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Topic: ABC blocks
Message: Posted by: Grandillusionsmagic (Jun 21, 2003 07:23PM)
Does anyone use the ABC blocks and what kind of reaction do they get?
Thanks
Message: Posted by: Phred (Jul 2, 2003 12:27PM)
I just purchased a set after reading Ginn's routine in Prof. magic for Children. Can't wait to try them out. (Sorry, doesn't really answer your question).
Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Jul 2, 2003 12:46PM)
I guess my feelings are that you can get any great repsonse from a group of kids with most any trick that you perform. It is all in the presentation of the effect and the entertainment value you provide. Think creatively with your routines and stories and get the kids laughing and having fun with it.
Message: Posted by: Decomposed (Jul 10, 2004 11:53PM)
Looking for a set of these also. So many different makers.
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Jul 11, 2004 12:46AM)
I use a set made by Mel Babcock: [url=http://www.nwinternet.com/~magicmel/abcblks.html]ABC Blocks at House of Babcock[/url].

They are gorgeous! Even though these are finely made props, I still use them in my show all the time, rather than let them collect dust on the shelf.

I have done ABC Blocks probably about 1000 times, primarily the routine that was mentioned earlier, from David Ginn's book. I am sure that it has changed a little over the years, to become my own, and reflect my personality.

I enjoy them. BTW, I don't do them in the same show as Die Box. Two block tricks in the same show, isn't really something I wanted to be doing.

- Donald.
Message: Posted by: MarkTripp (Jul 11, 2004 09:50AM)
Those are not bad prices...

Owen Magic just sent me this:

"The current price is $495.00 not including shipping. The blocks are not in stock but will be going into production and should be ready within the next few months. We will keep your request on file and e-mail you when they are ready. Please call or e-mail us if you have further questions."
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Jul 11, 2004 01:37PM)
I can highly recommend the Mel Babcock ABC Blocks.

The Babcock blocks are high quality all the way.
The only thing I changed was to add a thin layer of flocking to the interior of the shell so it is quieter and while I was at it I also added flocking to the interior walls of the wood tube.

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On 2004-07-11 10:50, MarkTripp wrote:


Owen Magic just sent me this:

"The current price is $495.00 not including shipping. The blocks are not in stock but will be going into production and should be ready within the next few months. We will keep your request on file and e-mail you when they are ready. Please call or e-mail us if you have further questions."
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Mark ,

I read the description of the Owen ABC Blocks from their catalog and it sounds like they've added an extra phase to the routine that is not possible with the regular ABC Blocks effect .

Here's the description of the Owen blocks from their web site (same as in the print catalog)

[url=http://www.owenmagic.com/Ball___Block/Ball___Block_2/ball___block_2.html]Click here![/url]

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In this new version of the classic ABC Blocks, Bill Taylor has expanded the plot so that the original effect becomes the climax of a surprising routine. Three differently colored giant alphabet blocks, which have a hole bored through their center, are dropped in ABC order onto a polished vertical rod on a small base. The performer covers the blocks with a tube that's just tall enough to conceal the blocks, but leaves the upper few inches of the rod exposed. The performer points out that the blocks are locked in position by the tube on four sides, the base on the bottom, and the rod running through a three. The blocks cannot even turn; there is no way they can possibly change position!

Yet when the tube is lifted, the "B" block has jumped to the top! The tube is shown empty and the performer returns the troublesome "B" block to its correct spot and the blocks are covered again. The audience thinks it's a about the order of the blocks, but when the tube is lifted the "B" block has vanished entirely!

After the tube is shown empty, the "B" block is revealed to have traveled to any location of the performers choosing.

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Message: Posted by: kenscott (Jul 11, 2004 06:09PM)
Couple of things. First I think it is Steve Taylor who put an ABC together but he put stickers on the blocks of different pictures instead of using A,B,C.

I do the effect where I have a clear force bag with the letters A,B,C in there. I force the B and that is the one we vanish. Play very well and it gets someone involoved in the routine instead of doing it by yourself. Also I have added music to this routine to really jazz it up.

Best,
Ken
Message: Posted by: Dennis Loomis (Aug 15, 2004 01:14PM)
I also recomment the Mel Babcock Sets. They come in different sizes and are excellent quality at a fair price.
Ken... what kind of music do you use?
Dennis Loomis
Message: Posted by: kenscott (Aug 15, 2004 03:11PM)
I use music from Arthur Stead. http://www.arthurstead.com

Ken
Message: Posted by: NJJ (Aug 15, 2004 06:05PM)
The fact you can change the pictures on the front means you can make this trick do or be anything you like!

Three bears
Traffic lights
etc etc.
Message: Posted by: Julie (Aug 16, 2004 01:58PM)
I am a fan of Mel Babcock's products, too. His JUMBO set is very appropriate for a stage presentation.

For the record, Viking makes a reasonably priced and good quality "travelling block". This set does not have pictures or letters already painted/decaled on and is modernistic in design (the tube).