Slippery Rocks

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Leonard Hevia
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Slippery Rocks

Postby Leonard Hevia » May 4th, 2014, 1:46 am

Does anyone have the original instructions to Dick Zimmerman's "Slippery Rocks" effect they could share with me?

Thanks!

Leo

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Re: Slippery Rocks

Postby David Moore » May 4th, 2014, 11:33 am

They're in Ganson's Close Up Magic Volume one.

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Re: Slippery Rocks

Postby Leonard Hevia » May 4th, 2014, 2:42 pm

David--do you know if the instructions in the Ganson book differ in any way to the sheet that came with the trick?

Thanks,

Leo

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Re: Slippery Rocks

Postby David Moore » May 14th, 2014, 1:18 am

Short answer...no.

I didn't know there was a Slippery Rocks "trick". Zimmerman performed this for me years ago and told me it was in the Ganson book.

It was a minor miracle in his hands.

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Re: Slippery Rocks

Postby Leonard Hevia » May 14th, 2014, 8:54 pm

David Moore wrote:Short answer...no.

I didn't know there was a Slippery Rocks "trick". Zimmerman performed this for me years ago and told me it was in the Ganson book.

It was a minor miracle in his hands.


I have recently discussed this effect with a number of very knowledgeable magicians, and none of them have heard of this trick.

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Re: Slippery Rocks

Postby David Moore » May 17th, 2014, 1:31 am

How did you know about it?

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Re: Slippery Rocks

Postby Leonard Hevia » May 18th, 2014, 1:49 am

I first learned about this effect from a fellow who worked the counter at Barry's Magic shop about 10 years ago when it was still located in Wheaton, Md. He could not demo the effect in its entirety because he did not have the correct paddle. Instead he whipped out one of the Jumping Gems paddles and improvised a routine that according to him approximated Slippery Rocks. He placed his forefinger over the ruby and slid it down the stick to the opposite end like a portable hole effect. That was memorable.

Slippery Rocks was not available at the shop, and currently nowhere to be found, so I made a mental note to obtain a paddle some time in the future. On that other site, I recently learned that you can have a paddle custom made. With the Ganson book, Slippery Rocks is now within reach. Dick Zimmerman is absolutely brilliant. I like him:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6FUQaJ ... e=youtu.be

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Re: Slippery Rocks

Postby Matthew Field » May 18th, 2014, 12:11 pm

What a great act! Dick and Diana Zimmerman looked great, and the act built from the charming (and amazing) ring on rope to the gigantic linking hula hoops and Diana's appearance. The milk trick is also wonderful, and Diana makes it all look so innocent. Thank you for the YouTube link!

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Re: Slippery Rocks

Postby Leonard Hevia » May 18th, 2014, 4:56 pm

You're welcome Matt! Where the heck did that milk go? That was my favorite effect on this video.


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