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Acecardician
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On 2010-03-04 12:35, INCREDIBL3HULK wrote:
Im an ex-police officer, so I feel prepared for situations like this. Buy some guns and learn how to use them. Don't list your number in phone books or use a house line on buisness cards.


While I don't "carry" away from the house, I'd like someone try to get me at my house. Come on over! Smile

I don't advertise my address, but some search engines still give my old address. I just let it be. Even so, it still is not hard to find where someone lives.

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Ok, I'm thinking of developing a "Zip Wand" - 22 caliber to market to all magicians who don't want to pack an actual gun. Just pull back the white tip & BANG! Magic Appearing Bullet. Great for that Pesky Heckler or those that don't pay on time. Gives a new meaning to "Magician's Arsenal".

Now you too, can be just like "Dirty Harry" Houdini!

Make my day. Smile

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Frankly Metatron, you make a magic wand that looks exactly like a magic wand and will shoot a probe a few dozen feet and will deliver the same 50,000 volts as a police taser. I'll be the first in line.
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On 2010-03-04 12:35, INCREDIBL3HULK wrote:
Im an ex-police officer, so I feel prepared for situations like this. Buy some guns and learn how to use them. Don't list your number in phone books or use a house line on buisness cards.


Phone book? Is that the strange piece of litter that showed up on my lawn last week? Why would someone try to put Google in a book? That's just a silly waste of money... :-P
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On 2010-03-04 20:59, Metatron wrote:... Ok, I'm thinking of developing a "Zip Wand" - 22 caliber to market to all magicians who don't want to pack an actual gun. ...


that's a heck of an idea and I think you could get a .32 or a .38 in there. Go for it!!!
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Ok so far we've got "ZIP Wand" aka: Magic Bullet Wand. The "ZAP Wand" aka: Electrifrying Magic Wand.

How about "The Wind Wand" poisonous blow dart wand, and "The Sizzler" flame throwing wand. Not to mention The Wand Dagger.

And that old stand-by The Metal Extend-able Baton Wand and last but not least the old Appearing Metal Cane in the Eye trick.

Come to think of it, I think Bill Bixby invented some of these for that old show "The Magician". Smile
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I remember Bill Bixby got in a bar fight. He pulled an egg from behind someone's ear and smashed it in their face. Before they could react, he made a cane or a pool stick appear to knock them in the stomach. They fell over and he made his get away.

I have a very old brass wand that shoots 22 caliber blanks. The spring in it is from an actual 22.
I was wondering if a 22 short would work in it, but I don't want to blow off my hand. My future father in law is a gunsmith and said it might not work as no place for the gas to escape. Well, there are the bird shot 22's with practically no gunpowder. hmmm. I think they have a rig at the range with a string to pull to test such stuff. I might have to bring that to them. "Just for fun", of course!

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Yeah, you better use a string, don't want the disappearing fingers trick. Remember there is probably no riffling in the tube so it won't go straight. Might just blow the barrel up! Better make it a really long string!
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Don't worry, I'm a SAFETY FIRST type of guy! And my hands are worth a lot. I don't even use power tools at my house. I will not do anything stupid. If I even do this, I will give it to some maniac to try. And get waaaaay back. The range is a very large outdoors area. Actually, I'll have professionals look at it. The blank bullet is right at the tip, and it is open, I've seen the fire come out. This is packed away, I will have to find it. I think it is an old Abbott's shooting blank wand. I actually used this in school assembly shows in the 80's, along with a blank 22 gun(pluged), to teach gun safety! And first I would use the "Bang gun": with the cloth "bang" silk. Wow, times have changed.

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I was hesitant to get into this discussion at first, but now I am really getting into it. It is fun. My second hobby.

The Range does have a special rig set up with safety features to try firearms that have been modified. But I would hate to destroy a collectors item.
This range is in southern Mississippi, my future in-law is a Range Officer, a retired Marine Gunnery Sergeant and also a gunsmith.

Before I knew him, I moved to Mississippi in the 90's when I had a casino gig for 2 years. At the time I asked several officers what the rules were about carrying, and they said they encourage citizens to carry so they will have less work to do! They said just leave it in view it on the front seat of your vehicle. No permit necessary. When I got back here, the officers here said the same thing.
My girlfriend lived in a decent N.O. neighborhood before I met her, and someone was breaking into her nice uptown apartment. She got her 6" barrel Colt Anaconda 44 Magnum and came after him while dialing 911. Luckily, the criminal ran.
When the cops came, they told her if she had to shoot the criminal, be sure to drag him into the house. If she could not lift him, then call that particular officer, and he will help her. Our officers here also look out for our citizens. She is a blond blue eyed lady and was living alone, so I'm sure that had something to do with it. Smile
In my first firearm group, I was assigned as the safety officer.
Now we are both sharpshooters. Just try to get into our house now! I purposely moved to a very safe neighborhood and pay extra to live here, just because in my older age, I really don't want to have to shoot anyone. But just in case, we are ready in a moments notice.

