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Ed_Millis
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http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/watches/c16c/

"Is there someone here from out of town? Yes sir - we've never met before, never communicated before, is that correct? Here's my cell phone number - could you call me please? I'll lay my phone right here.

"Did you get my voicemail? Great! I'm getting something too. Your phone number ... does it have a 7 in it? .... "

Ed
mmreed
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Hmmm...

I think it may have some potential...

But what would the reason be for having them call your cell? There needs to be a reason for that action.
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Kinda...but I don't see any practical use...:/
Gatehouse
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Just stumbled across this thread and instantly thought of 'Cellmates' in Paul Harris' True Astonishment set...

Not sure how effective this would be but once your phone rings, you could just leave it in your pocket and still be able to gleam their phone number from the watch, allowing you to produce it elsewhere on a business card or whatever

"Actually I had this dream the other night that a woman was calling me and I didn't know who it was.. I remember the number though..."

No idea how effective this would be, if at all, and I doubt it would warrant the expense of the device, but it was the first thing that came to mind.
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A mentalist might like this in his or her private life. When the mentalist gets a phone call instead of looking at his phone he just says "oh that must be..." At first the mentalist's friends will think they have different ringtones but then....

Not super magical but with some thought there are some things you could do with this that could be fun.
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I read somewhere recently about a Bluetooth keypad that could type onto a phone from a distance. Now if that could be coupled with this watch I can see a few “wowee”s.

The problem with technology is that eventually everybody gets to see what’s in the box. I had a Timex watch ten years ago that would download data just by aiming it at the computer screen. Before that (in the age when digital watches were red LEDs and you had to push a button to see the time) we had “programmable” watches that many were entering pre-selected cards into.

I like…no, I love this idea, but how long until it’s recognized by the general public?

Oh no…I just had an idea…this is bad…

Ed, sending you a PM…

Posted: Jan 8, 2010 4:34pm
Another idea if you have a confederate, certain websites allow you to “spoof” a caller ID, to have it show up as something else. With your phone silenced, your secret assistant could relay messages to the watch. I’m sensing something…does the name “Harry” mean anything to you?
...what if I could read your mind?

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Richard Schneider
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On 2010-01-07 22:30, Ed_Millis wrote:
"Did you get my voicemail? Great! I'm getting something too. Your phone number ... does it have a 7 in it? .... "


You could change your voicemail message to say something... perhaps like "I've got it. Turn around," upon which the spectator would see the performer writing the number down on some big blackboard or something.

Just an idea off the top of my head... could have some promise with some more thought put into it.

(Related... is it a bad idea to write a spectator's number on a blackboard in front of a large audience?)
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On 2010-01-08 22:32, Richard Schneider wrote:
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On 2010-01-07 22:30, Ed_Millis wrote:
"Did you get my voicemail? Great! I'm getting something too. Your phone number ... does it have a 7 in it? .... "


You could change your voicemail message to say something... perhaps like "I've got it. Turn around," upon which the spectator would see the performer writing the number down on some big blackboard or something.

Just an idea off the top of my head... could have some promise with some more thought put into it.

(Related... is it a bad idea to write a spectator's number on a blackboard in front of a large audience?)


A good way to get the number of any cute woman.
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One could just combine this watch with Kimlat and Amarr's "Phoned In." The spec calls the number that is written on the folded envelope. As the phone rings inside the envelope that was just folded in a tiny packet the performer looks at the spectator and tells them their area code, "413, huh? ..." and then pulls out the ringing phone.


Regarding the blackboard and their phone number: If you have to ask, you probably already know the answer Smile
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I like the cute woman idea - the rest needs to be worked out.
abc
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Yes but at 70 bucks. That is not worth it although it is a pretty neat watch.
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In my opinion, the procedure (calling your phone) is too close to the method. At the conclusion of the effect, the average spectator is going to be able to make a pretty good guess as to how you know the number. They may not know exactly what you did, they're going to surmise that it had to do with caller id.
Just my opinion;
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Or, if you somehow had a way to know where the area code is from, you could use it as a method of secretly learning the spectator's area of residence.

Of course, all this stuff requires a good reason for the spectator to call you in the first place. The application is the easy part.
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I know I don't have to say this, but the presentation of any of this would have to be *** good to avoid looking like a bit of a creepy stalker... definitely not an opener lol.
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