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john_herm
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I wasn't sure whether to get the Magic Drawing Board or the Special Effects Board, both from Axtell. Here's my Pro/Con list for both:

Magic Drawing Board

--Pro:
Very funny, great addition to kid's show
Kids love it (I know that because my little sister saw a magician do this at a party she was at, and everyone there thought it was great)
Seems very versatile, can draw many different faces

--Con:

A little expensive, about $15.00 more than the Special FX Board


Special FX Board

--Pro:
Also very versatile, can do A LOT of things with it, including an effect almost just like Cardiograph, which I was also interested in
Also very funny, and good for kids (it seems)
Cheaper than Magic Drawing Board

--Con:

In my opinion not as funny as the moving face in Magic Drawing Board, but still lots of room for funny

I think both would be great. What do you guys think? Even if you don't have it, tell me what you think would be better.

Here's the links:
Special FX Board
Magic Drawing Board
Stevethomas
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Well, I only have the Pro-Magic Drawing Board (I do have both sizes), so that's the only one about which I can speak, but it's quality all the way.

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Even better is the deluxe remote controlled drawing board!
KC Cameron
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I use the magic drawing board in every show and it is ALWAYS a hit.
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How close can the audience be to the Magic Drawing Board?
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I have both boards, but I use the Magic Drawing Board much more frequently. I've had them both for at least 10 years.

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Add me to the list that likes the Magic Drawing board, and Axtrax Mark Routine is very good to go with this board.
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john_herm
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So, do you all think the Magic Drawing Board is a better purchase?

John
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I have the Magic Drawing Board, and the kids love it. Although I do not have or have used the SFX Board, my opinion is that you get more bang for your buck with the Drawing Board. There are unlimited possibilities of interaction with a talking character, whereas with the SFX board you are limited to whatever you load as the surprise.
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On 2007-06-25 10:24, yfoog wrote:
I have the Magic Drawing Board, and the kids love it. Although I do not have or have used the SFX Board, my opinion is that you get more bang for your buck with the Drawing Board. There are unlimited possibilities of interaction with a talking character, whereas with the SFX board you are limited to whatever you load as the surprise.




I was thinking of using the SFX Board with a "Look-Don't See" routine. I could do something along the lines of me looking for my assistant, who could be some animal, but couldn't find him. I would be looking at the kids, and the animal would pop up on the board. Of course, they'll all be screaming, telling me that he's right there, but when I look, he's gone. I thought kids would like that, but I already have a look-don't see routine in my act which I am currently building.

John
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I've had my boards about a year now, and was wondering if anyone has had the same problem. There seems to be a "ghosting" where the mouth opens on my larger drawing board. Not on the plastic, but on the white grid part. Not visible from very far, but I know it shouldn't be there in a product/item this new. I was told by Steve (Axtell) that it will cost me $25 for a repair...

Anybody else suffer from this?

Steve
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I've had my 3 boards rebuilt several times from Steve Axtell.

If you use them a lot they wear out. And I use mine in every show.

I wouldn't leave home without it. As the commercial used to say.

Thx,

Nez
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john_herm
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I've come to the conclusion now that the Magic Drawing Board is generally better. I think I'll get it.

What is the best place to buy it from?
MagicSanta
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Directly from Axtell.
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On 2007-06-25 15:14, MagicSanta wrote:
Directly from Axtell


Thank you. Smile
KC Cameron
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Fib,
6 feet is fine, and probably get away with it closer. I can spot the gimmicks from that distance, but the crowd doesn't. I start off by drawing a child (usually the birthday child). I exclaim what a good artist I am and the kids laugh and disagree. I then get the birthday child up, and I tell him to draw someone in the room that is real beautiful. After a moment I tell them to draw me, and I vogue. This is very funny because I am not classified anywhere close to beautiful by most people.

Anyway, the kid is drawing on the board - that close. I don't operate the gimmicks at this time but the kid could easily see them . . . . but for some reason they don't.

I was also worried because the board has a light grid on it. No issue there either.

My routine lasts about 7 minutes, and works well. $150 for 7 minutes of routine is pretty good I'm my book.

I just ordered the the CeleBRI-Tie and plan to use the board with it and also am working on a levitation where I would normally use coat to cover my legs but will use the board.
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I start with "MAGIC SHOW AT 0:00 (whatever showtime is)!" written on the board and the board on display. When I pick it up to do the effect, I wipe it clean. Makes the board much less "gimmicky". You can also buy a matching ungimmicked board in either size if you want to go that far, but I've never found that necessary.

Steve
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While I do not have the drawing board, which sounds great, I did not get much out of the SFX board at all. Its use is limited to one "pop-up" per show as you cannot reload, and it is just not that impressive. Perhaps in tandem with the drawing board , which is the one I really should have gotten . . .
Tom Riddle
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And when that remote drawing board breaks down....
No offense, but I've found that props that fix easily are best, especially if you actually do a lot of shows....
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I've always thought a cardiograpic meets special effects board would be fun.

The magician draws a stick figure magician holding a hat. Then a rabbit comes out. He writes happy birthday Billy on it and gives it to the kid!
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