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Tried a couple of times to view the video...but there seems to be a problem with the it on Youtube right now....I'll try again later...

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I went to YouTube - it's playing:

Plumber's Helper
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Yup..check again tonight and it's playing...

Awesome!

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I was sent an email from someone that alarmed me, as I'm afraid I might not have been absolutely clear. Here is the email:

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Hi David,
Your Plumbers Helper looks great!
However, I am a bit confused about the necessary set-up. In your description, it says you need a real faucet water supply system, not just a well.
Then you also mention it is self-contained and nothing attached to it or your body.
So I guess my question is that the water that comes out at the end of the routine, is it self-contained IN the prop, or do you need a hose connected to a faucet somewhere?? Or is the faucet connection to be used BEFORE the show to fill up a water well IN the prop?? I can't imagine a hose going to a real water supply faucet off stage connected to the stage?? Thanks for your help.

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To clarify, Plumber's Helper is self-contained. One needs a faucet of some type simply to set it for a performance. Then it is ready to go, and can be tossed in the backseat of a car, etc. Nothing is attached to the performer at any time.

The run was of 36 pieces. More may be made in the future but that is far from my mind as I am just now recuperating from this run! I kept one unit for myself, and over half of the remaining units have been sold.
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I like it!

And that is saying a lot from a hard core Chinese Stick man. I have about 100 sets of Chinese Sticks. I have one set of Histed sticks I made in the 80's. After seeing it one time I figured it out. So I really was never that excited about Histed sticks and their variations.

I like this! It looks like something I can use! My order is already in!

ACE
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David,

That email was hilarious. Great way to perform, keeping that hose hooked up throughout the performance AND managing to keep it hidden! That's the magic part.

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Hey, it wasn't his fault - I needed to be more clear.
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When I first read the description, I was confused about needing a water source. With all the claims in advertising, why can't you hook up a hose and hide it?
But I read further, and watched the video, and it was all clear. This is something that looks practical and can be a performance piece.
Mine is on the way! Thanks! I will try to put it in some of my summer camp shows before the summer is over!

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Hold on, David. Now, you say it's self-contained. Therefore, since the water source is your self, how do you hide the hose that goes from you to the Plumber's Helper? How long of a hose must I have, anyway? I'm really sorry, but I'm afraid this effect is too physically demanding for me to consider buying it.
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Big boxer shorts.

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All right guys...not everyone will know you are joking, and as I put my blood into this thing, let me be clear:

THIS IS SELF-CONTAINED

In performance there is nothing...no hose...no hollow leg...NOTHING but the Plumber's Helper doing what it does.

IN FACT...

You could put the entire Plumber's Helper into a spectator's hand at the beginning of the routine, tell him what to do at every stage, and it will work for him! I don't recommend this as a method of performance - I'm just making a point.

Yikes.

Dudes....
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If one watches the video demo and reads the entire description it should be obvious that this is completely self contained and a great stand up performance piece.

Since I never use tables, this is perfect for my style.

I will spend a couple of days rehearsing and put it right into the act. I have 2 shows a day until the end of the summer, so I plan on soaking down some kids!

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If my friend ACE says it's good...it's a good workable effect!

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I'm already thinking of ideas, such as the wizard hat to plunger...I might put it on the helpers head and have them hold an old bucket for the water...
I also juggle plungers...
I see a theme here...

ACE
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This is a brilliant idea.
Wow, what a wonderful take on an old, worn out classic.
This is something adults and family audiences can and will enjoy.
Well done David!!!!!!
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On 2009-07-04 22:54, mrmental2003 wrote:
This is a brilliant idea.
Wow, what a wonderful take on an old, worn out classic.
This is something adults and family audiences can and will enjoy.
Well done David!!!!!!


hold on. what part is a brilliant idea? the water coming out? if so, yep brilliant.
being made of plumbing parts?.......
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If you go to http://www.stevensmagic.com and look for "Pluber's Poles" you will find my trick for very little money. You get all but the water ending. Which I would have had but didn't want to run the cost up. You should see the prototypes in my shop.

Here's a link and video. (Oh, and it is only $47.50)

http://www.stevensmagic.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=1563
STAY TOONED... @ www.pete-biro.com
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You could use the old clown bucket to catch the water, then it looks like you throw the water into the audience but confetti comes out.
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And, Pete, if you had added the water aspect, then the cost would have been higher (maybe around $300); but, the trick would have been so much better and I would have been inclined to buy it as I have with David's. Woulda, shoulda, coulda. Your post smacks too much of sour grapes.
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On 2009-07-05 14:20, Winks wrote:
And, Pete, if you had added the water aspect, then the cost would have been higher (maybe around $300); but, the trick would have been so much better and I would have been inclined to buy it as I have with David's. Woulda, shoulda, coulda. Your post smacks too much of sour grapes.

Whoa there... this is Pete's first post on this topic and I am surprised. Pete had the plumbing parts idea ages ago. David is a great guy, and maybe he never heard of Pete's version. I don't like the thought of people thinking David was the first person to use plumbing parts. The water coming out part, fine.

Pete hasn't said a word about any lack of mention of his idea or asking for credit.

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