Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Portable Smoke

A few years ago I was browsing a magic shop and came across a nifty little portable smoke machine.  It was about the size of a pack of cigarettes and strapped to the inside of your forearm.  A rubber tube lead from the smoke emitter to the base of your palm.  With a flick of your wrist you could trigger the unit and produce a puff of smoke from your hand.  It was a cool effect, but at $125 it was something only a professional magician could justify buying. 

Now you can get the same basic technology for $10 thanks to the explosion in vaping and e-cigarettes.  High temperature coils and powerful lithium batteries are cheap and readily available, cranked out by the millions in Chinese factories.  Wayne's Workship has posted a detailed tutorial on turning a cheap vape pen into a full blown micro smoke machine for about $25.   Browse his other videos to see how he uses a similar unit to produce exhaust plumes and weapons effects in his amazing Iron Man costume.

Via Eric Hart's Prop Agenda.

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