Our daughter loves literature, which is probably why she likes storytelling magic. A few years ago she fell in love with Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. She has read both the normal version and the annotated copy. Since that time we have planned to put together a new stage show and new children's show based on the book. We have scribbled notes, thought of ideas, and brainstormed. After all that time we are finally in the process of putting it together.
On one hand we are disappointed that the new Alice in Wonderland movie will be debuting the same year as her new magic show that we have spent so long planning because it seems trite and unoriginal, but on the business side of things, market timing is perfect. We had no idea a new movie was going to be released when we first started planning this project.
My husband is currently in the process of building her new illusions for the stage show. He has started building: Through the Looking Glass (walkthrough mirror), Mad Hatter's Hat (gimmicked hat & table-- pics on the Cafe), is building a stage version of The Queen of Hearts (mismade Queen) and we already have the Rabbit's House (dollhouse).
DD and I have come up with the tricks for the children's show and have written the first draft. We are trying a new concept for her as far as the "storytelling". Usually she memorizes the script 100%. This time, she really wants to promote reading and will be "reading" portions of her show out of the book. The premise is she is reading never-before-told-stories of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The stories coincide with the magic she does.
I am really interested in seeing how the new platform works out. Of course we won't know until we have endless rehearsal run-throughs and the ultimate test will be when she does the show for the first time. I am sure it will be re-written several times for adjustments--- aren't they always?!!
The tricks in the show are simple:
The Rabbit Hole - custom Alice and White Rabbit silks disappear down a rabbit hole.
The Caterpillars - The Caterpillar's nephews seem to squabble a lot about their size so Alice makes them all the same, of course they don't like that so she has to put them back.
Chesire Madness - Brightly colored Chesire Cat pieces are removed off the board until one remains, which matches the Chesire Cat an adult has been holding since before the show in a sealed envelope.
The Mad Hatter's Tea Party - Alice forgot to bring the cake so she must make one on the spot!
The Queen of Hearts - Alice decides to teach the Queen some manners and see how she likes it when someone says, "Off with HER head".
If it is a child's birthday - Birthday Card Banner with a custom birthday card for child to keep.
I wanted to share because I wanted the younger members to see how you can create your own unique plots when routining your shows. Also, how you can have one theme from start to finish whether you are doing storytelling or not. Make your show fluid so there is always a segway from one illusion to the next.
The most important thing--- always make your magic unique and original to YOU. Let your magic reflect who YOU are!
Good luck everyone.