Photos and a performance video after the description.
You invite a volunteer out of the audience to be the guest ringmaster of the day. You dress up the volunteer in the ringmaster’s outfit and then you say to the volunteer to watch close. You can have a volunteer up to about 100 pounds.
You present a shovel and a bucket. You say, “when you start in the circus, you start at the bottom”, almost handing the shovel to the volunteer (laugh). You now place the bucket upside down on the platform, you place the silver ball on the bucket, and finally a large box of popcorn. You place the shovel handle into the popcorn. Now you may place an item under the shovel pan so when the child or young adult sits in the seat of the shovel, you can make it a suspension, where then you remove the item that held the shovel to the platform to create a magical moment and now the volunteer is lighter than air. There are a few weight positions – the lighter the person is, the further the shovel can be placed outward.
For our presentation at Magic Live 2023, we chose a 1000 pound-weight prop to counteract, which is another option. Either way, it still does the same thing.
Now you're able to spin him/her around. You could stop for a moment and move a hoop around them and then spin them all the way around. You help him/her get off. You remove the shovel, the ball and the bucket, leaving the platform clean.
Then, you present the volunteer with a magic wand, saying he/she has become the true guest ringmaster of the day. You tell the volunteer that you're going to pull out a large circus banner and when the people take a photo, it would make it look like the volunteer is in the circus. You asked him/her to come around to the front of the banner. You stretch the 16-foot-long banner (full color print) and point to the elephant printed on the front of the banner. The printed elephant is about 6 feet tall.
The volunteer waves the magic wand with your cue. With some special sound effects (which we can provide), the elephant will vanish into the cloth quickly and when the banner is lowered, the 10-foot tall, 13-feet long inflatable elephant appears. That's your big surprise ending!
Can you imagine the kids scream with excitement when that elephant appears?
A CIRCUS PLATFORM, BANNER, AND ELEPHANT APPEARANCE (WITHOUT SUSPENSION)
We have another option for this inflatable elephant appearance. At Magic Live, some people have asked if it is possible to have just the banner with the elephant vanish and an inflatable elephant appearance.
Yes, it is! We have a special price for that (see below).
This could also be used as a prediction like a giant prediction on the side of the elephant when it appears. We could sew on Velcro tabs. You know in the circus; they always had these colorful blankets that went over the elephant that the performers would ride on. We could have a blanket over there that says happy birthday and it could have the child's name on it or company logos. That's a huge plus for getting gigs at parties or happy anniversaries, weddings, corporate functions, whatever an event would be.
The estimated size of the platform is 42 inches wide, 18 inches tall and weighs about 80 pounds. An ATA case can be made or wood shipping box which could fit in the back of your car.