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Larry Barnowsky
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Rennie,
I don't remember who or the final price but it was over $100 at least. John Mendoza (Flinnermagic) sold it on Ebay this year.
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On 2004-04-20 08:48, amosmc wrote:
You might be surprised what some of the creative minds can come up with, and you might change your mind about the trick itself.


And my creative mind says that "Killer Red Caps" can also be used to store small buttons , pins and rubberbands .
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Hi Larry,
Just curious , did you ever see this contraption ?It is something else to hook up and use.

Topsy,
I have to agree with you on Killer Red Caps.The old caps out of the Mysto Magic sets with the piece of hair attached to a wooden chess piece was way better than the caps.
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Larry Barnowsky
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Rennie,
I still have it. I bought it in the late 70s from Paul. I played with it a while. It isn't very practical but it does look OK in the mirror. A lot cheaper than some of the holdouts they sell today. It's not in the same league as Killer Red Caps. That lives in its own category of worthlessness. I do agree with you about the superiority of the fine hair attached to the wooden object hidden under the cap.
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I got some stuff in a lot I purchased, including "Acrobatic Matches." That is probably the worst I have ever had.

I didn't buy the lot for that though.
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I thought of another couple effects that I purchased that stunk. Both of them came from Tannen's in the seventies. One was called the "Bloomin news" and it was a contraption that was supposed to allow you to tear up a news paper and toss it into the air, and it comes down as a bouquet of spring flowers. Problem was, it DID NOT WORK!! The only thing that came down was torn newspaper pieces and a funky looking contraption.

The other was an effect that they called "Evaporated milk" The effect was that you could show an empty can of "Evaporated Milk", and then blow up a rubber glove into the shape of a cow'a udder and "milk" it into the can. Supposed to be hilarious, it was. In reality, it made me look like a goof ball.

No wonder I grew to despise Tannen's.

Another one I purchased from Tannen's was an effect where a glass "filled" from the top down with red liquid. This was a specially constructed glass with a contraption inside it, and the glass was secretly pre filled with water, and the red liquid was AIRPLANE HYDRAULIC FLUID!! What a stinking mess!! Then to make matters worse, when you ran out of the hyfraulic fluid, all you had to do was run down to your local airport and purchase some more. Yeah RIGHT!!

"Can I help you?" "Yeah, I need a quart of that hydraulic fluid there"

"But you are not a pilot, young man!" "Yeah, I know it, but I am the world's most ingenious magician, and I am going to use it to make a drinking glass magically fill from the top down!"

"Yeah. O. K." Excuse me young man. Hello operator, get me the local funny farm please, I've got a live one here..."

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On 2004-04-19 14:23, Larry Barnowsky wrote:
You should have kept it. It sold on Ebay recently for well over a hundred dollars.


Wow!!You talk about the old saying "One man's junk!" Geeeese!!
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On 2004-04-20 22:48, daffydoug wrote:
Both of them came from Tannen's in the seventies. One was called the "Bloomin news" and it was a contraption that was supposed to allow you to tear up a news paper and toss it into the air, and it comes down as a bouquet of spring flowers. Problem was, it DID NOT WORK!!

I have this. I'm sure there's an easier way than this device, but you can use it as a "telegraph to flowers," or I don't tear the paper up completely, in medium pieces then I kinda fold it into a packet.

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On 2004-04-20 08:48, amosmc wrote:
Let me make a suggestion - have a "grab bag" night at your local magic club meeting. Take these tricks that everyone thinks are so awful, put them in individual unmarked bags, let everyone select something, sight unseen, and then give them ten or fifteen minutes to develop a routine and a presentation around the item.

You might be surprised what some of the creative minds can come up with, and you might change your mind about the trick itself.

Amos McCormick


Cool idea. Another angle would be for club members to collectively brainstorm on how each trick could be improved both in terms of design & presentation. I'm sure it would lead to tons of discussion.

I'm glad I revived this thread after a nine-month pause, since people still seem to have plenty to say.
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On 2004-04-21 10:45, the Sponge wrote:
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On 2004-04-20 22:48, daffydoug wrote:
Both of them came from Tannen's in the seventies. One was called the "Bloomin news" and it was a contraption that was supposed to allow you to tear up a news paper and toss it into the air, and it comes down as a bouquet of spring flowers. Problem was, it DID NOT WORK!!

I have this. I'm sure there's an easier way than this device, but you can use it as a "telegraph to flowers," or I don't tear the paper up completely, in medium pieces then I kinda fold it into a packet.

s


So you actually got the gol-darned thing to work?? You have my deepest respect!
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The worst trick I ever purchased was Creamed by Sean Fields. Left handed illustrations and so tiny that it was impossible to read. He never responded to my e-mails for help.
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The worst one I've purchased was budha Money trick...it looked neat but it really wasn't worth it...
Roth
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I have to thank you guys.This is by far the most laugh out loud funniest thread yet!
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Sean Fields
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Illusions & reality,

I am sorry you did not like CREAM, but in my defense, I have never received an email from you for help. Perhaps you were sending the email to the wrong addy?

Sean
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So you actually got the gol-darned thing to work?? You have my deepest respect!

LOL, I've also gotten my hand/fingers
smacked pretty hard by the thing!

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On 2004-04-17 21:53, Glenn Alloway wrote:
Mysterious smoke from fingers.

This is a goo. It does not smoke. It produces stringy, stinky, messy goo. It stains. Not worth the three dollars.



HAHAHAH!!!! I'm glad I'm not the only one to buy this crap and then go "what the heck?!?!?" I bought this in elementary school out of a Johnson Smith catalog. I thought I was going to look like a REAL magician - I just looked like a real dummy.
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"No Strings Attached" from Penguin Magic
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On 2004-04-21 21:03, Mxn wrote:
The worst one I've purchased was budha Money trick...it looked neat but it really wasn't worth it...


The Bhuddah Money Mystery Papers is a great effect! This is truely a case where "less is more!" I have performed this simple effect for friends, and they are literally astounded and dumbfounded when the papers are unfolded to reveal that their item has vanished. All's that left are four sheets of colored paper -- it's visually stunning! Check out the demo on Penguin Magic's website to see this simple yet very baffling effect in operation. For around $5, you cannot go wrong (unlike some effects where one spends around $60 for junk).
Roth
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Excuse me but die cypher2 is a good little trick and the number CAN be determined without ever touching the
prop.re-read the instructions.good luck.
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Jeff J.
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On 2004-04-22 10:36, Sean Fields wrote:
Illusions & reality,

I am sorry you did not like CREAM, but in my defense, I have never received an email from you for help. Perhaps you were sending the email to the wrong addy?

Sean
d_v_s1@hotmail.com


Sean, there is no need to defend yourself. The person who posted his message, or anyone else for that matter, does not have to contact you before posting their opinion on this free forum.

If you want to debate every person who doesn't like one of your effects, you will be a very busy man.

Let the members here express thier opinions without checking with you first.
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Ibd1Mon99:

But "Illusions" said he emailed Sean for help and didn't get a response.

Before attacking Sean, maybe you should go back and read the post accurately.

I also don't see Sean (whom I do not know) debating "every person" who doesn't like his trick.

It would be helpful to the tone here if you would lighten up just a bit, yes?

Steve H
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