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On 2009-01-18 21:47, nathanallen wrote:
Just an update:

Today I had the trap door surgically installed into my left hand. Once I'm fully healed, I'll try it out and let you know how well it works.


Be sure to let us know how well it works. How do you keep from having it noticed?

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I haven't had to hide it yet, as I'm just recovering. But I'm thinking the best way to hide the trap door will be a combination of Abbott's flesh-colored touch-up paint, and some strips of yellow ribbon tacked to the back of my hand, in a checkerboard pattern (think black art well table)... But if you have any ideas on keeping it hidden, please share.
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Yes, the yellow ribbon sounds like a good idea. It would be quite attractive, too. Now, if I were you, I would paint my hands black (or just not wash them for a while), which would allow you to use the B-Art principle, at the same time. In addition, you might consider a tube running from your upper jacket pocket to the trap door. You could vanish a coin and then make it reappear in your hand. In addition, with a little bit of ingenuity, you could have smoke (and a lot of it) come from your hand (via the trap door) when something vanishes.

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On 2009-01-19 13:48, Bill Ligon wrote:
...if I were you, I would paint my hands black (or just not wash them for a while), which would allow you to use the B-Art principle, at the same time. In addition, you might consider a tube running from your upper jacket pocket to the trap door. You could vanish a coin and then make it reappear in your hand...


I'm not too sure about the b-art principle / paint idea. I mean, I paid extra for the opening/closing trap door option. It would be a shame to have to remove the door and hinges (it's spring-loaded and quite intricate). Plus, I wouldn't want to draw undue attention to my hand, and I think painting it would do just that.
I've decided, instead of strips of ribbon, to get lines tattooed onto my hand (same "hide the hole" b-art table idea). The tattoo guy in town didn't want to do work on a hand that just had surgery, but I signed a release form so it looks like everything will move ahead. This should be fun. I'll post pictures once all the work is done.
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Great! I think your ideas will work better than mine. Keep us posted. I can't wait to see the pictures!

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Okay, folks. The hand is healed and inked. I decided to go with a combination of ideas - the B-art well table principle and masking lines, and also keeping the spring-loaded trap door, so you can use the hand as you would any hand with a solid, flat palm.

I've snapped some photos of me openly demonstrating the basic idea, using a playing card.

Feel free to copy and share this image with your close magician friends... But only if they are worthy. I don't want this to get spread around all willy-nilly to the general public. I honestly believe this is the best thing created since the T.T. Enjoy!

http://maniacofmagic.com/Documents/Trap%20Door%20Hand.jpg
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Talk about creative!

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Haha! I think I have one of those in my wallet. Have to get it removed.
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Lol
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