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by Jim Riser
April 23rd, 2017, 3:07 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 11077

Re: Penny punch

Brad; The impressed penny you show is a token - a souvenir. The Penny Punch is a tool for real performers. The Penny Punch can help a person earn a living. A token sits in a drawer. Imaginative folks will comprehend the differences. BTW - the Penny Punch is not rolled onto the coin. The real questio...
by Jim Riser
April 23rd, 2017, 12:56 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 11077

Re: Penny punch

Jeepers, what a bargain! Yep, way too cheap. I am doing a marketing experiment to determine if it is possible to give magic away. The $5 covers the materials (coins, envelopes, tape, postage) coin modification time, internet time, wrapping/addressing the coin punches time, time/gas to post office. ...
by Jim Riser
April 22nd, 2017, 1:42 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 11077

Penny punch

For years I have made my Penny Punches for close friends. Due to requests, I am making them available to others for a short time. Please see: http://jamesriser.com/Magic/CoinPunch/RiserCoinPunches.html Riser Coin Punch ... $5 each postpaid (until April 30, 2017) payable by PayPal to jriser@jamesrise...
by Jim Riser
January 29th, 2017, 12:33 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Chopping board to stab on?
Replies: 12
Views: 6496

Re: Chopping board to stab on?

Back in the 1960's when working my way through college doing magic, I often featured this effect. Since I was operating on a limited budget, I did not like the idea of having to constantly replace a piece of wood with numerous knife stabs in it. I preferred to spend the cash on the fairer sex. My so...
by Jim Riser
January 16th, 2017, 9:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Flea circus movement
Replies: 10
Views: 5724

Re: Flea circus movement

Several folks have asked how we are getting the fleas to activate the various events in the circus. The flea power is being harnessed by Arduino with an emergency pause/resume button. This will allow the presenter to concentrate on the presentation and not have to constantly reach behind the circus ...
by Jim Riser
January 3rd, 2017, 10:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Flea circus movement
Replies: 10
Views: 5724

Flea circus movement

I am helping a friend build a new flea circus. He decided to utilize small solenoids to activate several of the circus events. I put together a short description of how the solenoids were modified to allow attaching the required mechanisms for the desired movements done by the "fleas". I t...
by Jim Riser
December 2nd, 2016, 3:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Rope With Magnet
Replies: 16
Views: 3665

Re: Rope With Magnet

Bob;
OK, no velvet tubing for you! Actually a shoe lace is a good item to use (and tubular). Yes, this item is rather cool. Thanks for the heads up.
Jim
by Jim Riser
November 25th, 2016, 1:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jacosa kato RIP
Replies: 4
Views: 2397

Re: Jacosa kato RIP

This is terrible news. My sympathy to West, her family, and Jonathan.
by Jim Riser
November 21st, 2016, 10:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Rope With Magnet
Replies: 16
Views: 3665

Re: Rope With Magnet

I'm working on a new trick with a skull and some discs from an old hard drive but I need a gimmick that my pathetic manufacturing abilities cannot create. Ideally, it would be two pieces of velvet ribbon, each about 38 inches long (preferably red, but black would do). In the middle of each ribbon, ...
by Jim Riser
July 19th, 2016, 10:13 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Cups for street work
Replies: 1
Views: 688

Re: Cups for street work

Sold.
by Jim Riser
July 18th, 2016, 2:42 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Cups for street work
Replies: 1
Views: 688

Cups for street work

I think this is the last set of these Tom Frank cups that I have. These were a set of his "factory seconds" but are perfectly fine for street work. This is a very heavy weight copper set. $115 + $15 priority mail shipping payable by PayPal to jriser@jamesriser.com http://jamesriser.com/Mag...
by Jim Riser
June 8th, 2016, 7:39 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FSH - Merv Taylor, Inzani-Henley, etc.
Replies: 0
Views: 479

FSH - Merv Taylor, Inzani-Henley, etc.

Still cleaning out the workshop and found these assorted items for your consideration:
http://jamesriser.com/Magic/June2016MagicList.pdf

James P. Riser
5635 E. Fairmount St.
Tucson, AZ 85712-4221

520-885-3667
by Jim Riser
June 2nd, 2016, 2:49 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: America's Got Talent 2016
Replies: 31
Views: 14166

Re: America's Got Talent 2016

Why no mention of the young magician from Japan doing doves and cards along with a spectacular visual background effect?
by Jim Riser
May 18th, 2016, 1:05 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Cups for the John Ramsay Routine
Replies: 4
Views: 1142

