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Attitude
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I love the Time Machine Trick, But the Time Machine is way to slow. About 4-6 Seconds per hour. Does anyone know of a faster Time Machine?
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Mine only takes one minute to get all the way around. If it goes to fast it would be harder to hit the time correctly. I think the speed is just right. Smile
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Yes, and any faster and it would be impossible to stop it accurately, as David said. Some folks even feel that the Time Machine is too fast.
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You could always do what I do when I use my Perfect Time watch...use Collector's Workshop's Chronologue to stall for time. Then you not only predict the time, but the date as well. Kills 2 birds with one prediction...

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As Andy says, if the hands on the Time Machine moved any faster, it would be extremely difficult to hit the correct 'minute'. But I understand your concern, Attitude. My initial reaction upon unpacking the watch was also that it seemed to take forever for an entire circuit of the hour hand.

However, it's relatively easy to restrict the range of possible times named by your spec by means of subtle patter. I tend to ask them to visualise themselves being propelled forward in time "...to a later part of the evening". If you're performing this around 7 or 8pm, that means you're unlikely to have to move the hour hand on more than 4 or 5 hours, which takes 25 seconds max.

Even though you're effectively reducing the range of possible outcomes by around 60%, and thus halving the amount of time you have to 'pad', I don't believe that this lessens the effect at all. If anything, the whole time-travelling/visualisation storyline makes the effect far stronger & potentially more eerie.

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Have those who have posted here compared 'Time Machine' with 'Perfect Time,' and 'Watch & Wear' and do you have any thoughts as to which is the best watch?
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I have Watch & Wear, not the other two, am comfortable with the speed of the hands. Nevertheless, always have the problem that it doesn't move when I did the 'move'. Could it be a battery problem?

Didn't perform it that long & the watch is relatively new.

BTW, may I know if 'Perfect Time' is
'similar' to 'Watch & Wear'?

Just to share: I usually begin my presentation by asking if the spectator can borrow his watch for me to turn & twist the handle. Then, I will say 'let's not take any risk here. You've got a nice watch. Never mind, let's use mine'. Then I proceed to do the trick.

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I guess your patter could be suited to this. Smile talk a bit more and ask the spectators to 'concentrate' and such, and say things to waste time for this takes 'the great mind power from a group of people.' just a little bit of advice. Smile
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On 2002-09-15 23:10, Stevethomas wrote:
You could always do what I do when I use my Perfect Time watch...use Collector's Workshop's Chronologue to stall for time. Then you not only predict the time, but the date as well. Kills 2 birds with one prediction...

Steve Thomas


Brilliant idea Steve Smile


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WATCH AND WEAR
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ITS GREAT
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I originally had the Collectors workshop version several years ago - watch and wear and time machine seemed to suit my needs better as there is no need to "hold the watch or band" while performing. Watch and wear was fine, but limited only to the one style. Time machine offers of course 4 different styles to choose from.
On performance time and stalling; I've done it and do it a couple of different ways without restricting a choice on hour.
One way is by having one person choose and hour. If it is an hour quite aways away from the current time on watch, I select a different spectator to choose "any minute in the hour" from 01 to 59. As they think about it and announce it, I go over the fairness, of one choosing the hour, while the other chose a minute. If needed, I then take a business card and write the hour and minute on the back to show them to verify that this is what was chosen. All this is to be fair to everyone (of course its really just bringing us around to the time needed).
Handling your audience, whether its 1, 2 or 50 etc is a big part of doing this as well as most effects. You may play it different for one person than you will for another.
There is plenty of "time misdirection" built into this that waiting for the hand to go around is never an issue for me. And I move at a very fast paced type style when performing.
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