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Rudy Tinoco

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My wife and I were shopping at Home Goods and while we were waiting in line I saw that they had these "magic lights" for only 10 bucks!

What a strange place to find a magic prop. They're junior sized but I bought them anyway.

Just thought I'd let you fellas know in case you wanted to buy them.

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I think when stuff gets mainstreamed and mass marketed as toys for children it might be time to stop using them. The most ridiculous thing along these lines (some time ago) was finger choppers for children with plastic blades and marked on the packaging 'ages 3 years and up'.

In the "Five Below" stores about three years ago I saw "Card Warp" (no originator credited) and marked on the packaging "Ages 5 and up". Really?

Okay I'm going to stop now, I stopped venting on this kind of stuff years ago.
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I remember seeing Card Warp at 5 Below as well.
The thing that keeps me grounded is that cups and balls, linking rings and sponge balls/rabbits have been in beginner magic sets since I can remember.
There are still magicians making a living by performing cups and balls, linking rings and sponge balls/rabbits.
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Back on the D'Lites...
People have been using them at Raves for years.
The dancing cane/wand is now offered on juggling supply sites.
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I still use D'lites. They are a great way to draw folks to your performance area and are just plain FUN! I'm with EvilDan as far his philosophy goes regarding the old classics that have been available for public consumption over the years...
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Flying card can be purchased at Micheal's craft store.  Usually found in the check out line for $1.00.
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Hundreds of tricks/books can be purchased at a brick and mortar magic shop...even more online! The general public has, and always will, have access to our secrets.
The question is, what percentage (not counting those interested in pursuing magic as a hobby or career)are scouring magic shops/internet sites for the primary purpose of learning the secret?

Another question...lets say someone purchases the D'lites at Home Goods...what are the chances that they will ever see a live performance  of a magician actually using these in his/her act? In my day to day life, the opportunities to see a magician perform  at venues ranging from stage to restaurant to street performance  have been limited to about 15-20...If I add the years starting at age 10, that's 45 years!! 
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Hundreds of tricks/books can be purchased at a brick and mortar magic shop...even more online! The general public has, and always will, have access to our secrets.
The question is, what percentage (not counting those interested in pursuing magic as a hobby or career)are scouring magic shops/internet sites for the primary purpose of learning the secret?

Another question...lets say someone purchases the D'lites at Home Goods...what are the chances that they will ever see a live performance  of a magician actually using these in his/her act? In my day to day life, the opportunities to see a magician perform  at venues ranging from stage to restaurant to street performance  have been limited to about 15-20...If I add the years starting at age 10, that's 45 years!! 


Exactly.  I once cringed because I used a thumb tip.  Some adult said to me, "hey you are pretty good, I got a magic set for my kid and learned that same trick with a plastic thumb, you didn't even need one!"

I remember the days of the masked magician and all the wanna be's complained about how he was ruining magic.  That they can't even book a show anymore because now all the secrets were out.  My response was always the same, Did you ever book a show before the masked magician came out?


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