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hypnoman1
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Killer Red Caps and Just Think
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Go to tell you this

I had my honeymoon in sorrento 8 years ago - I had been a magician for12 years at the time.

I saw an old man on the street corner woith a music box and next to the box was a dancing ping-pong ball figure - but it was on it's own - and it was dancing to the music - the man wasnt anywhere near it - infact he kept getting up and wandering - thhe ping pong man kept dancing to the beat!!
I stared with curiosity for some time - I finally sucummed(SP) -
I had been done by an old guy and a bit of fishing line!!!!
I throughn it in the bin as I walked down the street

there's my candidate

embarassingly yours

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Mike Brezler
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Since joining The Magic Café I have bought very few tricks that I don't like.
Being able to read reviews of tricks before buying is fantastic.
Thanks to all, at the Café!

Now for the junk I bought in earlier days in no certain order,
they are all junk.

I hate tricks that make a lot of NOISE, when you should hear none.
Ultra Ring Flight, made in Hong Kong.... very loud
Jumbo 3 card monte... very loud

Most items that are made in India...very poor quality.

Polly learns a card trick, by Bruce Kalver...parrot talks too quietly
The Golden Key... poorly made
Ring Escape by Rob Stiff... a little kid can figure this out.
These are just a few of my dust collectors.
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The real trick purchased was that we were "tricked" into purchasing.
POOF!
Eric Dittelman
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I bought "Card thru Card" because it sounded like a cool concept...but if I can't fool myself with a trick, then I can't expect the audience to be fooled. Maybe it needs more practice, but it still looks cheesy to me!

-Eric D.
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For me it would be Visible Changing Card.
Joe Russell
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SUPER NAIL by magic makers, its all crap I say....except match box penetration (just the gimmick, not the effect it comes with)
Who is Tattoo Joe?
Howard Coberly
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On 2003-02-20 21:27, Terry wrote:
How about this:
Rattle Bars from Daytona for $75.-- what a rip!

Completely Cold - I guess I didn't understand it - a rip.

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

Predict the Square Circle - a kiddie rip!

Color Monte - a flaming rip!

Kennedy's Sonic Silver - mostly a rip!

Hi, Terry,

I'm not familiar with the other items that you mentioned but I had the opportunity to see John Kennedy perform Sonic Silver in several different venues including a restaurant reception and it seemed to get a good response.

I don't think that it would fool most magicians but that really means nothing.

I don't own the trick but knowing the mechanics behind it and having seen it performed I was curious as to what aspects of the trick you were unhappy with.


PM me if you like.
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I don't like Color Monte much at all, either, but I know a fellow who has done it as part of his street act for the last 15 years and never fails to kill with it. So that one is one I would disagree on.

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(from Mr. Mike)
Ring Escape by Rob Stiff.


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mcharisse
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I'd vote for Dis-Armed. Gimmick is obvious, and at $75, iits a costly dust-collector on the shelf. (Sure is a pretty prop, though. Too bad)
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I have a question for those of you that have posted on this subject.(mods if you feel that this is not on subject please delete the post and I will start another thread.)

What was it that got you to buy the effect(s) to begin with?
Was it the a demo or advertisement?
Was the demo or adverstisement misleading in your opinion?
Was it the reviews it recieved?
Was it recommended to you buy someone whose opinion you value?
Was it shoddy workmanship?
etc. etc.
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In the early 90's, I bought (unseen) Abbott's Vanishing Alarm Clocks at the Get-Together. I had to wait 6 weeks for it to arrive. I paid $100 for the something that a 5 year old could have constructed better. I considered sending it back, but instead decided to prominently display it, front and center, in the room I keep all my magic stuff. I, always, wanted to be reminded of that item when buying things unseen.
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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...

You don't like Buddha Money Mystery? I thought it's an easy great little trick for only 3 bucks. It sure fools the pants of some of my coworkers! I'm sorry that it's your worst...
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Good question, EDH. I buy a trick because I can see myself performing it, I imagine a presentation I can make with it.
I think some tricks aren't really dogs, they just don't turn out to work for us, but others, I'm afraid, seem like bade tricks. Not that someone, someplace still couldn't come up with an entertaining routine. Many years ago I worked in a magic shop, so have a pretty good idea of many props out there.
I've only recenlty bought a couple of unknowns online and in this case, I bought Disarmed relying on an online review, before I found this site, which would have steered me clear, I've since discovered. An not-so-cheap lesson in how reliable those reviews on dealers sites can be.
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Let's have a big dose of reality here.

If you go on to a web site that has nothing but reviews in a forum that is moderated by the dealer, what kind of reviews do you think you will see?

***** This is a killer trick. I use it at recess in the skoolyard every day. At least I did until that big kid kicked my a...

***** This is the best trick I have ever bought. Its so much better than my other one.

And these reviews are not signed by anyone you ever heard of.

Or you will see a review that says:

"Well, Frank has done it again. This is at least as good as his famous Killer Green Caps, that everyone in magic was talking about last year."

Of course, it doesn't say what everyone was saying about the trick.

Any negative reviews will get pulled off dealer forums instantly.

The only bad trick you have is one you don't use.

I have two warehouses, a room in my house and half my garage taken up with stuff like that. However, some of it I don't use because I don't work the venues where they are appropriate any more.

Except for Braco's floating ball. That one shouldn't have gotten out for that price. If it had cost a lot less, it would have been worth it for the idea. The irony is that Braco has a wonderful floating ball trick that he can't market, because everyone is still ticked off at him for this dog.
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Could he bring it to market it under an assumed name, or anonymously?
My ex-cat was named "Muffin". "Vomit" would be a better name for her. AKA "The Evil Ball of Fur".
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On 2004-11-20 15:07, stevesmagic wrote:
Both 3 domino monte and sucker born every minute, who supplied them....Penguin of course, awful

Agree! Sucker Born Every Minute is a ripped off from Bank Night or its concept.
One hundred percent of the shots you don't take don't go in - Wayne Gretzky
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Bill Palmer
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On 2007-01-13 14:54, Chessmann wrote:
Could he bring it to market it under an assumed name, or anonymously?


I don't think he would want to. That's the problem. The thing is that much of what everyone thinks about IT work that is original came directly from Braco.
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I like the posts by people who think a few minutes of set-up is too much ( Healed & Sealed etc.). That means there are fewer people doing amazing things because it is too much trouble to be amazing.

Robert
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I remember many years ago I bought a dancing handkerchief trick. It was supposed to make the thing dance inside a bottle and this and that. It was only a few bucks but it sounded marvelous: something I could definitely use.

I won't give it away here, but when it arrived, it was a little piece of metal with a tiny swivel hook attached to it, and some instructions that basically said, here it is, you're on your own. What ticked me off wasn't so much that it was very simple, but that the instructions weren't practical -- you could not do the effect described with the thing as it came. It would have looked silly. That, plus the setup required.

Ah, well, such is the learning curve...
That's our departed buddy Burt, aka The Great Burtini, doing his famous Cups and Mice routine
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