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I've got something new in the shop called "The Scribe" - an electronic spirit writing effect. There is a description here
The first two I made were sold within a couple of days to collectors but I'd like to get some feedback from those of you that actually perform in seance environments - is this something that appeals?
Obviously things like the rapping hand and spirit bell have been around for yonks (what's a yonk??) and are tried and tested - this could be a new angle.

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It's been a while but I thought I should pipe in now. I actually bought Andino's Hand and I have to say that when I look at it I smile at the possibilities...the possibility that someone..somewhere.. can whittle a hand out of wood and balance it...then with a little IT...I could have had the same thing for a grand or more LESS!!!!
The idea is nice and the method is pretty cool but after trying to deaden the darned clicking noise..I found that a little IT works BETTER!!!
I'm posting this for anyone else who wants to do a spirit hand effect but just can't justify, or hasn't justified yet, spending that kind of money. As always I won't give the 'method' away but PM me for details or if you know where I could find a genuine wooden spirit hand.
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I couldn't find Andino's hand on Hokus Pokus. Just curious what it looks like.
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Most of the rapping hands look like the hand from a department store mannequin. That is, they look too much like a magic trick in my opinion.

If you were to carve a hand (or have it carved for you), you might consider the Carreta de la Muerte. This is a Northern New Mexico (e.g., Taos) folk story. The cart (carreta) carries a wooden skeletal figure with a bow and arrow. It is pulled through the crowd during certain religious festivals to remind them of their eventual death. The skeleton is always rather crudely carved. Perhaps a story about the skeletal hand could be developed.

You can learn more by using Google on "Carreta de la Muerte"
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ONe might approach Doug Higley and see if he could make a more macbre hand for your needs.
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Hi All, I own the Andino's Hand. It looks great and somewhat classy. Set up for this item can be fairly time consuming and should be tested in the performing area well before show time as 'balancing' problems for this to work properly are a main concern. The folks who have one of these know what I am talking about, I am not worried about the clicking noise as much as getting a nice movement out of this effect. To be honest, I am reluctant to use this unless I take the before set-up precautions mentioned above.


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I have an actual articulated hand & forearm that I hang from "table hook" (sorry, don't know what to call it - originally it held a hanging candle and I bought it at a import store). A little IT makes it swing and tap the stand. I am just looking for a "bell" jar large enough to cover it. Since it is real, it is not cheesy at all. You could make one of these for around $3-400. I was lucky and got the hand for $75, but on eBay they usually go for several hundred. Why use a fake when the real is so inexpensive?
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The problem with performing a rapping hand or chattering skull and effects of that type is that they can easily be dismissed by modern audiences as working with electronics and remote control. That's the reality in which we live.


However, if the hand or skull is made of glass (or clear resin) and obviously contains no mechanism, then you have something.
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