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nornb
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Hello all, seasons greetings!
I have a small electrical testing screwdriver that is often in my pocket. (approx, the length/width of a sharpie)
Can you steer me to any effects using this?

I have found a "Pen Thru Note" effect which uses a note that is actually torn but just not where you think it should be or are looking. Thanks Tony Parx.

Thanks,
Norn

[[The screwdriver has a small battery and L.E.D. bulb in it and is very handy for finding breaks in wiring, continuity of circuits, etc. which personally I find pretty magical in itself!]]
Yfirum
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Hard one...
you could do the impromptu "finger thru bill".
unfortunately I can't remember who published it nor where it was published. but I'm sure someone else here in the Café will know.
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I'm not quite sure about the type of screwdriver you are referring to. But, it sounds like working something out with a d'lite would be possible.
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Daniel Faith
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Put some dots on it and use the paddle move.
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I think he has an electric screwdriver in mind and those type usually have transparent handle, so the dots could be seen. Hmmm impromtu effect using a screwdriver? I don`t know, maybe some type of knife through jacket, let`s say screwdriver through jacket? I know, very original Smile
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I use a screwdriver instead of a knife for a card stab in bag routine with a borrowed deck.
I find spectators never suspect screwdrivers; however, will think knife was rigged.
I carry the screwdriver in my belt along my spine and whip it out thrusting it into the bag. The audience reaction is "Wow-I never saw that coming!"
nornb
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Thanks for the input folks.

The d'lite idea is a possiblity.
Dolphin is right, it is one of those transparent handled ones, approx $4 from a supermarket made by Draper, a very handy tool for finding faults. When you shortout the point of the screwdriver and top end of the handle using your fingers the red LED lights. I had better get myself a d'lite so I can pull the light out of the handle. Not totally impromptu, but good idea, thanks.

You can also use another person (or two) to complete the circuit - "If we hold hands and you touch the very tip of this {'perfectly oridinary'} screwdriver.. Oh look at that... that light means we have a very magical connection between us!" [Cheesy and Patter are my middle two names]

The blade is fairly narrow so I do not think it would impress in a knife through jacket or paddle moves.
Using as a card stab is also a possiblity, here in Scotland there is pressure on not to carry knives. And using a screwdriver is an option to my current fingernail-clipper-handle stab!!
I'll keep an eye out for "finger thru bill".

Once again thanks alot,
Norn
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Flip Sticks? David Williamson's Striking Vanish, perhaps with the appropriate-headed screw?
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You could just say that it is your wand!

Build a 'screwdriver thru anything' to match your driver.

Use IT to animate it.

Use PKMags to animate or vanish it.

Make it lite up over a chosen card or envelope. (again, your wand).

Stab your arm with it (not literally).

IT finger balance.

Hope that gives you some ideas.
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Ok, I got it, How about you pretend you had an accident doing your work and slam your hand down with the screwdriver in it. When you lift up your hand after a good scream you reveal it has vanished without a trace. You could then produce it out of thin air and all you have to do to accomplish this is flip stick move.


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nornb
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Thanks for the help.
All great ideas - I'm off to practice.

All the best,
Norn
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Card stab using a paper bag, the way we used to do it at the New York Lounge in Chicago would work with the right tip on the driver.

If doing a character that's supposed to be a handyperson, use it like a magic wand and keep saying, "Let's not screw this up!" :ow:

Do a card stab on the table using the back end and some of the usual stuff for card on ceiling on it to make the effect happen.

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Levitation under palm of hand using the time tried method of steadying wrist with other hand Smile
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Consider this, nornb.
Think “Needle thru arm”

Approach someone and tell them that you could use their help.

“Do you have a bandage, or something I can use when I pull this thing out of my arm. Somehow I managed to stab myself, it really hurts.”

Bob
PS: This idea is almost worth getting a larger screwdriver to keep with you.
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You can do Blockhead with a screwdriver...with practice.
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Lee Darrow
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Knife Through Coat ala Bob Read.

Fl!p St!ck

Almost any PK effect while seated at the table. Possible line: "Look, it's not a power screw driver - of course it's Spirit Power!!"

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Tool theme... you could get Doc Eason's trick with the big nuts and bolts (3 in hand 1 in pocket with kicker ending). Screwed Deck by Paul Harris, I believe. Stretching screwdriver. Shrinking screwedriver.
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Vanishing coin in spectator's hand
Bending pencil illusion
Card stab
Flip vanish
Blockhead
PK effects
Dowsing
Magic wand
Here kitty, kitty,kitty. Smile
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Sankey/Harkey's East Meets West pencil through bill would be a nice option. Originally Jay omitted the Post It Note and it looked great...

The bill is unharmed at the end and can be left with the spectator.
nornb
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Thanks for your input folks.
It is appreciated.

All the best,
Norn
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