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I do not know the originator of this trick but the effect is like this:
U show 4nos of 6" long carpenter nail to audience. They pick one & yours one. They try to bend it but can't. Yours can bend easily. The secret it using g..... nail. The sad part is it only can be done once or twice. Anyway my question is The Carpenter Nightmare tricks using the same method and can it be done repeatedly without harming the gi.....?
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Yes, without a doubt the Carpenters Nightmare is definitley resetable, o'er again!
the G**f is such that the nail is able to "bend" right before their eyes, whilst you hold on to it from the middle...

this trick is 2.5 stars outta 4 to me....its very visual, but ya gotta watch your angles like a hawk...ya also gotta ditch the G**f if ya wanna pass it out for examination...and it was way too pricey in my opinion.

BUT, when I was looking through a friends toolbox, and "found" a nail therein, I was able to "bend" it right before them...they still flip over that!! he had asked for "his" nail back, so I had to make it "disappear," lest I be out 24 bucks!!

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I was nearly miss sold this effect by a certain dealer- I was told it was a brand new method for bending! I saw it performed and thought it looked similar to a spoon bend that I new. I knew that there was a little something extra, but the principle was the exact same. It took some talking before he showed me and said that I had the basic idea-bit misleading but that is sometimes just to protect the secret.

All in all I think it is a very nice bend-on a par with Guy Bavli's spoon bending-of course with that extra something. I would say it is repeatable to the same audience but would question doing it twice in a row:

"once is magic, twice is entertainment"

I can't remember where I got that from but I like to use it as an out! Though I don't swallow the whole meanning- I want to be magical AND entertaining-the above statement almost suggests that you can be one not the other. Anyone remember who said the quote anyway?


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I think the statement is

"Once is magic, twice is education!"

Why show the same effect over and over until they catch on? It's better to take some coins out of the pocket and do some magic with them rather than "educate" them with the same effect over and over.

"Master of the Obvious"
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And thrice is a lesson.
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David Deanie
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Thanks for filling me in on that one! Does anyne have an idea of who said it or wrote it?


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Any metal bending effect is gangbusters to me, it's popular and it's amazing and I try to do it as often as I can.

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I have one of those, and I recommend a switch of the nail in the end. I mean it's examinable but it's a risk to let someone examine it if you don't switch it.
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I would prefer other bending tricks.
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There are some interesting bending and pk effects in sean fields explicit ian rowland has a great spoon bending effect in his excellent alpha seies lecture notes
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