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John Bowlin
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Roth writes:

Posted: Apr 2, 2007 12:37pm

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Please do not post on the mechanics of this effect.

Please do not make posts just talking about me or my customer service record.

Please keep this thread about your reviews or opinions of the scorpion only.

I don't want this thread to get locked.

Thank you.

Hey Roth...when did they make you content editor?! Smile
It is partially you and your customer service record that is making me buy this effect so take that! In all seriousness I do like the multitude of performance variables and options that this effect lends itself to. There should be no two performers out there performing this the same way. Looking forward to gettingm mine and developing my own routine.
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The reason Roth may have posted this is that the other Scorpion thread got locked down maybe because people were talking about customer service vs. Scorpion - I know that sounds freakin' insane - but who knows.... hence why I will follow his suggestion and besides writing this wild guess above... discuss yet another idea for the Scorpion....

Use it to stop time ala the usual PK way - wrap the story around Ninja death techniques- so masterful they can bestow a kill within the space of a second... time slows to a still with their secret techniques....

Also, as mentioned somewhere else, I think if you ever get a ninja sword-to-card device...imagine the act you can go through.....

Scorpion is a true wonder gimmick
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Wizard
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Found this at Wikipedia about Makibishi.

Makibishi
The term makibishi (ŽT•H or ŽT‚«•H, makibishi?) refers to small, spiked caltrops used by ninja to deter pursuit. When pursued by enemy soldiers, ninja would scatter makibishi on the ground. In ancient Japan, common footwear consisted of sandals made of straw, called zori, which offered relatively little protection against such hazards. Makibishi spines were often hooked, and occasionally grooved to allow for a light coat of poison, to increase the damage they dealt to those unfortunate enough to step on them and possibly result in death.[citation needed]

Stories exist of other destructive versions of maki-bishi which would explode when stepped on. These are referred to as bakuraibishi. However, the general purpose of these was merely that of distraction. They could be used to block an escape route, to make the target vulnerable to attack by means of arrows or direct confrontation while he/she searches another possible path.[citation needed]
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As you may (or may not) know, Rick is a close friend of mine. He showed me a Scorpion about two months ago, and naturally, I immediately wanted to buy one. Well, he was back-ordered, to say the least. In fact, I've been calling Rick weekly ever since, offering cash, vacation packages, everything but my first born (ok, but that was just one time, and my son has since forgiven me). Rick was determined to get every back-order out to his customers FIRST, ***ed our friendship. I grudgingly accepted it; hell, it's part of what makes him such an honorable guy. But man, was it worth the wait! The Scorpion is a thing of terrifying beauty, and has already generated conversation among guests who see it on my coffee table.
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Heres my take on the Scorpion: I recieved it and opened the box, the smell of poison still fresh on it, and looking like something you would see on display in a museum of death...Old...and evil.

After playing with it for a couple of hours I performed it for my wife and kids.... I never got to finish it.

on the last two cups I decided to dramatically pause over the one that covered the scorpion as if I were about to crush it and they all screamed "NO!" Then they all sat there somewhat abashed and muttering "nevermind...its ok..Please continue"

I'm going to have a lot of fun with this. It's the kind of thing you just don't normally find in a regular magic store, its like something you would find in the bad area of Harry Potters Diagon alley, I brought it with me to a pub the other day and used it as the climax effect to my impromptu routine. In a bar or pub I suggest letting it fall onto a lime or lemon wedge to prove its sharpness..very effective.
Sweet M
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I should be receiving mine tomorrow. Actually, I guess it's today since the time seems to be past midnight. The suspense is killing me. It's like waiting for Santa the night of Christmas Eve. I may not sleep. Will post thoughts on the scorpion from my perspective "on Christmas Day". Be in touch.
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Well believe you me, Its worth the wait. I have heard each one is hand crafted so it makes them one of a kind. I'ts nice to see something that's not mass produced.
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Well folks, Christmas day arrived, and guess what I found in my stocking??????
That's right, a SCORPION. First thing I thought when I opened the gift wrap was

"OH MY HEAVENLY DEITY".

This item has lots of power and potential to "kill". I'm, of course, speaking in terms of performance and NOT PEOPLE. What a menacing little fella. In fact, as you read this, my ticker is circulating NINJA blood. I am, without difficulty, able to follow the pathway to my people without fear of bearing weight onto the makibishi. Who knows, I may even try to bust some boards with my fist later.

In more ways than one, that wouldn't be using my head. LOL

Seriously, thanks for the product Rick, and James T above was correct, it was worth the wait. Definitely recommended!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Quote:
On 2007-04-03 16:06, LWright wrote:
Well, Unfortunately I didn't get the video I promised..
however, it went down very well.
I used 5 cups...just to be different you know. Smile Smile

I found these cups;

http://www.shoplet.com/office/db/DXE45SAGE06.html
They're a bit nicer and..traditional like. Although I plan on spray painting all of mine dull black and individually writing the same sign that is on the box onto each one I plan a performance with.

Will post pictures when I receive them and have done it all. Smile


You can get these cups at Sam's Club.

I have an interesting presentational idea for this prop. It will be going in a story magic book I am going to publish soon.

