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by Spellbinder
July 27th, 2010, 8:40 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Sub Trunk Size
Replies: 14
Views: 4680

Re: Sub Trunk Size

The Sub Cube, as detailed in The Wizards' Journal #18 on my site, was designed for use by teen-agers. Because it is so small, the performers have to kneel inside it and hunch over, but the small size is quite deceptive. The cube box can be put on display without revealing a thing, and you can even a...
by Spellbinder
July 25th, 2010, 7:17 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: New Magic from a New Magician
Replies: 4
Views: 3443

New Magic from a New Magician

"The Magic Coloring Book," a mainstay of kid show performers worldwide, is some four hundred and eighty years old ... probably more. "The Magic Storybook" was invented this year (2010) by a fifteen year old who has been studying magic since January of 2008. At first glance it see...
by Spellbinder
July 19th, 2010, 4:25 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: milk carton "Pouring" gimmick
Replies: 16
Views: 8917

Re: milk carton "Pouring" gimmick

It would be interesting to combine the milk pitcher principle with the Dan Harlan milk pour gimmick to a translucent plastic half gallon milk jug and have the best of both worlds; the visible pouring of the milk from the spout and the diminishing of the milk inside the plastic jug as you "pour....
by Spellbinder
May 8th, 2010, 9:51 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Newspaper hats, anyone?
Replies: 8
Views: 2753

Re: Newspaper hats, anyone?

as a folder of origami, and having seen a most excellent torn and restored news paper trick, i was informed by the magician that newspapers over seas are often just single page inserts instead of our folded variety. this can affect you if you plan presentations out of the 50 states. I just wondered...
by Spellbinder
January 8th, 2010, 9:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gaffed Decks
Replies: 46
Views: 7100

Re: Gaffed Decks

Joe: I have forgotten how to add entries for Magicpedia or I would add the "Monte Cristo Deck" myself. I noticed that it is missing from the list.
by Spellbinder
October 26th, 2009, 4:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: Appearing broom fix
Replies: 2
Views: 1459

Re: Appearing broom fix

Do what the professionals do. Cut awat the split ends and fold a piece of electrical tape over the end.
by Spellbinder
October 18th, 2009, 11:05 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Zombie Gripe
Replies: 37
Views: 9268

Re: Zombie Gripe

And this is the ball that could really do some damage!

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by Spellbinder
October 17th, 2009, 7:11 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: 5 Minutes to Perform...What do you do?
Replies: 29
Views: 6257

Re: 5 Minutes to Perform...What do you do?

And what, then IS entertainment. Just putting it in capitals does not define it. What, SPellbinder, IS entertainment? Putting it in capitals was my way of EMPHASIZING the words. Most forums do not have the luxury of italics . But if you have to ask me to define entertainment, I'd respectfully sugge...
by Spellbinder
October 16th, 2009, 6:28 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: 5 Minutes to Perform...What do you do?
Replies: 29
Views: 6257

Re: 5 Minutes to Perform...What do you do?

If you want to make a GOOD impression rather than a BIG impression, use your five minutes to ENTERTAIN the audience, not just perform magic. Magic without ENTERTAINMENT impresses only magicians.
by Spellbinder
October 9th, 2009, 9:07 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Newspaper hats, anyone?
Replies: 8
Views: 2753

Re: Newspaper hats, anyone?

Eleazar Goodenough, author of "Tear-Able Magic" (available on my site), does quite a bit of hat magic, including Hat Rings. But for the former newspaper hats, he uses giftwrap paper instead. If your routine is about taking a sheet of paper and turning it into a variety of hats (using origa...
by Spellbinder
September 23rd, 2009, 8:40 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Mentalism at school assemblies
Replies: 17
Views: 5675

Re: Mentalism at school assemblies

Combining an effect by Percy Naldrett from the 1930's, printed in the Jinx as "The Phantom Artist" in 1937, and combining it with some home-made Halloween jumbo picture cards and my Force Field Tray has just added another Mental Effect for Kids to The Wizards' Journal #18 on my site. I was...
by Spellbinder
July 20th, 2009, 2:07 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Harry Potter Fodder
Replies: 18
Views: 5057

Re: Harry Potter Fodder

I hope some of you are making some bucks off the latest Harry Potter movie craze. The Bizartists especially should be able to find material from this latest film. I think a "pensieve" would be a great addition to a mental act for the teen age audience as a result.
by Spellbinder
July 15th, 2009, 5:25 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: jap box
Replies: 48
Views: 10544

Re: jap box

Just an update for those interested; my e-Book entitled "The Handkerchief Box - Revisited" (see? I avoided all the ethnic controversy except for those who object to being called handkerchiefs) is available on my site in the Mini-Mysteries section. In it, I explore the history of the box (e...
by Spellbinder
July 11th, 2009, 12:19 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: jap box
Replies: 48
Views: 10544

Re: jap box

My 4 inch cube box still has the bottom hole, but just one is needed to reach all four sides (and yes, I have built a "four-flapper"). I use the hole for the color change silk feature described in some of the Rice Encyclopedia routines, but it also teams up with another gimmick that goes b...
by Spellbinder
July 10th, 2009, 12:15 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: jap box
Replies: 48
Views: 10544

