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Topic: Pizza Paddle
Message: Posted by: Ron Vergilio (Nov 2, 2016 11:08PM)
Hey guys, I haven't seen any talk about the Pizza Paddle by Rob Thompson. http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S21854

I've had it for a little over a week now and I think it's really good. Kids and adults love it. It's a great paddle routine that is totally different from all other paddle effects. Of course I took it one step further. I bought some wooden disks and made stickers with the pizza on one side and my info on the other side. Now I have great giveaways when I want to.
Message: Posted by: On The Offbeat (Nov 2, 2016 11:14PM)
The giveaway is a great idea.
A free pizza with every performance!
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Nov 2, 2016 11:17PM)
This is really a great idea! I think this is the best application for a paddle routine.

KJ
Message: Posted by: tophatter (Nov 3, 2016 02:45AM)
Great Idea makes sense after all these years a paddle Pizza I like it !
Message: Posted by: Martin.Lester (Nov 3, 2016 04:11AM)
This was Reviewed on the Alakazam Vblog a few weeks back
Message: Posted by: Ron Vergilio (Nov 3, 2016 02:30PM)
It's a winner. The thickness of the discs I bought are about 1/8" thick. Would like to find 1.5"x3/16" thick wood or plastic discs though. Thinner is better if you want to use the pizza to do some coin moves.
Message: Posted by: btwigg (Nov 3, 2016 03:11PM)
I love the Pizza Paddle. Super relevant. I picked this up as soon as it dropped.
Message: Posted by: videoman (Nov 3, 2016 07:38PM)
[quote]On Nov 3, 2016, Ron Vergilio wrote:
It's a winner. The thickness of the discs I bought are about 1/8" thick. Would like to find 1.5"x3/16" thick wood or plastic discs though. Thinner is better if you want to use the pizza to do some coin moves. [/quote]

I'm confused, if thinner is better then why do you want to find thicker ones?
Message: Posted by: Ron Vergilio (Nov 4, 2016 12:25AM)
The only wooden discs I could find (looking on the internet) was from Craft stores and are approximately 1/8" thick. They work alright but the edges are somewhat rounded so classic palming is a little slippery. A thinner disc with square edges can be handled more like a silver dollar. My niece does crafting and she is bringing some Chipboard that is around 1/16" thick. Will see if it is rigid enough. The pizza piece that comes with the effect is about 3/32" thick but cannot figure out what the material is. I searched for wood, plastic, metal and acrylic, but nothing available in 1 1/2 diameter by 3/32" thick.

So, right now, the thicker ones are the only thing I've found.
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Nov 12, 2016 07:42PM)
Ron,

How about printing mini pizzas on card stock and laminating them. You could then give a few out to kids as souvenirs. BTW, for smaller things like this, I laminate them myself with just a wide roll of clear tape.

KJ
Message: Posted by: Ron Vergilio (Nov 13, 2016 03:03PM)
I wrote Rob regarding the extra pizzas but have not heard back from him yet. However, I did find a punch that is strong enough to cut through thick products so that will be my course if I don't hear back from Rob.
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Nov 14, 2016 03:47PM)
I have been playing around with this and just love it! I created a few miniature "Pizza" boxes and plan on giving out a souvenir (laminated cardstock print of a mini pizza) pizzas in a mini pizza box to the special person of the event. It takes me about 10 minutes to make a dozen pizzas and about 15 minutes to make four pizza boxes.

I'm going to work on a mini version of the pizza oven next (version of the die box).

KJ
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Nov 14, 2016 03:52PM)
I had an idea to make a pizza oven where the pizza disappears, then changes into a burnt pizza, then changes back into a Pepperoni pizza souvenir.

Maybe I'll put my contact info on the back side.

KJ
Message: Posted by: videoman (Nov 14, 2016 07:05PM)
Sounds like you're well on your way to an entire mini pizza act!
You'll soon become known as the Pizza Guy.
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Nov 14, 2016 07:36PM)
LOL.

Yes, I am really liking this.