I may send it to Outlaw in advance, because I figured out a couple of alternate methods for knowing what is safe.
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My Chickasaw name is "Throws Money at Cups."

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I will be ordering this tomorrow and using it for my walk-about performance in May. I think this will go over well with certain audiences.
bobbyk
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I was one of the first to get my greedy little hands on this clever piece. I have performed it many times and I can say, in my opinion, it is worth much more than Rick decided to ask for it. I do applaud him though for keeping it priced so affordably.

The back story he supplies is terrific and I have had so much fun with this.
I love getting to the last two cups and motioning as though I am going to come down on the wrong cup. Hehe....

This is made VERY well and would last forever I would think. If you have been waiting for a close up version of this type of effect...the wait is over!

This is some great thinking and an interesting prop that demands attention when you bring it out.

Very nice!

Best,
Bobby
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I recieved the Scorpion this past week and all I have to say is WOW!! when I first opened the container that held the Scorpion, I looked at it and thought, 'this looks evil'. I thought it was just looks until I tried to pick it up. ADVICE: DO NOT GRAB QUICKLY OR INJURY WILL OCCUR! I didn't even get it half an inch out of the box and let go, man those spikes are sharp!! I have Childs Play 2 and it works awesome with it. There's no mistake as to where the Scorpion is located, NO MISTAKE AT ALL! If you haven't picked one up, I'm glad. More attention directed towards me!!

Richard
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Ok, so I've been playing around with Scorpion for a little over a week. People are not only intimidated by the Scorpion, but as someone else mentioned in their post- they actually are afraid for you! It just doesn't have the FEEL of the usual smash & stab routine, which audiences innately know is under the magi's control (despite the mishaps on YouTube!) The Scorpion, however, due to its "organic" nature, seems far more dangerous. Like nothing found in a magic shop, thing is absolutely authentic-looking... and I say that having never seen an actual Makabishi! Reason being, this thing IS authentic, in and of itself. The frighteningly heavy, spiked, black sphere is made by hand, the box is clearly hand painted, (as is the Scorpion itself) including the Japanese character (letter) on the outer box. Instantly, you know this is not a mass-produced item, not a store-bought item, but indeed, a hand-crafted "ball of death" that doesn't look like anything meant for a magic act. It is precisely for this reason, that your audience will suspend their disbelief, and go along (albeit fearfully) for the ride.
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This is indeed an impressive bit of kit! I opened mine and instantly uttered someting that sounded like "Clucking Bell that's 'clucking NASTY"!! LOL! ONE touch by the spectator and you will have their attention... and respect I should think!

The prop certainly is substantial and although it does have the "bed of nails" principle going for it in terms of "safety"... I NEVER intend upon getting it wrong...I don't fancy crying in public! I also don't suggest playing catch with it!

The back story is intriguing enough to hold the attention, rationalises the prop and gives some context to the routine...rare beasts these days. The "workings" of the effect are pretty darned fool-proof. You'ld have to be seriously dense to miss the signs (as it were) but practice and confidence are the key words, one builds the other. The method is easy but you need to be clear in your head as to what you will and will not do...one's attention is easily focused on the wrong thing for the right reason and the right thing for the wrong reason...a subtle but ever so important differentiation in this case.

Brilliant work and well worth the price tag...WELL worth it!
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FYI, On the Scorpion Forum, I've posted a way to allow your gaff to become much more sensitive during the effect.
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FYI on the scorpion forum I have listed a comedy routine just in case you would prefer using it instead of a more serious one. Since my original post I have added some more "bits" but with that post you should get the idea if you prefer a more comedic routine. In any case this is a great prop.

Ron
Sweet M
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Man! I am having Sooooooo much fun with this effect.

I have spent lots of "play" time coming up with a complete routine and designing a carrying case with extras for my beloved scorp and the routine. If anyone has an interest in this....PM me and I'll be glad to share. I'm interested in what everyone's come up with.

Once again........Outlaw Produced A Sure Winner In The Scorpion
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Did a party tonight and as usual Scorpion went over really well.... Lots of fun and involvement for the audience. It was a smaller group, 15 people or so but all of them got in on the effect. Either by chiming in during the effect or talking about it afterwards or even before I started just at the sight of the prop!

I judge each effect I do based on audience reaction.... I just don't care for filler. There are many effects I really like but for whatever reason, I just can't seem to get the audience to love them like I do...Granted, at times, it may very well be my skill with those particular effects and not the effects themselves... but regardless, I leave them out. Unless the situation just isn't right for it, Scorpion does not get left out... The audience enjoys it too much! If they're happy, I'm happy!

Well worth the money spent!

Best,
Bobby
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I posted this on the outlaw forums, but I HIGHLY recommend using styrofoam cups! when you smash them, that make a nice big loud bang sound. I think it really adds to the effect. the dixie cups pretty much just make a smushing sound. I use the full sized styrofoam cups and it still works awesome with my Childs Play 2.
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(Slaps head, rolls eyes...)
Now why didn't I think of that? Makes sense, and a lot less effort to smash. Thanks!!! I'da probably gone years before figuring that out.
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