To the owners of UFO 2 or UFO 3
Thank you to all who have supported the UFO Buttons project.
The funding was a succes and we will start producing the mold now.
Delivery time of the orders will be mid January 2013.
Soren and I have an offer for you, and we hope that you will take the time to read this. First, a little story.
I use the UFO 3 in my own show. I get 5 people on stage, where I have a bag with 10 dice in 5 different colors. I will then get each of the 5 spectators to take a die, and hide it in one of their hands. Then I do a "which hand - what color"-routine. It is an incredibly strong routine because you can build a lot of psychology into it, and I always get incredibly good response to that routine.
I am not completely satisfied. The dice I use are the same dice as Labco has sold to the UFO system for several years. They can be difficult for the spectator to hide in one hand without it showing. Soren and I have for some time talked about what would be the perfect item to use. Coins are size-wise perfect but our chips cannot be built into metal. Therefore we have come to the conclusion that the absolute best item to use for this routine is: a button.
A button has several advantages. The size can be customized so that we can achieve the perfect size, and the 4 holes in the button create the illusion that it is simply impossible to hide anything within it. This only requires a button consisting of 2 shells to fit around the chip, but to have a button special made is very expensive. There must be a special mold made to mold the plastic buttons and it is simply too expensive for Labco to start that process, without knowing if some of our customers will be interested in buying our buttons. Therefore we have decided to offer our UFO customers a strategic partnership.
We offer you to buy our buttons for a good price. The buttons are produced in 5 different colors, and the normal price for a set of 5 buttons will be 100 €. We can offer you these for only 70 €. If you want to make my strong routine, I suggest 10 buttons. They're going to cost 180 €. For you, these will only be 125 €.
We will also make a special Kurotsuke set (1 Black (chipped) + 4 White buttons) normal price is 75€,
introduction price is 50€.
All it requires to kickstart the production is that we get orders on 100 sets of 5 buttons. When the 100 sets are ordered and customers have paid, the production will start. If the situation were to arise, that there are not enough customers who are interested, we will of course return all the money, and you as a customer will not have any expenses on this.
Interested? Click the BUY tab in the upper right corner, and choose how many sets you want.
Deadline for the funding is the 19th of November.
If the funding reaches our goal, the buttons will be delivered 6-8 weeks after.
When the funding is fulfilled, this offer will end and the buttons will only be sold to the normal price.
You can follow the progress of the funding on this website.
Soren & Niels
Labcomagic's main website: www.labcomagic.com
To give you a sense of how the buttons will look like, we have made a 3D print. In image A, you can see how the button looks like in a 3D drawing. In image B, you can see the 3D printed button. You can sense a dark area on the surface of the chip. A 3D print is made of a partly transparent material. This will NOT appear on the molded buttons. The buttons are 30mm in diameter and 6.7mm thick. In image C, you can see the 3D printed button in a hand. In image D, you can see which colors the buttons will be produced in.
A: 3D drawing of the button.
B: Measurement of the 3D button (30 x 6.7 mm = 1.2" x 0.26")
C: 3D printet button in hand.
D: The 5 plastic bricks shows the color the buttons will get.
CAD drawing of the green button.
CAD drawing of the red button.
CAD drawing of the yellow button.
On the video below, Niels is perfoming his routine with 10 chipped dice.
Here is the winner in our competition
Congratulations to Chris Matthewson.
I humbly submit the following suggestions to improve the already strong routine:
1. Use the packaging from large buttons you’ve actually purchased form a store like this one:
Actually, I plan to use two small packages that each contain only 4-6 large buttons. One will hold the four Black & White buttons (I found a package that holds large Black & White buttons very similar in appearance and size to yours) and one to hold the six Green, Red & Yellow buttons. I’ll have two helpers open these packages and actually call out the various colors.
2. Make sure everyone is aware that there are “ten or twelve” buttons of “5 or 6” colors in play. As just described in #1, rather than doing this yourself, have a helper or two from the audience display the buttons and call out the various colors.
3. Although I very much like the “colors affect your body and your mind” presentation seen in the video, I prefer a two phase Lie Detection/Body Language presentation: In the first phase, you determine which hand the object (button) is in. In the second phase, you divine the color of the object. One small suggestion I would make is to avoid standing with your back facing the audience. You can do this by standing with your side facing the audience, while your spectators stand likewise (their opposite sides facing the audience, or standing in a diagonal so that the furthest from the audience is standing closer towards you). You could have each spectator in turn step forward from their line so that the audience can more clearly see the spectator you are focusing on.
