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Madmonk
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I was looking for a good street magic type of effect and saw the Linking Lifesavers. Its described as: This is the ultimate close up effect, whereby a spectator freely selects any two genuine Lifesavers from a packet, preferably from their own packet for max effect.

They are each signed and without leaving the sight of the spectator (no hiding under silks, etc.) they are visibly linked together and whilst linked displayed closely to spectator for verification of their signature then tossed from hand to hand to prove no broken Lifesavers.

They are then unlinked and both handed back to the spectator intact to keep as (holey) souvenirs.

-Absolutely undetectable.
-No ready linked Lifesavers, glues, threads, hinges, shells, reels, pulls, magnets, etc.
-No reset; repeat instantly.
-Leaves you with fresh minty breath.

I am wondering if anyone has any thoughts on it. I would rather find that it's not as good as it says it is before I buy it.
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The signed portion of the effect is a bit too much for me. If you use Polo mints (available in the UK and the Philippines), you can link the mints and leave them with the audience. This would be my preference.
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I think the signing part is too much, also. It's also a bit unbelievable ... kinda like it's 'too good' of a trick.

I play it down a bit. I bring up the subject of, y'know, how some girls can tie a knot in a cherry stem with their tongue? Then I put too normal lifesavers in my mouth and move them around and make faces like I'm trying so hard to do something with my tongue. Then I false-spit out the pair of linked lifesavers, (pretend to dry them off in a paper napkin if people are a bit grossed out, or to explain why there is no saliva on them in the first place if they just came from your mouth), throw them up in the air a few times to show they are really linked, then pretend to put them back in my mouth and destroy the evidence by biting the two that were originally in there. "I still haven't figure out how to get them unlinked."


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The signing bit is slightly misleading. But it's a very well-made prop and some strong routines could be worked out.
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I agree with Alan, it is a very well made prop. My wife performs this piece and she loves it. It works for a woman to simply take out of her purse.

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>I agree with Alan, it is a very well made
>prop. My wife performs this piece and she
>loves it. It works for a woman to simply
>take out of her purse.

It's well-made, but unless you're very very careful, it may show signs of cracking, and then you will always worry if a spectator can see that. It is very delicate. It's not cheap, either, so I would have hoped there were a few more in the package.


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Apparently Colin Gilbert originates from the UK. I'd heard that there is a UK version with Polos instead of lifesavers. I own the linking lifesavers and still perform it even though the branding is wrong. But it would be so much better if I could do it with polos. Does anyone know how I can contact Colin to get my hands on a UK version?
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something about this sounds wrong. As I recall lifesavers, the hole is not so large as to fit the rim. Puzzled. -Jon
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Yes, it is very well made and as for it looking real...
I keep mine on top of the mints in a real Lifesaver pack. My wife took it out and ate it!
I got it back, luckily my wife did'nt swallow it! Smile
Bekrallik, shows signs of cracking? Smile
I have had mine for at least 2 years and it shows no signs of wear and tear. Smile
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I never liked this one. Just too obvious how its done and my lifesaver broke after about 3 years (in a drawer). Smile
WanderingMagician
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Switch it for a properly linked set (which can be made fairly easily) at the end and you have a bloomin' miracle...that you can then give away.
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If I need to do a switch, I would just switch them to the linked set and hand them out for exam.

I agree with the those who said signing is too much. Have we ever write something on FOOD?

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Quote:
On 2003-06-20 16:10, WanderingMagician wrote:
...I'd heard that there is a UK version with Polos instead of lifesavers ... Does anyone know how I can contact Colin to get my hands on a UK version?


A polo version is available here
http://www.abracadabra.co.uk/
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cardfreakhk,

That's how I used to do it for years until I got hold of Gilbert's version. The link is way more visual than if you simply do the switch.

