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Jonton
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I was just given Glass by Adam Grace as a gift. Within the first 10 minutes of practice, I sliced both thumbs clean open on the edge of the glass. I filed down the edges of the glass with a metal nail file and it helped, but the glass still tends to chip and splinter. I then tried using a thin strip of duct tape along the edge, but that made it look too gimmicked up.

Does anyone have any suggestions?
Thanks...
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Ouch!!! You might take it to a glass shop and have them file it for you. They will have the proper equipment needed to work with glass.

You can find them in the yellow pages under "glass." Most of them that make auto windshields, glass tops for tables,etc...can do it. It should not be very expensive either. Probably just a couple of dollars.

Good luck. Mark.
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I once had the same thing happen but it involved plexi-glass from the TV Card Frame Illusion. I smoothed out the sides with a very fine grain sandpaper. I can't say as to how well will work for the glass or not but it's worth a shot. My piece of glass from Adam Grace's effect was a tad sharp too but I guess I've been lucky with handling it. Good luck!
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Jonton
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I tried the duct tape again, since I had more time to make it look less sloppy. I cut the tape into 1/4" strips and neatly (and with annoyingly precise detail) wrapped them over the edges. Now it looks really good (and less strain on the eyes for the spectators trying to see the very clear piece of glass that youre holding). I know that adds to the effect of it being invisible and like floating dots and such, but I think it looks just as fancy this way.

But my d*mn thumbs still hurt...
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Ouch, thanks for the heads up....I cut a piece of 1/8" plexiglass, and will surely look at the edges.....
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." (Einstein)...
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Jonton,
Sorry to hear about that. The company that makes the glass for me always fixes the edges (Which actually makes the trick cost twice as much to produce) but it looks like a few slipped through unchecked. I'll speak to him about it. Thanks for the headsup.
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Sure thing Adam. Nice work with the trick, I was very impressed. The DVD was very nicely done and the methods are killer. I'm actually working on a method of performing this in an actual picture frame with a lightly-colored felt mat that accomplishes the same thing as visual changes on your DVD. I believe with this type of presentation, it looks more suitable as a formal close-up effect (with a small 4x6 or 5x7 picture frame) and possibly a larger stage effect using a much larger picture frame (although with the larger frame, I need either more misdirection or a better gimmick to change the writing). Maybe you and I can discuss this elsewhere. PM me and I would be happy to talk.
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