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Hi Kris

Yep - since my post in March enquiring about doing blades, I have learned 2 different versions, including Andrew Mayne's which is my current favourite. I'm not too keen on the versions that require the use of a blade stand etc.

I'll not tip the method - but an ideal container for keeping the blades in is a razor blade box - you know, the small match-box sized container they are sometimes sold in. It can be easy to gimmick and adds a certain authenticity to the whole thing - after all, who normally puts razor blades in a specially constructed stand?

More to the point, the box is very portable and works well in both my street and club shows.

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I have tried to add the razor blades into my act, however, in practice they occasionally bind or tangle on the way out. I won't add them in until I can find a way to thread them without every binding. If anyone has suggestions of ways to thread them so they won't tangle or snag it would be greatly appreciated.
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I was given an old version of the trick with the blades supplied, but then found it's much more realistic if you use genuine razor blades blunted on a file or abrasive paper.

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Otto Wessely famous Razor blade's act :

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Check out Steve Spill's routine from his "Confessions Of A Needle Swallower" DVD
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And Bizzaro's Helter Shelter DVD.
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On 2010-05-07 02:48, MagiciennesUnlimited wrote:
And Bizzaro's Helter Shelter DVD.


Didn't realize there was a DVD, but the book is excellent

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Yep, the DVD is campy and fun to watch. It features Randi Rain as well. Biz gave my daughter a copy when he heard she does the razor blades. (She was 8 when she learned, she's 10 now) Smile

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Of the two effects, needles or blades, which do you feel gets a better reaction? Or are they on a par with eachother?

I've recently started looking into this act, but I'm not sure which way to go. Needles are a classic. Razor blades more contemporary. However, blades are changing all the time and most razors have the modern blade rather than the flat style. Yet needles will always be the same.

At the moment I'm siding more towards needles. But I'd like to hear your thoughts on it.

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It's all a matter of style, but the best explanation I've heard that made sense to me is that needles is much stronger from an audience perspective. There is an inherent visual reason for this, blades are flat and no matter how hard you try the audience will never all see the blades the way they are intended due to angles there is always going to be someone that "views" the blade in a way that it doesn't even look like it's there to them since the blade has no depth to it, in that situation the light can't even reflect of that surface since there really is no depth to it. Now needles on the other are round and are refracting light from all angles, with the exception of being directly above you and directly below you, if that's where your audience is actually sitting well.......then you're doing a weird show and I have no advice for you Smile But again its all a matter of the image you want to portray. Don't really think of it in classic or contemporary, either one is "new" to the specs. Most of them don't know the history of the effect so that's not how they're viewing it. Each routine is only as powerful as you make it. I've seen both done very well and both done very poorly. I myself prefer needles.
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Heya Ros, I do both, and love both, but personally find that blades are far more visual than the needles, and so I use that routine more. I've been told this by many specs...They have suggested putting little paper tags on the needles so they can be seen! rotflmao...

The needles are also more dangerous, being so small, round, n' slippery. There was a thread here where someone shared their 'accidental swallowed needle' story, and it was a nightmare. If you are using the more dangerous method, I suggest a small flat mag to keep those little buggers where they are supposed to be. Better yet, talk to your dentist/denturist (I found one who's willing to make my molar cap -which I need anyway- with a mag in it Smile

You don't want to know what I've asked the plastic surgeon... ;p

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Sia.... Oh yes I do!!!! And I'm sure the other guys here will agree Smile (cue Dave Matkin)

Anyway, back to the thread topic.

It seems it really is a matter of taste. Both being more visual than the other.. What kind of crazy dimension are we living in!

I think I'll go needles as they just seem to fit me more. I like the history of the effect and could use this as a pressentational angle... But then I do love blades too. Hmmmm.. Maybe I should learn both and just try em out.

No such thing as worthless knowledge after all.

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It's the big green Twilight Zone. Smile Truly a matter of individual taste...mmmmm metal. Let us know which you like better Smile

To answer your question: Finger mag implants, a tube-like throat implant, and a interesting placement of extra skin with a graft...oh, and boobs. I had a reduction after my daughter, and miss my pre-kid boobs.

