I know very little about performing with doves. Is this cruel because of the harnesses and hiding places?
Ugh, the final vanish is so obvious. The fire does nothing to hide what happens.
What concerns me most here is that he produces coloured doves. I'm not sure what the process is to dye a dove that thoroughly but it can't be pleasant...
The "concern" is the number of invisible harness / pull based dove productions. there's NO protection of the bird or its wings as it's yanked by the waist from whichever hiding place to the magician's hands. If you use a traditional dove load bag the dove is protected/prevented from getting caught on anything and the actual production involves the bird making its own exit. Using invisible harness pulls literally involves jerking the bird by the waist and hoping that it doesn't get its beak / wings caught on anything. At best it's highly traumatic for the bird. You'll see the serious, respected bird workers only use an invisible harness very occasionally and construct a routine backwards to ensure the bird travels the shortest path with the least obsticals. In this routine virtually every bird is being jerked and thrown about.Colouring doves = food colouring and a paintbrush, it doesn't cause them irritation or problems.
A traditional load bag is certainly preferable to an invisible harness. But whatever you use: I'm pretty sure that the birds don't like being manipulated, concealed under your clothing, etc. Magic with animals is, in general, ridiculously anachronistic and ethically perverse.
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