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Topic: Where can I buy it!!! Its the only trick I have ever wanted!
Message: Posted by: desmosome (Nov 15, 2002 08:49AM)
I have been all over the world (wide web) and cannot find the illusion I want. Harry Houdini was the first magician to perform it (I think)

Magician takes some thread, and puts it in his mouth. Then takes some needles and swallows them. Next he pulls the thread from his mouth with the needles attached!

How and where can I buy the instructions from?


Dr. Ken :rotf: :goof: :cool: :lol: :rolleyes: :bg:
Message: Posted by: Ron Reid (Nov 16, 2002 07:03AM)
Hello Dr. Ken:

I can refer you to one source: John Booth Classics, a book written by John Booth. He gives the details on a very effective version. The razor blades from mouth is also in the book. The book is no longer in print, but I bet you can get it from H and R Books, or on ebay - I have seen it from time to time on ebay. Good luck.


Ron Reid
Message: Posted by: Florian Rago (Nov 16, 2002 07:03AM)
It doesn't use needles it uses razor blades, but, http://www.magicbox.uk.com
sells it. £45. The main problem is that it's a British website

Hope this helps

Florian :yippee:
Message: Posted by: Anders Moden (Nov 16, 2002 04:14PM)
I found the trick with needles by accident just tonight on a French website. It is a review of a needle-swallowing trick. I'm not French speaking myself, so I used the translater below to read it. Don't know about the name of the trick, though. It has to have something to do with the presentation I guess:

It is [url=http://www.magietest.com/tours/aiguilles_erotiques.htm]Here![/url]

You can translate the text to English by pasting it in on thr translater at babelfish
[url=http://www.intelcad.com/translate/]Click here![/url]
Message: Posted by: Curtis Kam (Nov 16, 2002 06:41PM)
Tarbell Course in Magic #4 teaches the needles, and/or the razor blades.

Jim Steinmeyer's "Device and Illusion" teaches a very different approach. It tests your faith in science.

Message: Posted by: Craig Matsuoka (Nov 18, 2002 12:44PM)
On 2002-11-16 19:41, Curtis Kam wrote:
It tests your faith in science.


BTW, is that the one David Williamson used on tv once?
Message: Posted by: MichaelSibbernsen (Nov 19, 2002 12:29AM)
Hi Craig,

Yes it was. A quick eye (or finger on the slow-mo button) will reveal the rather comical looking results of the methodology.

Message: Posted by: Elwood (Nov 19, 2002 06:45PM)
You want to see Bunny Neil do the razor blades - AWESOME!!!!
Message: Posted by: KingStardog (Nov 19, 2002 07:17PM)
The Houdini method is very simple and easy to master. This is available on The Learned Pig Project website and I believe on the CD as well.
It contains 47 books, most hard to find and a few long out of print. The CD has books that a lot of magicians have never seen and a few of the classics you probably already own.
Message: Posted by: gtxby33 (Nov 20, 2002 02:22AM)
I wouldn't attempt it. If you sneeze..or cough...
Message: Posted by: lmrmagic (Nov 23, 2002 09:31AM)
Here are the razor blades at Ronjo Magic

[url=http://www.ronjo.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=R&Product_Code=RAZORBLD]Click Here![/url]
Message: Posted by: joseph (Nov 23, 2002 12:06PM)
The razor blades are on the cutting edge of magic, but the needle swallowing trick has many good points. :yippee:
Message: Posted by: DanTheMagicMan (Nov 23, 2002 11:54PM)
Sharp response, Joseph!
Message: Posted by: KingStardog (Nov 26, 2002 11:18AM)
If you're a little short on cash you can try this one: [url=http://www.ronjo.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=R&Product_Code=011789&Category_Code=]Here![/url]
Message: Posted by: Ruben Padilla (Dec 13, 2002 02:02AM)
Steinmeyer's method is diabolical. I've tried it, and it works like a charm. While it hasn't happened yet, if one of the needles doesn't quite go where you want it to go, it's dramatically sound to pull it out of the glass carefully and set it down on a table as if it was "one too many". Hope this is not too confusing, but I don't want to give away the method. But trust that it's worth the effort and cost to track it down. If I remember correctly, it's in his book Device and Illusion.
Message: Posted by: Maestro (Dec 13, 2002 06:06AM)
I don't know about anyone else here, but the thought of putting razor blades in my mouth makes me cringe. :wow:
Message: Posted by: Ruben Padilla (Dec 13, 2002 01:28PM)
That's good Maestro, then you can see the effect it can have on your audience. Assuming, of course, that making them cringe is one of your goals, before amazing them with;

