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reignofsound
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Propdog are selling replacing string.
Picked up a batch 👌🏻
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I bought this and really like the idea/method, but the video instructions are awful. Lets stop trying to make instructional videos that are "hip". In the dark with shadows videos along with blurry upclose shots are awful. Also, in the instructions he says things like " and do this and like this" and the frickin gimmick ins't even in the camera shot. Awful. I wouldn't pass on this trick, but if the creators are reading do yourself a favor and hire a professional camera crew.
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I was excited to pick this up given the premise but I'm having an issue with the hook. It's a bit too big to fit comfortably in my mouth. Anyone else have this issue? I've tried contacting the guys at Lost Art Magic but it's been almost a week with no response. Just wondering if I'm on my own here or if anyone else had this issue.
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Buy a different hook and dull the ends.
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On Dec 12, 2019, nukraze wrote:
I was excited to pick this up given the premise but I'm having an issue with the hook. It's a bit too big to fit comfortably in my mouth. Anyone else have this issue? I've tried contacting the guys at Lost Art Magic but it's been almost a week with no response. Just wondering if I'm on my own here or if anyone else had this issue.


I did in the beginning. And actually until I got used to it, the first few times a performed it the hook caused me to bleed a minor bit from hitting my gums. It wasn't a bad thing, it turned out to be fantastic because I think it made the whole effect more believable in the audiences eyes judging by their reactions!

So don't worry about it and show a little blood! They will love it!
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So don't worry about it and show a little blood! They will love it!


I agree. This Halloween, I purchased some fake blood capsules that you can keep in your mouth and bite down on. Depending on the audience, this is something that can really enhance the spectacle. You can use it before (wipe away a little blood from your mouth with a handkerchief) at this point they don't know what's coming, but you indicate that you're going to repeat an effect for them that you performed earlier. When they see the hook...they'll put it together. Or you can use it during ('You REALLY pulled hard that time!') Or after. ('The cost of doing business..').
...forever curious
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If it is literally too big they have many sizes of treble hooks, so simply get a smaller one. This may take a couple tries of trial and error but they aren’t that expensive.
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Thanks to all for the feedback and recommendations. I guess I wasn't sure if it could be replaced with something off the shelf. Will take a look around and see what I can find. Thanks!
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It can be replaced with an off-the-shelf treble hook, but you'll have to be careful in dulling the tines. I have a fairly small mouth as well and thought that I would have to purchase another hook to replace it, but I've found that with proper placement, it works just fine as-is.
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Agreed on the instructions.
Had to sort of guess how it was attached.
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Hey Friends,

i had a few handling ideas, I didn't found so far, so maybe they are interesting for anyone?

1. The first idea had with this product is: Why had nobody combined it with different coloured strings and a prediction?
i want to start this effect in 2020 and use different coloured strings, while holding a 4-way-out-envelope in my hands for example.
so, this would be a little extra layer and combines this stunt with magic again. also, we have a second big reaction.
what do you think of this?

2. I thought of taping my tooth for safety from the inner side.
im sure you know these little stickers, made for going under chairs, tabled etc..one side sticky, one side bold textured...also they are available in any sizes.
maybe its a good idea to stick 4 little ones at the innersides of the teeths to have a bit extra-safety(feeling).
what do you think?

:)
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I wouldn't want to put a prediction into this. It changes the nature of the effect.
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I wouldn't want to put a prediction into this. It changes the nature of the effect.


Agree. The effect is super strong enough with great suspense. IMO, a prediction would lessen the impact of the suspense emotions in the end.
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Ive read this thread and my question and I assume the answer is 100%...How safe is this?
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Ive read this thread and my question and I assume the answer is 100%...How safe is this?


In my opinion, 99.5% safe. The .5% risk factor is if you don't follow the instructions or set it up properly.
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Just my opinion...I would not want to pull a string out of someone's mouth. I just think that is repulsive. I saw a Magician pull a card out of his mouth and give the card to the participant....spit dripping off the card...just gross. But to each his own.
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I agree with your opinion about the people touching items that’s been in someone else’s mouth. Though with this effect, the spectator doesn’t necessarily touch that end of the strings. For example, I have the spectator hand me back the string after each one. Besides with the tension this effects builds, they usually don’t want to be handling the strings anyways.
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Just my opinion...I would not want to pull a string out of someone's mouth. I just think that is repulsive. I saw a Magician pull a card out of his mouth and give the card to the participant....spit dripping off the card...just gross. But to each his own.


Really? A 2 foot long string is getting too close to someone’s mouth?
In your imagination are the germs sliding down the string and jumping onto your hand?
Betcha wouldn’t touch it with a 10 foot pole either. 🤭

This germaphobe thing is getting so bad that future generations aren’t going to want to breathe air that’s already been in someone else’s lungs.
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On Dec 23, 2019, rowdymagi5 wrote:
Just my opinion...I would not want to pull a string out of someone's mouth. I just think that is repulsive. I saw a Magician pull a card out of his mouth and give the card to the participant....spit dripping off the card...just gross. But to each his own.


Really? A 2 foot long string is getting too close to someone’s mouth?
In your imagination are the germs sliding down the string and jumping onto your hand?
Betcha wouldn’t touch it with a 10 foot pole either. 🤭

This germaphobe thing is getting so bad that future generations aren’t going to want to breathe air that’s already been in someone else’s lungs.


I'm not a germaphobe, I just prefer not to watch people put things in their mouth and then remove said items as part of their act. My guess is that a good percentage of your audience will probably feel that particular effect is not very classy.
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The effect looks great. I'm curious though, is this hook similar to other hooks sold in tackle shops? Many of which are made of lead or nickel which I understand can be a health concern?
Thanks.
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