Re: Cups for the John Ramsay Routine

Roger; I am currently cleaning and rearranging my workshop. My big spinning lathe is buried under all kinds of goodies right now - so no more spinning at least for a month or so. I do have the copper for additional cups and need to spin a set for myself. I had to sell my personal set of Traditionals...
by Jim Riser
May 17th, 2016, 6:14 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Cups for the John Ramsay Routine
Replies: 4
Views: 1142

Re: Cups for the John Ramsay Routine

Pending.
by Jim Riser
May 17th, 2016, 5:10 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Cups for the John Ramsay Routine
Replies: 4
Views: 1142

Cups for the John Ramsay Routine

I am still cleaning out the workshop. While doing so, I ran across a set (2 cups) of the cups I spun 10 years ago for the Ramsay Routine. I designed these cups to be covered with a color laser printed stick on label (to be made by the purchaser) so that they would resemble small ice cream or yogurt ...
by Jim Riser
May 12th, 2016, 8:47 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Copper Cups for Busking
Replies: 2
Views: 845

Re: Copper Cups for Busking

SOLD.
by Jim Riser
May 12th, 2016, 8:14 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Copper Cups for Busking
Replies: 2
Views: 845

Re: Copper Cups for Busking

Pending.
by Jim Riser
May 12th, 2016, 3:24 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Copper Cups for Busking
Replies: 2
Views: 845

Copper Cups for Busking

I am cleaning out the workshop and found this set of cups in a box. Offered is a set of Tom Frank's copy of the "Charlie Miller Cups". I took these in on a swap and did a little cosmetic work on them. They were originally "seconds" due to some mouth bead problems. They are not pe...
by Jim Riser
May 6th, 2016, 2:37 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Avoid Reel Abuse
Replies: 2
Views: 2955

Avoid Reel Abuse

I just took in another very nice reel for some work on it. Once again, someone who did not know what he was doing used improper tools on the reel trying to open it. The result was deep scratches on a great reel. I put together a 5 page pdf showing the correct tools to use when working on a good reel...
by Jim Riser
April 1st, 2016, 12:07 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: The Floating Ball hook up
Replies: 10
Views: 6254

Re: The Floating Ball hook up

Fabrice magic, most floating light bulbs the I have seen have been a variation of this: https://p2.liveauctioneers.com/928/1940 ... 89_1_l.jpg
Jim
by Jim Riser
April 1st, 2016, 11:45 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: The Floating Ball hook up
Replies: 10
Views: 6254

Re: The Floating Ball hook up

Hi Jim , This kind of hookup is not new , Tipically it was used as example for the "floating lightbulb efx" The Original one from Burling hull has exactly this kind of hookup let me say " a really safe fast hookup version" Anyway a similar hookup was used also for some floating ...
by Jim Riser
March 31st, 2016, 9:42 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: The Floating Ball hook up
Replies: 10
Views: 6254

Re: The Floating Ball hook up

For those interested, here is a pic of the floating ball outside on the 6# smoke colored dyneema with an appropriately mottled background:
http://jamesriser.com/Magic/FloatingBal ... ngBall.jpg
by Jim Riser
March 29th, 2016, 3:59 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: The Floating Ball hook up
Replies: 10
Views: 6254

The Floating Ball hook up

I have always liked the Floating Ball effect but have not been a fan of limitations of various hook ups. In addition, I prefer to use a smaller ball than is normally seen. After a bit of experimentation, I settled on a 3" diameter 1/16" walled hollow seamless stainless steel ball which cou...
by Jim Riser
March 27th, 2016, 12:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tom Stone Shares a Video With You
Replies: 16
Views: 5707

Re: Tom Stone Shares a Video With You

I go to a number of various trade shows around the country. At these shows, I always wear/carry my "messenger bag" to handle literature, my tablet, samples, etc. Most other folks at the shows also have a similar bag for the same reasons. Many of the people questioning the bag would be amaz...
by Jim Riser
March 14th, 2016, 5:57 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 100+ year old magic shop photos/illustrations?
Replies: 5
Views: 2959

Re: 100+ year old magic shop photos/illustrations?

Ted; Try... http://greatwen.com/2013/03/17/secret-london-davenports-magic-shop/ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/501236633500075354/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/61686932@N00/6589492141/in/set-72157612544976141/ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/501236633500075327/ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/1478448002...
by Jim Riser
March 14th, 2016, 5:20 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 100+ year old magic shop photos/illustrations?
Replies: 5
Views: 2959

Re: 100+ year old magic shop photos/illustrations?

