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The Electric Touch by Yigal Mesika has received a lot of attention in a lot of forums. Some of that attention has been good, and some of that has been bad. I don’t seek to add any more flame to those fires, since it seems that the majority of the discussions has died down a bit, but I would like to offer a review for people that are currently thinking about buying one now that the initial blush of excitement has died down.

I have had my ET for over a half a year now and I still enjoy using it. It has plus sides and minus sides like all magic effects. It won’t turn you into Thor, the God of Thunder, but it will let you do some pretty cool things that would be pretty difficult to do otherwise.

I personally love bending flowing water with mine. It is a strong effect that always gets strong reactions. People just stare at what is happening. Some may think that somehow you have a really high level of static electricity, but no one will ever know just how you’ve managed to do it.

I also greatly enjoy playing with table salt and pepper. Pour a decent amount of both on a plate, set the plate on a table, and then either take a spectator’s hand, or use your own, and place it over the plate. The salt makes a wonderful “whooshing” sound from the ionized air, and the pepper jumps around like crazy.

Halogen bulbs will also become a good friend. I had one instance on a humid day where the spectator held a small curly halogen bulb by the metal and I touched the glass. The gasses in the bulb flickered for a good two minutes after I let go. It was very spooky, even to me, and I’m the guy that did it…

The Good: You can do some astounding things with this device that I just don’t know how to duplicate without it. From things as simple as “stealing” someone’s electrical impulses/thoughts, to burning their idea into your arm with “Stigmata”, to bending water, and making random things jump and fly, you are only limited by how grounded you are and your imagination. The effects can hit hard. I wouldn’t buy it as a stand alone trick. “Hey Ma, I can shock you…” I would really recommend this for someone who wants a tool that can increase the “shock” value of their routines.

Also, for all my fellow Outlaws out there, I have one word: Luna.

The Bad: This is a serious device for serious performs, and fittingly, it is not an easy initial set up. This one takes some time and potentially some extra money. I was able to make the necessary modifications without having to spend anything extra, but I’m also a “jack of all trades” who has some theatre set building experience. Working on my shoes was really not all that hard… For some it could be impossible though. The DVD and written instructions help, and they are pretty good at describing what needs to be done though.

Also on the bad side is the potential for pain. I thought about putting this in “The Ugly” but I’ll put it here for personal reasons. The chance to cause yourself and other people pain is very real. Please, do NOT use this on someone unless you are pretty sure they are not pregnant and don’t have heart problems. Also, don’t zap people in sensitive areas because you think it would be funny. It’s stupid, not funny. And for the LOVE OF GOD, DO NOT USE IT AT A GAS PUMP!!

Also, if you are a preacher in Ghana, don’t try to take it on a plane in your luggage as the police seemingly will believe that you must be using this device to falsify your preaching…

Anyway, yes, you do take a part of the shock EVERY single time you use it. You should however build up a tolerance to the pain most of the time. Lighting up Halogen bulbs does not hurt at all BTW. Be careful to not be touching a power outlet or a light switch while activating the unit. And if at Walmart, don’t turn it on while holding onto their metal shelving. The purple plasma that appeared was pretty, but it hurt like HE**. My Wife laughed though…

The Ugly: You have to make sure you are grounded while using it. This is much more of an issue then I thought it would be, and I researched this thing a LOT before I bought it. I highly recommend buying some metal tape from a hardware store or an automotive parts store and adding that to the bottom of your shoe occasionally as this increases the surface area to help you get a better ground. I tried to perform the bulb at a party not too long ago and for whatever reason, at that particular moment, I could not get grounded enough to do anything. After my performance I was able to get a good ground, I just couldn’t when I was trying to use it.

Also, the batteries for this device can be slightly difficult to locate. My local Walmart has them pretty cheap, but they are not always in stock. I found them in the electronics section in the batteries. My wife found some that were more expensive in the car parts section with the batteries for car alarm key chains. Expect to pay anywhere from $3 for 2 to $5 for 1.

In the Ugly as well is going to the noise from the shoe modifications after they are done. I don’t want to reveal too much, but suffice it to say that one day I was asked if I was a tap dancer. I was walking on a hard concrete floor and I was unable to muffle the sound no matter what I did. I told the person I had a piece of metal in my shoe helping to hold the sole on because I wasn’t able to replace the shoes yet…

Summary: This is a great utility to increase the effectiveness of some of your routines. I would use it as a tool, not as a crutch. Don’t depend upon it as the heart and soul of your routine, but instead as that little something extra to push it over the top. Is it worth the time and money? That would depend upon each person. I greatly enjoy mine. I don’t perform with it constantly, but I do enjoy having it. It is great to have on during the “Black Friday” sales at local malls. Just stand in the middle of a crowded isle and turn it on, on high… This is not for everyone. This is very much not for those who are new to magic or who just want something cool. It will end up in a drawer if you do that. This is for people who perform in parlours or living rooms and enjoys “shocking” people figuratively and literally. If you are on the fence about buying it, then I must say don’t buy it. Wait a while and think about how you could or would add it to your current routines. If you are still thinking about after another month or so, then buy it.

Just don’t expect to be able throw around lighting bolts…

JLJ
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FANTASTIC REVIEW
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Dang, your making me blush...

