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Tom Lauten
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Exploding light bulb by Elian Agaian & Yigal Mesika available from magic suppliers world wide.

They say:
The performer holds a completely normal, clear lightbulb between his fingers, and suddenly the lightbulb EXPLODES AND SHATTERS into little pieces! The audience can examine the bulb both before and after the effect. Can be performed anywhere, any time. There is no movement in the performer's hands or fingers, can be done with any light bulb! Precision machined gimmick makes this easy to do. This is a strong affect your audience will remember for a long long time!

Difficulty (out of 5): 2 Takes some handling practice to get smooth.

I say:
I like this. It is pretty dramatic. You can use frosted bulbs as well, no problem.

Given what happens it is also fairly safe. Owing to the nature of light bulb (interior vacuum) the glass does not fly off into orbit.

The gimmick is robust, that's for sure. It isn't as big as I thought it would be. It is not tiny but still quite compact. There is NO question that the bulb will break. Controlling it is pretty easy and you'll soon pop bulbs on que.

I haven't found the perect application but there will be many, bullet catches for one.

The effect gives a satisfying "POP" when it happens so is startling, especially when the spectators expect to see a bulb magically light up! (HAHAHA!)

Be warned, you will need to deal with dangerous bits of broke glass afterwards.

Value:
It is a tad bit pricey but is bloody well made and clever so I guess it evens out. I think it is a tool as opposed to a trick per say. If you like weird PK with a bit of shock value, it could be for you.
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It's a great effect, and it doesn't have to be used in a serious context. I use it as part of a humorous commercial in my show. Any magician who wants to be able to make a lightbulb shatter at his fingertips would be well served by this product.

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How much does it cost?

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I have this item and would like to hear how other users ditch it during performances.
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My usual method of working with this is to hold the lightbulb in a clear plastic bag so glass doesn't go all over the floor then I just drop *it* in the bag once the bulb has shattered.
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DarkKnight - I have heard of using the bag - it does make it safer and there is no clean up problem, but I have been unable to find a presentation which justifies the use of the bag. I think the strength of the effect is in the surprise, and I wonder if putting it in the bag would diminish that.

I'm still afraid to use mine at any shows where children are present. I also don't use it in a venue that has carpeting, lest a piece of wayward glass find its way into someones foot.
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The bag is like putting the bulb into the 4th dimension and ....POOF

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Tom somehow I just love the way you write reviews. I do have this and I concur the fact that it is well made.

However...may I caution that this is something that needs practice so execution will be ease. You need to work out your own handling and you must be comfortable. For stage, nightclub, this is a good add to your repertoire.
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Psychic...thanks for the compliment.

I have taken the metal base from a bulb, got rid of any trace of glass and hot glued a cork into it to reproduce the neck of a bulb (brought out to the correct diameter with duct tape). I use this to practice with, I find this practice to be crucial as you suggest.
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I love my YM Exploding Light Bulb gimmick....it took a little breaking in (no pun intended) but now it works smooth as ever. Has anyone who owns this ever thought of incorporating a pull so you can end clean quickly? Just curious.
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On 2004-12-27 16:26, Tom Lauten wrote:
I have taken the metal base from a bulb, got rid of any trace of glass and hot glued a cork into it to reproduce the neck of a bulb (brought out to the correct diameter with duct tape). I use this to practice with, I find this practice to be crucial as you suggest.


That is an awesome suggestion. I ordered one of these and was doing a little extra research to prepare for its arrival. I will definately make up one of these.

As for someone else's thought about justifying the plastic bag: If your routine is such that you know the bulb is going to explode the bag serves to contain the glass-- which is polite and makes for less death in your audience-- and to reduce or remove direct contact with the bulb-- which heightens the impossibility.

I also like the idea handing out the shattered bulb in a bag. I won't know the possibilities for sure until it arrives.
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