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Topic: What effect was this?
Message: Posted by: Rocketeer (Jan 1, 2018 10:34PM)
I remember a few years back a parlor trick that consisted of a miniature gallows. Actually is was a bunch of wooden pieces that the necromancer handed to a spec. (Imagine a small party gathered around a table.) The spec assembled the pieces under the mage's direction. When the spec was done the rope would move freely (at the will of the mage). It might swing one way for Yes and another Way for No etc.

This cost a few hundred dollars. Does it sound familiar to anyone?


Message: Posted by: Philemon Vanderbeck (Jan 1, 2018 10:52PM)
I know a Spirit Bell set-up (Wenger?) that the participant could help assemble . . . ?
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Jan 2, 2018 09:04PM)
I'm pretty good with identifying past magic props, but you got me on this one. Like Vanderbeck I was going to reference the Wenger Spirit Bell, which is amazing, as the spectator can assemble it. But a miniature gallows? I don't recall ever seeing this.
Message: Posted by: Rocketeer (Jan 3, 2018 06:40AM)
Eureka! The Wenger Spirit Bell it is! I had misremembered it. The videos of the routine are stunning. But $425 a copy! That's a lot of clams. It'll be some time before I pick up one of these.

Thank you gentlemen!
Message: Posted by: kcalB (Jan 6, 2018 07:28PM)
I would shy away from it.
Too easily found on YouTube, as well as many of the commercial offerings,by simply searching Magic Trick Bell.
You can contact me, if you're in need of organic methods to achieve this, old friend.

Best Regards,
Message: Posted by: jimgerrish (Jan 6, 2018 07:33PM)
Build one yourself: http://magicnook.com/Magi-tronics/MT01-05SwingingSpiritBell.htm
Message: Posted by: Seance (Jan 7, 2018 10:23AM)
Your post reminded me of a effect built by Dexter (not Will Dexter) and offered by Hocus-Pocus a long time ago (early 2000s?), where the performer put a miniature gallows with a hanged man or a noose, I can't remember which and it moved like a spirit bell when asked questions. Very expensive and I can't find any mention of it now. It stuck out at me at the time, because it was very unusual.
Message: Posted by: Seance (Jan 7, 2018 05:11PM)
To follow up the previous post of mine for anyone who's interested, I've located the effect. I misremembered it as a hanged man. The effect was called "The Haunted Hand" by Dexter, and the effect was the same as a spirit bell. I found it on the wayback machine at the forth effect listed on the page: [url]https://web.archive.org/web/20010807101753/http://www.magicofdexter.com:80/dexters_magical_effects.htm[/url]

Still looked way cool.