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Which has the best one? I don't want a cheap gimmick, but something that it will work every time and it will last. Any recommendation?
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As a person who has purchased all of them, there is none with your requirements. Most magicians, even Lance Burton, had back up pined on him.

Give Tony Clark's a try.

Also, none are automatic, you have to work with them, so you find out what pulling method works for you every time.
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I will try Tony Clark´s . It seems good , but I didn't like that it is for one match only. Thanks a lot Bill
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All match production gimmicks are for only one match.
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Ok Bill I didn't know. What about this from Viking? How it is compared to Tony Clark´s? https://www.vikingmagic.com/product/lit-......gimmick/
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They are very similar in working and assembly. Remember Tony Clark is actually a working stage magician, and has presented his award winning act for many years.

Just buy both, and use the other as a back up in case one does not fire up.
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$12.00? Wow. I made my own out of the striker on a book of matches and a rubber band (saw it in a book a long time ago) and it worked every time, with occasional replacement.
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On Jun 8, 2019, Vogler wrote:
I will try Tony Clark´s . It seems good , but I didn't like that it is for one match only. Thanks a lot Bill


How many matches are you looking to use? After the first one, the effect is less impressive. In my act, I used two and simply used two gimmicks fastened side by side. At the suggestion of the late Peter White, I always taped two matches together with black tape. The success of the match lighting is improved 100% and the audience can't tell if you have one or two matches.
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,I want two matches. I like your solution, I will try it. Thank you Dave !
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This was the best set up for a match pull that I ever used. That extra striking surface in between 2 matches that have been glued together is super important. I would glue some striking surface on your left shoe just to make sure that no matter what happen you will lite that match.
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Vogler,

Things are getting confusing now. All say is that you want 2 matches. That can be taken 2 different ways. As over the years, professional magicians have used 2 matches taped or glued together, because they felt it was a more positive ability for the match to light. So you have 2 matches, but produce only one lit match, as 2 matches together look like one burning match.

Then, it can be taken as you want to produce 2 separate matches at different time in your act. That requires 2 match holders, as the holder has to stay in contact with the match head during the pull out/down.

So it would be helpful for you to say which you are thinking of in your mind.

You might consider the old effect, but no used by many magicians, the Match to Flower effect. I use to use it all time and got good reactions. The effect is you produce a match, strike it, and when you blow out the match, a carnation or rose appears in the matches place. With some thought it would not be hard to combine the match effect with the appearing flower effect.

Just an added suggestion.
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Great Thread!
I appreciate ALL of the thought here,..
really helpfull.

Bojanbarisic,... 👍
Thanks.
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Fantasio had a great approach. His Sure-Lit gimmick incorparated a match-to-lighter effect. If the match didn't light, it would visually transform to a lighter and the candle would be lit with that. If two lightings were done in a routine and the first match lit ok, the second match would be blown out and transformed to a lighter. So you had both backup and variety of effect.

I took it one step further and added a striker on the side of lighter. Audiences think it is funny to light a match by striking it on a lighter rather than using the lighter.

So the following scenarios come about with two Fantasio gimmicks with strike pads:

If first match lights, no transformation just use match and pocket lighter. If second match lights, blow it out and transform to lighter and use that. If second match doesn't light, transform to lighter and use that.

If first match doesn't light, transform to lighter and use that. If second match then lights, use that. If second match doesn't light, take out first lighter and strike match on lighter.

Not sure if that is clear. But both Fantasio's original and the one with addition of strike pad gag gives multiple effects with absolutely 100% ignition backup. And whichever way it plays out, the audience thinks it was planned that way all along.
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