4. One major suggestion I have is to get the read of the color of the object (and to remember it) during the initial Which Hand? phase of the routine. Of course, this is very difficult to do infallibly in the heat of performance. (However, my suggestion #10 below will give you several easy ways to do this!) One way I have actually performed it is to remember each spectator’s “number” (not the color—just the number of vibrations for the color, as UFO users will clearly understand) like a gradually evolving (very short) telephone number, as I progress down the line of spectators determining which of their hands are empty. As I ask each spectator “Is this the empty hand?” she is instructed always to say “Yes,” even if the answer is a lie. Of course, the marvelous UFO equipment not only informs me which hand is actually empty, but the color of the object. For example, if the coded signal is, say, 3 vibrations, then I simply remember the number 3 as I go to the next spectator. Let’s say the next spectator’s read is one vibration; then I remember the two numbers as “31,” again like remembering a very short telephone number. Eventually, I’ll have five numbers memorized (say, “31354”). Caution: practice is required to do this. However, even if you forget a number or two, you can obtain a second read as back-up insurance! The great advantage of this way of performing the routine is that, in the second phase, you can step back from each spectator and even let each of them keep the hand holding the object remain out of view behind the back! This is very disarming way (literally!) of performing the second, color divination, phase of the routine.
5. As in the video routine, some semblance of “calibration” is important. I sometimes do this while asking each helper’s name: After they give me their true names, I then jokingly call the first spectator by another (incorrect) name and then ask him to agree with me! I vary this bit with each spectator. For example, if the second spectator says his name is “John,” I might ask him to lie & tell me his name is “Paul.” With another spectator, I might ask him to reply “Yes” to the following question: “Are we standing inside a flying saucer in space?” The point is to relax your helpers with various humorous bits, while making it apparent to your audience that you are actually “calibrating” the volunteers for the lie detection phase!
6. By listening carefully, you should be able to hear when your helpers are finished with the object selection process. A Blackboard Glimpse can help you so that your audience is not left wondering why you, the Mind Reader, cannot even tell when the last spectator has the bag during the selection process. You might also want to remind your audience that, since there are more buttons than helpers, it is possible that one or two colors might be selected twice and others not at all. This way, no one in the audience will think you just eliminated all the colors to determine which color is left at the all important climax! (See suggestion #2 above.)
7. The best way to eliminate the need to mention the “white knuckle” difference (between the empty hand and the hand holding an object) is to have an object in each of the spectator’s two hands! How can you do this in the context of this routine? One way would be to ask each spectator to hold a coin (about the size of an American Half Dollar) in one hand and the selected button in the other hand. Each helper could take a coin from a side table or you could simply hand each spectator a coin as they introduce themselves to you and the audience. Some performers might prefer their helpers to remove a coin or other small object from their pockets (or ask for volunteers who have such small objects “that could easily be concealed in their hand”). You might even prefer to try to locate the spectators’ own personal items, rather than the buttons, and use the buttons as simply small objects to hold in the other hand so that the hands will appear the same! (See suggestion #10 below for an elaboration of this idea.)
8. Another variation I have used with the dice (and other colored objects, such as pen caps) is to combine the Which Hand? routine with a Chair Prediction Climax. In the first phase, I ostensibly determine which hand is empty (not revealing the hand with the object in this first phase allows for a very neat second phase). Of course, in determining which hand the object is in, I also automatically know the color of the object; however, I do not reveal this information at this time. Instead, when I finish with each spectator (after she reveals that I have, in fact, divined the empty hand), I have the spectator sit in one of five chairs. (The chairs are set up in 1 through 5 order, corresponding with my color code, and each chair has a large envelope with the correct color card inside.) Of course, the chair I have the spectator sit in has the envelope with the color card that matches the color of the spectator’s still concealed object. Of course, a psychic approach in the first phase would be more consistent with this climax that a Lie Detection presentation.
9. In phase one of my Lie Detection routine, I will ask each spectator a simple question, such as: “Is this the empty hand?” I will have instructed each spectator to reply simply “Yes” for each hand, whether they are lying or telling the truth. My job will be to tell when each spectator is lying. In this presentation, after each spectator is asked this same question for each hand, I direct her to hold one hand outstretched (the empty hand), still closed in a fist, and to place the other hand (the one with the object inside) behind her back. At the end of this first phase, each hand will be opened, one after the other, to show it empty! (If you use the techniques described in suggestions #4 or #10, you will also know the color of each spectator’s button now held in a closed fist behind her back!) The revelation of each empty hand can be very dramatic.
One way I vary the first phase is to make it seem progressively more difficult. For the second or third spectator, I might (after getting the read of which hand the object is in), turn my back to the spectator and attempt to determine whether he is lying “simply by verbal clues only.” For the fourth and fifth spectators, I might ask each to simply respond “Yes” or “No” in their minds only. In other words, they either lie or tell the truth without uttering a word!
