breaking glass

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Postby Guest » 05/22/06 03:58 AM

I would like to place a glass on a table and have it smash remotely. Is there something on the market that does this?
thank you for any info!
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 05/22/06 08:00 AM

A slingshot. :)
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Postby Amos McCormick » 05/22/06 08:47 AM

At one time Paul Gross at Hocus Pocus in Fresno sold a glass breaking apparatus as a mental magic effect. I don't remember much about it, but I seem to remember that there were two different versions for stage and parlor.

Give him a call at (800) 407-4040 and tell him I said "Hi".

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Postby Guest » 05/22/06 03:36 PM

There was a small gimmick made in Israel, I believe, held in the hand that works just fine with one very large caveat: you have to be extremely careful of the broken glass.

Glass-breaking brings up all sorts of problems, mainly safety and liability. Most of these things are spring-loaded and there's the problem. You would be amazed at the distance even a small, hand-held device will spread the broken pieces.

When I directed a friend's show I insisted on laying down a cloth cover for the stage. Even with it 10 feet square and him standing on one side, some glass scattered beyond the confines of the tarp.

Of course, common sense dictates that nothing is aimed at the audience, but if you're working with a table device you MUST be concerned about offstage personel who could be injured.

Your own liability insurance may or may not cover you. If it doesn't, be prepared to find out how expensive personal liability can get.
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Postby Amos McCormick » 05/22/06 04:39 PM

Look at this link:

Glass Breaking Table

Is this what you are looking for?

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Postby Guest » 05/22/06 08:22 PM

The plexiglass case covering the real glass item seems to solve the problem of scattering glass particles around the stage. The other solution is to use the same substance as used in stage bottles for Cowboy Westerns (the kind you whack over someone's head). That's just basically a lollipop hard candy recipe using molds of whatever you're trying to duplicate. No one gets hurt from walking on broken candy (although you still have to watch out for your eyes!).
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Postby NCMarsh » 05/22/06 09:22 PM

"Sugar Glass" hasn't been used in film for decades -- and for good reason. I forget the current material, but detailed instructions are in a volume of the "Propmakers' Handbook" series.

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Postby Guest » 05/22/06 09:31 PM

What about a mousetrap?
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Postby Guest » 05/23/06 06:29 AM

Originally posted by Amos McCormick:
At one time Paul Gross at Hocus Pocus in Fresno sold a glass breaking apparatus as a mental magic effect. I don't remember much about it, but I seem to remember that there were two different versions for stage and parlor.

Give him a call at (800) 407-4040 and tell him I said "Hi".

Amos McCormick
I believe you might be referring to the "Electronic Crasher" Check out the video here: Crasher
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Postby Guest » 05/23/06 09:49 AM

Originally posted by Latimer Bardens:
Originally posted by Amos McCormick:
[b] At one time Paul Gross at Hocus Pocus in Fresno sold a glass breaking apparatus as a mental magic effect. I don't remember much about it, but I seem to remember that there were two different versions for stage and parlor.

Give him a call at (800) 407-4040 and tell him I said "Hi".

Amos McCormick
I believe you might be referring to the "Electronic Crasher" Check out the video here: Crasher [/b]
Love the 'oh so natural' bike deck that clearly doesn't contain a gimmick.
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Postby Guest » 05/23/06 10:08 AM

Originally posted by mrgoat:
...Love the 'oh so natural' bike deck that clearly doesn't contain a gimmick.
Oh come on, the guy made a point of saying "here we have an ordinary deck of cards", right?
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Postby Amos McCormick » 05/23/06 11:47 AM

I've never seen the "ordinary deck of cards" gimmick before. One of the things I remember at Hocus Pocus was a glass-breaking tray, I believe. The same company made a table for stage use.

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Postby Guest » 05/23/06 02:39 PM

Originally posted by Amos McCormick:
I've never seen the "ordinary deck of cards" gimmick before. One of the things I remember at Hocus Pocus was a glass-breaking tray, I believe. The same company made a table for stage use.

Amos McCormick
Tray or table would be cool. The deck of cards just looks as dodgy as Dodgy McDodgy, the winner of last year's Very Dodgy competition*


*apologies to Blackadder fans...
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Postby Guest » 05/24/06 03:25 PM

Who was it that used to sing a note on a TV

commercial and break glass. Learn how to do that

and sing the magic words.......Mike :p
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Postby Guest » 05/24/06 08:59 PM

That would be the First Lady of Song, Miss Ella Fitzgerald. Is it live or is it Memorex?
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Postby Guest » 05/28/06 07:55 PM

There's youth for you! An old guy like me would say blindfold Kudabux and let him shoot it out for you!

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Postby Guest » 10/17/07 11:29 AM

Amos,

I know this going to come as a surprise to you but I am adding a new routine in which, when I look into the mirror, it breaks. The part you won't believe is that it won't do that without the gimmick!

(Perhaps proof that now even mirrors are blind!)

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