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magic1178
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Thought I'd vent as well:)

Afterburn-flaming business card

King Rising-levitation

Matrix 2003

and last but not least

Watch and Wear-hard to look cool,looking at the watch for a possible 70 seconds.

Opinions are like A-holes,everybody's got one.

Sorry dealers,
I think Im going to go to a site a buy something useless because I feel guilty now.

David Blaine's book on witty patter and amusing ancedotes(bad spelling,I think) here I come. Smile
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The worst tricks are from symmatrix,specially smynergy trick .That is a joke.Really really bad.Should be taken off the market!!
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I wish to change my worst trick ever purchased from penomenon to 'Float' by JB Magic. What was I thinking? Penomenon is sheer genius when compared with the steaming pile of pants called 'Float.'



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Meir Yedid's, "Zinger"

As well as any trick that uses the "black on back of card" priciple (Henry Evans & others)

As well as almost any trick that relies on invisible threads (which are usually not invisible and seem to break a lot!)
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On 2003-06-14 16:36, truthteller wrote:

Before online demos, websites, and the internet you had to go to a magic shop to buy your supplies. There you saw a live demonstration and could actually receive feedback about the item from someone who knew you and your skill levels.

Of course there were mail order houses, but even then the items they carried were the ones which sold successfuly in live demos as well as the catalog print. Further, you had a relationship with your mail order dealer who learned your taste as well as your skill level.




Before the internet, some people had to travel quite a ways to make it to a magic shop, and even then, it was based on how good your magic shop was and how good some of the performers were in terms of what magic you learned. I think the beauty of the internet is you can now email the creator of an effect and ask them a question or watch a live demo of a trick. That has made magic into a global community.
-Oz
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But, as I said, even if you had to travel a long way, and even if you had a poor demonstrator, you still gained up close, first hand information from which to make a decision. In today's world of one camera shots, multiple takes, and crafted angles you are still at a disadvantage when it comes to making wise purchasing decisions.

A further downside is that while everyone in town would monkey their local deomonstrator's presentations, now everyone in the WORLD is parroting whomever is pushing out their latest demo vid. More stock lines, more goofyness, more bad magic.

And while the internet has made it EASIER to email a creator, there were such devices as telephones and pens with paper prior to its creation.

But none of this addresses my point which is that the internet has lead to the creation and distribution of really lousy magic. Yes, in the old days, we had bad magic too. But not nearly as much of it, I contend, because there was more meaningful communication/connection between buyers and sellers.
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Worst trick ever was arising card.
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I spent $10 or so on a "Hot Rod". What an awful, pointless effect. I keep asking myself why I bought one of those things. Does anybody seriously use this piece of equipment for real???
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On 2003-06-17 01:40, fhood wrote:
I spent $10 or so on a "Hot Rod". What an awful, pointless effect. I keep asking myself why I bought one of those things. Does anybody seriously use this piece of equipment for real???


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I don't own one but I have seen a magi perform it as a demo for a bunch of kids and they loved it. I don't know how it is for adults.
But personally, I would go with the No.2 pencil, it is much better because it changes visually many times. The ending really surprises people.
For some reason, when I saw the hot rod, it seemed lacking in some way. I think because he showed the stick the named color on both sides, then changed it to only one side when he handed it out for examination.
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Like we hear over and over, it's all in the presentation. I use the Hot Rod with a cute story that I read a couple of years ago on another forum. Prior to that, I never used it because I knew it was lacking something. Now it plays really well, with an ending that gives a valid reason for both sides being different.

The No. 2 Pencil, on the other hand, strikes me as completely useless. Yet, I read about how many people use it with great success.

Brian
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It's strange, after reading all posts in this thread: I have seen many of these effects done by masterful magicians and they were very good, indeed. The point is that its up to the performer as to what the result will be not the prop.
Is it the magician or the prop that makes it the worst? I wonder...?
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Is it the magician or the prop that makes it worst? I wonder...

YES, but somtimes its the quality and price of the product that makes it worst.

T.
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After the introduction of Shattered by Wolf's Magic, I think you can safely throw out all the other paddle effects. This is really good. Smile
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On 2003-06-17 01:40, fhood wrote:
I spent $10 or so on a "Hot Rod". What an awful, pointless effect. I keep asking myself why I bought one of those things. Does anybody seriously use this piece of equipment for real???

The concept behind a Hot Rod powers MANY MANY MANY effects, ie: c**** c******* k*****, the "p***** move". I don't use it, but it is very useful for learning the concept.
- Alex
PS. Sorry about censoring, but I want to protect the secrets.
So you want to market or sell your trick? Before you do, read this!
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On 2003-06-17 18:25, Zednanreh wrote:

The concept behind a Hot Rod powers MANY MANY MANY effects, ie: c**** c******* k*****, the "p***** move". I don't use it, but it is very useful for learning the concept.

- Alex

PS. Sorry about censoring, but I want to protect the secrets.
D**'* w**** a**** it. Alex, the s****** a** s***!

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Joseph,
Thanks for the plug! I have to agree in all modesty. I will acknowledge that many magicians may have found some way to routine and entertain with the typical Hot-Rod but I really dig the "Shattered" effect myself and use it often.
Thanks again,
Chance Wolf
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This thread seems to never end. Smile
Are there so many bad effects??

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Andrew Wong
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Yes, there are always some bad effects and poorly made gimmicks!!!
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Yes, Yes, Yes!!! They are all in my drawers!!!
I want to sell them all, but don't want to hurt others. I am too warm-hearted.

Michael Lam Smile
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