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On 2008-12-19 11:39, itsmagic wrote:
I bought a Black & Decker drill from Wal-Mart for $8, even comes with batteries. Only thing is the screw doesn't fit very well into the drill. So the disc will wobble. Anybody have any tips?


I bought that one today and it's perfect! The bit is the perfect size and it turns at just the right speed.

Using this B&D Screwdriver I tested it on my Mom, Dad, and two sisters (13 and 21) and all of them reacted like crazy both ways; and it didn't work on my 13 year old sister with the previous screwdrivers I tried.

This is the one I got - http://www.shrunklink.com/bkgu . Except the one I got at Walmart is packaged differently and only costs $8.97! If you don't have something to turn your illusion then I highly recommend you get this one!

Thanks a ton itsmagic !
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Yers. It really is ctrtical that you have the disc spinnign at a constant anf smooth speed. This iads in the impact of the effect on the audience.

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On 2008-12-21 19:24, magic4u02 wrote:
Yers. It really is ctrtical that you have the disc spinnign at a constant anf smooth speed. This iads in the impact of the effect on the audience.

Kyle


Has Kyle been dipping in the eggnog again? Smile

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It is called chipping ice off the car and truck for 2 hours and then trying to type on this laptop that has a bad keyboard. lol Sorry folks.

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On 2008-12-19 11:39, itsmagic wrote:
I bought a Black & Decker drill from Wal-Mart for $8, even comes with batteries. Only thing is the screw doesn't fit very well into the drill. So the disc will wobble. Anybody have any tips?


I bought that one today and it's perfect! The bit is the perfect size and it turns at just the right speed.

Using this B&D Screwdriver I tested it on my Mom, Dad, and two sisters (13 and 21) and all of them reacted like crazy both ways; and it didn't work on my 13 year old sister with the previous screwdrivers I tried.

This is the one I got - http://www.shrunklink.com/bkgu . Except the one I got at Walmart is packaged differently and only costs $8.97! If you don't have something to turn your illusion then I highly recommend you get this one!

Thanks a ton itsmagic !


Yup!
That's the one I use as well!

I too got it at Wal-Mart for $8.97

I've seen it in Orange, Silver and Black.
Never seen it in Blue like the one in your link though.

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On 2008-12-21 18:42, magic4u02 wrote:
Lol Sorry Frank. How about you get rights for your area and I get the Philadelphia area rights. lol I love this thing too much. I get such great reactions and I perform it all the time.

Kyle


O.k. Kyle, you can have Philadelphia! Smile

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This works for me. Except I want occasional access if I vacation in Florida so I can perform as a guest with lyndel. hehehe

In all seriousness, I always get great results with this. I do think some folks do not because they may be doing some things that may cuase the effect to not be as great as it could be. I want to list some of what I do in hopes that it may help someone reading this.

1) people can not be too close to the disc as it is spinning. The further back you are the better the overall effect will be. You will want at least 1o=15 feet distance if you can get it.

2) People need to be center to you and not so far on the asides of the disc. This is why I state this ahead of time and allow for the audience to move before I start the disc spinning. I give them proper time to get into place if they choose to do so.

3) You want to have the disc spinnign at a constant rate and not obstructed. By this I mean you do not want your hand to be spinning it. I use a cordless screwdriver that it attaches to and I can go in eiother direction. it keeps a steady and smooth movement and works great.

4) You want to keep is spinning for at least 30 seconds before having them look at your nose. This gives maximum effect.

5) You want the disc to be fairly close to you. If they have to look far from the disc to your nose, they will lose some of the immediate effect.

6) offer to do it again but reverse directions. this gives a different effect. It also allows those who missed it or did not want to participate a chance to do it the second time. trust me, they will want to see it a second time and it goes over so well.

These are some of the major points I use all the time.

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DITTO for what Kyle says above!

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Like you, Kyle, I also get GREAT reactions from this, and use many of the same tips you have just provided. One thing I also do - if the room is wide, I will do the middle of the room straight on so most people can get the effect, then I will turn slightly to the left side and do it again, then to the right and do it again, so people on the sides can see it too. It has never failed me, and I am so glad to have it as a part of my show. I also use it in my inspirational shows, as an example of how what we choose to focus on can impact the way we see the world around us. It always goes over great.
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On 2008-12-22 15:13, jkvand wrote:
Like you, Kyle, I also get GREAT reactions from this, and use many of the same tips you have just provided. One thing I also do - if the room is wide, I will do the middle of the room straight on so most people can get the effect, then I will turn slightly to the left side and do it again, then to the right and do it again, so people on the sides can see it too. It has never failed me, and I am so glad to have it as a part of my show.


That's exactly how I do it, so that everyone is covered.

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Dibs on Jersey! Smile
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I love this thing! I do it for all shows. I always do it at least twice. The ones that didn't see it the first time concentrate harder, and most will usually see it. I make my head get bigger twice, and if things are going well I will finish with making it smaller. It does work better with big crowds, but I have done it many times in living rooms with great results.
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Bigger crowds are my favorite, simply because as soon as I stop the wheel, pull it away from in front of my face and say,

"Look at My Nose"

there is always a two second beat and then comes the big...

"W-W-H-H-O-O-O-A-A-A" sound in utter disbelief that flows from the crowd like a big wave!!!

I just LOVE that Sound!!!

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I would like to do it three times to make sure the most amount of people get it. Do you think this would work?

1.Shrink MY head
2.Shrink the head of the person sitting next to the spectator.
3.Bring up an adult and grow their head.

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MagicbyUriel - that sounds fine albeit I think a lot of time might be wasted and momentum could get lost when selecting and bringing someone up to do the effect on.

I used to do this with a volunteer who was already on stage with me following a previous trick but have since changed this and now, in order to keep the flow going I do it this way:

1. I pull out the drill and tell the audience that "I am going to mess with their heads! - only kidding (I then put the disc on the drill and say) - I'm actually going to mess with my head!"

I explain and after the first spin I get the entire audience to focus on my nose.

2. I ask "who got it" and then explain that because it is not a trick but rather an optical illusion, those that didn't get it the first time (not everyone are focused the first time) should get it the second time.

I explain that this time they'll see something else (I do it the other direction) and after the spin, again, get the entire audience to focus on my nose.

3. finally, after the 3rd spin I simply get the entire audience to turn their heads left or right and to look at the person sitting next to them. This is crazy and for the majority the audience goes into hysterical laughter at seeing their friends heads swell up right next to them.

the 3rd pitch gives me time to put all away and bring forth my next item as the audience will be chattering and giggling for a good few seconds.

So:
1. on myself
2. on myself
3. envolves the entire audience

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I have been spinning it by hand for at least 10 years now. I have a dowel that fits in the back, and I spin it using both hands. Probably not as efficient, but it still is the one trick I always do when doing festivals. Also, this works on video too. I had my show taped at a school show, and copies were given to all the teachers. I had people telling me for days that they played it at home and it worked great!
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You are correct! It DOES work on Video as well!

The very first time I saw it was on Bruce Kavler's Demo
& I couldn't believe it!

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I just did this at my kid show, and it was great! Ages 6-11ish + adults. About 40 kids, 15-20 adults.

I did it in this order:
1.Shrink my head
2.Grow my head
3.Grow adults head
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Glad to hear it magicbyuriel.

that's the way to do it and there is no reason it should not play well. it is a selfworking effect. there is no manipulation required just audience control but this effect goes into the category of self audience controlled as the minute that thing goes spinning you are bound to get everyone attention. when most of the audience 'get it' the 1st time, they and the rest of them will automatically be drawen back for the 2nd and 3rd time.

Dani
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