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 Post subject: Phantom Tube?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 2:55 pm 
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Hi all,

Just wondering how many of you have worked with a Phantom Tube and if you like it? My daughter and I are working on a new routine and I am thinking of purchasing it, but before I do, I thought I would get your opinions, likes, dislikes, etc.

Thanks everyone! :D


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:01 am 
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I don't have it yet but will most likely be purchasing it soon. I know somebody that does (not in my immediate area), though, and it is amazing. The kids really react to it. It just seems so impossible. And it's very big and visual (the large production of the seemingly endless silks).

So, from what I know, it seems a worthy purchase.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:35 am 
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Thanks Sneak. We have the routine all ready for a production, but need multiple productions and I didn't want to use our square/circle, change bag, etc. I wanted a very simple, clean looking prop.

They are certainly reasonable enough in price so I think I will just go ahead and order the larger version and give it a try. It won't be a wasted investment, even if it doesn't work out with this particular routine.

On a side note, I'm surprised, but I have never actually seen someone use it during a show, which I think is good because that will mean the audiences in our area probably haven't either.

Have a wonderful day everyone,

Kristen :D


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Kristen, I'm going to PM you something in regards to this and something else.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:08 pm 
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Is this an item on Penguin? I tried searching it but I couldn't find it (although it might just be the fact that the search button doesn't always work).


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This is an old prop not used much by magicians anymore. Very good prop though. You would need to check another site.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 4:35 pm 
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As Zambini said, this is a bit of an older prop. I like looking for things that are a little less used, less well known; things that perhaps kids haven't seen before by another magician.

I did find it on another site. I do not believe Penguin carries it, even in their SOC.

Thanks Sneak for your email. I did get it, but I've been sick the last couple of days and haven't gotten a chance to go check it out yet. Thanks for the info though! :D


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 4:44 pm 
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I was looking for a "classic" Phantom Tube last year and, for a while, all I could find were "Twin" versions. Seems, though, that Hank Lee has a Jumbo Phantom Tube that might be what you need.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 8:07 pm 
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I once owned a Phantom Tube and really got some great use out of it.

Kristen, after showing the tube empty...cover each end with a square piece of newspaper or even tissue paper and then dramatically break open the paper and make your production. This always gives a moment of suspense, followed by surprise when the production is made.

...And speaking about older props...I still use my set of Buddah Tubes to produce many different items from. The Buddah Tubes were mabe by Aldini...many, many years ago. But they have never failed me, so I keep using them.


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Wouldn't that be a drum head tube Blindside that you cover with tissue? Maybe I'm getting the two confused.


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Kristen, The drum head tube you asked about, also used the two square sheets of tissue paper/newspaper. The amount of production space was much greater from the drum, than from a Phantom Tube. I just adapted the idea of covering the ends of my Phantom Tube, prior to making the production. It just seemed to make it more surprising to the audience when punching through the paper and producing silks etc.

The entire idea behind using the paper to cover both ends, is to minimize spectators being able to backtrack (in their minds)...as to how the effect might work. Misdirection comes in many different forms, try it out and see what kind of reactions you receive.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:20 am 
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Thanks for the explanation Blindside, it is greatly appreciated. :D I will give it a try for another routine. :D I always love suggestions!

For this routine I want things quite simple, which is why my thought was to go with the phantom tube to start with.

The routine my daughter and I are working on is a 3-5 minute story, with audience involvement. I need something simple looking that looks innocent to use during the story to produce a couple silks, and then a string of silks or large streamers. That will depend on which I can get to fit better. I would love to use the string of silks. The prop will be used to accompany the story and enhance it, thus the simple factor.

Again, thank you!


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That routine sounds great!! I hope you get the reactions you deserve.

...I almost forgot to mention there was another tube, I believe called the Genii Tube (If my memory serves me right)...which was nearly the same as the Phantom Tube, but it would hinge open its entire length. After making the production, you would undo the clasp and open the tube...showing the emptiness of the tube. It was yet another improvement in misdirection to hide the true nature of the prop.


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Yep, you're right--- the Genii Tube opens up lengthwise. I considered it also, but ended up thinking that the Phantom tube would be more practical for my purposes.

Hey, thanks again for the suggestions, and follow-up! It really is appreciated.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 1:25 pm 
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kristenl wrote:
As Zambini said, this is a bit of an older prop. I like looking for things that are a little less used, less well known; things that perhaps kids haven't seen before by another magician.

I did find it on another site. I do not believe Penguin carries it, even in their SOC.

Thanks Sneak for your email. I did get it, but I've been sick the last couple of days and haven't gotten a chance to go check it out yet. Thanks for the info though! :D
Too bad there's no magic trick for the cold/flu season!

Hope you like the info in the email. Just some ideas you both might be interested in. Especially the 'Kikuchi' item. It's very big, colorful, and magical. Kids and adults love it, I mean, really love it. Goes great with music if your daughter uses music in her shows. And it uses silks which I know she likes.

Hope you're feeling better soon, kristen.


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