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Old 07-29-2015, 07:14 AM
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Okay. It probably is a vacuum after all, though a cloth porous surface "might be static-capable". The reviews here tip to your vacuum argument. And because the purchase does not include any static generators:

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/3491
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Old 07-29-2015, 07:19 AM
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Btw, And in the past, the colorful outdoor lighting of The Magic Castle could be seen from the streets of Hollywood below. From The Strip, looking up into The Hollywood Hills.

There was once a story; that you could join The Magic Castle by performing a 5 minute trick in front of a live audience. I'm not sure whether that is still true.

EDIT: By performing a 5 minute trick Successfully. And it has to be A Magic Trick. Not a trick like you might encounter on the streets below.
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Curiously, the Penguin site mentions that they no longer sell the kit with the gimmicked plunger. So maybe the one they don't sell still uses static? If so, it won't be the first time that a magic trick had an inferior version available for public purchase.

And I'm still wondering why the plunger would jump on the table. The cup is not depressed. Someone bumping the table should have caused the plunger to rock or fall over. Not slide to a spot on the table as it appears to do in the video.
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i recall there are two plungers included. one really is just an ordinary plunger, which i understand is the one that the bearded, energetic guy used. the other is a special plunger invented by his partner (mathias from germany i think) to do variations on this trick.

i didn't get the impression that static was the mechanism, although static or suction through tiny pinprick holes could both set up the real sleight of hand in this trick, which is manipulating the stopper card in to place.

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i'm in the middle of episode 10 now. this goes on at least three more episodes, and i see they've just renewed the show for a third season. cool.

if i have any complaint, it's that almost all the tricks are close-up tricks, mostly using cards. which is fine and all, but i do miss those elaborate tricks from the first season using full-stage effects.

i guess CW's budget is not up to par with the BBC's... then again the BBC is the one who cancelled, and CW is the one who's maintaining the show. so...all good, eh?
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Fool Us?

I didn't know it was still going. Is there a site to watch them in order?
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it got dropped in the UK but then picked up in the states this year.

you can see each performer's set on youtube, altho to see full eps this works:
http://thewatchseries.to/serie/penn_and_teller_fool_us

sleepy and i are still arguing about the very first trick from the new season:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEa8VGobVR8
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My area is supposed to have a local guy on tonight trying to fool Penn&Teller. This is one of my favorite shows and I have seen them in concert several times (although they usually do the same tricks and also do them on the show)
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Well just the monkey!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inWrsx-Ei64
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finally... last week's show had a larger-scale trick...



Penn & Teller: Fool Us // Scott Alexander and Puck



knowing that the bars are slightly staggered, i'm still not sure how they create enough room to get large objects through. looks like teller was the only person to have figured this one out.
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new host for season three... and she's good!





ye olde multiplying bottles routine:
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