Reviews

The Card Solutions of Solomon (3 DVD Set) by David Solomon & Big Blind Media - DVD review by Carl
The Card Solutions of Solomon (3 DVD Set) by David Solomon & Big Blind Media - DVD
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Great DVD set something for everyone novice and beyond.

Watched the set of disc to get a feel of what's on them. Found them to be packed with great routines that really captured my imagination. Can't wait to spend more time being fascinated and engrossed by these DVDs. From novice upwards this set has lots to offer. Genuinely thought provoking.

(Posted on 22/06/2018)

Gozinta - Coin 2 Glass review by james
Gozinta - Coin 2 Glass
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excellent

real eye candy....very easy to do....mind blowing, even when you know what`s going on....gets great reactions!....even if people think they know what's going on, they can`t believe their eyes.

(Posted on 20/06/2018)

Cheese Smile review by The nearly great Linguini
Cheese Smile
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just brilliant

I'm just starting out with magic and wanted something easy for my smart phone. This is absolutely fantastic! Now admittedly I've only tried it out twice (got it yesterday) but the reaction was one of disbelief!

(Posted on 19/06/2018)

Invisible Deck Bicycle (Black) review by Michael
Invisible Deck Bicycle (Black)
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quick service

Ideal, easy to use, cards with a 'surprise' ending. Just make up your own patter and away you go.

(Posted on 19/06/2018)

Genii Magazine June 2018 - Book review by BARRY
Genii Magazine June 2018 - Book
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genii magazine june 2018, very good read.

HALF THE WAY THROUGH THE MAG, EXCELLENT ADVICE AND ARTICLES TO READ. I REALLY LIKE THE AMERICAN MAGIC SCENE, HAVING SEEN MANY A SHOW THERE ON DIFFERENT OCCASIONS.REALLY GOOD PRODUCT AND BOOK REVIEWS INSIDE, WELL DONE.

(Posted on 17/06/2018)

Sponge Eggs (4pk.) by Alan Wong review by West59
Sponge Eggs (4pk.) by Alan Wong
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Hidden Eggs

Arrived promptly and was as described. Four highly compressible eggs for palming or hiding for later extraction. I can fit them in a wallet and extract them one at a time to good effect.

(Posted on 15/06/2018)

French Baguette by Alexander May review by West59
French Baguette by Alexander May
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Hidden Loaf

Small Baguette that can be highly compressed and hidden for extraction. Add some other sponge food to create the potential for a hearty magic meal.

(Posted on 15/06/2018)

Paul Harris Presents Haunted 2.0 review by Greg
Paul Harris Presents Haunted 2.0
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Does exactly what it says on the package

Nice trick easy and straightforward easy to perform love it

(Posted on 15/06/2018)

9" Silk (Pure Italian Hemmed) - Yellow review by Terry
9" Silk (Pure Italian Hemmed) - Yellow
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Excellent product!!!

Excellent all-round service and delivery!!!

(Posted on 15/06/2018)

Alice of Wonderland Silver by Gamblers Warehouse review by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame
Alice of Wonderland Silver by Gamblers Warehouse
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Alice in a steampunk Wonderland! (Silver deck)

This is the second of two companion decks - Gold and Silver - which together make up a set of decks inspired by the classic Lewis Carroll book, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, as well as the Steampunk genre. With artwork by Juan Solorzano, this project was originally crowdfunded in 2013, and finally brought to life in 2015. Note that the two companion decks can be purchased separately.

Ever since his childhood, Juan was fascinated by fairy tales, and it is this childhood love and passion that helped fuel the artistic vision he had for this project. This is not just another Alice in Wonderland deck, because that's been done several times already. Instead, Juan wanted to continue the story-telling beyond the classic book, by continuing the adventures of Alice further than the original story. In his imagined world, Alice is now a young lady who has earned the title "Alice of Wonderland".

Besides extending the original story, a steampunk Wonderland theme is now the background setting. Here's how Juan explains it: "The original Wonderland story was written and set in the late 1800's Victorian era. The genre of Steampunk derives from that same era so it ties in nicely with the Wonderland theme. However, my deck of Wonderland playing cards is part of a larger picture, one that tells the story of the continuing adventures of Alice. In this more mature setting, Alice is now a young lady and the world she remembers from Wonderland has changed, everything is now Steampunk - but still Wonderland. The 4 main kingdoms of Hearts, Clubs, Spades, and Diamonds, rule Wonderland. "

The artwork of the Alice of Wonderland Silver deck matches that of the companion Gold deck, but uses a different colour scheme. As expected, the card backs now employ a more regal and polished silver look instead of a vintage gold/brown look. Furthermore, the card faces have dispensed with the vintage style background, and gone to an unadorned white, which really makes the grey and black stand out.

The big difference with the Silver deck is noticeable with the card faces, which use the same artwork as the Gold deck, but are now presented in a stark black and white. This emphasizes the drawings themselves, and brings to mind the famous drawings by John Tenniel that accompanied the 1865 edition of Alice in Wonderland.

This impact of the simple black and white colour scheme is particularly noticeable with the court cards, which look exquisite! To ensure clarity and functionality, the pips of the Hearts and Diamonds use the traditional red, and these stand out all the more on the otherwise black-and-white canvas. Besides this change in colour, all the other details in the Silver deck are the same as the Gold deck.

There's lots of customization, including the pips. and the cards are filled with artwork that harks back to the Steampunk Wonderland setting. For the Jokers, this deck takes advantage of the fact that many decks include extra cards. As a result, the Alice of Wonderland playing cards come with three Jokers, so you can take your pick which to use. Included are Jokers featuring the Cheshire Cat, Alice herself, and the White Rabbit. These are individually labelled with character names along the sides of the cards, and unlike the court cards, depict the entire character in a one-way design.

Artist Juan Solorzano certainly has done a fine job of bringing his imagined Steampunk Wonderland to life, and his characters are lively and memorable. My only concern is with the card quality. The original plan was for these decks to be printed by USPCC, but there seems to have been some major issues with the fulfilment of the project, and I'm almost certain that the published decks were printed by another publisher. The quality doesn't match usual USPCC standards, and while there is some air-cushion style embossing, it's a smoother and inferior finish that doesn't spread or fan as smoothly as one would like. Somewhat surprisingly, the Silver deck handles noticeably better than the Gold deck, perhaps because there is less ink on the cards.

The artwork is nice, but due to the card quality being what it is, I'd recommend these decks more as a novelty item rather than for serious use, although they should be fine for playing card games. - BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame

(Posted on 15/06/2018)

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