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Sir
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Good evening, everyone.

I am going to be conducting a seance this year at my Halloween party and had a quick question many of you would no doubt have great answers to...

The performance I am working with does involve some hypnosis, however, as I am not too familiar with the methods of hypnosis as I am the other forms of entertainment, I will be playing it pretty safe. (suggestibility tests primarily) The rest of the performance is strong, so I feel comfortable omitting any attempts to venture further.

I have one excellent pendulum but the performance calls for up to three. Can anyone suggest a great alternative to an official pendulum?
"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes."
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A conker on a string!
anything works, its how you want it to look. a fine necklace with a ring on it borrowed from the volunteer perhaps, I have used all sorts of things, keys on string, rings etc.
find something and test it yourself.
I love pendulums for suggestibility tests.
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Used chewing gum on a (long) human hair?
Shouldn´t leave too many people indifferent.
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You really can use anything for a pendulum. I did a demonstration for fifteen people and used stainless steel nuts (the nut and bolt kind) tied to black string.

If you want them to be classier, just go to the hobby store bead department and get a few nice but relatively inexpensive blown glass pendants and some black leather cord and you are in business.
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On 2010-10-21 17:53, catweazle wrote:
A conker on a string!
anything works, its how you want it to look. a fine necklace with a ring on it borrowed from the volunteer perhaps, I have used all sorts of things, keys on string, rings etc.
find something and test it yourself.
I love pendulums for suggestibility tests.


Great idea!

I used a stainless steet plumb (Stanley brand at any hardware store) and decorated the string with beads. So it's this big ominus clunky thing over a big circle I burned into wood. Originally I made it to work as entertainment at the renaissance festival, dressed as an arab magician.

Now I use it at health fairs as a demonstration of the power of the subconscious mind. Oh and if you do this here is a tip: Ask them to only ask questions that are trivial or whimsy. Serious questions freak the hell out of people.

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Awesome, thanks for the help everyone!

I know that a pendulum is a relatively easy design to improvise. I just wasn't sure if there were specific considerations with regard to weight and material. The muscle movement is so minuscule, I wanted to be sure that I was not suppressing the phenomena with an inappropriate selection of materials.

Beads from the craft store is a great idea. I know just the ones to purchase as well. Thanks again!
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Smaller muscle movements = use a longer string, this should accentuate the movement so it is more obvious.
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Now I use it at health fairs as a demonstration of the power of the subconscious mind. Oh and if you do this here is a tip: Ask them to only ask questions that are trivial or whimsy. Serious questions freak the hell out of people.

Jerry


Brill idea Jerry
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Here is a picture of the pendulum I use for demonstration..

Jerry

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