God in Motion with “SINvelopes”

A simple interactive illusion that reveals how SIN really can disappear from a persons life forever. This Gospel Magic Trick is super simple to do.

 

$5.00 for one, $10.00 with DVD by DUZIE, or buy 4 get one free for $20.00
plus $2.00 shipping. Please email or contact Dave if interested in this great God In Motion Product.

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WONDERFOOL BOX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Description:
A clear plastic box has a dollar bill inserted in the top and appears to be enclosed with no way to get it out. This wonderful little prop will help you clearly explain the Gospel Message.

The Routine:
Give your volunteer the box and show them that there is a dollar bill inside.
Say: This dollar belongs to you. I want you to have it. It is yours. You can have it. (really emphasize this point.) The dollar belongs to you no matter what, but I would like to see “IF” you can get it out of the box.
Say: Getting the dollar bill out of the box is not a requirement for ownership, you are just curious to see if they can get the dollar bill. (this is an important detail.) (Give them a few moments to try to get the bill out.)
Say: Well, you couldn’t get it, but I did say you COULD have the dollar. Would you like me to get the bill for you? (help them answer yes) (Take the box and put it behind your back, open it, remove the bill, close it, then show the dollar and the box)
Say: Notice the box is empty and I have the dollar bill in my hand, it is yours. (let them reach out and take the dollar from your hand, DO NOT give it to them. Nudge them to take it if needed.)
Say: What we just did here is a lot like what God did for us. You see, God loves us, and wants to have a relationship with us. He wants us to have eternal life. However, we are sinners and because of this we are not able to have a relationship with God. No matter how much we try, how much we give, or how good we are we are not able to have eternal life in heaven with Him. Because God is “just” He must punish us for our sin. But because God is “loving” He has provided a way for us to have eternal life.
Say: Just like you couldn’t get the bill out of the box on your own, you had to have my help. God did the same for us, we couldn’t get eternal life on our own, so He sent Jesus to pay the debt of our failure. He paid the price so we could have eternal life.
Say: Before the dollar bill was yours to use, you had to actually take it from my hand. Likewise knowing that Christ paid your way is not enough. You must take this gift. You do that thorough faith: belief that His death on the cross and His resurrection back to life has paid your way. He has forgiven your sin so you may have eternal life. Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

You can order the Wonderfool Box $5.00 each at WEIRproductions@writeme.com

A balancing act!

This is a great little gag you can do during dinner. It makes a great impact on your audience. A fun little stunt.

The Effect:

You balance a cup on the edge of a playing card, credit card, business card, or any other type of card.

The Materials:

A cup

A card

The Set Up:

There is really no set up. The entire stunt is done with practice.

The Secret:

Instead of balancing the cup on top of the card, you actually balance it on the card and your thumb.

The Performance:

Say, Have you ever seen a cup get hypnotized? Usually this cup is afraid of heights, but because I can hypnotize it, it won’t be. (Do a silly little wave of the hands and snap of the fingers to make it look like you are hypnotizing the cup.) Now, I will place this cup on top of the card and because it is not afraid of heights any-longer, it will balance. (Do the secret move.) After a bit of balancing take the cup down and say, I don’t want to leave him up there to long. What if he wakes up? Now, I will hypnotize you to give me a well deserved round of applause. (wave your hands and snap your fingers.) Take a bow.

Tips and Advice:

This trick has sight angles. Be careful of the people sitting to your left or to your right. It works best with your audience sitting straight on. Practice a lot before you use your mothers fine china.

 

Creative Crash Course Gospel Magic

This Saturday March 26, 2011 is our Creative Crash Course dealing with Friendship Makers and Gospel Magic. Here is a bit of the information.

“Pocket Pocus” – In this Creative Crash Course, the use of small pocket tricks and interactive close up magic will help you learn to break the ice in forming new friendships. Dave will teach you many ideas, stunts, and tricks… Oh yeah, and he will give you a bunch of things to learn and go do that day!

“Hocus Focus” – This Creative Crash Course will help you take that new friendship and “focus” on a Creative Gospel Message. Again, through the use of small pocket tricks and interactive close up magic, Dave will help you creatively and clearly share the Old School Message of the Gospel in a New School Creative Method!

Cost is $20.00 at the door which includes breakfast and a ridiculous amount of resources to take home with you. Register by calling Dave at 810 358 4455.

 

The Baffling Bag!

 

 

 

another creative idea!

