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On 2004-04-22 04:11, Myster wrote:
I have to thank you guys.This is by far the most laugh out loud funniest thread yet!

Myster,
I have to agree, however this thread will help other magic enthusiasts from making the same mistake we made.
Rennie
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The worst thing I purchased in recent memory would have to be John Kennedy's acrobatic matches. When this was first marketed it was sold using a nice looking "Magic Castle" matchbox. It has since been modified. The matchbox that I received was a plain rather cheap looking box of matches that had this awful looking web patterned tape wrapped around one end of it to supposedly hide the gimmick. I showed the matchbox to my four year old and he immediately asked why there was tape on the box. The routine has also been modified so that instead of using one hand....you now have to use two. This is a great effect rendered unperformable by this Kennedy magic version.
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On 2004-04-22 22:01, Ibd1Mon99 wrote:
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.


Ibd1Mon99,

I second the unneeded harsh tone towards sean. he was trying to help the member. he did not want to be harshly judged by people for not responding to an email he never received. Sean did not rebuke the member in any way for their opinion.

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I probably posted this within these pages somewhere, I have to say the worst trick I've ever bought was Airtight by Jay Sankey. This trick is impossible to setup and also hard to pull off. Just bad.
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About Airtight: I purchased it because I saw Copperfield perform it, and I thought it looked fabulous.

But like you said, It's almost impossible to get that darned deck of cards loaded in the balloon, without killing yourself. I should know, because I tried for hours! I have no idea how Copperfield achieved the set-up. He must have used real magic.

Anyway, the instructions say something about using a knife for misdirection, and I don't recall Copperfield using one in his presentation. I was expecting to be able to do it as cleanly as David. But his method was not revealed in the instructions that came with my trick.

Anyway, the trick is still in limbo for me.
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I too gave up on airtight, after countless efforts I only managed to get set up once. and the balloon broke before the effect was complete: Nice idea, nearly impossible to pull off.
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Two of the worst props I have ever bought both came from Dave Powell (is that name spelled right?).

His newspaper seance gimmick was so poorly made, I couldn't give it away (yes, I did try to unload it on some friends).

His card case fountain arrived in the mail in pieces - the glue had come undone in transit. I fixed that, but the motor on the prop wasn't strong enough to ever shoot the cards out with any consistency. A couple of days after receiving it, the wheel that shoots out the cards came flying off the motor.

Two cases of a really great idea but shoddy workmanship.
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I liked the Airtight idea, so I bought the "correct" Needle thru Balloon (#11 I think) balloons from Elmwood Magic. Still could not load the cards at all, which is a magic trick in itself......
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." (Einstein)...
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I bought smoke from finger tips and wound up with sticky smelly fingers.

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Have I ever mentioned anything by Henery Evans? lol.
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Well, what I have seen by Henry Evans impressed the hell out of me. But then again, to each his own.
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Stuffing things into balloons is easy with the right vacuum box machine. I don't know the Airtight trick but you can get a balloon stuffing machine info at BalloonHQ.com. Teddys and Roses are favorites for putting into balloons

http://www.balloonhq.com/faq/deco_delivery.html#machine
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But like you said, It's almost impossible to get that darned deck of cards loaded in the balloon, without killing yourself. I should know, because I tried for hours! I have no idea how Copperfield achieved the set-up. He must have used real magic.


LOL... It's been about 20 years since Copperfield ever set up a trick. He's in his trailer til showtime while a crew of the hardest working people in show business get everything set up for him!
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Henry Evans impressed me too when I saw him in person. However, his products left alot to be desired and I eventually had to discontinue selling them at my stores due to complaints.
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I'm going to PM you about that one.
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Smoke From The Fingertips was incredibly stupid -- I, too, ordered it in elementary school from a Johnson Smith catalog (along with my plastic Charlie McCarthy dummy, my X-Ray Specs, and my spiral Hypno Coin -- remember those?), and I was probably the only one here who used up the whole tube in attempts to do it "correctly" ( I was *sure* that if I snapped my fingers open just right that those billows of smoke would start appearing; I mean, they wouldn't LIE to a kid, would they..?)

Funny thing is, I still see it advertised, with the exact same sales pitch and graphic as they used 25 years ago. Must be a perennial favorite...

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Seth,
As stupid as Smoke From the Fingertips was I was actually able to make it work.The secret was to work the sticky stuff between your fingers and spread them as you were pulling your hand down and the "sticky web" type stuff "looked" like smoke.
I too had X-ray specs, now they were stupid. Yes they would LIE to a kid for the almighty buck.As Barnum always said "there is one born every minute". Good memeories form that Johnson / Smith catalog though.
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On 2004-04-27 19:27, Rennie wrote:
Seth,
As stupid as Smoke From the Fingertips was I was actually able to make it work.The secret was to work the sticky stuff between your fingers and spread them as you were pulling your hand down and the "sticky web" type stuff "looked" like smoke.

Rennie


Were you doing a magic trick or picking your nose?

Just kiddin, man!!

Actually, I bought some of this stuff when I was a kid, and had similar luck as you all.
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Rennie & daffydoug,

Actually, it's not that I couldn't get it to work, it's just that I was hoping for that "billowing" smoke that the ad claimed would pour forth from my fingers...

Yeah, I got some to rise, I just thought it was a bit pathetic..! But I also have some fantastic memories of the Johnson Smith catalog, and waiting eagerly on my porch for orders to arrive -- in fact I started getting it again a couple of years ago, just for sentimental value. It hasn't changed much in 25 years...

Seth
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On 2003-02-20 21:27, Terry wrote:


The Envelope Please - the instruction start with "To do the effect you need a confederate..." a real rip!



If you'd like to sell it, let me know. You need a confederate to perform the trick but the deck of cards is priceless in its simplicity.
Rob "Riff, the Magical Clown" Eubank aka RiffClown
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