Costume Design

If you check out my posts at The Magic Cafe down at the bottom of the forum in The Clothes We Wear, you’ll see I’ve been working on costume design for the new set/show that’s in development.  Got a few pics today. Here’s one:


Empowerment through the classic palm. :)


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:


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


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


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:


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.

Cups & “Coins”


So tonight I’m feeling like I don’t want to do the the Victor Coins to Cup in the “new” set. The Chanin Coin Production’s very versatile, I think, so might use it. The aforementioned cups are pictured above. The coins thru cup is a favorite but I really do feel like I’d like to use some different magic.  Presentation goes a long way, but I’m not sure just where to go. Suddenly, beavers pop in to my mind. I’ve considered them before, for coins through mini table- something I’d really like to work on. They could go thru the cup too, hello Canadian nickels. 😉 And I really think the beaver would work really well in a themed set for “Lumbertown Ale House”, yes? 🙂  Got a great “coin”, too, and a couple other prop pieces I could and would like to incorporate. Now we’re talkin’, maybe.  Perhaps there is a reason I start these conversations at 1 a.m. 😉  I was really very tired just around 11 pm.  Was reading Fitzkee’s The Trick Brain- got to page 53, I think.  I like it and I think it will be very helpful- especially with an effect I’ve been puzzling over how to accomplish for several years now- but I got very tired around page 53, for some reason.  That was a couple of hours ago and now I’m wide awake.  Chocolate does that.  And night time’s been my awake time, lately, but I’m wandering…Here’s the beaver “coin” I want to work with.  There’s a wolf and moose, too.  I think the moose would go over well, considering this small town had a yearling cow moose visit and stay awhile in the Spring.  She was a big hit.  Hope she’s well, wherever she may be now.  They move with the seasons and away she went. I’ve got some other coins that will correspond very nicely with these, but I won’t likely be revealing all here. (Maybe a video of the set, later!) You may be able to do the math on your own, though, so, for now, I’ll allow you to do just that. 🙂  The beaver:


Its reverse:


The wolf:


Its reverse, the moose:


Here’s a photo of our moose visitor, Missy, earlier this year- beautiful girl:


I’d like to get some bears in this set, too, but we’ll see. 😉 Of the cups, I’d  really like to use the antique bronze shot glass, pictured above right.  Thanks for your time. More to follow. 🙂

New set


I’m  thinking about what I’d like to put into a new magic set. Might use a solid set I’ve already tested and adjust presentation.  I think I’ll start there. There’s so much magic and it all takes time.  I’d like to work on some different things but that can happen after I get back in the saddle, so to speak.  I haven’t been practicing for months.  A few of the things I practiced months ago have merit, though, so that’s something.  🙂  I want to work in some of the new establishments in town.  I want to work simply but impactfully and I’ve got some nice props I want to put to use that will really help in that direction, I believe.  Roth’s okito box set, for one. I’ve used it a little, but there’s so much more I could get out of it. That’s one I was working with earlier this year. And the coins.  I love coin magic.  Just strikes me as magical for some reason, even though the whole concept of money is nearly in diametric opposition to my life philosophy.  Look for the contradictions, they say.  That’s what makes a character interesting.  And find the shoes, the shoes- start there.  Now we’re in theatre, acting, maybe writing, directing- it’s all connected, though, so still on topic, I am.  🙂

There’s a new place in town and maybe I’ll just go ahead and put myself on the line and say it out loud: Lumbertown Ale House.  I think I can put something together that would work great there.

The chronic standing or sitting issue is nagging me a bit.  I’m used to working seated but want to be versatile, so that criteria is in place.  That gets me thinking back to some things I learned from Roth a few years ago.  Chanin Coin Production & Victor Coins to Cup. Now the question arises: which cup? I’ve got a few very nice cups. I think I know which silk, but I could go a few different ways on the cup… interesting. Maybe I can find some pics for you. 🙂