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maggierosen
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I got 20sheets of 1 x 2inche flash paper as a gift. How do you use it and what is the patter that goes with it .
I am really new to this
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Get Jay Sankey's Spontaneous Combustion, a DVD dedicated to tricks involving flash paper.

Personally, I don't know of any other DVDs on the subject, but I'm sure there are others here that will.
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Hi Maggie:

Flash paper is not really a trick. It's something used to embelish a trick or routine. Kevin James makes a small rose out of flash paper, and then floats the rose. After floating it vanishes in a flash, and is replaced with a real rose.

You can wrap a coin in flash paper, secretly steal it out, and light the paper - the coin vanishes in a flash. There are lots of similar things you can do with it.

For fun, the next time you're in a restaurant with candles on the table, sneak a small piece (fold it in fourths), dip it in the flame, and toss it high in the air. You will get everyone's attention! Just don't try this on an airplane.


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Maggie,

Before using the flash paper, spend some time getting familiar with magic as a whole, otherwise it will be just something that goes poof and that is all.

Magic is a wonderful hobby for many - give it a look.
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How hot does flash paper burn? Is it hot enough to burn skin?

just wondering.. Smile
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I burned myself once (very minor burn) when I was trying to answer that question for myself. I just lit a wad of paper on my open palm and yes, it did burn me.
Used correctly, flash paper is very safe and getting burned is something you almost have to do on purpose.
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On 2010-01-25 23:14, irossall wrote:
I burned myself once (very minor burn) when I was trying to answer that question for myself. I just lit a wad of paper on my open palm and yes, it did burn me.
Used correctly, flash paper is very safe and getting burned is something you almost have to do on purpose.
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lol thanks Irossall, that's all I needed to know to save me having to test it for myself. I haven't actually got any but would like to try some one day. In the mean time I was dreaming up things you could do with it but wondering how hot it burnt.

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Great way to reveal the vanish of a small object. Instead of showing your hand empty to reveal it's gone, wrap it up in some flash paper, light one end and throw it in the air. This assumes you know some basic moves but you get the idea.
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You can hold it in your hand while it burns but you can burn yourself if it doesn't all burn up at once, ie if you wad it up and keep it in your hand it will stay burning slightly longer and possibly burn you. To avoid even having to think about this I often lick my finger tips just before I grab and light the paper. Another "basic" use of the paper that I enjoy is to light a ball of flash paper and produce an object out of the flash. Of course this has as many methods as you have methods for producing objects.
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Flash paper is primarily used for "misdirection" and to "spice" up a production. I have used it for MANY illusions and tricks and it is great if handled correctly. Even though it has a very high flash point it is still fire and should be handled with respect and caution. Again fire is a great help to magicians if used correctly but a nightmare if not. I'm not sure of your age, but minors should not be able to work with this... Nothing personal...
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Truth is, it can get VERY hot. The only thing that makes it “safe” is the fact that it burns so quickly the heat doesn’t really have time to transfer to nearby objects. I wouldn’t hold it in the palm of my hand and light it. However you can light a corner and lift/toss it into the air safely. It will burn completely and with no harm to you, and makes a very pretty display.

I used to put just the tiniest amount of black powder in a square, then twist up the corners to make a “tadpole shaped” missile. It would travel about six to ten feet as a small flame (match-head size) then puff out a very satisfying flash of light and a ring of smoke. These days that’s probably illegal in most states. You’ll probably want to check before trying it.

As a teenager, I once did a “campfire show” where I thought it would be “cool” to make a flaming fir tree, you know the bit where you roll up newspapers, cut slots down the sides, and then pull up the center. I did that with SEVERAL full sized sheets of FP. (Stupid, I know) I didn’t test it, because the stuff is so expensive. When it lit, the paper ROARED into the night sky. I was fortunate to only have received mild first degree burns on the arm that was holding it, and some singed hair. Never to be repeated!

Can it burn skin? Oh, yeah! Is it safe? Used with discretion, absolutely!
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I was just testing some flash paper tonight. I saw on a DVD that if you wet your fingers you can hold the paper between your fingertips and light it. Supposedly you don't let go and it burns up leaving a bit of paper in between your fingers.... all without burning you. Well I tried this tonight and it burnt my finger so that it stung quite a bit for about 3 minutes.

Perhaps my flash paper wasn't dried long enough. I'm going to give it a couple days and see if it burns faster after that.

However, my initial impression is you should not continue to hold onto flash paper while it burns.... no matter what you might hear.
Anyone else have an opinion on this?
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I've played with 'Warning' ( http://kostyamagic.com/products/warning.php )a fair bit and I have to say that holding it in the corner with wet fingertips didn't burn at all, just ended up holding the corner like you mentioned. Check out Jay Sankey's 'In a Flash' its quite an easy and great way to use those small flash paper pieces.
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Also forgot to mention Craig Petty from the world magic store has a free PDF available with flash paper effects 0
see http://www.worldmagicstore.com/flash-boo......97jsik13
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Don't forget about flash cotton either! Wonderful stuff!
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I'm practicing using Flash paper to vanish a ring when performing Richard Sanders Interlace. I've not been brave enough to keep hold of the flash paper whilst it burns out, always drop it first. Great fun playing with it though and really adds some Va-va-voom to a vanish!

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Flash products 101:

Storing flash products: Away from heat sources! Scott Penrose recommends a cardboard box rather than a metal tin as the fumes from the paper etc will corrode the tin. I use a tin anyway because I am paranoid! Theoretically shipped wet but usually isn't. Dry before use...not by sticking it on a radiator or using an iron/cooker!

Flash paper - comes in sheets or pads. The largest amount of flash paper I would recommend using for a single effect is the size of a playing card or dollar bill (some FP is printed up to look like money) mostly I use a lot less - it is cheaper, safer and a huge ball of flame is unnecessary.

Flash Cotton - burns faster than FP. Typically used as an ingnitor for FP in hand flashers. A small amount of flash cotton is put together with FP into a gizmo with a flint. Strike the flint, the sparks light the cotton, the cotton lights the FP, and fire from the magicians hands.....cool. Never seen it used for anything else but would like to hear of suggestions.

Flash string. Used for various effects like Gypsy Thread, some rope /string effects. Can also be used for the standard flash of fire before the necklace etc appears.

Sparkles - a powder added in small quantities to your flash product to give a sparkly appearance. Of the top of my head I think it is a metal powder but I am too lazy to look it up!

Lastly take time to get used to it, be cautious, have fun. Guns are safe used responsibly and in the right hands. Flash paper is too. Similarly in the wrong hands.....nuff said
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Lots of great advice above. You should be careful with flash paper because it burns fast and hot. Used properly it can add a lot to your magic. I strongly recommend In A Flash by Jay Sankey. It is a fantastic effect using flash paper. Have fun!
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Oh - also old paper will burn slower than new.
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I do a routine with a coin and Lippincott box. The coin is wrapped in flash paper using the paperfold vanish technique. I clip the folded package closed. And I clip it to a little invention of mine which is effectively a remote-controlled heating element. The coin is of course already in the box but they think they can see it on the device. Then at the right moment I trigger the device and the coin appears to go up in flames. Gets great reactions.
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