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Topic: Cheap effects ($10-$30) you love ??? Please tell us!
Message: Posted by: Sophocles (Jun 29, 2018 01:59AM)
In the forum "Tricks & Effects" there is an excellent thread called "Very Inexpensive tricks you Love?? Please tell us about". In that thread numerous great and cheap effects of around $5 were discussed: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=580212&forum=109&start=0

I would like to start this thread where you can post effects in the $10-$30 range that you love. The obvious reason being that effects can be quite expensive running at $100+ while there are cheap effects $10-$30 where you can get a lot of mileage out of. This is helpful to magicians looking to build their prop inventory or hobbyists who would like to buy some nice props but not spend a lot. I will start this off:

My favorites:
Candy Factory
Diminishing milk glasses
Comedy glass in paper
Message: Posted by: mcharisse (Jun 29, 2018 06:50AM)
Sidewalk shuffle, Needle through balloon. I use these both a lot, and get much mileage from them.
Message: Posted by: Mike Maturen (Jun 29, 2018 12:08PM)
Professor's Nightmare, coloring book...both are dirt cheap and are considered classics for a reason.
Message: Posted by: bowers (Jul 1, 2018 07:56PM)
A TT I get a lot of milege with it.
Todd
Message: Posted by: Sophocles (Jul 2, 2018 01:47AM)
[quote]On Jul 1, 2018, bowers wrote:
A TT I get a lot of milege with it.
Todd [/quote]

Thank you bowers, but this thread is for effects that cost $10+ but below $30. What would you add to the TT to get us above $10?

Personally, I like the TT with Rabbit and Hat Silk set: http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/10009
That would qualify for this thread as the silks are $10-20.

So if you could please add (as in my example above) or would like to contribute an additional effect you love (at $10+) then that would be great! Thank you.
Message: Posted by: Julie (Jul 2, 2018 01:05PM)
C/S coin.
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Jul 4, 2018 06:20PM)
Sponge bunnies. Not only does it kill, I actually like performing it. It's fun watching the reactions.

Double Back
Message: Posted by: Magikgym (Jul 6, 2018 06:00PM)
Meir Yedid's "Finger Fantasies" dvd. If I don't have coins or cards on me it allows me do perform something impromptu anytime. It always draws a nice reaction.
Message: Posted by: Sawi (Jul 8, 2018 05:52AM)
I love the rainbow ribbon and use Jeff McBride's presentation for it. A touching, motivating and memorable piece.
Message: Posted by: jimhlou (Jul 11, 2018 06:31PM)
I always carry a "Wha The" by Rodger Lovins. Gets people up and moving no matter where you are.
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Jul 11, 2018 07:56PM)
There are many things available from the late Aldo Colombini that are 10 dollars. I recommend looking into these. Ring and rope routines, cards, etc. I frequently use Contact Colors and Jumbo Coincidence when performing.

Here's a link to Wild-Colombini Magic at Magic Shop San Diego: https://www.magicshopsandiego.com/collections/vendors?q=Wild-Colombini%20Magic

I'm sure you can also find them elsewhere.
Message: Posted by: saysold1 (Jul 12, 2018 01:11PM)
The SVENPAD® of course - the #1 force in the world. I recommend the black minis.

The pads are a utility device - which means unlimited uses as opposed to a single effect.

Also how about "Mental Yarn" by Bill Goldman? A powerhouse.
Message: Posted by: Sophocles (Jul 28, 2018 04:50AM)
@Theodore Lawton Colombini effects are definitely value for money! Great choice.

@saysold1 I haven't used a Svenpad, as I made my own similar effect based on the same principle before I even knew about the existence of Svenpads. But as I haven't used it I don't know if it's more powerful than my homemade one. I like my homemade ones because I show that I picked the pads from a local store and the audience sees the store brand. Mental Yarn is nice but works only in English. I think Chris Angel also did this effect on one of his kits. I saw some kids performing it on YouTube.
Message: Posted by: DelMagic (Jul 31, 2018 08:15PM)
A super expansion of the basic boomerang optical illusion. I like Meir's handling.

https://www.mymagic.com/p/puzzles/tenyo-sakkaku-scale-puzzle
Message: Posted by: Sophocles (Aug 15, 2018 08:01AM)
$10-$30 effects in the thread so far:

