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Turk
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Just took a look at my wife's knitting needle counter for counting rows of knitting. It goes from 00 to 99 and is manually changed as you complete/start a row of knitting.

How about showing a counter that is set to 00, stick it on a knitting needle and stick the knitting needle into a ball of yarn or an uncompleted piece of knitting. Ask a spectator to name a number between 00 and 99. After he names the number, very cleanly remove the counter and hand it to the spectator. It is his predicted number!!

Turk
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nostromo
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Mmmmmmm. Only thing I can think of is to have a whole bunch of the counters (with the numbers already set) and stash 'em.

Set up some kind of an index, like cards. Maybe you could even set them so that you had a sequence that was easily reset-or better yet have an assistant doing it. The number sequence in the index would be where you could go up or down one digit. IE, instead of having EVERY number, have an 02 that could quickly become an 01 or an 03, etc.

Or just have one that you reset while doing some bits of business and palm it out or in some other way switch it, lots of props out there to do it.

You could also buy one of the brass room key effects and model your knitting counters after that.

Seems to me the audience for this might be kind of limited- and the prop itself is pretty small.

Maybe tie it into a routine with a borrowed coin or ring that appears inside the ball of yarn that the knitting needle is stuck into. Use a s***e for the gimmick, like the Adams Magic 'coin in nested boxes' trick. That might take the focus and heat off the counter itself.

Best of luck!
David43
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For my sins I'm a fully qualified cricket umpire - would it work with my runs/overs counter at the annual dinner!!!

cheers

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