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Marvello
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Any chance of posting those pics?
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Bryan Gilles
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I'd still like to find good pictures on this as well...
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Sorry. I plumb forgot! I'll get to it. And now you're placing restrictions on me -- GOOD pictures! Yikes!

I've been having a hell of a time with this one. I mounted it inside a treasure chest with a switch on the outside. I am doing a Pirate themed card sword routine. It gets a great reaction when the cards shoot out from within the chest. Costumes for me and the kid helper, lots of fun, and a great effect. Not a bad $10 investment ... I've spent more than that on lunch!

BTW, when I try to use HTML code here is doesn't seem to work ... the code is just showing up in the message window. What am I doing wrong?
Bryan Gilles
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Hmmm... not sure about the HTML dilemma. You may just try to upload the pictures through photobucket.com and leave a link.

-Bryan
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I think I got it. Standard HTML code uses <> for tag brackets. Apparently, for some reason the [ ] brackets are used here. It works for italics, not for [u]underline[/u] but it does work for bold ... let's see if it works for pictures!
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You can make your own delay switch. Get a soda straw, fill it almost all way with motor oil and put a rope manet into it then seal the ends. Have magnet at top with a keeper holding it. Remove keeper and after several seconds the magnet drops to bottom and activates a reed switch to turn on motor.

I think you could have a manual off switch involved as well.
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Bryan Gilles
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Not a bad idea Pete...
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The off swith is easy. A "normally closed" spring-switch (I don't know the real name -- it's the type that only engages as long as pressure is on it) that is connected to one of the power leads can be mounted right where the wheel lever will be when the last card is released. The wheel lever presses against the switch, the motor shuts off.
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I just bought a small motor with a gearbox that you assemble for different speeds normaly used for building robots ,(bought at FRYS ELECTRONICS in Indianoplis).

Is it possible to have to fast of a wheel turning as it is a 3 volt motor with a gear ratio of 785-1

Thanks for any help,

Mark
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Still waiting for pictures.
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Mark McDermott
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Viking Magic has a pic of a jumbo card fountain on there web site if you want to know what a good one looks like...$485.00
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I'm pretty sure I once read on here of a guy who bought a cheap remote control car, subbed in a motor of greater rpm, and therefore greater power supply, built a housing with a spring hinge and.... viola, a remote control card fountain Smile
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I just stumbled across this DVD that teaches you how to build a card fountain for under $20. It looks like is works like a champ too!

CLICK HERE

-Bryan
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I bought this DVD. It is EXACTLY what it says it is... If you want to build a Card Fountain with off-the-shelf components, I highly recommmend it!!! Very well made. A true bargain for the do-it-yourself types out there!

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Here is a great site for remotes and more. http://www.electronickits.com/remote_control/rf2.htm
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I took a chance on an ebay sale of a remote card fountain just over a week ago and won it at a very good price simply because I was the one and only bidder. The seller, a fellow from England (Nick Langham), makes them and offers them on his website as well. The regular price (99 pounds - about $200 US)is a lot less than others for sale. The card fountain is so small that it can fit behind a modified box of cards and put in a drinking glass without being seen by the audience (he says it's 80% angle proof) - the cards fly up just over 12 inches. I received it on Wednesday and it works great! You can make a single card rise, or set off a fountain of cards depending on how long you hold the remote button. You might get some ideas by going to his site at http://www.magicbynick.com and looking at the video clip. I don't know Nick personally, so I am not telling you this for personal gain. I just bought this from him and am very impressed with the item. Anyone interested in getting or building a streamlined fountain (instead of a big clunky one) might want to check it out.
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Daniel here from themagicpodcast.com

I am getting ready to build a fountain from the DVD "Build a card fountian for under $20". I will be reviewing it on an upcoming podcast. I will let you know when it is posted.

Thanks,
Daniel
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I bought the DVD from Mcgyver magic it has a simple cheap card fountain. as far as the remote the very best one for a single contact relay is from Alarm Electronics. it is not very small but there is no possibility of a false start. I have also used 30 second timers with a motion switch.

if you need more info msg me

Pat
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Ebay "card fountain" and see what comes up
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"Card Fountain X" is a great value for a powerful little remote controlled card fountain. I picked up one from Penguin's and I am very impressed. It sends a full deck very high into the air!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFSrAB6KaPM
It performs and looks better in person than on the video.
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