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jaybaby
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It seems like this is a classic impromptu trick that I should know.
What are good sources for learning this trick?
Mr. Ed
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I think you should learn this from others. It is very difficult to learn from the written word.

Dan Harlan's "Magic With Rubberbands" Vol. 1 teaches it.

Good luck, this a great trick.
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Jim Wilder
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It is! It is not a "quick learn," but very worth a little effort to get it. I was discussing with a friend about the impact that CMH had over many other routines in a recent performance.
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Michael Ammar also teaches it in his Classic Renditions Impromptu Rubber Band Magic. Although this is a good video it is my opinion that the Dan Harlan DVD, Magic with Rubber Bands volume one, is better, at least for me. It seemed a bit easier for me to learn from Dan's DVD, plus there is a lot of other material on the DVD you may enjoy.

Hope this helps.

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"The Magic of Michael Ammar"

This book is a classic of magic, and comes with so many more things, other than elastic magic, that you WILL use.
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Could someone please describe the effect of cmh? I am not familiar with this, but see it mentioned a lot. Thanks. joey
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A penetration effect. Two rubberbands are interlocked. Then, as if by magic, one rubberband penetrates the other. A very old trick that got its renaissance when David Copperfield did it on a TV special. CMH is short for "Crazy Man's Handcuffs."

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I agree that your best bets are either to get a video or have some one show you in person. While somethings can be easily learned by reading, this one can be a bit tough.

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Another vote for the Magic of Michael Ammar.Brilliant!
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The really nice part about Michael Ammar's explanation in his book is that he gives you the psychology and reasoning behind the moves. This way, you can really understand not only what you are doing, but why you are doing it.

Once you learn Ammar's version, move on to Dan Harlan's video for some supplementary moves you can add in order to build a little more of a full routine.
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Check out Dan Turcotte's lessons on http://www.youdomagic.com. The lesson consists of a very detailed19 page pdf booklet, a 4 minute video lesson and two videos of live restaurant performances. All in all a great resource for learning a CMH routine. Great value.
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Thanks for the tips guys
Dougini
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Actually,

If you do CMH, and like it, may I recommend:

Dan Harlan's "Magic With Rubberbands" Vol. 1, 2 & 3!!

There is so much material, all you need to carry is a few rubberbands on your arm, and you have a complete act!

Ammar's great, but Harlan is the rubberband MASTER!

Just my HO...

Doug
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I remember seeing Copperfield do this on a special many years ago and being totally puzzled by it.

When I discovered the trick in Tarbell v7 I started working out the mechanics. It takes a knack to do it right. It wasn't until I found a video clip online (can't remember where that one is now, but Penguin's online demo of Quantum Band-its is a good example) that I understood exactly how the handling worked.

If you do not have Tarbell, I would recommend a video in order to see the little nuances involved. It's not that big a deal, but it can get a very strong reaction.
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I've been working on this for almost 10 years now, and I'm STILL perfecting little nuances and psychological subtleties that go into my routines.

I originally learned this from Tarbell as well, followed up by Elastrix 1, and then Michael Ammar. Only recently did I start studying Dan Harlan and I must say that he has taken my thinking on the CMH to a whole new level. Thank you Dan, you're a wonderful teacher and I've learned a lot just from watching you and your tapes.

So, a great starting place would be Michael Ammar. His work on the basic handlings are unsurpassed. Once you are comfortable with the basic handling, keep practicing for a number of years until you can do this routine IN SLOW MOTION IN FRONT OF SOMEONE'S NOSE and they can't catch it. Once you're at that point, you've mastered the psychological subtleties that help misdirect the eyes as well as the mind of the spectator. THEN go for Dan Harlan's material to step it up a notch (BAM!).

Good luck...

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Which Tarbell is it in?
Psychosis
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Tarbell 7 I believe...
Doug Howe
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I just had a look at Tarbell 7, p.214 The Uncanny Penetrating Rubber Bands. It's a different handling of CMH. Ammar's and Harlan's handling is superior to Tarbell, but it might be different enough to throw off the magicians that know the effect. There's lotsa good stuff in Tarbell. I am going to reread them.
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There is a free version (video) of this somewhere on the net. That's how I learned it. I found it somewhere on this site.
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Buy instead the Linked For Life rubber band effect.
It's very stunning!
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