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SmallCheeto
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Hi Guys,
My friend who's a magician said you can make an appearing 6FT wand from the covers of shower rods. They fit over the rod, They don't telescope. You just buy the cover, and roll it up in theory.... has anyone ever done this, and does it work as well as it sounds?
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Cliffg37
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Yes, it works perfectly well, if you are OK with a one color wand... Black or white etc. There are ways of covering them but you'll have fun trying. In any case the pair I bought at Linens and Things, (one black one white) work great, and I paid $2 each
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SmallCheeto
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Wait... so it came with 2 rod covers?
Cliffg37
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No No... I bought two. The price was so low, and I was not sure which whould suit me better. The white one was not really useful, the black one just looked better. I did not bother to try to whiten the tips to make it wand like. From the audience perspective, it works fine.
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Dr. Solar
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You can apply white or black contact paper to the tips. Some hardware stores sell it by the foot or yard. Sticks quite well.
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Cascade88
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Yes KylethGreat told me about this they work well. I have to buy some contact paper but they come out fine.

-thank you
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Dennis Michael
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Yes they work and if you cut them to the size of normal wands, you have multiplying wands that fit inside of each other.
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Bryan Gilles
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Use fluorescent light covers...they are 7.5- 8 ft long...you can cover them with mylar or vinyl and they stay more rigid and aren't as loud when they "appear"...

Bryan
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I was think about making one with the 4 ft fluorescent tube safety covers. I even bought one a while back; they are cheap. I also thought about doing a 4 ft appearing straw with one. Contact paper would take care of color. Either straight-cut or spiral should work.
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3M stuto striping tape comes in chrome or colors and may be better for this although I haven't used it for this. The chrome may be good for tips.
Bryan Gilles
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I had a sign shop cut vinyl for mine... They did two of my poles...they now look like they are solid metal as both appear to be chrome....
SmallCheeto
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UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!!

Well, I ordered the rod cover, and it came promptly. I only paid $1.61, from Bed Bath & Beyond and they didn't even charge for shipping. Well, I tried painting the tips, but the paint just chipped when I tried to roll the rod up. Next, I'll try White electrician's tape. As for the production, I use a small Pringle's can with a slot cut in the side, and place the "device" in a small box. KILLER REACTION!!
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John Long
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Can someone tell me what I need to ask for? Just shower rod covers?? Are they sold separately, or with the shower rod?

Thanks
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jkvand
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Hi John,
They are sold separately, and are just called shower rod covers. They're available at most home decorating stores, WalMart, etc. Look for the shower curtains and shower rods, and they are usually right in that section. Best of luck, Jeff
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Thanks all

I just went to Home Depot. They didn't know what I was asking for, but we eventually found some 4' clear covers, no 8'. Less than $2 ea.

Now, what is the best way to make these look like something solid? Some have suggested mylar or vinyl contact paper? Is there a type of paint that won't crack when these are rolled up? and where is a good place to get this?

Thanks
John
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Sherwin-Williams makes a spray paint that sticks to plastic. It works great. I am not sure if it is flexible enough to withstand rolling up but its worth a try . . .
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I made 1 with a 4" fluorescent tube cover and painted with spray paint for plastics that I bought in HD. Works ok, the paint job was not excellent but from 2 meters apart you can not tell any imperfection.
Pablo
Bryan Gilles
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I'd have to recommentd the viynal. Mine still look brand new. I've been able to find a viynal with a stainless steel textured look; as well as, diamond steel. I think it would really look sharp! I haven't had any problem with the viynal peeling of or cracking. It looks great... No complaints here... I think you would save yourself from a lot of hassle in the long-run...

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John Long
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Bryan

Is "viynal" a brand name, or did you mean vinyl?

If the latter, then vinyl what? paint, contact paper...

and who carries it?

John
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Donald Dunphy
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My commercial-version appearing wand and appearing pencil are covered in coloured adhesive vinyl.

You will find vinyl contact paper at some plastic shops, but mostly at sign shops. I've bought a roll or two from my local sign shop for various projects, plus they are great people to know for other projects (they can make table signs, show signs, small signs and specialty cards for tricks, etc.)

- Donald
Donald Dunphy is a Victoria Magician, British Columbia, Canada.
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