The main problem with the routines most people do with a dancing cane comes on several levels.
#1 - is it a dancing cane or an acrobatic cane you are doing? There IS a difference. once is making moves with the cane such as clinging to your hand, jumping from hand to hand, spinning on your hand, etc., and the other is "dancing" around the stage.
#2 - too stiff in movement and the performer is way too conscious of the thread work.
#3 - the performer only uses ONE hand for the cane to move and the other hand barely does anything.
Peter Pitt and I had a lengthy discussion on the theory of the handling quite a few years ago and he agreed with me when I said that the perfomer needs to conduct the music with BOTH hands and that the cane should just follow the conductor with the music. In that way the hands move to the music and the cane merely does as it is directed to do. You must completely forget about your connection to the thread and instead immerse yourself to the music and "feel it" which is then broadcast to the cane.
Also, if one keeps the htread at the first joint of the middle finger and not all the way to the knuckle of the hand, (it will stay secure) one only need pump their middle finger only slightly in order to get movement from the cane. A slightly stronger pump action will get more movement/speed from the cane. Also by keeping it there, it keeps the hands ABOVE the cane, if you were to place both hands together, and merely pump your finger slightly the cane will move in circles around/under your hands and yet the audience will see NO movement on your part to control the cane which is very importnat for this illusion. The audience must not be aware of any connection to the cane. Allow the cane to do what IT wants and when you need to move your hands, move BOTH of them, not one moves a lot and one barely moves. Think again about the "conducting the music", allow both hands to move well and if you keep the htread on the first joint of the middle finger you will find that you can also have finger movements and free flowing movement from both. Hope that helps,
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