(a), your bravery, or

(b) your stupidity.

I've also wondered if this effect ventures too far into carnival geek territory, but concluded that performed correctly, and even with an audience cringing, it is powerful and certainly memorable! Also, not too many people perform this effect.
Message: Posted by: Carlos Hampton (Dec 13, 2002 04:31PM)
I don't think that the razor blades are justified anymore. Those razor blades are only seen in some barber shops, but they are not common use, and some people don't associate this with razor blades whatsoever.

The needles still fly, and they will for many years to come.
Message: Posted by: KingStardog (Dec 13, 2002 04:45PM)
The blades will be around for a long time.
Most everyone over 40 knows what they are.

Both still work fine.
Message: Posted by: DA (Dec 15, 2002 02:41PM)
David Powell's vest pocket razor blade illusion is my favorite method. It leaves nothing left over in your mouth and is pretty cheap as well.
Message: Posted by: Slim Price (Dec 15, 2002 10:10PM)
From Slim Price:
Both effects are in Swami/Mantra
[url=http://www.sideshow-freaks.com/sideshow_discussion1/disc1_tocf.htm]Look Here![/url]
Message: Posted by: KingStardog (Dec 16, 2002 01:18PM)
The stand is nice, but for me the words Pocket, mini, and folds/packs flat all sound pretty good.
Message: Posted by: Mental (Dec 17, 2002 09:00AM)
Funny, after my latest magical "toys" expenditure, my wife tried her version of the swallowing razor blades on me! And she never read Tarbell!
Message: Posted by: CardMagicCarl (Dec 17, 2002 11:52AM)
The needle swallowing effect is great. Better than razor blades, in my opinion.

The only problem though is visibility. It's really tough to see them from only a few rows back. Probably a trick best reserved for parlor type magic shows.

Message: Posted by: Rob Woodward (Dec 20, 2002 08:49AM)
The best razor blade swallowing feat I have found, at least I think, is a Hades Publication. It is an older routine, dating back about 45 years. It's callled 'The Amazing No-Switch Razor Blade Mystery.' That is mostly true, as there are no 'in the hands sleights' or anything like that to worry about. It would take a little practice, but I think it's worth it. You can pick up a copy direct from Hades for $5.00 at http://www.trickster.com
I recommend it, and for that cheap, it's a steal.
Message: Posted by: Harry Murphy (Dec 20, 2002 09:50AM)
Since you asked about the Needle trick and not the Razor blade version (although both are similar effects and have similar methods) there is one very to find, still in print book that includes it. The book is Sid Fleischman’s “The Charlatan’s Handbook”. His is a no switch method and is clever beyond words.

I could name about a dozen references to this one trick (Needle version), but many are out of print and all are hard to find. Sid’s is the most current that I can think of.

Either effect can be a real stunner!

Hope this helps you in your quest for the "only trick that you have ever wanted!"
Message: Posted by: KingStardog (Dec 20, 2002 11:10AM)
I finally remembered which e-book on the Learned Pig Project.

"Annemann's Buried Treasure"

It is the same method as Houdini and he calls it:

The East Indian Needle Trick.

The one Harry recommends may be better than this one, as it has no switch involved.
Message: Posted by: BenSchwartz (Dec 22, 2002 01:27AM)
He he he... I like John Carney's version with the brick and him pulling out his teeth..... :bigsmile: