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Topic: Hand in Animal Trap!
Message: Posted by: Freak Prodigy (Aug 7, 2005 11:41PM)
I want to learn this act very much so, but where to begin?
what type of trap?
how to rig it?
how do I do it?
Message: Posted by: drwilson (Aug 8, 2005 06:16AM)
As everyone in this area of the Café will tell you, do not attempt this without personal instruction from someone who knows what they are doing. If someone posts an answer here, would you just do what they suggest? You could get hurt bad.


Message: Posted by: Martin Joseph (Aug 8, 2005 07:02AM)
This is something I've been interested in for a while now. I first read about it in Harry Anderson's 'Wiseguy' years ago but didn't really want to try it with just the brief description he gives. Could anyone point me in the direction of other written sources to chase for initial research please?

Many thanks,
Martin Colclough.
Message: Posted by: TAIT (Aug 8, 2005 07:13AM)
More info at http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=24777&forum=23&10
Message: Posted by: Martin Joseph (Aug 8, 2005 08:23AM)
Thanks TAIT, much appreciated.
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Aug 8, 2005 10:51AM)
The Abbott's Trap (and instructions) is just $25.
It is a real nice one all chromed up and it is a REAL Trap...NOT gimmicked in any way.
Message: Posted by: Freak Prodigy (Aug 8, 2005 01:43PM)
Thanks doug

On 2005-08-08 07:16, drwilson wrote:
If someone posts an answer here, would you just do what they suggest? You could get hurt bad.


Not quite, I would take ito consideration who the info was coming from, the validity ( spelled wrong?) of the info, and how much sense it made...also I relize the stunts that I do and want to learn how to do are dangerous, I made a choice long ago and I plan to stick with it!

When annealing the spring on the trap, should it be opened or closed...does it matter?
Message: Posted by: Dr_Stephen_Midnight (Aug 8, 2005 04:37PM)
Both Shawn Dion and I do a flourish that Shawn discovered: After the trap is clamped on the hand (gasp #1), we then jerk the hand out of the trap's jaws without losing a finger (gasp #2).

Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Aug 8, 2005 06:54PM)
There are all kinds of traps. The Abbott's Trap is a SPECIFIC Trap and a SPECIFIC size for a SPECIFIC purpose. No need to mess with this size at all...just understand the method. This SAME trap is available in country hardware stores where you can freak out the owner and have him calling his country lawyer. :)

Other traps would need adjustment and knowing what you're doing.
Message: Posted by: Dr_Stephen_Midnight (Aug 8, 2005 08:04PM)
I worked briefly with an Oneida-Victor #2 (two springs), but went back to the #1-1/2 as the dual springs were a hassle to fool with.

Message: Posted by: Starrpower (Aug 8, 2005 10:19PM)
Hmmm ... I just bought a trap at the camping & hunting store and did it! All four fingers in together so the thing hits flat, and no problem. The traps are meant to do just that -- trap the animal, not cut it's leg off. Personally, I think the old, rusty thing looks far better than the shiny "magic" traps.
Message: Posted by: Dr_Stephen_Midnight (Aug 9, 2005 05:02PM)
I use an unplated trap that I bought at a surplus store and sprayed with clear Rustoleum to retard further rusting.

Message: Posted by: rocky clements (Aug 9, 2005 09:37PM)
I have heard of the Penn and Teller routine and the standard practice of getting your hand caught in the trap after some byplay. Are there any other routines that are commonly performed with the trap(s)? I am interested in putting this type of thing in my outdoor "sideshow" type performance, but would like to do more than just show the trap and eventually get my hand caught in it. Maybe removing items from the trap without springing it, only to eventually be caught, or maybe a Russian roulette routine with the trap, etc. Just looking for ideas in the event that there is something we haven't come up with. Also, what do most people do after being caught other than have a spectator take the trap off? That seems a little anticlimactic. Thanks
Message: Posted by: dpe666 (Aug 9, 2005 09:57PM)
This is a wonderful stunt, and I have been doing it for years. Do not believe that it is totally pain-free, but it is not as bad as the audience is led to believe through showmanship, which is a must for this effect.

By the way, check out Harry Anderson's routine. It can be found in Wise Guy.

