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Carlos Hampton
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Can anyone tell me wich is the best model in the market now? I understand that there are a few unauthorized copies out there which are not reliable.

Anyone has experience with this prop?

Thanks
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The only one I know of being made currently is the one from D Robbins tha is made in India. I saw a French manufactured one in a magic shop a couple of years ago. But it turned out to be the India made one stuck in a box with a "Product of France" label stuck on it.

The India made one works fine for me. I haven't had any problems with it at all. Since this item is in the Public Domain now there aren't any "un-authorized" copies to worry about.
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If you want the BEST...buy a Hamilton original. They are hallmarked to be sure it is a true Hamilton.
They are found on Ebay as well as other used magic websites.
The quality is outstanding and works smooth as glass.
You will pay more of course.
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You also might check your local S.A.M. or I.B.M. groups.

They sometimes have swap meets or auctions.

Ring 129(Kansas City Area-USA) has one coming up in April.



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I've seen and handled various models. Some of the more recent ones are awkward to operate.

My suggestion is to only buy one that you have handled and know works well Some of the older models work really well. Living in England, I don't believe I have ever handled any USA manufactured ducks.
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I had a near complete collection of nearly every Card Duck made and I have to say that the Hamilton beat them all hands down in Quality, Operation and design.
Good ol' USA manufacturing at its finest! Smile

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I seem to recall that not all original Hamilton Card Ducks were hallmarked...

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I don't use one but I've noticed sometimes the material in the bill is worn out.

You should always check that.

-Mary Mowder
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Early Warren Hamilton Jo Ann (the duck) were not hallmarked as later ones were. The early models had a rubber stamped "Hamilton" up inside where it could be seen. (I have one.)

I also have Gwendolyn (JoAnn's country cousin) She is hallmarked.

Hamilton was the "second Thayer" (in 'My book")in wooden props. He also understood how to paint his products so that they lasted. There's an article on him in a Linking Ring a couple of years ago.

I also have a Westgate Bowl (new--never used--) made by Hamilton. The name Westgate was the name of a street near Mazda Magic Shop (suburban Chicago). Mazda made the first Westgate Bowls. --later,Hamilton made the best WB.

Mary>>>I've replaced the rubber between JoAnn's bill(s), and she still picks out cards.

Senator Crandall had the funniest routine with Gwendolyn. Duke Stern had a very funny routine with JoAnn.

I MIGHT be persuaded to allow the two ducks to "run away from home and join a circus", if the pecuniary persuasion was sufficient. (Ditto for the Westgate. --I'm retired and slowly "DEcumulating".

PS Some years back, Frances Marshall made a very nice PLASTIC duck. Her late husband Laurie Ireland made the first wooden duck. (HIS name was OTTO.)This was back in the '30s, I believe.

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What is the difference between JoAnn and Gwendolyn?

In the UK, the prop is general known as Dippy Duck.
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On Mar 17, 2014, Mary Mowder wrote:
I don't use one but I've noticed sometimes the material in the bill is worn out.

You should always check that.

-Mary Mowder


The material is easily replacable. I used craft foam on mine and it works perfectly.
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On Mar 17, 2014, Chance Wolf wrote:
If you want the BEST...buy a Hamilton original. They are hallmarked to be sure it is a true Hamilton.
They are found on Ebay as well as other used magic websites.
The quality is outstanding and works smooth as glass.
You will pay more of course.


The only problem with buying a vintage model is that one would have second thoughts about repainting it and then glueing gears and wooden ice cream spoons all over it.

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Laurie Ireland's first Otto was a GIGANTIC creature that used the bowls from a kitchen spoon for a bill.

The neat plastic duck sold by Frances was named Herbie the Mod Duck. This one surpasses Jo Ann and the others
because it even looks contemporary by today's standards and works reliably. You can see two on Andy Martin's site.
Herbie was manufactured for Fran by a nice man named Herbert who lived in Florida.

The tiny "duckling" made by Collector's Workshop (Nick), Hearshum(sp?) and later George Robinson/CW are desirable, too.

There, that's the extent of my duck knowledge! Smile

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What is the difference between JoAnn and Gwendolyn?

In the UK, the prop is general known as Dippy Duck.


HI Quentin! Gwendolyn is JoAnn's "country cousin". She has a plaid (tartan) body. My old pal Bruce Jensen's widow, Gigi made her a blond wig and found her a straw hat. Senator Crandall created a funny routine. If I remember correctrly, he used her when he did bartending. It was one of his funniest bits.
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Payne.

Are those in your show.

Nice work.

Any vents do short routines with then ? Ducks that is.
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Payne.

Are those in your show.

Nice work.

Any vents do short routines with then ? Ducks that is.


Just one is in my show. these four are copies I made up to sell to some lucky magicians last year.
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Nice to see folks that are not cookie cutter magicians.

Harris
Not just dancing to a different beat, sometimes he's his own orchestra.
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Dan Ford
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The underside of a computer mouse pad is a good replacement for the inside of the ducks bill.
Julie
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A sliced pencil eraser works well, too.

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If I am not mistaken the "Dippy Duck" is a flat duck that goes down (tips beak down) into his pond and pulls up a minature card in a bucket, at least that is the name of the one I have. I believe it is a Hughes design (? not 100% on this). Unless all card ducks are referred to in this way in the "old" country.

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