Big Bang (Exploding Lightbulb) by MagicSmith

Can't find the review you want? Try requesting a review...

Moderators: bananafish, support, Rob, Lady of Mystery, nickj, Mandrake

Visit Magicbox for all the latest and best effects! ink cartridges Web Design for Magicians A web site set up to sell my book, THE STRIPPER DECK, and future magical/mentalism titles. Best prices around! World-Of-Magic, Suppliers of quality Magic Worldwide

Big Bang (Exploding Lightbulb) by MagicSmith

Postby feifei » Fri Jan 18, 2008 10:08 am



Hi, anyone have bought big bang by MagicSmith?

How does it compare to other exploding lightbulb effect, like Yigal Mesika's Exploding Lightbulb, or HocusPocus's Exploding lightbulb?

Which one is easiest to perform? or end Clean?

Can the bag with the broken lightbulb from big bang be handed out for examination?

And the question is, Which one would you recommend buying?

User avatar
feifei
Preferred Member
 
Posts: 114
Joined: Sun Jul 08, 2007 12:49 pm
Location: End of Land (28:AH)

Re: Big Bang (Exploding Lightbulb) by MagicSmith

Postby bananafish » Fri Jan 18, 2008 10:24 am

feifei wrote:Hi, anyone have bought big bang by MagicSmith?

How does it compare to other exploding lightbulb effect, like Yigal Mesika's Exploding Lightbulb, or HocusPocus's Exploding lightbulb?

Which one is easiest to perform? or end Clean?

Can the bag with the broken lightbulb from big bang be handed out for examination?

And the question is, Which one would you recommend buying?


I have it and I have had Yigal's (I lost it sadly), and both are very good.

Big Bang has several advantages and a few disadvantages. It make sense for the bulb to be in the bag - as glass will shatter. The beauty of BB is that you can get the spec to concentrate on her inner energy then tuch the bulb and it will smash on contact with her finger. You are merely holding the bag up.

There are numerous wonderful presentations possible. One idea I had was to do it in conjunction with Electric Touch (I just need to get an ET), but it is fun and very freaky for the spectator.

The only disadvantage is that it takes (me) a couple of minutes to get it in the bag - so I can't do that part impromptu - what I do is explain why it's in the bag and hand the bag with the bulb in it to the spec to look at the bulb and check it is a normal bulb. This is potentially a minor risk, but certainly not one that gives me any fear.

As to examining after - same thing - but I don't and have never been asked people are too freaked out to want to look.

I like BigBang

Yigal's tool - is also wonderful, and I did use it. All in all I refer Big Bang though.

User avatar
bananafish
Consultant Moderator
 
Posts: 5813
Joined: Tue Apr 22, 2003 8:43 am
Location: Simon Shaw. Suffolk, UK (50:SH)

Postby feifei » Fri Jan 18, 2008 11:43 am

Thanks so much bananafish! That was a quick reply!

I had Yigal's E.Lightbulb on my wishlist for a while, then BigBang came along, so I had to find out about it! as having it in a bag really does make sense!

Did notice the little 'move' required for this trick in one of the performance in the demo vid, but after watching it again, with proper patter and misdirection, and some hand movement, it wasn't visible at all in the other performance.

Would be great if could be done impromptu or say let the spec put the lightbulb into the bag... but anyway that's just a small issue.. and to think about it, totally agree with you that most specs would probably not want to touch a bag with broken glass.

Cheers again!

User avatar
feifei
Preferred Member
 
Posts: 114
Joined: Sun Jul 08, 2007 12:49 pm
Location: End of Land (28:AH)

Postby IAIN » Sun Jan 20, 2008 1:53 pm

you know what, big bang piqued my interest..can i find it in the UK?

Nooooooooooo!

IAIN
 

Postby Dan Dent » Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:22 am

Wouldn't it be possible to place the light bulb in a clear plastic bag and then use the Yigal gimmick?

Dan Dent
New User
 
Posts: 3
Joined: Sun Jun 04, 2006 8:59 am

Postby Mandrake » Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:47 am

Max Somerset did that variation on one of his MaxMagic shows, it was performed in a shopping centre hence the need to avoid flying glass all over the place. The problem was, it not only telegraphed what was going to happen, it also restricted the view of the effect.

With the enforced trend to 'low energy' :? bulbs, I suppose this effect will be consigned to the graveyard of old but no longer possible magic in due course....

--0--
User avatar
Mandrake
.
 
