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Topic: Metal Wire Puzzles Still Around?
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jul 2, 2018 05:42PM)
When I was a kid, some of my first experiences with WHAT I THOUGHT WAS MAGIC TRICKS, were these (I have no idea what they are called!!) puzzles which were made of twisted wire or metal, and the idea was you had two linked together, and you had to figure out how to separate them.

If I had the name of what they were called, I could be more clear on what I'm looking for.

But to me, when I was a small boy, they were MAGIC TRICKS, and it gave me the power to do something that my friends could not.

Be that as it may, I had a promo booth at the 4H fair this year, and I promoted my magic show, but I'm thinking ahead to next year and what new things I could offer to or even sell to the kids as a promo item or magic trick.

So I'm wondering if these metal puzzles are still even around these days, and where could I get them?

Any help would be appreciated.

I really think it would be a fabulous idea at next years 4H booth to have puzzles to offer the young crowd.

So I'n looking way ahead, and wanted to post it while it's still fresh in my mind.
Message: Posted by: 0pus (Jul 2, 2018 07:01PM)
How about this:

http://www.orientaltrading.com/brain-teaser-puzzles-a2-16_1321.fltr?keyword=puzzle
Message: Posted by: ddyment (Jul 3, 2018 10:50AM)
Https://goo.gl/ZNfTAW
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jul 3, 2018 03:42PM)
Yes! Those are the ones! Thanks guys. I'm on it!!
Message: Posted by: Doc Willie (Jul 4, 2018 07:31PM)
My daughter gave me one that I have had for twenty years and never been able to solve.
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jul 5, 2018 04:46PM)
Really?
Message: Posted by: BWind (Dec 24, 2018 04:44PM)
Does anybody else remember that these puzzles were attached to rolls of hardware cloth, chicken wire, and other fencing materials? Kids would always race to get’um 1st, back then they were known as “wire” puzzles.
BWind
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Dec 24, 2018 04:58PM)
That's right! Thanks for the reminder!
Message: Posted by: Psyfl (Dec 26, 2018 05:19PM)
Funnily enough I just found one of these in a Christmas cracker yesterday!
Message: Posted by: BWind (Dec 27, 2018 03:57AM)
Psyfl,
You’re kidding us right?
BWind
Message: Posted by: slowkneenuh (Jan 1, 2019 11:08PM)
The "Cadillac" of metal puzzles:

http://tavernpuzzles.stores.yahoo.net/puzzle.html

I used several of the easier ones during walk around in the restaurant for the older crowd, especially at the bar.
Message: Posted by: Race Blakhart (Feb 10, 2019 02:08AM)
If you enjoy wire/tavern style puzzles, I strongly recommend you check out Hanayama puzzles. They come in different difficulty "levels" and not only are they good fun, but sometimes they actually take quite some time to solve, which adds to the enjoyment in my book. Depending on the level, of course. They're very well made, too. I found myself buying a new one nearly every month last year.
Message: Posted by: MeetMagicMike (Feb 12, 2019 01:16PM)
I use puzzles in my table hopping work. I do a magic trick for a table and then leave them with a puzzle then repaet with the next table. People really love the puzzles.

I've got a good feel for what puzzles work best in this environment and I haven't found any of the Hanayama puzzles to work. They are beautiful but far too intricate in their solution. If people give up and ask me to show them the solution it takes too much time and it is also difficult to solve when the puzzle has been played with and it's not obvious what state it is in.

Many of the Tavern Puzzles work well when table hopping.
Message: Posted by: Race Blakhart (Feb 12, 2019 07:54PM)
[quote]On Feb 12, 2019, MeetMagicMike wrote:
I use puzzles in my table hopping work. I do a magic trick for a table and then leave them with a puzzle then repaet with the next table. People really love the puzzles.

I've got a good feel for what puzzles work best in this environment and I haven't found any of the Hanayama puzzles to work. They are beautiful but far too intricate in their solution. If people give up and ask me to show them the solution it takes too much time and it is also difficult to solve when the puzzle has been played with and it's not obvious what state it is in.

Many of the Tavern Puzzles work well when table hopping. [/quote]

Yes, the Hanayama puzzles are more for sitting on the desk at home, for when times are slow, or you need to clear your mind from other thoughts.
Tavern style puzzles would most definitely be best for using in table hopping.

I can't remember the name of the restaurant, but it's in Nevada, outside Carson City. They had a puzzle on every table, and encouraged trading with other tables.

The very first tavern puzzle I ever saw/solved was the two horseshoes and the ring. It's still my favorite.

Here is another favorite of mine. It's wooden, and it is very interestingly made.

https://www.amazon.com/Monkey-Pod-Games-MPG901-Perplexing/dp/B0013KVPPU/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1550022753&sr=8-3&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=wooden+x+puzzle&dpPl=1&dpID=41HWBB74ZxL&ref=plSrch
Message: Posted by: MeetMagicMike (Feb 18, 2019 01:45AM)
I bought that X puzzle twice but each time I found that people could solve it by just shaking and pulling on it for a while.

