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Harry Lorayne
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Over the years, I've probably received literally thousands of letters and calls from people all over the world telling me how much they enjoy performing Hans van Senus's Un-Safety Pins. From what I understand, my article on it in APOCALYPSE all those years ago was the first mention of the non-gaffed pin idea. Anyway... Best - HL.
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I would recommend Grab Your Pin-Head. It is Dan Garrett and Bob Sheets take on the pins. I think Sheet's routine is just awesome.
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On 2010-04-15 20:17, Frank Starsini wrote:
Garrett's Pindemonium is spectacular and you can hand out the pins if need be fore examination after the trick is over.

The preparation was not his idea but the routine is.

Before I became a Ninja Rings lover I used to do it strolling a lot.

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I am a big fan of Dreamweaver. The basic method may be done with any pins, which I think is a plus. The one gaffed pin does add a nice, but short-lived, piece of the routine.

I keep the set in my pockets at all times. The one danger there is putting them through the washer and dryer. Not goof for the gaffed pin. LOL
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On 2010-04-18 00:23, Sammy J. wrote:
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On 2010-04-11 19:38, RS1963 wrote:
Sammmy J you said you had angle issues with the Andrus pins. I don't see where one would have any angle problems unless it was in switching out one of the pins but even that can be covered very well.


I need to get back to Colorado and make sure it's the Andrus set. I think it is. My problem was with the part where the gaff is sitting on the close up pad and another pin was swept down to it and linked.

Let me know if I'm remembering the wrong set!

Sammy


That's the Andrus set alright. I have never found that to be a problem. Maybe in some instances it can be a problem but I haven't run into it.
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Magic, Inc. had the Jerry Andrus set & original routine not lomg ago. Great set and cheap price.

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The original Un-Safety Pins routine is in an earlier Apocalypse. Vol 5, Pg 589.

The Dan Garrett routine mentioned above is a variation of that original routine by Han van Senus. It uses the same modus operandi as the original, but some of the links are different. Its a lovely addition to the original. But, as it says in Apocalypse, you do need to know the original first to understand it.
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I have the original Jerry Andrus set. I bought it, I believe in the late 60's or early 70's, let's just say a while ago. The routine Jerry had I really liked EXCEPT for the switch in of the gaffed pin, which I thought was 'clumsy'. Those of you that have it will know what I mean.

I came up with a better handling and sent it to Jerry. He liked it and said when he reprinted the instructions, he would put it in. Well, that's around 40 years ago and do not know if he ever did add my method. Would be interesting to find out.

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I do not see any magic in the bernstein pins
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkzIj9127yE
The promo is the worst one I have seen and can not see buying it based on the promo.
All I see are already unlinked pins being pulled apart.
Can anyone link to an actual performance?
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I'm guessing that Bruce Bernstein didn't put up a full video because if you know Pindemonium or Grab That Pinhead, you can probably reconstruct the routine without buying the DVD. Having said that, I bought it because there was one phase in the routine that I really liked.

I now use 4" nickel plated pins which are no longer being made. All of the "soft pin" routines look really good with the larger pins.
If you're persistent, they occasionally come up for sale on E-bay under the category of blanket pins.
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So the berstien pins are the same gimmick and you are buying a routine not a new prop? Look I do not need the Full routine but what they show in their promo is not selling the trick. ANYONE can look at it and see to pins being pulled apart but can also see they were never together.

So Nicholas, what phase did you buy the Bernstien pins for that the others can not do?

Posted: May 10, 2011 11:02pm
BTW has anyone recently been on airlines with these pins in carry on or pocket? Is there any TSA regulations that might prevent this from being with me?
That is, I do not check bags so if they day to throw it away or check the bag, and you have one of the more expensive versions, eesh...
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The Slydini pins routine is a good as well. That was also published in Apocalypse and I have seen them available on the Internet.
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Anyone have any experience or thoughts on 3" pins and air travel?
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I traveled with pins in my luggage (small piece fits in overhead bin) last year and the year before, but don't know if there's been any restrictions since... also had a razor blade in same luggage.
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Was that nationally or internationally and where were you flying too and from. This could make a difference for the pins. For a razor blade.... well that is a bit scary...
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On 2011-05-12 12:27, Powermagic wrote:
Was that nationally or internationally and where were you flying too and from. This could make a difference for the pins. For a razor blade.... well that is a bit scary...


It was national - flying into Miami. As I think about it a bit more, the blade might have actually been in my suitcase and not my carry-on bag. As for the pins, they were definately in my carry-on bag. Due to my lack of trust for TSA & baggage handlers, I hand carry all of my essential props & clothes. I've had my larger suitcase take a wrong turn one too many times.
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Well you could put an eye out with a 3" pin. While it gives me hope if I learn pins, I can take them on a plane but my luck will be a TSA actually does their job and says "Toss those pins" Maybe I have to stay away from gimmicked pins to be safe...
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I watched the Bernstein demo a few times now and it looks to me that the pins are not together at all as he separates them?
I love the idea of this type of effect and I want to give it a try, so which one to go with for the first try at linking pins?
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I was friends with Jerry Andrus for many years. Therefore, I have a personally inscribed copy of his book, Pin Trix, and a still unopened backup set of his pins in an autographed container. I have also heard that you can't get the old nickel plated brass pins any more, but when I just did a google search for them I got numerous hits. For the record, the original Andrus pins were nickel plated, No. 7, brass pins. No. 7 pins are three inches in length.

I developed a very simple way of bringing in the gaffed pin. I start out by letting all the pins be thoroughly examined. I then do the classic Piff-Paff-Poof move with two of them. I next throw those two pins out for reexamination. This allows me all the cover that I need for switching in the gaffed pin. At the end of the routine, I do the PPP move one more time with the good pins and throw them out for examination one more tie as I switch in the good pin for it to be examined also.
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JoAnn Fabric Store sell the heavy duty 3" safety pins in a blister pack. They are available on the rack.
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