I was on a current hiatus from performing after I got into a car accident a few weeks ago. I am fully recovered now, but that's another story. What I would like to talk about is what I was experimenting with when I would lay or sit in bed, bored out of mind. If you had read the title, this concerns the use of silk magic, and what I was able to come up with, due to the massive amount of time I had on my hands. Imagination plays a great role in a magician's life, and this just happen to be a very interesting spark of imagination. I would also like to credit Kristen for giving me the idea in the first place, so thank you very much
Anyways, to get to the point, I first skimmed through Penguin's Online Catalog, and purchased 3 silks, and 1 silk streamer. The silks in question had different designs, the 1st one was that of a white rabbit jumping out of a hat. The 2nd one was another rabbit, but it had a banner that said "Happy Birthday!" which I found would work greatly with birthday shows. The 3rd silk was by Goshman, which had a decorative "The End" which would lend a unique part ending my silk routine. Also, the silk streamer was a rainbow streamer, which I believe was 36" long, (I'm not sure) but this I figured would be re-usable, instead of constantly refilling mouth coils.
Now, to get on with the show, I am going to describe how I thought of combining certain silks to create a marvelous entertaining routine, that would actively incite wonders and allow several volunteers to take part in the magic.
First of all, I would like to start off with the rabbit silk. I thought about how magicians are paired with the cliche of "pulling a rabbit out of the hat". Well I thought to play to the strengths in a rather creative way, by first asking for a volunteer, to draw a top hat. Then, I would produce a silk from the 2-D picture, which would show the rabbit. Then I would say "I'm guessing the rabbit had to get that thin to fit into a top hat like that." After the production, I would then make the rabbit vanish by reusing the top hat picture, and then ask for an applause for the assistant.
(If this is a birthday show, I would then combine it with the Birthday silk)
Now, that the rabbit is gone, I would try to create a story saying "Hmm... I wonder where he's gone? Maybe he went to go get something." I would say, and ask for another volunteer to the stage, (usually the birthday child) and then say "Maybe we can convince him to come out and show us what he went to grab, by using this magic wand!" (I would present the ever so hilarious break-away-wand, actually I would have two break-away wands to add to the effect) After the uproar of laughter (hopefully) I would then use the top hat to produce the "Happy Birthday" silk, which would make the child happy, and incite another amazing wonder. From this point, I would then make the birthday rabbit disappear, and thank both children for being amazing volunteers.
(The End Silk)
I would then say, "I think the rabbit is tired from jumping out of this hat over and over again, maybe we should tell him he can rest now" and then further elaborate by saying how since he's a performer, he'll only know when to stop when he hears the word "The End". At this point I would get all the children to say it, and then say "Maybe he's too deep in his rabbit hole to hear, I think you should say it slightly louder!" and continue until I get the appropriate interaction level, or until the adults get annoyed. I would then take the top hat and use it for the last time by producing the "The End" silk. At this point, the audience should be astounded because of the production of three completely different images from a 2-D hat that was drawn on the spot. The picture of the hat then serves as a wonderful souvenir for the volunteer that drew it and then I would continue on with the show.
(Alternatively) I would use "The End" silk to end my show as a whole, which would probably link to how the beginning of how my show usually starts, which is with a simple silk production.
This is what I was able to think of, and how I will work out the kinks to work this new routine into my show. I find it highly interactive and fun to perform, and its visual and funny to the audience. Thanks for taking the time to read one of my spark of imagination, and hopefully it'll inspire the magic in you!