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Photography by Jim Lee

PARABOLIC MICROPHONE

image This dollar store DIY spy mic lets you listen from afar.

By Jim Lee

This is a ridiculously easy way to build a parabolic microphone using dollar store items. You’ll attract lots of attention walking around in public with this rig. I usually welcome the inquiries, and let people listen to what I’m doing. Kids especially love it.

1. Make the dish.

Use wire cutters to snip away the 4 plastic holders that connect the hat’s umbrella to its headband (Figure A). Slice the top of the plastic knob off the top ...

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