Alan,

The site says nothing about a polo version. A few years back I emailed Martin Breese about the possibility of buying a polo version. He ignored my mail. Perhaps I should try again.
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Great effect, great gimmick but fragile to some extent. Be careful with it and you will have a miracle on your hands.
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I bought this trick almost two years ago and it became a desk drawer trick. I do not believe it is as impromptu as led to believe. And as far as asking someone for a livesaver you need to make sure it is the right type or it will not work out.
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couldn't find the Polo version at http://www.abracadabra.co.uk/, any other sources?
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This is definitely one for the drawer. Save your money.
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highmagic
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I'll try it again... Anybody knows where to buy the Polo Mint version? I usually pluck out a LifeSaver from a borrowed pack of Polo (nobody ever noticed it), but I'd feel safer with a real Polo
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get the new one that says 'lifesavers' NOT 'lifesaver !!!
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I suppose that if I used a pocketbook to pull them out of, it wouldn't have the same natural effect as a woman give it. Darn.
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i saw a nice routine on the john tremaine closeup video .

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HN Review 84: Linking Life Savers / Linking Polo Mints – Colin Gilbert

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Colin Gilbert's Linking Lifesavers is one of the best close-up effects to come along in a long time. It's great magic with the most innocent looking items imaginable!
From a roll of Lifesavers, a spectator selects any two. These are genuine Lifesavers. They can even take the two from their own roll.
The Lifesavers are signed and, with no cover of any kind, they are visibly linked together!!
While they are linked, the signatures are verified and the Lifesavers tossed back and forth form hand to hand to prove that they are unbroken.
Then, the Lifesavers are unlinked and both handed back as souvenirs.
Absolutely amazing! The gimmick is just great. No already-linked Lifesavers, glue, threads, etc. The reset is instantaneous and you can repeat it immediately.
Self working and powerful.


REVIEW:

Well-produced soft-himber gimmick, which looks (and smells, if you carry it in a Lifesavers pack) just like the real thing. The idea of signing food seems a bit incongruent, but the effect found its place in my linking rubber bands routine.

Unfortunately, it is rather delicate (the original Polo Mint version is slightly larger and stronger): you may need to purchase it twice, one for practicing and the other for performance purposes.

You can get both versions by contacting Colin Gilbert himself – his address was published on the November (December?) 1998 issue of the Linking Ring. The original version came with an expensive and useless instructional video – fortunately no longer available.

Overall rating: good

H.
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I've had mine for 5 years! Still in perfect condition.
It's one of my favorite close-up effects!
My opinion.....****stars!
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Another winner for extreme closeup. Got mine 2 years ago and it is still going strong. don't find the signing necessary either, the effect is close up enough and the prop well made enough that it looks very real....(also use it occasionally in my rubber band routine and am working on including it in a routine of sankey's 3 ring circus
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I ordered linking magic mints 2 days ago from penguin, and when I got in to the forum I realised that instead of polos you have to use lifesavers which are not avaliable where I live, however in the demo photo of the linked product one is a polo one is a lifesaver now this could be missed very easily and was by be lol. there are many other photos of polos on the pic and the only lifesaver is the one the man is holding.
I assumed that lifesavers were what americans called polo's.
I am going to wait to see what I get delivered and then maybe inquire as to returning them as this seems to me very misleading advertising.
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I have a "like new" Lifesavers trick for sale. "Vanishing Lifesavers." I'll sell it for 1/2 off any price for a new one at an advertised at an established magic shop. It might be a nice idea to combine these effects for a full routine!!
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Anyone know where a polo version could be obtained?
thanks
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The polo version will be avaliable from magictricks.co.uk very soon it is advertised on their website.
However I purchased the magic mints from penguin in the usa as the display picture of the product clearly shows polo's.
I assumed that americans called polo's lifesavers because they are the same shape as a rubber ring!
just the same as the british call french fries chips.
and in the 80's marathon was called snicker in the states.
I am currently waiting for a reply from penguin as I want to return the lifesavers for a store credit, I hope it shouldn,t be a problem as I have spent £100's of pounds with them.
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Quote"Unfortunately, it is rather delicate (the original Polo Mint version is slightly larger and stronger): you may need to purchase it twice, one for practicing and the other for performance purposes."

I have both the magic mints and linking lifesavers.
The wire in the linking lifesavers broke through the rubber, making this a waste of money. Why should I have to buy 2 of something? The maker should replace it if it breaks.
I got the magic mints for free in a promo sale. There is no wire to break, so far it is better. And it came with an extra mint, so I don't have to replace it.

Just the facts.

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