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Steven True
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I am looking for anyone that has ever had or still does have the close-up effect from John Fedko. It was called Room For Doubt. I am missing the casette that came with it.
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I know of a trick that uses a cassette by Fedko. It was called Monsieur Cassette and a voice from the tape recorder would give the spectator instructions. If this is what you may be looking for, feel free to PM me.

Merry Christmas,
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Larry Davidson
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I believe that I have a Room For Doubt somewhere in my magic collection. How can I help?
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I also have a copy of Room for Doubt (ironically I just re-discovered it and was listening to the cassette a week or two ago). Not for sale, but I'll assist if possible.
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Hey StevenMT...
You mention John Fedko, but my copy of Room For Doubt is credited to Tony Spina. No real comment here, I just found that interesting. Larry, did you find yours? Who is it credited to?
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I do have Room for Doubt and it is by Tony Spina. I would be interested in selling it if you are interested.
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On 2005-12-23 11:35, Larry Davidson wrote:
I believe that I have a Room For Doubt somewhere in my magic collection. How can I help?

Hi Larry,
Knowing the collector you are, I would love to see your magic collection sometime.
Enjoy the Pen Though Anything and if I can ever help with anything else you know how to contact me..
Rennie
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Rennie, thanks again for the Pen Through Anything, I appreciate it.

Magicguy, I didn't look for this effect because the original poster, StevenMT, never responded, but I do vaguely recall that Tony Spina was the originator.
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I have a stack of the old Tannen's Topics from the 70's, and this was often advetised in many of them, and yes, it is credited to Spina...
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." (Einstein)...
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I have a feeling that StevenMT is not going to read our comments. He joind on Feb. 2003 and this is his 1st post. So he will probably respond around 2009..
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Steven True
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Sorry for not responding to any of the posts but very busy this week. I guess it was busier than I thought, if it is already 2009 Rennie. Smile Anyway I have all but the cassette and am just looking for some way to get a new cassette. If anybody knows where it can.
Thanks.
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Steven,
I really feel trying to find just the cassette will be virtually impossible. I would be willing to try to make a copy for you, however as I recall the recording starts midway for one prediction and the other way for the other prediction. Something weird about the recording I know that. I will have to dig out the instructions tonight and check them out..
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Rennie
Thanks so much for your response but I think I might have it taken care of. I know that is is hard if not impossible to get just the cassette. Was not sure if I could even get anything. I got the trick back in the late 70's from John Fedko when I was at one of his lectures at SAM #22 in Hollywood Calif. I loved it so much but it got lost and just recently found. Anyway thanks for your responses.
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I just found my old Room for Doubt with the cassette, but I can't find the instructions. I recall that
you have to play either Side A or B depending on the first choice ( I think?) but wonder if anyone recalls how the effect is performed.I have an upcoming gig where this would play well, but I need help!
Steven True
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Just curious which version you have? I have two of them one in a good quality white coated card and a yellow set also. Which one do you have?

Steven
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I am also looking for a tape. Over the years my cassette has deteriorated in sound. Any ideas? I was think about making one using a double sided cdr or dvdr, any comments?

Steven
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I remember this great trick. Paul Daniels performed this on his TV series to great effect by using a huge floor plan in a large garden, as the cassette played and eliminated rooms, the rooms were pulled away to eventually leave the murder room. I think debbie then fell out of a cupboard as the victim! Think I may have this episode on vhs tape.
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The credit for originality often gets lost along the years. I believe the original was based on a Martin Gardner effect, which I wasn't aware of until recently. But, "Room For Doubt" (the real Room For Doubt) came about this way. Late one night Tony Spina and I were discussing a card trick we'd seen in a back issue of Geni. "Another counting trick." I said, "But suppose we were to make it into a kind of radio mystery - like the Clue game. People could play it on their cassette machines." I recorded the tracks at WTFM in NY where I was working as a disc jockey at the time. The script, the two sided cassette idea, Boris Karloff's voice and the effects were mine. Tony's contribution was the magician's choice in choosing the weapons. It was a gift to Tony for all the help he had given me over the years. Who knew it would become a best seller? Lou Tannen gave me a vanishing alarm clock as a token of his appreciation.
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Wow. Is the Magic Café great or what?!? Thanks for posting this, Dorian!

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After reading this I had to go dig mine out and make sure I still had everything.
Purchased at Barry's Magic Shop, back when Larry worked behind the counter.

The cassette hasn't been played in well over 30 years.
I'll be sure to be recording a copy the next time it gets played, "just in case".

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