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Topic: Three shell game with plastic bottle caps?
Message: Posted by: doowopper (Jul 26, 2006 04:39AM)
I have been using the School for Scoundrels shells for my three shell game routine. However, I would like to try a three shell type routine with plastic bottle caps, to have the apparatus more closely resemble the street version of the game. Plastic bottle caps of course do not offer the same advantages as the shells, if you know what I mean. Are there any references and/or sources of special plastic bottle caps for doing the three shell game with plastic bottle caps?
Thanks.
Richard
Message: Posted by: Jaz (Jul 26, 2006 08:57AM)
Funny that you should mention this.

I have 3 dark blue and 3 white caps from water bottles right here. The idea being to explore an impromptu game.
I'm still considering what to use for the 'pea' and really haven't messed with a routine yet. Using a Tic Tac is one idea and paper match heads another.

Like I said, I haven't experimented yet but am thinking that some moves from published Shell Game routines will work.

Good luck and ram-a-lam-a-ding-dong, :)
Message: Posted by: doowopper (Jul 26, 2006 03:36PM)
Hi Jaz,
Thanks for your response. I hope others "chime in" as well with ideas. >Ram-a-lam-a-ding-dong< - almost like a code for those in the know - or perhaps just a sign of recognition from one old (I meant to older) guy to another. :) In any case - very nice! I'm a big doo-wop/rhythm and blues fan.
Richard
Message: Posted by: Jaz (Jul 26, 2006 04:53PM)
Anytime Rich.

There was many a time my gang and I would sing about Diamonds & Pearls and Earth Angels accapella style. Got a few ovations too.

I'll keep an eye on this topic.
Let me know how you make out with this.

Till Then ;),
Message: Posted by: doowopper (Jul 26, 2006 07:05PM)
Hey Jaz,
I just checked out your web page. Wonderful pieces of art work related to magic there. I'll keep you in mind if ever I need some custom pieces designed.
Richard
Message: Posted by: Jim Morton (Aug 1, 2006 12:54PM)
I used to do the shell game using bottle caps all the time. It is definitely harder to do. There are certain moves that are actually easier to do with the bottle caps. There's a lot to it. You cannot simply transfer shell techniques to bottle caps. They require a whole different approach. One of these days I'm going to sit down and type it all up.

Jim
Message: Posted by: JJP161 (Aug 9, 2006 01:08AM)
This may not be what you are looking for. But what about using a small piece of sponge or foam with a close up pad. Just a thought.

Joe
Message: Posted by: FilipinoFreak (Aug 10, 2006 12:04PM)
I did a little experimenting with this and came up with a knotted up rubberband and paper as the working surface. It is not an original idea though. I think I may have read about in these forums. Make sure your rubberband "pea" isn't too big, otherwise its rollout will cause the cap to lift too much. I haven't taken much further than finding the right materials. I should really play around with it more.

Jim, it would be great if you published some of your techniques. I really enjoy the shell game but am interested in making it an impromtu or less formal sort of deal.

-Chris
Message: Posted by: Logan Five (Aug 11, 2006 03:13PM)
[quote]
On 2006-07-26 05:39, doowopper wrote:
Are there any references and/or sources of special plastic bottle caps for doing the three shell game with plastic bottle caps?
Thanks.
Richard
[/quote]

At the School For Scoundrels message board there is a thread on that subject under The Three Shell game.

rick-
Message: Posted by: Balthazar (Aug 29, 2006 03:51PM)
I was on a subway train in Chicago a couple months ago and watched a gang of three use plastic Sprite bottle caps and a red pencil eraser to separate a guy from $600 in less than 5 minutes. They took off at the next stop and jumped onto the northbound train for a little more activity.

The operator had some moves I've never seen before - one in particular that I couldn't follow for anything.

After they left the guy and his girlfriend sat there dumbfounded. I asked how much they lost. He told me and said "I don't know how I lost. It was right there." I told him it was a scam and he was going to lose as soon as he agreed to play. He asked me why I hadn't told him it was a scam when I saw he was playing. I apologized, but really, I don't have the skill necessary to stop three big guys when the only weapon I have is a cup of Starbucks.
Message: Posted by: gump (Sep 18, 2006 05:49AM)
[quote]On 2006-07-26 05:39, doowopper wrote:
Are there any references and/or sources of special plastic bottle caps for doing the three shell game with plastic bottle caps?[/quote]The book "The Real Work: Essential Sleight of Hand for Street Operators" by Paul Price has a chapter on the Three Shell Game using plastic bottle caps (from 2-liter soda bottles).
Message: Posted by: LeoH (Feb 18, 2017 06:31PM)
[quote]On Aug 10, 2006, FilipinoFreak wrote:
I did a little experimenting with this and came up with a knotted up rubberband and paper as the working surface. It is not an original idea though. I think I may have read about in these forums. Make sure your rubberband "pea" isn't too big, otherwise its rollout will cause the cap to lift too much. I haven't taken much further than finding the right materials. I should really play around with it more.

Jim, it would be great if you published some of your techniques. I really enjoy the shell game but am interested in making it an impromtu or less formal sort of deal.

-Chris [/quote]
"You can't smart'n up a chump"

W.C. Fields
Message: Posted by: Steven Conner (Feb 18, 2017 07:16PM)
Bob Sheets dvd - Bob's Three Shell Boot Camp".
Message: Posted by: jakeg (Feb 19, 2017 05:37AM)
It seems to me that all of the bottle caps that I see in the super markets, are all the low profile caps. The caps used to be higher, looked better, and were easier to handle
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Is Brick Tilley still alive - and contactable?
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Very much alive...google him for contact info...he's got nearly 50 trick thins on lybrary.com. unusual material...
Message: Posted by: Andy Moss (Sep 9, 2019 09:54AM)
'Easy Monte' by Colin Gilbert looks interesting. Sold by....

Magictricks.co.uk

The effect appears to be a monte using three black plastic bottle tops.

I think I can guess at the methodology. There is a video of the effect on the site. Both 'empty' loser caps can be shown each time in a very fair fashion to be clearly empty.

Although no gaffed monte can supass the genuine article this gaffed version is the best I have seen (better than the brass cap coin monte).

If anyone owns this, (without giving the workings away on an open forum) is this worth the money? Is it any good?