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OK....I just made a bit of an investment in a few basic effects/gimmicks. Not a whole lot. Just enough to get me going on some basic day to day stuff. I got a standard TT, a 9" silk for it, a book of routines for it, a universal pull, a set of super soft 2" sponge balls, a Johnson S/S, and a dime/penny version of the same thing. I was gonna get a 'c' type nail writer, but I ran out of $$ in my Paypal. I'll get that next time I have a few extra bucks. Now I have to wait. I have a feeling that's gonna be the hard part. Good thing I have a deck of cards.
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Scot,

Good purchases there, sir. You can perform hours on top of hours of magic with those supplies. I love to see guys making these kind of great purchases right off the bat, instead of being tempted to the ways of some of the overpriced single effects that are out there.

Best of luck!
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Sounds like a good beginning, lots you can do with those items.
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Scot,

With toys like that you can work for hours!

You can make a living with a TT and sponge balls.

Enjoy!

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Scot,

Glad to hear you went with the Johnson S/S. It is, IMO, the best one on the market.

Hope you enjoy your tricks.

J
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Yep...great stuff.

Keep Johnson's in mind for when you get other coin effects. They're the best!

Mark.
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Scot,

Very wise first purchases. Congrats. If only everyone could resist the other temptations on offer at the shops...
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On 2007-05-25 21:40, pghdude80 wrote:
Scot,

Glad to hear you went with the Johnson S/S. It is, IMO, the best one on the market.

J


Hearing that makes me feel better about the price tag. It was significantly more expensive than the other ones I saw, but I have heard that it is the best, and the very fact that it is the only one that is specified by its brand name online tells me that as well. And it comes with a bang ring included, so that helps a bit too. For now, I'm gonna have to use a glass and elbow grease for the dime/penny set. When it all comes in.
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I like the quality of johnson products. I use silver coins and they make their products using walkig liberty halves. I also love my Larson coins. They are more expensive but the quality is great.

What you have purchased will give you hours of stuff to work on.
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With your TT, and I note you've got a book of routines, don't limit yourself to vanishing the hanky - do go for salt or sugar vanishes, bill switches etc. The rare occassions that you may get challenged is by people who remember the TT from a kids magic set & its a silk that you vanish. Yet if you vanish salt - it flies past them.
You've made some great choices/purchases BTW. Well done. As for your playing cards - my advice is to not go crazy on sleights. Stick to a card control you can do, a f**ce you're happy with, a DL and a glide and your away with dozens of good card tricks alone.
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I second everything Smiles says about the cards (infact that's pretty much all the sleights I use on a night lol). The TT is going to get you some great mileage and the sponge balls definetly go over well with crowds so great first up purchases Smile
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I cant even believe it came in so quickly, (I only ordered it Friday afternoon. It's Tuesday today and the Mail didn't run yesterday) but the Johnson S/S came in today. I'm in shock at how "clean" it is. Hard to believe that something can be that convincing. I'm gonna have fun with this. Now I just have to figure out how to transport it unlocked.
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Great! Johnson makes great stuff. I don't know how to advise you on transporting unlocked, as I use a m******c one and unlock it with a certain type of ring.

Best of luck!

-Dustin
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Johnson products are fantastic, I agree. Sasco are also very good manufacturers.
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You have made some great purchases. If you follow the advice given at the Café you will learn some stuff that is so hard to find out anywhere else.
I wish that I had a resource such as this when I was starting out, not only would I have had access to all this but it would have saved me a great deal of money. I would not have bought things that are "not me" and I would never have bought things twice because I got the C&N one first.

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You can buy a bang ring for your dime & penny for just a few bucks. I bought one last year and never looked back. Much, much easier. You can reset secretly in your pocket with it.

I can't remember where I got mine, which seems to be steel. A brass one is $6 at Hank Lee's:
http://www.hanklee.org/xcart/product.php?productid=2287

Here's one that looks like mine for $3 plus about $3 shipping on eBay:
http://tinyurl.com/225web
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tnscot
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How do you reset in your pocket? I sure couldn't do that with my s/s.
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You might take a look at Staples for a "zip" pen while your waiting to purchase a "c" nail writer. With a little flesh tone paint and steal to your pocket for the pad you can pratice a reading act. There was a pro version for a while don't recall the name.
John
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On 2007-05-31 10:02, JohnWolf wrote:
You might take a look at Staples for a "zip" pen while your waiting to purchase a "c" nail writer. With a little flesh tone paint and steal to your pocket for the pad you can pratice a reading act. There was a pro version for a while don't recall the name.
John


Thanks for that advice. I believe I'll take it.
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17 years after purchasing a Johnson S/S and using it for literally thousands of routines including 4 straight years of working it 5 nights per week in a restaurant, it's like brand new! I dip it in a jewelry cleaning solution every couple of years and it looks and feels like the day I got it. I've tightened it for certain effects, loosened it for others, lost it, found it again and outright abused it for ages. Just a super quality piece.
Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt. ~ Shakespeare
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