Some of the Power Point Screens from lecture

KAX 2018 Lecture Content
This content of this post was created for or prepared to be used in the KAX 2018 lecture. However, there was more content created than could fit in the lecture time. Crepe Coil Can was not shown during lecture. There is additional content within this post from KAX week.


Big Yeller Demo
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Steve Petra’s Monkey Magnet

Steve Petra showing one of the original brainstorm videos.

Steve’s Monkey Wrench Addition
The man never stops.

Monkey Wrench Explanation

Monkey Magnet Response at KAX
I shot this video so Steve Petra could see the response of the audience during his video. I was amazed how the audience raised their arms as Steve said on the video. Most people just watch a video on powerpoint but Steve is so magnetic that he demanded a response.

EELvis Presentation
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Elbert the Fly & the Pool Pasta Fly Trap
Elbert is an example of how to use pool noodles in a creative way.

Opening Script Suggestion
Before I begin I need a helper willing to assist me in an exhibition of strength and courage.
(Choose audience helper) Every great magic show has an element of danger. Don’t worry, my assistant is not in danger.  A great magic show has a giant beast of the jungle. However, this isn’t a great magic show. So, I would like to introduce you to Elbert the Fly.

(Show small fly silk. Fly silk used in presentation is part of the Frog and Fly routine. To see Frog and Fly CLICK HERE)
Ironically, Elbert has swarmed around many great beasts of the jungle. Today he will attempt a dangerous escape.

You’re probably asking yourself what kind of trap would hold a fly. That would be a fly trap. Duh. But this is no ordinary fly trap. This is the pool pasta fly trap with . . . (Remove small silk from tube. DOOM is printed on silk. This was a Steve Petra suggestion. It would be easy to make with 9 inch silk and a sharpie.) doom! Every trap needs a little doom.

The pool pasta fly trap of doom will be held by a circus strong man. It’s not a great magic show, not a great beast and not a great strong man. Our helper will do fine.

This is a starting point for a fun routine with Elbert. The fly silk will vanish from the trap and appear wherever a thumb tip may be used.

Extra Elbert Idea from Rob Erdmann

Two Things, Turkey Baster of Truth, & Mashed Potato Glasses

Diddley Flunker & Dringle Horn
This was created for the KAX lecture as well as content for Musical Madness. There is more content in the Musical Madness post.

Nasty Words performance and explanation.

This is a portion of Mago Takandri’s performance of Bucket Full at KAX. I added it to this post because I want members to see the creative way he used the prop. He uses several of my props in creative ways.
SEE BUCKET FULL in the Studio

Teach Barry Vent
This was a one of a kind moment at KAX. Gary Owen, producer and coach of Darci Lynn, winner of America’s Got Talent, feels I have the ability to be a ventriloquist. His faith in me is humbling and I just happen to be wearing my King of Humble shirt. (Shirt was a gift from Lee Andrews.) He pulled me on stage unexpectedly during his presentation. I was blown away. He also gave me a coaching lesson later on in the day. What an experience. Chicken puppet provided by Steve Axtell.

Crepe Coil Can
This prop was supposed to be in the lecture content but there was not enough time.
Published in KIDabra Journal Vol 11 Number 2
Of all my children, she is my favorite.  Have you ever said that as a parent?  Probably not out loud.  Since I don’t have human children, I think it’s totally acceptable for me to say that about my ideas and discoveries.  However, I do say that about each one because everyone excites me in the same way.  It may be a twist on something old or a unique discovery but they are all my favorites at birth.  Then I move on to the next child.  Probably another statement parents don’t voice in public.

Allow me to introduce you to my newest and favorite child of the moment.  I call it the Crepe Coil Can.  The magician’s hat coil has always been one of my favorite productions.  I used to use a hat coil in almost all my shows when I was in high school.  The effect is still strong today.  Several years ago I discovered that a roll of party crepe paper decoration could serve the same purpose as a hat coil and be much more economical.  It is larger in depth and won’t last as long but it gives a great punch for half a buck.

I’ve produced the coils from bags in the past but I’ve always wanted a way to be able to load a coil into a hat or other object quickly.  As a child, I used a large jar lid to hold hat coils.  I attached Velcro to the top of the lid and the inside of my top hat. The hat coil was jammed into the lid. The jar lid was a simple solution to hold the coil in the top of the hat as well as load it during a show.

While working on another project, I decided to spend a little time searching for a “jar lid” that would work with the crepe paper coil.  I won’t bore you with the details of my search.  I’ll just say my local grocery store and Dollar Tree offered the solutions.

The crepe paper I use comes from Dollar Tree.  Two rolls in the pack for a buck.  Crepe paper found in party stores is larger and more expensive.  The Dollar Tree size is perfect for this project.  Figure 1 shows my perfect can.  That’s a statement I’ve never used before.  As you can see, my perfect can contains French onion dip.  Step 1, remove the dip and clean the can.  Use your favorite method.

The coil is almost a perfect fit in the can.  Figure 2.  You’ll need to removes a little of the coil from the outside to fit it inside the can.  It’s best if it’s slightly loose.  Be sure to push the center of the coil up so it’s ready to grab and pull.  Figure 3. Cut a hole in the lid slightly smaller than the coil.  Figure 4.  The lid holds the coil inside the can and allows it to fall out when ready.  Figure 5.  This can works great.  Find a way to attach the can to the inside of the prop you wish to use to produce the coil.  Magnets would be a perfect solution if French onion dip came in steel cans.  However, Velcro is a great option.

I found a pimiento cheese package that works perfect as well.  This is actually my favorite of the two methods.  Figure 6.  It’s not required to remove any of the outside of the coil.  Because the coil is looser inside it flows out much easier.  Figure 7.  I do recommend the brand shown in the picture.  The fit of the lid and size of the package works great.  Some of the other brands have lids that fit lower in the package.  The cheese is tasty too.

I hope you’ll find a way to use this idea in your shows.  Kids love productions like this.  A quick Google or Bing search of “hat coil magic” will reveal they can be $4 and up.  The coils sold by shops are great and I recommend them.  You can also find Youtube videos seeing them in action.  The magic shop version is very impressive.  However, these crepe paper coils are an inexpensive option and comparable in effect.

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