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MagicBus
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At the FCM convention in Marion probably three or more years ago now, a dealer had at his booth some "hand made" DVDs that were produced either by a church or a kid's ministry. One of the routines on one of the very clever "storytelling" DVDs was "The Rich Young Ruler." The young man on the DVD told a rhyming story about "The Rich Young Ruler" that had in it all the main points of the story- while USING a contractor's wooden folding ruler as a visual prop. It was really neat- the story had in it shapes (using the ruler folded/twisted around) into a house, a cross, and arrow, and many other symbols/objects you could cleverly make with the folding ruler.

When I got home from that particular convention, I immediately purchased a folding ruler at Lowe's- it worked great- and I watched the DVD I purchased which was terrific and included this very nice routine among various others using mostly non-magical props. Kinda like a "Christian" folding hat routine using a contractor's ruler instead.

You guessed it, my wife is teaching the "rich young ruler" in her Sunday School kids class upcoming soon. Soooo, I found the original ruler I bought- but I can't find the DVD! Who knows where I put it, I wish I had taped it then right to the ruler. I have looked for it online-can't find it- does anyone remember the dealer at FCM (it was not Laflin or Ginn or Mitchell or Varro, not someone who I can remember) or the name of the church/children's ministry that put out this DVD?- I would like to get another DVD asap.

Otherwise, I will keep scrounging around looking for the DVD but who knows where I put it years ago after I watched it. Or I will try to recreate the "Rich Young Ruler" clever routine using a real "ruler" but probably will miss half the clever ideas they came up with (let alone rewrite the neat poem that was done with it).

That's another lesson I learned- I need to be more careful keeping my magic DVDs in one spot in case I might need to watch one years later. Oh well, thanks... I am sure many of you are been there, done that, right along with me in losing magic stuff previously purchased.

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Probably about 15 years ago I believe Greg Hamilton had a 'ruler' routine, not sure if it's the one your looking for. He use to be at greg@themagicparlor.com Happy hunting.
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Let me know if this is the one, I am teaching this lesson at the end of the month, sounds interesting.
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I found this a while back on the FCMUK website.
http://www.fcmuk.org/freebies/sticks/sticks.pdf
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Greg Hamilton still does that routine. He did it at the Ohio FCM this year.
MagicBus
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Thanks Jamie for the web site address above. Gives me more than enough ideas on how to use a contractor's ruler. I guess I just need to get off my duff now and write my own routine. Thanks again everyone, and no, I still have not found the DVD I bought sy FCM with this effect on it already all scripted out.

I used Dan Garrett's "Heartz" appearing heart (advertised and reviewed in the most recent Linking Ring magazine) last night at our Gideons camp meeting for SE Michigan- showed my hands in the "empty" heart formation to explain how we bring in our Christian service nothing but our willing hearts- and God blesses our efforts to be available (such as with our service with the Gideons distributing free Bibles) to affect other people's hearts in a real way (producing the sponge heart). Really is a nice effect, could be used for any number of other Gospel applications.
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This sounds like Jeff Smith's routine which is over ten years old. I first heard him present it in 2003 and then as now it was available only in book form. Jeff was the first one to use the carpenters ruler as far as I know. The book is still available on his website http://www.saltandlightmin.org. It is called VII Storyteller Vol. 1. He has several creative story telling ideas/tools in each volume. I use the "rich young ruler" all the time!

Sorry I didn't see this post until now!

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Just took a look again and it is a DVD now. This may be the one you are looking for!
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Thanks so much! I am currently working on a program for an upcoming festival program where The Gideons will be distributing free Testaments- so I am going to try to involve my entire act around a central theme such as either "You already own a Bible, now it should own you" or "The Bible is the living Word of God, Does it live inside you?"
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This is a terrific fun Bible story telling resource, not sure how I missed this market availability before (see above posts). They are now being sold as wooden "STORY STICKS".

Nice wooden especially made "Story Sticks" are now available for immediate shipping- and there are three instruction manuals that can be purchased for PDFs separately for the use of these "Story Sticks". Included in Volume 2 of "Bible Stories that Stick" is "The Rich Young Ruler" story I had been searching for.

I downloaded "Bible Stories that STICK" Volume 1, Ed 2 (37 pages) by Barney Kinard and Robert Newhall, published in 2016 by Creative Children's Ministries. I already test ran "The Paralytic Healed" (page 15) Bible lesson with our Lighthouse Kids, the "story stick" idea really seemed to keep their attention.

This is not a magic trick but is an additional visual way to tell a Bible story to kids and less expensive than "flannel graph" lessons (which are now being sold again as well!).

Available from at least two sources, see:

www.StorySticks.net

or

www.ScriptureLady.com
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I am happy to report also that Barney Kinard of Creative Children's Ministries at www.StorySticks.net filled my orders immediately/I quickly received the sticks. Also, Barney maintains a private facebook page for Story Sticks users for idea sharing.

Barney said he is already working on the next volume of lessons - looking forward to it!

I intend to use these Story Sticks in telling a Bible story, then later showing via video reinforcing the same story to the Sunday School kids using either a projected segment from a an excellent "Speed Sketch" DVD (Wesleyan Publishing House) or from "The Gospel of John" movie DVD (Lionsgate) or the same story from "Read and Share DVD Bible, Volumes 1-4" (cartoon format).
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