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Scott F. Guinn
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"Ping Pong Pop" by Sparks. A dealer friend of mine gave it to me at his cost--I wish he had paid me to take it! It is just awful. I threw it in the recycling bin the same day.

There are many tricks out there that can be a fine piece of magic in the right hands ("One man's trash is another man's treasure"). Many of the effects named in this topic are deemed horrible by some, while others think they are great (for example, I really like Reality Twister). But I have never met or heard of anyone who thought "Ping Pong Pop" was even a remotely good trick. Ech!
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Why not just give the "bad things" away to other magicians who maybe wants them?
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Good question, but in this case, I COULDN'T give it away! NOBODY wanted it. It was so bad, I don't even think it qualified as a trick!
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UFO. That thing sucked!
Mehtas
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kryptonite76 ,

Any reason you don't like UFO ???


Coz , I like UFO very much Smile
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Hands down: Silver/Copper/Brass Transposition! Just kidding.

Seriously, for me, it has to be Antón's "Meeting Point." I mention it because I recently bought it and have not been able to use it anywhere I perform. While I realized this card-through-window trick would require prior setup before I bought it, the dealer (a very reputable and well-known company) assured me that it would not be a problem in my venues. In your own home you can create the perfect setting, but anywhere else, chances are slim you'll have the right condition. If you're familiar with this trick, you know what I'm talking about. The s****** supplied with the trick is bogus and would appear nonsensical if used. Does anyone agree or am I nuts?
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You would have to experiment using "Meeting Point" wolfgang.

The gimmick is a disappointment at first, but once you practice and get the trick down, I'd say it's a pretty good illusion! Smile
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I do not think it's a bad idea. And I have come up with other ways to provide "cover." But I wish I had been told that it requires a specific type of paned window beforehand. Bottomline: in the last ten places I have performed, I could use it zero times. I'd like to know if someone out there is using it regularly in shows, not just having fun with it at home. For me, "Meeting Point" was D.O.A. (Dust-collector On Arrival).
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Yeah, Meeting Point is pretty bad. All the windows in my house are double-glazed (two thin panes with a small airspace between), as are most windows in modern homes. This keeps me from performing it on any window. I can only do it on the glass door that covers my stereo cabinet, which dramatically decreases the impact.
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I especially relate to the comment about "Anything I bought before I was 20."

That reminded me of a mini floating mummy I bought years ago. The packaging fell somewhat short of the unvarnished fidelity in describing the trick.

First, it gave the impression that it could be performed in any situation. (No way.) Then, it led this naive youngster (me) to believe that the method was undetectable.

Well, it was a thread, and not a very sublte one. It was so coarse and so black that the silly thing could only be performed in extremely low light.

It was so painfully obvious that the "mummy" was dangling by that thread (it moved around a lot) that I just can't imagine anyone it would fool.

I remember it was priced somewhere around twenty-five 1963 dollars.

Ugh.

But wait! There's MORE!

That wasn't the worst. The worst by far--and I concede that this goes back so far as to be irrelevant-- was the SMOKE FROM FINGERTIPS novelty. Oh, to read the packaging (or, more likely, the ad on the inside front cover of a comic book), you were sure you could produce "billows of smoke" with this amazing product.

What a bite!

All it produced was this flimsy ***. It was so bad you'd have to tell folks what it was supposed to be.

Yep, that SMOKE FROM FINGERTIPS was a real reputation maker. They'd see me coming and say, "Hey, there's the jerk who spent his allowance on that piece of crap tube of goo that's supposed to look like smoke. What a LOSER!"
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lite flight by perry maynard was a piece of crap, the IT would allways break during performance and people would figure it out.. Smile
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On 2003-05-10 20:08, iamslow wrote:
lite flight by perry maynard was a piece of crap, the IT would allways break during performance and people would figure it out.. Smile


You might have had some bad "make it float stuff". I used this effect to open my platform show that I performed in a casino in a dumpy little town called Deadwood, South Dakota. I did 6 shows per day for 4 months, and I NEVER had ANY trouble with Lite-Flite. Smile
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HHmmmmmm
the worst trick i have ever bought would have to be trisector, by tenyo.
Because it is really fiddly and there is no way you can perform it without it looking really dodgy!!!! Smile
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The quality of my Switch Card(by Ickle Pickle) is poor...maybe that's mine only.

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Phew! When I started this thread I had no idea it would evolve into six pages. I still get a chuckle from the posts on this topic. Hope everyone else is enjoying it as much as I am.

LOVED JoJo41's post about the smoke from fingertips...... Just so you know, I bought it too. It was so bad, I never even considered showing it to anyone! I had forgotten about that one. Thanks for bringing back a fond (or maybe not so fond) memory!!!
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I love Trisector! and most of the Tenyo Range. Having said that, my vote for the worst trick on the planet has to go to Tenyo's Anti-Gravity Rock.

Talk about a piece of crap! It is by far the worst thing I have ever seen, and it wouldn't fool blind Freddy...
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The worst thing I (or anyone else for that matter) have ever bought was Schindlers pen.
It was a while ago so I can't remember all the specifics but basically the add read that you could vanish objects, make predictions etc. etc. the list went on with some really amazing claims (I was new to magic at the time and didn't know better).

I got the thing home...IT'S A PEN!!!! THAT'S IT, JUST A PEN!!!! oh excuse me there are card suits and values printed on it.
It came with a booklet to tell you how to achieve all of these miracles but it was complete crap! It's like he sat down and thought I might try to sell those suckers a pen, I wonder what I can tell them it does. Some things I might have added are - kills 95% of all household pests (If thery're smaller than a fly you squash them with it or if they're bigger you can stab them with it).
I suppose youre wondering how you can vanish 'almost anything' with a pen...(apart from the stiking vanish)....well there was some lame thing about using it for misdirection, the only way it could be used for that in my mind is if you jabbed the spectator in the eye with it and then hid the object behind a nearby plant!
Suffice to say I don't recommend it. But if anyone is interested you could by my latest item - 'The Stapler' (float passing cars, shift the axis of the globe a foot to the left, no stooges and no rough and smooth, only $2573.50. The price is high to keep it out of the hands of the curious)
P.S. it can also be used to join to separate pieces of paper together.
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Billy,

Yes, I had this item long time ago and its just what you said, A PEN , with some card printing on it.(including the out of this world instructions)

One day I got up and went to throw this pen into the bin,

Guess what ??

The pen jumped back and the words came from the bin "This place is for rubbish, please don't throw this item here"


:) Smile Smile Smile



This is how the item looks

http://www.showbizmagic.net/image/products/SchindlersPen.jpg
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I bought a trick called WitchCraft rose. It consisted of a cheap rose and a Wire floating gimmick that you couldn't hide to save your life. The trick described the rose floating off the stem, in truth you had to pull it off with a strong jerk.
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The worst trick that i ever bought was Tony Clarks Ultra Safe Dove Harness. WHAT A PIECE OF JUNK! When I put it on one of my doves the poor thing just about did a backflip and was having a spasm on the ground. It couldn't even stand up properly. And oh yes, it was put on correctly, so i tried it on one of my other doves-same result. Then finaly i went through my 4 doves and then decided to just shove the expensive peice of junk in a draw, where i haven't used it since.
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