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reignofsound
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Any where in the UK to order extra bags, gimmicks etc.
Website directs to US store.

Thanks
WitchDocChris
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The bags can be bought at a lot of stores. I got like 100 at Target for a very small price (I don't remember exactly how much it was)

Gimmicks I just get at the site Scott recommends.
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I am recently out of bags,,,have only larger ones to cut down ..thanks for the tip..I'll look there
most ironically ... I saw the gimmicks for sale in our local target about a month or two ago

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Just curious, how many of you are still using this in your shows? I just purchased this and am very excited to perform it. I would never have considered it until I knew it was 100% safe. Someone else already posted like me, I had to share with my girlfriend so she could let me perform it. I see this as a definite closer for my parlor set. Does anyone else put it somewhere else in their set?
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On Sep 5, 2019, Ernst VCO wrote:
Just curious, how many of you are still using this in your shows? I just purchased this and am very excited to perform it. I would never have considered it until I knew it was 100% safe. Someone else already posted like me, I had to share with my girlfriend so she could let me perform it. I see this as a definite closer for my parlor set. Does anyone else put it somewhere else in their set?

I do Smile, I normally do Hook by Eric Ross now just cause it packs so flat. But I still do Nailed It at events.
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I do Hook by Eric Ross it gets great reactions and is really fun to perform. I have Nailed it and the Pain Game by Jon Allan also, and prefer Pain Game as it looks and feels much more real imo.
WitchDocChris
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I used Nailed It! for about three years. It was the third piece in my partner sideshow act, and sometimes a middle piece in my solo show.

I recently switched out for Pain Game, though, as there's significantly less set up/waste involved.
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Ernst VCO
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Thank you for the responses and tips I will definitely look into those!
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On Sep 5, 2019, Ernst VCO wrote:
Just curious, how many of you are still using this in your shows? I just purchased this and am very excited to perform it. I would never have considered it until I knew it was 100% safe. Someone else already posted like me, I had to share with my girlfriend so she could let me perform it. I see this as a definite closer for my parlor set. Does anyone else put it somewhere else in their set?




I usually use it to close my show getting a very good response, I think there is nothing more shocking and direct than this to put some game after

spectacular closing end
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I have seen hook by eric ross, that is definitely another one will consider because of size. WitchDocChris I have considered this a closer. I'm not sure I currently have any effects that play bigger than this. Most of my effects are cards and coins with a gambling theme. I will present this as a form of Russian Roulette. Just curious as to effects the you use to follow this?
WitchDocChris
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To preface - I hate the way almost everyone presents Russian Roulette styled routines. Mine is presented as a way to establish trust between myself and the audience. It's not a 'danger stunt', it's a display of faith in the audience and in intuition - which also creeps them out until the end.

In the side show act, it's followed by a variety of other sideshow/geek magic stunts. Usually the bit right afterward is my wife performing Human Link or Animal Trap, then me doing razor blades or needle through hand, then a bed of nails or glass walking. That, of course, depends on the specific event and venue.

In my solo show I use it early on, usually. Maybe 2nd or 3rd. As I said above, it's used as a piece that displays trust in the audience, and establishes a connection. It's also a piece that does not require anyone to come up on stage, but does involve audience participation, which helps condition people to understand that when I ask for volunteers it's going to make that volunteer look good. My shows are very volunteer-heavy so I have to make a lot of effort to establish that people are going to enjoy volunteering early on.
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Isn’t this Jonathan Pendragon’s method that he’s been doing for decades? Appreciate clarification.
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No...not as such.

JP published a routine in the March 1986 Genii p.593 which was a Russian Roulette routine with an egg.

At Magic Live in 2013 I had a conversation with him wherein he complimented me on Shattered. The following is is a direct quote. I wrote it in my phone because I was so *** proud that someone I respected and admired greatly liked my idea. "That idea of the co***sible bottle was brilliant. I wish I though of that." I then told him about Nailed It, and how I changed it to pack smaller and he mentioned his egg trick to me at that time. Then, he was pulled away by someone else.

Fast forward to 2015 and his Penguin Live Lecture. I was stunned that he showed the gimmick I discussed with him two years earlier. He said on this lecture, that although he published the egg method, he actually used the other method in his shows. The reason he gave for not tipping the method in Genii was because he was terrified that someone would try it and hurt themselves. My question to him after seeing his lecture (which went unanswered) was why would you be terrified to publish a method in Genii that couldn't possibly hurt someone? Wouldn't it keep them from getting hurt? My personal opinion is that he may indeed have done it at some point with a nail or spindle, but a real one.

He must have forgotten our conversation and fused it with his older idea and then taught it on his lecture.

Makes me think of the quote from "A Few Good Men."
"If you ordered Santiago not to be touched, and your orders are always followed, why was it necessary to transfer him off the base?"

In other words, "If you were terrified that someone would hurt themselves, but there is no danger in your method, then why not publish it in 1986?"

Nailed It is a completely thought out routine that obviously has multi-layered considerations and performance time in it. The thought and details in my presentation are obviously refined over time, whereas JP simply mentioned an idea and said use a s**aw so you don't get hurt.

He is still a badass and I love him, but this was and is disappointing to me.

Hope that provides some clarification to you Futureal.
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Bringing this back, again. But not for why you think.

I'm primarily a kid's performer, but I do shows for specialty adult groups (seniors, civic groups, etc.) and am excited to have gotten this great routine as a finale. But my question concerns the teen audience, for which I get quite a few requests. Many posts here on the Café recommend doing our adult show for this age group. With the current state of these youngsters (Tide Pod challenges, beer enemas-- which have led to alcohol poisoning; I've even heard of one kid attempting a paint ball "bullet catch" after watching what I term the "moron magician,") my question is this: at what age should this (or any danger) effect, be performed? I've always outlined routines with the "if in doubt, throw it out," mentality, but this is such a strong effect I wanted to ask the professionals here. Thank you for any words of advise.
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If you want to really scare a bunch of teenagers perform a smash and stab routine which involves smashing their phone and then let them free to try this at home with their friends' phones.

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On May 8, 2021, psylocke wrote:
If you want to really scare a bunch of teenagers perform a smash and stab routine which involves smashing their phone and then let them free to try this at home with their friends' phones.

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