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Jason Palter
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Hello all:

Thank you so much for your comments and compliments. I wanted to let you know that for those of you who own "The Red Carpet" or are considering purchasing it, we will be releasing a "Bonus Celebrity Identifier" kit within the next couple of months. This kit will include everything that you need (including the custom embossed chips/discs) to allow you to perform this incredible routine with 3 additional characters! Stay tuned, and I will update as information becomes available. And on this topic, be sure to check out the great testimonial on "The Red Carpet" webpage that we just received from world-renowned comic magician Jeff Hobson (and if you're in the mood, also check out Chris Korn's comments on the top of the "Third Degree Burn" page too! lol).

All of our products are presently in stock, so if you would like to order or have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you again for your time and your business!

Best regards,

Jason Palter
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Well then, I guess I won't need to find and travel to a local costume shop. This sounds much easier to (lazy ol') me... lol
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First off, I flew to NYC to a great costume shop and bought a much better... secret thing... (same character) That makes me feel better.

Also, I have some trouble with the concept of a hood as well. First of all, I live in a pretty progressive area, and I have heard, more than once, that with Abu Ghraib, and other torture-related issues in everyone's mind, the vision of a man onstage with a hood over his head is a little disturbing to some. I think that's a little overreactive, but I can understand the sentiment. Also, I just think it feels a little demeaning to wear a hood. Not sure, but I'm looking for alternatives as well. I do like the idea of a sketch-pad.

The other thing I have found, is that this routine gets some laughs and polite applause, but that's about it, so far. And when you think about it, it makes sense. What are you claiming? Something about psychic abilities. Then what do you show? That you were clever enough to make someone pick a particular page in your book. That's really about all. It ends up having nothing to do with picking up something from your volunteer, because you put the hood on before she looks at her number. So I think it runs the risk of making the audience, and especially the spectator feel quite foolish for having taken your claim seriously to begin with, because all the magician does is sort of laugh at them at the end by saying the whole thing was just a gag. I guess I was just hoping to fit it into a genuine mentalism routine, when it fits more in a kids' party gag act, from what I have found.

I am sure some will disagree. I'm still working with it to find a way to fit it to my style. I do like the premise and respect the creativity behind the creation of the effect.

Anyway, I'm still glad I bought it, and will continue working with the premise.
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Thought I would post this idea, since we have been talking a little bit about using something other than the red hood.

I have been using a paper sack that has a smiley face drawn on the sack. Gets a laugh and looks ridiculous.

Then when I get the prediction wrong, I pivot the sack around, still hiding the mask, and on the other side of the sack I have a frowny face and a tear coming from one of the eyes.

Gets a good laugh.

John
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On 2007-11-09 02:11, RevJohn wrote:
Thought I would post this idea, since we have been talking a little bit about using something other than the red hood.

I have been using a paper sack that has a smiley face drawn on the sack. Gets a laugh and looks ridiculous.

Then when I get the prediction wrong, I pivot the sack around, still hiding the mask, and on the other side of the sack I have a frowny face and a tear coming from one of the eyes.

Gets a good laugh.

John

John, funny idea and I like it. Reminds me of the unknown comic. LOL

Or how about placing a bucket (plastic) over your head with a smiley face. Point at the bucket and twist it around, and the words BRAIN BUCKET is seen.



Ray
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Mine is now available for sale. Perfect condition. PM me if you are interested.
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John, I always wondered what happened to the unknown comic Smile

Love your idea

John
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Joshua,

I understand your possible reservations for serious mentalism (although I do think the hood objection is a little extreme - you're hooding yourself, not "being subjected"). But don't underestimate this as a "kids' party gag" as you refer to it. It plays very well in that way as long as you warn them several times not to blurt out the force character. , ,
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Hi there,

what bothers me more than the allusions to "being subjected" when wearing the hood, is the general idea of performing the trick in friont of kids. Not because they won't understand or might yell out the character. I would not use the hood because I am worried kids would try do repeat this at home and put a bag onto their heads. Not a good idea if the parents are not watching...

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Hello All!

Great effect Jason, keep it up!
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If you don't like the whole hood thing, try to do the "reveal" with a teddy bear or other stuffed animal. A great reveal apparatus is available for stuffed animals at AC Moore for $10, and I'll bet Build-a-Bear can set you up too. You can make your stuffed animal "the mind reader" which is pretty funny premise, and then let animal "rest" in an appear/disappear box and then bring it out with regalia at the end. I'm going to do the hood reveal with the kids, and then as a bonus, have a double of my stuffed owl sidekick come back from sleep at the end following the reveal theme. This may add a fun extra kick and extension to the trick.
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Thanks Futureal. It all fits, but lets see how it works in performance . . .
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I really like the idea. But the whole pick #'s out of a ziplock bag and then turn the book to that # picture seems a little strange. Is that what you and your brother really did......it seems to drag the whole mental demonstration down to a number trick. Why not just have a gimmicked book, look at the picture please, think of that person and be done with it. Why bring your brother into it, I don't think you need another character in this play.
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It's your trick - you can say whatever you want.
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How is everyones Bag for the disks holding up, I wonder if you can just by the bags from him?

John
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Yes you can just buy the bags. They are on his web site.

Ron
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Thanks Ron,

John
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I just recently received "The Red Carpet" and put it to work right away...It's going to be one of the center pieces for my show from here on out. Last Saturday I heard someone in the audience, (I was behind the curtain and they didn't know I was there), who saw me perform it at a theater the previous week, tell someone else about how much they liked the effect. That's the kind of material I want, the kind that leaves them talking long after the show is over. Thank you Jason for putting out such a great effect. The simplicity of it allows me to entertain, but the power of it blows their minds away.

I have 3 effects now that leave them talking, my bill in lemon, my headline prediction, and The Red Carpet...it's worth every penny.

Terry Owens
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I used mine in two shows this weekend... and it was a blockbuster hit! Love it, Jason! I look forward to the "bonus kit" and online booklet. Any idea when those will be available?
Doug
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