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wafflesthemagician
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I've noticed the majority of the posts here on the Café to be about routines of cups & balls, & review of what kind of cups to use, etc.

There's a vital part I'm missing here, and that's the wand. It plays an important role in misdirection, and has other uses too. What are some of the qualities that you would like in a wand? Made from metal, plastic, wood, other strange amalgams of materials? Heavy, light, balanced, intentionally unbalanced? etc. You could have different wands for different purposes.

I've been looking to get a good wand, but I'm not quite sure who makes them. Any suggestions?
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I make mine from a 1/2 inch dowel.
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I use a harry potter style wand. I don't like the look of the typical magician's wand, because I just don't love how they look.

I know I sacrifice a few moves, but I can cover them with my own (as you can read in the secret sessions post by Lawrence O).

I love the variaty in harry potter style wands as opposed to the magician's style wands. I love to be unique-looking in what I do.
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My favorite wands are made by a guy named ironbids who sells them on a store on the big auction site called Ironbrook Woodworks. I just bought a wand from him, oak with purpleheart tips, for $30 bucks! Too cool. Joe Porper makes some beatiful metal wands that can be found on most of the big online magic shops. Roy Kueppers makes a variety of very nice wands that can be found on his website. Moonlite Magic makes a good looking wand from exotic woods that can be found on the RNTII site. Tango makes a good durable basic wand that doesn't cost a lot. Look around, they're out there.
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Michael Baker here at thecafe makes very nice ones and I also bought a nice one form ironbids on ebay
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I wish I could pull off a Harry Potter style wand, as I've been a HUGE Harry Potter fan since like, 3rd grade when I read the first book, but alas I would look rediculous with one, mainly becuase I would point it at people and yell CRUCIO in the middle of my routine, expecially if I got a heckler. Yes, I know what you're thinking, and No, I do not have any self-control. I still find myself wanting to shake my wand furiously at people, then complain that the thing must be busted because they're not turning into frogs.
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Oh, I almost forgot, I use the wand my mentor gave me, it's just a penguin magic wand, but it's good and heavy and balanced really well, I like it, though mines gotten kind of beat up from so many failed wand spins until I got where I was perfect every time. but it's still nice.
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With the harry potter wands you have to be graceful and do things slowly, you can't bang the cups you can merely tap them. You can do a wand-spin variant with the harry potter style wand.
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I've made several from oak dowels of various dimensions and paint jobs.

I drill a v-shaped indentation in the ends (not my idea by the way) which it not noticeable after painting.

This allows me to balance a ball on the end with no effort.

It looks like it takes skill! Smile ha ha

Can be a nice little bit of misdirection.

Use it with chop cup, cups and balls, billiard balls...
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PS

You could also drill a small hole in one or both ends to insert small NEODYMIUM rod magnets.

Also not my idea.
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Bapu, the neodymium magnet in the end could be crazy useful, though I would have to drill deeper and put some lead or something in before the magnet, just to give it some extra weight, cuz dowel rods are light light light haha
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On 2012-10-24 00:31, Gary T. wrote:
I wish I could pull off a Harry Potter style wand, as I've been a HUGE Harry Potter fan since like, 3rd grade when I read the first book, but alas I would look rediculous with one, mainly becuase I would point it at people and yell CRUCIO in the middle of my routine, expecially if I got a heckler. Yes, I know what you're thinking, and No, I do not have any self-control. I still find myself wanting to shake my wand furiously at people, then complain that the thing must be busted because they're not turning into frogs.


CRUCIO is a little harsh. I just say STUPEFY.
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On 2012-10-24 00:31, Gary T. wrote:
I wish I could pull off a Harry Potter style wand, as I've been a HUGE Harry Potter fan since like, 3rd grade when I read the first book, but alas I would look rediculous with one, mainly becuase I would point it at people and yell CRUCIO in the middle of my routine, expecially if I got a heckler. Yes, I know what you're thinking, and No, I do not have any self-control. I still find myself wanting to shake my wand furiously at people, then complain that the thing must be busted because they're not turning into frogs.


CRUCIO is a little harsh. I just say STUPEFY.


maybe it's a little harsh, but they can crawl away so no permanent harm done... I think.... I would use Imperio on those volunteers that have issues following simple directions
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I would use avada kedavra on people with almost no common knowledge... who don't like to learn. Who don't know the difference between Dutch and German or where the eiffeltower is.
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My favorite wand is one I made out of copper pipe. I like a little heavier feel, which it gives, it can easily be chopped, and can hold various items for a magical reveal. Spray with salt water for an antique look...
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On 2012-10-23 18:13, wafflesthemagician wrote:
I've noticed the majority of the posts here on the Café to be about routines of cups & balls, & review of what kind of cups to use, etc.

There's a vital part I'm missing here, and that's the wand. It plays an important role in misdirection, and has other uses too. What are some of the qualities that you would like in a wand? Made from metal, plastic, wood, other strange amalgams of materials? Heavy, light, balanced, intentionally unbalanced? etc. You could have different wands for different purposes.

I've been looking to get a good wand, but I'm not quite sure who makes them. Any suggestions?


Have you tried the "Search" function? Go up to the bracketed words in the upper right corner of the page, and click on the word "Search". Search in "Ever so sleightly."

This subject has been DONE TO DEATH.
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I use a harry potter style wand. I don't like the look of the typical magician's wand, because I just don't love how they look.


Wow! That's one of the best examples of circular logic I have ever seen.

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I know I sacrifice a few moves, but I can cover them with my own (as you can read in the secret sessions post by Lawrence O).

I love the variaty in harry potter style wands as opposed to the magician's style wands. I love to be unique-looking in what I do.


So instead of looking like a magician, you are going to look like all of the Harry Potter fans. That's unique!

Have you ever considered not using a wand?
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Bill, I just might have to use that example in my composition class next week. We're looking at logical falacies right now.

I know what the OP means, but, "I prefer a fantasy look to a classic magician's wand," would be a better expression of his thinking (though still not an argument for either).

I would suggest, "The Harry Potter style wands better suit the character I am developing and promote a very different audience reaction." Not that I use either much.
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On 2012-10-23 18:31, cirrus wrote:
I use a harry potter style wand. I don't like the look of the typical magician's wand, because I just don't love how they look.

I know I sacrifice a few moves, but I can cover them with my own (as you can read in the secret sessions post by Lawrence O).

I love the variaty in harry potter style wands as opposed to the magician's style wands. I love to be unique-looking in what I do.


cirrus-

I would really like to use a good-looking wand and, after thought, realize the only advantage of the standard issue seems to be the wand spin. Have you found a method for a good wand spin with a HP style wand?

Thanks,

Jim
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You could also drill a small hole in one or both ends to insert small NEODYMIUM rod magnets.

Also not my idea.


While this idea certainly can work, where you really want the mag is in the middle...
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