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thecogito
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Greetings,

I am looking to purchase Chris Priest's sponge ball routine "Protons." I am wondering if there are any additional props that I need to order with this dvd (other than my normal 2" sponge balls) in order to perform it? Thanks in advance for the help!!

All the best,
~Ron
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You will need a set of sponge balls, a D'Lite and no taste.

Check the link here:
http://www.magicproshop.com/protons-chri......900.html

I really don't like the idea of doing mouth magic with a spectator.
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That seems a bit harsh, Bill. I've only seen the preview, but I'd guess you could easily pluck the D'Lite from somewhere other than the spectator's mouth and it wouldn't affect the routine at all.
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I'm sure you could, but remember, beginners ape things like this. How many people have you seen do the "clean hand" gag on a lady who just had her hands manicured.

That promo video is supposed to sell the trick. It sold me, all right.

Let me explain something, Jeff. I review tricks for MUM. There are tricks I won't review because they are not worth having. There are some I review because there is something in the trick that is worth having. This promo video puts me in a position that if I were offered the DVD to review, I would have to ask someone else to review it.

Mouth magic is offensive in the first place, especially in a restaurant. This surpasses offensive.
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Thanks Bill, I see where you're coming from.

So I assume you don't like the standard mouth coil presentation? Or is that different because the magician does it himself and it's in a different context?
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I don't like mouth coils at all. Produced from the hand, they are okay, but I don't think most magicians have any idea what they actually look like when they perform with them.

Have you ever looked at a video of a magician doing the mouth coil? Most of the time, it looks like someone tore up a quantity of tissue, chewed it up, swallowed it, then regurgitated a colorful streamer.

The least flattering photo I ever saw of a female magician was one of a friend of mine that appeared in the Linking Ring several years ago, in which she was pulling a mouth coil out of her mouth, and holding it in a rather, shall we say, odd position.

Performing a mouth coil in a restaurant is a horrible idea. If you so so, remember that people are eating. I have a very strong stomach, having worked in a biology lab in college, and having set up dissection trays for everthing from frogs to dogfish, but I have seen the way people react to things that go in and out of the mouth, especially near mealtimes.

Performing a mouth coil for a children's audience sends a message that need not be sent. If you do this for kids, remember that after you leave the party, at least a couple of them will try this and may choke on the tissue or whatever they use.

I'm not alone in this. There are a very large number of magicians who think that mouth coils are repulsive.

Let me ask you this: would you take a piece of rolled up tissue paper that was made by someone in China, whom you have never seen before, and stick it into your mouth?

What diseases are you exposing yourself to?

The only piece of mouth magic I have ever found the least bit entertaining was Van Cleve's version of Ramsay's "Four Little Beans."

The most repulsive thing I ever saw a magician do at a banquet was a certain bearded magician from New Orleans who performed the Pearls of Persia with ivoroid beads. I cannot begin to tell you on this forum what the beads looked like when he held them in his puckered lips, which were surrounded completely buy 1/2 inch black, wiry beard stubble.

If you don't believe that this kind of magic can make a large percentage of people in a restaurant have problems, check with Johnny Fox to see how people often react to sword swallowing -- especially if the swallower mentions that to learn it, you need to overcome the gag reflex.
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I agree with you about mouth coils. Not only are they icky but the basic trick doesn't make sense. Paul Diamond had a great joke about them years ago...he pulled one out of his mouth and said, "Look - multicolored small intestine."

So I guess that old trick where you produce the eggs from your mouth using a shell is right out, too!
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You know where all my buttons are, don't you! Smile

One of the best descriptions I ever saw of that was from the POV of the kid who was the person who was having the eggs produced from his mouth. He described the nasty shell, etc.

All you need is for one parent to complain about something from his POV to explain why you shouldn't do certain kinds of material at kid shows. Or while people are eating.
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I once did the mouth coil in a haunted house as part of an, "intestines being ripped out through someones mouth" scene.

They are excellent for that purpose.
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Walt’s Magic Rule Number One:
“If it is an object commonly found in the bathroom,
then it does not belong on a stage!”

Walt’s Magic Rule Number Two:
“If it goes into or comes out of your mouth,
then is does not belong in your magic act!”

Walt’s Magic Rule Number Three:
“Always treat audience volunteers with the utmost respect,
they may be the next person to hire or not hire you!”

Walt’s Golden-Rule of Tasteful Magic:
“See Rules Number One, Two, and Three above!”

My thoughts,
Walt
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So, I don't guess you will be performing the mouth coil anytime soon, huh?
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You wouldn't be too happy with that cups and balls move where the ball is pretended to be put in the mouth{Gazzo,Ammar etc.}?

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