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Just caught this on the Alakazam site. This looks to have an intriguing plot...

It requires "refills" apparently so I'm wondering how examinable the alarm clock "photos" are that are handed out to a spectator - can something rub off? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FDDakLV_0Q

Here is the link and the details:

http://www.alakazam.co.uk/product-Alarme......ter.html

Release Date 6th June

Every Pre-Order Will Receive 10 Free Gimmicks


From the creator of the bestselling effect iDeck comes another off the wall commercial big hitter!

Alarmed is an incredible prediction effect that ends with your spectator receiving an impossible souvenir.

Here’s The Effect

Your spectator imagines an alarm clock sitting on their bedside table. They name any day ie Mon,Tues, Wed etc. and any time (There is no force of any kind). You draw a clock depicting the selected time and day as ask your spec if this is what they imagined. You now reach in to your pocket and remove a photo of an old style digital alarm clock radio. The alarm clock in the photo shows the exact time and day the spectator just thought of!

This sounds too good to be true but believe me it is true..Every single word! We had 100 sample sets of Alarmed at the Blackpool convention and they completely sold-out!

You are going to love Alarmed. It’s a real world worker with an amazing prediction captured in a photograph!

Alarmed comes complete with 50 x custom photo gimmicks (refills are available) and an instructional DVD outlining multiple routines and handling tips.
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On 2011-05-03 01:46, saysold1 wrote:
Just caught this on the Alakazam site. This looks to have an intriguing plot...

It requires "refills" apparently so I'm wondering how examinable the alarm clock "photos" are that are handed out to a spectator - can something rub off? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FDDakLV_0Q




Noel did this for me at Blackpool, and he gave me the photo to keep, nothing to rub off and nothing for the to spectator to find.

Hope this helps.

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This does 'look' very good...

A sound review is much anticipated...

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Some think Houdini used trap doors in his act, but he was just going through a stage.
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Thanks for the re-route Gene. I missed the original post even after Google searching it. It would be great if Steve turned the search engine back on here Smile
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No problem - I just happened to have noticed it earlier myself Smile
Some think Houdini used trap doors in his act, but he was just going through a stage.
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Ok, I used this in two shows over the holidays, and it KILLED them. Here's my routine, and I should tell you up front, that I use Alarmed in conjunction with Jeff Kaylor's UCCU (Any Signed Card to Any Spectator's Wallet, you can search for it) to ditch and then load the photo. Not necessary, but I use it to great effect. I'll do my best to describe this routine without giving away the secret here.

Materials:

Clipboard, 8-1/2" x 11"
Pad of note paper with cardboard backing and cover, about 5 x 8"
Alarmed gimmick
Small coin envelope, just large enough for gimmick
Larger envelope, small greeting card size
Sharpie marker
Rubber Cement

Setup:

Spread rubber cement on flap of small envelope, press it closed, then open it again and let it dry. Do NOT let it close again until the right moment, as it will seal instantly.

Draw digital clock with sharpie on first page of pad of paper, including all details except time and indicators of day of week and am/pm. When drawing, hold the pad in "landscape" orientation with the binding to the left, and draw the picture on the lower half of the page as you're looking at it in this orientation.

Open the gimmick, and allow the removable part to separate slightly and fold over at the bound edge, and then close the gimmick again creating a small fold in the removable part, about 1/8". This will cause the gimmick to tend to want to open again, and will also allow easier removal of the removable part when you're done with the "business".

Place the gimmick on top of the smaller envelope, with the open flap of the envelope to the right, and place both on top of the page with the drawing, all the way to the left at the pad binding, so you can see the drawing of the clock. Close the pad and place it in the clipboard so that the clip holds the pad, the gimmick and the small envelope together, but you can open the gimmick and work on it when the pad is open. The idea here is that you'll be able to manage the gimmick, the small envelope, and the pad while finishing the drawing, AND get the gimmick inside the small envelope and seal it, all behind the cover of the clipboard.

Seal the larger envelope, just at the point of the flap so it's easy to quickly unseal it during the performance. Clip the larger envelope into the clipboard on top of the pad.

Be prepared with the UCCU device (or be ready to use other technique, if you prefer).


Performance:

Come out with the set up clipboard & materials and the sharpie pen.

Remove the Sealed envelope from the clipboard and put it down in audience view without commenting on it.

Have someone select a random time of day on any day during a week. Tell them you're going to draw a picture to give an impression of the time selected, and that you're going to ask questions about the day and time selected (this part is much like the routine taught on the DVD, but with the action covered by the pad and clipboard, it's MUCH easier to do).

