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magichoka
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Please tell me which Shells and Peas are best for the Three Shells Game.

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nalu_magic
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I use the Street Shells by Schools for Scoundrels and absolutely love them! I started off with the Vernet set and now use the Street Shells.

I have heard though that La Maggiore is hands down the best. I just don't have that much money to spend on the props.

I am definitely happy with the Street Shells and would recommend them without hesitation. Do a quick search on "Shell game" and you'll find many threads offer reviews. For a routine I'd recommend The Golden Shells video by Bob Kohler or the Super Shells manuscript.
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I use Bob Kohler's 'Golden Shells', a little heavy but excellent.

Of course, you can make your own shells by filling walnuts with epoxy. This works fine and gives the shells some weight.
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The Kohler Shells are excellent, as are the Maggiore Shells. I have used both, as well as regular old shells. I like 'em all. Right now, my current favorite is the Maggiore Shells.
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I also use the Street Shells and can say that I love them! I haven't used La Maggiore Shells but also hear that they are the best!
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Do you know what type Bob Sheets uses?

I have seen him do his shell routine and it is so amazing. He is very good at the game.

Brad
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I use the superior "Magnetic Street Shells", they work like a dream. I recommed them very much. Tip: use a magnetic ring together with these shells and you are set for killer magic Smile I wrote about them recently on the Genii Forum.

I bought them from Hocus Pocus for 100 dollars.
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I bought Bob's Golden Shells. I like it .
Harry Murphy
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Bob Sheets uses two different sets of shells. The first is the Wilt Hayden Street Shell set (from the School of Scoundrels). The second is a Blackfox Scarab set for a particular presentation he does. He speaks highly of both sets.
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Hey thanks Mr. Harry

The Whit Haydn Street Shell set is so awesome. He let me use some when he was lecturing his routine on the shells, and they are the best. I have tried the gold shells and some of the cheaper shells but these thing are awesome.

The peas they give you are worth the price alone. They are perfect for all moves.

He has a very nice routine with them.

Where can i get some.

Thanks

Brad
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What are the main differences between the Haydn shells and the Maggiore shells

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Try:
http://www.chefanton.com/entertain/store.html

The School for Scoundrels web site.
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Howdy All...

Thanks for the kind words about my La Maggiore shells.

Bob Sheets currently uses the La Maggiore shells professionally (when not using the Scarab routine). So does Bob Kohler. What's the difference? Size, texture, appearance, weight, handling... The one thing you can say is that both are based on walnut shells. Two different species...

The best thing to do is check the shells out personally at your favorite local magic shop. You'll find that you will favor the shells that work for you...

For those interested in more information about La Maggiore (specs, testimonials, accessories), please check out threeshellgame.com.

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I recommend the Golden Shells. They already have the "Channin dip" in this (unlike La Maggiore) and they'll never crack or break. They also are distinctive enough to catch someone's attention. [The "street shells" won't -- and it takes only a second or two to realize that they're not real, so what's the point?] I've used the Golden Shells since they hit the market and remain delighted with them. Only downside might be that their weight makes it difficult to do one handed moves with all of the shells, but I don't use those techniques so it's irrelevant, at least to me. Good luck; it's a classic for a reason.
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First, let's set things straight. My video is "The Golden Shells". It was released about the same time I helped Whit Haydn and Chef Anton release "The Golden Shells" set.

I still offer both the video and the set on my site. Whit and Anton's company "The School for Scoundrels" owns and produces "The Golden Shells" set and many other fine products.

I love both "The Golden Shells" and La Maggiore. Both are truly excellent sets.
They both have some strong points that will appeal to different performers for different reasons.

I use them both professionally. I think you will too. Buy them both. Both sets are very bombproof and will last you for many years.

If you are only going to get one set, you have to decide which set works with your style or perhaps the scenario you will be using them.

It's hard to beat "The Golden Shells" in a trade show environment. The fact that they look like gold really draws the first few audience members to your booth. They usually plan on taking one as a "trade show give-a-way" or think they are chocolate. Either way, you grab them and start the show.

If you like the look of real walnut shells "La Maggiore" is the bomb. They manipulate very well indeed.

I admit I'm a shell freak. It's hard to find a routine that packs so much into a nice tight package. Those who use it know what I'm talking about.

My hat's off to all of these gentleman for producing top quality props for us to cheat the marks with.
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Let me reinforce what Bob said: If you are interested in performing the shells, you owe it to yourself to check out all the different products available. Each set is quite different with a variety of features. You will find one set performs for you better than the others, and that is the set you should purchase.

Be sure to consider not only the technical features, but in what context you will be performing: a gambling expose, a trade show, a magical performance or actually on the street. Consider the shells' appearance and how it jibes with your intended use, your costume, and how you intend to carry them around with you and how you will introduce them.

As I mention on threeshellgame.com, it is rare in magic to find props that generate an immediate connection with audiences. They recognize the shell game and are immediately drawn into the mystique behind it. I love to set the shells down, step back and watch my audience before I perform. They sit up and take notice. Attention is heightened and so is their experience...

Many top performers have realized the allure of featuring the shells in their work, there is a lot to be learned from "working" them: from audience management and psychological response to the analyical process that goes on in their heads. Highly recommended for study regardless of which set you buy.

We are really blessed to have Bob Kohler spend his valuable time on this forum. Bob "knows the stuff" from years and years of working for real people. He knows what is effective and distills his magic such that it is focused and hits audiences hard, yet is playful and endearing.

We are all fortuante that he has decided to release some of his pet pieces (including "The Golden Shells" video) to the broader magic public. Even more so now that he has decided to produce material featuring other top performers whose work we might not have been exposed to through the usual channels. His attention to detail and eye for quality is helping to set new standards. Magic is a better world because of his generousity.

Thanks Bob!

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Andrew
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I know three shell games first from Camirand Academy of Magic, so I recommend to you Guy Camirand & Garry Oullet's Super Shell, it's kinda cool!
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I've bought the Golden shells video by Bob. But I've not yet decided to buy which shells set.
I wish to buy the Golden Shells and I found there is a magnetic version. I hope Bob can tell me which version is better. On bob's video he didn't mention about the magnetic set, I really wish to know is there any special handling or killer routine for the magnetic shells because it's price costs $100 more than the original Golden Shell set.

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I have seen Bob Kohler's video and I also have the Gary Oullet "Super Shells" book. I like both but I'm looking to put together my own routine and I'm wodering what Bob Sheets has to offer to the "mix". Is his handling essentially a blend of existing "moves" or does he have something unique to offer? No offense or slight meant towards Bob Sheets; I'm just not up to speed on his routine.

Thanks for any info.

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Good question, Turk. I've also been waiting for a review of Bob Sheets' Absolutely Nuts video. I've heard his routine is good and contains a unique "move" that is killer but don't know anything more. Can anyone who has the video fill us in?
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