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bdungey
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Want to know the opinion of some of the more seasoned performers here regarding the use of m@gnet1c or l0cking s1ates.

(Am I doing the codified terms well enough?)

I picked up a set of craft store s1ates that are near perfect but are actual s1ate, so won't be very eligible for some of the DIY magnet1c stuff I've seen. I've stumbled onto a method by Karl Fulves that looks sublime and limits the amount of mechanical failure due to the lack of moving parts. I'd love to know some thoughts from the community on the pros and cons of gimmicked s1ates vs craft-store-clean.
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I far and away prefer regular slates and use Ed Carlyle's method (haven't seen Fulves' but may be the same) that he taught at ECSS I. Simple, easy, fool proof and a real fooler.
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On Apr 9, 2019, Winks wrote:
I far and away prefer regular slates and use Ed Carlyle's method (haven't seen Fulves' but may be the same) that he taught at ECSS I. Simple, easy, fool proof and a real fooler.


Thanks for the response - I'm going to really put some hours in on the method I know. With confidence, I'm sure it's a good start.
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I've built both locking and non locking slates and very much prefer the non locking ones for my own use. For one thing, they are thinner and more innocent looking, and they never "misalign." The only issue with real slates these days is the quality of the slate -- they are quite fragile and crack easily. That's why I use plywood slates with a faux slate finish -- they are sturdy and really look the part.
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I will happily testify to the quality and deceptive beauty of Marks slates - I’ve never had an issue using them never once
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I prefer the gimmicked ones, only if they're made by that genius Paul Prater!
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I bought some large, well made slates from a brick and mortar magic shop that closed down recently. First thing I did was set the gimmick aside. I only use ungimmicked handlings. I’ve never been challenged on it before hand and I can hand them out afterwards to the toughest skeptics. Nothing to find!

I do, however, use a switchbox by Marc Charisse which is silent and works lovely. I only use it for switches. For spirit writing, ungimmicked all the way!
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Can anyone recommend any gimmicked slates?
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Marc Charisse makes the best gravity slates I've seen. Especially if you are going for the antique look. Very few people know how the age props in a convincing way. It is an art form that requires a trained eye for subtle detail. And his creations simple ooze authenticity. Even the method is period correct to early spiritualist. And mechanically, the items I've purchased from him have all been well constructed and work flawlessly. I've got nice collection of slates, including an Owens, but Marc's is the one that stands out in my mind. You can find it at Gemini.

https://www.geminiartifacts.com/collecti......63615749
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Marc Charisse makes the best gravity slates I've seen. Especially if you are going for the antique look. Very few people know how the age props in a convincing way. It is an art form that requires a trained eye for subtle detail. And his creations simple ooze authenticity. Even the method is period correct to early spiritualist. And mechanically, the items I've purchased from him have all been well constructed and work flawlessly. I've got nice collection of slates, including an Owens, but Marc's is the one that stands out in my mind. You can find it at Gemini.

https://www.geminiartifacts.com/collecti......63615749


I enthusiastically agree! Mark makes great looking, flawless functioning, fairly priced slates.
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Another vote for Marc Charisse's slates. Actually, anything he makes, including his wonderfully themed switching boxes.

I freely admit to having become addicted to them, and must own at least six or nine. Maybe more. And strangely, it still doesn't seem like enough. I guess that's why they call it addiction.
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Every now and again I think about "retiring" from prop making -- it's a lot of work and not much money. But then I hear from folks who enjoy and appreciate the work, and it makes it seem so worthwhile. So thank you all -- it a real privilege to feel something I made is being used to bring wonder to others.
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Marc,

I have two sets of your Slates and Love them both. I have been eyeballing one of your switch boxes. At least give us a heads up if you retire...

-gostone23
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Please don't retire from prop making Marc, we need you.
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Ah, gee, you guys!
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I was a die-hard locking flap guy until I purchased a set of Marc’s slates; I now own two sets! Everything everyone has said is true, and they stand up to scrutiny. I have done over 100 séance performances with my busker-size set, and they are one of the highlight reveals at the end.
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The Ragged School Slates have just entered their 3rd production run for those who missed out previously...

https://www.lebanoncircle.co.uk/products......-edition

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I put in my order as soon as I received the e-mail that they were available for pre-order once again.

Looking forward to receiving them and incorporating them into my séance act!
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The day before a show in a restored opera house, I heard the story about the house supposedly being haunted. I hadn't brought my slates with me for that particular show, so I ran down to the local dollar store and bought a cheap set of plastic slates. When I opened the packages on stage for the first time Smile and the local spirit made his presence it was pretty amazing! Oh...I also bought some black poster board at the store!

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Way to improvise on the spot Terry!
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