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Magic Castle Coins (Houdini) review by jokerini
Magic Castle Coins (Houdini)
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Good size coin

These are well made and have good weight.I am only starting coin magic but i guess for beginners the bigger the coin,the easier to practice with.Good product and it a steal at this price.

(Posted on 03/07/2018)

Mondrian: Broadway Playing Cards review by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame
Mondrian: Broadway Playing Cards
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Colourful cards inspired by a famous abstract artwork

The Mondrian Broadway Playing Cards pay tribute to painter Piet Mondrian (1872–1944), this particular deck being based on a Mondrian work entitled "Broadway Boogie Woogie" (1943), which expresses his fascination with New York, especially the lively beat and melody of American jazz, such as the Boogie Woogie. By turning to the world of real art, and drawing inspiration from the works of a famous abstract artist, we end up with a colourful and playful deck that is ideally suited to card flourishing.

Got Magic's founder Nicholas Earl has teamed up with designer Yves Krähenbühl to produce a deck directly based on this famous painting, with the tuck box featuring the work as a wrap-around piece, in four eye-catching primary colours. The card backs matches this artistic design, which is typical Mondrian, with simple colours, straight lines, and connected rectangular shapes. The rectangular yellow lines of the main pattern are interspersed with a series of coloured squares, and this particularly lends itself to the production of striking fans and spreads. I'm sure even Mondrian himself would have appreciated the impressive look generated by a fan!

The court cards retain the traditional artwork of standard playing cards, but the colour scheme has been altered to match the rest of the deck, using the primary colours of the card backs as a basis. I especially like how the typically garish colours of the courts are maximized to give a uniform set of colours on both the card faces and backs. This makes the deck particularly well suited for cardistry cuts and flourishes that showcase both sides of the cards, because the faces and backs work in tandem rather than against each other.

The number cards are entirely standard, making this a very practical and functional deck. Meanwhile the two Jokers reprise the fashionable lady in a cocktail dress who first made her appearance in the original deck, except that her dress pattern now features the design from the Broadway card backs. One Joker is in colour, while the other is in black and white. Two extra cards are also included, namely a double backer and a blank card.

As you'd expect, this deck is particularly at home in the hands of skilled hands of a cardist, since it is especially suited to card flourishing, due to the ease in which it produces beautiful fans and spreads, courtesy of the bold and colourful Mondrian patterns that decorate the cards. Fortunately for the non-cardists among us, it is also practical and familiar enough to be equally at home in the hands of a magician performing card magic, or on the card table for some hands of your favourite game.

The stylish patterns and colours of the Mondrian Broadway deck are matched by quality printing. Produced by USPCC on their crushed Bee stock, this deck is an all round top notch product that has good handling and durability to match its colourful good looks. While remaining a vibrant and faithful tribute to a true legend in the world of art, it not only makes a welcome contribution from the perspective of art, but will be appreciated and enjoyed by anyone who enjoys fine playing cards. - BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame

(Posted on 03/07/2018)

Wrong Turn by David Jonathan - VIDEO DOWNLOAD review by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame
Wrong Turn by David Jonathan - VIDEO DOWNLOAD
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The ACAAN plot - but with a novel twist!

OVERVIEW

The "Any Card At Any Number" plot is one of the holy grails of magic. The concept is fairly straight forward to understand: a spectator names any number, and the card at that number proves to be exactly a card previously named/chosen.

It's a somewhat common plot, and some of its best and most convincing versions tend to rely on gimmicks or require the magician to master techniques like a memorized deck. So what about an ACAAN that is well within the scope of the intermediate magician? And with a surprising twist near the end? That is the kind of routine promised by David Jonathan's Wrong Turn, which is available as a digital download from Penguin Magic for $7.95.

EFFECT

The ACAAN genre is somewhat crowded, and there are many different routines to choose from. But what this one adds is an interesting twist that builds up to the finale, hence the name: Wrong Turn. From the spectator's point of view, the effect would be described as follows:

From a shuffled deck, you cut to any card in the deck. You memorize the card, return it anywhere into the deck, and shuffle it to truly lose the card you selected into the deck. Now it's truly impossible for the magician to find it, let alone at an exact number you choose, right? But that's exactly what happens, in a surprising way. First you select any number from 1 to 52. The magician counts down to that number from the face-up deck. But wait, it's not the chosen card. Or is it? The backs of all the other cards in the deck are revealed to have no writing on them, while the back of the card at your chosen number is revealed to have the name of the card you originally selected on it!