1) Candy Factory
2) Diminishing milk glasses
3) Comedy glass in paper
4) Sidewalk shuffle
5) Needle through balloon.
6) Professor's Nightmare
7) Coloring book
8) C/S coin
9) TT+
10) Sponge bunnies
11) Rainbow ribbon (Jeff McBride's presentation)
12) "Wha The" by Rodger Lovins
13) Aldo Colombini effects (several at $10)
14) Contact Colors
15) Jumbo Coincidence
16) SvenPad
17) Super expansion of the basic boomerang optical illusion (Meir’s handling)

Keep them coming, folks. Your favorites that cost $10-$30.
Message: Posted by: elimagic (Aug 15, 2018 11:55AM)
Brett beat me to it. Svenpads (official) are some of the best tools in magic for a steal of a price for their versatility. AS far as routines that are cheap and super fun and killer, look at Stand Up Monte. I use it in every strolling show and have for years since its release. Great routine. You could also buy a cheap strolling chop cup for around that range and that is a wonderful trick. Take a look at the don allen cups on the used market.
Message: Posted by: DelMagic (Aug 16, 2018 05:49AM)
I forgot to include the title for the trick I suggested.

#17 is Tenyo Sakkaku Scale Puzzle
Message: Posted by: Marcus Black (Aug 17, 2018 01:59PM)
My go to trick at the lower end of this price range is Daryl’s Dicey Dots. It’s only $10. An overlooked gem of a trick.
Message: Posted by: egoli (Aug 17, 2018 04:02PM)
I have to agree - Dicey Dots is fun to do. Anyone have one to sell? A friend has one and they are not available at retailers anymore

Ed
Message: Posted by: Dollarbill (Aug 17, 2018 04:19PM)
[quote]On Aug 17, 2018, egoli wrote:
I have to agree - Dicey Dots is fun to do. Anyone have one to sell? A friend has one and they are not available at retailers anymore

Ed [/quote]


Daryl.net. doesn't have em'?
Message: Posted by: egoli (Aug 17, 2018 04:22PM)
Nope - I checked there already
Message: Posted by: Sophocles (Aug 17, 2018 05:08PM)
[quote]On Aug 17, 2018, egoli wrote:
Nope - I checked there already [/quote]

It’s here but pricey for what it is I think:

https://www.crazymagie.com/dicey-dots-daryl-xml-243_399-1420.html
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Aug 17, 2018 06:14PM)
I've never dealt with the Cuckoo's Nest magic shop, but they supposedly have them in stock. They are in Pittsburgh. :die:
Message: Posted by: egoli (Aug 17, 2018 08:03PM)
Thanks for the leads. The Cuckoo's Nest retail store is closed but they are still taking phone orders. They are checking if they have one in stock and will phone me back.

Ed
Message: Posted by: Dollarbill (Aug 17, 2018 09:49PM)
[quote]On Aug 17, 2018, Theodore Lawton wrote:
I've never dealt with the Cuckoo's Nest magic shop, but they supposedly have them in stock. They are in Pittsburgh. :die: [/quote]

and that my friends is how this forum should work everytime! Boom! Mags helping Mags!
Message: Posted by: Sophocles (Aug 21, 2018 03:11PM)
Magic Makers Gaff Deck (Packet Killer with Simon Lovell DVD) has some nice packet type effects.
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Aug 25, 2018 10:00AM)
Ed- Did you ever hear back from them?
Message: Posted by: egoli (Aug 25, 2018 11:28AM)
They didn't have one in stock and the place in France wanted 42 Euros with the shipping. Way too much for a $10 trick. So I'm still looking.

Ed
Message: Posted by: todsky (Aug 30, 2018 09:57AM)
The spot card. I've used it in my show for at least 30 years. It's amazingly versatile: I've come up with several different presentations to suit different age groups, kids to adults. And it packs flat. A good version sells for about $30 USD or $40 CAD:

http://magicstore.ca/?product=the-great-domino-illusion&v=3e8d115eb4b3

Todd
Message: Posted by: Dollarbill (Aug 30, 2018 03:33PM)
[quote]On Aug 30, 2018, todsky wrote:
The spot card. I've used it in my show for at least 30 years. It's amazingly versatile: I've come up with several different presentations to suit different age groups, kids to adults. And it packs flat. A good version sells for about $30 USD or $40 CAD:

http://magicstore.ca/?product=the-great-domino-illusion&v=3e8d115eb4b3

Todd [/quote]


Hes lookin' for Dicey Dots. 🙂
Message: Posted by: Sophocles (Aug 30, 2018 03:52PM)
@Dollarbill todsky was simply adding to the topic discussion. As you know the topic is cheap effects between $10-30.