KJ
Message: Posted by: Ron Vergilio (Nov 14, 2016 10:50PM)
Pizza, Pizza
Message: Posted by: btwigg (Nov 15, 2016 01:09AM)
[quote]On Nov 14, 2016, 1KJ wrote:
I had an idea to make a pizza oven where the pizza disappears, then changes into a burnt pizza, then changes back into a Pepperoni pizza souvenir.

Maybe I'll put my contact info on the back side.

KJ [/quote]

Could you pm a picture of this? I'm interested to see what you came up with. Sounds super cool
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Nov 16, 2016 06:00PM)
Btwigg,

Hi. There is an effect called the pizza oven. It is about the size of a medium or large pizza (pretty big). Here is a sample link:

http://www.smmagic.com/?p=339

This shows you a picture of the regular size unit.

I have this. My plan is to build something similar, but in miniature. I haven't done it yet. I am going to try to make something out of cardboard or thick cardstock.

As for the pizza boxes, I just print the word "Pizza" on cardstock and cut out a pizza box just like the regular ones, but also miniature.

KJ
Message: Posted by: plink (Nov 16, 2016 08:26PM)
There are coin boxes for jumbo coins that work on the same principal. I think it wouldn't be too hard to convert one to a pizza oven.
Message: Posted by: btwigg (Nov 19, 2016 01:09AM)
[quote]On Nov 16, 2016, 1KJ wrote:
Btwigg,

Hi. There is an effect called the pizza oven. It is about the size of a medium or large pizza (pretty big). Here is a sample link:

http://www.smmagic.com/?p=339

This shows you a picture of the regular size unit.

I have this. My plan is to build something similar, but in miniature. I haven't done it yet. I am going to try to make something out of cardboard or thick cardstock.

As for the pizza boxes, I just print the word "Pizza" on cardstock and cut out a pizza box just like the regular ones, but also miniature.

KJ [/quote]

Awesome man. Thanks
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Nov 19, 2016 12:26PM)
[quote]On Nov 16, 2016, plink wrote:
There are coin boxes for jumbo coins that work on the same principal. I think it wouldn't be too hard to convert one to a pizza oven. [/quote]

Yes, I have one and I have made a few. Many of these use very different methods. Some of the coin devices allow for the coin to completely disappear from the box. I'm thinking of a different method to be able to make the pizza disappear, then a burnt pizza appears, then it's restored to a regular pizza that is given away as a souvenir in a pizza box.

KJ
Message: Posted by: Ron Vergilio (Dec 2, 2016 12:42AM)
I have been in contact with Rob regarding getting extra loose pizza discs with the pizza on one side and blank on the other for the placement of a sticker with our information. He said they have discussed this at the beginning but haven't followed up on it. They have no plans right now to offer these but said he'll see what kind of response they get as to whether or not to offer them. Still hoping they will provide them at a reasonable price.
Message: Posted by: RNK (Dec 2, 2016 01:40PM)
Love this! I had 17 (9-10 yr olds) kids around me when I used this and wow! They just loved it!!

RNK
Message: Posted by: Joe Brewer (Dec 3, 2016 03:50PM)
I have just got the pizza paddle and am really enjoying it. The extra pieces lend themselves to adding a one coin sequence ala David Roth - all it needs is a bit of double sided tape.

I'd like to make one of the pizzas into a bitten coin. Any ideas how to make this so that the cut is hidden?

Joe
Message: Posted by: Ron Vergilio (Dec 3, 2016 10:12PM)
That's a great idea. But I believe that would take some real special equipment. The bitten part would more likely have to be done with lazer cutting. The groove around the disc would be difficult also. However, with todays technologies there might be some inexpensive way to do it.
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Dec 3, 2016 10:44PM)
[quote]On Dec 3, 2016, Joe Brewer wrote:
I have just got the pizza paddle and am really enjoying it. The extra pieces lend themselves to adding a one coin sequence ala David Roth - all it needs is a bit of double sided tape.

I'd like to make one of the pizzas into a bitten coin. Any ideas how to make this so that the cut is hidden?

