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silking
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Hi- anyone ever hear of a --Mentalist Prediction Hammer??

Thanks

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Yes - it was the creation of Maurice Fogel.

Good thoughts,

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It hit hard !
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Just adding to Bob's comment -- Penn & Teller used one for their prediction in a sealed bottle effect in their first touring stage show (more than a few years ago).
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Hey...I own one! I'm looking at it right now. Yes, Fogel. Bought it when I was a kid. Kept it around but haven't used it.
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You could use it with Kurotsuke to knockout the guy holding the black pebble. POW. It was you. Applause.
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Isn't it similar to a billet knife?
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The title of this thread needs some tuning!!!

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The effect is called "The Fogel Headline Prediction." And Dick is correct about Penn and Teller using it years ago. (They used it with a pickle jar as I recall) It should be noted, though, that a gimmicked hammer is NOT required to achieve the effect. I think Fogel marketed it that way so that he would have a prop to sell along with the routine.

I think that any further discussion of what this item is and what it does properly belongs in "Inner Thoughts."

Good thoughts,

Bob
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I just saw Joe Steven's show the hammer on Steven's Greater Magic Teach-in (Mentalism). Maybe they still have some if you a interested in buying them....It was cool to see the workings of it. I am not sure if the presentation that was discussed was correct. As Cassidy said, it is superfluous.
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The best part of the Fogel Headline Prediction with the hammer was his instructions. It included a wonderful treatise on WHY and WHEN to do a headline prediction (or any publicity stunt).

When I saw PENN & TELLER perform this effect they used an old-fashioned glass jug -- the kind with the ring at the neck. The jug was suspended overhead by a line and clip through the glass ring of the jug.

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Tom is right. The most important part of Fogel's routine was the theory behind it.

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Thank you all for the info.

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