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Topic: What shells should I get?
Message: Posted by: Strange Tasting Fish Sticks (Oct 15, 2008 10:15PM)
I'm looking for a cheap, inexpensive set of shells that I can get for the three shell game. I was thinking of getting the set on penguin magic, I think jay noblezada teaches you how to do it on video, I'm a very visual person, so I would buy the shells there just for the video, because I heard the shells (those in paticular) aren't good.

I do not have the money to spend tons of on gold or silver shells, I just want a cheap inexpensive set that works, and I also need to know where to find a good instruction teaching for them. Hopefully if I get instructions with them they won't be too confusing, (as I'm confused easily)

This came up because I was talking to a psychiatrsit who was in a convention with hundreds of other psychatrist (Who have Phd's in psychology) and one person was set up doing the three shell game. There was a mark set up, to pretend to win, to draw people in. So his friend, told him he was sure he could win money at it. He tried to convince he he couldn't, but he bet anyway, and lost. This has sparked my interest in learning the three shell game, just for fun and to show friends.
Message: Posted by: sethb (Oct 16, 2008 07:37AM)
In my opinion, your best [i]value[/i] would be the School for Scoundrels "Street Shells," which run $45, click [url=http://www.chefanton.com/scoundrelsstore/sg_shell_set.htm]HERE[/url] for more info and scroll down to the bottom of the page. If you get these, get the matching $5 shot glass for the kicker finale. For instruction, you can't beat the School for Scoundrels $35 DVD, "An Introduction to the Shell Game," which covers all the moves, sleights, tips, techniques and routines you could ever need. If you can afford to do it, I would say that it pays to buy something a little more expensive, because it is a better deal in the long run. If you buy cheap, you will probably end up buying twice and spending more money in the end.

You can buy a cheap set of injection-molded plastic shells and sponge peas from S.S. Adams for about $3, that's the most inexpensive set. But a professional worker's resin set from Scoundrels will be much more durable, reliable and easy to use; it's the best value for the money. Getting silver, gold or copper shells is nice but is just gilding the lily, in my opinion (no pun intended). Not only that, but the plain resin Street Shells actually look and feel like walnut shells, not special magic props. The Scoundrels "perfect peas" are also great, very reliable and durable, they will not self-destruct like sponge peas do. Plus, you also get some straight peas that you can ring in for the gaffed ones, to totally baffle those who think they are "in the know."

Good luck with the shells, and let us know which set you eventually decided to buy. SETH
Message: Posted by: Leeman (Oct 16, 2008 06:11PM)
If you want cheap and just want to learn then go to the store, buy some real walnuts and crack them in half. then fill the insides with some wood glue to give them a bit of strength, or don't filll them with anything and just be careful. Cut a piece of sponge off of an extra sponge ball and get the Gary Ouellet book "Super Shells" I think that would be the cheapest way to go and also give you one of the best shell routines there is. The SFS intro to the shell game is good too, but the Ouellet routine is much better then the Dr. Beaumont routine taught in the video. The shells are really easy, all you really have to do is master one move. Of course of you want to do the thing for real or play the game for an extended period of time then the SFS video is the way to go. I started with real walnuts, sponge pea and the Ouellet routine. Then moved onto the SFS street shells and perfect pea, which is great since I can now do the shells on any surface. I have real and watched just about everything the magic Castle library has one the shells and I think the Ouellet routine or Bob Kohler's routines are the best, and the ouellet one is easier. But that is my opinion.
Message: Posted by: hou_dini (Oct 18, 2008 04:05PM)
If you want cheap, get a set of Vernet shells. If you want to learn, the school for scoundrels DVD is worth a fortune. Ouellet is good as well as others, but the SFS DVD is the initial way to go.
Message: Posted by: disneywld (Nov 22, 2008 12:03PM)
I'd invest the money in the SFS set - that way you don't have a lot of junk shell sets sitting in a box like I do. My suggestion is to do it right in the first place.
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Nov 22, 2008 03:00PM)
Black Fox is the maker of the scarab shells that Bob Sheets used to use. I picked up a set on the Internet rather inexpensively.
Message: Posted by: acesover (Nov 25, 2008 11:54PM)
I perform the shell game every opportunity I get. Having said tht I have several sets of quality shells but always come back to my basic SFS set of shell and the perfect pea.

Might add that whatever set you use the "perfect pea" cannot be beat.
Message: Posted by: Tom Bartlett (Feb 15, 2009 07:51PM)
If you want cheap, get a set of Vernet shells they are better than anything Penguin magic or magic makers sells. If you want something real good and still reasonably priced, go with SFS street shells, they will last a lifetime!
Message: Posted by: Avocat (Jan 10, 2010 02:47PM)
The pea is crucial. Buy a Scoundrels set of Perfect Peas and you can use anything from shells to bottle-caps.
Message: Posted by: twistedace (Jan 14, 2010 07:30PM)
I have the magnetic street shells from S4S. They're GREAT, but they're overkill. I don't even use the magnetic properties. I think that having the right shells along with the perfect pea is CRUCIAL to operating this con.