Re: jap box

I am reviving this old thread from 2005 because I am currently working on a "revisitation" of the Handkerchief Box, including delving into its history, various names (PC and otherwise),and then going into the construction of various types, etc. The biggest problem with the trick has never ...
by Spellbinder
June 16th, 2009, 6:04 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Kids show mentalism
Replies: 13
Views: 3057

Re: Kids show mentalism

Just an update: The article is now called "Mind-Reading Puppets" in The Wizards' Journal #18 and is ready now. It contains four effects designed for one-handed operation with a puppet: "Color Blind," as described above, "Hard Choices", "Whiteboard Citation", a...
by Spellbinder
June 11th, 2009, 3:04 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Kids show mentalism
Replies: 13
Views: 3057

Re: Kids show mentalism

The main problem working with a puppet or a ventriloquist's figure is that you have to perform any magic tricks or mental magic with one hand tied up, so to speak, working the puppet/figure. If the puppet can hold things with its beak/mouth/snout, that gives you a bit of an advantage, but it has to ...
by Spellbinder
June 11th, 2009, 9:03 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Kids show mentalism
Replies: 13
Views: 3057

Re: Kids show mentalism

An easy trick that kids can understand and that works with a blind-folded puppet: Spellbinder's "Color-Blind." You forced me to write it up with your post and Qua-Fiki twisted my arm because he wants to use it first. Effect: Two sets of jumbo cards are displayed. Each set has six cards, ea...
by Spellbinder
June 7th, 2009, 10:21 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Kids show mentalism
Replies: 13
Views: 3057

Re: Kids show mentalism

A good puppet blindfold gag is to have a thread attached to the bottom of the blindfold and going over the top of its head around to the back where you can pull it. When you "aren't looking" the puppet seems to make the blindfold rise up so it can "see." You'll have the kids scre...
by Spellbinder
June 5th, 2009, 9:00 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: reading show give away
Replies: 3
Views: 1816

Re: reading show give away

I'd like to see your book. I've always felt that a good magic book for beginners would contain a lot of history passages to read, followed by directions for performing a favorite trick of the magician discussed. Just giving away secrets does not promote reading. There should also be references inclu...
by Spellbinder
May 25th, 2009, 6:16 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Needle thru Balloon Question
Replies: 10
Views: 2412

Re: Needle thru Balloon Question

DrDanny wrote: almost any balloon will work... Not quite true: some balloons are just too thin for the effect; like water balloons, some animal twisting balloons, mylar balloons and cheap Dollar Store balloons. Good quality latex balloons are best, but buy a small quantity to test just to make sure....
by Spellbinder
May 21st, 2009, 7:37 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Mentalism at school assemblies
Replies: 17
Views: 5675

Re: Mentalism at school assemblies

I have been helping Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki develop a similar act, only using a mind-reading rooster (puppet). The problem is that one of his hands is always "tied up" inside the puppet, so we have had to find or create mentalism effects that can be performed one-handed. That challenge cuts out a...
by Spellbinder
May 20th, 2009, 12:58 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Looking for a multi-phase mis-made ...
Replies: 9
Views: 1985

Re: Looking for a multi-phase mis-made ...

If you don't mind doing some "making" the entire effect could be accomplished with colored gift-wrapping tissue paper. Start with three sheets: red, white and blue. Tear red and white, dropping blue "accidentally", and so on. You'd have to make the tissue paper flags yourself, bu...
by Spellbinder
May 19th, 2009, 4:13 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Looking for a multi-phase mis-made ...
Replies: 9
Views: 1985

Re: Looking for a multi-phase mis-made ...

The size of the flags and silks used determines the size of the audience for which it can be seen.

Greer Marechal had an interesting solution which involved only the silks and flags with no other props. It was based on the Blendo.
by Spellbinder
May 10th, 2009, 4:12 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Aldini Bowl Production
Replies: 3
Views: 1505

Re: Aldini Bowl Production

I've tried wearing it on my head at parties and it is not as satisfying as wearing a real lamp shade.
by Spellbinder
May 9th, 2009, 9:25 am
Forum: General
Topic: magnets
Replies: 17
Views: 4443

Re: magnets

Wikipedia is a good example of why "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing." In attempting to explain how magnetism works, they have ignored the relationship between electro-magnetism and space-time expansion...but none of that information or dis-information will help a magician who merel...
by Spellbinder
May 9th, 2009, 8:55 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Aldini Bowl Production
Replies: 3
Views: 1505

Re: Aldini Bowl Production

It is a Howard Westgate Bowl Production that Aldini improved upon by doing away with the need for an assistant. The small tray on legs starts on your table. It and the bowl are covered by a cloth and the box-like thingee is placed on top. Lift the tray by the edge and smooth out the cloth before lif...
by Spellbinder
April 25th, 2009, 9:50 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Mentalism at school assemblies
Replies: 17
Views: 5675

