Originally posted by David Regal:
They could sell Hot Rods in sets of two - one for the 3/4 force, and one for the 2/5 force. The set could include two "lists" of colors, which place the force at 1 and 6. You'd ask for a number from one to six then produce the appropriate Hot Rod. Or do it with one Hot Rod that you bring out at the start, but have four lists to handle positions other than 3/4.
No need for lists. Ask for a number between
one and six. If they say either one or six, reply, "Well, don't make it too easy for me! Pick a number between
one and six!" More often that not, you won't have to do that, but since you haven't taken anything out yet (and therefore, they have no idea what you're going to do) I doubt they'll question it. For more thoughts on forcing like this, check out Eugene Burger's thoughts on the "6-7-8-9" force (what is this really called?) that he uses in his Simple Spelling effect.
Are there any Hot Rods currently produced that are set up for the 2/5 force?
A better option - buy three hot rods, each with a different color force. Ask the spectator if she prefers diamonds, rubies, or emeralds? Pull out the appropriate Hot Rod, point out all the different gems, then say "But YOU like emeralds" (or whatever), and do the effect.
This is a good idea -- I like it a lot. I'm not sure if I prefer this or the one above, though. Dammit, David...now I have to go out and by two more Hot Rods and try all this stuff out.
The first time I saw the Hot Rod performed (by a friend in elementary school, probably 8-10 years ago (sorry if I make anyone feel old)) was with a black rod, so they are out there...I don't know if they're still produced, though. However, I prefer the clear Hot Rod over an opaque rod. The reason is that, when I saw it performed by my friend, the few of us that were watching immediately thought "Oh, the gems must have two sides and they can roll over somehow. There must be some little button he pushes that switches them." It's stupid, but we thought it, and I wouldn't be surprised if others thought it, too. The clear rod takes that option away, though, because they can see right through it -- they can see that the gems only have one side and there's no secret mechanism in there.
Does anyone here switch the gimmicked rod out for one where both sides match (either all different or all the same?), or do you just pocket it when your done, or what?
Man, I'm glad this thread came up. Like Pete said, "Until THIS thread... I felt the HOT ROD trick was a piece of crap." It's a great effect, just the implementation of it sucks. Not so much anymore. And yeah, I hate David Regal, too.