 

Black reminds us of sin – What are some sins that you have committed? (write them on small slips of paper and put them inside the zipper) Sin is anything we say, think, or do that makes God unhappy. Romans 3:23 says “ for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” This is bad news! Everyone (all) is guilty of sin and fall short of God’s perfect standards. We must pay the penalty for our sins.

Note: Avoid saying that “black is sin”.  African children who can misunderstand and think you are saying ‘black people’ are sin. Instead say black reminds us of sin, not how ‘black is evil.’

Red reminds us of the blood of Jesus – Jesus died to pay for the penalty of our sins. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that who so ever believes in Him should not parish but have eternal life.” He took our punishment. He died to take our place, He rose again to prove His power over death. Ephesians 2:8-9 says “For it is by grace  you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” Jesus died for our sins so we could live forever in heaven with Him.

Yellow reminds us of heaven – Jesus has gone to prepare a wonderful place for those who choose to accept Him.  John 14:1-3 says “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” Jesus says “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me.” We must put our faith in Jesus, knowing He died on the cross and rose again to prepare a place (heaven) for me. If you believe that, Heaven is a place you can call home.

Green reminds us of growth – We as Christians need to grow in a new life. Plants need three things to grow: sunshine, rain, and good soil. Christians are the same way. If we want to become more like Jesus every day we need to do three things. Pray; talk to Jesus and have a personal relationship with Him. Read God’s Word; the Bible will help us understand who God is, and what He did for us. It will give us great answers to every day problems. Have a healthy relationship with other Christians; attend a good church that will teach you how to become more like Jesus. 2 Peter 3:18 says “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

White reminds us of the cleansing of salvation – Once we accept Christ, we become a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” God saves us instantly through our faith in Christ. The Bible tells us in Isaiah chapter 1 that our sins are like scarlet, but they shall be as white as snow. This is the promise of God, that He will forgive us all our sins.

Close – At this point, provide an opportunity to receive Christ. Ask if they know they are a sinner. Ask if they believe Jesus came to save them. If they answer “yes”, then ask if there is any reason why they shouldn’t receive God’s salvation through Jesus right now.

Of course you can order The Baffling Bag through WEIRproductions@writeme.com

Hey, that’s one nice puppet!

 

Recently I have been at some creative ministry events, and have been disappointed. The quality of resources, especially in puppetry, is declining. So, I thought I would take a few moments and explain why I use the puppets that I use.

My goal in this writing is not to hurt feelings, create bad business, or even discourage. My goal is to help inform you. There are great puppetry resource companies, who make a great product that will last a lifetime.

The first thing you need to decide when picking a puppet is what type of puppetry you will perform. I choose to perform puppetry behind a stage. Growing up, I was a shy kid that didn’t like to be on stage. Puppetry behind the stage let me be creative without being out front. This decision immediately got rid of the puppet legs and the strings.

The second decision I needed to make was the quality of puppet I wanted. I prefer to do everything with excellence, so I needed to purchase an excellent puppet. This goes hand in hand with my above opening statement, “The quality of resources, especially in puppetry, is declining.” In recent years “puppets” have been popping up that look like, smell like, and perform like “toys.” Yes, the price is cheap… but so is the puppet. Remember, you get what you pay for. Also, I just have to say, there are some ugly puppets, and I don’t mean character I mean design. Just because you are a seamstress doesn’t mean you know how to design a quality puppet. My suggestion is to save up your dollars and purchase a quality good looking puppet; that you know will last a long, long time. A great example of this – my father gave me a puppet* he bought when he was my age, it’s still in great condition and looks fantastic. Believe me when I say, this puppet is old. The difference between this puppet, and many of the other puppets I have thrown away, is workmanship and quality materials.  *When dad purchased this puppet, a different company manufactured it. Puppetsinc bought the manufacturing rights to this great design.

The third thing I needed to think about was, ease of use. Some of the puppets I’ve had over the years were not comfortable puppets to work with. The mouth was sloppy, the inside lining was loose, and the puppets body length was too short. Again, I bought toys that were disguised as puppets. A great improvement for mouth action is the “Handi-Spheres,” which is only available through Puppetsinc, through an exclusive contract with David Pannabecker Designs.

So… where do I purchase my puppets? Great question.

If you are a great seamstress I suggest this site: http://www.projectpuppet.com/

If you have money and want a custom puppet look here: http://www.axtell.com/

Most puppets that I have purchased are from this great company: http://www.puppetsinc.com/ I prefer their style, craftsmanship, and quality to any other puppet.

