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randomdan
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Has anyone seen / read anything about "Nailed It!" yet? It's due to come out in a few days (I think), and claims to be an 100% safe Russian roulette with a spike type effect - basically the same as Alexander's Shattered effect but with a spike rather than a broken bottle.

Shattered always appealed to me, but the non-examinability at the end of the routine always put me off somewhat. If you can hammer the nail into a block of wood and give it away to your spectator as a souvenir as claimed in the ad copy - that would make this pretty much perfect for my taste. Especially if it is 100% safe as claimed - I heard that a (very experienced) magician managed to stick a genuine nail through his hand at the Magic Castle a few weeks ago, when performing a different version of the effect... That's always put me off other types of the Smash and Stab routines. It doesn't matter how experienced you are, it only takes a momentary lapse in concentration and you're putting yourself at risk. If this effect is as clever as Shattered, then you'll never actually be at risk at any point.

If I'm not mistaken, I also think a certain high-profile UK mentalist has been performing this version of the effect recently (I've yet to see a video of Scott's routine, but the props look the same as I saw on stage in London recently). If that was indeed Alexander's routine, then it's very deceptive indeed.

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On Jan 2, 2016, randomdan wrote:
Has anyone seen / read anything about "Nailed It!" yet? It's due to come out in a few days (I think), and claims to be an 100% safe Russian roulette with a spike type effect - basically the same as Alexander's Shattered effect but with a spike rather than a broken bottle.

Shattered always appealed to me, but the non-examinability at the end of the routine always put me off somewhat. If you can hammer the nail into a block of wood and give it away to your spectator as a souvenir as claimed in the ad copy - that would make this pretty much perfect for my taste. Especially if it is 100% safe as claimed - I heard that a (very experienced) magician managed to stick a genuine nail through his hand at the Magic Castle a few weeks ago, when performing a different version of the effect... That's always put me off other types of the Smash and Stab routines. It doesn't matter how experienced you are, it only takes a momentary lapse in concentration and you're putting yourself at risk. If this effect is as clever as Shattered, then you'll never actually be at risk at any point.

If I'm not mistaken, I also think a certain high-profile UK mentalist has been performing this version of the effect recently (I've yet to see a video of Scott's routine, but the props look the same as I saw on stage in London recently). If that was indeed Alexander's routine, then it's very deceptive indeed.

Cheers,
RD


I saw the same show as you and I don't think he used Scott's method. However, there is a full performance on Scott's Penguin Live n 3 and prepare to be fooled! I bought it instantly after seeing that Smile
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If I'm not mistaken, I also think a certain high-profile UK mentalist has been performing this version of the effect recently (I've yet to see a video of Scott's routine, but the props look the same as I saw on stage in London recently). If that was indeed Alexander's routine, then it's very deceptive indeed.

Cheers,
RD


You are mistaken as it was not this version.

I'm very proud of the version he is using.....

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On Jan 2, 2016, randomdan wrote:

If I'm not mistaken, I also think a certain high-profile UK mentalist has been performing this version of the effect recently (I've yet to see a video of Scott's routine, but the props look the same as I saw on stage in London recently). If that was indeed Alexander's routine, then it's very deceptive indeed.

Cheers,
RD


You are mistaken as it was not this version.

I'm very proud of the version he is using.....

:)


I thought that was the case Smile
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I wait to see more reviews or to see this trick live before buying it.... too expensive to go blind on this one.
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Isn't there an already "100% safe" roulette out there with a spike by Randi Rain? I wonder how these differ?
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Seen the explanation. Super super safe, no worries of stabbing yourself whatsoever whatsoever. Resets in 2 minutes (unless you prepared the trick before, then it should only take 25 seconds). Very deceptive, cheap refills (and you will need quite a few refills though).

It's brilliant, best method I've seen.
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We just added a live performance video of Scott performing Nailed It to the Hocus Pocus Website. Preorder your Nailed It here for Free Worldwide Shipping.

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I'm balancing between Scott's routine and Jon Allen's "Pain game".
How on earth can I make a choice without in depth information?
I wonder...
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What the heck? this seems the best version I've ever seen... looks so direct and clean!!!

