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JenniferG

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What do you think of using this for a show?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Hot-Harry-Potter-Professor-Dumbledores-Wand-The-Elder-Wand-in-Box-Great-Gift/264069319498

Looks really cool!

Is there any reason to use typical magician's wand, which is perfectly cylindrical with symmetrical cylindrical tips?  Are most magician's wands gimmicked? The Elder Wand looks pretty cool and would be fun.
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Wands, in their many shapes and forms, are mainly for misdirection. Back in the late 80s/early 90s there was a trend using "sparkle" wands; novelty items filled with liquid and glitter. Pens, pencils, plastic wands, wooden wands... Use whatever suits your style and personality!

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Heh, the Elder Wand should be a great tool for misdirection then!  Because it looks so freaking cool. I could say hey look at my wand I stole it from Professor Dumbledore.. while doing the dirty work.  I know if I was spectator my eyes would be glued to that cool looking wand.  Not a typical magician's wand.
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What do you think of using this for a show?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Hot-Harry-Potter-Professor-Dumbledores-Wand-The-Elder-Wand-in-Box-Great-Gift/264069319498

Looks really cool!

Is there any reason to use typical magician's wand, which is perfectly cylindrical with symmetrical cylindrical tips?  Are most magician's wands gimmicked? The Elder Wand looks pretty cool and would be fun.


The wand is indeed a very personal thing.  If a wand "speaks" to you as this one seems to have, then by all means, use it.

Wands can accentuate your character and in this instance, the character can be one reminiscent of Harry Potter or simply an ancient wizard.

Regarding your question about typical magicians wands, I'm sure there are historians that can document when magician's wands began to resemble the non-tapered dowels that are usually seen today.  The classic black with white ends is what most people envision when they think of a conjuror's wand, but there are obviously tons of alternatives.

I own several styles including one that is mahogany and unscrews in the middle for easy storage.  It has heavy brass ends that give more oomph to wand spins.

Regarding whether most wands are gimmicked, I would venture a guess and say no, most probably aren't.  There are some popular ones that are, including one from Johnson products that has a strong magnet in one end that among other things can be useful as a holdout of sorts for a chopped ball from a cup routine.

There are specialty wands that produce coins, vanish silks and then there are the vanishing and appearing wands that can purchased.  The rising wand is another one that used to be popular.  

If you do use a Harry Potter style wand, make sure that there is a reason to do so.  Have a compelling story behind it.  Maybe you are just a fan and purchased the wand only to find that it truly WAS magical?  
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In addition to misdirection, there are other uses for a wand. At times, it can be an aid to palming. If put somewhere, such as a coat pocket, reaching for it can be an excuse to grab or ditch an item. Perhaps most importantly, if used with consistency throughout your tricks, it can indicate when the magic occurs providing time misdirection. The wand you are considering could, I assume do any of these things. In addition, it doesn't look like the wands that every audience member associates with magicians and thus assumes must be purchased at a magic shop and so suspects. Obviously, there are other ways to accomplish all of these ends, but if you decide to use a wand, think it through - what is it that your story says the wand does?
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Apart from an assorted size collection of ‘standard plastics’, I have so much fun with my Popsy-Topsy, several break-aways, nesting set, Silly Wand (with several gag ends, eg googly eyes). Some wands I have heard about that just make me smile: Cow wand (it ‘moos’) and a blow dart wand (ultimate crowd control - or initiates crowd berserker mode). Disclaimer: my usual audience are kids. What is a wand style that you ‘wish’ you had which is not, as far as you know, in use?
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I have some notes documenting the history of the magic wand, but can't seem to find them.

In short - the wand that we are familiar with today, came from the other type of magic - as in spells and witchcraft.
It was used to "draw" a magical circle around the practitioner, usually for protective purposes. It was made of wood, and had (typically) silver coloured magnetic tips.

Our magic wands are mostly used for two purposes, which have already been mentioned - misdirection, and to help when holding out an object.. However, they can also be used to simply "dress" a trick.

I have three wands - Ammars Mercury Wand, which I used for cups and balls (I haven't done them for a while). I have one similar to the one Ray describes, mahogany with brass tips, which unscrews in the centre. And a small six inch one (which I use in my sponge ball routine) - black with brass tips.


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I had great success using a "regular" wand for misdirection in close-up.  As in (for example), ditching a thumb tip, coin, sponge ball, or other object while picking up the wand.

But for kids shows I generated lots of laughs with a hilarious assortment of funny wands:  The nesting kind, the fall-apart kind, the fishing pole wand, a Pringles can which produced a 6 foot sponge wand, and even a large lobster!  (Which "scared" me because I reached for a wand and accidentally picked up the lobster.  Kids go bananas!)

Folks who perform magic for children will realize how important these silly props can be.

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