Ted; If your wife plans to make a model, she should set the scale first so that items will be accurately sized. Very small wooden apparatus may be turned on a small lathe and copper type items may be spun on the same lathe using spinning tools made from nails and dowels. It sounds like a fun project...
by Jim Riser
January 13th, 2016, 11:12 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Long haul - smooth pull
Replies: 12
Views: 3848

Re: Long haul - smooth pull

Jonathan, perhaps this will help with your Thornton:
http://www.jamesriser.com/Magic/Thornton/Windlass.html
by Jim Riser
January 11th, 2016, 4:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Long haul - smooth pull
Replies: 12
Views: 3848

Re: Long haul - smooth pull

Jonathan, the pull on a Thornton could probably be adjusted for invisible thread but my guess is that you would have problems with the thread jumping out of the shallow drum groove - then you would have a huge invisible knot inside the Thornton. How much weight do you need to pull and does the threa...
by Jim Riser
January 4th, 2016, 6:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposure
Replies: 111
Views: 14574

Re: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposu

This internet searching during and after your shows need not be a problem. It may come as a surprise to many folks but it is possible to turn such searches to your advantage. Step one in this process is to not do standard effects in the traditional manner. If relying upon apparatus, custom design a ...
by Jim Riser
December 17th, 2015, 1:45 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB Mike Rogers Card Crystal Ball
Replies: 12
Views: 2682

Re: WTB Mike Rogers Card Crystal Ball

Leo; The guy at this link has engraved several on optical glass balls - not plexiglass. http://jamesriser.com/Engraving/RiserEngraving.htm The engraving is on the surface of the ball not inside as with laser work. Was Mike's different? I doubt it. I prefer to not permanently mark the ball. This allo...
by Jim Riser
December 16th, 2015, 1:40 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB Mike Rogers Card Crystal Ball
Replies: 12
Views: 2682

Re: WTB Mike Rogers Card Crystal Ball

Leo;
This Martin Lewis product offers the same effect:
http://www.magikraft.com/crystal-gazing/
Jim
by Jim Riser
December 2nd, 2015, 4:44 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Origin of the Slot Coin Box?
Replies: 9
Views: 2987

Re: Origin of the Slot Coin Box?

I have no idea of who invented it (slot box) but when I was in the Army stationed at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, a magic fan at Bathesda National Naval Medical Center asked me to make him one from a slot box he had but had dropped and bent the rim. At the time I had never seen one and as...
by Jim Riser
October 30th, 2015, 3:25 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Updated billet work
Replies: 1
Views: 1984

Re: Updated billet work

For those who have asked, the Boogie Board shown was $15. If you want one which shows instantly on an off stage computer/tablet/phone (via Bluetooth) what is being written, the cost jumps up to $100. This is still cheap for what can be done with it. For those who have responded, thanks for the emails.
by Jim Riser
October 27th, 2015, 11:48 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Updated billet work
Replies: 1
Views: 1984

Updated billet work

For those doing billet work, this might be of use:
http://jamesriser.com/Magic/Board.pdf

Enjoy or not.
Jim
by Jim Riser
October 17th, 2015, 2:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic and/or food in Phoenix?
Replies: 14
Views: 3556

Re: Magic and/or food in Phoenix?

For food:
Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ
YC's Mongolian BBQ
La Parrilla Suiza Mexico City type Mexican food

This is Arizona. There are other great Mexican restaurants everywhere you look.
Jim
by Jim Riser
October 16th, 2015, 1:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic and/or food in Phoenix?
Replies: 14
Views: 3556

Re: Magic and/or food in Pheonix?

Try to fit in a performance by Carnival of Illusion to see a unique live performance of magic. Family friendly too!

https://www.carnivalofillusion.com/
by Jim Riser
September 28th, 2015, 8:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Version of Hippity Hop Rabbits
Replies: 11
Views: 2056

Re: New Version of Hippity Hop Rabbits

Rather than "the rabbit has changed to yellow and the other has turned to red" it would be more startling to just turn each around (after the usual byplay) with "No this rabbit is yellow and this rabbit is red". Since the kids have never been shown the backs, saying that they hav...
by Jim Riser
September 28th, 2015, 8:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Version of Hippity Hop Rabbits
Replies: 11
Views: 2056

Re: New Version of Hippity Hop Rabbits

Well, Mark, you milked that one for all it is worth. The kids were definitely engaged in the performance and entertained. That was certainly an acceptable presentation but the ending did not quite work as effectively as it can. A little patter adjustment can fix that. The idea of introducing the &qu...
by Jim Riser
September 6th, 2015, 3:13 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: A new method for crystal ball reading
Replies: 10
Views: 9861

A new method for crystal ball reading

As Halloween approaches, several of you might be considering adding spook type effects or a crystal ball reading segment to your shows. Here is a method to simplify the process without losing any of the effect:
http://www.jamesriser.com/Magic/RiserCr ... eading.pdf

Enjoy.
Jim

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