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 Post subject: Exploding Light bulb
PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 8:36 pm 
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A have a couple of questions about the Exploding Light Bulb by Yigal Mesika...
1. How many times can I use the gimmick?
2. Is it reliable?
3. Can I use it to make other things explode (like a glass bottle)?


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 10:43 pm 
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1) over and over and over...
2) yes
3) Only if the glass bottle is of the same thicknesss of a lightbulb

Hey that was three questions.... a couple is only two.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 10:20 am 
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OK, so I decided to try it with a wine glass, which is thinner than a bottle.
1) It was very awkward
2) Was not as impressive as a lightbulb
3) Stick with using a lightbulb.


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I saw the gimmick demonstrated by Yigal when he first came out with it. It was a nice effect and the gimmick was quite simple - not much could go wrong with the gimmick.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 3:57 pm 
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2 questions:

can it be done with any lightbulb?

Is the gimmick easy to conceal?

Sincerly,

Mikkel


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 5:24 pm 
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GE lightbulbs are made of thicker glass and very hard to break. I droped one of these bulbs on cocrete and it bounced, I tried the exploding lightbulb on the same bulb and it took two times to get it to break, so stock up on cheap bulbs.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 6:43 pm 
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Yes, you may have to stock up, since these kind of light bulbs may not be around much longer.


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 Post subject: Bulb and other thoughts
PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:24 pm 
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Dollar store bulbs almost break themselves- cheaply made- they are perfect!
When I first learned the effect I bought $10 worth (40 bulbs) and used them over my trash can to get the feel of it. Couple of points worth thinking about- in performance on stage it works good for final effect, because you get glass everywhere you don't want volunteers to step in it. In close up performance (5ft is close for this) Watch out for flying glass and again clean up is important if you are busking- bring a broom and pale.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:55 pm 
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Chris Smith (magicsmith) is demonstrating his bulb breaking at WMS where he safely contains the bulb in a zip lock bag. That way, when it shatters, all the pieces are contained.


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DaveV wrote:
Chris Smith (magicsmith) is demonstrating his bulb breaking at WMS where he safely contains the bulb in a zip lock bag. That way, when it shatters, all the pieces are contained.


I need to see that-
My patter is along the lines of experimenting to see if I can make something happen- possibly "light" the bulb- I like the surprise of the bulb breaking due to "energy overload" I can get the crowd to stare at the bulb intently to see a dim light appear and get them involved by sending their energy into the bulb... and then...BOOM!


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 3:11 pm 
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Ugh... that's the one with the huge suspicious-looking clip arrangement attached to the bag. I prefer Mesika's and have been experimenting with ways to do it with the bulb in a bag to contain the wreckage.


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Ugh... that's the one with the huge suspicious-looking clip arrangement attached to the bag. I prefer Mesika's and have been experimenting with ways to do it with the bulb in a bag to contain the wreckage.

What is the reason told to the crowd for using the bag? Are they expecting an explosion?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 4:37 pm 
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If you're asking about Chris Smith's presentation, I can't say; the demo videos don't show the entry into the effect or justify the bag. I have to say I find his "circle of electricity" patter kind of silly, as plastic bags don't conduct electricity.

If you're asking about my performance, I don't use a bag in my current presentation of the effect... just Mesika's gimmick and a bulb. I'm playing with ideas of using a bag mainly because of flying glass and haven't gotten as far as to work out a presentation. Enclosing the bulb in a bag is pretty much a giveaway that it is going to shatter; if you were just going to make it light up, then the bag is unnecessary except as a way to show that you are not touching it... in which case simply having the spectator hold a lightbulb sans bag would be more logical.

This is, BTW, a stage piece for me, not a close-up piece.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 6:54 pm 
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I tried the gimmick with a bag, and it doesn't have the same "pop" that you'd get without.

It seems obvious if you want to do it in the middle of a show, you're going to have to clean up the shards, so a bag seems practical, but it weakens the effect, both in the fact that the surprise is gone if the bag is there, and the exploding is not as grand since the gimmick makes a "plasticy" sound.

this is why I didn't include it in my show, and I don't think it quite right for a closer.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:14 pm 
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I tried the gimmick with a bag, and it doesn't have the same "pop" that you'd get without.

It seems obvious if you want to do it in the middle of a show, you're going to have to clean up the shards, so a bag seems practical, but it weakens the effect, both in the fact that the surprise is gone if the bag is there, and the exploding is not as grand since the gimmick makes a "plasticy" sound.

this is why I didn't include it in my show, and I don't think it quite right for a closer.


Depends if your show revolves around the power of the mind.


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