There is a "boy wizard" version I have seen in ads. Also, there is the Frankenstein version from Mike Bent.
I actually made one myself last year. I wanted one that was a scarecrow, so I built it from the ground up. The mechanics revolve around a $1 rat trap ! Not only has the prop worked like a charm, it continues to be one of the tricks that the kids and parents talk about with me after the show. Just used it last week on a Fall Festival show. If you are interested, contact me and I would be glad to send pix and a blow by blow account of how I made mine.
I am also assembling a bird theme show for this coming spring, so have been doing alot of bird research. It helps that my wife is on the BOD for the local Audubon Society !
I think your idea is very cool. What type of bird did you have in mind for the figure ? I would recommend something without a long or large beak. This could potentially end up being a part that breaks off when the gimmick is fired. Something like a parrot, or other bird with a short, stout beak would work better, I would think.
I would really like to see how you do with this. Don't worry, I am not interested in taking your idea, just fascintated with the concept!
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