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dtrickys
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Do you use magic that has electronics in it?
I'm use

sketch pad live ( Sean bogunia)
viper pro
lie detector
Dlite

In electronics magic there is more chance that something will not work of course.
But they also produce a real sense of magic as soon as you press a remote control
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lippy
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Watch Mario the magic maker. He is the Pioneer of electronics in magic
Ken Northridge
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I agree that, when used properly, electronics can produce some fantastic moments. The Snake Basket it a good example. I also agree that electronics will fail sometimes. A high failure rate is unacceptable to me. Which is why, in my attempt to get my Snake Basket as close to 100% as possible, I’m on my 3rd Snake Basket!

I believe we should use as many different methods and gimmicks as we possibly can in any given show. For example, the thumb tip is an awesome gimmick, but if you use it too much the audience will catch on, and your show will be a bit monotonous. Same with electronics. If you use them too much the show begins to appear one dimensional.

I like to surprise my audience as much as possible with different types of routines and different methods. This keeps them guessing.
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On Jan 25, 2022, Ken Northridge wrote:
I agree that, when used properly, electronics can produce some fantastic moments. The Snake Basket it a good example. I also agree that electronics will fail sometimes. A high failure rate is unacceptable to me. Which is why, in my attempt to get my Snake Basket as close to 100% as possible, I'm on my 3rd Snake Basket!

I believe we should use as many different methods and gimmicks as we possibly can in any given show. For example, the thumb tip is an awesome gimmick, but if you use it too much the audience will catch on, and your show will be a bit monotonous. Same with electronics. If you use them too much the show begins to appear one dimensional.

I like to surprise my audience as much as possible with different types of routines and different methods. This keeps them guessing.

Totally agree with all you say. Best technique is to vary methods, so the little rascals don't catch on. For example, I have two different electronic sensors for Which Hand effects plus about half a dozen other methods that don't use electronics. But best idea of all--which I learned here on this forum--is to let one "clever" kid win every time as you pretend to get more and more frustrated by his/her putting one over on you! Gets squeals of delight from one and all and can provide a rationale for awarding a prize to a birthday boy or girl.
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I have always avoided electronics as it can indeed fail at the most importune moment. When I make my Blooming Rose bush with a radio control there is a manual override in case the remote fails. There is even a manual blooming mechanism in case the battery fails. If you are working, you need to have equipment that is 100% electronic or otherwise.
Even Del Ray had things act time to time but Del had so much skill he could overcome any problem.
If you rely on electronics 100%, expect a failure now and then.
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I have always avoided electronics as it can indeed fail at the most importune moment. ...
If you rely on electronics 100%, expect a failure now and then.

I completely agree, which is why I admire a couple of the effects of Charles Gauci so much, as he managed to pull off magnetic miracles without relying on either batteries or sophisticated electronic circuitry, both of which can fail at inopportune times.
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Mario the Maker (fantastic performer) has published "Robot Magic," a book for beginners on easy, inexpensive and reliable robotics and electronics adaptable to magic performances. I attended his lecture last week and he had the audience absolutely rolling in the isles! I've never been much into electronic props for the same reasons listed above, but after talking to Mario I think I might give it a try. I think they've progress a great deal in recent years.
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I’m going to look up Mario the Maker, I’m into red D’light routines,
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Recently I have been playing with an Electronic Silk to Ball gimmick. It is much quieter than the traditional spring-wound version . I'm going to use it for a routine that includes the vanish of a silk in a bag (openly placing the silk into a paper bag , secretly palming it out in the gimmick ... so my use of it is not for the intended effect of a silk visibly transforming into a ball , which I think is sort of an obvious mechanical device in use ... ) I do worry about what if it fails , but so far I have rehearsed it for over 20 hours of rehearsal time and it has worked flawlessly. I do want to come up with an "out" if the device should fail.
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I use my own lie detector and routine and it slays. I use to use D'lights. It is important that it is VERY reliable. other than that I avoid electronics because of the failure rate.

I also do a lot of shows, and many magic props wear out, and I am cheap.
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Anyone use David evangelist light up roaming rose, I’m just looking to extend my D’light routine, I do use the misers D’lite pro and red fire flies by Randi rain, thought about a light up rose
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I sometimes use Kandu Magic’s Audience Testing Device. It is an all mechanical prop which I asked Nick Wenger to use his ingenuity to add electronics so I can be away from the prop and I use three differs times during my act: at the beginning (to test audience enthusiasm), somewhere in the middle (to have the die Cruze their “mental energy” to pop a balloon and make a selected card appear, and towards the end (make a selected colored silk disappear and then it reappears connected to a spring snake that “jump” out from this prop. Clever prop. Gets great reactions.
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I have used Nick Wenger's snake basket as well and have an RC card to balloon he rigged for me. Kids love both of them. He does great work.
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I have used and built electronic magic for many years. Some startling effects can be produced with the use of electronics…particularly activating effects from across the stage without touching anything. Particularly I am fond of spooky electronic magic such as talking skulls, spirit bells, etc. you can save a bundle if you are able to build such items yourself, I do agree there will be failures at times and you must have some type of an “out” or as someone mentioned a manual over ride.

Being a huge follower of Robert Houdin I recently built electronic versions of his automated Pastry Chef and Trapeze Artist Antonio Diavolo. Below are a brief video clip of each in action, I will try to post a few electronic spooky items I use as well:

Pastry Chef:

https://youtu.be/51xj8N8_awA

Antonio Diavolo:

https://youtu.be/y6X2dyZ8V5o

Spooky Magic:

https://youtu.be/VqWoYlOKjKI


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