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On Nov 8, 2017, MagicBus wrote:
Hi All: The "performance mat" I believe adds greatly to the deceptiveness of the trick in my judgment. Gimpy sells them off his website, they are also available from Penguin Magic.

I decorated the four corners of both sides of my performance mat with 4 anti-slip bathroom tub stickers (available from Bed, Bath and Beyond and many other stores). So now my mat looks more like a handmade goofy looking dining table place mat.

I then (as part of the routine) say how when I have used my Walmart plastic tv tray in the past in my living room, the top is so very slippery that I have slid off several full cans of soda off of it onto the carpet while watching tv (true story). My wife is not amused needless to say (also very true). So my long suffering wife always gives me a place mat to use (yep, it's true too) so when I eat off of or use this particular large tv tray, the placemat is good keeping the food or soda in place so it won't go easily sliding off tight onto the floor. So then using this mat as part of my routine (in my mind at least) may seem more "natural".

What is so very, very, very neat about the performance mat is it allows one to turn the light and heavy box slightly in several directions after it is "heavy". I tested it immediately on my own Walmart tv tray, it worked perfectly. I could not lift it myself.

As for having a heavy table, it is not needed when following the DVD video instructions via Gimpys link that comes with his performance mat. I test tried out his suggestions myself, it works! I don't know why I did not think of it before. Do exactly as Gimpy suggests in the instructional video that comes with the mat (this is not the same public video that Gimpy has posted on youtube to promote the product sale).

If the performer is really insecure about it, you can sneak one's foot onto the lower floor support post on the Mainstay/Walmart tv tray --- but I found out that is NOT necessary at all when using Gimpy's exact prop handling instructions/and specific instructions which are given to the spectator.

Again, it is quite an investment to get all these props, but for me it was worth it as it fits in perfectly with the Biblical encouragement I hope to do with my "seniors" programs. Routine will be posted in a few days, still deciding on which Bible verses to highlight as there are so many on this subject of Jesus making our load easier/carrying our burdens.


Thanks for your kind comments on my products sorry I had not seen them before. The mat has been out almost a year and its suprising to me how few out there have noticed it. The mat and the instruction vidio solve so many of the problems asociated with the practical performance of the light heavy box. Honestly not a week goes by that someone asks if they need a special heavy table to perform this. I agree that using a light table greatly strengthens the effect just a slight move of the table is all you need to demonstrate without a word that its not the table holding the box down. Just the slightest wiggle of the mat proves no connection to the table. Ad the hop move in and you have added more layers to the onion.There is just so much more you can do with these boxes now. Glad to hear some of you are making good use of the information.

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Making our load easier - meditating on 'burden' the other morning- Visualize this- a large sack full of sand - on your shoulders-pushing you down-you ask the Lord for HELP - the LORD pokes his finger into the sack and the sand slowely pours out- troubles(!) start to fade away. You ask why not just all at once - if all at once you'd pop up and go off balance-by slowely streighteng up you will then be able to walk with the Lord streight, upright. Another thought- when I was 14 I lifted weights - my coach would add a few iunds each month to build strength - notice how we are burdened little more by litle more - why?? to BUILD and strengthen our Faith - just a thought from an old man L-O-L.
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