I first began writing articles for Genii magazine in the early 70's. My earliest articles were seasonal in nature; every December I would contribute a list of ways to incorporate Season's Greetings into the magic act. This post continues that tradition, as my annual gift to Genii and its readers. Fitting the gift to the Internet Forum format, it is in three parts this year; close-up; stage/platform; and mental magic.
Part 1 - Close-up
Dollar stores provide a lot of inspiration for seasonal magic. This season use Jingle bells to do the rattle bar routine. At the end of the routine, the found jingler won't stop jingling. Then you find the cause ... a tiny mechanical seasonal doll/reindeer toy appears with a jingle bell attached that just keeps ringing and ringing and ringing. If you can get one with a radio control device, you can have the running gag of having the doll jingle once for yes and two for no to answer questions, then afterwards, it jingles after each of your tricks.
Inspired by Cyril's candy kiss card (but not jusing the same method): use your computer printer and a special window cling transparency material (Staples, Office Depot, etc.) to make a cling-on christmas ornament. Stick it on the back of an indifferent card. Vanish the ornament and throw it invisibly at the deck. Spread the cards and locate the card with the ornament on back (the force card is right beneath it). DL showing the face of the force card. Hold the force card over the spectator's hand and apparently "pop off" the christmas ornament into their hands.
Do the ring on candy cane, then a broken and restored candy cane, and end with a production of candy canes (remember those old cigarette moves you thought you'd never use again when you gave up smoking? They're perfect for candy cane maneuvers!).
A transparent plastic or glass ornament hanging on the tree is the perfect place for you to locate that vanished ring or playing card. It can hang there in plain sight all night and no one will notice it until you do the trick and have them examine the ornament closely.
Others- please feel free to give of your magical gifts to help celebrate the season by adding to this thread.