How do YOU open a Zippo?

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How do YOU open a Zippo?

Postby Jon Allen » January 11th, 2009, 7:03 pm


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Re: How do YOU open a Zippo?

Postby Chris Aguilar » January 11th, 2009, 8:31 pm

Neat for a few seconds, then tediously repetitive.

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Re: How do YOU open a Zippo?

Postby Dave V » January 11th, 2009, 10:05 pm

Strangely enough, "Zippo Tricks" is a highly popular pastime. Do a Google search for more.
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Re: How do YOU open a Zippo?

Postby Chris Aguilar » January 12th, 2009, 2:30 am

There are plenty of popular pastimes that don't constitute compelling entertainment.

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Re: How do YOU open a Zippo?

Postby Jon Allen » January 12th, 2009, 5:00 am

Chris Aguilar wrote:Neat for a few seconds, then tediously repetitive.


I've seen Chinese Linking Ring and Ambitious Card routines like that!

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Re: How do YOU open a Zippo?

Postby Chris Aguilar » January 12th, 2009, 11:12 am

Jon Allen wrote:
I've seen Chinese Linking Ring and Ambitious Card routines like that!
Exactly. Often about as compelling as watching someone collect stamps or juggle their zippo.

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Re: How do YOU open a Zippo?

Postby Terry » January 12th, 2009, 4:55 pm

Q: How do you know your a magic geek?
A: You waste your life googling zippo tricks. . .

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Re: How do YOU open a Zippo?

Postby Jonathan Townsend » January 12th, 2009, 5:19 pm

I liked the tongue tricks video right next to it.
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Re: How do YOU open a Zippo?

Postby Bill Duncan » January 12th, 2009, 10:51 pm

A buddy of mine got a gig doing a give away for one of the tobacco companies, based on his Zippo flourishes. Hes better than the kid in the video, by a fair bit.

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Re: How do YOU open a Zippo?

Postby Chris Aguilar » January 12th, 2009, 11:35 pm

Bill Duncan wrote:Hes better than the kid in the video, by a fair bit.
That's not saying much. Gimme a regular juggler any day.

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Re: How do YOU open a Zippo?

Postby Jonathan Townsend » January 13th, 2009, 12:24 pm

Comes back to showing off and demonstrating twitchy skill - cute till you get about halfway through puberty and then it's time to get your eyes up off the props and notice who's looking at you and how.

Though the lighter bit got me wondering about a routine where you have a table full of candles that keep going out after a few seconds so you have to keep lighting them.

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Re: How do YOU open a Zippo?

Postby Dave Shepherd » January 13th, 2009, 5:34 pm

Jonathan Townsend wrote:I liked the tongue tricks video right next to it.

I like the videos to which I was led from the tongue-trick video.

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Re: How do YOU open a Zippo?

Postby Eoin O'hare » January 13th, 2009, 7:36 pm

Chris Aguilar wrote:Neat for a few seconds, then tediously repetitive.

Performed in the right context Zippo juggling could be entertaining. A gas station forecourt, for example.
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Re: How do YOU open a Zippo?

Postby NCMarsh » January 14th, 2009, 3:23 am

I am just back from seeing Bill Irwin (brilliant actor/director/clown/physical comedian) perform live, and was really blown away. I've been watching some videos of his work on YouTube, and ran into this scene from a show in the early '80's that made me think of this thread and the "cardistry vs. magic" thread:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQXXntFQTmk

(the part that brought this thread to mind begins with the Critic: "say, do you do any hat tricks?")
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Re: How do YOU open a Zippo?

Postby chipper » January 14th, 2009, 10:24 pm

Bill is an idol of mine from way back. My background, like his, came from traveling on the road with various circuses. We share the same goal of blending a variety of mediums together, and his "Regard of Flight", "Fool Moon", and "Largely New York" were wonderful pieces mixing mime, clowning, dance, and physical slapstick. When I first met him about 17+ years ago, he was the nicest and warmest artist I had ever met. Full of support and a breath of fresh air within the theater community. Great guy and a fantastic artist!


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