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Fishing maybe???
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On Nov 14, 2019, MR Effecto wrote:
Fishing maybe???


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On Nov 13, 2019, Sideshow Rod wrote:
Great effect. Missing the links to live performances though. For the money the explanation is thin. Lack of live performances and no false counts for the strings. Not so impressed with lost arts production for the money but full marks to Eric Ross for a fun, pack small, high attention grabbing effect. Ideal for my style.



For an effect such as Hook, you really shouldn't need a lengthy explanation. It's really pretty clear how to do it and there's not many ways to present something when you can't talk anyway while performing it. But I do agree that Hook is a super high attention getter that builds major suspense!
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Would love to get this and show it to the kids I work with but the management would have a fit if I tried it ... they did when I suggested knife throwing for PE! Smile
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Love this and have been performing it to a much better reaction than I had anticipated. I was, at first, concerned that the "end result" doesn't quite resemble that which is seen in the advertisement, but in performance, no one has seemed to care. My only quibble is that I use this as a close up bit for walk-around and it takes me a significant time to reset and it isn't exactly something I can do subtly. As such, it's one of those "I'll do it once for an especially deserving group, then hope I get a chance to reset later for someone else."
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If you absolutely must think like a magician and "complicate" the routine with a s****h etc. you might try the following:

(This is what the audience sees, and those of you who have the trick, will probaby understand what's really going on method wise.)

You show a string that really IS knotted to the hook, (in this case, to the ring.)
You hand it out to a person and warning him/her of the shapness.

Everybody is now looking at the person with the hook and when the spectators turn their attention back to you, they now are aware that you meanwhile have picked up and now can be seen holding, say, four strings, held together in the right hand and a single string in the left.(But we in the know, we know what really is going on in the right hand, ok?)

(This "caught in the middle of the act" is just a small psychological trick to plant the thought and idea of the "loose strings". It is meant to look like you were in the middle of adding strings, ONE AT THE TIME to the right hand).

Now, you ask for the string and hook, and you now realise that you must put down the string in the left hand, to be able to reach for the string and hook from the spectator. You now do that.(Put aside the loose string in the left hand and take the hook and string frm tje spectator.

The left hand with the hook and string, held between thumb and first finger at the point were the string are knotted.
Hook (pointing up, string hanging down) with its string is now moved towards the right hand with its our "loose" strings.
You are now, the audience beleve, adding the tied hook and string to the four loose strings in this right hand.
It is alright to fumble a little before the hook is visible at he top of the hand, thumb side, because you must be careful! It is sharp!! Right?
So. You can now say that there are four loose strings and one, the fifth, is knotted to the hook.
And as an afterthought, you suddenly seem to make a little change when you say something like:
"Ehh, I think we just use you three people to this game..." And therefore you remove ONE string (single, loose, wink, wink!!)

And now you go on with the trick as usual...

As I said before, you who have this trick will understand, it is not that hard to read between the lines.

Some of you will surely think that this is to complicate things. Maybe so, that is fine, but I have actually tried this several times and it not only flies by, but, in my humble opinion, has added that little extra. And it is easy to do.

Oops, almost forgot. But you must have realised that to add my little part to the handling, you must go down to your lokal fishing eqipment store. Smile

And another thing I also added:
Tie ONE knot, about 1 cm from the end of the string(s). At the end that is (are) nearest to the hook/r***. Put the end in the usual place! And WITH THE KNOT ON THE RIGHT SIDE of the, well you know. (Otherwise it may be dangerous when they pull!!!)
It now looks a little more... well you'll understand!

This may be lengthy and somewhat unclear, so I appologise.
As some of you know, my native tounge is not English, and I also will not reveal the method, both of my above added handlings and of course not The Hook itself in this open part of the Café'.
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My presentation and full performance: https://youtu.be/OD_7_EqvC6w

Skip to about 1:10 to see when I begin.
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On Nov 15, 2019, TheDirectionalist wrote:
My presentation and full performance: https://youtu.be/OD_7_EqvC6w

Skip to about 1:10 to see when I begin.


Great performance!! I've loved it!
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Very good ideas! you point the finger at something, I did not liked too from the first moment.
and again I was angry because of a fake-advertising...

in this moment I have another idea... if you put all strings like "normal" but add next to them another about 3cm piece knotted asymmetrical on the ring. asymmetrical means one end 2cm long, one 1mm... pushed together at the end it will give a good illusion...

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On Nov 14, 2019, Thomas Walter wrote:
If you absolutely must think like a magician and "complicate" the routine with a s****h etc. you might try the following:

(This is what the audience sees, and those of you who have the trick, will probaby understand what's really going on method wise.)

You show a string that really IS knotted to the hook, (in this case, to the ring.)
You hand it out to a person and warning him/her of the shapness.

Everybody is now looking at the person with the hook and when the spectators turn their attention back to you, they now are aware that you meanwhile have picked up and now can be seen holding, say, four strings, held together in the right hand and a single string in the left.(But we in the know, we know what really is going on in the right hand, ok?)

(This "caught in the middle of the act" is just a small psychological trick to plant the thought and idea of the "loose strings". It is meant to look like you were in the middle of adding strings, ONE AT THE TIME to the right hand).

Now, you ask for the string and hook, and you now realise that you must put down the string in the left hand, to be able to reach for the string and hook from the spectator. You now do that.(Put aside the loose string in the left hand and take the hook and string frm tje spectator.

