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Topic: The new thimble pendulum
Message: Posted by: George Hunter (Jun 18, 2015 04:35PM)
For those of you who perform some with a pendulum, there does indeed appear to be something new under the sun. I am referring to Mental Craft's new "Dr. Bill's 19th C Style Thimble Pendulum"

I am not a pendulum specialist, but every pendulum I have ever seen relies on the ideomotor directives coming from thumb and forefinger holding the pendulum's end at the top. Most of us have learned to use it, with satisfaction.

But Bill Cushman seems to have discovered that the ideomotor influences are even stronger when they emanate from a single finger, housed inside a thimble at the top.

My Cushman pendulum came this week. I cannot believe the responsiveness. The one that Rich has produced is small--conducive to closeup and perhaps small parlor. I am hoping that a bigger one proves to be feasible, and then is forthcoming.

If you are at all into effects involving a pendulum, check it out.

George
Message: Posted by: tctahoe (Jun 19, 2015 07:02AM)
Dr. Billís contribution to The Swingers Party is phenomenal! I have found it creates a truly magical experience for my audience members.

tc
https://www.createspace.com/5311543
Message: Posted by: RicHeka (Jun 19, 2015 08:09AM)
"My Cushman pendulum came this week. I cannot believe the responsiveness. The one that Rich has produced is small--conducive to closeup and perhaps small parlor. I am hoping that a bigger one proves to be feasible, and then is forthcoming."
*Note: I can customize the 'Dr.Bills 19th C Style Thimble Pendulum' using any of the various larger components ['bob's', chains etc.][opposite the thimble component]See here: http://tinyurl.com/mjnsn6r [at an appropriatly adjusted cost].

Thank-you George....glad you like it!

Here is a link to the original thread @ 'Latest and Greatest'. http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?forum=218&topic=589022

TC... Your new book looks wonderful! 280 Pages....wow!

Rich
Message: Posted by: George Hunter (Jun 19, 2015 09:55AM)
Tc:

I just ordered your book. Looks very promising.

George
Message: Posted by: NeilS (Jun 20, 2015 04:31PM)
I too have ordered the pendulum book and, having seen the pictures and learnt how responsive it is, about to order a thimble pendulum. Rich has been really helpful in sorting out a suitable combination. Excellent customer service as always.

Neil
Message: Posted by: NeilS (Jul 8, 2015 08:09AM)
I received this pendulum from Rich about a week ago and last night used it in performance for the first time. Not only did I find it incredibly responsive but the assisting spectator also had excellent reactions, delighting the audience as well.

I am fairly new to pendulum work but, as others have found, this thimble pendulum is very effective as well as stylish.
Message: Posted by: Bill Cushman (Jul 9, 2015 11:30PM)
I am really happy this is working out so well for everyone! I need to make a minor correction to George's comment, "But Bill Cushman seems to have discovered that the ideomotor influences are even stronger when they emanate from a single finger, housed inside a thimble at the top," to keep the manner of operation, history and credits straight so here is what I posted in L & G on the thread devoted to Rich's 3rd model (!) based on what he has named, "Dr. Bill's 19th Century Thimble Pendulum.":

"This all began with "Just The Tip, Please," a contribution that I made to TC Tahoe's new book on pendulums, "Swinger's Party" based on my work with Stuart Palm's lovely Mau Tau Knows. It was simply what I hoped was a new manner of operating a pendulum that I found incredibly responsive and provided that "first time" feeling to the operator among other advantages.

As Rich and I go way back with pendulums I sent him a copy and in my email wrote, "Have you ever made a pendulum with a thimble as the holder? I think this has a certain charm and you could do a variation on "Just The Tip" where you insert your index finger into the thimble rather than looping the cord/chain as I describe. Should you make one up, please let me know how it works."

The next thing I know Mental-craft has a line of "Dr. Bill's 19th Century Thimble Pendulums!" Rich is not only exceptionally talented and creative but very fast, lol. He sent me the first model with the key and I was blown away by both his usual attention to detail and how well it works. Rich took it even further with his idea of also using the thimble to hold a billet as an option and, as they say, the rest is history.

Definitely check out these pendulums and TC's book for something fresh in the world of pendulums (Though I'm still waiting for someone to tell me it was suggested 100 years ago :))! The way the pendulum is held - this can be done with many standard pendulums as described in "Just The Tip, Please" - emphasizes that you are doing everything in your power not to move the pendulum physically. I find this fits in well with Richard Osterlind's writings about doing it for real (his example was with a Haunted Key) in order to enhance the experience of magic both within yourself and for the audience."

I love that this all came together due to bouncing ideas back and forth with Stuart, TC, Rich and myself. Such synergy is one my favorite aspects of being involved in our odd little world!
Message: Posted by: Ulrich (Jul 10, 2015 08:43AM)
[quote]
Featuring Richard Webster, Jeff McBride, Alain Nu, Docc Hilford, Neal Scryer,
Stewart Palm, Stewart Nolan, Scott Grossburg, Erick Olson, Dr. Bill and more.[/quote]

Just like to tell you that it's not a "Stewart Palm", but Stuart Palm, if we are talking about the same, very tall Viking.

Also I think it's Scott Grossberg.
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Jul 10, 2015 10:20AM)
"Thanks, for the...pendantry..."

*sung in a frank sinatra tone :stuckinbag:
Message: Posted by: George Hunter (Jul 10, 2015 10:09PM)
Hi Bill:

My reflection on what you seemed (to me) to have possibly discovered was not an attempt to summarize how you arrived at the idea of a thimble pendulum. What I wrote was my own hunch--not even a hypothesis, much less a discovery or theory, so feel very free to dismiss it. But in my experimenting with the thimble pendulum, it was appreciably more responsive when I had my forefinger in the thimble than when I was holding it with two fingers, or three. (Your mileage may vary!) It occurs to me that it is at least possible that the subconscious ideomotor messages do not travel through each of two or three fingers at precisely the same rate, and that the use of a single finger may somewhat more effective.

George
Message: Posted by: Bill Cushman (Jul 11, 2015 12:12PM)
[quote]On Jul 10, 2015, George Hunter wrote:
"Hi Bill:

My reflection on what you seemed (to me) to have possibly discovered was not an attempt to summarize how you arrived at the idea of a thimble pendulum. What I wrote was my own hunch--not even a hypothesis, much less a discovery or theory, so feel very free to dismiss it. But in my experimenting with the thimble pendulum, it was appreciably more responsive when I had my forefinger in the thimble than when I was holding it with two fingers, or three. (Your mileage may vary!) It occurs to me that it is at least possible that the subconscious ideomotor messages do not travel through each of two or three fingers at precisely the same rate, and that the use of a single finger may somewhat more effective."

George [/quote]


Not dismissing your ideas in the least, George! Quite the opposite, your hunch intrigues me; perhaps someone with a better grasp of the physiology of the ideomotor effect would care to comment? The manner of holding the pendulum in "Just The Tip, Please" also relies on a single finger so may be subject to the same considerations you suggest.
Message: Posted by: George Hunter (Jul 11, 2015 02:51PM)
Bill:

Maybe one of the guys in "Spooky" could contact Carpenter, since he discovered the ideomotor effect in the 1850's!

George