Slide the pad slightly out of the clip on the clipboard, JUST enough to allow you to open the pad and see the entire gimmick, but still have the gimmick, small envelope and pad held in place securely.

Ask what day of the week was selected, then whether it was AM or PM, and finally the time. Proceed with the "business" while also finishing the drawing of the clock on the pad.

While finishing the business, ask the audience how many minutes are in a day, and when they have that figured out (1440), ask how many are in a week. Use the time it takes for them to calculate the number (10,080) to finish the drawing and the gimmick preparation. When done, remove the removable part from the gimmick, stick it into the pad binding to help hold it on the pad while you then slide the gimmick out of the clip and slide it into the envelope. Then close the envelope flap, which should seal immediately, and slide the envelope out of the clip and hold it against the pad. (Note that ALL of the above is done with an open sharpie in your right hand while you pretend to be finishing the clock drawing).

While talking to the audience about the impossibility of your knowing the time selected, hold the clipboard closer to your body for a moment, remove the envelope and ditch it into the UCCU.

Now tell the spectator you want him to tell you if the picture you've drawn is a good representation of the time he's selected. Remove the pad from the clipboard with the right hand, while holding the loose slip of paper against the clipboard with the left thumb. Hand out the pad and put away the clipboard with the loose slip or palm and ditch the loose slip.

Now your hands should be empty and the audience is looking at the drawn clock and wondering what the point is. Ask them "how incredible would it be if I could PROVE that I either knew the selected time beforehand or that I had mentally FORCED the spectator to choose a time I had predetermined?"

Indicate the sealed envelope that has been laying in plain sight since before the time was chosen. Pick up and unseal the envelope, and use the UCCU to load the smaller envelope so that you appear to remove the small sealed envelope from the larger one, and in one movement, toss the small envelope on the table in front of the spectator.

Tell the audience that the proof is in a photo in the sealed envelope, allow the specator to unseal and open it and stand back while the entire audience goes nuts.

That's it, I hope I didn't give away too much here, if you think I did, let me know and I'll edit or remove this post. Otherwise, let me know what you think. This has become one of my top mental effects using this routine, with every single person left utterly baffled, even in my own family.
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Hello everybody,

I am not too Assiduous in magical forums (please forgive me) but I was just having ALARMED in hands ...

I want to tell you my outrage at the fact to sell such a called plagiarism of my trick : PREDICTA. The method is strictly identical and I do not understand the merchants who dare to sell such a copy!

I urge the whole magic community to boycott ALARMED and the merchants who sell it.

I am ready to all discussions on this subject.

Regards

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Contact Peter Nardi at Alakazam Magic r Noel Quarter - this has been available for at least 6+ months now.

Do you have proof of what you say Gilbert?
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Here is a link to the Predicta effect at Stevens Magic with a demo video:

http://www.stevensmagic.com/product/excl......3661.htm
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Same method but different effect. I have no idea of the original approach of these two.
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I'm sure Gilbert does not like those sour grapes posts.
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You mean mine?
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On 2012-01-09 18:44, saysold1 wrote:
Contact Peter Nardi at Alakazam Magic r Noel Quarter - this has been available for at least 6+ months now.


I am also waiting for Alakazam and Noel Quarter answer on this point...
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I really don't think that Alakasam nor Mr Quarter have to be contact. Too much honnor ...

I just wanted to ALARM ;o) the magic community that it is prefeable to boycott the thieves for the good of the creatives and the magicians who are in need.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNlsUbNKKds

This my new trick. But If anybody stole my creations, why continue ?
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That's a great way to show a prediction
Bravo M. Raimond!
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I'm with dorian on this. I'll wait to read the response from Alakazam and Noel.
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That's awesome Gilbert! I LOVE it!!
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I agree with the consensus here, that is a fantastic Lotto Prediction effect. Way better than the one from a few years ago that was well over $100 and the ticket was handwritten which just does not work for me. Am I the only one though who thinks that the demo was absolutely awful??!! Did no one else notice how blatant the envelope "prep" was right after handing over the piece of paper to the spectator? Sorry, but that was horrible...did not care for the whole sanskrit story line and justification either. I think there are other ways to accomplish the dirty work for this one than that routine. I really do like the effect though Gilbert.

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I agree Hank - the Steven's Magic "Hieroglyphics" demo was quite poor - just makes zero justification sense other than a reason to do the dirty work... yuck.

But the effect looks quite interesting - just needs a better presentation.

Watch this non-English demo (an improvement btw) - You will see at the end that the lotto card numerals do in fact use a similar methodology as Alarmed. The scratch off is quite clever too and you can see the card in close up:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQjZ3HqvDJQ
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