Hello! I have been hired to design props for a theatrical adaptation of Sword in the Stone. We have modernized Merlin a bit to have a David Bowie vibe instead of the classic Merlin with the long beard and robes. Anyways! I need some help. Our director wants Merlin's staff to appear out of thin air. I know that there are canes that do this trick that I can purchase, but I want something that is sturdier. There is also a trick where Merlin makes an umbrella appear out of the air, and his staff to disappear. Then vice versa. I'm not a magician, which is why I came here, in hopes that someone might have suggestions for me. Or an idea on how to change it to make it work but still have that magic feeling. Additionally, they want our Merlin to do some simple magic tricks randomly throughout the show. So if there are any beginner tricks I should look into that anyone could suggest, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!