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warren
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Everyone is always interested in purchasing the next miracle but what trick/effect have you purchased over 12 months ago and still use regularly now and if you could add your reasons or provide a little review that would be even better ?

To get the ball rolling I use a JOL hip wallet as my everyday wallet and have done so for many years its quick to load, ready instantly with no get ready required and I have the benefit of being able to load cards, coins and rings to name but a few items at a moments notice.

Bill switch in various forms has been excellent value and time well spent ie lottery ticket to cash, change the value of the bill etc very commercial

3Fly 111 by Daryl whilst I have altered the handling a little over the years it's still basically Daryl's routine, my reasons it packs small plays big ie great for large tables instant reset, no special coins requires other than large coins.

Just to throw a card trick in the mix I have performed Paul Gordon's Diminishing Not Likely for many years and still do to this day which I learned off his Card Startlers dvd which was great value for money for me as its got many practical card routines on there that I still use to this day.
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Extreme Burn
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Extreme burn 2.0,anniversary waltz, fiber optics
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Many of my Johnson "Silver line" (walking liberty) coin gaff sets I bought over 20 years ago. I also still do many of the first card effects and rubber band effects I ever learned.

I would propose in addition to the OP's question. What do you own that you are surprised that you are still using after a year or more? For example, when I first bought "Color Monte" all those years ago, I thought it was a "cute, one off effect" that I "may" toss in from time to time but I also thought it was too "proplike" to be taken seriously. (After all I was pretty good with a real 3 card monte that was much more powerful - in my opinion) to this day, I have probably wore out at least 4 or 5 sets and still use it in almost every gig at one time or another.

Books and Dvd's are another thing that could be addressed to both questions. I have books I go back to all the time. Some are no brained like Modern Coin Magic and Royal Road and I have some old pamphlet type books that only cost a dollar or so back then that I still pop open occasionally. And some of my old VHS tapes were so good I wore them out and rebought them in DVD form later. Then others, I regret buying after one watch/read (if even a whole watch/read)

Good question, now you got me thinking about a lot of items that were "latest and greatest" only to end up in the junk drawer... suddenly, years later, I pull it out and use it often. Smile go figure.
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Well! The first PROP that I bought (#1.75) from a magic shop in 1945 (Percy Abbott) was a BRAKAWA FAN, I used it for years, and finally replaced it, about 1970 with one made by Ed Miller. (Actually, I bought all that Frances Marshall had in stock, as Miller had died, and I used the fan in every show.

The fan and wands routine STOPS THE SHOW with laughs. Over the years, on two occasions in high schools, I got a STANDING OVATION with the BRAKAWA FAN!

I wrote up the routine in my book, It uses an "ordinary" wand, a brakawa wand, a shooting wand, and, a brakawa fan. It runs about five minutes. The only set up, is reloading the shooting wand.
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warren
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This is exactly the sort of responses I was looking for thanks for the input, I almost included extreme Burn myself but as we're starting to move over to the polymer notes here in the UK left it off my list as I have a feeling I won't use it as much as I did back in the day :-(

Poof-Daddy excellent idea to include books and videos/dvd in to the mix, my first magic book was The Complete Course In Magic by Mark Wilson and I still use that book today.
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SvenPads for sure combined with Rainbow by SEO Magic. My favorite two purchases in years.
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I've been using the Wizard's Manual for years as a great way to end my parlor/stage shows, provided I'm sure that I don't have repeat audiences.

Given what you can do with the Wizard's Manual, the storytelling possibilities for the effect are virtually endless. You can call it hypnosis, time travel, paranormal activity, or whatever else your imagination can provide you with, and it never fails to be a show stopper.

I'm a huge sucker for effects that you can call attention to at the start of your show, then get back to at the very end. The Wizard's Manual is the easiest one of the lot, because it relies on showmanship far more than anything else.
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Sponge Balls - they're great Smile

TurboStick - a wonderful paddle effect/routine, and a very 'user-friendly' handle for 'doing the move', though I wish the actual paddle was more elegant looking.
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Pom pom stick, vanishing bandana...
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Haunted doll - seems great quality as a replacement for my previous voodoo doll. Lovely little spooky trick Smile
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Still using my Walsh appearing cane I bought in 1965. Also have a P&L change bag and an aluminum chick pan I still use, probably bought in early 70's. Jim
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On Oct 11, 2016, Terrible Wizard wrote:
Sponge Balls - they're great Smile

TurboStick - a wonderful paddle effect/routine, and a very 'user-friendly' handle for 'doing the move', though I wish the actual paddle was more elegant looking.


You gotta love sponge balls :-D
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My Sponge Balls - I should probably wash these at some point

Omni Deck - crowd killer for 3 years running!

Triad Coins - Josh was right, these are killer for kids.

Rope - Cant beat a rope routine

Mini Chop Cup - Crowd pleaser.
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I bought Lee Asher's Three Stylin and a I use it all the time.
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Stupid Bean Trick - love it.

Richard Sanders Fiber Optics - an insanely popular effect in my show.
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I have the stupid bean trick too and love it. However, it won't last me another 50 years. I'll be dead in 20! Jim
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The MD Mini by Promystic, all of Pro Mystic's stuff is great; I use my MD mini all the time.
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Industrial Revelation, The Extractor, Nest of Wallets...
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Gimmick: Supersharpie (need to find the correct size refill - Please help!!!),

Packet: Powerball 60, Entourage, Strange Travellers

Wallets: SAW, Aleph Wallet

App: Icube, Ipredict Pro

Impromptu & Propless: Multiplicity (Max Maven), Alain Nu Signagram & Isabella's Star
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