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njh
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The La Maggiore shells are out of my price range. What other decent sets of shells can people reccomend, preferably one made from real walnut shells? I'm looking to spend not more than $35.
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Real walnut shells cost less than $35, and you get to eat the nuts too!

I have La Maggiore, and a few others, and I still made a set just for the fun of it. It's not that hard to do. Get some "Rock Hard" wood putty and some sandpaper and you're all set.

If you want to buy pre-made walnuts, check out http://www.schoolforscoundrels.com

They have several suppliers that use real nuts.
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I think "Black Fox" (did I get that name right?) are about half the price of La Maggiore shells, with the S4S Street Shells a bit more expensive.
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You got the name right. My other set is a "Black Fox" turtle shell set. Black Fox also makes standard shell shapes in plastic. They're all available on the SfS website.
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If you get a cheaper set of shells or make your own, make sure you purchase the "perfect pea".
njh
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Anyone know anything about "The Boston Man's Chopped Walnuts - Bruce Martyn." They're cheap, made from real walnuts, and have a magnet built in. Is there anything not to like that I should know about?
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The vernet shells are very cheap and decent until you save your money for one of the better sets.
The peas they supply these days are not bad either.

I have a set just for fun.

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I own both the La Maggiore and School for Scoundrels Street Shells. Both sets of shells are EXCELLENT! However, I have a slight preference for the La Maggiore shells since they look incredibly real and I prefer the larger size. Overall, I think you will be happy with either set of shells.

The most important part is the "Perfect Pea" which is produced by the School for Scoundrels. This pea is INCREDIBLE and makes the moves effortless on any surface. The good news is that the "Perfect Pea" comes with both of these shell sets.

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Rich
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I like the Black Fox shells. I have not gotten my scarabs yet, but the shells are for me just the right size. I have rather large hands, but not so large that I enjoy the monstous La Maggiore shells. Black Fox walnut shells look like walnut shells, and are between the SFS street shells and La Maggiore in size. At a price of mid 30's, they are a great deal, too. (also included is the fourth, solid shell). Perfect peas are a must, though.
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The best street shells in my opinion are whit haydn's street shells and the go for $45 I think, but they are worth the extra $10.
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I thought when looking at them side by side, that the Black Fox shells looked more like real walnut shells, versus resin copies. To each his own though, and one thing you can be sure of, is that you cannot go wrong with anything put out by the School For Scoundrels.
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Check out the following link to see photographs of La Maggiore shells next to the actual walnut shells they were cast from.

(BTW: there is a small contest there as well).

Good luck!

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Camirand Academy of Magic (http://www.camirandmagic.com) sell Gary Ouellet's 'Supershells' kit for $25. For that you get the shells (real walnut shells already prepared for the trick), pea, shotglass, pouch & bowls.

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On 2005-05-26 11:52, njh wrote:
Anyone know anything about "The Boston Man's Chopped Walnuts - Bruce Martyn." They're cheap, made from real walnuts, and have a magnet built in. Is there anything not to like that I should know about?


I think the only problem is that they won't last forever. But I am not quite sure.
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Well...

I forgot the link!

Here 'tis:

http://threeshellgame.com/cafe.htm

Have fun!

ajp
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I have the La Maggiore, but my favorites are the Black Fox scarabs. Bob Sheets let me try his scarabs a couple of years ago and I immediately ordered some. They work well for me and they are an intriguing and beautiful design...they are great for patter about the ancient origins of the con.

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Or you could get three bottles of soda. Drink the soda then get some sand paper and sand down the rough edges on the bottle caps near the opening edge. Then get a sponge ball and cut it down to several peas.

Or go to the dollar store and get three small plastic goblets - they come in many colors including gold plastic.

Try to find a copy of All In A Nutshell and do Frank Garcia's routine or go to my web site and download my routine because it is a free download.

That should get you started.

I hope this helps...
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