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Topic: Anyone got an Impromtu effect with a Screwdriver?
Message: Posted by: nornb (Dec 17, 2004 02:39PM)
Hello all, seasons greetings!
I have a small electrical testing screwdriver that is often in my pocket. (approx, the length/width of a sharpie)
Can you steer me to any effects using this?

I have found a "Pen Thru Note" effect which uses a note that is actually torn but just not where you think it should be or are looking. Thanks Tony Parx.


[[The screwdriver has a small battery and L.E.D. bulb in it and is very handy for finding breaks in wiring, continuity of circuits, etc. which personally I find pretty magical in itself!]]
Message: Posted by: Yfirum (Dec 17, 2004 02:45PM)
Hard one...
you could do the impromptu "finger thru bill".
unfortunately I can't remember who published it nor where it was published. but I'm sure someone else here in the Café will know.
Message: Posted by: Nicholas (Dec 18, 2004 08:58PM)
I'm not quite sure about the type of screwdriver you are referring to. But, it sounds like working something out with a d'lite would be possible.
Message: Posted by: Daniel Faith (Dec 18, 2004 10:20PM)
Put some dots on it and use the paddle move.
Message: Posted by: Dolphin (Dec 21, 2004 05:54AM)
I think he has an electric screwdriver in mind and those type usually have transparent handle, so the dots could be seen. Hmmm impromtu effect using a screwdriver? I don`t know, maybe some type of knife through jacket, let`s say screwdriver through jacket? I know, very original :)
Message: Posted by: green4magic (Dec 21, 2004 12:04PM)
I use a screwdriver instead of a knife for a card stab in bag routine with a borrowed deck.
I find spectators never suspect screwdrivers; however, will think knife was rigged.
I carry the screwdriver in my belt along my spine and whip it out thrusting it into the bag. The audience reaction is "Wow-I never saw that coming!"
Message: Posted by: nornb (Dec 21, 2004 01:35PM)
Thanks for the input folks.

The d'lite idea is a possiblity.
Dolphin is right, it is one of those transparent handled ones, approx $4 from a supermarket made by Draper, a very handy tool for finding faults. When you shortout the point of the screwdriver and top end of the handle using your fingers the red LED lights. I had better get myself a d'lite so I can pull the light out of the handle. Not totally impromptu, but good idea, thanks.

You can also use another person (or two) to complete the circuit - "If we hold hands and you touch the very tip of this {'perfectly oridinary'} screwdriver.. Oh look at that... that light means we have a very magical connection between us!" [Cheesy and Patter are my middle two names]

The blade is fairly narrow so I do not think it would impress in a knife through jacket or paddle moves.
Using as a card stab is also a possiblity, here in Scotland there is pressure on not to carry knives. And using a screwdriver is an option to my current fingernail-clipper-handle stab!!
I'll keep an eye out for "finger thru bill".

Once again thanks alot,
Message: Posted by: Avin (Dec 21, 2004 07:14PM)
Flip Sticks? David Williamson's Striking Vanish, perhaps with the appropriate-headed screw?
Message: Posted by: Partizan (Dec 23, 2004 01:28AM)
You could just say that it is your wand!

Build a 'screwdriver thru anything' to match your driver.

Use IT to animate it.

Use PKMags to animate or vanish it.

Make it lite up over a chosen card or envelope. (again, your wand).

Stab your arm with it (not literally).

IT finger balance.

Hope that gives you some ideas.
Message: Posted by: magicshift (Dec 29, 2004 12:11AM)
Ok, I got it, How about you pretend you had an accident doing your work and slam your hand down with the screwdriver in it. When you lift up your hand after a good scream you reveal it has vanished without a trace. You could then produce it out of thin air and all you have to do to accomplish this is flip stick move.

Message: Posted by: nornb (Dec 29, 2004 05:32PM)
Thanks for the help.
All great ideas - I'm off to practice.

All the best,
Message: Posted by: Lee Darrow (Dec 29, 2004 06:10PM)
Card stab using a paper bag, the way we used to do it at the New York Lounge in Chicago would work with the right tip on the driver.

If doing a character that's supposed to be a handyperson, use it like a magic wand and keep saying, "Let's not screw this up!" :ow:

Do a card stab on the table using the back end and some of the usual stuff for card on ceiling on it to make the effect happen.

Lee Darrow, C.H.
Message: Posted by: BlackShadow (Jan 2, 2005 05:07PM)
Levitation under palm of hand using the time tried method of steadying wrist with other hand :magician:
Message: Posted by: Bob Johnston (Jan 4, 2005 05:14PM)
Consider this, nornb.
Think “Needle thru arm”

Approach someone and tell them that you could use their help.

“Do you have a bandage, or something I can use when I pull this thing out of my arm. Somehow I managed to stab myself, it really hurts.”