Congratulations Scott Alexander Smile

Is this on his recent Penguin Live Lecture so we can check before spending the total?
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Let me echo a sentiment from Penn Jillette. If you are doing a danger routine and you are in real danger, you are an idiot. Not sure of the exact phrasing but that's the gist.

Regardless of the method... if there is a real sharp thingy in your bags or cups or whatever...there is a chance....albiet a slim one...but a chance nonetheless....that you will eventually....some day...some how....stab your hand. We have seen this over and over again.

This version satisfies that criteria for me, and I hope others will like it too.

Be safe everyone!

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Let me echo a sentiment from Penn Jillette. If you are doing a danger routine and you are in real danger, you are an idiot. Not sure of the exact phrasing but that's the gist.

Regardless of the method... if there is a real sharp thingy in your bags or cups or whatever...there is a chance....albiet a slim one...but a chance nonetheless....that you will eventually....some day...some how....stab your hand. We have seen this over and over again.

This version satisfies that criteria for me, and I hope others will like it too.

Be safe everyone!
-Scott


I could not agree more, I am tried of my magician and mentalist friends accidentally stabbing their hand and getting hurt.

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I do Spike the Sharpie Edition, and I know a lot of people don't consider it 100% safe, but I have never stabbed myself. I have also built in a safety in case it were to ever happen. I use 5 foam cups with a piece of aluminum stuck to the inside bottom of each cup. I spray painted them white, and I have never had anyone be able to tell that they are there. After smashing the cups, I simply remove the smashed cup with my "shield" immediately in a smash and scoop motion. Aluminum is light and does not affect the ability to perform the effect, the aluminum is reusable. and cheap. The only thing I caution you about the aluminum, is make sure it is thick enough for the speed you bring your hand down at through experiment (so don't use an aluminum can cut out...). If you go to a metal shop, they can measure your cup and get you several exact laser cut pieces fairly cheap.

Hope this helps! Alex tell your friends to try this out, magic should give the appearance of danger, but we should never actually be in harms way!

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I just love that routine, I'm getting one of these for myself, the rabbit idea is great.

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I do Spike the Sharpie Edition, and I know a lot of people don't consider it 100% safe, but I have never stabbed myself. I have also built in a safety in case it were to ever happen. I use 5 foam cups with a piece of aluminum stuck to the inside bottom of each cup. I spray painted them white, and I have never had anyone be able to tell that they are there. After smashing the cups, I simply remove the smashed cup with my "shield" immediately in a smash and scoop motion. Aluminum is light and does not affect the ability to perform the effect, the aluminum is reusable. and cheap. The only thing I caution you about the aluminum, is make sure it is thick enough for the speed you bring your hand down at through experiment (so don't use an aluminum can cut out...). If you go to a metal shop, they can measure your cup and get you several exact laser cut pieces fairly cheap.

Hope this helps! Alex tell your friends to try this out, magic should give the appearance of danger, but we should never actually be in harms way!

-David Fox


I still think you risk hurting yourself here. A small round disk being slammed down onto a sharp point could easily cause the disk to slide down on either side and stabbing you. I hope you do not find out the hard way. I still can not understand why anyone would take this kind of chance. There are versions of this that are completely safe with no risk to you and that still play exactly the same as far as the audience is concerned.

But hey ... your hand.
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Does this come with everything needed to perform it? Any refills needed? Can paper bags be easily found in UK or are these sold as refills too?
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Can you show all the bags empty to begin with and then place the block with the nail in one of them??
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Can you show all the bags empty to begin with and then place the block with the nail in one of them??


Don't think so Smile
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You can put all the blocks in the bags if you like. I just show one because I think doing all five is tedious.

Refills cost just over a buck a show between bags and the "secret sauce." Small price to pay for safety.
I sell them on my site but, the training DVD tells you where to get them online yourself.
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I know it's 100% safe , but what is the difference between this one and the "pain game" by Jon Allen. Both look alike a lot and with the same statement for safety. I m struggling for getting which one.
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