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.
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.