 

The Dubious Domino and God’s Ways!

 

 

another creative idea

 

The Description:

Card with domino spots which seem to appear, disappear, and move on command. This will help you demonstrate that “things are not always what they seem”. But when we seek God’s answers we can always trust Him, even if His answers are unpredictable.

 

The Routine:

Part 1 – Say: Have you ever seen a four sided card? That’s what I have here, a four sided card. You see on this side you have 3 spots (flip) this side you have 4 spots (flip) this side has 1 spot (flip) and the fourth side has six spots. (Repeat this a few times, really going fast to confuse your audience.)

Part 2 – Say: Sometimes in our lives things are unpredictable. We don’t know all of the answers to lives questions. Things simply aren’t as they seem.

Part 3 – Say: You see, my 4 sided card, well, I was fooling you. Really, this card only has 2 dots. (show the card with 2 spots) When I put my fingers in the blank spot your mind makes you think there are three spots. When I put my fingers over the spot and say one spot, your mind makes you think there is only one spot. The same is true on the other side of the card. When I put my fingers in the blank spot and say six your mind thinks there are six spots. When I put my hand over the spot and say four, your mind thinks there are four dots.

Part 4 – Say: Life isn’t all it seems either. Sometimes we really don’t understand why things happen? The cool part is we can go to Jesus anytime we want and ask Him to reveal the truth behind life’s questions. No matter what we think we may know, we should still ask Jesus and trust His perfect Word to guide us.

Part 5 – Say: Isaiah 55:8 says “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” We know that on the first side of the card we have 3 spots (flip) and on this side we have 4 spots (flip) and on this side there is 1 spot (flip) and on this side we have six spots.

Part 6 – Say: But The Lord says His ways are not our ways. So, if Jesus were to say that there really were 3 dots on this side, should I believe Him? Of course (flip the card and show three dots). And if Jesus were to say on this side there are eight dots, should I believe Him? Absolutely (flip the card and show eight dots).

Part 7 – Say: No matter how confusing life seems, God says His ways are higher than ours. We need to learn to trust Jesus to reveal to us His truth. And know that His thoughts are nothing like ours.

 

Of course you can purchase “The Dubious Domino” through Dave at WEIRproductions@writeme.com

 

The Gospel with a thumb tip!

 

 

another creative idea!

 

The Description:

A silk appears to vanish and or appear as if from thin air. This great utility device is a classic of magic. It will help you give the example that God’s blood covers our sin so we can have eternal life.

The Routine:

(start with the thumb tip on your right thumb)

Say: John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him shall not parish but have everlasting life.”

Say: All of us have sinned. Sin is anything that you do, say, or think that makes God unhappy. (show a black silk or black string or dirty cloth. Anything that will represent sin and fit in your thumb tip.)

Say: God gave us His son, Jesus, to shed His blood for our sins. (show a red silk or tissue or something to represent Jesus’ blood) (place this on your left hand shaped like a fist with the “hole” formed by your thumb and fingers pointing up)

Say: God decided that He wanted to provide a way for us to live with Him forever in Heaven. We have to accept that in faith. (as you talk about this poke your “thumb tip” thumb into the center of the red silk leaving the thumb tip behind.)

Say: Jesus died on the cross to cover our sins (start to slowly poke “sin” into the red silk. Use your pointer finger, middle finger, and thumb acting as if you are really pushing the sin silk way into the red silk really pushing it into the thumb tip.) (the last time push the thumb tip onto your right thumb and take it away.) (hold onto the red silk tight as if you still have the “sin” inside of the red silk. During this time, discard the thumb tip into your pocket. Remember to do this so no one notices.)

Say: Jesus took our sins and covered them with His blood. The Bible says in 1 John 1:9 “But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” (open the red silk to show the “sin” is gone.)

Say: Jesus died on the cross and rose again on the third day so that we can have eternal life with Him. Ask God to forgive your sins today.

Of course you can buy a thumtip and silk from WEIRproductions@writeme.com

5 basic techniques for good puppetry!

www.puppetsinc.comThese basic techniques are important to all levels of puppetry. The beginner must become proficient enough in these 5 basic techniques to the point where they become second nature. It is important to know that all 5 basics can be practiced with or without a puppet, but you must also know the correct way to handle a puppet. First insert your hand through the body of the puppet and into the mouth. Your fingers should extend into the roof of the mouth with your thumb in the jaw below. Your hand should be comfortable, with your fingers and your thumb touching the cloth-covered mouth. Practice raising your hand with puppet above your head. You will need to build your arm muscles over time. This takes a lot of practice! Our goal is to make the puppet look as life-like as possible.