@todd nice suggestion. I forgot about that! I should use it at next party ;)
Message: Posted by: Dollarbill (Aug 30, 2018 03:57PM)
[quote]On Aug 30, 2018, Sophocles wrote:
@Dollarbill todsky was simply adding to the topic discussion. As you know the topic is cheap effects between $10-30.

@todd nice suggestion. I forgot about that! I should use it at next party ;) [/quote]

Ahhh! My bad, sorry! 👌
Message: Posted by: EndersGame (Sep 18, 2018 10:53PM)
[quote]On Aug 22, 2018, Sophocles wrote:

Magic Makers Gaff Deck (Packet Killer with Simon Lovell DVD) has some nice packet type effects.

$10-$30 effects in the thread so far:
14) Contact Colors[/quote]
I also recommend Packet Killer - see my review here ([url=http://www.playingcardforum.com/index.php?topic=10809]link[/url]).

Contact Colors is just one card trick - and a good one. But if you want to pick that up, I'd recommend instead getting the [url=https://www.murphysmagic.com/product.aspx?id=49550]Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks DVD[/url] from Big Blind Media ([url=https://bigblindmedia.com/products/ultimate-self-working-card-tricks-vol1-vol-2]link[/url]), which is also available as a digital download. It clocks in at exactly $30, and besides Colombini's great trick (Contact Colors) has 10 other fantastic self-workers. The routines by Simon Aronsen (Shufflebored) and Chad Long (Shuffling Lesson) are also outstanding.

Here's the complete list:
- Contact Colors (Aldo Colombini)
- Impossible (Mike Austin)
- Shuffling Lesson (Chad Long)
- Henry Sugar (Liam Montier)
- Pre-Prefiguration (Larry Jennings / Mark Elsdon)
- Your Aces Are Marked (Terry Lagerould)
- Shufflebored (Simon Aronson)
- The 7/16 Club (Alex Elmsley)
- Impossible (Larry Jennings)
- 4,5,6 (Al Thatcher)
- Unbelievable (By Shields, F. Michael And Bascom Jones, Jr)
Message: Posted by: John C (Sep 19, 2018 07:44AM)
[quote]On Jul 28, 2018, Sophocles wrote:
@Theodore Lawton Colombini effects are definitely value for money! Great choice.

@saysold1 I haven't used a Svenpad, as I made my own similar effect based on the same principle before I even knew about the existence of Svenpads. But as I haven't used it I don't know if it's more powerful than my homemade one. I like my homemade ones because I show that I picked the pads from a local store and the audience sees the store brand. Mental Yarn is nice but works only in English. I think Chris Angel also did this effect on one of his kits. I saw some kids performing it on YouTube. [/quote]

Only magicians spend a lot of time watching magic on youtube.
Message: Posted by: Sophocles (Sep 19, 2018 09:45AM)
Hi John C,

Welcome to the thread. Would love to hear your recommendation on an effect.

Sophocles
Message: Posted by: Sophocles (Dec 7, 2018 10:15AM)
$12 for Woody Aragon's Memorized Deck Set is a steal. You could make a name for yourself just through this. Heck, you could go through your whole life just on these alone. Takes work. Personally still working on it but worth the time.

https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic/card-magic/woody-aragon-memorized-deck-set/
Message: Posted by: canaday (Dec 8, 2018 09:31AM)
John Bannon's Sizzle
Message: Posted by: tgplano (Dec 9, 2018 06:07AM)
Two people mentioned "Rainbow Ribbon" with Jeff McBride's handling. I've never heard of this. Where can I find it?

Thanks, Ted
Message: Posted by: aligator (Dec 11, 2018 06:24PM)
Anyone like Destination Unknown?
Message: Posted by: ekins (Dec 12, 2018 02:54AM)
[quote]On Aug 17, 2018, egoli wrote:
I have to agree - Dicey Dots is fun to do. Anyone have one to sell? A friend has one and they are not available at retailers anymore

Ed [/quote]

