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HuronLow
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Hey people!!! Do you guys have this effect? Anybody? I think it'll be cooler if it lit up first before blowing up. Any reviews?
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Do a search on this site. This trick is discussed extensively. I think there were serious concerns about safety?from the mechanism, not just from the flying glass! I was interested in this trick until I read the posts.
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Yes, the mechanism could be dangerous. And the success of how you 'ignite' the mechanism depends on the structure of your hand; if I may term it that way.

The ad is right; the bulb will splatter like nobody's business, within a split second. If however, the bulb could crack /splatter less tremendously the effect would sell better - I think

Nevertheless, the issue is how you would perfect the 'ignition' naturally. Great idea, but great practice as well.

Hope that helps
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I purchased this effect and, to be completely honest, was disappointed in it.

It's a great idea and has a lot of potential, but because of the way it is designed, it can be difficult and awkward in its use - at least in my opinion.

First, the best way to use this would be to put the bulb in a clear plastic ziplock bag.
However, because of the size and shape of this prop, once in the bag, it is difficult to get the gimmick to do "the thing".

Some SLIGHT design modifications, and this would be a great piece.

Hope this helps.
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I think this is a great effect. I don't recommend doing it for close up! Do it for parlor or stage where the audience is a distance away. As for safety concerns, wear a safety glass like those used by carpenter for drilling stuffs. This not only covers your safety concerns but makes the effect plays big!
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Hi people,

I had an experience just like you the first time I tried to use this gimmick. I even made a mistake when I performed it; the "ignition" did not want to be released, so the trick was not completed.

But I have a friend here who could make some modifications to the gimmick so the "ignition" would work 100 %. And the effect I think is GREAT Smile

Hengky
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I have this effect and think it's terrific. I'm a worry-wart about safety, but it doesn't seem at all unsafe to me, as long as you're not pointing the bulb at your own face and as long as no spectator is within a certain number of feet.

I've not used in yet in public performance - you have to have the right context for it .. . as someone else noted, it's hardly a good idea for close-up ... but I've practiced in my backyard and the mechanism worked for me everytime . . . .

I think that properly used (you have to create a good effect to which this is the climax), this is a potential reputation-maker "demonstating" psychokinetic powers ot the presence poltergeists, or whatever the heck you want to.

By the way if you get it, save all your used light bulbs at home, use 'em for practice.

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I agree with you guys here. A very cool way to demonstrate your psychokinetic powers! Creepy... an audience pleaser!
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I've read the other posts on this topic, and I wanted to know if the pieces of glass left would be big enough to pick up and eat.. or is it truly shattered?
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A fellow magician told me that he eats it after he blows it up. hope that helps.=)
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I've seen it fairly close-up and the striker doesn't send the pieces flying very far. I wouldn't move the bulb closer than 5 feet from someone's face, however. I haven't seen it used too many times, but it would be best to experiment to determine what distance will be safe. I would keep my face turned away from the bulb, when setting-off the gimmick.
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MagicAL47
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I don't understand. Eat real glasss? I don't have the exploding lightbulb and haven't seen it. Can someone tell me where it is?
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You can find a complete description at http://www.hocus-pocus.com

And yes, people do eat glass. It's a time-honored sideshow geek act.
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Haha... wonder why it doesn't hurt when you pass it out. ouch.
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Why not eat it? Lots of people are on "light" diets. Smile Smile
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I am really interested in this effect and I would like to put out a plea...if anyone wants to sell theirs, I am a willing buyer!

PM me please...

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Count me in as someone who is interested in buying a used one of these as well. For anyone that has this effect, have you tried using it with these bulbs.... http://www.buylighting.com/Shatter_resistant_light_bulbs.htm ? I have seen them at the store and I was wondering if this would be a safe alternative to an exploding bulb. The only problem that I can think of is that I think these bulbs would show the point of impact. If that isn't a problem, or could be overcome, I think this would be great because it would appear that the bulb is just cracking. If you own this effect, let me know if you think this would work. Thanks in advance.
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I wish I could say more without tipping the method.
If you're a pro you can work out a safe way to do this in parlor, stage. A safety warning - don't do this close-up. And I'd not recomend eating the bulb glass or walking on it, it's just not the adequate glass for this stunts.
And Neil I'm waiting for my X-pert from hocus....
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Could this be done table hopping at a restaurant???

(Just kidding!! but the thought always makes me laugh!! Of course this is the one effect you'd do AFTER the food arrives!!;)
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HN Review 56: Exploding light bulb – Yigal Mesika

AD:
The performer holds a completely normal, clear lightbulb between his fingers, and suddenly the lightbulb EXPLODES AND SHATTERS into little pieces! The audience can examine the bulb both before and after the effect. Can be performed anywhere, any time. There is no movement in the performer's hands or fingers, can be done with any light bulb! Precision machined gimmick makes this easy to do. This is a strong affect your audience will remember for a long long time!

REVIEW:

Sure they will remember it for a long long time, especially if you leave the shattered pieces all over the place.

Anyway, the gimmick works 100%, and you surely know how to obtain it and ditch it secretly. It is more suitable for parlor or stage though, because of its dimension, the angles and other inherent factors.

Overall rating: ok (be careful when performing close up!!)

H.
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