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Dancing Cane-Alluminium

Postby Pyro Ellvelin » Jul 25th, '06, 14:49



I was wondering if anyone has this or knows if its a good buy? I saw this on playing tricks ages ago and im looking for a walk around prop because im going to my mates birthday party at the end of this month, shes having a sort of classy party, suits, dresses the works 8). The dancing cane will fit in the environment as many of the guys will be carrying canes etc, so it wont look suspicious. But what i need to know is is it worth buying?

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Postby Lash » Jul 25th, '06, 16:40

Hi! If you are going to get a Dancing Cane you need to go with the highest quality you can get, especially for the environment it sounds like you will be using it in. I got my cane from Dave Mann (the original Magic Man :wink: ). His canes have gone way up in price but they truly are the best ones I've seen-- better than McBrides or anyone's. Plus he has an excellent instructional DVD that teaches you a lot to do with it. You can order them from his website at www.precisionmagic.com. Hope this helps. PM me if you need any further info or detail. God Bless!

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Postby Pyro Ellvelin » Jul 26th, '06, 19:57

cool, thanks for that, i was wondering if anyone knows if there are any videos of this being performed. Ive only seen this being done on Playing Tricks, but thats about it.

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Postby disbelief » Aug 21st, '06, 18:09

hi, i have done a lot of research on this trick and this is what i have got. This trick can only be preformed in very very very stricked conditions. you need to plan your lighting and your conditions. this should only be brought if you are a stage preformer. as for the trick it is very easy, but i dont think this is a good buy.

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Postby lozey » Aug 22nd, '06, 20:48

I have a fantasio ultimate cane that dances and vanishes while being on fire (i kid you not). In my experience, they cant be used at all for walk around, at close quaters, your method will be spotted instantly, even if your not actually dancing with it at the time!

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Postby dmann » Oct 5th, '06, 05:03

There is a performance of the Dancing Cane on my site. And thanks for the complements Lash. I just love this trick and have been performing it for over 40 years. If I can be of any assistance please PM me and I will be glad to help in any way I can.

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Postby dat8962 » Oct 5th, '06, 18:58

there's an excellent DVD on the cane and also a video performance on

http://www.mikedanatasmagicstudio.co.uk

Go to the DVD section in the shop

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Postby dat8962 » Oct 7th, '06, 11:13

CUPS kicked in and I bought a dancing cane. However, before I begin I would first like to thank Mike Danata for his time last night in talking me through the various options in his studio. There were a couple of experienced Pro's also there watching and he had us all mesmorised with his 'TWO' dancing canes on the go at the same time, despite the confined space. If you want canes then Mike's THE MAN!

Lesson 1 was finding out that the secret to the cane is weight and balance. We started off by first looking at the black two peice cane which was nice and seemed farily light to me at the time. My eyes lit up as it came from the box as I was particularly looking for a black cane. But, and a big but was that the tips that I was provided by those present moved me away from this line of thought. More on that in a bit.

Next, the alluminium cane made from aircrafe grade alluminum which is the one that I think is the one that Pyro was asking about. This was noticably lighter than the black cane and was again, a two piece. Despite being lighter, what was pointed out was that because it looks like it's metal (which it is), it looks far heavier to the lay person which adds to the illusion. All agreed with this so it changed my line of thought. It would have been extremely foolish to ignore such wisdom.

Next came the Makrame cane and boy, what a stunning cane that is - but at a price. It was so light that you felt that it would float on it's own and the quality and craftsmanship was something to behold.

There wasn't a David Mann cane available which has been recommended by Lash. No offence, but I would disagree with Lash on the number of points that he made. From what I hear it's a very well made cane but it needs quite a bit of balancing work which will add more weight.

I ended up buying what Mike himself uses which is a Fantasio cane that Mike showed me how to tailor to myself. It's as light as the Mikrame (which was the lightest) and a fraction of the cost and once set up it's PERFECTLY balanced. Mike took me through the set up of how to do this and it took about 30 minutes to set up, including the time to find what I needed. I have to say that even without watching the DVD (that I also bought) the cane was dancing straigt away and I'm chuffed to bits.

In the end I settled for a silver cane rather than a black - it looks like solid metal and weighty to the spec. At £25 you don't have to spend a fortune to get something that looks good. Remember that you will be performing this at a distance, not at close quarters.

I'd recommend anyone who's interested in a dancing cane to speak to Mike and if possible to visit his studio. There is absolutely no way I would have ever got the amount of info on the cane from buying online and I can't thank Mike enough for his time and guidance. I came away having spend less than HALF of what I anticipated spending and again, a huge thumbs up for magic SHOPS.

I'll review the DVD over the weekend when I've watched it :lol:

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Postby danata » Oct 8th, '06, 10:59

Hi this is Mike Danata.

Thanks David for your kind comments.

It should perhaps be pointed out to the readers that what you actually purchased was a Fantasio VANISHING CANE, adapted to a Dancing Cane. This is my preferred cane, firstly because of it's weight (or lack of it!) & secondly beause I can get PERFECT balance (meaning it's "Adjustable"). The gimmick to adapt it, is available in all drug stores.

You can also use a much thinner ****** because of the lightness of the cane. I can also remove the glisten/shine from the gimmick, which also means you can do it a couple of feet away from the spectator, or on a stage in FULL SPOTLIGHTS, or even OUTSIDE in broad daylight, & the gimmick will not be seen!!!!!!

Best wishes & thanks again David for your kind comments.

Mike Danata

www.mikedanatasmagicstudio.co.uk

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Postby Simonkolina » Nov 11th, '08, 14:17

How is it done?
I want to buy that gimmick.

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Postby Replicant » Nov 11th, '08, 14:20

Pyro Ellvelin wrote:cool, thanks for that, i was wondering if anyone knows if there are any videos of this being performed. Ive only seen this being done on Playing Tricks, but thats about it.


Simon Drake does a nice dancing cane on his Secret Cabaret DVD (series one, performance only).

www.secretcabaret.com

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Postby Simonkolina » Nov 11th, '08, 16:20

But, how is it done, dancing cane??

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Postby Mandrake » Nov 11th, '08, 16:46

Simonkolina wrote:how is it done, dancing cane??
Very well indeed, usually!

(Hint - we dont give out secrets on TM as they aren't ours to give out, best way to get the answer is to buy one!)

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Postby Simonkolina » Nov 11th, '08, 17:43

But I can´t buy anything if I don´t know how to do it.

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Postby Replicant » Nov 11th, '08, 18:12

Simonkolina wrote:But I can´t buy anything if I don´t know how to do it.


You've got a sense of humour, I'll give you that. ;)

Click here and all the secrets you ever wanted to know will be revealed. As an apprentice mentalist, I predict point number six, in particular, will be of interest to you....

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