Speaking of boobs...the new Playboy is in 3D. Which is pretty darn awesome.
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Razor blades & boobs.
We hit two levels of compatibility!
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Sia, you are a tease Smile

Seriously though the implants sound very interesting. So you'll have magnetic fingers? that's seriously cool. So many effects, so little time!

The throat implant has thrown me a bit though. Would love to know more. Obviously if it classes as methods of something then feel free to pm.

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Essentially, I'll be Magneto. Smile They are actually pretty weak mags, with each implant only able to hold a safety pin (or needle for swallowing Smile Smile...BUT you become a human live wire detector. Have you ever worn a PK ring and put your hand near a breaker box? The whole hand 'buzzes'. Pretty nifty. Hey if this career doesn't work out, I could always find an electrician...with a vore fetish...lol...

These implants are still pretty new in the bod mod world, and so much fun, because they are hidden. A friend in Edmonton got one finger mag while she was in Vegas...and thus, beat me to it...but I'll have all 4 on my left hand done...for four needles...for one magic effect...

Which brings me to the throat tube...

A couple of years ago I created a 'trick' called 'Sewn'. 4 needles go in the mouth and are cut, from my neck, and pulled out tied one by one. (To anyone reading this, don't even think of doing it...it's MINE, and the big boys in magic know it's mine Smile...but the throat tube was so I could do it ...for real.

The Doc said it would never heal right, so I scrapped that idea.

Once I tried to yogi needles, alone. I called it 'Gout'...hahaha. Considering the location I chose, it was a pretty dumb move on my part (I refer you to the video of my surgery 'Sia Synn in an Act Gone Icky' on YouTube...lol)...not as dumb, was the time I yogied my neck...forgetting there is a pretty important artery in that area. Interior scars are still there. Creating new sideshow angles can be a bit painful Smile

Moral of this story: Don't be a Silly Sia... Smile and Reading what I just wrote, I do realize that I may come off a bit crazy. That's ok. I'm pretty sure I am.

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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Essentially, I'll be Magneto. Smile They are actually pretty weak mags, with each implant only able to hold a safety pin (or needle for swallowing Smile Smile...BUT you become a human live wire detector. Have you ever worn a PK ring and put your hand near a breaker box? The whole hand 'buzzes'. Pretty nifty. Hey if this career doesn't work out, I could always find an electrician...with a vore fetish...lol...

These implants are still pretty new in the bod mod world, and so much fun, because they are hidden. A friend in Edmonton got one finger mag while she was in Vegas...and thus, beat me to it...but I'll have all 4 on my left hand done...for four needles...for one magic effect...

Which brings me to the throat tube...

A couple of years ago I created a 'trick' called 'Sewn'. 4 needles go in the mouth and are cut, from my neck, and pulled out tied one by one. (To anyone reading this, don't even think of doing it...it's MINE, and the big boys in magic know it's mine Smile...but the throat tube was so I could do it ...for real.

The Doc said it would never heal right, so I scrapped that idea.

Once I tried to yogi needles, alone. I called it 'Gout'...hahaha. Considering the location I chose, it was a pretty dumb move on my part (I refer you to the video of my surgery 'Sia Synn in an Act Gone Icky' on YouTube...lol)...not as dumb, was the time I yogied my neck...forgetting there is a pretty important artery in that area. Interior scars are still there. Creating new sideshow angles can be a bit painful Smile

Moral of this story: Don't be a Silly Sia... Smile and Reading what I just wrote, I do realize that I may come off a bit crazy. That's ok. I'm pretty sure I am.

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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I'm running on 10 hours combined sleep since Tuesday superstar.... Did I do a naughty?

I don't think there's any exposure there. Well, maybe a bit of my own effect...lol
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Crazy? Maybe, but that's why we all love ya.

The whole finger mag thing is great. You are essentially a pk human!

Take it easy and for gods sake SLEEP!!!
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Sia, stay away from: TV's and monitors, electric motors, credit cards, and Dave Matikin. I hear he is magnet-sensitive.
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