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Eric

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Hi;
I don’t really have a background in magic nor any practical experience beyond some silly joke/tricks for amusing friends over cocktails - and they are more story/joke than magic.
I have recently volunteered for a big fundraiser in my community which involves me dancing with the owner/teacher of a local dance studio on stage in front of pretty much my whole town. It will be judged and ranked against five other similarly paired competitors. Last year over $100,000 was raised.

Our dance will involve a variety of different hats, mostly fedora types. I was thinking it might be interesting to throw in a trick or two - but I don’t really know any. I am open to suggestions.

Also, at the last part of our dance we will have a single hat that we pass back and forth. I was thinking it’d be fun to throw it toward the audience and then have a bunch of identical hats launch/fall ofer the audience with it. Maybe a balloon drop device or something? Also open to ideas. Itd be cool too if there were a way we could make it ‘change colors’ (i have four different colors of the same hat).

The audience will be in a banquet hall at tables of 8. We will be on an elevated stage. The dance is 3 minutes and we have limited set up time. I do have an army of friends who can volunteer to help.

Thank you for letting me share this and I appreciate any help or suggestions you can provide.
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In the circumstance you've described, likely tricks might include an appearing or vanishing silk handkerchief, an appearing cane, or the production of a flower bouquet to give to your partner. All these effects exist in the magic literature and marketplace. Perhaps someone more experienced in this style of magic than I am can direct you toward the most appropriate versions for someone of your skill level.

The easiest way of making a hat change color that comes to mind would involve the introduction of additional apparatus in the form of a box capable of switching one hat for another.

No ideas on the hat drop, but kudos to you for thinking big.
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Hi Eric

What sort of budget are you thinking of?

How much time from now until the event?

What sort of clothes will you and your partner be wearing during the dance?

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The event is 3/8/19
We havent yet selected our outfits, but it will need to be something we can dance in.
Budget-wise I can drop $500 without much consideration. Any more than that and I would have to consider it carefully considering this most likely will be a one-and-done event.
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Three minutes total? And the focus is on the dance? Not much room for magic. Even so here're a couple of ideas for your considerations:

1. Coils. These are compressed packets that expand to appear far much larger than the audience might image. Plus, they could easily enough be adapted to allow for each partner to produce colorful strings of paper during the hat passes. Could be incorporated in the dance routine with little effort, I should think.

2. Silks. Similar concept to the coils. Silks are colorful handkerchiefs that can be wound and compressed, and then easily concealed inside a hat.

3. Hat drop? Well, with an "army of friends" as volunteers, why not consider having them stand in strategic locations and fling hats into the audience at the appropriate moment?

At any rate, good luck, and please let us know what you decide and how it goes.

Small aside: Reminds me of the Saturday long ago hanging out at Eddie's Trick Shop in Atlanta when a stripper from one of the local clubs popped in for help incorporating magic into her act. Man, it was amazing how many people were eager to help!

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Banquet halls, tables of 8?  food or drink involved?  If so I would be leary of having a hat drop, they are a tad heavier than balloons. 

Along the lines of the coils and silks that pack small but play big are production flowers.  You can have boquets, they are feather flowers that are on springs kind of.  They pack flat but when they spring open its hard to imagine them hiding anywhere.  They can run quite expensive though.  There are also paper flowers that pack flat.  Actually they fit into a dispensing clip that can easily hide in your hand.  You can produce a dozen or so at a time they just flow out of your hand as they do they pop open.  Hard to describe but a nice display and a heck of a lot cheaper than the feather flowers. 

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Three minutes total? And the focus is on the dance? Not much room for magic. Even so here're a couple of ideas for your considerations:

1. Coils. These are compressed packets that expand to appear far much larger than the audience might image. Plus, they could easily enough be adapted to allow for each partner to produce colorful strings of paper during the hat passes. Could be incorporated in the dance routine with little effort, I should think.

2. Silks. Similar concept to the coils. Silks are colorful handkerchiefs that can be wound and compressed, and then easily concealed inside a hat.

3. Hat drop? Well, with an "army of friends" as volunteers, why not consider having them stand in strategic locations and fling hats into the audience at the appropriate moment?

At any rate, good luck, and please let us know what you decide and how it goes.

Small aside: Reminds me of the Saturday long ago hanging out at Eddie's Trick Shop in Atlanta when a stripper from one of the local clubs popped in for help incorporating magic into her act. Man, it was amazing how many people were eager to help!

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Reminds me of my shop in Vancouver.  I had a stripper clients all the time.  Started with one coming in for Flash paper.  A magic friend of mine decided to give lessons.  (some of you probably know him,  he is a postal worker)   Took me awhile to figure it out, all these strippers coming in for flash paper, appearing canes, silks, thumb tips etc. And they all had money to spend. 

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Thanks all. Yes, three minues is actually a bit long for a dance. Here is an example of a competitive dance which only lasts just over one minute yet has intense energy and focus;


It even includes a trick! This trick is in the same vein as what I have in mind.

The hats I have in mind would be similar to this; https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071VRKB7B/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_J.QdCb07TDG7D

I think they are light enough that they wont be putting any eyes out. I will have to check that dinner and drinks will be over by the time we start dancing - that could be a problem, but easily resolved by simply being sure the hats fall at the front of the stage and not over tables.
During the course of our dance we will be starting with songs from the 30s and switching music every 20-30 seconds to the next decade newer - and putting on different hats to match the song. The last song, however, we will have only one hat to ‘begrudgingly’ share - as we will be stealing it from each other several times. At the end we will throw it out to the audience and have it ‘multiply’. If it were to magically change colors a few times during our dance it could make the colorburst from the multitude of hats released more meaningful.



Fortunately for the audience, there will be no stripping in any part of my show. Sorry.

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Reminds me of my shop in Vancouver.  I had a stripper clients all the time.  Started with one coming in for Flash paper.  A magic friend of mine decided to give lessons.  (some of you probably know him,  he is a postal worker)   Took me awhile to figure it out, all these strippers coming in for flash paper, appearing canes, silks, thumb tips etc. And they all had money to spend. 


My timing must have been really off. Any time I came into the shop I just saw you or Toothpick. Life is not fair. [rolleyes]
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