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Postby Tim Ellis » 09/18/09 09:23 AM

Can you figure out how this is done before the secret is revealed? There's no threads, magnets, blowing or electronics involved. Please don't leave any clues in the comments and share it with your friends - they won't be able to figure it out either. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZ55Uv8ECHg
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Postby Joe Pecore » 09/18/09 09:57 AM

Wow. I was just re-reading my Vernon Touch book and Vernon describe this exact effect. He said Welsh Miller would do this with a card climbing up the wall at Max Holdens shop and nobody could ever figure it out. (Genii, March 1970)
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Postby Steve Bryant » 09/18/09 11:10 AM

There is a similar effect in David Hoy's book.
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Postby John M. Dale » 09/18/09 11:31 AM

Be on the lookout for PETA to object to this. :o

Reminds me of an old friend of mine who wanted to superglue a fishing line to a fly to use as a leash. (Hmmm, IT & bugs, what are the possibilities?)

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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 09/18/09 11:46 AM

Is this the trick with a postage stamp you lick then put on the wall?
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Postby Tom Frame » 09/18/09 08:29 PM

That is terrific! Packs small, plays big.
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Postby Pete McCabe » 09/19/09 02:06 AM

I don't think you should lick the gaff in this trick.

"Don't lick the gaff" is probably good advice in general.
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Postby Philippe Billot » 09/19/09 04:41 AM

It's an improved version of an very old trick in which a ball moves itself on a table. I don't remember if it's Decremps or Pinetti who described it in 1785.
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Postby Tom Frame » 09/20/09 09:17 AM

Pete McCabe wrote:"Don't lick the gaff" is probably good advice in general.


Ursula Martinez would grimace and disagree.
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Postby Tim Ellis » 09/21/09 12:10 AM

The reason this came about was that I saw a really lazy fly on the floor at the supermarket. I went to step on him but he didn't even fly away... just continued wandering. So I dropped a price tag on him and he just walked around and it moved.

I whipped out the iPhone and the rest was "magic"! ;)
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Postby Andrew Pinard » 09/21/09 03:54 AM

Dunninger described a version of this method in 1936 in his book "How to Make a Ghost Walk" (see page 34-36).
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Postby Dan Strange » 09/25/09 03:56 PM

Version in Greater Magic also with reference to Archie.
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