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RayJ

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OK, so I was going through some of my old magic props and came across many items that quite frankly I had forgotten I even had.  I guess that isn't too surprising given that some of the boxes haven't been opened in over 25 years.  But I did uncover some interesting things that got me wondering.

Back in the day I did a fair amount of stage and "parlor" magic performances.  I had two basic structures to the performances, one set to music and the other with no music.  I found some old cassette tapes that I had used for various shows.  I do still have a cassette player so I will play them sometime just to see if I remember the order of the tricks.  I probably will begin pantomiming the routine since I practiced it so many times.  Muscle memory is amazing.

But what got me was the cigarette droppers.  I have multiple cigarette droppers and holdouts.  One is the metal hinged affair where you load it like a gun clip and when you press on it, one cigarette is delivered to the bottom where you can then palm it.  The other types are static, just bent metal clips with safety pins on them.  One can hold about 5 cigarettes.  I would steal them as a bunch and thumb palm them and then do a repeat production.

The droppers could, I suppose be repurposed as crayon holdouts.  Or maybe some of the static ones could be used for color changing knives.  

But in essence, they are now passe'.

Is there anything lurking in your magic kit that is outmoded or just doesn't "fly" anymore?
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John Kennedy's animated self lighting cig.  Its okay I could never do it anyway. 
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I just finished setting up my magic room. It was converted to a bedroom for my oldest daughter who moved in with us for a while.

Anyway, as I was cleaning up, I had also found stuff that I intended to make use of but didn’t.

Darts for Brent Braun’s “Bullseye”.
Party Poppers for an effect that I learned from David Harkey

A hand gimmick that I spent quite a bit of time trying to make match my skin tone (never could find a good effect to use it for).
And lastly, an old Thomas Edison tubular record. I found it at a antique store and thought that I might be able to come up with some sort of chop cup routine for it.

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Rudy, that's quite the stash.  The hand gimmick looks perfect.  I knew a guy that did a "seance" routine with a fake hand like that.  He had a table with a horn, a tambourine and some other items and would hold a drape on a pole over the table and all manner of noise would ensue while both of his hands were apparently grasping the pole.  It was a cute gag.
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Rudy, in that third picture above your hand looks frightening .
And so does that little thing it's holding!



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Hi Rudy

I've never read it, but the classic reference for the hand gaff is Algonquin McDuff's "Spirit Cloth" book.  It's OOP but there's a copy on eBay:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/ALGONQUIN-MCDUFF-S-SPIRIT-CLOTH-BOOK-Rhett-Bryson-Jr-Dexter-Cleveland-Booklet/153470562930

Rudy Coby and others have used this with great success.  One simple effect is have a volunteer choose one of six mustaches from a set of drawings - you raise a cloth in front of your face and lower it to reveal the chosen mustache is now gracing your face.  Of course both your hands remain in sight at all times.
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Rudy, in that third picture above your hand looks frightening .
And so does that little thing it's holding!





Maybe Rudy's new nickname should be "Fingers".  
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BTW, another thing I realized is, man do I own a lot of cards!  
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Maybe Rudy's new nickname should be "Fingers".  


Haha!!

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Hi Rudy

I've never read it, but the classic reference for the hand gaff is Algonquin McDuff's "Spirit Cloth" book.  It's OOP but there's a copy on eBay:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/ALGONQUIN-MCDUFF-S-SPIRIT-CLOTH-BOOK-Rhett-Bryson-Jr-Dexter-Cleveland-Booklet/153470562930

Rudy Coby and others have used this with great success.  One simple effect is have a volunteer choose one of six mustaches from a set of drawings - you raise a cloth in front of your face and lower it to reveal the chosen mustache is now gracing your face.  Of course both your hands remain in sight at all times.


Thanks for mentioning this effect. Rudy Coby's use of this gimmick gets my imagination going.

RayJ, using it for a 'seance' is an interesting idea too.



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Rudy, if you peruse youtube you can find several videos of the 3rd hand gimmick being used in a quasi-seance effect.  Most all of them are horrible.  Some couldn't be watched for more than a few seconds.
the Cliff Notes version is that some used the cloth to hide their face while they put on masks, sunglasses which also changed color and other stuff.  

Most handlings made the method rather obvious (probably to laymen too).  If you do go that route, I suggest a fast-paced routine that includes several "shows" to indicate that you are holding the pole on the side with the gaff.
Like a lot of things, some folks buy the gimmick and then don't think it out and certainly don't practice.  They just assume everyone will go "ooh and ahhh".  Not the way it works.  I know you know that.

Still, I think it can be entertaining and effective in the right "hands".  Pun intended.
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