Like you, I started with the horseshow puzzle and it's still a favorite. It's difficult but solvable and you can demonstrate the solution right in front of people and they still don't know how to do it.

Another big favorite is Twin Tangle. Again, I can do the motion right in front of people and they almost always say "Aha, now I see it" then they grab it from me but can't solve it.
Message: Posted by: Race Blakhart (Feb 18, 2019 02:11AM)
Hahaha yes! That's why I love the horseshoes so much. I'm not familiar with Twin Tangle, but I'm going to look it up right now.


Edit: after a quick search, I realized I'm wrong. Not only am I familiar with Twin Tangle, but I own it in three different sizes. Hahaha
Message: Posted by: MeetMagicMike (Feb 18, 2019 01:36PM)
Race, The original Twin Tangle is about three inches wide and works perfectly and smoothly. The smaller versions I've found get a little stuck during the solve. Not much but enough to take away the elegance of the solution,
Message: Posted by: Race Blakhart (Feb 18, 2019 07:48PM)
[quote]On Feb 18, 2019, MeetMagicMike wrote:
Race, The original Twin Tangle is about three inches wide and works perfectly and smoothly. The smaller versions I've found get a little stuck during the solve. Not much but enough to take away the elegance of the solution, [/quote]
This is probably why I keep the small set put away. I remember having trouble getting them back together smoothly.

What are some other good tavern puzzles? I am probably familiar with the more popular ones, but I also know there are hundreds of them out there.
Message: Posted by: MeetMagicMike (Feb 19, 2019 07:03PM)
Here are two that I use. Perfect for the restaurant. Not too hard and easy to demo. The idea is to give your customers that rush of solving a puzzle without making it too easy.


[url=https://www.amazon.com/Tavern-Puzzle-IronHeart-IRON-HEART/dp/B000IXMOSU/ref=sr_1_4?hvadid=178158659404&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9060516&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t1&hvqmt=e&hvrand=3420782703350011071&hvtargid=kwd-981616295&keywords=tavern+puzzles&qid=1550624143&s=gateway&sr=8-4&tag=googhydr-20]Iron Heart[/url]


[url=https://www.amazon.com/Tavern-Puzzle-CONESTOGA-PLAYMATE/dp/B001HARX2A/ref=sr_1_48?hvadid=178158659404&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9060516&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t1&hvqmt=e&hvrand=3420782703350011071&hvtargid=kwd-981616295&keywords=tavern+puzzles&qid=1550624143&s=gateway&sr=8-48&tag=googhydr-20]Conastoga Playmate[/url]
Message: Posted by: Race Blakhart (Feb 19, 2019 08:29PM)
[quote]On Feb 19, 2019, MeetMagicMike wrote:
Here are two that I use. Perfect for the restaurant. Not too hard and easy to demo. The idea is to give your customers that rush of solving a puzzle without making it too easy.


[url=https://www.amazon.com/Tavern-Puzzle-IronHeart-IRON-HEART/dp/B000IXMOSU/ref=sr_1_4?hvadid=178158659404&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9060516&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t1&hvqmt=e&hvrand=3420782703350011071&hvtargid=kwd-981616295&keywords=tavern+puzzles&qid=1550624143&s=gateway&sr=8-4&tag=googhydr-20]Iron Heart[/url]


[url=https://www.amazon.com/Tavern-Puzzle-CONESTOGA-PLAYMATE/dp/B001HARX2A/ref=sr_1_48?hvadid=178158659404&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9060516&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t1&hvqmt=e&hvrand=3420782703350011071&hvtargid=kwd-981616295&keywords=tavern+puzzles&qid=1550624143&s=gateway&sr=8-48&tag=googhydr-20]Conastoga Playmate[/url] [/quote]

Those are both very cool looking as well. They give off a real nice vibe with that old west look.
I'll definitely have to pick those up when I can afford them. Thanks for the links!
Message: Posted by: slowkneenuh (Mar 8, 2019 07:06AM)
I would also suggest the Tavern Puzzle's Captive Heart and Tridiculous along with Iron Heart. The heart shaped ring piece in the puzzles allow theming around Valentines Day or special memories for couples. I also used Self Restraint. If you can find the jumbo size (large spike type nails with rounded points} of Twisted Nails, it is also a great effect. It was originally sold by Uncle's Puzzles.
Message: Posted by: MeetMagicMike (Dec 3, 2019 12:18AM)
Around Christmas Walgreens of CVX (I can't remember which one) puts out a line of puzzles that are great. They are the best made wire puzzles I have found.
Message: Posted by: MeetMagicMike (Dec 23, 2019 09:23PM)
The wire puzzles I mentioned are in Walgreens now. I just picked up a few more as backups. They are in the Christmas gift isle.