Dicey Dots is explained on Fooler Doolers vol. 2 DVD.
Message: Posted by: Sharktale (Dec 15, 2018 02:35AM)
Richard Osterlind - Dynamo Deck
Unlimited by Banachek
Message: Posted by: thomasbmikkelsen (Dec 16, 2018 06:16AM)
Tarbell lectures at Penguin
SPONGE Starring Jay Noblezada (DVD + 4 Sponge Balls)
Starcle by Dan Harlan
Message: Posted by: kardistic (Dec 26, 2018 04:20PM)
I am crazy about AACAAN so I would recommend H.G. effect by Shawn Farquhar or Acaan by Asi Wind...
Message: Posted by: o. (Dec 30, 2018 05:43AM)
[quote]On Dec 26, 2018, kardistic wrote:
I am crazy about AACAAN so I would recommend H.G. effect by Shawn Farquhar or Acaan by Asi Wind... [/quote]

Asi Wind‘s ACAAN needs so much „prework“ but it‘s a true ACAAN and if you master it, there is no need to look further. Farquhar’s H.G. is also excellent! Effectwise I also like Brent Braun‘s Position Impossible.
Message: Posted by: Sophocles (Jan 2, 2019 04:04AM)
During the holidays I started off 2 family parties with Turbo Stick. The reactions were a lot stronger than I expected. You can probably find the gimmick alone for under $10 (eBay) but with the routine/dvd at the 10-30 range.
A strong routine that ALWAYS gets strong reactions is Scratch Off by Chad Long. I always carry a extra sticker in my wallet just to do this.
http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/3105
I do the one with the card.
Message: Posted by: Wx4usa (Jan 23, 2019 06:13AM)
For me the TT 'Beyond the basics" is still awesome.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Jan 23, 2019 10:12AM)
You cannot BUY a TRICK.

TRICKS, somewhat like music, only exist while they are being PERFORMED.

An EFFECT cannot be BOUGHT either. An EFFECT is what the spectator perceives.

You need to read FITZKEE. --There are only nineteen EFFECTS.
Message: Posted by: Wx4usa (Jan 23, 2019 10:16AM)
Amen Dick!
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Jan 23, 2019 10:48AM)
Tell THAT to Sophocles and the other posters.

I already knew it!

One can't buy, or collect MAGIC, either. MAGIC only exists in the mind(s) of the spectator(s).

Until one UNDERSTANDS these basic concepts, one will ONLY be a guy who THINKS he is a MAGICIAN.
Message: Posted by: Dollarbill (Jan 23, 2019 11:24AM)
[quote]On Jan 2, 2019, Sophocles wrote:
During the holidays I started off 2 family parties with Turbo Stick. The reactions were a lot stronger than I expected. You can probably find the gimmick alone for under $10 (eBay) but with the routine/dvd at the 10-30 range.
A strong routine that ALWAYS gets strong reactions is Scratch Off by Chad Long. I always carry a extra sticker in my wallet just to do this.
http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/3105
I do the one with the card. [/quote]

I use to kill with 4/ Fa-Ta-Stiks and also a couple hot rods. The thicker ones are easier to turn for me. 2 great tricks! hahahaa. (that was just for Dick and Bill😛🤣🤣)
Message: Posted by: Wx4usa (Jan 23, 2019 11:30AM)
Dollarbill, You trickster. I did ok with the hot rods until I broke my wrist in 2000 I think it was. And my range of motion never returned and I’m not andibextrius, amuideridus, ambidextrous... whatever...lol.
Message: Posted by: Mad Jake (Jan 27, 2019 09:08AM)
The Classic Brass Coin Casket from my brother's magic web store 29.95, it was an overnight sensation and actually what amazed me about it is not a single negative comment on it in the Latest & Greatest.

https://airshipmagic.com/store/home/65-classic-brass-coin-prediction-casket.html

Jake Jr.
Message: Posted by: aligator (Jan 27, 2019 12:46PM)
Good effect, the Brass Coinn Casket. For those who aren't aware of it, check the referred to thread on Latest and Greatest. It can be used equally well by either a magician or a mentalist.
Message: Posted by: kimwizard (Feb 6, 2019 06:34PM)
Buddha Papers. Well under Five Dollars. Supprisingly entertaining.
Kim
Message: Posted by: Dollarbill (Feb 6, 2019 08:59PM)
[quote]On Feb 6, 2019, kimwizard wrote:
Buddha Papers. Well under Five Dollars. Supprisingly entertaining.
Kim [/quote]

I think this has been mentioned. No doubt tho. It is a great effect. 🙂
Message: Posted by: Sophocles (Feb 7, 2019 02:04AM)
[quote]On Feb 6, 2019, Dollarbill wrote:
[quote]On Feb 6, 2019, kimwizard wrote:
Buddha Papers. Well under Five Dollars. Supprisingly entertaining.
Kim [/quote]

