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RiffClown
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If you have an old computer hard drive that is no longer any good, take the drive apart and have a look around. Surrounding the coil end of the arm that has the heads on it, is a magnet (usually a pair mounted on metal plates) that is incredibly strong. I have one set where I can put one in the palm of my hand and the other on the back of my hand and the attraction is strong enough to actually be a bit uncomfortable.

Hope this helps someone.
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MichaelSibbernsen
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You can also purchase Neodymium magnets inexpensively at http://www.wondermagnet.com.
A large variety of sizes and shapes.
BroDavid
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Radio Shack has some nice little ones (1/8 to 3/16 across) pretty small but mucho powerful.

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MichaelSibbernsen
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Yes, good you bring that up. They are the "Rare Earth Magnets" Radio Shack Cat. #: 64-1895.

Although RS carries many other magnets, these little guys are the only Neodymium Iron Boron variety. The others are ceramic.
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Need to warn you guys about the Neo's

They are so strong that if you have the large ones they can pinch the crap out of your fingers... like a clamp!!!

And can do strange things to credit cards at a distance... not to mention computer monitors and television sets!!!

Great stuff though... You should pick up at least a pair to play with.. IMHO

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Yes, on eBay you can get ones that about 1 inch square, and you DONT'T want to get any flesh between two of them!

But these little "neos" have gotten magnets down to a size where they are much more useful in Magic than ever before.

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Edmund Scientific has a huge selection of all types, large & Small Smile
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Likewise American Science Center in Chicago. Many magnets. Also all sorts of stuff, weird and otherwise, that may inspire creativity. I never walk out of the place without a bag full of things that make me wonder why I bought them.

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If you live in Canada, there's a company called Lee Valley Tools that sells rare earth magnets for cheap, they range in size from 1/4" to 1" in diameter. They are very cheap, as the 1/4" ones are only 40 cents each, and the 1" ones are only $12.95 for a pack of 5, and the smaller magnets decrease in price if you are buying them in bulk (as low as 28 cents for the 1/4" if you buy over 50). These are Canadian prices, so they are even cheaper in American dollars. They also have other cool magnets (such as spherical, and hemispherical ones). Go to http://www.leevalley.com, or phone 1-800-267-8767.
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I just "harvested" a magnet from an old hard drive (wish I could get the data off of it as easily, but that's another story...)

It's perfect for making a decent-looking Deep Astonishment wallet. Now I can trash that awful plastic thing!
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I have bought those neo magnets, but what is there to do with magnets?

I know some stuff like, linking rings, but I need help on some effects, por favor.
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I buy from http://www.themagnetfactory.com
they have loads in all different sizes.
James Peters
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Browndini,
There's loads of things you can do with magnets! For instance ...
Clip it to the inside of your shirt, and you can do some pretty funny (as in comedy) routines with balancing stuff (2 steel discs, do as I do, and it never falls off your arm/shoulder etc).

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Hey I see you guys are talking about magnets....
I've encountered the site that sold Neodymium, the world's strongest magnet.
check it out at http://www.indigo.com/magnets/gphmgnts/r......ets.html
The magnets are supplied in various sizes and I think it's not too pricey
Hopes this helps
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MrX
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For what it's worth, I just ordered my first 2" magnet from wondermagnets.com. I hear they're terrific.

As for the question of what you can do with magnets, let me just say that I sent two waiters and a bartender screaming out of the room by moving a fork and spoon at a dinner table just by having everyone concentrate on them really hard. No strings and you can wear a T-shirt.

PK effects are some of the purest magic you can do, IMHO.
bizarrewreck
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But are the magnets we're talking about here as strong as the Micro 5?
Peedlkyle
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I'm thinking of buying from http://www.gaussboys.com. And I have another question: I know these magnets are as strong as the M5, but do I need one as big as the M5 (2x2x1.5 I think it is)? I'm considering buying a 1.5x1.5x1 Epoxy Coated so if it shatters I don't get cut. Any opinions from someone who has a Micro-5?
On the other hand, you have different fingers.
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Don't any of you folks ever worry about erasing someone's credit card with these magnets? It would appear that they wouldn't have to stand too close to you for this to happen...
JamesinLA
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How about magnets to do small levitations? Just wondering.
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Peedlkyle
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The credit cards will get ruined but you do have to stand pretty close to them for it to happen. You should be much more worried about computer and TV screens. They recommend that you stay 2-3 ft. away from these. Worries me...but I'm gonna buy one anyways.
On the other hand, you have different fingers.
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