I do the impact of an effect. I've seen many magicians produce a bottle for the pure sake of producing a bottle...and it gets a GREAT reaction. I doubt spectators are driving home from a performance and griping because the magician didn't have motivation for the tricks he did. A quick opener like a bottle appearance from a red hanky will get their attention and make them stay and watch. More power to you if the red hanky gets a reaction in and of itself...it will make the bottle production that much more fun!


Thanks for this perspective, Dan! So often I get caught up in all the "shoulds" about magic I read from all the books that I forget just the reactions - the real reason I do this. I appreciate this comment a LOT!
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Thanks for the ideas, everyone!

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Ken, 

Which bottle production are you using? 


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Why can't you do ANYTHING and then wipe your forehead and take a bow...

it almost like saying you are so great you don't have to do anything...  That is the gag.

From a hypnotist point of view you can "program" your audience so that when they see the BRH they clap... whether you actually deserve it or not.  That too is part of the gag. I think you could have a lot of fun with it.

Just a thought.

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Ken, 

Which bottle production are you using? 




Jon Lovick's (Handsome Jack) - He calls it "Bottle? Rock it."
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How big is the BRH?

If it's big enough (say, maybe 36" diagonally) you can twirl it into a rope-like shape and do some beautiful magic with it.  Any of the classic vanishing knots look really nice when done with a hanky.  My suggestion would be to introduce (or produce) a large ring and perform a couple of the penetration effects from Willmarth's "Ring and Rope Book" - Rick Johnsson's Quicksilver is one of my favourites.
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