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Andy Charlton
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I use "I'll Start Again." Paddle routine with a paddle shaped blackboard and a piece of chalk.

Nowadays though, my favourite paddle routine is one I came up with with a borrowed lighter. Not the most magical routine in the world, but 10 times the effect because it is THEIR lighter.

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The paddle move is awesome. I like some of the ideas for endings I've read here. I usually either end saying, "now I''ll turn one back to all the colors and the other your chosen color" but that sometimes leads to the spectator speculating on the method. Or, I'll vanish the rod, not too hard to do. Just stuff it in your left fist and have the spectator blow on your fist then show your empty hands with a flourish.

I was at a Chinese grad students apartment for dinner once and he had these elaborate chop-sticks with beautiful chinese characters one one side. I did the paddle move with one and they couldn't understand how I was making the characters appear, dissappear, reappear, etc. A wonderful impromptu opportunity Smile
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Anyone know of another way to force the stone, that makes sense?
TheMightyRicardo
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Hi Corbett,
You could force a card from 6 appropriate cards eg. the 4D if you have the diamond one.
Have you looked at "Turbo Stick" by Richard Sanders - the moves really make sense.

Richard
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Does anyone who worries about over exposure with tricks like an ID ever worry that almost every kids grandfather in the world does this with popsicle sticks?

Probably not because it is a perfect illustration of how simple routining can hide a method.
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On Apr 6, 2015, TheMightyRicardo wrote:
Hi Corbett,
You could force a card from 6 appropriate cards eg. the 4D if you have the diamond one.
Have you looked at "Turbo Stick" by Richard Sanders - the moves really make sense.

Richard


Don't want to worry about needing cards to do this effect. The effect is strong; just a weak force.
Theodore Lawton
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Corbett- I sometimes use a diamond rod with no force, I've created a story about picking out a wedding ring and don't need a force. Plus with children you can use the standard, "Are you married?" gag.

So, telling some kind of story is an option to the force if you can come up with something fun and entertaining. This also opens the door for switching and THEN using the force which makes it seem more natural as they now "get to pick."

I have a 3 rod routine I like that ends with a dummy rod.
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Why couldn't you have the spectator roll the dice to pick a color? It's still 1-6. I think that way it seems more random.
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The Wiz Kids and I made our own Hot Rods from wood sticks and color gems from the craft store. We also made a die from a wooden cube and all the die spots were also made from color gems, so one was red, two was yellow, three was orange, four was green, five was blue and six was violet. We also made Jumping Gem sets from white(clear) gem stones and duplicate wood sticks, so you could switch from one to the other during the routine... which went like this: Start with Jumping Gems - showing two blank sticks and a single white(clear) gem. With the ends of the blank sticks, pick up the diamond and toss it into the air, apparently catching it on the end of one of the sticks. From there go into the full Jumping Gem routine, which ends with a ruby on one stick. Put the other (diamond) stick away and push the stick with the ruby through your hand, which changes into the hot rod (with the ruby at one end). Go back to the felt pouch in which the sticks were kept from the start, and instead of the stick with the diamond, you find another duplicate hot rod. This has different color gems on both sides (identical) and is handed to a spectator, while you take the other hot rod and begin squeezing it between your fingers, until out drops a cube in the form of the gem die. Trade the spectator the hot rod he is holding for the cube and have him roll it a few times to make sure the die is not loaded or rigged in any way. Have him or her roll it one final time. Note the number and the color rolled, tap the rainbow hot rod on the die and all the gems turn the color that was chosen. As you can imagine there are a lot of switches taking place, but at the end you have a full routine that I can guarantee is different from any other magician's Hot Rod routine they may have seen. And if you don't have time for the full routine, you can do shorter versions of any part of it.
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I generally hand out the 'Hot Rod" 1/2 way through my routine. After turning all of the gems to the chosen color, I then proceed to change one side of the stick's gems back. When the gems are all one color on one side and all different on the other side I hand it to a spectator. The spectator gets to play with it and I have never had anyone figure out the method. I then take it back and return all of the gems to their original multi-colored state.

I carry 3 different "Hot Rods" of Rosewood and Swarvoski Crystals that I made myself. Two are the standard configuration so I can do the effect back to back and have a different outcome (just in case someone follows me to the next table) and a 3rd that has multicolored gems on both sides...For that one kid (of any age) that that just has to examine the stick again up close.
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My problem with the hotrod is not really the six force - I think magicians really overthink that - but the question of "what is this thing?" Without a credible explanation of what it is I feel like you're left with a prop that obviously came from a magic shop. And I feel like that undercuts the magic a lot.