Re: Mentalism at school assemblies

I developed "Dapper Dan" (on my site) as a kid's mental trick. It works on two levels. Older kids can buy into the mentalism aspects where you just think of clothing to dress up Dan and it magically appears on him... while younger kids just like the appearing clothing. I think most success...
by Spellbinder
April 21st, 2009, 8:41 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Pirate Magicians
Replies: 5
Views: 2276

Re: Pirate Magicians

You think I am worried about offending pirates? I am talking about glorifying criminals in a kid show entertainment. The story of Alladin has nothing to do with Muslim fundamentalists, and I'm not worried about offending them any more than UF Grant was worried about offending Buddhists with the draw...
by Spellbinder
April 21st, 2009, 8:21 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Pirate Magicians
Replies: 5
Views: 2276

Pirate Magicians

This is not about those who pirate tricks and routines, but about those kid show performers who dress up as pirates and have a pirate theme to their kid shows. Recently, with all the news about pirates of Somalia, I have been having misgivings about glorifying even the Pirates of the Caribbean in a ...
by Spellbinder
March 25th, 2009, 8:59 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Good Spring Flowers
Replies: 2
Views: 1275

Re: Good Spring Flowers

The best and most realistic Spring Flowers are the ones you make yourself: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://s38.photobucket.com/albums/e103/pspellbinder/?action=view&current=82b915a6.pbw">http://s38.photobucket.com/albums/e103/ ... b915a6.pbw</a><!-- m --> The method is in the article ...
by Spellbinder
March 16th, 2009, 2:01 am
Forum: General
Topic: Cutting a Rope naturally - don't laugh!!
Replies: 12
Views: 3796

Re: Cutting a Rope naturally - don't laugh!!

On his video, Pat just slams down the scissors through the rope as if he is cutting it. Because the gimmicks are not at the exact bottom of the loop, once they come loose, they have no way to get back together. There are children's safety scissors made entirely of plastic available at many toy store...
by Spellbinder
March 12th, 2009, 8:31 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Is your jewler psychic?
Replies: 1
Views: 992

Re: Is your jewler psychic?

This is better news for the comedy magician than the psychics. It gives a new reason to smash open a watch with a hammer, to see if there is an inscription inside.
by Spellbinder
March 12th, 2009, 8:24 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Harry Potter Fodder
Replies: 18
Views: 5057

Re: Harry Potter Fodder

With the next Harry Potter Movie coming out in July, it's never too late to start preparing for all the parties that will surround the event. Just watch out for the death-eaters!
by Spellbinder
February 10th, 2009, 7:50 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Originator of M-box move?
Replies: 3
Views: 1272

Re: Originator of M-box move?

When S.S. Adams put out their cardboard M-Box, it was common for magic store demonstrators to insert their thumbs in the top and front doors, and wiggle them. That was the first time I saw it done, back in the 60's or whenever that box first appeared on the market.
by Spellbinder
February 9th, 2009, 8:24 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: MENTAL EPIC
Replies: 11
Views: 5096

Re: MENTAL EPIC

My problem with the Supreme Slate of Mind Mental Epic is that it usurps the title "Slate of Mind" which was coined by U.F. Grant for an entirely different effect. I have just completed a long e-Book on the subject; "Evolutionary Slate of Mind" which traces the original effect fro...
by Spellbinder
January 31st, 2009, 9:05 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Dirt Eradicator/Oops/Wiz Kote at school shows?
Replies: 5
Views: 2612

Re: Dirt Eradicator/Oops/Wiz Kote at school shows?

I'll save you the trouble of checking with me and assure you right here that this is an excellent effect for school shows. It's especially funny for the kids if the "volunteer" is one of their teachers. Jim Gerrish's O.O.P.S. machine routine involves trying a lot of replacement shoes on th...
by Spellbinder
January 25th, 2009, 8:53 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Best “Book Test”…
Replies: 85
Views: 26805

Re: Best “Book Test”…

In my opinion, the "best" book tests are ones that use ordinary books and do not require any special book at all. I designed my "Better Book Test" (from The Wizards' Journal #6 on my site) to use in library shows. This was before I was "retired by life" back in 1999 whe...
by Spellbinder
January 8th, 2009, 10:31 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Web Site Tips for Magicians
Replies: 20
Views: 4404

Re: Web Site Tips for Magicians

$500- $1,000US Sorry, I don't know anyone for that range that would help. You won't get a 'proper' professional design for that. But probably a younger, less experienced designer. Maybe contact a local university or something similar? I love it. You have to pay over $1000 to get a "proper, pro...
by Spellbinder
January 8th, 2009, 10:21 pm
Forum: Convention Room Mate Finder
Topic: Calendars for 2009 filling up with Conventions and Lectures
Replies: 0
Views: 1115

Calendars for 2009 filling up with Conventions and Lectures

The two calendars on my site are now bursting with new dates, both for Magic Conventions finally settling in, and for 2009 Schedules being finalized for magic lectures. If you haven't checked them out lately, you may be in for a surprise, and the numbers keep growing. This should be a great year to ...

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