Reviews

Alex Elmsley Tahoe Sessions- #1, DVD review by Les
Alex Elmsley Tahoe Sessions- #1, DVD
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A great DVD made by a master.

Some of the best secrets of magic revealed by the man who invented many of them.

(Posted on 10/08/2018)

Elastic Utility Thread (200 m/218 yards) review by Nigel
Elastic Utility Thread (200 m/218 yards)
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Best you can get!

I use the "Split" effect frequently when dining out as a way to leave a tip. It always amazes waiting staff and never fails to impress. I needed to replace the elastic provided as time had eventually taken its toll and more was required.
After two or three failed purchases which resulted in poor quality elastic which broke easily and could also be seen quite easily I contacted Merchant of Magic for any recommendations. They put me on to the "Elastic Utility Thread" and I am so pleased with the result.
It seems to be exactly the same as the elastic supplied with the effect and works superbly. 200m will keep me going for a few years, I am very grateful for your recommendation. Perfect result!

(Posted on 10/08/2018)

At The Table Live Marc Spelmann - DVD review by Sabini
At The Table Live Marc Spelmann - DVD
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A complete act!

Firstly, I need to say for the price...WOW! You normally pay a lot more for one effect, here you’ve got an entire act for a ridiculously low price! The effects are all practical and easy to perform, but your not just learning the effects, Marc and Peter both add additional tips and variations that enables you to not only amaze with what’s on the DVD, but also to use the methods shown to put your own spin on things and use in different effects. A great price for a wealth of knowledge.

(Posted on 10/08/2018)

Stars of Magic (Soft Cover) by Meir Yedid - Book review by Pierre
Stars of Magic (Soft Cover) by Meir Yedid - Book
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Classic

This book is said to be a must-have for magicians. It contains sleights with cards, coins, wrist watch steal, and much more. It includes classics like the Ambitious card and the Triumph.
Even if you don't perform these tricks, it is well worth to study and practice them, for one can learn a lot about misdirection and varying the methods to achieve the same effect in increasingly impossible ways.

(Posted on 09/08/2018)

Hanafuda Games Hanami Edition review by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame
Hanafuda Games Hanami Edition
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The single best book available with English rules for games with Hanafuda playing cards

The two people behind IndianWolf Studios, the husband and wife team of Jason and Antonietta Johnson, have created a wonderful rule-book as part of two project that also included the creation of two custom decks of Hanafuda playing cards, the Hanami edition and the Sensu edition. Apparently rules for Hanafudu games can be hard to find or interpret, so IndianWolf Studios has done the hard work for us by putting this material together into a lovely book, which is available as a hard copy or as an eBook.

It's an impressive full-colour 236 page book, and contains a collection of 37 different games organized into sections for four main types of games: Capture Games, Sequence Games, Luck Games, and Fusion Solitaire Games. Within each section the games are arranged by difficulty, using a handy color code. A final section at the end of the book contains handy Quick Reference Charts, which help out with scoring. Within the explanations themselves are game-play and scoring examples, pictures, and variants.

Some of the Fusion Games will be immediately familiar to anyone who has some experience with Western card games, such as the three solitaire games Pyramid, Solitaire, and Eight Off, while games like Hana-Rumi and Hana-Gin have obvious parallels with the counterparts that inspired them: Rummy and Gin. But these are mainly designed to get people familiar with the Hanafuda deck. And it is really the Hanafuda games in this book that are of special interest.

The Luck Games are good for social settings, and are fast and fun, whereas the Sequence Games require you to empty your hand and have a more serious and thoughtful feel to the game-play. But what people will especially find interesting is the Capture Games category, where game-play revolves around capturing cards from a field and creating point-scoring combinations. This style of gameplay is reminiscent of traditional and popular card games like Scopa and Cassino.

If you are starting from scratch, I'd recommend beginning with the Simplified Game for Beginners and with Matching Flowers, to familiarize yourself with the cards. Then eventually work yourself up to the classic and popular Japanese two player game Koi-Koi. When you're ready for it, give the more complex 2-7 player game Go-Stop a try, because this is arguably the most popular game played with Hanafuda cards in Korea. Higo-bana is a version of Hanafuda that is very popular in Hawaii, and is also included in the book, and can be recommended.

The beauty of a good rulebook like this one, is that it is a terrific resource that really helps people with a Hanafuda deck get started in exploring this new world of possibilities. An excellent volume that I highly recommend to anyone interested in games that can be played with Hanafuda playing cards. - BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame

(Posted on 08/08/2018)

Change Bag Diamond (Red/White) by Bazar de Magia review by Raymond
Change Bag Diamond (Red/White) by Bazar de Magia
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change bag

Bag was of good quality and easy to use ( which suits my simple mind) versatile

(Posted on 07/08/2018)

Complete Morgan Dollar Coin Magic Set (Includes Expanded Shell + Slippery Sam Gimmick) review by Orlando
Complete Morgan Dollar Coin Magic Set (Includes Expanded Shell + Slippery Sam Gimmick)
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Good for practice

The coins are indeed perfectly weighted and balanced, however I would say the actual coins tarnish very easily, while the gimmicks stay pristine for much longer, meaning that after only a little time it becomes very conspicuous that there’s an odd one out. They need lots of attention to make sure they all stay in good condition

(Posted on 07/08/2018)

101 Tricks with a Stripper Deck (Book) review by Peter
101 Tricks with a Stripper Deck (Book)
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Well explained easy to understand found it very helpfull

Good book glad I purchased is what it says

(Posted on 07/08/2018)

Sizzle (DVD and Gimmicks) by John Bannon review by Les
Sizzle (DVD and Gimmicks) by John Bannon
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A great trick that the presenter on the DVD makes pretty easy to perform.

A great trick that the presenter on the DVD makes pretty easy to perform.

(Posted on 07/08/2018)

Snake Eyes by Tom Burgoon review by Allan
Snake Eyes by Tom Burgoon
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Great fun

Had mixed reaction with this. Genuine screams of horror, one dropped gin and tonic, laughter and groans but always a reaction of some sort.

(Posted on 07/08/2018)

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