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The Hot Rod is a simple and extremely popular magician's pocket trick. The Flip Flop or Jacob's Ladder is an amusing and visually appealing novelty. This effect combines the visual appeal of the Flip Flop with the popular Hot Rod trick. It is a very simple, yet novel platform or stage magic effect that anyone can do. The effect can be presented for a much larger audience at a price less than you would pay for the Hot Rod trick.
The Performer displays an accordion pleated set of boards or panels with six different colored miniature glitter "fans" attached to them. When the panels drop open, the fans expand making for a striking visual display. A spectator selects any of the six colors. With a simple twist of the wrist, all the different colored fans change to the selected color.
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Great effect, and the display of the fans of the same colour looks awesome!
If you try to present the effect to non-English speaking audiences, you will have to use a different method to force the required colour, as the forcing is based on the fact that, in English, numbers under six are spelled with only 3 or 4 letters, and if they say "three", that has 5 letters, all you have to do is count to the third colour:
"1-2-3... The third colour, right? Thank you!"
This will not work in Spanish, French, etc.
If you are performing this for non-English or Esperanto speakers (the sole languages in which the force method provided works), simply have them name the colours, pretend to write them on slips, but write only the force colour in all the slips, and let someone take any slip. They will of course take the force colour. Then, take the flip flops, unfold them, show the different colours, and ask the spectator to read aloud the "chosen colour"... Then, plop! All the fans become the chosen colour! Other forces are also possible. – Wilhelm Eberhard
I have this for my kids show. It is big, but packs small. Its bright and colorful too. At a kids show, just have them pick a number from one 6. Several kids will say the number that corresponds to the flipped color. Great effect at a great price. – Matthew Weisman
This is a lovely illusion which can be performed by anyone almost immediately. It packs flat, or can be carried in a shirt pocket and is ready to go anytime. With a little immagination, all kinds of patter may be developed around the various colors of the "fans" and the resulting climax, making the trick even more interesting. The service from The Magic Depot was excellent (I ordered the trick on Friday morning and had it in my mailbox on Monday.) – Beverly Sprague
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