effects using scrabble?

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Postby Guest » 01/03/05 05:23 PM

I am working on an idea for an effect using scrabble tiles. I am curious if there are other effects out there using scrabble tiles...my guess if there are, but a quick search didn't turn up any...


Postby Guest » 01/03/05 05:34 PM

There are effects using Runes (Bizarre magic) that may be applicable (including at least one book / pamphlet, but I don't recall the name)--change bags, double--sided tiles, Bobo switches and the like were the methods.

The PATEO force also may suggest plot ideas.

Postby Joe Pecore » 01/03/05 05:35 PM

Check out the book Tricks Of My Trade - The Magic of Doug Conn. It has Scramble , a brilliant "shadow coins" style assembly using Scrabble tiles. On a repeat of the effect the tiles actually spell out what they are doing!

You can view Doug performming it on his website:
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Postby Guest » 01/03/05 06:52 PM

Check oput an effect called, if memory serves correctly, "Four Sided Triangle" from The Red Book of Mentalism by Max Maven.

My wife and I had Charles Gauci as a houseguest a couple of years ago I made a gift of the above mentioned book along with the big Anverdi book to him.

Needless to say I'm now searching for both on e-bay!

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Postby Bill Wheeler » 01/03/05 08:28 PM

In "Theater of the Mind" Barrie Richardson has an effect using Scrabble tiles....it is called "Alphabet Mentalism"
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Postby Guest » 01/04/05 07:27 AM

Dan Harlan has an effect (Irony of the Arts) that combines a few different elements for a card revelation, but it uses a bag full of Scrabble tiles. It's on his "Games People Play" video.

Postby Bennett » 01/04/05 08:26 AM

I checked the "Red Book Of Mentalism" and "Four Sided Triangle" doesn't involve scrabble. It is a great effect though. We're you thinking about modifying it to involve scrabble?
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Postby Guest » 01/04/05 02:20 PM

checked the "Red Book Of Mentalism" and "Four Sided Triangle" doesn't involve scrabble
There is a Maven effect that uses Scrabble tiles (and I think it's in the Color series... if not, perhaps in his 'Notions' Notes?)

Perhaps someone (lucky enough) to own a full Maven collection (or perhaps Max himself) will chime in with the correct reference (my experience with the above is limited to late night reading on the couch of a magi-friend.)

Postby Guest » 01/04/05 02:32 PM

Hi everyone,

There is allready an effect with this. look at; http://www.martinsmagic.com/?html=full& ... ords=isnew

Hope this helps you.


Postby Bennett » 01/05/05 08:27 AM

D. Conn:

For what it is worth.... I read elsewhere a rumor that Hermetic Press will be publishing Max Maven's color series.

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Postby Jacky Kahan » 01/05/05 09:43 AM

Check also In :

Lorayne, Harry: Apocalyse Volumes 16-20
January 1993 - December 1997

on page 2211 Psychic Scrabble (Michael DeMarco): Magician predicts a word selected from a grid of Scrabble letters

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Postby Guest » 01/06/05 12:29 AM

Thanks for the interesting responses...the effect I am working on would be different than what I've seen posted here...

A spectator would be presented with a bag of scrabble tiles. They would be shown that the tiles are all well-represented; it's a complete set, with all the letters. they would then reach in the bag (which they hold- and the bag is normal and ungimmicked), and without looking select seven tiles (the standard scrabble procedure). They would then, obviously out of sight of the performer- concoct the best word they can(i.e. most points possible)using those letters.

Performer will know the word with the barest minimum of fishing; 2 guesses would do it most likely, and in most cases he/she would hit the word immediately if they wish- This could be presented in any number of ways: psychic persuasion, prediction, mind-reading, etc, etc.

I have what I think is a clever method, and if the bags of scrabble tiles I purchased on eBay will ever arrive (!) I will get to work on it right away...

Postby Jacky Kahan » 01/06/05 01:53 AM

I remmember a few years ago seeing someone doing a "chink a chink" with scrabble tiles.... was interesting... but forgot who it was...

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Postby Ian Kendall » 01/06/05 02:22 AM

That would be Doug...

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Postby Fred Zimmerman » 01/06/05 02:56 PM

I just got the emailyesterday from Hermetic press about "Prism," Max's re-publication of the collected color series.

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Postby Guest » 01/07/05 12:28 AM

You can view Doug performming it on his website:
BTW: This effect is also part of the online TOMT preview.

If you're interested in learning the routine...
Go here: Tricks of My Trade - E-book preview

There are two excerpts from the book; Chameleon Sandwich and Scrambble

Note: there are vid-clips of both effects on the forementioned video page

Postby Guest » 01/07/05 01:59 AM

Just got TOMT for Christmas and it's excellent. Also those samples are two of the best "giveaways" I've ever seen-- certainly got my attention.
Got here pretty quick too!

p.s. I've seen a Scrabble game here somewhere with Japanese hiragana characters---can't wait to try it.

Postby Guest » 01/07/05 09:59 AM

Theatre of the mind has a nice scrabble like routine . It resembles a tossed out deck effect. Worth a read.

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