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Bruce T
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Only six days shipping for mine to Canada.
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Has anyone bought the ungimmicked wood. I’d love to know if it looks exactly the same as holy Wood. I want to know about the sides and if the cut is the same with the fake wood on the side cut. Has anyone ordered it?
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I altered the original box with my trusty Olfa and now the card box with gimmick will fit inside the box like when I received it. Perhaps in the next run, the foam insert could be made bigger to store the card box/gimmick in the original box.

I also added a little magnet that is centered on the backside of the gimmick. It does a nice job of keeping the PH gimmick from poking its head out. I like that this improvement might allow for the spectator to handle the box and remove the first card. Thanks to videoman for the tip.

I am looking forward to road testing this at the end of the school year!

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Received my Holy Wood yesterday and I have already wowed a small audience with this great effect. Holy Wood combines a deck disappearance with both a penetration and transformation component. I am very pleased with my purchase of this effect and I found the teaching, which was visual combined with English subtitles to be quite effective. Well done Mr. Chien.
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Any thoughts on where to source more flat, new and empty card boxes?
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On Jun 22, 2021, Nathan Alexander wrote:
Any thoughts on where to source more flat, new and empty card boxes?


You can buy flat tuck cases at some shops, you'll just need to cut the slit for the effect. I've seen them before on Penguin and elsewhere, though I can only find the below link at the moment.

https://www.shopbicyclecards.com/Bicycle......368.aspx
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On Jun 22, 2021, Nathan Alexander wrote:
Any thoughts on where to source more flat, new and empty card boxes?


You can buy flat tuck cases at some shops, you'll just need to cut the slit for the effect. I've seen them before on Penguin and elsewhere, though I can only find the below link at the moment.

https://www.shopbicyclecards.com/Bicycle......368.aspx


That's great, thank you, I appreciate it.
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But you may prefer to get the full deck for not a whole lot more.

Have to say though that the cases that comes with Holy Wood are really nice with precision cut slits. I really like them.
If they sell refills for a reasonable price I would probably go with those.
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On Jun 23, 2021, videoman wrote:
But you may prefer to get the full deck for not a whole lot more.

Have to say though that the cases that comes with Holy Wood are really nice with precision cut slits. I really like them.
If they sell refills for a reasonable price I would probably go with those.


Yeah I agree, I just wasn't positive about my slit-cutting skills on a box already popped-up. However, I did just try it, I can manage. Smile

Also, you have a tip about a ma**et on the gimmick? Thoughts on size or where you found a useful one?
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The magnet keeps the flap tight against the wood block and makes the working much easier. Myself and others have found it very useful.
Size isn’t too important as long as it’s fairly thin and no larger than the flap. DS tape or super glue it onto the flap.
I’ve amassed quite a collection over the years so I just used one I had.

Anything similar to this would work:

https://www.kjmagnetics.com/proddetail.asp?prod=D601

https://www.amazon.com/Multi-use-Refrige......&sr=8-13

https://nicholaspresents.com/collections......ts-round

If you order from a magnet dealer, stock up or the shipping cost will kill you. 😃
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Worked with this all day yesterday, opening and closing the block....and today the heels of my hands are so sore that I can't open it! Guess I don't have the 'knack' of this yet. Smile
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Just got shipping notification, so next batch is beginning to move. Got a tracking number, but don't know which service they use, anyone know? Can't wait for it to arrive in NZ.
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Worked with this all day yesterday, opening and closing the block....and today the heels of my hands are so sore that I can't open it! Guess I don't have the 'knack' of this yet. Smile



It does get easier. I think partly due to the block loosening up and partly due to acquiring the knack. Oh, and the heels of your hands getting tougher too. 😀

I just hope that over time it doesn’t start to open too easily and examination requires much more audience management.
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I can open mine without using the Industrial Revelation method.

Grip tightly and pull.

I can't open IR that way.

I'm still satisfied, though.
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I can open mine without using the Industrial Revelation method.

Grip tightly and pull.

I can't open IR that way.

I'm still satisfied, though.


If yours is as tight as mine, and you can open it by simply gripping and pulling it, I can only say that I'm never going to 'f' with you!
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I'm a 200 pound weakling, rosario.

Like I said, IR I can't do, but this I can.

IR, of course, has an adjustment, and this doesn't.

This loosened up after a few days of playing with it.

I'll bet you could do it too.

I still think it's tight enough, although I would like it to be just a little tighter.

I'm happy with this, and that's saying something.

I usually come on here to complain about something.
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As rosario now knows, it's a little more than "grip tightly and pull", but there is a much easier method than is shown in the instructions.
Jack Straw from Wichita, cut his buddy down
And dug for him a shallow grave, and laid his body down
Half a mile from Tucson, by the morning light
One man gone and another to go, my old buddy you're moving much too slow
We can share the women, we can share the wine
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Just to let the group know. I decided to purchase the $20 ungimmicked Holy Wood. It’s nicely made and matches the gimmicked block perfectly. I just thought it might be nice to have the ungimmicked one handy in case I had someone that really wanted to examine it closely. It could easily be switched out. I wouldn’t do this as a regular thing but it’s nice to have if needed.
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One more thing to add about comparing the gimmicked Holy Wood and the ungimmicked Holy Wood I just noticed. It is true both look and feel exactly the same there is one difference. The ungimmicked Holy Wood is slightly smaller. This would not be noticed by the spectator since they will never be handling both blocks of wood at the same time. But it’s an advantage to the magician so the magician can quickly know which one is gimmicked and which one is ungimmicked. This way you won’t hand out or give away the wrong one. This is clever thinking by Hanson Chien. The magician will be able to easily tell which block is which from inside his pocket simply by touch.
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Definitely a very cool version for the penetration effect. I have had them all the matchbox, phone, block of metal, etc. I like the wood version and road-tested so far is great reactions!
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