Empowerment through the classic palm. :)

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I remembered this great keychain today.  I found it in a second-hand shop several years ago. At the time, he was one dusty beaver who hadn’t seen a pond in awhile. 🙂  I brought him home and gave him a bath… and put him away. He’ll work great in the new set, I think.

I really have so many cool pieces I’ve picked up over the last decade or so, and haven’t used them yet.  I think most magicians are also collectors… of books, of coins, of magic, of methods… one piece leads to another and I love artistic pieces, especially if I can find them inexpensively- then I feel like I’ve really accomplished something. We’re treasure hunters, indeed.

Well, I picked up a fairly large “coin” (actually an art medal, but same difference 🙂 ) today, in my hand and palmed it. CP took a few tries because it’s not milled. Once I got a little more familiar with it, no problem at all.  I felt empowered.  🙂 CP, FP, TP.  It’s been  awhile since I’ve really worked on my magic.  I started to earlier this year, but there’s been a lot going on and I didn’t progress with it.  This time I will get a set up and running.  Ideas starting to flow.  I thought of an effect I could add just a little while ago, in fact.

I sorted props this afternoon and this set has its own carrying apparatus now. ie. miniature knapsack.  🙂 Focus pocus! That was the name of my group’s theatre company back at Algonquin College 2003-2004. 🙂

Will start working effects tomorrow.  Here’s a few more prop pics I took before starting to write here tonight:

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He’s really quite a handsome beaver, isn’t he? 🙂

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“The Table”!  🙂 I still have to make “the tablecloth”. 🙂

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The elk! I’ve been thinking of putting them in with the wolves in a spellbound-type effect.  Elk are absolutely gorgeous creatures, I really find them so pretty.  Along with many others, of course, that’s me. I’ve got lotsa company, though, I think, really.

Bears are in…

The bears will be in.  I’ve gone back to researching beavers and there are lots of great connects.  I’ve been thinking bears, beavers, wolves, and moose- not necessarily in that order, though I think I will start with a Grizzly bear coin going into a change purse ie. hibernation. 🙂 Purse will remain in view “over the winter” 🙂 and a special reveal will be made later, in the Spring.  I have a nice prop to tie the bears in with beavers and now I’ll be able to use it.  My sister got me this great pen in Banff, years ago:

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I’m thinking of going with Roth’s “The Table” with Canadian nickels, as well.

Wolves have significant links to beavers, moose, and bears, so they’ll be a unifying feature of the set.  I might introduce elk, too.  I’ve got another medal from the Northwest Territorial Mint featuring elk that I think I’d like to use in a spellbound type bit in the set.  So presentation’s coming together,  I’ve settled on effects for the most part, and have been scouting methods.  I think I’m ready to start practicing.  I will be investing in a beautiful bear coin to join the rest of the bear props that will be featured.  I enjoy looking for beautiful coins and I found one.  The 2011 Year of Bear bimetal lira from Turkey. I’ll post a photo once I’ve acquired one of these coins.  Will be practicing with a substitute til then. It’s a coin that will be versatile, compatible with others I have that I won’t be using in this set. I like finding props that I’ll be able to bring in harmoniously with what I’ve already got.  That’s a design challenge, I suppose, and it’s one that I find very interesting.  There’s so much you can do.