Chapeau question

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Postby Umpa Duze » 02/07/13 02:10 AM

Hi All,
I have been trying to find a really high quality Chapeau for a little story telling routine. I purchased a commercial model made of black felt but found that it was not stiff enough to hold the shapes I formed (the head hole was also a little small). I then bought some felt and tried to prepare it with scene glue (watered down white glue) and found it to be too stiff and kind of brittle feeling. So, before going off and trying the do it yourself route again with glue watered down even more, I was hoping someone could either give the right formula or put me in touch with a commercial vendor who makes a good stiff but maleable felt ring.

If I do it myself again, should I use wool felt instead of the synthetic?

Also, has anyone tried using a ring that is different colors on the the two sides? Seems like it might provide some new opportunities.

Any help will be appreciated.
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Postby Ian Kendall » 02/07/13 03:47 AM

The hole in the felt is supposed to be cut to fit your head. Having a correctly sized hole goes a long way to stability of the hats.

My second ring (which was my first) was sewn, not glued. You might want to try that, but remember to sew in circles.
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Postby IrishMagicNews » 02/07/13 10:44 AM

Ian,

I do a troublewit routine and have always thought about doing a Chapeaugraphy routine in its place for some shows.

Are there any good resources for routines?

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Postby Bill Mullins » 02/07/13 12:34 PM

Harry Anderson did one on TV somewhere, maybe on Saturday Night Live?
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Postby Ian Kendall » 02/07/13 12:42 PM

Brendan,

There are a couple of things available today; the Tabarin DVD is probably the most accessible, then the Roland Schopp book. Lybrary has a couple of ebooks, and in the early days of Genii Current Era there were a few pieces from a French book.

The best thing to do is get a ring and play with it. Learn the main folds, and find the easiest way to transition from one to another. When you have that, write a story to fit the shapes, using the ring to illustrate what you are saying. Then, practice like a bastard.

That way you will have a routine that is unique to yourself :)

Hope that helps, etc.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 02/07/13 08:27 PM

The book you want is by James Hodges, the French genius. It is in the same series as his books on Balloon Animals and Sexy Magic. It's a portfolio, with the beautifully illustrated pages on glossy card stock in a folder.
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Postby Umpa Duze » 02/10/13 05:49 PM

Hi All,
I can certainly attest to the "practice like a bastard" part of this advice. I have found it a great deal of fun to try a whole host of shapes and to write my script along with the changes. I found Youtube to be a help as well as a number of other new and old sources. None however, provide useful detailed instruction on making the ring itself. Any chance the references you have mentioned above include that information? Ian, When you say the ring was sewn, was the sewing through a single thickness of felt? Or, something more complicated?

Thanks,
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Postby Ian Kendall » 02/10/13 06:01 PM

The Schopp book gives fairly detailed instructions on making a ring. I bought some felt, measured it out and then gave it to a friend who was a good seamstress. The ring is (I think) three layers of felt, with edging around the inner and outer rims. Mine is black on both sides.

http://www.magicbookshop.com/product_in ... s_id=14736

Hope that helps some more :)
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Postby Bill Mullins » 02/11/13 12:09 PM

An old reference: link
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