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Donny Orbit
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Just a question,

I have an effect called Side Effect by Guy Bavli. It is a spoon bending effect where the spoon VISUALLY bends sideways. I think it is being marketed under another name now as when I bought it a few years ago. There is now an effect on the market called Carpenters Nightmare. It is the same effect done with a nail. My question is this.. Are these the exact same in method, or does carpenters nightmare use a different method. If the method is the same, then what are some of the benefits of using a nail instead of a spoon? Thanx

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I'm a general contractor and the trick appeals to me but I haven't bought it.

I'm not sure if the effect is worth the $?

I too would like a review if anyone has this.

Thanks, Brian
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I do not have the effect but have played it with it in a friend's magic shop. I have never seen Guy Balvi's bending spoon so I could not comment as to if they are the same effect. In the Carpenter's Nightmare you hold a nail at the tips of yor fingers and begin concentrating and the nail visibly bends, at which point it can be handed for examination.
The effect is great but you will slap yourself in the head and say, "why didn't I think of that?" I tend to think the effect could be performed minus the extra something that helps make the trick work, but I would say it is not wasted money.
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From that I'm thinking, yup, the same sorta thing. I tried the nail and it looks the same as the spoon.
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Carpenter's Nightmare uses a different method than Side Effect. I have used Guy's "Side Effect" method with a nail for a couple of years now and it's great. I use it more than the original "Side Effect." It's smaller, takes up less space in your pocket and the clean up is much easier.
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Richard Osterlind has a nail-bending effect which looks awesome on Volume 4 of his Mind Mysteries DVD series, called Spike Bending. Although it is obviously very BIG nails- spikes- the method could easily be done with nails. He also has spoon bending on Volume 3 of the same series.
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Before doing the effect with big spikes, I used to do it all the time with small nails. I should have mentioned that on the DVD's.
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Just got your DVD today. The spike bending is awesome. I have to work on my presentation though. I too just used it with nails. I'm sure the huge spikes add to the effect.

PS: Those gals are too pretty. Very distracting to learn:)
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I used Mr. Osterlind's brilliant method of spike bending the evening before, for my mental magic stage act (also consisting of glass breaking, mind reading, levitation, etc.) for an event happening at a music club, the Ministry of Sound.

It got good reactions from the crowd... there were a couple of hecklers up front who I used to examine the solid heavy duty spikes, so that made it even more believeable. I guess it helped too, since I'm a very long shot from a burly muscleman who looks like he can snap the metal iron spike with his bare hands. I had to be wary of angles though, as the club's stage was surrounded.

So... is Carpenters Nightmare's basically using the same principle, hence no switches are involved during and after the performance? Smile Just like to know more about this marketed effect, if it's something new or one we can just DIY after learning Mr. Osterlind's spike bend routine. Hmm...

Thanks guys...
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Carpenters Nightmare does have a type of switch. But it is so clean and simple and completely above suspicion. It is nothing like what most magicians think of when they envision a switch. This is a favorite of mine to carry around. It is so simple to perform.
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On 2006-08-05 23:33, solidoak wrote:
Carpenters Nightmare does have a type of switch. But it is so clean and simple and completely above suspicion. It is nothing like what most magicians think of when they envision a switch. This is a favorite of mine to carry around. It is so simple to perform.


You know....I know this is old.....(and I really REALLY usually do not post this kind of stuff here).....but I thought "Carpenter's Nighmare" was absolute garbage. If you'll carefully read the instructions.....they're just wrong! You're instructed to use the "hill" of your index finger.....what/where is that?? .....did he mean the "heel"......where is that on my index finger??!!

I spent a gob of time on this one and I DON'T RUN AWAY IMMEDIATELY just because an effect takes some patient practice.....I know how to stick with it.....this one, though, IMO isn't worth the trouble to MAYBE fool a 4-year old kid (if he's sleepy and you're hitting on all cylinders that day!). Smile

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