I know I've seen pens or pencils with dots printed on them, but even in these cases I find myself wondering, "what's the use of these pens?" Like... once I, as a performer, start performing a trick using the six colors randomly plastered on it, I think it jumps out as a "magic store" trick.

Otherwise I love the hotrod. It's fun to perform, super visual, and gets incredible reactions. I do think it's a very under rated effect.
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My go to paddle trick is turbostick. I prefer that to hot rod.
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On May 11, 2017, TKD27 wrote:
My problem with the hotrod is not really the six force - I think magicians really overthink that - but the question of "what is this thing?" Without a credible explanation of what it is I feel like you're left with a prop that obviously came from a magic shop. And I feel like that undercuts the magic a lot.

I know I've seen pens or pencils with dots printed on them, but even in these cases I find myself wondering, "what's the use of these pens?" Like... once I, as a performer, start performing a trick using the six colors randomly plastered on it, I think it jumps out as a "magic store" trick.

Otherwise I love the hotrod. It's fun to perform, super visual, and gets incredible reactions. I do think it's a very under rated effect.


This is a valid point. A Hot Rod isn't as generic as coins, cards, rope, a chop cup, a silk, etc. That's one reason I came up with a story that explains what it is. That, and I never liked the force. I take out the prop and ask, "Do you know what this is?" Or, "Have you seen one of these before?" While "showing" both sides. I explain that it's a tool jewelers use to help people pick out their rings with gemstones at the jewelry shop.

"You might want a ruby ring... or a sapphire. Or if you're getting married you might be trying to decide on what size diamond to pick out and how it would look on your ring. (Are you married?-always gets a fun reaction from kids and their parents) The only problem with the gem stick is once you know what color stone you want, then the other ones can sometimes get in the way of knowing how your ring might look. So a good jeweler... maybe a magic jeweler... will make it easier for you and turn all the gems the same color."

You get the idea. People, kids- because I only do Hot Rod with children- are listening to a story and following along. There is no force and there is a fun reason for the magic that is happening. There is more to my routine, but I think you see where I'm coming from. It works for me. Smile
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Now that's a good idea Theodore ... A jewellers tool. Awesome. Smile.
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I have had great success with Gem Rods. This has been around for many years, and it still plays strong. I slip it in between card tricks, or just simply put the rods in my pocket for impromptu. Just when they think they figured out the dancing diamonds, they turn to rubys.
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I use a cut off chopstick as described above, except on the side opposite the Chinese characters I have a Dymo taped "ENGLISH" in vertical letters. In my starship act, I present it as a module from the universal translator.

Otherwise I use the brass hot rod that has a third mode that allows it to be inspected.
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I just started using a gem hot rod a few months ago and really love it as
something to keep in my pocket. I never leave home without it, a thumb
tip and silk, and a squeaker as my "basic load".

There has been some discussion on this thread about these appearing too
much as just a magic prop. I agree, a lot of these look like a bit of
cheezy plastic junk from a joke shop.

BUT, all hot rods are NOT CREATED EQUALLY.

The one I just got from Rings-N-Things is a real gem. Constructed of nickle
plated steel with brilliant white 7 mm Swarovski crystals, it looks like it
came from a jewelry shop. With its apparent sturdy construction, it should
last a lifetime.

The reactions I get from lay groups are outstanding. We magicians tend to
think way too much about method, rather than pleasing the customers. So we
ignore the simple stuff as something beneath our dignity. So we reject some-
thing so basic as a paddle move.

We do this a great loss.


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Speaking of cheesy plastic junk, First trick I ever bought. I use to kill with Fan-ta-sticks. The best part is when you slide it in your back pocket as a finish and someone says "wait do it again" and you grab a different colored stick and kill em' with it. Smile. Cheap and easy! Good times! $.02
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On Jul 11, 2017, Dollarbill wrote:
Speaking of cheesy plastic junk, First trick I ever bought. I use to kill with Fan-ta-sticks. The best part is when you slide it in your back pocket as a finish and someone says "wait do it again" and you grab a different colored stick and kill em' with it. Smile. Cheap and easy! Good times! $.02


Good point, Bill.

I wonder how many of us old timers started out at 6 years old with a Mysto Magic box they found under the Christmas tree?


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On Jul 11, 2017, cheaptrick wrote:


BUT, all hot rods are NOT CREATED EQUALLY.



I know exactly what you mean.

That's why I went a different direction:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......rt=40#17


P.S. I like the RNT2 sticks too. And they're magnetic!
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