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Death Toll by Bruce Ballon, Taylor Imagineering(c. 2010) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)
When I first saw this a few years ago I missed getting one primarily because I was happy with the wonderful Cesaral Spirit Bell (I even brought one of each!). However, I recently picked up Death Toll and am very pleased that I did. Although the Cesaral has a bunch of extra programmable features they are only any good if you plan on using them, and most of us use a Spirit Bell to ring the bell unattended, and nothing else. This is where Death Toll excels. Not only does it look 100% genuine, the bell is very clear and loud and you can actually see the plunger pushed. It looks wonderful!
Death Toll is extremely authentic looking too. In fact when I first received it I thought there is no way this is not a real bell retrofitted. I looked into it further and found out that Taylor Imagineering had these built from the ground up just for this effect. It also uses two standard AAA batteries, and even the top bell can be removed to see all the innards inside – there looks like nothing going on except the ringer.
Death Toll comes in two versions: the Bright Finish (featured on this page) and the Antique Finish. (Notice: I have just been informed by Christopher Taylor that only the Antique Finish is available now.) Although I often go for the antique finish, in this case I went for the Bright Finish as I have mainly seen bright and shiny bells at all the hotels I have visited. Both versions are the same otherwise and they all sound amazing.
The remote works perfectly and you can ring the bell about once every second, you have to wait for the ringer to fall back before it can be rung again, which is just like a real desk bell in fact. There is also an extra toe switch that you get so you can operate this 100% hands free. The toe switch plugins into the remote so you don’t have to have wires going all the way up your leg, just tuck it into your sock. I’m pushing it down as I write this and it works perfectly.
Unless your routine actually needs the advanced programming capabilities of the Cesaral this is my new favorite Spirit Bell, I love it 🙂
Effect: Christopher Taylor and Bruce Ballon have teamed to bring you a spirit bell for the 21st century that is perfect for séance, mentalism, magic or bizarre performances. Yes, it has many features that other Spirit Bells on the market already have but it also provides theatrical advantages that none other can match!
- Spectators not only hear the bell ring, but they will also SEE the plunger fall and rise!
- Death Toll has a disarming mundane, ordinary appearance!
- Rings as often as you want, the instant you want it to.
- Hands off radio control from 50 feet away.
- Bell’s dome can be removed to “accidentally prove” it is ordinary
AND, it can be used as a spectator cueing device. Cause a spectator to think THEY RANG THE BELL proving THEY are psychic!
- Bright Finish, Brass electronic counter bell,
- Remote transmitter,
- Plug-in toe-switch,
- 34 page booklet of instructions and routines by Bruce Ballon via PDF
Approx. Price: $365.00 (2021) ***
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