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[quote] On 2012-04-26 12:10, Dave V wrote: I just ordered a set of the "Peanut" shells, thinking the visible difference could help break away from the typical walnut shell game and possibly help to explain the (to me) unusual look of the bottoms of the shells. There are several other shells on the market that are also flat bottomed, so that in itself isn't really enough to make it unique. The only improvement in presentation I see so far is in the ability to let the spectator play with the loaded shell, something I would never do anyway. I'm still not convinced the addition of the bottom lip justifies the unnatural look of the shells, and wouldn't use these in a "real" game environment. In his defense, he intended these to be for a magic trick, not a gambling game. Shellgame-al has already kindly sent me a link to the video explanation. I was somewhat surprised that there was very little new in the handling, just a variation I learned from Pop Haydn and Bob Sheets that I had already dismissed as too "iffy" for me for various reasons that I won't explain in an open forum. I'm hoping the pea itself helps facilitate the grip used, as doing the same moves with the "Perfect Pea" usually leaves me with a pea bouncing out of control. The brown "pea-nuts" will show up nicely against my green table, something that bothered me with using a green pea. He talks up his rubber-metal blend but don't worry, no magnetics are required for these shells unless you want to use it. Don't get me wrong. I am looking forward to the Peanut set as it looks like it will make handling easier than normal shells whether I use his handling or the standard handling I already know, and I can use it as a pocket game without a full "old time" presentation, but I won't be giving up any of my other shells any time soon. I'll let you know if I have a different opinion once I get my hands on them and have a chance to play with them for a while. [/quote]
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