While I'm with you, could I please get some suggestions for one handed magic? Tony Borders uses a push button change bag. The winner at the big Blackpool show last week did vent and a rope trick(collapsing one)? I have to open with magic funnel (& tot volunteers) before I put Bern on my arm. Which guess the card trick would be the best while doing vent..or could I have a volunteer do the legwork? Again thanks. Ron0
Well... if you want to go for some simple card stuff, you could always fall back on the standard gag prediction using the 3 1/2 of clubs, or perhaps a "long card" pulled from a pocket or some other "orifice" on your puppet.
What's the manipulative skill level of your "free hand"? Perhaps you could work up an interactive routine using one of the stage size hot rods (or even a standard one) and some of the one-handed moves.
Maybe try some sponge work where you use a retention vanish to stuff a sponge in your puppet's mouth, then cause it to join with another in a spec's hand.
Some IT or a loop anchored to your puppet?
It might be interesting to try Vernon's "Trick That Cannot Be Explained" if you are working close-up or in a somewhat "intimate" cabaret setting. The spec does pretty much all the handling. I could see a nifty sort of interaction happening by having the puppet provide all the instructions (while the vent does the mindwork)... final revelation could be done via the puppet, perhaps. Not for every situation, but in the right one... wow!
Hmmm... what else... don't know how big you want to go, but you only need one hand to work a French Arm Chopper (maybe a Dissecto?).