The Self Tying Shoelace
The Official Spam-
From the Penguin Magic Creative Studio and Jay Noblezada comes a street magic effect that breaks the ice!
Walk down a busy street with your shoe untied. Complete strangers will INTERRUPT you to tell you your shoe is untied EVERY FEW SECONDS.
You didn't ask for the attention. It just happened... But being born to perform is being ready when the spotlight finds you.
So you smile, make eye contact with your spectators, and give your foot a little shake. Your shoelaces start to snap back and forth, criss-crossing...
If you could move your foot in just the right way you might actually be able to tie your shoelaces without even touching them...
You give your foot another little shake and this time you get it just right.
To the astonishment of your spectators, YOUR SHOELACES visually TIE THEMSELVES!
The best part is, it's a REAL knot and bow! Your spectators can inspect till their hearts are content!
I really liked the layout of the DVD. It was broken up into five different sections on the menu for easy access.
The quality of this DVD was very good. It was all shot in the Penguin Studios (or at least I assume it was), and it had great picture and sound.
I actually liked the music on this DVD. I'm pretty sure it was Tranceden (the artist that make the music from all the demos), so we have probably all heard the song before... but I liked it. It's very upbeat and happy.
This starts out with a cute little kid on a bench tying his shoes, and then goes on to show the STS performed for the little kid, and, of course, the people in the demo video here on Penguin.
This, obviously, introduces you to Jay and the gimmick, shows you how to set up the gimmick, and, of course, the basics of performing the effect. Jay is an awesome teacher as far as I'm concerned, and goes very in depth.
In this section, Jay goes over some great tips that a lot of people will definitely use... including an alternate method of setting up the effect.
Pretty boring. These are just like a lot of movie credits, except with better music than most.
These are demo videos of: Balloon School, Contact with Tyas Frantz, The Egg Bag by Gazzo, Two Dollar Window, Heckler by Brian Tudor, The Hip-Pocket-Sized Mullica, Penguin Cups, The Penguin Monte, Reparation, Slydini Silks, Spun, The Closer, Watch Magic, Greed, On the Spot, Seance with Dixie Dooley, Card Stunts, Born to Perform Card Magic, Liquid Metal, Pyrotechnic Pasteboards, Encyclopedia of TT Magic, Escapology, Table Hopping Cups and Balls, Generation Extreme, Paul Green's In the Trenches, and Ring Leader.
This is basically a montage of Jay, showing him messing around with the gimmick (you'll know what I mean if you have it), and him performing the effect numerous times.
How in the World?-
This section tells how people told Jay that an effect like this wouldn't work, what the gimmick is, and to take your time in setting up and learning how to do the effect.
Let's Take a Look at the Equipment-
This section tells you what the gimmick consists of, and how each piece works.
This tells you step by step how to setup the gimmick.
This tells you what to do to be able to perform this effect.
This is a section containing 8 words that refer you back to step three of the setup for reset.
These are the same ones Jay goes over in the video, but just on paper. Very helpful.
This section lists people that helped in this effect... including his brother who taught him how to tie his shoes.
This is definitely one of my favorite effects... I wear the gimmick every day (well, when I wear shoes with laces). It blows people's minds, and can fit in with your PK routine.
When I first looked at the gimmick, I said "What the heck?". At first I thought it would never work, but I quickly realized the ingenuity of the effect. The gimmick should last you a lifetime, unless you throw it around your room or something stupid like that. There is also a great post on constructing your own gimmick in the PO Forums... which only costs around $10... at the most.
Obviously, this effect is not completely impromptu. You must be wearing shoes with laces, and the gimmick. But, other than that, you can do it anytime you want.
-Nobody will ever figure it out.
-Spectators can immediately reach down and inspect the knot, laces, and shoe if they would like.
-The gimmick will last you a long, long, long time if you treat it properly.
-Some people's gimmicks make noise... although I personally have never had this problem.
-The reset cannot be done in front of your spectators
-Reset can be a pin in a crowded place such as school.
I think this effects is awesome, and I perform it every chance I get. I, like a lot of other people, have problems with people actually calling me out on my shoelaces being untied... after school. I think school is a great place to perform this effect, as many people will call you out. This really is an "ice breaker"... meaning that if people do call you out, and you perform the trick, chances are they will ask you to do some more magic for them. So... great effect! Good job Jay!