I think this has been mentioned. No doubt tho. It is a great effect. 🙂 [/quote]

Indeed. Any ideas beyond the make a coin/note disappear and appear for Buddha Papers?
Message: Posted by: Dollarbill (Feb 7, 2019 01:25PM)
[quote]On Feb 7, 2019, Sophocles wrote:
[quote]On Feb 6, 2019, Dollarbill wrote:
[quote]On Feb 6, 2019, kimwizard wrote:
Buddha Papers. Well under Five Dollars. Supprisingly entertaining.
Kim [/quote]

I think this has been mentioned. No doubt tho. It is a great effect. 🙂 [/quote]

Indeed. Any ideas beyond the make a coin/note disappear and appear for Buddha Papers? [/quote]


Herbs/spices.
Feathers
Speeding tickets
Keys
Biz card



:lol: :lol:
Message: Posted by: Sophocles (Feb 7, 2019 04:24PM)
Sorry I was thinking routinewise
Message: Posted by: Dollarbill (Feb 7, 2019 10:21PM)
[quote]On Feb 7, 2019, Sophocles wrote:
Sorry I was thinking routinewise [/quote]


Sorry, I don't have a routine:
I used it on my kids and they couldn't figure it out when they were young, young - AND I let them turn it over and make the magic happen. 🙂 miss those says...
Message: Posted by: A Magic Cafe User (Feb 23, 2019 02:07PM)
A Svengali deck is only about $15 and works well for beginners. I still use it as a go-to trick if I have the deck on hand. Literally, hundreds of tricks can be done with this deck, So I think it is well worth the money.
Message: Posted by: bowers (Feb 23, 2019 11:57PM)
[quote]On Jan 27, 2019, Mad Jake wrote:
The Classic Brass Coin Casket from my brother's magic web store 29.95, it was an overnight sensation and actually what amazed me about it is not a single negative comment on it in the Latest & Greatest.

https://airshipmagic.com/store/home/65-classic-brass-coin-prediction-casket.html

Jake Jr. [/quote]

A very good effect so many possibilitys.
Message: Posted by: Terrible Wizard (Feb 26, 2019 05:47AM)
B'wave.
Message: Posted by: bowers (Apr 16, 2019 07:46AM)
[quote]On Feb 26, 2019, Terrible Wizard wrote:
B'wave. [/quote]

Also a very good effect if presented right.
Message: Posted by: miltos (Apr 22, 2019 11:08AM)
The Web by Jim Pace
Message: Posted by: RNK (Apr 29, 2019 01:38PM)
I didn't notice it posted here but POWERBALL 60! Just fantastic!! Now, obviously like most good magic/mentalsim the effect is only as good as the presentation. But the method with this is not difficult allowing you to focus on your presentation.


RNK
Message: Posted by: egoli (May 2, 2019 01:17PM)
[quote]On Dec 11, 2018, aligator wrote:
Anyone like Destination Unknown? [/quote]

Just received Destination Unknown and performed it several times today - love it. Easy to dio and totally baffling for spectators. The version that I received from Penguin is the latest version (2.0) and it uses the double code which adds another layer of deception.

eD
Message: Posted by: ixnay66 (May 12, 2019 11:27AM)
[quote]On May 2, 2019, egoli wrote:
[quote]On Dec 11, 2018, aligator wrote:
Anyone like Destination Unknown? [/quote]

Just received Destination Unknown and performed it several times today - love it. Easy to dio and totally baffling for spectators. The version that I received from Penguin is the latest version (2.0) and it uses the double code which adds another layer of deception.

eD [/quote]

I heard that Powerball 60 was great. I bought a copy and the silver scratch off material didn’t want to scratch off and the numbers scratched off on a couple of cards. I had another one sent with the same issue. So for me unfortunately it was $24.95 + shipping down the drain.
Message: Posted by: egoli (May 12, 2019 07:17PM)
Powerball 60 is fantastic. I also received a defective one originally and was sent a replacement which was perfect. Maybe request another replacement

Ed
Message: Posted by: xandermagic (Jun 6, 2019 11:57AM)
Vernet levitator TT, that was the first magic prop I bought! One of the greatest levitations ever invented!😉
Message: Posted by: poolside (Jul 14, 2019 02:49PM)
For this money, you can buy yourself a small Svenpad to try out. You will not be disappointed! Of course, once you realize the potential of this remarkable device, you will be spending more money on additional Sven products (and your act will become crazy good)!