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No man...its n ot difficult at all..but you can tell it wasnt written in modern times...but I think that actually makes it more fun to read because you can almost imagine yourself being an apprentice to a real shell hustler!! I love it and wouldnt trade this book for anything...ive been reading in the forum that s4s has a dvd coming out with bob sheets. I cant wait to get it! I just got his absolutely nuts video a couple of weeks ago...good product.
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Really? great, so it's not too difficult, cool.

And yes, the SFS are putting out a DVD serries on the 3 shell game. Whit Haydn, and Bob Sheets are in it. I too have heard fabulous things about it.

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I second everything said about the Osborne book and "Absolutely Nuts" video by Bob Sheets. GREAT MATERIAL.

Look forward to the new stuff coming from S4S
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I just remembered I had the Osborn Book. I'm going to look for it as soon as I get home. I'm thinking seriously about the Scarab shells myself.
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I got the Osborne book. I think it can get a little confusing, but it's fine. I really love it! Although this IS the first 3 shell book/DVD I have. I think the "lessons" are fantastic; all book should be organized like this.

Rmax

I just read about that move you were talking about (the one where you pick the shell up about 6 inches, show it empty, and then load it as you return it to the table). Yeah, I think it is really cool. Within minutes, I was so anxious, I showed my mom a couple of the moves, boy did she go for the "sucker move." !!!

I got a cheap set of shells from Penguin magic.com, $10, I think they are worth about 39 cents a set, but anyway... My problem is that the shell seems to roll on the pea, and as a load/steal the pea, the shell rises off the mat. Is this a problem that I am going to have to deal with, or will this be eliminated as I grow better and better, and as I use my new "Street Shells" that I recently ordered from S4S? yeeeh, can't wait for them to arrive!

Thanks for all your help guys!
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Will the DVD cover anything on using magnetic shells? Does anything else discuss it?
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One of the DVD's later in the series will cover the magnetic peas, magnetic shells, Sharper Pen, Sheets Stacks, droppers, "Hoo" peas, etc. This will have many uses and moves for the magnetic shells.

The first dvd in the series covers the main moves essential to the system. The second dvd will show how to use these moves together to weave the system. These two dvds will focus on normal shells and peas without any special additions.

Following dvds will expand on these first two, and include mechanical devices, magnets, and other features that can be added into the system.
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Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeelllll, I got my Street Shells today.

Even though I know very little about the con, I know enough to know that these are great shells. I don't find them very slippery. the shell doesn't roll at all when the pea is being loaded/stolen. Loading, and stealing the pea is SOOOOOOOOO easy! I love it. Many posted that they are very sturdy, and long lasting- but they seem fragile. Hmm. Anyway, Over the last week, I have been useing my knowledge from the Osborne book, and a set of Penguinmagic shells. I have had a lot of success when showing the "routines" from the Osborne book, to my parents. I cant wait for the SFS Dvd to come out.

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Glad you like the Street Shells. I think that you will find that they are not as fragile as they seem. They are very sturdy, made from extremely durable resin plastic. I hope you enjoy working with them, and you will find that your study of the Osborne book will make learning from our forthcoming dvd even more enjoyable.
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In the “Expert Gambling Trick” Nick Trost describes the routine of Karl Norman. It is not difficult to present and it is pleasant to look at. A version of this routine is also in “The Art Of Close up Vol.1” by Lewis Ganson. Its name is « The Modern Shell Game » (of Harry Stanley?).
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On 2005-01-19 20:55, Magicmaven wrote:
Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeelllll, I got my Street Shells today.

Even though I know very little about the con, I know enough to know that these are great shells. I don't find them very slippery. the shell doesn't roll at all when the pea is being loaded/stolen. Loading, and stealing the pea is SOOOOOOOOO easy! I love it. Many posted that they are very sturdy, and long lasting- but they seem fragile. Hmm. Anyway, Over the last week, I have been useing my knowledge from the Osborne book, and a set of Penguinmagic shells. I have had a lot of success when showing the "routines" from the Osborne book, to my parents. I cant wait for the SFS Dvd to come out.

A proud customer,

I too recently got the perfect and gold shells from penguin and wanted to know if you like the s4s street shells more? Are they easier to grip and work with? I seem to have problems holding and using these as they are slippery and small. Though I just started.
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They are much better than the "perfect" ones- which are bad. The perfect peas that come with the SFS shells are similar to the ones penguin supplies, but better. I love my SFS shells. As I work more diverse moves, they are kinda slippery, but nothing you can't get used to. The simple, traditional loads and steals are down right easy with the SFS shells! I love the SFS shells- get them if you want a great set of shells!

Proud to be an owner of a fabulous set of shells,
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I just recieved my Golden Shells and DVD Package (Sal Piacente) from Ebay today. I must say that Sal teaches some great stuff, which is very useful. The downside is the shells are VERY SLIPPERY and also quite small. I'm going to look into the s4s street shells, and some Perfect Peas. I'm glad I got my packge for $27 on Ebay, and he gave me 4 extra Peas too! Go with the S4S shells (from what I hear).

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Just a reminder - the effect can be done with lots of things - thimbles - shells - bottle caps - sea shells - or an upside down match box drawer. At dollar stores there are a lot of small plastic glasses that are gold colored... Three small bells will also work and I use this at Christmas time...

It is not the props it is the routine and the performance that is important...

But if you buy the magic props it is better in the long run to buy GOOD props. It looks good for a magician to have nice props when they go out and do a show...

I had two sets of golden shells from a cheap place and they would hook into the close up mat. So I sanded them and the gold color chipped off. $100.00 down the drain... Live and learn...

This was 6 months before my copper set from the S4S and the copper set works like a dream... If you buy get the good stuff...
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So, not to be pushy or anything, Mr. Haydn but...

it's almost the end of the month, any idea when a fella could log onto your web site to order the shell game video?


Just wondering.
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Soon. It is finished. We are waiting to get the artwork for the cover done.
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I have the pricey Magnetic Street Shells from S4Sand Im extremely happy with these 3 little shells. I bought them from Hokus Pokus. I also use a magnetic ring: Elohim ring to finish and start very clean. Its very fun to play and perform with the dream Shells from S4S. Can you find anything better, tell me Smile
TIP: if you do it on the streets don't play with to big bills, it can be dangerous. that's my experience. If you have the "guts", then you can make lot of cash Smile

Im waiting for the new DVD and the special Sharpie Smile

Whit: I showed these shells for some native people in Thailand, Asia in early december and they had never seen this game before, they loved it. They loved my card tricks, too Smile Next time I go to asia I will bring some tricks with me and sell. The market its big here: billions of people. And, many speaks english very well.
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How much did the magnetic street shells cost you?
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I haven't bought them, but you can buy 'em for $95. They come with a suede bag, 5 perfect peas (and they are perfect) 2 straight peas, and 2 magnetic peas.

http://www.chefanton.com/scoundrelsstore/shell_game.htm
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Anyone have any experience with the: La Maggiore shells ?

Thanks,

John Cesta



Another question I have about the shells. As far as routines are they all interactive meaning where you allow the spec to actually "pick" the shell the covers the pea or are may the routines be performed as "solo" pieces without allowing the spec to pick a shell?

I like a routine that Charlie Frye performs in his Eccentricks II DVD. It looks like a performance piece in which he seemingly interacts but since he is performing for the DVD audience no one really picks a shell. But his patter allows for that.

I've seen the glass that covers the shell. I like that idea...is the glass mentioned in the Sheets DVD? I like Sheets and would like to purchase that DVD.

Thanks,

John
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