The Magic Café
Username:
Password:
[ Lost Password ]
  [ Forgot Username ]
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » The side walk shuffle » » Pen/Card Sword (0 Likes) Printer Friendly Version

AntonDreaming
View Profile
Special user
Gloucester by the sea
622 Posts

Profile of AntonDreaming
Does any one know if this makes for a good card sword and if not are there any good alternitives to card swords out there?

http://www.vikingmagic.com/?nd=full&key=301

Any ideas would be great!
Anton

p.s. the ad description states the card can be signed... Interesting
Danny Hustle
View Profile
Inner circle
Boston, MA USA
2393 Posts

Profile of Danny Hustle
I own it and IMHO it's junk, un-performable, and one of those tricks that a guy made up in his bedroom, never performed, it seemed like a great idea at the time, and sold it to other magicians.

There is a tennis racket, a baseball bat, and a ton of other sword alternatives out there. Particularly Kevin James umbrella which every swinging stick in town uses in their show.

It's easy enough to make one out of darn near anything. Chance Wolf made (and sells) a great one out of a rubber chicken, I kid you not.

The card sword is the feature of my act and I use...well..a sword. Smile I messed around with a wooden sword like a kid would make and the results were not only less than optimal, but rather embarrassing. Smile I went back to the sword flavored sword. I've even used it on the street with no hassles from the PD.

Best,

Dan-
Image

"MT is one of the reasons we started this board! I’m so sick of posts being deleted without any reason given, and by unknown people at that." - Steve Brooks Sep 7, 2001 8:38pm
©1999-2014 Daniel Denney all rights reserved.
AntonDreaming
View Profile
Special user
Gloucester by the sea
622 Posts

Profile of AntonDreaming
Sounds Good. I was mainly interested to know if this was workable. Thanks for letting me know that it is not!
Anton
Harry Murphy
View Profile
Inner circle
Maryland
5348 Posts

Profile of Harry Murphy
Danny beat me to it! I got it in a box of "stuff" in a trade years ago. I actually tried to make it work in practice. Well it never saw the light of performance. I disliked it so much I tossed it in the trash rather than try to foist it on yet another unsuspecting magician! LOL!!!

One of my favorite “card swords” is a clever little thing with a mouse trap mounted on a wooden paddle (remember back in the day when kids used to get “swats” at school? Yep it’s that kind of paddle!) I think that it used to be put out by Magic Inc. I got it back in the mid 60’s from Douglas Magicland in Dallas.

You have the card selected, signed if you want, shuffled back in the deck and then the deck is balanced on the paddle just in front of the mouse trap. A flick tosses the cards in the air and a swing through the cards has the mouse trap snapping closed on the selected card. Looks cool and different from anything anyone has ever seen. In all my years in magic I am the only person I know who ever owned one or actually performed it!

It is pretty easy to use in general. There is no elastic to go wrong at the wrong time and in fact, nothing “mechanical” to go wrong. The mouse trap is just that; a mouse trap. You can play this a couple different ways. First the standard cards flying everywhere routine or you can band the cards together and toss the packet in the air and the card will still end up in the mouse trap (it is less a card sword and more a card to impossible location this way). The second way leaves no mess to clean up and lends itself to multiple performances (such as out doors, street, fairs, festivals). Reset is pretty much instantaneous and can be done right in front of a crowd of spectators.
The artist formally known as Mumblepeas!
johnnymystic
View Profile
Inner circle
North Adams Ma.
1576 Posts

Profile of johnnymystic
Quote:
On 2008-03-16 17:28, Danny Hustle wrote:

There is a tennis racket, a baseball bat, and a ton of other sword alternatives out there. Particularly Kevin James umbrella which every swinging stick in town uses in their show.

Best,

Dan-


Man, back in the day when Hank Lee's was still open, everytime I went there I wanted to get the Kevin James Umbrella stab and hank's was always sold out!!!

Hahahahaha!

Glad I never bought it then.
I drink cheap tequila and vomit
<BR>I cannot eat hot wings...acid reflux
<BR>I never inhale Smile
<BR>I can put a field dress on a deer
johnnymystic
View Profile
Inner circle
North Adams Ma.
1576 Posts

Profile of johnnymystic
Anton,

Might it be cool to toss the cards into the air and using only your index finger, stab the card in thin air type crap?

How 'bout if it's signed, would that be cool?

Is it as dramatic as using a sword, I dunno, it could be...in the right hands maybe?
I drink cheap tequila and vomit
<BR>I cannot eat hot wings...acid reflux
<BR>I never inhale Smile
<BR>I can put a field dress on a deer
Harry Murphy
View Profile
Inner circle
Maryland
5348 Posts

Profile of Harry Murphy
Karroll Fox used to do that very thing! He called it Karate Kard! It was an impromptu bit in his hands!
The artist formally known as Mumblepeas!
johnnymystic
View Profile
Inner circle
North Adams Ma.
1576 Posts

Profile of johnnymystic
Karrol Fox obviously had the right hands!
I drink cheap tequila and vomit
<BR>I cannot eat hot wings...acid reflux
<BR>I never inhale Smile
<BR>I can put a field dress on a deer
Harry Murphy
View Profile
Inner circle
Maryland
5348 Posts

Profile of Harry Murphy
Fox used to do the bit with a book of matches too! He’d toss the book of matches into the air and stab it with his finger. The book was impaled on his finger a la’ Karate Coin. He was not much for spending a ton of money on a prop when he could do something similar using easily found items. He once told me that he never got spending a ton of money on a coin with a hole in it when he could get a better reaction out of a book of matches. Plus, he left the book of matches with the spectator!
The artist formally known as Mumblepeas!
Joe Howard
View Profile
Loyal user
The Peoples Republic of Massachusetts
204 Posts

Profile of Joe Howard
If you ever get the chance to see Danny's card sword routine, you'll be in for a treat. It's developed into quite a good personality piece for him.

Joe H

ps. I remember that wooden sword. LOL
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » The side walk shuffle » » Pen/Card Sword (0 Likes)
[ Top of Page ]
All content & postings Copyright © 2001-2020 Steve Brooks. All Rights Reserved.
This page was created in 0.19 seconds requiring 5 database queries.
The views and comments expressed on The Magic Café
are not necessarily those of The Magic Café, Steve Brooks, or Steve Brooks Magic.
> Privacy Statement <

ROTFL Billions and billions served! ROTFL