10. Evolution of a Gray Code:
I’ve thought long and hard about how you might keep track of each color (for each spectator) as you move along multiple spectators in the heat of performance. (See suggestion #4 above.) I find it a rare performer who can unerringly keep track of five such colors in proper order every performance. Even if you can, I think any memorization by the performer during the course of the routine has a great potential to detract from the presentation. Over the course of presenting my multiple spectator Lie Detector routine, I’ve developed various alternatives to avoid the need to perform a second read of each spectator’s fists:
I tried using little colored stickies, which I placed on each spectator’s forehead as soon as I determined the color each held. Since they cannot see their own stickies, a spectator doesn’t know which color you have assigned to him (although they might see each other’s, and the audience, if close enough, can see them all). At the finish, after you’ve divined each spectator’s color, you show another (somewhat illogical, but still greatly mystifying) climax: you have somehow “predicted” (via the stickies on the foreheads) the color each would choose! This routine has aspects similar to the Chair Prediction Climax described in suggestion #8 above.
Although very strong, the colored stickie method proved just too illogical for me, so I sought more subtle approaches: If I could somehow secretly “number” (or mark) each spectator as soon as I learned the number of their color during the first phase of the routine, then I could use those secret number marks to prompt me as to each spectator’s color in the second phase. But how to secretly and logically mark each volunteer?
My first attempts involved repositioning my five volunteers on the stage or performing area in accordance with the “number” (color) of their concealed object. However, I had more success with a very different method: the introduction of coins into the routine! (The following example relies on U.S. coins.) A penny will represent the number 1 (Black in my system); a nickel = 2 (White); a dime = 3 (Green); a quarter = 4 (Red); and a Half Dollar = 5 (Yellow). When I have determined (thanks to U.F.O.) which color a spectator has, I have him place the hand holding the object (button) behind his back, while holding his (empty) closed fist outstretched in front of him. I ask the spectator to keep his hand still, and I lay the proper coin (matching his chosen color) on the back of his hand as I go down the line to the next spectator! (Remember, you will need ten coins, two of each denomination, to properly “mark” each spectator, since you may need two of the same denomination.)
After I’ve learned all five colors and marked each spectator appropriately, I go down the line again, asking each to show his hand empty. Of course, just before he opens his hand, I take the coin from the back of his hand, but then place the coin back into the hand after it has been shown empty. After all five hands are shown empty, I go to the spectator with the penny (you could start with any spectator), take the penny and then divine the color. Consistent with the Lie Detector/Body Language theme, I ask the first spectator (the one holding the penny) to say “No” to each of the following questions: “Is the color of your button Red? Is the color Yellow? Is the color Black? Is the color...Wait, you just lied—you are holding the Black button, aren’t you? Please show us!”
The wonderful thing about this method, as mentioned above in suggestion #4 above, is that, during this second phase, you can step back from each spectator and even let each keep the hand holding the object remain behind the back! Knowing what you already know at the beginning of the second phase, you could even go sit in the audience and determine the color of each spectator’s button!
By the way, I actually often formulate my questions so that the first phase’s series of questions require a “Yes” response and the second phase’s series of questions requires a “No” response (as in the above examples). Also, not being sure about one apparently “particularly good liar” and coming back to him (as in the video routine) can make for an effective climax.
I should also note that I’ve worked my Coin Marking/Cueing system by adding a middle phase to the routine: In the first phase, each spectator holds an object in one hand, while the other hand is empty. In the second phase, after I’ve learned what color their object is and have handed each spectator the proper coin, I repeat the Which Hand? phase, this time with a coin in one hand and the colored object in the other. The coins thus “mark” each spectator and inform me as to the color of the still concealed object each is holding for the third and final phase of the routine!
There are even more subtle ways to “mark” your spectators! The one I now use most of time actually has the spectator telling me herself, without realizing it, what color object she is holding! I work it this way:
I go to the first volunteer and ask her to respond “Yes,” to my questions, whether it is the truth or a lie. I get my read as to which hand the object is in and the color of the object. In the course of doing this, let’s say I learn that the Red object is in the spectator’s left hand. I then hold up four fingers (the number “4” is my code for Red) and ask the spectator if I am holding up two fingers. Since she must continue to say “Yes” to all my questions, everyone can see how she acts when she is lying. After telling her to put one of her closed fists behind her back (it will be the one with the Red object), but before moving on to the next spectator, I ask her to remember the actual number of fingers I held up (four). Later, during the color revelation phase, when I come back to her, I will ask her for the number of fingers I held up earlier (I’ll ask her to respond truthfully!). When she tells me (“Four”), she will unknowingly be reminding me that she’s holding the Red object, allowing me to perform the second phase of my lie detection (determining the colors) from a distance!
As I go from spectator to spectator, I vary the procedure, but I always hold up the number of fingers matching the number of vibrations from that spectator’s read. I might hold up two fingers and ask the spectator if I’m holding up two, then hold up two fingers again and ask if I’m holding up three. Asking each spectator to remember a single digit does not unduly tax them, although I’ve had occasions when a spectator or even several of them aren’t sure of their number! In those situations, if I’m not absolutely positive I know what their number is, I simply resort to my “insurance” and have them bring out their hands for another read, sometimes mixing in another Which Hand? phase!
Thank you for allowing me to share the above suggestions with you and the creator of the wonderful video routine on your website!
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