Lip Synchronization:

Synchronization is the opening and closing of the puppets mouth with the spoken word. Think of syllables. If a word has two syllables, the mouth will open twice. Avoid moving the mouth at random during the sentence. Do not open the mouth all the way with each word. Save the wide mouth openings for exaggerated or loud expressions. Be careful not to “bite” your words. This is when the mouth should be opening, but you are closing it instead. This is the most common mistake for Lip Synchronization.

Mouth Action:

This is necessary in good puppetry to make your puppet look life-like. Practice opening the puppet’s mouth by moving your thumb downward without moving your fingers up. A slight forward thrust of the wrist can help prevent this, but remember to much thrust, and your puppet is “head banging”. Most newer puppets come with a ball on the inside of the roof of the mouth. Puppetsinc.com calls this their “handie-spheres” This helps improve mouth action. If your puppet does not have this, try crossing your middle two fingers before inserting your hand into the puppets mouth.

Eye Contact:

Your audience is there to see you, your puppet should want to see them. If your stage is elevated, you will want your puppets to look down a little more than usual, rather than over the audiences head. Remember, if you point your fingers where you want the puppet to look, it will look there every time. This will ensure more effective eye contact. Avoid staring… this makes everyone fell awkward.

Posture:

Don’t forget our goal is to make our puppet look life-like. One way to achieve this is to form the illusion of the puppet having legs. To achieve this, the puppeteers arm must be held at a right angle to the floor and the hand kept level. Do not allow puppets to lean from side to side nor should a puppet ever lean on the stage. The puppet should always try to stay belly button height to the stage.

Entrances and Exits:

Again, this is keeping the illusion of having legs. While there are many ways to enter and exit the stage, the one we recommend using most often is to make your puppet appear as if it is walking up and down stairs or a ramp. This movement uses the entire arm and requires the puppeteer to keep his forearm straight up and down while the wrist remains relaxed. Using a fluid motion, the puppeteer moves forward as he “bounces” the puppet onto the stage. With each arm bounce, the puppet come more fully into view. When the puppet leaves the stage, this process is reversed. Remember, as the puppet moves, so must the puppeteer.

Many of these ideas are taken from “The Complete Puppeteer” with permission.

For great resources in puppetry, please visit my friends www.puppetsinc.com

The great puppet debate!

The Great Puppet Debate!

Recently I have been in a lot of conversations, with teachers that say “puppets are out of style, and there is no use for them in today’s classroom.” Of course, me being a long time puppeteer and collector of puppets, I have to disagree. So this leads us to The Great Puppet Debate of 2011.

In today’s world of exploding technology, you might be tempted to get rid of any teaching method that doesn’t plug in. But wait, before you do, hear me out!

Did you know approximately 8 million people tune into Sesame Street every week? Sesamestreet.org

Did you know Sesame Street is the number one program recalled by mothers of children ages 6 months to 11 years who were asked to name any children’s program? Sesamestreet.org

Did you know Sesame Street was created in 1966? That’s over 40 years of puppetry entertainment, and they are still growing strong! Sesamestreet.org

Not only is there Sesame Street, but other numerous TV commercials, Television Shows, and Professional Live Entertainment with puppets as their main characters.

My conclusion with knowing these facts is Puppetry is not dead, out of style, or even irrelevant.

So, what is killing Puppetry? I believe it is… please don’t hit me, teacher laziness. Puppets take a lot of work to be done well. It’s super easy to plug something in, push play, then sit back and watch. Puppets on the other hand, you must practice to perform. In today’s world of more and more video, kids become less and less impressed. Videos cannot interact with children. Puppets can talk, have fun with, and touch kids. “The reality is that kids and adults still respond better to puppets than to almost any other creative teaching method.” Karl Bastian – www.kidology.org

How do we do puppets well, so people will watch/learn? Practice! With any type of teaching method it has to be done with excellence. No matter if it is Magic, Juggling, a simple Video Que, or Puppets. You must do it with excellence to keep their attention.

My conclusion, I don’t think puppetry is dead. I think the “art of puppetry” is lost. So go pull those puppets out of their boxes, brush their hair, and learn the basics of good puppetry. Then start teaching!

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