help with butterfly magic

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Postby Guest » 04/29/07 09:40 AM

I wonder if anyone can help me locate a source for an effect where a couple of paper butterflies are caused to fly using a hand held fan. I think I have seen this in print somewhere, but I have not been able to locate it. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me with this.


Postby Guest » 04/29/07 10:38 AM

You can find it in Sleight of Hand of Edwin Sachs in chapter VI Chinese Tricks on page 74.

Postby Guest » 04/29/07 11:04 AM

"" has a free e-book on that trick. It's called, "The Butterfly Trick." I cut and pasted the link below. You just have to scroll down the left hand side until you see that e-book.

Postby Guest » 04/29/07 11:40 AM

Wow! Thans so much to the both of you. This is really a great on-line community. I found both references. If either of you have performed this effect, I would appreciate any tips you might be able to pass my way. Thanks again.

Postby Mitch Dutton » 04/29/07 01:24 PM

Bill Abbott's two volume DVD set of Merlin's Workers has Merlin's take on the effect and he offers some interesting points about working it.
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Postby Guest » 04/30/07 10:28 AM

I agree with Mitch. Lots of good details.
The DVD also has nice touches on the Spot Card.

Postby Pete Biro » 04/30/07 10:57 AM

My favorite version is one that the French pick pocket Dominique used in his show, years ago, at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas in the Lido Show.

He sat on a stool, playing a guitar when butterflies flew out of the hole in the guitar and fluttered about, returning back into the guitar. Beautifully staged.
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Postby Guest » 05/01/07 08:48 PM

Thanks for the DVD suggestion. I will pick it up once I get some practice under my belt using the text resources. I may be more likely to develop my own style that way. Sometimes it is hard not to imitate the DVD performances when I learn things that way. I really appreciate everyone's help. Thanks Again,

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