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I'm looking for a 3 shell game props and finding that they are not all created equal!
I'm also looking for soft peas. I can't seem to find them anywhere.
Any advice is welcomed.
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Airship Magic has 3 different size shell games. They make some of there effects in house. I have the Coin Casket by them.
Really great customer service.
The link below has the Pea that your interested in.


https://airshipmagic.com/store/home/68-crystal-3-shell-game.html

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Most excellent!
Thank you so much!
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You are welcome.

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About 30 years ago, I made my own set of 3 shells (from real walnuts) and a pea from a sponge than then I colored green. It took me one whole day to split and sand the shells but I was very happy with the result. I still have and use that set. I perform the routine that Frank Garcia teaches in one of his Stars of Magic videos.

And I even performed this effect at the local TV station about 21 years ago. 

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Here are a couple of ideas for decent shells....

http://threeshellgame.com/la-maggiore/

http://scoundrelsstore.com/product-category/shell-game/

The Perfect Pea by Scoundrels is very good.   Years ago I used to make my own using liquid latex and a foam cosmetic sponge.  I roughly cut the sponge into a larger ball, dip it in the latex and roll it until it was fairly dry.  I think I used green food coloring once is was completely dry.  I gave some to Frank Garcia and he said he really liked them. 

As with Luigimar, I use Frank's routine.  Some nice phases and done.  So many times people throw so many phases into a shell game it becomes boring.

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Thank you Luigimar and Tom!
You've both been very helpful.

Luigimar, I've often wondered if I could make my own real shells. I'm into many forms of art so I think I'll give it a try at some point.

Tom, I never considered liquid latex for a pea. I think the idea is brilliant! I could see the consistency working really well. Did the latex retain its stickiness over time?
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About 30 years ago, I made my own set of 3 shells (from real walnuts) and a pea from a sponge than then I colored green. It took me one whole day to split and sand the shells but I was very happy with the result. I still have and use that set. I perform the routine that Frank Garcia teaches in one of his Stars of Magic videos.

And I even performed this effect at the local TV station about 21 years ago. 


I made my own set too.  Making them was half of the fun.  I hollowed mine out and then painted the interior with flat black paint.  You can varnish the outside if you wish though I never did.  

For peas I used small rubber balls, not green, but black.  I haven't done the trick in decades.  I think I'll find it and maybe invest in some new "peas".  It is a fun trick.
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Bladen, regarding the homemade peas...  They actually lasted a while but never go out with just one.  The latex acted like a shell or coating, after a lot of use or compressions it would weaken.  I believe Karl Norman did something similar. His were the best at the time.  You can get a small bottle of latex cheap, and the cosmetic sponges also inexpensive.  You could make your own shells also.  I have, but like the molded ones better.
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Tom,
Thanks so much. I'm going to give the latex peas a try. I have liquid latex already so why not?

I think I'll buy a set of shells and make a set as well just for fun.
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I have a set that Karl Norman gave me back in 2000 or 2001.  I haven't used it a whole lot over the years.  The peas are still intact, but they are not quite as soft and squishy like when they were new.  They feel kind of sticky like old latex rubber, but not as grabby when doing the push moves.  I love the shape of the shells.  If you can ever find a set of these, get them.

It's funny how we met.  I had gone to Indiana airport to pick him up for a lecture.  We had a long ride back to Kalamazoo, MI where the lecture was to take place.  It was a longer drive than normal both ways because there was a big snowstorm.  When I was waiting in the airport, I didn't use a typical name sign.  I held up the Linking Ring that he was on the cover.  When he finally got off the plane and saw me, he just shook his head, then smiled.

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That's an amazing story!

What a fine looking set you got there!
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These are the types of sponges I used.  Should find them at any big pharmacy or a department store.  Just cut out a ball bigger than you want, soak it with latex, and then roll it in your hand to the proper size. 

https://www.amazon.com/FantaSea-Latex-Free-Wedges-100-count/dp/B0035LCSCO/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=cosmetic%2Bsponges&qid=1559216024&s=gateway&sr=8-4&th=1



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Thanks again Tom.
I have those cosmetic sponges already so I think I'll get started on a few custom peas straight away.

Do you have any advice about making my own shells?
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I’m curious. Where do you buy liquid latex?
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Intensely Magic, I just get it online. I do special effects make up and liquid latex comes up over and over again so I pretty much always have some.
The smallest bottle would make an awful lot of peas!
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I decided to give these a try and I love them!
All brass from Magic Makers.
I still plan on making my own but this will get me practicing straight away. 20190530_175436.jpg 

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I have a set that Karl Norman gave me back in 2000 or 2001.     


A great keepsake from a great guy.  Congratulations!
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I made a few sets but I couldn't find the bigger or gourmet walnuts anywhere.  Trickiest part is splitting them without splitting them.  Once you have a number of half shells, clean out the inside and sand it a little.  Frank Garcia recommended coating the inside with a thin layer of wood putty and then paint it.  Sand the bottom of the shell, and decide if you want a Chanin Dip in the shells. And done, the surprising thing is how fragile the shells are.
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