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Frank Zak

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Here is some old footage of Mike Skinner performing Jumping Gems and Hot Rod. Filmed at his house around 1987. Enjoy.

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Tom G

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Thanks Frank.
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Anthony Vinson

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Fun stuff! Thanks for sharing, Frank.

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Robin Dawes

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I love the loose grip and the open displays - this is great technique.
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Seemed like there was more variety back in the 80's. Sure...fellers were doing card tricks, but it seems like there was just as much emphasis on paddles, cups and balls, coins, and sponge balls. Today's close-up world appears to focus more on cards. 

Seeing someone like Mike Skinner do Jumping Gems makes me feel validated in keeping these effects in my repertoire.
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Seemed like there was more variety back in the 80's. Sure...fellers were doing card tricks, but it seems like there was just as much emphasis on paddles, cups and balls, coins, and sponge balls. Today's close-up world appears to focus more on cards. 

Seeing someone like Mike Skinner do Jumping Gems makes me feel validated in keeping these effects in my repertoire.


Plus, you do them so well that it’s easy to see why they keep your audiences entertained.

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Thanks Rudy! 
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Robert McGee

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Used Jumping Gems in 3 closeup shows this week.
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I like Mike's motivation for explaining what the sticks are.  I used to do Jumping Gems early on and mine had white ends that made them look like little magic wands.  It was a fun trick to do and well-received, but justifying them was difficult.  So I would just call them my little magic wands, designed to be pocket-sized.

I don't think you always have to justify unusual items, but if you have a story such as that used by Mike Skinner so much the better.  As years went by I began to not use any items that screamed "magic prop", but this is one that is still worth doing because of the inherent mystery of the effect.
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Thanks Frank!

Presentations like that are the reason I have a set of those... very cool

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