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Rocketeer
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I remember a few years back a parlor trick that consisted of a miniature gallows. Actually is was a bunch of wooden pieces that the necromancer handed to a spec. (Imagine a small party gathered around a table.) The spec assembled the pieces under the mage's direction. When the spec was done the rope would move freely (at the will of the mage). It might swing one way for Yes and another Way for No etc.

This cost a few hundred dollars. Does it sound familiar to anyone?

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I know a Spirit Bell set-up (Wenger?) that the participant could help assemble . . . ?
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I'm pretty good with identifying past magic props, but you got me on this one. Like Vanderbeck I was going to reference the Wenger Spirit Bell, which is amazing, as the spectator can assemble it. But a miniature gallows? I don't recall ever seeing this.
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Eureka! The Wenger Spirit Bell it is! I had misremembered it. The videos of the routine are stunning. But $425 a copy! That's a lot of clams. It'll be some time before I pick up one of these.

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Rocky,
I would shy away from it.
Too easily found on YouTube, as well as many of the commercial offerings,by simply searching Magic Trick Bell.
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Your post reminded me of a effect built by Dexter (not Will Dexter) and offered by Hocus-Pocus a long time ago (early 2000s?), where the performer put a miniature gallows with a hanged man or a noose, I can't remember which and it moved like a spirit bell when asked questions. Very expensive and I can't find any mention of it now. It stuck out at me at the time, because it was very unusual.
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To follow up the previous post of mine for anyone who's interested, I've located the effect. I misremembered it as a hanged man. The effect was called "The Haunted Hand" by Dexter, and the effect was the same as a spirit bell. I found it on the wayback machine at the forth effect listed on the page: https://web.archive.org/web/200108071017......ects.htm

Still looked way cool.
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