"Pea From Eye"?

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Postby Guest » 03/14/03 10:49 AM

Hey Folks! I posted this elsewhere, so sorry if this is a repeat read...

Does anyone know who originated the "Pea From Eye" and when?

I know "Needle from Eye to Eye," was published in Swami, June 1974 (And I know that goes way further back in history) but, unfortunately the magazine doesn't give any information as to the source or derivation of the effect.

I know most of us are familiar with the effect where the performer "Snorts" up a seed or pea and it emerges from his lower eyelid.

Anyone know where this effect is published if it in fact is?

I performed this last night, and it freaked one of my regular tables, so I'd like to look into the history of the effect. (My wife and I bought a bunch of seeds for the garden last weekend and she got these pretty small sunflower seeds that were the perfect size, so I thought I'd try it)

Thanks in advance-

Postby Tom Ladshaw » 03/14/03 12:48 PM

I guess you're referring to the "Tears of Buddha" effect. E.J. Moore supposedly performed this in the early 1920's. I know it's in either the 1937 or 1938 Hugard Annual of Magic. As I recall, it's written up in the Annual as performed with small steel ball bearings. Not a good idea if you plan to use them repeatedly....they rust. Trust me...I know. Small beans were used at one time... I personally use plastic pearls from cheap necklaces.
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Postby Pete Biro » 03/14/03 05:00 PM

I think John Ramsay published something on this. But the origins seem to be from the JADOOWALLA street performers in India.
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Postby Guest » 03/14/03 06:43 PM

Originally posted by Pete Biro:
I think John Ramsay published something on this.
Could be this is where part of John Ramsay's Four Little Beans comes from. Anyone doing shows with a macrovision screen could have fun with this trick.

Postby Guest » 03/25/03 07:53 AM

I love to watch this trick - but am wary of trying it - in case the bean / pea / seeds gets 'lost'. My knowledge of the anatomy of the eye is limited - and so I wanted to ask those that perform this regularly if there have been any 'incidents'.

I was also wondering about possible infection and abrasion of the eye surface.

...or am I just being overly cautious?



Postby Richard Kaufman » 03/25/03 09:24 AM

I don't think a person could be too cautious in performing this stunt (not a trick--a stunt). Personally, I wouldn't do it in a thousand years and as the official voice of the Genii Forum, I take no responsibility if anyone tries this after reading this thread.
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Postby Guest » 03/25/03 06:44 PM

OH... you mean pea as in the vegetable. I thought you meant "I laughed so hard last night that..." --Asrah

Postby Richard Kaufman » 03/25/03 06:59 PM

I've seen some Italian horror movies where it appeared that someone peed from the eye.
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