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If you see a real working pro use an electric chair routine (unless he is an idiot then. In tha case he should be put into a real electric chair) you are seeing something that is all set up. The spectator is cued on what todo. There is no actual current in the chair at all. The late Ricky Dunn used to do that type of routine.

As I said at the start of My post. If you use a chair that really does give a shock you are an idiot and much worse then a scumbag.
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I don't see the problem with giving someone a heart attack whilst they are sitting on the chair. Surely another zap of the chair will start their ticker again. (This fits in the bart simpson "Make sure you hit me on the head an even number of times so I don't get amnesia" book)

Seriously - like all practical jokes, the funniness comes not from the gag itself but from the likeability of the performer and the character of the person who is the subject of the joke.

Phil Cass, who has used the chair for years and is Australia's top magician, once said to me, and I paraphrase, that "people would rather spend time with a interesting jerk then a boring gentlemen".
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Gerry is not an idiot, nor was it set up. It was a genuine experience for the spectator. You will just have to broaden your mind a little... or stick to your narrow little opinion and feel that anyone who feels differently is an idiot (you will be in good company. In fact, I think there might be a job for you in Washington)

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On 2007-10-16 17:37, RS1963 wrote:
If you see a real working pro use an electric chair routine (unless he is an idiot then. In tha case he should be put into a real electric chair) you are seeing something that is all set up. The spectator is cued on what todo. There is no actual current in the chair at all. The late Ricky Dunn used to do that type of routine.

As I said at the start of My post. If you use a chair that really does give a shock you are an idiot and much worse then a scumbag.
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The point is (yes My post was a bit harsh but I still stand by it) that when someone uses something like a chair that can actually give a shock to a person your inviting trouble. Let alone any law suits because of problem caused.

Why go to all the expense to buy such an item anyway? When you can do it the old way and get a very good effect out of it. Why would anyone want to cause pain to a spectator that came up to help? Magicians wonder why laymen have such a low opinion of magicians sometimes. Making a spectator feel stupid or harming them is one reason.

The only reason I see that someone would use this chair is that there too lazy to put the work into performing the fake version. But this still means they should not be attempting this with a chair that does give a real shock.
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