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ldrosenblum
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Hi Folks-

I'm trying to compile a list of magic effects for which sound plays a critical role in either enhancing the strength of an illusion, or in misdirection.
Of course, patter can generally enhance or misdirect, but I'm more interested in effects for which sound is virtually critical to the workings of an effect.
For example (and without giving anything away), the effect of Miser's Dream is enhanced by the sound of coins hitting the bottom of the metal pail. The same is true of Kangaroo Coins in which the sound of coins dropping into a glass is important. Can you think of others? And perhaps one's not involving coins?


Thanks in advance,

Larry

PS - If you think this post is more appropriate for the 'Secrets' section, let me know and I'll move it. It just seemed liked a newbie question so I tried it here.
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I recall reading an article about James Randi doing some spoon bending (this was absolutely ages ago - sorry, no reference!) where there was an audible crack before the bowl and stem separated, however Randi achieved that.

There are various ways to create a more gruesome "bone-crunching" sound to accompany freaky arm-twisting, finger-bending, etc., tricks. for example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW3qCGTT8gM
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This is a very off the wall thought... most likely to be dismissed, but my 2c just in case...

Many years ago, I saw a magician (apologies, cannot remember who) who did an effect whereby he got two nurses in to read his pulse on either wrist. Each nurse would use one hand to feel the pulse, and the other to indicate this pulse to a soundman, who would then trigger a sound effect. As a result, you would hear a sound for each pulse, and gradually the magician was able to somehow manipulate his pulse to speed up / slow down at different rates in each wrist. I'm sure this could be performed in a variety of settings and ways....

No idea where this trick can be researched (ideas anyone??..) but it's one that comes to mind when you mentioned tricks involving sound. I was quite young at the time, but for some reason I always remember this one...

Good luck! (and good luck in understanding what I've just written!)
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Coins through table. The sound of the tapping of the coin on the table and the clinking of the coins at the bottom of the table really enhances the final effect.
Brad Burt
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Virtually all versions of the Spirit Bell fit this category. Best,
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The Rattlebox is a prime example (coins are generally used but rings can be as well). Still one of the best prop methods for the vanish of a coin or ring with the only downside being the size of the box (a problem I have solved in the manufacture of my rattleboxes).
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The Vanishing Bandana routine is built around a verbal explanation.
ldrosenblum
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Great ideas!

Being a newbie, I'll need to look some of these up, but the ones you mention that I already know are great examples - and include both enhancement of, and misdirection from, the important effects.

I'm now trying to think of any card or rope effects that make important use of sound . . .

Thanks again,

Larry
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Taking a large sponge stone out of your shoe and loudly tapping it on the table.

Dropping the bowling ball once removed from the briefcase.

Breaking the match in the handkerchief.

Smashing the watch with the hammer.

A magician or assistant talks to the audience from the inside of a container immediately before its opening to reveal only emptiness or the presence of a tiger.

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