JLJ
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On 2008-04-17 02:30, Cybersloughter wrote:
(...) Expect to pay anywhere from $3 for 2 to $5 for 1.


...and get 3 for free. Smile

Just kidding. Excellent review, quite usefull for me! Thanks!
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Piggy backing on what everyone else said.

Nicely done.

I'm not considering picking one of these up!

Geez - could you imagine riding a subway with one of these things on?!
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On 2008-04-17 14:46, illusioneer wrote:
Geez - could you imagine riding a subway with one of these things on?!


Hehe, it could be fun. It could also hurt... a lot. I do enjoy those small unexpected shock moments sometimes.

It is a fun tool. The worst part is knowing how and when to use it.

JLJ
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I got mine today. I nearly died. I did SOMETHING wrong and seriously the shock I got from this thing was the most pain ive EVER felt from an electric shock. I thought I was gonna have a heart attack. Funnily enough I felt most of the pain in my groinal area. This REALLY hurt. Had some good fun after this though.
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Read , enjoyed and got informed.Very good review. Thanks a lot CYBERSLOUGHTER.
Sincerely Yours,....PAL
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I use this......I buy 4 of these.....one of them is already broken for Overused....if you are not Grounded...use a wet Tissue or Pur some water on the Floor...no one notice ...til someone Slip and sue the establisment
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I wear $5,000 hearing aids, would ET damaged my hearing aids? Will I end up electrocuting my ears?

Do I have to wear long sleeve shirts or coats for this?

Can I control the shock strength or is it always going to hurt?

Thanks
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Hi Madkiki,

I can't answer all of your questions but you do not need a long sleeve shirt or a coat for this.

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Great review,

After much debate I am ready to fork out the 200US. I have many routiunes that I think this will fall very well into. Thanks. I just need to find that PETA setup.

Cheers,

K
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I have video routine for electric touch. Maybe this for inspiration. do electric touch.

Demo 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zxmagxwr3Cg

ELECTRIC TOUCH CAN BURN FLASH PAPER, FLASH COTTON, FLASH BILL
==============================================================

Demo 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM7g92rHYs0

CAN MAKE FLOURESCENT TUBE CAN LIGHT


enjoy do electric touch
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Wait, electric touch can light flash paper?????
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How do you guys not fling from the pain it causes yourself?

by th way, lots of moifications needs to e done in order to be able to perform it while sqauting down as seen on the youtube vid.

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Burn flash paper little pain. but not hurts. just put flash paper in the ground. and put your finger. and finger with ground have like laser line. because ground have electric. if you fill hot, you must put off your finger quickly like demo. don't be afraid do like this. if afraid don't try this at home.
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Thank you for the help hendra. Do you have to use the ground? Or you can use something else too?
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On 2009-02-28 00:41, whokebe wrote:
Thank you for the help hendra. Do you have to use the ground? Or you can use something else too?


You have to be grounded. But, I imagine you can place the flash paper on a table.

Best,

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Frm youtube, it seems that the flash paper is placed on plastic pad instead of the ground?
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Hahhaha no is real ground in Indonesia. I don't use anything. only ground. I don't want lie some one. is real ground. if you don't believe come to Indonesia I will prove to you. PP or call me if you want go to Jakarta. take yours electric touch. if your ground not have electric you can put flash paper or flash cotton wit wax in the wall. And then you can burn this with same method. I have new video about this but not yet to upload in youtube, I will give you all info if video finish upload in youtube.
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I promise to upload new method in youtube. put little wax for glue flash paper or flash cotton in the wall

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIDUvlCUUbo


enjoy.
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Wow, thanks a lot hendra. These videos are very useful
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Your welcome, why must in the wall because wall and ground is connected. ground have electric wall have too.
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I use to be a big partitioner on all thread of ET. I have been out of the loop for a very long time. In fact I was in Iceland the last time I was heavy into it. Now I'm in San Antonio no longer married and starting to get back into the magi worl. So please can any of you PM me the other site where we use to talk about this? I also know another member here did wonders with a different style of hook up. .I need to contact him see if I can get a Vid of the new set up.. He mailed me what was needed when I was in Iceland but like I said I have been lost for a while and am trying to come back and Shock all. The Riverwalk is a great place for this utility... Any and all help would be great.
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No one has anyrhing to say?
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On 2009-03-07 18:00, paisa23 wrote:
No one has anyrhing to say?


The Electric Touch website does not exist anymore. The PETS set up can be found in the private area of Penguin Magic.


Welcome back brother!

Best,

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Hi Everyone,

The E.T is one of the best magic tricks ever, is a tool the you can use to do real magic.....there is not enough words to describe this amazing trick....the only thing is to follow the rules and like everyone here said if you just going to buy this to shock people for fun then DON'T BUY IT!!!!....

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It is amazingly powerful when used in teh right context. It adds so much to mentalism effects. One of my favorite items.
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The ET is the best way for introducing any PK routine since you can "prove" that what you intend to do is real! so if I am going to do a floting bill routine using Ammars presentation about static, etc. I star by tearing a table tissue into very small pieces and putting them onto a plate (good for restaurant work) I then proceed to animate the small pieces and they can see that very crearly I then use a loop to animate a fork and then finally borrow that bill from someone on the table and do the Ammars or Kennedy`s floating bill routine. It kills! because you start very low on the scale and then build the routine up one step at a time...it works for me!

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