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On 2003-02-23 22:10, cardican66 wrote:
Sanada gimmick

The Sanada gimmick is not an effect in itself, but a gimmick that properly used can help in accomplish miracles (for example, the impossible penetration of an handkerchief through a transparent bag sealed around your hand as performed by Henry Evans).
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The interesting part of this thread is that almost any of these "worst tricks" can be used to fool the pants off a spectator IN THE CORRECT CIRCUMSTANCES.

For example, the Abbott's "Spirit Manifestations" mentioned by Daryl-the other brother. In the right place, at the right time, it could be effective. Unfortunately, the right place is somewhere else and the right time is a long time ago. Or maybe at a viewing of Blair Witch.

One of the worst tricks I have ever seen is the Sasco Cigarette through the quarter -- the one you could show both sides, but not on edge.
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A coin and mirror effect called Eclipse, by I think Tenyo. Back in the mid to late eighties some genius came out with a pure slight effect called Twilight I believe, it was a two sided pocket mirror and you supplied 4 coins, in the US $0.50 pieces are recommended, in short you have one coin and one mirror, through a series of slights coins multiplied, imaged coins turned over after the "real" one was turned over a brilliant effect. Tenyo came out with a purely mechanical version that looked, well mechanical. I have found that most Tenyo effects are a weird plastic box that can be nothing but a gimmicked thing, as it resembles no actual thing anyone would own. (But many effects have that failing IMHO) how many round boxes with holes for nails does one see? Esp a plastic box with plastic nails. It's why I got into bazzare, I can buy props on ebay or a flea market, and whiel they may look odd, at least its something that someone may have seen in their lives.
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How would the Tenyo stuff look if made in NON_PLASTIC materials?

Is there a market for such items?

The bizzarists interested?
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Personally I liked one or two of Jim Pace's stuff, I liked his colour change and silly as it seems I liked his hat arm thing.
I got done big time on e-bay, a guy said he had a method of telling a persons pin number from their mind right on the street, Didn't relise it was a TW or boon he was talking about. Talk about cheated, I could have just looked in Corinda!
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On 2004-08-01 19:28, Jonathan Townsend wrote:
How would the Tenyo stuff look if made in NON_PLASTIC materials?

Is there a market for such items?

The bizzarists interested?

I know that at least some of Tenyo's stuff has been released in brass instead of plastic. Many years ago I saw a little magic kit that had about 10 Tenyo props all in brass. When I asked about it the shop owner told me that all of Tenyo's stuff was available in brass over in japan. I doubt that is true but I'd be curious if anyone knows anythiing about that kit and if it was a special edition or a standard tenyo product.

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all of Tenyo's stuff was available in brass over in japan

It's not true.

That kit of brass products was a special and a limited one. I wrote the original instruction and Gary Oulllet wrote English version.

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"Killer Red Caps" by Roger Monaco and hyped at the Bob Kohler website
This so-called "effect" has been much written about at The Café.
What's amazing to many is that it was given such laudatory reviews by Michael Close and others of his calibre.
"Final Book Test" by Elian Agaian and "Coin Bend" by Travis Baccene were wastes of my money as well.
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The Tenyo Okito Box made of yellow plastic was the pits.
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On 2004-07-03 13:49, Daryl -the other brother wrote:
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?

I think it would be scarier to see you do it with the lights on!

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Well I wouldn't say I bought a bad trick this year but I will say I bought a bad gimmick...STAY AWAY FROM TANGO COINS.....I bought several of there coin gimmicks just to see what they were like...And my goodness I don't think in my 32 years of living I have seen such garbage...Good think I own a ton of Lassans stuff and Johnson stuff.......LOL

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The worst effect? That would be any effect performed by me. Oh wait...the worst I ever PURCHASED? Okay, let's see.....

Probably the 'torch-thru-arm' effect using the big tube you put your forearm through. TOTALY lame & fake!
I try to avoid 'One-trick-ponies' like the Svengali deck, but I'll admit some of them, like the invisible deck DO pack a real punch!
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I guess we've all been deceived by ingenious ads which seem to suggest the impossible. For me, the worst trick I have bought was called 'Easy Float' put out by Steve Fearson many years back. I am not priviledged to reveal its workings as it is a marketed effect...suffice to say that the angles are very challenging and for the price, the method is glaringly obvious. Still, we have to admit that the best methods are often the simplest! So its a double-edged sword...the simplicity annoys us sometimes, but nobody forced us to make the purchases!
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I cannot believe you people hate "Smoke From Fingertips"! Why, in my Spiderman act, I use it to create webs while performing Pace's The Web, and scare the daylights out of unsuspecting . . . .

okay, I'm joking. Smile I bought that junk when I was 12, like everybody else, and it never did a thing. Well, I could have used it as "Talcum Powder From Fingertips", but it didn't really fit my act.

In the same order from Johnson Smith (of course): The immortal Go-Gone, a skull that would vanish. Inside a handkerchief. Where you would secure it. With a little rubberband. (Hope this exposure won't spoil anybody's day!)

So you're left with this handkerchief . . . with a big pucker in the center . . . looked like the hankie had an a**hole . . . and then you'd produce the (duplicate)skull from your pocket. You'd have to be four hundred feet away from people for them to miss the a**hole in the hankie - but the skull was only about an inch wide. So it's a close-up trick. Maybe over the radio, it would work . . . .
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For me the worst trick of this year is the "Protocol 153.51 Very Very disappointed!!!
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Great Posts!

My most useless thing was, probably, a $50 Kennedy trick, in which a cigarette floated up to your lips, then a matchbox opened, a match floated out, struck itself and floated up to light the cigarette....IF you were dressed like Pinky Lee. A stunning trick when well-done, I would imagine, but not for me, I never had the right 'costume' to use it. Andl the stage constrictions. At that time, $50 was about like $200 now.
Smoke from Fingertips? A minor miracle! For $.35 you got a mysterious miracle...most people used way too much, and expected way too much, but focussing their attention on the empty hands, then having smoke appear wisping up was a true amazement...used it for years. Wipe it off when showing your next trick with the totally unprepared hands...loved SFTFT...nice for seancy stuff, too.
The other worst tricks? Unfortunately, most of the card tricks I buy. Bigger percentage of junk, I think.
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Probably "Melt".
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I have to go with "Killer Red Caps"...pure garbage!
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