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JamesTong
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Would appreciate a bit of history on the Pearl Poodle effect.

This effect looks like an adaptation of the balloon twisted poodle.

Is the Pearl Poodle effect a fairly recent one? Who is the originator? Is this a public domain effect? Is there any published work on this effect?

Thanks.
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James,

I believe Bob Knigge takes credit for this. According to Carroll Baker's lecture notes where he describes the effect, Knigge had this in a pamphlet and lecture notes in 1996.

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Thanks, Michael.
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I know Carroll Baker, if it's the same one that Michael Kent mentions. I'll ask him for you if you want.

Meanwhile, you can go to Carroll's website at http://www.carrollbaker.net for additional contact information.
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Would appreciate if you could do that for me, clynim. Thanks for the links too.
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I can tell you that Bob Knigge did indeed teach me the Pearl poodle and is based on the balloon dog using 16-18 twists. Bob may have further details for you. It has been in print and in stores for retail but I don't think that Bob was given credit.

Any questions, PM me. and Yes, Clyde...it's me... Smile

Posted: Sep 24, 2007 7:52pm
By the way, The poodle was in either a Genii or Magic magazine with several great ideas.

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Just sent a PM to you, Carroll.
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Bob is a member of our local IBM ring and it is a real pleasure to watch him work. In addition to the poodle he can "twist" other animals from the pearls too.
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The Knigge booklet is called "Mini Pearl" and was published in 1996. Considering that the address for Knigge given in the very short pamphet is Tennessee, it's probably safe to assume the name is a play on the name of Grand Old Opry comedienne Minnie Pearl.
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You might also want to check out Norman Beck's lecture notes. He gives credit to the originator. Beck has a real nice routine using equivoque allowing you to magically produce the pearls and go into the poodle.
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Thought I'd toss in my idea with the Poodles - and it never fails to amaze:

I visibly show a length of FLASH STRING (same 5 1/2" length as the string of pearls) Of course, the pearls are concealed within same hand.

I LIGHT the string, and at same time....I let the string-of-pearls fall. The effect is that PEARLS magically APPEARED on the string...in a flash of fire! (think about that - the spectators believe it to be the SAME string, and why not?)

I could end right THERE...and the audience would be amazed.

I proceed with the poodle-twisting, and present the poodle to the lady in the crowd.

When I'm feeling naughty--I'll finger-palm a RAISIN next to the poodle, and say: "Oops, Oh dear, he made a mess!" Smile
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On 2007-10-09 16:53, Eric Rose wrote:
The Knigge booklet is called "Mini Pearl" and was published in 1996. Considering that the address for Knigge given in the very short pamphet is Tennessee, it's probably safe to assume the name is a play on the name of Grand Old Opry comedienne Minnie Pearl.


Bob still uses this patter. We were talking about this effect one day and He told me that it was 1983 when he first started making the poodles. So I pretty sure bob was the creater. If you find anything in print before 83 plaease let me know.
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Check out Larry Davidson's DVD "Scripted Insanity." He has a great routine using "Pearl the Poodle" on Volume 2. All of the effects on both volumes are real winners, by the way.
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Find a good scrapbook store. There is a recorder about 1 1/2x 1 1/2 by 1/4" thick. It will record around 10 seconds. I have it wrapped as a present. When I make a poodle I set it on the package and hit the button. The poodle says, arf,arf, have a great holiday, arf, arf, arf. I change it for whatever the occasion is, cruise, birthday, Halloween etc. The women then takes the poodle. If they start to take the present, I say, "no, that is just her platform so you can hear her easier. MOST people think I am a ventriloquist.

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Merl-

Good to find you on the Café. Seems like I just saw this little poodle last year-
That little thing is like the sponge bunnies- I'm sure people go crazy for it!

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Bob Knigge did in fact create this. As well as a member of Ring 355 in Bristol, he is also a member of our ring in Knoxville. He has created several amazing effects. Tom Vorjohan and Daniel Herron also included this in their balloon twisting lecture notes a few years ago(with permission from, and credited to, Bob). Bob had a replacement heart and is getting better every day. I am sure that I will see him at the Winter Carnival of Magic in Pigeon Forge next month.
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I have this on the DVD back home. Can anyone help me with the assembly/twists? I'm away from home right now, but I have got a load of beads and elastic thread and I am dying to give it a go.

I'll be back home on Monday, so this inquiry is dead after that.

Perhaps you could PM me?

Thanks!

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On 2007-12-30 07:50, MerlH wrote:
Find a good scrapbook store. There is a recorder about 1 1/2x 1 1/2 by 1/4" thick. It will record around 10 seconds. I have it wrapped as a present. When I make a poodle I set it on the package and hit the button. The poodle says, arf,arf, have a great holiday, arf, arf, arf. I change it for whatever the occasion is, cruise, birthday, Halloween etc. The women then takes the poodle. If they start to take the present, I say, "no, that is just her platform so you can hear her easier. MOST people think I am a ventriloquist.

Merl



Thanks for sharing, Merle. Having the poodle make some noise is an excellent and entertaining idea.
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Thanks for sharing, Merle. Having the poodle make some noise is an excellent and entertaining idea.
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...then you might like:

Tenyo's "MYSTERY POODLE" ---with "barking" sound.

ALSO, dealer Dick Barry has offered his "Poodle Pearls" with a "barking" sound-effect device.
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Having been out of magic for some time now, and just recently returning to the fold, I had no idea that Bob Knigge wasn't well. I hope he is getting better. He's really a nice guy.

I had the pleasure of having Bob as a lecturer when I was the President of the local S.A.M Assembly in Charlotte, NC. (This was in the late 90's.) We had met at the Winter Carnival of Magic and his 'Minnie Pearl' is something I still use.

If I am not mistaken, following the lecture we went to dinner and he commented that this effect was the result of his having been at Mardi Gras and playing with the beads there...

Moxahalla - Great idea with the flash string!
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