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On 2010-11-19 22:55, Roth wrote:
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On 2010-11-19 21:32, Bob1Dog wrote:
Cicero, I thought of the balloon too and I like that as well....but if you let the spec touch it, how do you know that he/she doesn't have something in close proximity that would compromise the gimmick or give it away? That's my biggest fear...impaling someone with it if they're wearing the wrong material! (if y'all get my gist....)

Hi Guys. Thanks Tony for sharing the subtleties you use.

You cannot be impaled by the Scorpion Smile The spikes are less than 1 inch long and have a "bed of nails" effect due to the close proximity of the tiny spikes.

I can actually toss it from hand to hand, I can squeeze my hand down on the ball to some extent.

I have several customers that have painted a thick piece of bolsa wood and then drop the scorpoin on it to show it sticks in the wood.

I have seen a wonderful presentation where the performer shreds newspaper with it to show the "danger" element.

I actually use wood tongs similar to the ones in the demo video and let the spec use the wood tongs too.

If you are that concerned my friend it might not be something that is right for you.

Thank you for inquiring Smile

-Rick


I would be afraid to allow it to be touched for fear that there might still be amanita phalloides on the tips. Smile
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Origami Makibishi ŽT‚«•H

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Those are compound models ?

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[quote]On 2011-01-11 18:47, Jim-Callahan wrote:
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On 2011-01-10 22:21, Roth wrote:
Origami Makibishi ŽT‚«•H

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Those are compound models ?

Yes they are. My wife teaches origami (she's Japanese, not that that matters) although she did not do these.
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Rick, I just thought I'd add on that I built a brick of balsa wood and painted it black as you suggested. Very nice method to illustrate the potential dangers of the Makibishi. Great tip.
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As the photos above show the scorpion is not reflective of the design of known caltreps or makabishi. It looks more like the ball from a mace and chain than a caltrep or Makabishi.
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It would be interesting to actually make one that looks like the real thing.
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On 2011-01-14 18:50, Julian Kestrel wrote:
It would be interesting to actually make one that looks like the real thing.

We took some creative license with the design so the prop would work the way we wanted it to. Guys that have it apparently have never been questioned about the "look" and its been out 3 years.

We have no plans to change it, but if you think you can achieve the same effect with a different design I'd be happy to try to make one for you.

What you can't see by the pictures is it's not a ball shape, it is flared out at the bottom and stands, it will not roll.

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On 2011-01-10 20:42, Julian Kestrel wrote:
Question: can anyone provide photographic evidence of makibishi or caltreps that in any way resemble the use of this prop? I like the theme but in my research I have found nothing to support this being an accurately represented prop. Please post links as I would love to be convinced.

Julian


Better late than never:

http://s612.beta.photobucket.com/user/Ge......jpg.html

One a side note, I run a facebook page called thwe Brisbane Historical Research Society, which has members from various Ninjutsu schools. I posted a picture of the Scorpion on this page last year and I have had no one challenge the authenticity of the Scorpion, as it does ressemble some of the naturally occuring spike covered seed pods that have been used a Caltrops in various parts of the world in history.

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But the current outlaw's design make it look more sinister with spikes all over em don't you agree? Or it just llooks like a sea urchin haha
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I love the current design, it looks like a very efficient poison delivery system.
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I just ordered this - just curious please how to utilize this in a Russian Roulette style routine? Mount the Scorpion on a wood base with other bases of similar weight?

Yes/no? Any advice would be appreciated. Gracias!
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Cork Coasters work fine.
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I have not done this,maybe you could do it on a turn table!(Lazy Susan)
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I recently got this effect, it is fantastic.

I recommend using Corinda's muscle reading to perform. Downside is that once in a while you miss and nail the scorpion with your palm.

Good thing is that with the scorpion, although this leaves small scars on your palm, it does not penetrate the muscle like the knife smash and stabs, therefore, you can still do the coin roll.

Also, when you show the scars on your palm to your specs, they get a little freaked out, because they know you are nuts, and might miss again.

Builds great tension.
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I disclose that I am deathly allergic to Peanuts...
So, I roll the bugger in concentrated peanut (actually vegetable) oil w/rubber gloves.
I then give a spec. my loaded Adrenalin pen Antidote while eplaining Pulp-Fiction style instructions

Provides nice tension..,.
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I disclose that I am deathly allergic to Peanuts...
So, I roll the bugger in concentrated peanut (actually vegetable) oil w/rubber gloves.
I then give a spec. my loaded Adrenalin pen Antidote while eplaining Pulp-Fiction style instructions

Provides nice tension..,.


That is some great thinking!
Thanks for sharing such a original idea!
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At ECSS Rich Nakata and Mike Henry actually did a classic Carnie signal routine ..without ring and using tall cups...
No muscle reading...just folk that know each other well enough.
Old magic often has the power to impress the most...
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Children especially adore this effect and the Japanese Warlord/ninja back story.
A beautiful prop with ample routines to start with, this effect also KILLS with old folk !
I have worked this in Alzheimer's Units and the reactions are always wondrous and happy !
Risk is both simple and primal
One for the ages..
Cheers to the folk at Outlaw
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