Nice take on "Sands" in The Jerx

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Nice take on "Sands" in The Jerx

Postby P.T.Widdle » March 8th, 2016, 11:42 am

Not sure if I'll ever try this, but I like the thinking of pulling salt from sea water.

http://www.thejerx.com/blog/2016/3/7/th ... s-in-water

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Re: Nice take on "Sands" in The Jerx

Postby Joe Mckay » March 9th, 2016, 2:31 am

That is a great trick. Makes me want to try a trick I have never looked into before.

It is always interesting when magicians try and pull off miracles as opposed to just tricks. And that effect is a good example of that.

This is one of the first times I have seen Andy share a visual type effect as opposed to something which is more mentalism orientated. It is always nice to have a mix of effects in magic.

Anyway - thanks for mentioning the trick. I think Andy is the best thinker in magic today. As such - I think it is good for magic when word about his blog gets spread around.

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Re: Nice take on "Sands" in The Jerx

Postby Joe Mckay » May 3rd, 2016, 11:40 am

Just heard an old Penn Jillette podcast and he said that an ongoing argument with Teller involves this trick.

For the past 40 years - Penn has wanted to put a Sands of the Desert routine in the act. Teller vetoed it.

And for the past 40 years - Teller wanted to put an egg bag routine in the act. Likewise - Penn won't allow it.

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Re: Nice take on "Sands" in The Jerx

Postby Roger M. » May 4th, 2016, 1:08 pm

Love or hate his verbiage, that really is a bit of genius there ... especially the popcorn salt in the bottom of the plastic cup bit as a convincer.

I've never been a fan of this trick, but I can certainly see how, after a couple of cocktails, Andy's routine as described could be something folks would remember for the rest of their lives.

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Re: Nice take on "Sands" in The Jerx

Postby Richard Kaufman » May 4th, 2016, 1:21 pm

I've seen "Sands of the Dessert" presented many times. Most often poorly. Sometimes brilliantly. It is certainly not an easy trick to present well and make convincing.
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