Joe [/quote]

If you make one yourself out of really thin plywood, you could make the bite cut first, then join the pieces and then cut the circle. Then stick the image to one piece, cut it with an exacto, then stick the second half to the other piece. Make the edge cut with a dremmel, place the rubber band on it, and there you go!

KJ
Message: Posted by: videoman (Dec 3, 2016 11:46PM)
First, if you already have a standard bite coin I'd try just sticking a cut out circle with bite piece onto an existing bite coin using double stick tape.
It could just be made out of stiff cardboard or chipboard. If you laminate this it will last a good long time if you are reasonably careful with it.
The pizza would probably be a little larger than the coin but with a little experimenting it might work.

Or another simple way if you have a piece of dental dam or elastic thread handy is to try making it similar to a flap card.
I would think the pizza design could really hide the joint so the bitten pieces may not need to "fit into" each other. The bitten piece could just be a small flat piece behind the bite cut out if the material isn't too thick.

There are several other easy ways to do this as well I'm sure.
Message: Posted by: Joe Brewer (Dec 4, 2016 11:23AM)
Interesting ideas - thanks. I think I'll see if I can find some plastic small pizzas that are the same size and play around with them to see if I can make a bitten coin/pizza.
Message: Posted by: DavidKenney (Dec 9, 2016 07:14AM)
Title: Pizza Paddle
Creator: Rob Thomson
Publisher: Amaze Kids
MSRP: $ 25
Skill Level: all
DVD Run time: 11 min

Type of effect: kid's party / food magic

Manufacturer's Write Up:

One of the biggest challenges for kids magicians is finding powerful CLOSE-UP effects for children. The Pizza Paddle is the newest, best solution we've ever seen. With nothing more than the simple paddle move (learned within minutes on the instructional video) you'll be able to interact with kids up close - in a way you can't achieve in a platform show. Best of all, the trick is themed around a subject every kid loves: PIZZA!

Did you ever see a giant pizza paddle used in Italian restaurants to pull large pizzas from hot, brick ovens? Imagine a miniature version. Now imagine that you show both sides of the 4.5" paddle, give it a shake, and make a tiny and oh-so-cute pizza appear. You can "remove" the pizza and "eat" it, or you can make it vanish and reappear. Best of all, creator Rob Thompson has devised a way for you to visually take it right off the paddle and hand the spectator a silver dollar-sized pizza.

The Pizza Paddle and the dollar-sized pizzas that come with it are "Made in America" to AmazeKids' exact specs. The paddle handles like a dream and you can do lots of coin moves with the tiny pizzas. Check out the trailer and see some of Danny Orleans' ideas. You'll also see a live close up performance by Rob Thompson in the restaurant where he works every week.

This is a practical paddle trick for the working pro straight from the repertoire of professional restaurant magician, Rob Thompson who specializes in close-up family entertainment. Kids love pizza. Their parents love pizza. So you know they're going to love the routine you create with The Pizza Paddle.

How accurate is the ad copy? Accurate

What's in the box? You get:

- The solid wood 4.5" long pizza paddle
- Two pizza coins
- Video instructions which include, studio performance, explanation and live performance footage

Key points: this is great for the walk around restaurant magicician

How are the production values: Well shot, well mic'd and no distracting background music. Camera follows performer to get every good shot.

Is it well made: Very well made, made from wood and hand painted.

Is it well taught: Rob goes over all the ins and outs, perfect for anyone who is already well verses in the paddle move

My thoughts (what I personally liked/disliked): I liked that this makes the paddle trick more accessible, looks a lot better than a sparkly stick

Storage? Does it "pack flat?" very compact, perfect for strolling

Does it "play big?" plays big with kids

Difficulty / Skill level required: very easy

How much arts and crafts are involved? none

How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) Very practical

Overall score: let's toss out the traditional score of 1-10 and make this something that we all can appreciate and understand.

X Very Satisfied
_____ Somewhat Satisfied
_____ Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
_____ Somewhat Dissatisfied
_____ Very Dissatisfied
_____ No Opinion

Finally a paddle tick I'd love to carry .

+ Hey do you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas? Visit this link for my video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUprGyRypFU