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Topic: The perfect magic trick
Message: Posted by: cafeinst (Aug 27, 2013 06:42AM)
I think that if there is a such thing as a perfect magic trick, the Professor's Nightmare is one. I say this because it can be performed stage or close-up, can be performed surrounded, packs flat and plays big, is cheap, lasts forever, can be handed out for inspection before and after the performance, and isn't too difficult to do.

Are there any other perfect magic tricks?
Message: Posted by: jhonyguerrero (Aug 28, 2013 07:18AM)
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Message: Posted by: cafeinst (Aug 28, 2013 10:09AM)
No, I've never seen Insomnia.
Message: Posted by: Mike Maturen (Aug 28, 2013 06:37PM)
Café,

I agree with you on the Prof. Nightmare.

There are several others as well.

Dick Oslund and I chatted about this over the weekend. He LOVES "pack small play big" stuff...and is working me toward that.
Message: Posted by: Tom Jorgenson (Aug 28, 2013 09:07PM)
One perfect one for me has always been a simple no-phased Ring off Rope. I thnk the original name was "OFF!" but I've forgotten who invented and released it.

It was perfect for strolling because it could be pulled in tight and intimate and still get screams from a table of people. On stage, I still do it when I can spot a big, heavy ring. It plays perfect for stage because you get to have the owner or their child up on stage help you with the tying.

I've always performed it as a single thing; no phases, flourishes, repeats, nothing. It can only get weaker. A big heavy ring is tied in a knot, in the middle of a rope. That rope is wrapped around your wrist and tied in a double knot. The ring vanishes from the rope and appears on your finger, on your other hand. It's really nice, great angles, easy after you get it down.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Aug 28, 2013 10:36PM)
The person who published "OFF" was the same person who published "The Matrix" and his close-up Zombie Routine. Now he is creating many of his excellent routines on DVD through L&L Publishing.

"Al Schneider" comes to mind.

Al's hand to hand coins across is as near to a miracle as one can get. It is not easy or self working, all sleight of hand and is wonderful.

There are many purely magical tricks, sponge balls to name the most magical. Acrobatic Silks is another that always fooled me every time I performed it. I even knew how it worked. LOL
Message: Posted by: J-Mac (Aug 28, 2013 11:06PM)
Ray Grismer performed a finger ring routine named "Off". But if you are talking about a ring off rope effect where the ring is attached to the rope with slip knots, that is the "Hindu Rope Release". I don’t know who created the Hindu Rope Release, but it has been around for a long time.

Jim
Message: Posted by: rklew64 (Aug 28, 2013 11:47PM)
I believe "the perfect magic trick" is not so much the trick...
Message: Posted by: RNK (Aug 29, 2013 12:08PM)
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On 2013-08-29 00:47, rklew64 wrote:
I believe "the perfect magic trick" is not so much the trick...
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Exactly my thoughts. All lies in the performers presentation. One can take a $7.50 trick and make it the perfect magic trick. Example- Slip Off Spots- get's excellent reactions and is only $7.50. But if you are performing this without emotion and in a monotone manner- it will be a bust!

RNK
Message: Posted by: Slappy (Aug 29, 2013 12:33PM)
To my way of thinking, Al Schneider's Matrix is as perfect as they get. Very simple and direct. Elegant.
Message: Posted by: Mike M (Aug 29, 2013 12:51PM)
Burmese Bells is another "perfect" trick.
Message: Posted by: bowers (Aug 29, 2013 08:52PM)
A perfect trick is one that a
performer leaves the audience spellbounded.
Todd
Message: Posted by: cafeinst (Aug 30, 2013 06:39AM)
I meant "perfect" from a performer's point of view.

Vanishing the Statue of Liberty leaves an audience spellbound, but I wouldn't call it a perfect magic trick, since it doesn't pack flat, can't be done anywhere, and many other reasons.

Professor's Nightmare leaves an audience spellbound when performed well and is perfect from a performer's point of view.
Message: Posted by: RNK (Aug 30, 2013 08:28AM)
A perfect kids prop: http://www.thecuckoosnest.com/zencart/zencart138/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=54_55_70&products_id=7002

This $2.00 prop will amaze kids and adults for that matter!

RNK
Message: Posted by: cafeinst (Sep 23, 2013 10:08PM)
Al Schneider's Matrix is not a perfect magic trick, but Burmese Bells is. You can't perform matrix on stage.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Sep 23, 2013 10:53PM)
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On 2013-08-29 00:06, J-Mac wrote:
Ray Grismer performed a finger ring routine named "Off". But if you are talking about a ring off rope effect where the ring is attached to the rope with slip knots, that is the "Hindu Rope Release". I don’t know who created the Hindu Rope Release, but it has been around for a long time.

Jim
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No, I am talking about Al Schneifer's booklet called "OFF" it is a finger ring off rope effect. No knots. If you know anything about Al Schneider, he does not do ohter people magic without his genius added to the effect. This was also published in Genii Magazine at one time.

I know Ray Grismer published several small single trick phamphlets, I only got his "GET SHORTY" routine. Which is a short change routine with bills. He greatly reduced the amount of bills.
Message: Posted by: Zombie Magic (Sep 23, 2013 11:56PM)
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On 2013-09-23 23:08, Caféinst wrote:
Al Schneider's Matrix is not a perfect magic trick, but Burmese Bells is. You can't perform matrix on stage.
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You could use cameras/projectors to perform Matrix on stage. Jamie Allen performs Cardtoon, etc. onstage with projection.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh0C8Hj-3ZM

Might not be for everyone, but it could be done successfully.
Message: Posted by: cafeinst (Sep 24, 2013 08:08AM)
Bill, I'm sorry. I read it a few weeks ago and forgot that you were talking about the finger ring off rope effect and not matrix when I posted yesterday. I have never seen the finger ring off rope effect but would like to. I have seen videos on youtube of such an effect, but to my magician eyes it didn't look so convincing.
Message: Posted by: John C (Sep 24, 2013 08:29AM)
How many magicians does it take to decide on the perfect trick?
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Sep 24, 2013 01:48PM)
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On 2013-09-24 09:29, John C wrote:
How many magicians does it take to decide on the perfect trick?
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55,874 as of today's registered member count. Of course you will get 55,874 different answers. :rotf:
Message: Posted by: John C (Sep 24, 2013 02:39PM)
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On 2013-09-24 14:48, Bill Hegbli wrote:
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On 2013-09-24 09:29, John C wrote:
How many magicians does it take to decide on the perfect trick?
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55,874 as of today's registered member count. Of course you will get 55,874 different answers. :rotf:

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PRECISELY!