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Stephen Barney
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Has anyone got a good way of lighting flash paper in close up without a lighter or flash paper?

Maybe a closeup wand with a hot wire or a pen or something?

Any ideas, or is there somewhere to buy something like this?

woops, that should have been without a lighter or match. Sorry

I saw a pen once that got hot at the end, anyone know where to get such a thing?

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Sid Mayer
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Check out model airplane engine glo-plugs at a hobby shop. If you like making props it isn't too difficult to combine one of the plugs with a piece of metal tubing, a battery and a momentary miniature pushbutton switch to make a wand that will do what you want.

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Stephen Barney
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Good idea, my dad flies those, I'll give that a go.

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A cigarette or something like that.
Jim Pace
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Stephen, Rick Hasselet sells a lot of magic with glow plugs. Hank Lees Magic Factory is always pushing his name.
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Don't know if they are available in the U.K. but on this side of the pond, we have battery powered cigarette lighters, that are no more than a battery holder with a neat little glow wire assembly that looks a bit like a flashlight bulb.

I think they call them wind proof lighters, but I have cannibalized several for various little lighting effects.

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Depending on what you are using it for, you can use a match after it has been extinguished... light it, blow it out and you have about 20 sec of time to light the paper with before it goes cold... glo plugs are good, also nichrome wire which is what makes the plug glow. There are also gimmicks you can buy that either light it in your hand or shoot it a few feet, under the right circumstances these can be a lot of fun too.
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This is something I love doing, just because it draws a lot of attention, and generates emotional build up. People immediately know that magic is about to happen even if I don't say so.

I pull out one of those hand sanitizes that are set up as a key chain ( ). Then I take a glass of wine or a glass of water, empty it, clean it, and turn it upside down. Then I pour some hand sanitizer in the back of the glass, and light it on fire.

(I normally touch the hand sanitizer with one of my fingers and my finger will turn on fire without burning for a couple of seconds, if I close my hand in a fist the fire goes out)

After that I go into a production using flash paper. When the reactions from the production are over. I put my hand on top of the glass extinguishing the flame and I end up with some hand sanitizer on my hands, at this point I say something like: "What I like about this is that I get to sanitize my hands before using my cards," or something of the sort (if you decide against extinguishing it that way it will go off by itself eventually)

This is great to do in children's shows because it teaches them to play with fire. Smile
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I think MagicProShop has some igniters, you might want to try them.
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