On another bulletin board, Andy Leviss is fairly outspoken. I've not really been a fan of his, since he is mostly a mentalism kind of guy and I'm more of a sleight of hands type of guy, and I rarely see mentalism that appeals to me,
Chad Long lectured this past weekend at the Minnesota "Close up and in the Parlour" convention. Chad is funnier than heck, and skilled to the max.
One of the little bits he did was to remove a piece of gum from his mouth and I don't recall his exact patter, which is MUCH funnier than what comes with this trick but the gist of it was this:
"Anybody need some gum, well that's not so sanitary" at this point he took a well chewed piece of gum from his mouth and squeezed it with his fingers"
"I'll just save it for later" Now he pulled on it a bit, and it stretched into a new unwrapped wrigleys stick of gum.
"Just to complete it..." He waved it once or twice and it changed into a new fully wrapped stick of Wrigleys Juicy Fruit gum.
During the lecture he showed how it worked, and I gotta say, he sold a lot of them, even to the other lectures like Mike Bent and Bob Sheets. This is a clever trick. Its really not much to stand on it's own, but makes a good opener. It would be a funny way to hand a stick of gum to a kid. The whole performance of the effect could be done quite well in 15 seconds, or you may be able to stretch (pun intended) it to a half minute or so. Either way, it really was powerfully visual and definitely a bit of genius on Andy Leviss's part to come up with it. The instructions also document some previous effects from others that led to this. Chad introduces one really powerful addition based on his coin bending routine, which basic"ally allows you to do the effect of "silver shifter for about the cost of a penny, for any coin nationality or composition. The same principle, when applied to "Sticky Situation" totally throws the audience into mental spasms, and increases the cost of the well made gimmick buy maybe a a dime at the outside. The beauty is that you can end up with any type of wrapped stick gum you want, although wrigleys spearmint or juicy fruit will work best.
Just thought I'd post this to the group, it's not a very popular item, at least I've never seen it in stores, but Chad made a big impression with it, and sold one to about every person at the convention. Chad's little improvement is documented and explained in the instructions that come with the trick. Leviss credits Jay Sankey with a similar though different effect, and also credit Chad Long with his improvement and explains that in detail.