The left hand with the hook and string, held between thumb and first finger at the point were the string are knotted.
Hook (pointing up, string hanging down) with its string is now moved towards the right hand with its our "loose" strings.
You are now, the audience beleve, adding the tied hook and string to the four loose strings in this right hand.
It is alright to fumble a little before the hook is visible at he top of the hand, thumb side, because you must be careful! It is sharp!! Right?
So. You can now say that there are four loose strings and one, the fifth, is knotted to the hook.
And as an afterthought, you suddenly seem to make a little change when you say something like:
"Ehh, I think we just use you three people to this game..." And therefore you remove ONE string (single, loose, wink, wink!!)

And now you go on with the trick as usual...

As I said before, you who have this trick will understand, it is not that hard to read between the lines.

Some of you will surely think that this is to complicate things. Maybe so, that is fine, but I have actually tried this several times and it not only flies by, but, in my humble opinion, has added that little extra. And it is easy to do.

Oops, almost forgot. But you must have realised that to add my little part to the handling, you must go down to your lokal fishing eqipment store. Smile

And another thing I also added:
Tie ONE knot, about 1 cm from the end of the string(s). At the end that is (are) nearest to the hook/r***. Put the end in the usual place! And WITH THE KNOT ON THE RIGHT SIDE of the, well you know. (Otherwise it may be dangerous when they pull!!!)
It now looks a little more... well you'll understand!

This may be lengthy and somewhat unclear, so I appologise.
As some of you know, my native tounge is not English, and I also will not reveal the method, both of my above added handlings and of course not The Hook itself in this open part of the Café'.
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On Nov 15, 2019, Christian de Punto wrote:
in this moment I have another idea... if you put all strings like "normal" but add next to them another about 3cm piece knotted asymmetrical on the ring. asymmetrical means one end 2cm long, one 1mm... pushed together at the end it will give a good illusion...


Great! I will use this instead of my own "added knots"
Thanks for the tip!
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I'm going to experiment by putting a necklace clasp of some kind between the hook and the ring. That way you could prep four or five additional rings. Switching out with the clasp would be a breeze. That being said I performed it about 7 times at a rather large and long strolling gig a few weeks ago. It was big enough for me to reset the normal way out of sight.
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I am about to purchase this and I have read the threads. I see some of you are worried as to why you cant show all of the threads individually. Well, why do you need to? I plan on tell them that one of these strings is attached to this hook, but I don't want them to know which one, so there in itself gives you a reason not to show the threads individually. At the end you can simply dangle the thread with the hook. Remember this is a STUNT not magic. They are not looking for a magic thread, or magic hook. They are thinking "this guy is nuts". Stop thinking like a magician.
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On Nov 18, 2019, Isaiah wrote:
I am about to purchase this and I have read the threads. I see some of you are worried as to why you cant show all of the threads individually. Well, why do you need to? I plan on tell them that one of these strings is attached to this hook, but I don't want them to know which one, so there in itself gives you a reason not to show the threads individually. At the end you can simply dangle the thread with the hook. Remember this is a STUNT not magic. They are not looking for a magic thread, or magic hook. They are thinking "this guy is nuts". Stop thinking like a magician.


Exactly. Not showing all the strings individually absolutely does not diminish the reactions of this.
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There's zero need to over explain or oversell the props. Just treat them like what they are, a hook and strings.

With how I've been presenting this, I don't display the hook until moments before placing it in my mouth. So for the first half of the routine it is "What is one of the strings tied to?" not "which string is tied to the hook?".

I've structured my routine by asking if the spectator has ever drawn straws for something or seen an aggression free pinata (yes, that's actually a thing). Then I bring out the strings, hiding the hook in my hand. Explain that one of these strings is tried to something, and explain the rules they need to follow. Once the agree to the rules, I display the hook and explain that it's going in my mouth, and it quickly goes in.
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My first trial yestarday!
I need to make stronger strings but people like it
https://youtu.be/59vnA7ADmro
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Very nice . I love the reactions this gets. I got a chance a few months back to perform this in Vegas and it was killer. Worth every penny.
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On Nov 14, 2019, Rook wrote:
Love this and have been performing it to a much better reaction than I had anticipated. I was, at first, concerned that the "end result" doesn't quite resemble that which is seen in the advertisement, but in performance, no one has seemed to care. My only quibble is that I use this as a close up bit for walk-around and it takes me a significant time to reset and it isn't exactly something I can do subtly. As such, it's one of those "I'll do it once for an especially deserving group, then hope I get a chance to reset later for someone else."


I had that same problem when I did walk around weekly. The solution, buy two. Keep the second one ready for not just a repeat at another group, but a special group that may gain you more gigs. Nothing worse than a long reset effect being used and then find a group of potential great customers and not having your best item available due to a reset.
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On Nov 20, 2019, magicmind wrote:
I had that same problem when I did walk around weekly. The solution, buy two. Keep the second one ready for not just a repeat at another group, but a special group that may gain you more gigs. Nothing worse than a long reset effect being used and then find a group of potential great customers and not having your best item available due to a reset.


I was just considering much the same thing! Yep, it's a problem when I hit a group and think "Oh...you would have been perfect for this! Um...hey...let me go...uh...hide for about a minute and do nothing at all suspicious and I'll be right back...okay?" A second set is a much better idea!
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.

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I haven’t seen this asked yet, but has anyone found a good replacement string they like? I found some that I might try, but wanted to see what others have tried so far.
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I switched mine out immediately for this and love it!
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001689Y8......in_title
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.

-Roald Dahl
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