Barking Dog, by Etienne Pradier

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Barking Dog, by Etienne Pradier

Postby fishistheice » Apr 29th, '07, 12:45



Barking Dog by Etienne Pradier

The Effect
The magician selects a card from the deck, which is kept secret from the spectators. He folds it into quarters, with the back outermost, and places into the grip of a bulldog clip. He explains that this card is a prediction.

A spectator then picks a card from the deck and signs it on the face. The card is returned to the deck and the deck is shuffled. The magician now draws attention to the bulldog clip once again, which has been in full view for the whole trick - he picks it up, removes the folded card from it's grip, and unfolds it. It is the spectator's signed card.


Cost
I found this for £12 on magicshop.co.uk


Difficulty
(1=easy to do, 2=No sleights, but not so easy, 3=Some sleights used,
4=Advanced sleights used, 5=Suitable for experienced magicians only)

I would rate this between 2 and 3, because there is only one sleight which might require a lot of practice to go unnoticed.

Review
The trick comes with instructions and the gimmick, which is good quality since despite using it a lot, I have not yet broken it/worn it down.

The gimmick itself is a very clever piece of apparatus, and the excellent thing about it is that it is more of a utility, which you can slip into almost any trick to add a touch of mentalism. I personally no longer use the performance as outlined in the instruction booklet, although it provides a good starting point.

The effect is very strong on the audience, as they all saw the signed card shuffled into the pack, and provides a nice alternative to simply revealing predictions written on a blank card.

As I said, there are a few sleights, but there is one sleight which is key to the operating of this gimmick, and does require practice.

Overall
A very versatile gimmick, which with a little bit of imagination can be integrated into other card tricks. I give this a 9/10, simply because it is not entirely angle proof, which has been pointed out to me in the past.

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Postby greedoniz » Apr 30th, '07, 09:42

I wonder what the difference between this and Sankeys Paperclipped effect is?
Sankeys version doesn't need a gimmicked clip and was wondering whether this bulldog version has anything over it?
Anyone got or used both?

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Postby Renato » Apr 30th, '07, 17:32

The Bulldog is an old method which, I believe, predates Sankey's Paperclipped... which is more an ungimmicked version of it.

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Postby Max Gordon » May 1st, '07, 08:45

The Bulldog clip prop should be credited to Bob Ostin, also known as the "Ostin Clip"

Used properly this is a very powerful and completely "invisible" utility device

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Postby IAIN » May 1st, '07, 15:40

i've got it, one of those things i've just forgotten about...from memory it's good...i just never had cause to use it...

...if memory serves, the fore-father of it is in corinda...as is most things!

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Postby pcwells » Jun 10th, '09, 13:32

Can anyone tell me whether Barking Dog can be used with paper billets? Ort is it permanently loaded with a bicycle card?

Pete

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Postby IAIN » Jun 10th, '09, 13:37

pete - go buy the ostin clip from raymon carlyle's site...he and john riggs improved it...and they certainly have...

http://carlyletouch.com/PageFive.html

and yes - billet friendly...

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Postby Iceman » Jun 10th, '09, 14:38

I just love this genious prop!

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Postby pcwells » Jun 10th, '09, 15:39

I've just emailed Ed about a few items and asked for a shipping quote on the Ostin Clips. The Barking Dog is the only equivalent I've found available from UK-based retailers, but I'll probably still end up buying from Ed...

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Postby IAIN » Jun 10th, '09, 15:40

the ostin is ten times better...

the barking dog has a rubber band running around the outside - which is odd, as i've never seen a bulldog clip in real life that has one..i wonder why its....hmmmm....

the ostin is as clear as a whistle and neatly self contained...

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Postby pcwells » Jun 10th, '09, 19:12

Just bought a couple from Ed Carlyle. Aside from the feedback here, and the fact that I trust John Riggs implicitly, that Mr Carlyle is such a nice friendly and helpful fella... :)

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Postby Reverend Tristan » Jun 18th, '09, 18:00

pcwells wrote:Just bought a couple from Ed Carlyle. Aside from the feedback here, and the fact that I trust John Riggs implicitly, that Mr Carlyle is such a nice friendly and helpful fella... :)


He sure is, now I've gone back on his site no doubt I'll want to buy more of his stuff :lol:

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Postby thebigcheese » Jan 12th, '10, 23:03

Am I being stupid here or is this something that can simply be done with a normal paperclip, one addition and a bit of basic sleight of hand?
I like the thought, and am thinking of doing it in my un-gimmicked way, but I wonder if anything glaringly obvious I'm missing out??

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Postby IAIN » Jan 12th, '10, 23:09

well, kinda...but...

this looks cleaner, you dont necessarily have to handle anything either with an ostin clip, not like you would with your suggestion..

my opinion only though...

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Postby thebigcheese » Jan 13th, '10, 15:41

I'll have to have a rethink and see how clean I can get it..I d resent spending money on gimmicks that replace a bit of effort of sleight of hand.

Hmm...

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