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Or I could just perform the Chinese Sticks for an intruder!(You can tell I am bored tonight!)

http://s474.photobucket.com/albums/rr110......tart=all

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On 2010-03-04 23:31, Acecardician wrote:
If I even do this, I will give it to some maniac to try.
ACE


Where do you find a "qualified" maniac? Are they listed in the phone book?

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She got her 6" barrel Colt Anaconda 44 Magnum and came after him while dialing 911.


Anaconda and Magnum in the same sentence? What kind of a place is this?
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On 2010-03-05 11:13, patrick flanagan wrote:
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On 2010-03-04 23:31, Acecardician wrote:
If I even do this, I will give it to some maniac to try.
ACE


Where do you find a "qualified" maniac? Are they listed in the phone book?

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She got her 6" barrel Colt Anaconda 44 Magnum and came after him while dialing 911.


Anaconda and Magnum in the same sentence? What kind of a place is this?


You can find the qualified Maniacs in Mississippi.

It is printed right on the side of the Colt: quote: "Colt Anaconda 44 Magnum".
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v238/G......4mag.jpg

What kind of a place is this?
A VERY SAFE PLACE!

ACE
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That is a sweet pistola. Nice.

And the idea of firing Chinese Sticks.

Pull my finger!! Smile
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On 2010-03-04 12:17, Neal Alexander wrote:
I suspect that if carrying guns were legal in the U.K. we'd all be dead within a fortnight. Don't believe all that stuff you hear about us being civilised and well mannered, we're mostly drunken barbarians. Smile

I have a higher opinion of Brits than that. Although, the nightly problems at pubs, a few years ago, caused a change in the hours of operation.

In Michigan, we've had a carry and conceal law for a few years, allowing us to carry a concealed weapon, if we have a permit and take the necessary classes. Some warned that gun violence would escalate - it didn't. In fact, I think violent crime went down. I feel safer knowing that enough people have CCW permits and the crooks don't know who these people are. A number of my friends carry a gun and few of them have ever had a need to even show it to anyone.
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This thread is beggin for a response from Randy Wakeman. In addition to his magic writing he also has written several gun related articles.

The only protection I carry is a tide stain stick in case I get spilled on


KELLY
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On 2010-03-05 01:16, Acecardician wrote:
Or I could just perform the Chinese Sticks for an intruder!(You can tell I am bored tonight!)

http://s474.photobucket.com/albums/rr110......tart=all

ACE Smile


That's a very nice collection of sticks you have there Ace.
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Here's what ya do-

Throw a handful of slush powder in their eyes and blind them, then do bowling ball from briefcase & drop it on their foot.


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I've only skipped through most of this thread but I've got to say,

"Most of you are serious nutters!"

Seriously now. You are magicians. We make people say "Wow!" "Cool!" and if we're really good "Oh My Gawd!" You are talking about bringing weapons to shows. This post started with a story about childrens entertainment. Even if you regularly do shows for the Crips, Gypsy Jokers or your local italian 'businessmans' association you are Entertainers and your main concern is to leave your clients/client's guests happy. Nothing dampens an evening quite like seeing the happy magician punch out Brian from accounting.


Although the more militant types may already be starting their hunt for the bleeding hearts liberal I do have a point.

Angry parents, drunk party guests, or just juvenile attention seekers can ruin a nights fun for you and your clients. Most of these people who would give grief to a magician just want attention in the form of aggravation. don't give it to them! Derren Brown has a nice technique for getting rid of offstage hecklers - Talk to them. Five minutes breathing at someone (even if it was their sprog who kicked you and then tried to steal your doves and rabbits) is a much more sensible approach than having to explain why the .32 calibre zipwand killed a father, two minors and blew off your hand.
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On 2010-03-05 15:22, Alan Munro wrote:
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On 2010-03-04 12:17, Neal Alexander wrote:
I suspect that if carrying guns were legal in the U.K. we'd all be dead within a fortnight. Don't believe all that stuff you hear about us being civilised and well mannered, we're mostly drunken barbarians. Smile

I have a higher opinion of Brits than that. Although, the nightly problems at pubs, a few years ago, caused a change in the hours of operation.




I'm sure your high opinion of us is justified. I was being rather flippant. Smile
This whole discussion sounds very odd to my English ears.
It's a historical thing, even our police officers don't routinely carry guns.
If you talk too much about guns in the U.K. people think you're a nutter. Guns don't really have the same place in our society. They're mainly the preserve of the country (shotguns and rifles for hunting and controlling pests) or criminals. Handguns are illegal full stop for civilians now in the U.K.
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