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What's wrong with you people? I've seen some awesome effects on here trashed. Black and White surprise, color monte, leathal tender, scotch and soda. Some of the things mentioned have really sucked, but those tricks, I get an awesome response from each of them. I always blow people away with those. Also the Svengali. Good trick, the only problem is everyone has one. I know people who own no magic, except the Svengali. A good routine is esential with it.

I hated Matrix Poker, not convincing at all. I got it for my birthday, never got a strong reaction.
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Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

I have to make a list of the items I don't use and sell them on e-bay or something .

well top of my list is a trick called { no strings attached } golf ball find chosen card . the golf ball moves on his own yay { the motor constructed in it sounds like a lawnmower }dont kno who you can fool with that

then ther is the chop card { nice principle } just not workable { ever seen a card with a square bumb in the middle lol }

there is something called a coin vanishing card in there aswell { a clip attached to a card }
who need a retention pass anymore hehe

the raven and universal raven hmmmmmmm don't much use those cos I hate to wear jackets

ohhhhhhhh yeah and the good old cigarette tru matchbox
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No strings attached-A.K.A. The Houwe. What a stinker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Something I bought on e-bay. It was a PDF file (and they charged me shipping!) entitled "Mystic Sticky Stuff From Nose"

No strings attatched, ah, I hate hypotheticly titled products. Penguin even has a disclaimer!

I could do smoke from fingertips on about my 20th try, although I was fooled by some guy performing (I think this is what it's called) "Mystic smoke from cigarette" although a fair amount of the lay community know it.
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Something I bought on e-bay. It was a PDF file (and they charged me shipping!) entitled "Mystic Sticky Stuff From Nose"


Haha, that made me laugh. Are you serious though?
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The "smoke from fingertips" made a wisp of smoke while at the same time making my hands sticky. They also smelled bad and the stuff took a really long time to wash off.
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Gotta be the cheesy adams lota jug from disneyland's magic shop.. it was so small you could get a tiny squirt out of the jug over and over... fooled no one.

shoulda bought the snake in the peanuts can

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Back to Back by Mark Mason for me. I felt so ripped off and I was actually quite p.oed. that I made the investment.

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Regarding Airtight:

If you learn it from the video Sankey-tized 2, Jay Sankey goes with you carefully through the set-up. It doesn't take too long to do. I haven't had any problems with the set-up. It's not an effect I think you would do often, but save for special occasions when you want to leave lasting impact.
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Smoke From The Fingertips - Memories

I got detention for a tube of this stuff. We had a school trip to Bath (UK). and I had my tube of Smoke From The Fingertips (this stuff was reject glue, surely) and started to do it, to great effect from schoolmates, in a museum. Next thing I had the teach' grab my lugghole and extract me from the crowd of adoring fans Smile gave me a good telling off. Confiscated my SFTF and gave me a weeks detention when we got home Smile.

:) Spent detention with my music teacher and a deck of cards Smile (muso teach' was a good bloke. he taught me poker and how to crimp) Smile so THANK YOU Smoke From The Fingertips. You taught me to play poker @ 14 years old Smile
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What's a lugghole?
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Sorry - Babelfish translates English to American thus. Lugghole = Ear
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Cool! I'm totally going to use that word.
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Worst for me was a purchase in the early 70's from Abbotts. Don't remember the name but the ad said you could create "astral projections" that would float around the room while you are tied to a chair. Turned out to be 2 pieces of flat black metal with glow in the dark swirls painted on them. You pound these into the heels of your shoes so the "paintings" are against the soles. When the lights go out you lift your feet up and wave them around.OOOOHH Scarey huh?
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Ooh there are so many...

How about the SELF-BAKING POTATO, from Taurus Magic UK? The ad says the spud bakes itself in seconds inside a foil wrapper. Sounds good, eh?

What you get is a bottle of some sort of gunk which you have to squirt onto the potato in view of the audience. You then wrap it up. It smokes a bit.

Then you unwrap it and you have a raw potato that has sort of sweated somewhat.

Er...that´s it.

Deceptive ad, poor product, lousy trick, total and utter cr*p. Whoever makes it, sells it, advertises it or has anything to do with it should be ashamed.
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LOL!! I had a great laugh at that description! My thought is who would buy that as a trick? What's the point? Campfire magic, the floating ear of corn, the self-baking potato, the eating a flaming marshmallow! LOL!!
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Reality Twister, and Sasco Flipper coin.

The Sasco Flipper Coin is a piece of garbage! There's such a large gap between the inner folding coin and the outer shell, that the thing looks OBVIOUSLY fake. I was warned that Sasco made gimmicked looking coins (that looked fake from 15 feet away) but thought people were exaggerating. They weren't.
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Ross:

That is definitely LOL funny! Thanks for a good chuckle!

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I've had very good fortune lately in buying stuff, but a few duds I've purchased recently were:

Just Passin' Thru - vastly inferior to misled. I accidentally broke the gaff the day after I bought it and wasn't in the least bit upset. On the other hand, if you need a reliable method for putting black marks all over a dollar bill, this trick is for you.

Jim Pace's Visu-Antics - worst DVD I own.

the Twenty-One trick - very hard to make the handling look natural and very limited in it's application. Plus it's not examinable. Big turnoff for me.

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On 2004-07-11 01:23, flobiwan wrote:
Jim Pace's Visu-Antics - worst DVD I own.


I agree. This is pure garbage. The smirk on his face suggests he is embarrassed just showing you this stuff. After most every effect he has a "sorry bout that" kinda expression.
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