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Topic: My Russian Roulette I built
Message: Posted by: hackmonkey (Nov 5, 2010 05:34AM)
I built this from scratch, it uses my own system. I am working on a new one with broekn glass bottles. Also another one where they choose which platform the spike screws into. What you think?

Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Nov 5, 2010 11:21AM)
The music scared my cat, Was that link correct?
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Nov 5, 2010 11:24AM)
On 2010-11-05 12:21, jay leslie wrote:
The music scared my cat, Was that link correct?

I certainly hope not, although it did sound a little like glass breaking... :P
Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Nov 5, 2010 12:13PM)
It clearly seems like the wrong link
Message: Posted by: hackmonkey (Nov 7, 2010 12:04AM)
Yes indeed wrong link! I am currently in the middle of a desert. limited net acess. right now using this new PsP Go device from sony! it is a pain to use as it has no real keyboard! If you type 'Joe Piper magic' into youtube or google it should be one of the first results.
Message: Posted by: MuleePete (Nov 7, 2010 10:57AM)
Nice presentation. You created a good bit of tention in the audience and had great interplay with your victim.

Enjoyable to watch.

Message: Posted by: hackmonkey (Nov 7, 2010 07:15PM)
Here is the right link.


Also here is a trailer of a larger show with the same crew from last year.


I will get the footage of my performance when the guy who filmed it is back in town. I was the opening act of the second half.
Message: Posted by: hackmonkey (Nov 7, 2010 07:26PM)
I am building my own stage props, so I figure this would be a good forum for feedback. The spike is not very visible on a large stage. I guess a scuba knife, or maybe a Samurai sword and put the platforms on the ground, and fall on each bag? That way the spectator just chooses the bags and there is no risk to the spec, might also be more exciting? Not just risking your hand but dis-embowling yourself! Thoughs??
Message: Posted by: sb (Nov 7, 2010 09:51PM)
I liked the presentation....

When you talked about doing this with swords and disembowling yourself, all I could think of are all of the competent magicians out there who have screwed up this type of effect and smashed a spike or knife into their hands.... uggg. (I know everyone of those guys thought the same thing - this will never happen to me, my method is fool-proof). It is a cool idea though. Just be extra carefull (omg, I sound like my dad now.......)

I think using the larger knife would still work for a large stage. I would use a silver knife, not a cool black one. A huge part of this effect is the reactions of your assistant. (In your video, I didn't like the lighting change when you were both smashing, you couldn't see her reaction at all... you probably didn't have much control over lighting at that show...)

Message: Posted by: hackmonkey (Nov 17, 2010 11:31AM)
A cool black one like this?
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Nov 17, 2010 12:48PM)
No way on earth I would have slammed a spectator's hand down during this routine! You are asking for trouble!
Message: Posted by: hackmonkey (Nov 17, 2010 06:17PM)
ClitonMagus this is why I came up with the samurai sword version! Will also look better from stage!
Message: Posted by: sb (Nov 19, 2010 07:21AM)

YES!!! that is certainly the cool black knife I was thinking of.

go ninja! go ninja! go ninja! go!

(even Chuck Norris would be scarred!)

Message: Posted by: Thomas Wayne (Nov 19, 2010 12:50PM)
Needs a major dose of Henning Nelms.

(PS: skip ahead to page 302)
Message: Posted by: disneywld (Nov 21, 2010 11:27AM)
My insurance will not cover this performance, neither will my conscience.
Message: Posted by: hackmonkey (Nov 23, 2010 04:36AM)
Thomas which book? I will read it, I have always done close-up. I am only just getting into cabaret/stage. Disneywold, check my idea of the samurai sword, this way I am the only one at risk. Also there are two safety mesures in action here.

Here is a link to last years performance. I will get a better quality clip soon, I only jusr got the DVD of the show.

Message: Posted by: Thomas Wayne (Nov 23, 2010 08:58PM)
[i]Magic and Showmanship[/i] [Henning Nelms]

Here's a scan of page 302, but the rest of the chapter is just as important.


Low-res preview:
Message: Posted by: thegreatnippulini (Nov 23, 2010 09:35PM)
There's some really bad Youtube videos of this stunt going wrong. One specifically shows the performer whacking his hand down on the wrong bag impaling his hand into the knife. He then (stupidly) pulls his hand back, shaking it flinging his blood all over a specky.

Be careful.