David :devilish:
Message: Posted by: MagicJared (Aug 10, 2005 11:35AM)
I'd be interested in some ideas for this as well. My trap has been gathering dust because I can't think of a good way to use it in a show. I've been fidling with the idea of doing a 'pick a card' trick while clamped in a trap and after failing to find it, remove my hand from the trap and show their card.
Message: Posted by: Mike Brezler (Aug 11, 2005 03:09AM)

While looking for a prop in my bag I have a rat trap go off on my fingers.
Most kids enjoy this because I scream in pain (a 3 stooges type moment.)
I tell the audience that I am trying to catch a rat and later
I find the rat while trying to perform a different trick.
I use a victor rat trap that is gimmicked and uses caps to make the noise.
It is completely safe. I think I bought it from a joke shop on the Internet.
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Mar 7, 2013 03:46PM)
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Message: Posted by: Paul_Rheaume (Feb 24, 2014 11:25PM)
Have used the Higley trapa a monte for several years now and love it. It is all that they say and more. instead of the pretsel, I use a cheap plastic ball point pen. the kind found in the dollar store usually ten for a buck. It's cheaper and the plastic (clear ones)just explode when the trap springs shut. I get them with red ink!!!

Thanks Doug
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Aug 16, 2014 01:44PM)
Due to the amopunt of requests, the Traps-A-Monte-Mental routine is available again. $3 for the PDF.
Just pm me for the paypal address. ;-)
Message: Posted by: dave_matkin (Dec 3, 2014 05:57PM)
Sold to the guy in the UK! Im over to your site tomorrow Doug.

Good to see you are still around - hope your health is OK and you are doing OK?


Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Dec 17, 2014 12:45PM)
Forget the $3...what was I thinking??? Anyone interested just PM or eMail me and I'll get it to you N/C.
Message: Posted by: dpe666 (Jan 2, 2015 08:36PM)
It was worth the $3.
Message: Posted by: bowers (Jan 11, 2015 09:36AM)
No pain no gain.
Message: Posted by: dave_matkin (Feb 22, 2015 03:22PM)
Its easily worth $3 - he's mad giving it away!
Message: Posted by: Rook (Jun 13, 2017 10:47PM)
I'm reviving a long-dormant thread for no other reason than to publicly thank Doug for the Traps-A-Monte-Mental routine he sent to me today. This is definitely finding a place in the act!
Message: Posted by: dave_matkin (Aug 7, 2017 03:10PM)
Nice to see a very old thread resurrected...... You can tell its old because Brett Loudermilk wanted to learn something!!!!!!
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Sep 4, 2017 02:58PM)
Now that was funny Dave. :-)
Message: Posted by: Eric the Excellent (Sep 5, 2017 01:11AM)
Hah! No kidding! Makes me think there might be hope for me, someday! ;)
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Jan 23, 2018 01:59PM)
I get requests for this weekly. Still happy to send the pdf n/c...just e Mail me at doug@grindshow.com
AS to giving it away, what the heck, maybe someone will buy a cool T-shirt! -)

Message: Posted by: imgic (Feb 10, 2018 10:21AM)
I bought trap from Tannens. Even though I heard regular traps work, I wasn’t sure and didn’t want to take a chance, plus it didn’t cost much more. I bought chose regular finish, not chrome plated. Then spray painted it rust color brown, let it dry. Then put dabs of Vaseline where I want brown to show through. Then painted in wrought iron black texture. Let dry, wiped away Vaseline, and it looks like a handmade rusted old nasty trap.

I take breadsticks and paint them off white. Look like bones and shatter spectacularly when in the trap. I also do the old juggler trick of whacking a carrot against the trap edge to show the edges are “razor sharp.”

Lonnie Chevrie has a nice animal trap routine in his Penguin Magic Lecture, which includes a bit on having cards in your mouth to set off the trap.

My wife hates when I do this routine as it makes her so nervous...
Message: Posted by: Harley Newman (Feb 10, 2018 08:47PM)
Tannen's or Abbot's? The Abbot's traps are just one of the fairly standard sizes, chromed.
Message: Posted by: imgic (Feb 11, 2018 10:11AM)
It was Abbott’s magic. They gave the non-chromed version.
Message: Posted by: Eric the Excellent (Feb 12, 2018 02:50AM)
That is a /nice/ idea, using breadsticks as bones. I bet it really sells the illusion.
Message: Posted by: debaser (Aug 20, 2018 07:53PM)
I remember buying this when I was 16 at abbots, might have had a one paragraph instructions and no warning. fun times