PS: This idea is almost worth getting a larger screwdriver to keep with you.
Message: Posted by: Clifford the Red (Jan 7, 2005 12:00PM)
You can do Blockhead with a screwdriver...with practice.
Message: Posted by: Lee Darrow (Jan 7, 2005 01:31PM)
Knife Through Coat ala Bob Read.

Fl!p St!ck

Almost any PK effect while seated at the table. Possible line: "Look, it's not a power screw driver - of course it's Spirit Power!!"

Lee Darrow, C.H.
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Jan 8, 2005 03:33PM)
Tool theme... you could get Doc Eason's trick with the big nuts and bolts (3 in hand 1 in pocket with kicker ending). Screwed Deck by Paul Harris, I believe. Stretching screwdriver. Shrinking screwedriver.
Message: Posted by: Parson Smith (Mar 27, 2005 04:13PM)
Vanishing coin in spectator's hand
Bending pencil illusion
Card stab
Flip vanish
PK effects
Magic wand
Message: Posted by: wsduncan (Mar 27, 2005 04:28PM)
Sankey/Harkey's East Meets West pencil through bill would be a nice option. Originally Jay omitted the Post It Note and it looked great...

The bill is unharmed at the end and can be left with the spectator.
Message: Posted by: nornb (Mar 28, 2005 04:20PM)
Thanks for your input folks.
It is appreciated.

All the best,
Message: Posted by: Parson Smith (Mar 29, 2005 10:53PM)
Hey Norn,
I just had another idea.
End it all with a bluff vanish.
End clean.
Message: Posted by: Pablo Leal (Mar 31, 2005 05:45PM)
If you're always carrying it in your pocket maybe you could load it in one hand and make it appear on the fingers of your other hand. At least I use that for pencils and little wands and it gets very good reactions from laymen. Then you could perform any trick with it, perhaps the Card Stab could work well. A good detail for that trick, I think, would be to be performed with something completly ordinary (like a screwdriver, for example), couse' it gives a more casual impression for the spectator.

Message: Posted by: G. LaBarre (Mar 31, 2005 06:40PM)
Have you ever seen someone hammer a nail into their head? (Through the nose)

This DONE FOR REAL illusion could be done with a screwdriver under the guise of you having a loose screw that needs adjusting. Used at any point in any effect that wasn't perfect and needs some tweeking.

Takes some practice not gagging. (5 or 6 inches in length)

I use a small kitchen skewer and have it loaded in my nose to look like I'm wearing a nose ring. Then I say, "I'm not crazy, I wouldn't pierce my body".
Then slowly pull out the obviously solid steel skewer, which proves I'm crazy.
Message: Posted by: Magic Sam (Apr 1, 2005 08:11PM)
Stick it in your nose, like they said. Great reactions!
Also, you could use it as a wand for ring on wand/striking vanish moves. Screwdriver thru cup ala cups and balls, even a variation for Stirring silver (sankey) could work. If you could somehow trigger the LED without plugging it in (maybe a hidden battery), it would be great for card locations (like car buggy type) or other mentalism.
Message: Posted by: GlenD (Apr 4, 2005 04:15PM)
What might be cool would be to have it turn into one of those little cans of adult beverages... in this case obviously a "screwdriver" and pour it into a glass ala "Sucker Silk to Soda Can" by Robert Baxt.

Lots of details to work out, you might need a special gaffed screwdriver and beverage can, but just an idea.

Message: Posted by: MagikDavid (Apr 4, 2005 09:44PM)

Try this... purchase a duplicate screwdriver. Take it apart and rig it with a micro switch to operate the bulb inside the handle... then, strap a magnet to your upper leg (under your trousers) so that when you're seated with your legs under the table, and you pass the screwdriver directly above the magnet, the micro switch will turn the light on... Now, do your favorite card revelation/control, spreading the cards face down on table (knowing where the selected card is in the spread) Position your leg magnet directly below their card and pass the screw driver slowly across the cards... when it passes directly above their card, PRESTO!!! It lights up... WOW... REAL MAGIC!!!!

Then switch the gimmicked screwdriver for the original, and lay it on the table for inspection.


Oops! Forgot to mention... Radio Shack carries micro switches. I believe you'll need one that is 'normal open' type.

Message: Posted by: chichi711 (Apr 5, 2005 09:09AM)
Dough by Sankey. Just use the screwdriver instead of a pencil.
Message: Posted by: djc89 (Apr 19, 2005 10:05PM)
I don't know if this has already been said (as I quickly scanned the previous posts), I have an idea if you're looking for just a little quicky, not a full routine. You could use the screw driver to strike vanish small things. Maybe a screw, nut, or bolt. You could do parts of Gregory Wilson's Recap with a screw and screw driver.
Message: Posted by: MDS (Apr 20, 2005 10:11AM)