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Pete Biro
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I am on the road -- will be home next week will sort out some great bowls and info and get back online with prices, etc. Will post photos on my blog.
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I was at an estate sale from someone who’d passed away, and picked up three bowls I think are pretty much ideal for the Bowl Routine.

I’m going to keep one for myself, Bill Palmer got one, so I’d have one left I could possibly sell to someone truly interested in working with this effect.

They are fairly hefty and well weighted solid brass India bowls,
and they are nicely footed on the bottom,
the bowl is fairly deep, for a good final load.

The bowls are on the small side, about four-inches in diameter,
they polish up nicely, but are fairy old so have a tiny bit of discoloration here-and-there which added to their antique look for me.

They are not perfectly round but very slightly octagonal in design, and have hand etching of leaves etc on the outside.

No I don’t have a digital camera so I don’t have photos,
I’m not going into business here, just thought they might be right for someone looking into a great bowl for a good close-up presentation.

I have used some half-dozen different bowls over the years, and I think these may be my bowl of choice here on out.

PM me if you have questions, thanks.

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That is an excellent bowl, Walt.

I have one of the old Magic, Inc. bowls that was sold with the Don Alan bowl routine. It was really too light, but it was functional.
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What are the ideal dimensions of a bowl for this routine?
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On 2008-02-14 10:45, Harry Murphy wrote:
As mentioned above Bruce Elliott's "Classic Secrets of Magic" is one of the first resources to check out. It was the first easily found publication that described the routine and is true to Benson's routine. Amazon has a couple of copies:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B......2&sr=1-1




The section on Benson's Bowl in Classic Secrets is basically a reprint of the write-up originally published in "The Phoenix" (Edited by Elliott).
If you can't find a copy of Classic Secrets of Magic, the entire "Phoenix" is available on PDF from Houdini Magic for an EXTREMELY attractive price. I think I paid $15 a few years ago.
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The size of the bowl is mostly dependent upon
the size of the balls you choose to use,
three should fit into the lip of the bowl without sticking,
your final load size choice also should fit easily but snugly.
I think a smaller bowl is more deceptive and elegant than a huge one.
See the dimensions for the one I currently use above with about 2" balls.

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Thanks Walt,

It seems that a japanese rice bowl should work.
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Try a small musical tambourine... great to leave out for tips!
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Target has some espcially nice black japanese rice bowls, I bought several to do the Rice Bowls and Benson routine. Couldn't beat the quality and price either, they run about 6.99 for each ceramic bowl. I like shopping Target a lot of the times they have out of the ordianry items compared to Wal-Mart or other similiar stores.

Jake

PS. Pete great idea as usual, the tambourine, great concept.
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Not only is it fun to use, but you can load a fist full of dollar coins onto a glass table top and the tambourine's natureal sound covers the coin noise. heheheh.
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Jake!

What are you doing buying your props at Target?
There's this great shop called Rings 'N Things II that make the perfect bowls for Benson and Rice, you should check them out sometime.

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And Jake gets a price break Smile Smile Smile
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On 2008-05-02 11:56, SpellbinderEntertainment wrote:
Jake!

What are you doing buying your props at Target?
There's this great shop called Rings 'N Things II that make the perfect bowls for Benson and Rice, you should check them out sometime.

Magically,
Walt


I'll second that--RnT II makes the perfect Benson bowl.
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There is just something about matte black cermaic in the shape of a Japanese rice bowl that I like. Some stuff at Target just scream prop "Possibility", not like the average stuff at the other stores. They had a clearance shelf and one time I was able to by a 3 door cabinet that I was able to use for a checker cabinet after some modifications. It was 18.99, I couldn't build one for that Smile

Thanks for the kind words about our Benson bowl, but sometimes there are household props out there at Target that have great potential. Target usually has a great selection of stainless items too that don't look like bathroom or average kitchen accessories.

Jake
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My favorite Benson Bowl is RNT2's silver lined rosewood bowl, followed by their antique bronzed bowl.... The silver/rosewood bowl is a little shallower but it is real classy looking..

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I like the tamborine idea, especially since I'm also a percussionist. I think a very small drum would work better however. Tamborines have little openings in the side.
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The point of the tambourine is the NOISE they make... covers a noisy load on a hard surface... like a stack of silver dollars on a glasw table. Pat Page did this and fooled a lot of magicians with it. The concept of a noisy bowl to cover a noisy load is mine.
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I like RNT II's cocobolo wood benson with wand. Its a little smaller and easier to work with. http://www.rnt2.com/product.aspx?productno=448
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I'd use a handfull of jingle bells as a final load. Thematically consistent.
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Sound good to me.
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