One of the challenges of the sponge tennis ball routine I’m working on is to make it more “magically sound”. I’ve gotten a lot things figured out. Yesterday I posted about the steal of the FS2 gimmick and the ditch of the final palmed sponge ball. Something I didn’t like was that a lot happens between the false transfer and the reveal that the sponge balls is gone.
The sequence is: 1: False transfer 2: Hand palming the ball takes the book that I’m holding under my arm, gestures and says a line. 3: Put the book away in my case and ditch the palmed ball. 4: Reveal the ball is gone
There’s a lot of motion, and I think it would be easy for someone to doubt they actually saw the tennis ball in my hand. I wanted to show it after the ditch and I remembered recently reading in a set of Tommy Wonder’s lecture notes about appearing to show the item after the ditch. I also remember seeing this in action the time I was lucky enough to see his act live.
Here’s Tommy Wonder’s act:
For the vanish of the lemon, he’s able to show its there after it’s been ditched. That’s the part that inspired my path to show the tennis ball after the ditch.
This is a simple addition to the back of the FS2 gimmick. Now the tennis ball can be seen after it’s been ditched in my case. It’s been a long road to get to to this point with my sponge tennis ball routine. I’ve always said that creating magic is solving a series of problems and this sponge tennis ball routine is a good example of that!
Are there any magic tricks that you’ve always wanted to perform? I’m not talking about the flavor of the month, new trick that just came out. A trick that you read about or saw as a kid, and you still think about decades later? I’ve had many, and luckily for me I’ve gotten to do … Continue reading “Magic Trick Bucket List…”
Are there any magic tricks that you’ve always wanted to perform? I’m not talking about the flavor of the month, new trick that just came out. A trick that you read about or saw as a kid, and you still think about decades later?
I’ve had many, and luckily for me I’ve gotten to do many of them. In the summer I do some library shows and those have allowed me to work on new tricks for my show and do them a lot in a short amount of time. What’s great about that is I quickly figure out if I like the trick or not. If I like the trick and so do audiences, then I can move that trick up to my main show.
Usually the tricks I’ve always wanted to do don’t make it into the main show. However it’s nice to have done them and scratched the itch and no longer feel the need to do them. There is one trick that I keep coming back to, and that’s the Multiplying Billiard Balls.
I did a version of Alan Wakeling’s routine on a tour of 90-ish shows. The routine got really tight and while I liked it, I think it didn’t connect with the audience as much as I thought it should. I did a routine one summer that produced 4 balls with no shell! I really enjoying doing that routine, as it had some creative moves in it.
I frequently do a ball manipulation sequence in my show, and that for the most part keeps me satisfied and I don’t feel I need to work on the multiplying balls. That is until recently. I had an idea for a non traditional version of the trick. This version only uses one ball that the audience is aware of. I’m excited about working on this trick because it’s so unusual!
That brings me back to John Carney’s book Magic by Design. In this book he talks about how there are tricks you will constantly come back to. It’s because they may not be right for you now, but they may be right for you in a year. I totally agree with him, I find ideas in notebooks that I didn’t expand at the time, but that’s probably because I couldn’t. I lacked the knowledge, or hadn’t thought of a second part to it that would make the trick possible.