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I am about to purchase the time machine and want to know what people really think about it ..without hearing the word perfect time..
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It is an unethical, knocked-off, inferior version of the words you don't want to hear.
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On 2005-04-14 17:29, Scott F. Guinn wrote:
It is an unethical, knocked-off, inferior version of the words you don't want to hear.


Yeah,Yeah... but its still pretty good right???



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It's too OBVIOUS!!! Even to a lay person, the method is a bit easy to dope out if they give it some thought. Also, even if the specs don't geuss the right method, many will leave thinking that they DID figure it out....theyll think that the secret lies within the strap / buckle where you hold it. There's no way to disprove this theory, short of ripping the band off in front of them. Finally, the actual working of it is a bit impractical....I can't go into details without a giveaway, but let's just say that this 'time trick' requires some very 'tricky timing' on your part!
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I used to have it... the method is difficult to pull off, so even with hours of practice, you may still have to resort to 'it's set at three minutes after your time to account for my performance'. Very strong effect, though, but I think with a PK set you could do a similar effect (with a borrowed watch), much more visual, and get a better reaction. Just my two cents.
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http://www.magicbox.uk.com/ Have a 90 minute catalogue DVD with this effect performed for real people in the real world on. plus many more, view before you purchase, e-mail them.

Hope this helps

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I've found it's hard to start and stop "on a dime." This makes it difficult to use in walkaround situations. It's easier to perform the necessary stalling while performing a formal show, but it's a lot more embarassing if the device should suddenly fail or the battery give out. Basically, I've found it more trouble than it's worth; it eventually left me wishing I'd waited a bit longer and saved up my pennies for that other thing you don't want us to mention.

Frankly, for a bit more money, you could buy a Citizen chronograph with timesweep that'll do the same thing, hands-off (i.e., set it sweeping, then set it down until you're ready to stop it). The timesweep moves at about the same speed as the Time Machine's mechanism, and the watch looks WAY better (in addition to being a legitimate watch).

But the problem with the Citizen, and the Time Machine, and Watch-n-Wear, and the-original-which-shall-not-be-named-from-which-all-knock-offs-flow is as stated here previously ... unless you've got a very engaging personality and presentation, the fact that you're stalling will always be evident, at least subconsciously. It's a lot of work for a not-worth-it payoff, in my opinion.

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About 3 years ago I bought a Watch & Wear from Bazaar de Magia. It still has the original battery. It keeps good time and I wear it every day and have done since the day I bought it. I changed the strap to one with more supple leather. I have performed this both impromptu and as part of a paranormal act. I've never been rumbled, I can get the time spot-on 8 times out of 10 and a minute out on other occasions. This effect gets some great reactions. I know a couple of magicians that have Time Machine and think it's C**p. It probably is. As for my W&W, I love it.
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On 2005-04-15 12:04, Magic Sam wrote:
I used to have it... the method is difficult to pull off, so even with hours of practice, you may still have to resort to 'it's set at three minutes after your time to account for my performance'. Very strong effect, though, but I think with a PK set you could do a similar effect (with a borrowed watch), much more visual, and get a better reaction. Just my two cents.


Be VERY careful about this! You can permanently damage somone's watch if you use this method. If you're going to do this, make sure you borrow a cheap watch so that you can afford to replace it if you ruin it. I would never use this method on anything but my own watch.
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On 2005-04-15 15:42, Avocat wrote:

But the problem with the Citizen, and the Time Machine, and Watch-n-Wear, and the-original-which-shall-not-be-named-from-which-all-knock-offs-flow is as stated here previously ... unless you've got a very engaging personality and presentation, the fact that you're stalling will always be evident


Like most (I assume) magicians, after I've set my watch to a time of day and set it down on the table, I get the spectator to name the time and then draw a picture of the watch set to the time they're thinking of. Then they sign and date the piece of paper. While they do this I lay the watch beside the paper. When they've finished the picture I get them to turn the watch over so it sits next to their picture. All the time in the world to get the correct time. I apparently never touch the watch (apart from moving it next to the spectator) They turn it over (very strong bit of psychology) and get a great image of their picture of a watch and my real watch side-by-side with matching times. The spectator keeps the slip of paper with the watch on it (which has been signed and dated by them) as a momento. The paper has my contact details at the bottom.

I have never had a problem waiting for the 'right time', the spectator does all the stalling for me by drawing a picture.
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