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GeorgeG
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My most expensive in what I paid at original cost:

Gerlitz-Stull Prediction Watch, Serial No. 14K3, at $2000
Tim Ellis
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Hi Mike!

Yeah, we bought it from Tony & Juleen for Sue-Anne's 'I Dream of Jeannie' act. Takes 2 hours to assemble.... but the effect is definitely worth it when you see Jeannie appearing from the bottle!
Shane Wiker
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Ha! I've got you all beat. My most expensive purchase was:

Juan Tamariz "Mnemonica" ($70)

Yes, I know it's sad.

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EventEntertainer
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My wife - When ever I get paid, she does a disappearing act!
Bill Palmer
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Sometimes the expense isn't in the trick, but in all the things that go with it. Here's a case in point.

I purchased an Assistant's Revenge for $1250.00. To that, add the cost of the additional props that I needed to flesh out the routine, plus the items I needed to fine-tune it. It wound up costing me about $2K, all told.

It's like that one with Bambi. $500 initial investment, then all the medical bills.

I have a friend who bought the Blaney Ladder Levitation and hoop. Then he found out it wouldn't fit in his car, so he had to buy another one!
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constantine
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The brand new Danny Dew cups I left on a bus.
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At the moment my most expensive trick is my "Cardtoon" deck by Dan Harlan. It cost me $20.00.
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Now, I have to mention that my father owns a furniture company (you all can check out his web page: http://www.norest.no It`s called norest, cause nor is symbol of Norway and est for Estonia, so he sells most of his production to abroad, especially to Norway). Anyway I make my stuff there almost for free Smile
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Pakar Ilusi
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Both my Illusions put together come to about 3,000 USD, so they're the most expensive props I own...

My most expensive TRICK however was this girl I met... mmmm.... you don't really wanna know about that.... Smile

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Pants99
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I plan to get a Schoolcraft Flipper and a 3 coin nest from Lassen...until then I guess my most expensive is my Johnson Hopping Half coin set.

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My most expensive trick....staying alive in this crazy world we live in. Other than that...not so much a trick but is equally rich with thoughts, essays and materials is the text "The Mystery School" by Jeff McBride, that limited edition bit with the fancy case, antique lock and authentically signed by all contributors. I do especially cherish the autograph page.
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irossall
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I envy you tuffnavyrn, I wanted that book when it first came out and although not all that expensive, it is just a little out of my reach Smile .
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Hi

Impaled- I built it, performed it and sold it for £2250.

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James Andrews
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Kohler's Ultimate 3Fly is the most expensive trick I ever bought. The most expensive props I ever bought were the Johnson Cups. The Al Baker book is the most expensive book. No wonder I'm broke... and I thought it was the economy.
Samuel Catoe
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My most expensive trick right now is my book test routine. That could change though if I ever really screw up my russian roulette routine. Smile
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How about non-stage stuff?

I expect a Power Chopper or Snake Basket will cost more than any parlor or close up effect.


Though if you bought one of Houdini's strait jackets or Sub Trunks, that would certainly be worth mentioning.
Dave V
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Most expensive trick?
Cups and Balls

1 set of Gazzo cups plus two other sets that just didn't do it for me. $400

Three wands. Again, it took me a few tries to get it right. $100

Leather pouch. $125 Got this right the first time, Thanks Frank.

Books, videos and DVDs by Vernon, Ammar, Gazzo, Cellini, Duvivier, etc... $500

Street table. $50

Ren Faire costume. $400

Endless tries at balls and load balls. $100

A bag of oranges that didn't fit. $3
Second bag of smaller oranges. $3

Webcam so I can record myself working on the routine. $50

Computer to plug the webcam into. $900

And my best investment?
Marrying the right woman who lets me play with my balls and doesn't complain. PRICELESS
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nostrings
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Most expensive close-up trick my coin and cylinder set:

stack from todd lassen, cylinder from thomas wayne, coins from the local coin shop and routine from john Carney all total about $300
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Dave..


"Marrying the right woman who lets me play with my balls and doesn't complain"


I'm sure there must be a joke somewhere in that..great faux pas! if I may say so.

I'll refrain from any further comments LoL

Howard
Jordini
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Probably Charming Chinese Challenge. ($30 for the DVD, $40 for the coins, and $10 for lots and lots of ribbon). (I too need more money). It's funny though, two of my most powerful, audience pleasing, and most requested tricks are Color Monte, and Crazy Cube, each which set me back about 3 bucks. Good deal.
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