Posts: 25859
Joined: Sun Apr 20, 2003 8:00 pm
Location: UK (66:AH)

Postby ronjakkz » Wed Apr 29, 2009 4:05 am

Dan Dent wrote:Wouldn't it be possible to place the light bulb in a clear plastic bag and then use the Yigal gimmick?



some facts are saying this could be possible to work out :idea: :arrow:




_________________
LED Flashlight

ronjakkz
New User
 
Posts: 1
Joined: Wed Apr 29, 2009 3:51 am

Postby D_Sharp » Wed Apr 29, 2009 5:45 pm

I have Yigal's version and it's great. Very visual and shocking. Image

User avatar
D_Sharp
Full Member
 
Posts: 72
Joined: Fri Dec 22, 2006 4:40 pm

Postby Ecruteak768 » Mon May 11, 2009 3:30 am

I am familiar with that Yigal's version.,can you post some details regarding this .,?thanks in advance.,


_________________
LED Flashlight

Ecruteak768
New User
 
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon May 11, 2009 2:30 am

Postby TonyB » Mon May 11, 2009 10:01 pm

I used to have Yigal's version, but the gimmick was so small I eventually lost it during a house move. But it was very neat - drop it into my pocket and it was ready for action in an instant. It was flesh-coloured, fitted perfectly between the fingers, and the move was so easy. One idea I used occasionally was to screech in a very high pitch until the bulb shattered.
This gimmick would also work on good crystal, I would say. Though I never tried it.
Bulbs have been outlawed in Ireland since January (we have to use the dim energy-efficient rubbish instead). This gimmick will shatter the energy-efficient ones as well, but it makes the effect quite expensive.

User avatar
TonyB
Advanced Member
 
Posts: 1489
Joined: Mon Apr 06, 2009 2:58 pm
Location: Ireland

Big bang

Postby konrad007 » Mon Nov 09, 2009 8:57 pm

i have got big bang it can be done spontaneous you just need some practice putting the clip on the bag? there is prob a 5 sec set up if that. This is a killer of an effect for $50.00 and is worth it.

konrad007
New User
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:00 am

Postby IanKendall » Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:31 pm

I agree - I can set up Big Bang in about three to five seconds, but it took a lot of work to get to that point. I think that bringing out the bulb already in the bag does a disservice to the effect.

I've tried Yigel's as well, and I prefer the BB, if only for being in a bag.

Take care, Ian

IanKendall
Senior Member
 
Posts: 501
Joined: Thu Jun 03, 2004 11:03 am
Location: Edinburgh, (41:WP)

Re: Big Bang (Exploding Lightbulb) by MagicSmith

Postby Mr Grumpy » Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:00 pm

bananafish wrote:One idea I had was to do it in conjunction with Electric Touch (I just need to get an ET), but it is fun and very freaky for the spectator.


Did you ever try this, Bananafish? I'd love to explode a LIT light bulb in a bag. It doesn't appeal to me so much if the bulb isn't lit.

It might be easier to use MagicSmith's Lightning (so I've been told), unless you're already using Electric Touch, which people say can be a hassle to set up.

User avatar
Mr Grumpy
Senior Member
 
Posts: 998
Joined: Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:25 pm
Location: North Yorkshire 39:WP

Re: Big Bang (Exploding Lightbulb) by MagicSmith

Postby Lord Freddie » Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:09 pm

Recently bought both this and Lightning and must say I'm a little disappointed with both. Lightning works best with the frosted bulbs that have now been banned in the UK and Big Bang, well... it's awfully fiddly putting the clip on the bag. Not practical in my eyes and best suited for those You Tube "artists".
One thing has to be said about Magic Smith's instructional discs. Firstly they won't play on a DVD player, only a pc and the quality of the filming and explanation of the gimmicks means you need to watch a few times to work out what is going on. The picture quality isn't great and when an important part of the prop is being discussed, the chap's hand is obscuring the gimmick. Grrrr! Lightning is fairly usable if you can get hold of bulbs that cover the gimmick (unlikely). Big Bang is too damn fiddly and awkward to use in an actual performance setting and with the fiddly clip the reset time could take a while...

www.themysticmenagerie.com

"You're like Yoda ..... you'd sell out to a Vodaphone advert if the money was right."
User avatar
Lord Freddie
Elite Member
 
Posts: 3657
Joined: Sun Oct 08, 2006 2:23 pm
Location: Berkshire

Re: Big Bang (Exploding Lightbulb) by MagicSmith

Postby Lord Freddie » Sun May 06, 2012 5:44 pm

Another thing I have to say about Magic Smiths products is he provides no written instructions and you receive a disc that is not a dvd but a windows media file which appears to have been produced by Harvey Price. It hardly plays and takes ages for my pc to recognise it and when it does finally play, it's clunky, badly filmed with the camera focussing on everything but what he is talking about and padded out with promo clips. Shoddily done on the cheap. The effect is good but you need to work out with trial and error and the instructions are practically worthless and far too much agro to both with.

www.themysticmenagerie.com

"You're like Yoda ..... you'd sell out to a Vodaphone advert if the money was right."
User avatar
Lord Freddie
Elite Member
 
Posts: 3657
Joined: Sun Oct 08, 2006 2:23 pm
Location: Berkshire


Return to Reviews Request

Manufacturer of modern & unique magic apparatus! Playing Cards for Magicians Dude That's Cool Magic Best prices around! Aeternum Servare Secreta Sorcery Shop - Home of the ITR MagicWorld Magic Shop for Magic Tricks

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests