A Dog's Life
The use of a stuffed dog will gain immediate sympathy from a crowd. The method is in the vein of classic “Koran Medallion” and is not difficult to learn and perform. There is some minimal sleight of hand and as long as your comfortable in front of a crowd, you should encounter no problems executing the trick.
As with classic “Koran Medallion,” you’ll want some distance between the audience and stuffed animal. In fact, I wouldn’t perform this one unless you were on a formal stage or similar distance away from the audience.
In a Name
I’m mostly familiar with Johnny Thompson’s version of “Koran Medallion,” as explained on Stand-Up Magic - Volume 1 (World's Greatest Magic) (please click here to read our review). In Thompson’s routine, numbers are called out by spectators and Thompson removes a medallion that’s hanging around his neck that has the numbers engraved into it. Because the effect uses a medallion that may be handed to the on-stage spectator, the routine is stronger.
Collard is a great effect. Just be sure that you have the adequate distance from your audience to execute it.
-Wayne N. Kawamoto
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