Gimmick It Yourself - by Ben Williams - INSTANT DOWNLOAD
- Product Review (submitted on 26 July 2018):
Ben has a superb track record of creating very strong and practical magic and I always get excited when he releases any material. "Tear-able Sessions" and "Anything" have been in my repertoire for quite some time and I must say, he's done it again with this latest release.
Gimmick It Yourself contains five easy-to-make gimmicks, several of which have multiple uses and for each Ben teaches his routine - and in some cases several routines. I'll describe my thoughts on each below, but to cut to the chase, there is some really clever thinking here.
Off Balance is an interesting and offbeat effect where you balance an object, such as a Sharpie, fork, sunglasses, etc on the end of your finger. The great thing about this, is the object that is suspended is completely un-gimmicked and can be borrowed. The gimmick is quick and easy to make and can be carried in your wallet and done at any time.
S.O.S is basically a Ring Flight, but instead of the borrowed ring ending up on the usual bunch of keys, it is taped to the clip of your Sharpie! It looks great and again easy to make up and very practical. I can see a lot of people using this a lot! It ticks all the boxes and resets pretty instantly!
Enveload is a simple solution to enable you to load a playing card, coin, ring or similar in to a sealed envelope without any fumbling. No wallets required and the system Ben has created makes it hard to miss. For those of who feel uncomfortable carrying around a bulky wallet which takes up valuable pocket space and looks old fashioned, this is an ideal solution. The gimmick can be made in two or three minutes and will last for a very long time! You can also use this if you are wearing something that doesn't have an inside pocket, or perhaps you're using the pocket for something else. This is very useful! Ben also shows how this gimmick evolved and shares an interesting variation that can loaded from your back pocket.
Shadow is a smart utility device. It's very subtle, but can really strengthen some effects and turn them in to a miracle! There's a few effects I already do where this could make a big difference. essentially you show a sealed envelope which contains a prediction - this is done by shining a light (Ben uses the torch on his phone) behind it and you can clearly see that there is a card inside. Later this card/prediction impossibly matches a free choice that is made by a audience member and of course the envelope is shown otherwise empty. Ben teaches a great routine that uses this gimmick which is seriously powerful!
SCTSW is listed as a bonus effect and is simple, but again very strong magic. A signed card appears inside a spectators wallet which has been on the table the entire time. This uses no gimmicks whatsoever and is completely impromptu. Very nicely constructed and the choreography covers all the dirty work, If you're a worker, you will use this!
Stash is another simple utility device which I can see being very useful. It basically allows you to add-on card(s) (up to a small packet) on top of the deck, without any palming. It is easy, invisible and again simple to make. The add-on is covered by a natural action and will go right past everyone! If you have a use for this, I think you'll like this a lot. Ben even teaches a few effects to get you started. The other interesting thing about this, is you can also load cards in to the holdout during a routine, then perhaps get the cards shuffled, then retrieve the card later. You will have to palm a card if you want to load the gimmick during a routine, but if you just want to add cards on to the deck, it's practically self-working.
Even if you don't intend to use any of the material on this download (which would surprise me), this should be a required watch for any magician. If you ever find yourself without your props, perhaps they have been lost or stolen (it happens!), a visit to a stationary shop and the knowledge on this download, would give you enough material for a close-up gig. How useful is that?? You never know when this could come in very handy indeed!