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epsilon97
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I just bought a Turbo Stick, and I think this is a great trick for beginners (myself included). This trick looks very magical, and it is super easy to do. Do any of you use a Turbo Stick?

Here is a link to a magician performing with it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlqEn2qlDto
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In my opinion purchasing this was a great choice!
I have done it many many times and it is so much magic squeezed in just a few minutes! Great opener as well...

I have now set on a slightly shorter version of the routine that Sanders teaches with the "Xs", but using red dots instead (an alternative idea also on the DVD that comes with the prop).

I end with a red sponge ball which I then split in two in order to go on with a classic two balls routine...

Have fun with it!

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I love Turbostick! Smile Indeed, I love all paddle effects. If I was to teach a magic course (not that I'm in any way qualified) it would be one of the first props I'd introduce. Great bang for buck!
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Hi everybody,


I was glad to see this thread because I have a question about turbo stick. I'm really interested in the effect where you turn a spot on the paddle into a sponge ball. Can any of you give me an idea of how difficult it is to accomplish that, and how detailed Sanders' instructions are? I've managed to find turbo stick a few places, but they're $30. I'd rather not spend the money unless I have a sense of the difficulty and effectiveness of the spot-to-sponge-ball transformation.


I actually already own some sticks that are like turbo sticks (whiteboard), so another possibility would be if someone could refer me to some cheaper published instructions on how to do the transformation.


By the way, Terrible Wizard, I don't know if you remember, but you gave me some excellent advice a while ago on the order in which to learn card sleights and tricks. Very useful, and I'm making progress. I'm glad to hear you like paddles. It's amazing how mjch you can do with them!



One more "By the way": I'm interested in learning other tricks (besides paddle + sponge) that turn pictures or other two-dimensional objects into their three-dimensional counterparts -- make them real, so to speak. I'm a relative beginner, so I'm looking for tricks that aren't too hard to learn. I'm interested in close-up effects. I'd be grateful for any suggestions.


Thanks,


Bob
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Thanks for the compliment Bob G Smile

Can you already do some sponge ball stuff? And paddle tricks? If so, then you'll have no real difficulty with the turbostick spot to spongeball routine. I don't use it myself as I prefer the 'normal' turbostick routine that ends with the pen production, but I didn't think it looked too difficult. Perhaps someone who performs that routine can give you more detailed info.

Yes, turbostick is quite pricey, which is a bit of shame. But the DVD is fair quality, the moves taught reasnobly well, and the routines are very good. If you understand the principle of paddles then I'm not sure the DVD will give you much more than a few routine suggestions - but the stick itself is pretty good quality and lasts a good while. I've experimented with cheaper turbostick alternatives and they work,but aren't as good.
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I agree with Terrible Wizard. The sponge ball production is very easy. However, I must not have my patter down right, because the sponge ball kind of confuses people as opposed to amazing them.
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Terrible W.,


I've played around with the paddle move but haven't mastered it yet. I've read about sponge balls. Obviously I have to put in some practice if I'm going to turn dots on a paddle into sponge balls. That's one reason I asked about the instructions on the Sanders DVD. I wondered how thoroughly he taught the relevant moves. I have good sources for the paddle move, but I imagine the sponge sleights needed are somewhat particular to this routine?
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Hot rods and other paddle tricks are great. I used to think they were just for kids, but they work quite effectively for adults as well. Remember, most adults have never seen any decent close up magic
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Sorry for the slow reply, Bob. If I recall correctly there's no real difficult sponge stuff involved and what you need is on the DVD.
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Thanks, T. W. Slow reply is no problem.


Paul (and others), I'm curious: people are raving about paddle tricks on this thread, and I confess to owning quite a few that I haven't learned yet. There are so many interesting effects people have created with them! But I wondered -- do audiences get bored with them after a while? Not that I'd do an entire set consisting of nothing but paddle tricks, but even so, I just wondered what people's experience was. By the way -- the people I hang out with have, thankfully, retained their childlike sense of wonder. So even if such tricks only appealed to kids, my friends would still like them. But it's good to hear what you say about such tricks appealing to both kids and adults.
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I love my Turbo Stick. Still practicing, but the initial wife test got a good reaction.
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Good to hear, mrjingle. Coincidentally, I just showed a card trick to my wife, and she visibly started with surprise at one point. Thank goodness for wives, no?


So here's a question about the Turbo Stick. I still haven't bought one, simply because I have another paddle of the same sort, the Whiteboard Bat. But I'm finding the paddle move a bit difficult with the Whiteboard Bat, because the handle is on the thick side. Does anyone have both Turbo and Whiteboard? I'd be curious to hear a comparison, especially about ease of paddle move, but anything, really.


And does anyone know if it's still possible to get a paddle for chalk? (I suppose the paddle would be made of slate??)
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I like paddle tricks a lot. The problem that I have with them is that almost all of them use apparatus that is unusual looking. Hot rods and paddles that look like the turbo stick are just, well, odd looking. That's why I prefer to do paddle work with pocket knives. Everyone is familiar with a pocket knife and a lot of people carry them so they have the cover of the ordinary before you start a routine. And then the ordinary becomes extraordinary. That's what I think, anyway.

Mogar knives are pricey but they are high quality and are available in several different configurations and you can do many different routines with them. Mogar is an advertiser on this site and can be found at joemogar.com and you can find a copy of Merrill's Knife Book on Lybrary.com
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Personally, I'm not a fan of the Turbo Stick. Maybe I'm just old school, but I prefer the color changing knives. IMHO Mark Wilson sells the best color changing knife set.

Lots of people perform it in a variety of ways. Here are a couple.

Daryl's version: https://youtu.be/sokCEMaP8yk

Pop Haydn's version: https://youtu.be/Q_eBTo8SYo0
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On Feb 7, 2018, danaruns wrote:
Personally, I'm not a fan of the Turbo Stick. Maybe I'm just old school, but I prefer the color changing knives. IMHO Mark Wilson sells the best color changing knife set.


Although I have nothing against the Turbo Stick, I have to say that the color changing knives is definitely less odd than any paddle trick. I was wondering how do you buy the set from Mark. I could not see anything but dvd's and memorabilia for sale on his website. Any direction is greatly appreciated Smile
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Andrea -

Go here http://www.markwilsonmagic.com/other-dvds.html

Note that the color changing knives DVDs come with either two or three knives. Just select which you want - the DVDs come with the knives.
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Ah, got it, thanks! I was looking just for the proprs, not for the DVD Smile
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Hi Dana,


I was intrigued by Wilson's color changing knives. Can you tell me the difference between ordering two knives vs. three, please? Do the three knives allow for a greater variety of routines? Or is the third knife meant for a switch so that the "two" knives can be examined at the end of the trick?


BTW, thanks for your advice from several months ago about how to practice a DL. Though I didn't quite follow your idea of practicing intensively for two weeks, I did practice a lot and now have a decent strike DL.


Regards,


Bob
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P. S. I'm assuming Wilson's knives hold up well with repeated use or you wouldn't have recommended them. I bought some $20 knives and the side of one of the knives detached itself after about a day.


Thanks again.
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On Feb 17, 2018, Bob G wrote:
Hi Dana,


I was intrigued by Wilson's color changing knives. Can you tell me the difference between ordering two knives vs. three, please? Do the three knives allow for a greater variety of routines? Or is the third knife meant for a switch so that the "two" knives can be examined at the end of the trick?


Bob, it's the latter. The third knife is only so two knives can be examined after you're done. I bought the three just because that's what was available, and was glad I did.
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