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mike storz
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No problem Joan!

I just splurged on Childs Play. I got a great deal from a member. I'm so happy I bought this. I was on the fence for a long time. What a difference it makes when using the scorpion!!! Bring on the bigger cups and hello big newspaper balls!!!! (does that sound weird??? LOL)

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I tried several times, but the video doesn't seem to work... Smile
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Oh, by the way, had I known how great childs play was I would have saved the cash and bought this new from Ron. What a good guy he is. Also, mine is the original so I can only imagine how great the new one is. The scorpion rocks too!
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Thanks Mike for the compliment. We (Tom and I) strive to sell the very best products and give good service. Sadly that is not always the case these days with many businesses. Keep watching my web site for future items from Kracker & Frank.

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Just wondering, since I really, really like the story behind this prop :

Isn't there anyone who encountered a spectator who - after seeing the object and realising that it IS made of metal - suspected the method ?

I would really like to be "set at ease" on this one, because it's the only drawback I can imagine.
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On 2009-06-09 14:17, Moonlightshadow wrote:
Just wondering, since I really, really like the story behind this prop :

Isn't there anyone who encountered a spectator who - after seeing the object and realising that it IS made of metal - suspected the method ?

I would really like to be "set at ease" on this one, because it's the only drawback I can imagine.

If you saw it in person you would see that it does have metal spikes but the actual ball of the weapon is not a smooth metal look.

It looks exactly like what the Makibishi weapon looked like.

Of course using the various methods to detect it completely cloaks the method anyway.

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I have never had anyone suspect the method.

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Chad C.
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I also have never had anyone suspect the method - and I have used the pk ring and child's play.
Try not to think like a magician!
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I've never had anyone suspect the method either. I no longer use a PK ring for the effect, but a 'special' Sharpie which the spec handles as they number the cups for me. It's only in play for a short while so when the actual performance of the effect takes places my hands are completely empty.

As has been said before, the Scorpion is excellent value and a wonderful looking prop.
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I see.
Chad, I wasn't thinking like a magician per se. I try to think like a clever layman Smile
But the premise of this effect is so cool that I'll give it a shot.
Thanks for your opinions, fellows !
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Contrary to popular belief, laymen are very difficult to fool, so your question was a good one. I've yet to have anyone suspect anything about the scorpion. If fact, they think it's all for real, even though I'm asking completely ridiculous and unrelated questions to "deduce" under which cup they put it (what's your favorite color? regular or peanut m&ms?, etc).
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Indeed, Doug. I think that many of us fool ourselves by underestimating the "muggles". I try to think of my lovely audiences as friendly, but intelligent and critical creatures...
It makes the game more fun for both parties.
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I to use my special Sharpie and NEVER had any questions. Presentation with the Scorpion is critical and the story behind it gives you lots to talk about as well as distract.


Good magic to all,


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I just saw Joan's presentation. Lovely stuff. A bit long, but convincing.
I'd love to see more of you, mr. Monse.
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Did you ever get this Moonlightshadow? If not, here is a "review" of my most recent use of it a few days ago. This was in a thread in inner thoughts but it is also relevant here as well!

I had a teen program in a library yesterday and performed with my Outlaw Scorpion. Not only did it get a great reaction from the teens and the adults in the audience - the story of this ancient ninja weapon had their attention before I ever actually got to the effect and told them what I would be doing. Actually, I never tell them exactly what is going to happen until I slam down on the first cup - then the whole mood changes and the tension rises - and then at the end a very, very strong round of applause.

The Scorpion's storyline gives you a reason to do what you do, and, it is able to be passed out to folks in the audience prior to doing the effect and while you are setting up the background story.

By the way, I also performed sponge balls during the show...to a great reaction as well... Smile

Nobody in the audience had ever seen anything like it that I am aware of.

Chad

PS. My cousin who helps me during the summers as my assistant, still thinks that I am actually reading the volunteer to see if they are lying/giving away where its at. She has no clue as to the actual method even though she is starting to think like a magician from having seen me do so many things and due to setting up much of my stuff prior to my shows.

By the way, I was using my child's play II regular version for this program - I wear that watch at all times anyway unless I'm at my "fancy" shows where I wear my fancy version. It worked great!
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Moonlightshadow, PLEASE!
Sorry my super delayed response!!
Thank you VERY much for your kind words.

Like I said before, I'm absolutely agree that the video routine is a bit long.
In fact, new version it's shorter and I added more "action" in the beginning.

Sorry again and best regards!
Joan
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Question, what about spectator inspection, can I give scorpion to audience for inspection and can they somehow suspect the secret or even scorpion could reveal somehow by itself..I hope you understand question..
Michael Peterson
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I inflate a balloon & ask someone to hold it,then I bring out the Scorpion & I let a spectator touch it(very carefully), then I take the balloon & slam it down on it.

It definitely sets the mood.

Mike
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