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Andy Moss
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Killer Red caps. This trick has caught my attention. I see a lot of potential in it.It is also a reasonably priced effect at around $15+- Are there any magicians out there who are familiar with the effect?

I think that the effect came out in the late 1990's released by Roger Monaco with routines provided by Bob Kohler, Michael Close and Seth Kramer.The effect itself seems to be an old one which originally came out under the title of 'Psycho Caps' back in around 1970.

Does anyone know if the more recent version brings with it anything new or anything improved?. Both versions currently seem to be on sale.

The effect has the potential (according to the write up) of being very powerful as a mentalist effect. I guess that it might also be presented as a monte style effect. My feeling is that the effect would require skillful presentation to do it justice.

The methodology seems to be very subtle. My only concern is that 'in order to gain the required information' it might well be almost impossible in practice to succeed with the effect. Is this the case? My gut feeling is that this effect is either a very excellent one or a turkey!! Should I look further at this effect or move swiftly on?

With best wishes Andy.
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It is one of those things that either you will love it or hate it, very little middle ground. You can practice the method without a spectator in order to be able to do the effect properly. I will tell you this, I know that Bob Kohler, who I like very much, got a lot of heat about this routine because people didn't think it was worth while because it requires the right performing conditions and you need to come up with a presentation that will work for you. Basically everything you brought up is accurate, the problem is you won't know if it is excellent or a turkey until you have it.
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I would avoid it. I bought it, sold it on Ebay as soon as I could.

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Thank you Larry, very good idea! I own it since many, many years - and never perform it, because it is in my opinion not performable.

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See that? The anti crowd outnumber the pro crowd. If anyone is keeping score I also didn't care for it.
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I made my thread in all innocence and seem to have hit upon an interesting point of concern with this particular effect.I shall wait with an open mind until further comments feed back. My hunch is that we may all be talking about l******g conditions here!However I might be wrong.

With best wishes Andy.
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Andy Moss,

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......forum=27

This may be an interesting read for you if you take the time to scroll through all 7 pages.
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What the heck is l******g?
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I have it, and use it when the situation is correct.

Let's face it not all material works best in every environment, or with every audience.

We as performers need to pick the appropriate material for the time, place and people we are performing for.

I’ve read a lot on this (and a few other effects) where people pan it (and them) because it has a performance range. But many of the same people use IT and other methods that have similar restrictions.


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Thanks to you all who have posted so far.I have read Bob Kohler's informative advice on the forum link that tbaer kindly provided. Bob does seem like a well meaning and likeable guy. The advice he gave was very useful and specific.

I can now understand why many magicians have not found this effect to be to their taste.This is understandable. Magic Santa,l******g means Lighting conditions! I was being careful not to give anything too sensitive away but seeing that Bob himself has been open and forthright in the past I now feel more free to do so.

As well as the careful positioning of the spectator with respect to lighting the choice of object to go under the cap also appears to be important. Bob mentions that a dark green beer cap works well as well as lifesavers (English fruit Polos?)I guess that the cap has to be red rather than any other colour.

I still say that this sounds like an interesting effect.I agree with Bob Kohler that it might best present as a mental effect with all the three phases.
My only concern remains that many experienced magicians (who you would think would persevere with this and master it if it had practical potential) seem to have panned it.

As MagicSanta wisely says "the problem is you won't know if it is excellent or a turkey until you have it." So I think I will look to make up a set myself and experiment.DW40 water repellent or water bottle tops come to mind. The caps would have to be as thin as possible while seeming to serve their purpose as a barrier to the eye. Nothing to be lost,- possibly nothing also to be gained!!

With best wishes to you all Andy.
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It's WD-40, not DW40.

You won't be able to duplicate the effect without the correct caps.

I found that l******g, v********y and s**e and s***e of the o****t are all of paramount importance. Also v****l acuity.

For my purposes, this one needs to be consigned to the next auction.
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May I offer two points?
1. This item has been massively panned on the Café. It's at or close to the top of a number of "Worst Tricks of the Year" lists. The reasonable inference must be that this is a true turkey, a bomb on stilts. Yes, some will say that they actually use this successfully. But for *any* well known trick, the worst included, you can always find someone who will say the same thing. All things considered, a reasonable person will wonder at the hype the producer had the gall to disseminate about this trick.

