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danielhunley
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I know that a lot of people make their own wands but I am afraid that last time I tried wittling, it almost ended with a trip to the hospital. SO, I was wondering where would a good place be to get wands. I want a nice 12-13 inch wood or metal (Preferably wood). I REALLY am hoping I can get one for under 25 dollars... Any internet stores I could buy this from???]
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Pete Biro
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Depends on your style... a plain stick stained dark is good (just buy dowel at Home Depot)... or a drum stick from a music store.

Charlie Miller like the cardboard tube that comes with hangars from the laundry.

I use a hunk of bamboo, cut to length. Find at bigger garden shops or on ebay buy old bamboo canes and cut 'em down.

Send me $10 cash and I'll mail you one. Smile

Hunk of bamboo that is...

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The thing is ....a drumb stick is a little light if you are going to do any flourishes with it. Maybe a wand spin, it can be done. But the weight of a heavier stick helps the momentum of the twirling action Smile.... I know that Eric Evans is making some right now...out of hard wood...but you won't buy one for $25...I would say at least $50...but they are really nice.

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I'm looking for a wand too. I think I might get Ammar's mercury wand. I know it's been trashed on another thread and been called cheap but I'd be afraid to use spectacular, solid gold, imported Hungarian marble wand incase I broke it. Smile
Danny Hustle
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I got tipped off to using Timbale drumstick covered in black electrical tape from Gazzo. I used on all last season and it was great! The thing took a beating and a half and is still going. It is heavy enough to do any spin you might want to do just the right length and costs about four bucks for a set of two. You need to ask for the type that are the same thickness all the way through and do not have a tip. They work great.

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Danny...I was out and about and I ran into your buddy Gazzo...He was desperatly looking for a wand. Someone stole his, so I gave him one. Likely he's still using it. It was a drum stick, but it was the kind with the tip. I took the tip and sanded it off and made it nice and flat on the end so it will work. I like heavy My vballs are light also. I am Looking to get heavier ones.....Smile chop cup balls....

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If you have ever seen a drummer do spins, you know that drumsticks can't be all that bad... You just have to practice, like a juggler or a musician... I know of few magicians that practice as hard or long as they. Smile
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I can do it Pete...I just like a little more weight in my stick and balls...timing thing....but you certainly are right and I would not argue with you over this....because I would loose..I hate loosing....Smile

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"Loosing?" I think you mean "losing" Smile
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Yea...OK...You are smarter than me.....

I never got out of da 7th grade...

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For the money ($15, I think), Ammar's wand is hard to beat. Nothing around that I know of is as durable as the bar of stainless steel (or maybe aluminum) that it is made of. The weight is great for the wand spin.

I do like the notion of a stick. To me the wand reminds me of the top hat magician which is great for some but not for me. I am currently using the Ammar wand but am thinking of painting the tips black to match the rest of the wand.
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I just picked up a great want last nite at my ring meeting. Teak with brass ends. Two halves screw together. Nice weight. . . flourishes are coming incredibly easy. And relatively low price for what it is. The guy selling it was Peter Monticup from Magictricks.com. Don't know who the maker was though. Drop Peter a line at his webpage.

Mark

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I make my own wands from normal 1/2 inch dowel rod from the lumber yard. It's a hard wood of some kind, and, so far, I'm not banging it hard enough to hurt it too bad. I have found that sanding the ends to have a nicely rounded end helps in the tipping over of the cups, seems to give a firmer grip on the cups. Question: what is the optinum length for a wand that you guys would recommend?
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Swami Bill
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I've been making my own, too. JamesinLA has the right idea. Hardwood dowel either 1/2" or 5/8" stained with a medium brown stain and white ends. Easy to do and cheap. So far the best length has been 14" but I'm experimenting with a slightly shorter version.

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I've been experimenting with wands a lot lately. The key to a smooth spin is not the weight per se, but weighted ends. If the ends are weighted, once you get the spin started, centrifugal force carries the spin while you guide it with small effort. When I do it right, the result very satisfying. I find the 1/2 inch is horsey in my hands. I'm finding that a more slender shaft, weighted ends, and about 12+ inches overall length works best for me.
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Wow... I seem to be the exception here...

I made/make my own wands from dowel and brass caps that come off of office pens; I have two- one that is 13" long and one that is a full 18" long that I use for C/B. I find it far far easier to do the wand spins, ect with the 18" than the shorter wand.
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Re longer wand, I saw a recommendation from one magician that to start with learning to spin, start with a long bit of dowel, maybe 2 foot long to get the hang of it. My wand is a cut-down drumstick covered with white electrical tape.
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Greetings and Salutations,

Another vote for a timbali sticks for magic wand.

I covered one of the pair in black electricians' tape, and the other in different colors of electricians' tape -- "for kid shows." That's just a throw-away line, unless there are actually kids at my show, in which case, I use the multi-colored stick. (My show, regardless, is family friendly, but when there are no families with kids in the audience, my audience seems to think they are getting the racier version of a show.)

And, by the way, I've been beating the heck out of the sticks for a couple of seasons, mostly the black-wrapped one, and I don't think it will be possible to destroy it, unless I want to do so intentionally. I am going to have to take off the tape and re-wrap the "black" stick before this spring.

But for a total cost of about $12, they're the best magic sticks I have found. The sticks are of a good weight, and the tape wrapping make for a surer handling.

Just my $.02 USD worth. YMMV.

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MagiCol
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Jim, I cut my drum stick to the size for doing the Fl!p move. Basically length is from the base of the fingers to the inside of the middle of the elbow. About 12 inches long. If you know the Fl!p move, you'll understand why.
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I use a PVC tube - wrapped in black electrician's tape. LOOKS like a magician's wand and handles great, I can wand spin it and flip move it - plus you can bang on your cups all day without breaking it or scarring your cups!

I'm almost afraid to post this, but you can have a look at it and my meager effort at the cups and balls here:

http://youtu.be/XadJD6LbVi4

Oscar
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