i already have that book and have invented non gimmicked productions/vanishes with these birds. They are more easier to conceal, they are quiet, ang the audience thinks they are alot more cuter than doves. What I need to know is what do you think I should do? and how should I do it as in manipulations. Thanks alot for your help!
Are you asking for someone to map out an actual outline of a routine for you ? Like Trick #1 is __________ , then do Trick #2 __________, followed by Trick #3 __________, etc. , etc. ?
That's hard to do since we don't know you, your skill level, your performing style. It's like you asking : "How should I dress ?"
We can answer in a general way: "Dress so you look good and so you're a credit to the craft" , but what looks good on one guy doesn't necessarily look good on another. It's a personal thing. That's why I said in my first response to you that you need to be prepared to do a lot of hard work and rehearsal to find out what your parakeet act is going to end up looking like . To get to a level as polished and nearly flawless like Lance Burton's manip. act is going to take a while. (but don't let that stop you . Again, I commend you for aiming high. )
Make a list of all the the effects you know using the parakeets (or effects that you would like to learn) , then a list of other types of effects that fit in with the sort of act you want , so you can use these other effects as bridging material or interludes between the bird productions .
Put each separate trick on an index card with a number . Now start arranging them layed out on the floor or on a bulletin board. Arrange and rearrange the order until it looks like you have an act that will "flow" nicely for 10 minutes or whatever length you want it to run. (most manip. acts tend to be short . I think Lance's classic routine was 14 minutes in total . ) Once you get an order for the routine lay out all your props and materials and start to rehearse . Rehearse the act in order and see how it flows. You might discover that you need to rearrange certain effects or even drop some effects and add new ones to make the act flow smoother. Think about your character, too. What's your on-stage persona like ? Is it a comedy act or a serious act ?
Is it a costumed or themed act , like a Tiki/Polynesian theme or a period piece with a Merlin-type character in robes ? (or the classic "suave deciever" in formal evening clothes, tails , like Channing Pollock, or Lance Burton)
Basically this is stuff you need to decide on for yourself because it is a personal thing, tied to your own tastes and personality. Otherwise you'll just end up as a copy of someone else. Don't copy people like Burton or Dimmare ; but use them as inspiration and as a goal that you want to reach as far as the perfection of your act .
If at all possible get yourself hooked up with a drama coach , a director.
Someone who can look at your act objectively and offer valid constructive criticism to make it stronger (and I'm talking about the whole act , as an act, as a theatrical experience, not just whether you do the individual tricks well. Everything I've said assumes you will have reached a bare minimum level of technical mastery of your material, i.e. your bird steals will be invisible and productions will be flawless.) At the very least , video tape yourself over and over going through the entire act, then watch it with a critical eye and get someone you trust to watch the tapes of your rehearshing the act to get their input . Again, if at all possible have that person be someone who has some experience with theater.