So what? Here's what:

2. Scarcely is a mantra heard more often on the Café than "If it's good enough for Bob Kohler/Paul Harris/Richard Osterlind/(fill in your favorite Pope of prestidigitation here), it's good enough for me." (I call this "The CC Mantra", if you catch my drift...) Yet each of the above has endorsed certified bombs. So why does the mantra have the immunity of a cockroach? Not only will it just not die, but it persists entirely unscathed. As you've no doubt gathered, this bugs the poop out of me. Readers who find this post irritating may of course devise a withering riposte based on the previous sentence.

Happy holidays,
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I've seen different threads panning KRC for this reason or that reason, but it seems to me that all the excuses are just that, EXCUSES.

The methodology for this effect is solid. It works. If you can't do it, then it's because YOU can't do it, not because the effect is a dud. It's like saying those 3D picture posters don't work. They DO work, if you can't see the picture, it's because YOU can't see the picture, not because there's something wrong with the poster. The reason you can't do the effect is because of a personal, physical inability. That may be hard to accept, but that's what it boils down to.

I've seen this done with all kinds of objects, from crumpled post-its, wedding bands, lifesavers, and even quarters. I've seen it done and done it myself, repeatedly, and successfully in brightly lit diners, low lit corners in Cafés, peoples living rooms, kitchens, and even a stairwell or two.

Have I had 100% success - no. When I fail, I let them know that there are really no tricks involved, I really am trying to figure out which cap it's under, and I try again. But then if you're honest with yourself, no effect has ever worked 100% of the time.
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Hi there vmendoza. Smile

we havent spoken in ages but last time we did I think we agreed at the end of a disagreement of opinion that it was going to be beers all round if we ever get to meet up. Smile

Hope that's still the going to be the case after this post Smile because I find your last post (above) a bit hard to fathom. On the occassions when this effect hasn't worked for you what happened? Did you develop a momentary physical inability?or was it that the effect didn't work because it wasn't workable in the conditions you were performing in? I'm guessing (a dangerous thing to do here on the Café I know) that it was the latter which is the very point that the other posters seem to be making in this thread.

I'll still get the 1st round in.

Cheers Neal
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Nice troll. You are very good at that. Before I tear you a new one, let me wish you a Happy New Year. I can understand why you find it diffucult to phathom, It relies on common sense and you've shown that you have a dearth of it.

On the occasions I guessed incorrectly it was because I guessed incorrectly, I did it again and got it right. What the other posters are implying and what you've once again misunderstood, is that it's NOT possible to do. IT IS - physical conditions not withstanding. But according to you, if the printed instructions aren't exact, then a trick is defective. It doesn't say it in the instructions, but I'll tip this to you personally, You can't do this effect at the bottom of a swimming pool, and it's impossible to do if you place a large hornet under each eye-lid. I know that they were remiss in not including such possiblities in the instructions and so I thought I'd pass that on.

I'll pick up the second round.
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We used to (try) selling these in a magic shop where I worked. It was so bad that most of us couldn't demo it, let alone sell it. Good lighting will help, but will also make the method more visible to the audience.
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I am glad to hear these responses. I bought KRC years ago when I lived in Vegas, I believe it had just come out and was really being pushed as the next really cool thing. I bought it, played with it for a week, then thoroughly frustrated stuck it in a draw and never touched it again. I have a dresser full of this kind of stuff!

Glad to hear others were also a bit disgruntled with KRC. As they say misery always enjoys a little company ;o)

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It's at the bottom of my magic suitcase.
Andy Moss
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Thanks to everyone for your feedback so far. The weight of opinion seems to suggest that there are better things for me to spend my money on. (for the same price of $15 I could buy John Bannon's wonderful sounding wild card effect 'Call of the wild' for example!)

Andy.
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This is the only effect a layman has properly performed for me as soon as they saw it..
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