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Topic: Why do I have glycerin?
Message: Posted by: mitchb2 (Jul 24, 2007 08:12AM)
I dabbled in magic 2 years ago, then moved on to other things.
I got started again a few months ago, and I'm going full-force, at least at a hobbyist level.

I came across a small unopened bottle of glycerin. My wife put it on my desk and said "Here, this is yours." I asked why in the world I would have something like that, and she swears I bought it for my "magic stuff...whatever."

Any idea why I would buy glycerin for my magic stuff?
Message: Posted by: DomKabala (Jul 24, 2007 09:13AM)
Maybe you were concocting some "hand lotion" (a little rose water and glycerin) to moisturize your hands for a better grip with cards. Or your wife may be mistaken as to what it was bought for.
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Message: Posted by: Stanyon (Jul 24, 2007 09:47AM)
One half of the ingredients for self lighting matches or cigarettes?

Cheers! ;)
Message: Posted by: Josh Riel (Jul 24, 2007 11:11AM)
These are some of the uses of [url=http://sci-toys.com/ingredients/glycerine.html]glycerine[/url]

I bet you were making dynamite.

Maybe a suppository, but I am not judging anyone.
Message: Posted by: Froste (Jul 24, 2007 12:53PM)
It's also used to make bubbles more sturdy... maybe you did some bubble magic and were making your own? Then again the dynamite thing sounds possible too... :)
Message: Posted by: Brad Burt (Jul 24, 2007 04:39PM)
If you have dry or rough hands it is almost the specific. My guess would be it was as a hand lotion. Best,
Message: Posted by: tbaer (Jul 24, 2007 05:33PM)
I'm going to take a stabbing guess and go with Froste on this one. A certain mixture (glycerin is one of the ingredients) and you can make bubbles that will bounce on a piece of invisible thread.

Do you do bubble magic?
Message: Posted by: Josh Riel (Jul 24, 2007 05:54PM)
Of course..... Maybe your wife is wrong?

I know mine rarely is, to my great embarrassment, but I'm sure it happens off and on.
Message: Posted by: Andy the cardician (Jul 24, 2007 06:49PM)
Wow Josh, this opens a whole range of possible answers . . .
Message: Posted by: Froste (Jul 24, 2007 09:34PM)
Maybe your wife was the one making bombs, had to cover her tracks, and decided to pin the glycerin on "that magic you used to do"... Um, she's not reading this, is she? cuz I have a bad feeling about what might happen if she found out that we've found her out...

Scuse me... there's a knock at the door...

<some distant screaming is heard>

<fade to black>

<cut to commercial>
Message: Posted by: mrunge (Jul 24, 2007 09:58PM)
I'm going with the hand lotion idea. A mix of glycerin and rosewater.

Message: Posted by: MagiClyde (Jul 24, 2007 10:33PM)
How does one make a soap bubble strong enough to bounce on invisible thread? This one sounds interesting! PM me the recipe and any ideas on where to get the ingredients if possible. Please!!!
Message: Posted by: Stanyon (Jul 25, 2007 04:50PM)
Just add some glycerin to the bubble juice! Experiment!
Message: Posted by: The Amazing Noobini (Jul 25, 2007 07:15PM)
Oddly, I found a bottle of Glycerin in my apartment the other day as well. I think I used it years ago to make my own water color colors. I have found a ton of oils and other obscure chemicals from my alchemist/painter days, that I want to throw out now before any of it self ignites. (Glycerin isn't very dangerous though unless it has the word "Nitro" in front of it. Or so I think).

I too have thought about making my own lotion. The reason being that everything else I'm either allergic to or it is some sort of oily petroleum product like vaseline. I would use real Bees wax and then melt it in a water bath and stir in the Glycerin. Not that I have made lotions for skin before.
Message: Posted by: Josh Riel (Jul 25, 2007 09:25PM)
Glycerin isn't dangerous? Noobini, I'm incensed!

Have you ever been walking along in an S&M convention and slipped on a puddle of it ending up in a group of geriatrics who happen to have an abundance of rope and are quicker than they look?
Message: Posted by: tbaer (Jul 25, 2007 09:48PM)
Clynim, here's Losander's website to buy his bubble juice.

Message: Posted by: The Amazing Noobini (Jul 26, 2007 05:40AM)
On 2007-07-25 22:25, Josh Riel wrote:
Glycerin isn't dangerous? Noobini, I'm incensed!

Have you ever been walking along in an S&M convention and slipped on a puddle of it ending up in a group of geriatrics who happen to have an abundance of rope and are quicker than they look?


According to my repressed memory therapist, yes I have. This may explain why I get this odd involuntary facial twitch whenever I see something made from black rubber or hear Canticum Sacrum by Stravinsky.

I would attach my medical progress chart as a conversational piece but it's in the bookcase behind me and my leash isn't longh enough. Will have to wait until matron returns.

Obediently, The Noob.
Message: Posted by: enginemagic (Jul 29, 2007 01:55PM)
This thread soundsl like one of the recipies in this Book called "Chemical magic" by John Lippy,JR my pastor loand me .it has some vwey interesting things you do with chemicals.Many you can obtain from drug stores,ans many you have to have licens to obtain.
Message: Posted by: Magiguy (Aug 4, 2007 11:55AM)
Glycerine also used to be used to simulate the albumen of a fake egg in a silk to egg trick I once had.
Message: Posted by: mindshrink (Aug 22, 2007 10:16PM)
Glycerine can be applied to lips and hands,makes them softer and smoother.Usually used as a diluent/moisturiser in many cosmetics.It actually attracts water and is sweet(no pun intended).
Also used to make longer lasting soap bubbles...but bouncing on thread or IT well thtas a new one.Something to do with surface tension.
Message: Posted by: Spellbinder (Aug 23, 2007 07:21AM)
Eric Anderson has an effect in his lecture notes that makes use of glycerin. It's the effect where matches burst into flames as if lit by the performer's mental powers (or superman-like heat vision). http://www.misdirections.com/exclusive/anderson.htm
If you live in western Canada or in the northwest USA, check Eric's lecture schedule on the Lecture Calendar (on my site) for late September, to see him perform this in person.
Message: Posted by: MagiClyde (Aug 24, 2007 12:41AM)
Thanks for the information Tbaer. I'll try experimenting with my own bottle of corn huskers first. Twelve dollars is a bit steep right now for a bottle of soap suds.

As for having the glycerin, maybe you got it so you could learn to manipulate your cards in some interesting new ways in some strange and unusual places that will leave your fellow magicians stunned and in total awe of your dextrous abilities and vivid (albiet sick) imagination! ;)