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Topic: Magnetic props management
Message: Posted by: DrVG (Jan 29, 2019 01:32AM)
Which street or strolling performer hasn t had yet the fear of losing all his phone data while ditching (eg.switch) a magnetic prop into its pocket which was already containing his smartphone ?
I often use magnetic props (chop cup, balls, a home made chop sharpie a la Craig Petty on neomidium steroids, simple magnet in lap or back pocket to ditch ..) and often desire to carry them around as my MEDC (magic every day carry).
Do you have any tips on carrying such magnetic items. Also I often travel with one carry on bag only, including my hard drive.
Message: Posted by: DrVG (Jan 29, 2019 01:33AM)
An interesting article on magnetic effect on body and vision https://www.nytimes.com/1983/02/22/science/do-enormous-magnets-affect-the-human-body.html
Message: Posted by: karnak (Feb 13, 2019 05:39PM)
From everything Iíve read, the flash drives in smartphones basically arenít affected by magnets. But Google it for more specific details.
Message: Posted by: drmolarmagic (Feb 14, 2019 08:17AM)
The late and really GREAT Bob McAllister used lots of magnets in his work and he always told me that he didn't have a single credit card left that worked.
But I agree that smart phones don't seem to be effected by magnets, at least no yet.
I did have an issue once during a walk around gig when I backed up against a table to allow a waiter walk by and when I moved forward I had a fork and spoon attached to my back pants pocket....kind of funny especially because I didn't feel it and it was pointed out by a patron.
So you do need to be aware of whats around and in your pockets and the pockets of the overlying clothes to prevent unwanted attractions.
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Feb 14, 2019 05:10PM)
Another thing one should be aware of, my father had Parkinsonís Disease and had a surgery which put, for lack of better term, pacemakers in his brain. This was to help alleviate the amount of medications needed and also the shakes/tremors. The switches for these pacemakers are magnet operated. So, please, if performing for someone that looks like they have Parkinsonís (it is many time obvious, yet one thing I have noticed, is they will tell you they have it) be careful with the magnets.
Message: Posted by: Cartoonist (Feb 17, 2019 02:38AM)
Wow, thank you so very much Wravyn.
This is my first post ever here at the Cafť and I just wanted to say thank you for your post. When it comes to information like this, ignorance is most certainly not bliss.
I'm well aware of latex allergies as I do balloon work, but I've never heard of magnets interfering with pacemakers and you're right, magnets can be dangerous, if not deadly.
BTW, good luck with your father. I wish I had this problem with my parents, they both passed away several years ago.
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Feb 17, 2019 07:49AM)
Cartoonist, Iím glad I was able to share some useful information. I learned the hard way with Dads DBS (deep brain stimulation) controls and a pk ring. I forgot I had it on. It isnít life threatening that it shut off but the dyskinesia gets very active. Thank you for the well wishes.
Message: Posted by: The Gold Coin (Apr 18, 2019 09:25PM)
I wouldn't worry about the phone (its compass will go haywire, but I imagine that a re-calibration would fix it). I'd worry about any cards with magnetic strips on them (credit cards, hotel room keys, etc). I'm not really sure that there's a whole lot you can do other than keep the two physically far away from each other, because magnetic isolation is kind of hard.
Message: Posted by: Jed Maxwell (Jun 6, 2019 07:51AM)
I toyed with the idea of having magnetic tape sewn into my jacket to store magnetic items on but why bother? I just remember to keep all sensitive stuff on the left and magnetic stuff on the right.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Jun 8, 2019 12:32AM)
Today smart phones are made from electronics, they do not have a hard drive, but silicon that holds data. As far as credit cards, The strip may be affected, but the chip should not be affected by a magnet. It is gold plated brass.