Clown Props

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Magic Set

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Magic Set

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Magic Setreview of  Melissa & Doug Deluxe Magic Set

Buy from Amazon.com I recently bought a copy of the  Melissa & Doug Deluxe Magic Set, and I was pleasantly surprised.   I had two reasons for purchasing the kit — first, to review for this site; something I’ve done before is to look at inexpensive “children’s” magic props to see if they would work for clowning, before purchasing the more expensive “professional” model.   The second is, my daughter Trudy is interested in Egyptology, and the set has an Egyptian theme.   The set of magic tricks is wooden, not cheap plastic, and the individual pieces look nice on the whole and seem to be well made. (more…)

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Melissa & Doug - Magician's Apprentice volume 3 - Rope Tricks Untangled

Melissa & Doug – Rope Tricks Untangled

Melissa & Doug – Magician’s Apprentice Volume 3 – Rope Tricks Untangled

Melissa & Doug - Magician's Apprentice volume 3 - Rope Tricks UntangledBuy from Amazon.com  Something I like to do is investigate children’s magic sets, and see if the various props are anything that I would use in my clowning.   I was pleased with the results from  Melissa & Doug’s Deluxe Magic Set, and I was interested in looking into their set of rope tricks as well.   Unlike coin and card tricks, I feel that rope magic tends to lend itself to clowning.  I typically keep a 1-foot length of rope, and a three-foot length as well, in my pocket as I clown, simply because I have a variety of simple clown tricks that I do with them.   The question is, does  Rope Tricks Untangled work for clowning? (more…)

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Coin Tricks Unrolled - Melissa & Doug - Magician's Apprentice volume 4

Coin Tricks Unrolled – Melissa & Doug – Magician’s Apprentice volume 4

Coin Tricks Unrolled - Melissa & Doug - Magician's Apprentice volume 4Coin Tricks Unrolled – Melissa & Doug – Magician’s Apprentice volume 4

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I bought the Melissa & Doug Magic Set,  Coin Tricks Unrolled, to evaluate for my clowning.   I have a background in sleight of hand, and I like to integrate magic tricks into my clowning when I can—and when it fits my clown character.   I like to evaluate inexpensive “children’s” magic props to see if they would work for clowning, before purchasing the more expensive “professional” model, and so I looked at this collection of coin tricks.   The set consists of the following: (more…)

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Break away wand

Breakaway wand

Buy from Amazon.com  Breakaway wand

The breakaway wand is a simple magic prop.  It’s a wand that, held properly, looks normal.  But when handed to a spectator, seems to fall apart.   Remember that, for a clown, the  clown  should be the one with egg on his face, and not the volunteer. (more…)

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Magic Chick Pan

Magic chick pan

Magic chick pan

In simple English, the  magic chick pan  is my second-favorite clown prop.   I use it all the time, and I absolutely love it.   In a nutshell, it looks like a small pan with a cover.  It enables the clown or magician to make a small item appear, or change one small item into another.   You’ve likely seen amateur magicians put a piece of flash paper in it, set it on fire, cover the pan to extinguish the fire and then open it to reveal a baby chick (hence the name).   But it’s a  lot  more versatile than that. (more…)

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magic change bag

Magic change bag

The change bag is a very versatile clown prop.  It is used to make a small item disappear, or to change one small item into another.  One of its’ strengths is that the bag can be pulled inside-out to ‘prove’ that it’s empty—when it’s not, of course.  It can be used as a straight magic trick, but it lends itself to clown magic as well.  For example, many years ago at Clown Camp one of the skits that the students performed a short act trying to demonstrate one of the magic tricks that they ‘learned’—turning a silk into a mouse.  They put a colored silk into the change bag, and pulled out—something else (I forget what, but it could have been a variety of things—a flag, a silk scarf with a message, a squeaky duck, etc.), and so they try (and fail) again—and on the third try, they pull out a ‘green mouse’—a little rubber frog. (more…)

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