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Does anybody know if this is an easy to pull off trick especially for younger kids to do or should I get the animated shoe lace
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How young? I don't know about STS, but Animated Shoe Lace -- although a great effect -- requires some substantial set-up and discipline, IMO.
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On 2006-12-22 16:53, hgerson wrote:
Does anybody know if this is an easy to pull off trick especially for younger kids to do or should I get the animated shoe lace

I own this effect. This is very easy to learn. Jay explains everything in great detail. I would say, that age 12 and up would be a safe guess.
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With STS you need to wear long pants, whereas you don't with Animated Shoe Lace. I have the STS and the setup is easy - although for young kids, it might be helpful if you help them set it up the first time, IMHO.
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There are several other threads that cover both versions in depth.
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The STS is great... simple to do as well!!!
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A great trick, but unfortunately quit some exposure in the internet lately.
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Nothing will effectively hide a trick like publicity. Having also spent years as a university marketing professor, nothing is more discouraging than the huge numbers of people with absolutely no recall for what they saw and heard. Those are followed by those who misinterpreted every bit of it.

Don’t sweat public exposure. It may be undesirable but it is also ineffective. (Most people can’t do square root or diagram a sentence either the next semester.)

The STS is probably not for a child under twelve. But it is a great trick.

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I'd say the STS is okay for children to perform, shouldn't be too much of a problem if they get what to do. Animated shoelaces is abit more confusing. I can set it up and perform it and I'm only 13.
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I'm with Bob - almost. I'd say STS isn't for children under 9-10. At the age of 9-10, they start to notice what others are doing/wearing, etc. Just my experience from working w/ them....

BUt if they're 9-10 or older, STS is FANTASTIC! Just play it up and let THEM discover it! THERE's the magic for you!
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I was at a magic convention about a month ago and I heard that the effect actually belongs to Luke 'packet trick boy' Dancy. If it does and Jay has lost money on it's sales due to exposure (even though I hate exposure) I'm glad it got out. Is is a great trick though. If you belong to a magic club, take it along to one of there club nights. There's usually always someone on hand to help out. Good luck Hgerson and enjoy,

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