WHAT YOU GET

What you get for your money is a digital video download plus a couple of PDFs. The first three minutes features David Jonathan performing the effect on camera, just as shown in the trailer, while the remaining time is filled with a detailed explanation. The video is high quality, and even has some light background music, while the teaching is easy to follow. David Jonathan covers all the details necessary to learn and perform the routine. While half an hour seems like a long time, the length is not a reflection of the complexity of the trick, which is relatively straight forward to learn. Rather, it's because he covers everything carefully, including several "outs" in the event things don't work out in the ideal way.

In addition, there's a PDF with a one page "recap", which gives a handy overview of everything you need to know to do the routine. This serves as a helpful reminder any time you come back to this trick after an absence, or even to review the essentials while you're learning it. Another PDF is also provided which offers an additional bonus idea for the trick, by adding a new element involving a banknote.

At the end of his explanation, David also mentions a similar effect by Cameron Francis called PAAN. While this some superficial similarities, is employs a different method, and he did get approval from Cameron before publishing Wrong Turn.

IMPRESSIONS

To perform the trick, you will need a simple gaff, although it's something that virtually all magicians will already have on hand. Setting up for the trick with the gaff literally only takes a minute or two the first time, and from then on you can reset very quickly. After watching the video tutorial it should only take you 5-10 minutes to learn the entire routine, it's that straight forward. So in terms of accessibility, this is not a knuckle-buster suitable only for advanced magicians, but is quite easy.

The method is very clever, but it won't suit everyone, nor is it entirely foolproof. Although to be fair, David explains some options you can fall back on to make sure that things work out. He also covers the worst case scenario, and because even then there's a way of ensuring the desired outcome. If that's sounds somewhat cryptic, good - obviously I don't want to tip the method in my review. But I can say that it's not entirely true that the spectator can genuinely cut to any card they want, and there is a technique being used here that you will need to master in order to feel confident of a good outcome most of the time, and it is something that most intermediate magicians will already have in their quiver of sleights and moves. David Jonathan does teach you all you need to know if you are new to it, and admittedly it's not super difficult, and it does have quite a wide application outside of this trick.

The perfect ACAAN is still somewhat elusive, and if you're searching for that holy grail and want it to be simple to perform and flawless in its execution, this trick won't end your quest. But that's no fault of the routine, because any ACAAN routine will always come at some cost. Either it will be something mind blowing but extremely demanding on the performer. Or if it is easier to learn and perform it will have some quirks, gimmicks, or unusual elements that will leave it slightly wanting. In the case of Wrong Turn, David Jonathan has taken one of these quirks and incorporated it into the plot in a very clever and compelling way, and the unexpected twist actually serves a good purpose in obscuring the method and strengthening the magic. I personally don't find the method for selecting the initial card quite as reliable as I like, but there will be plenty of magicians who will have no problems whatsoever with it, and will feel confident enough to take this trick on.

RECOMMENDATION

​There's good reason that Wrong Turn has received praise from working magicians. Experienced magicians with a good grasp of the fundamentals of card magic are likely to adapt to this trick very quickly, and will appreciate its simplicity and cleverness, making it a great choice to add to their repertoire.

While not for everyone, Wrong Turn deserves the admiration it has received. Given the low cost, it's well worth a look, especially for those who are looking for a solid ACAAN routine that isn't too difficult to perform. - BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame

(Posted on 03/07/2018)

Gozinta - Coin 2 Glass review by alan
Gozinta - Coin 2 Glass
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Gozinta trick

I've known about this trick for a while having bought it and worked it I really like it hard for spectator to work out how its done recommend

(Posted on 03/07/2018)

Dancing Magic Wand by Tango review by West59
Dancing Magic Wand by Tango
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Dancing Wand

Well build metal wand which unscrews in the middle with a small metal cylinder inside to attach thread. Comes in a nice cloth case with some spare heavy duty black thread. No Instructions. Had to look up some you-tubes for methods. It is quite heavy for levitation magic but I managed some simple movements (wand drop and a few side to side movements) in a recent show which worked well. For more advanced levitation you would need a lighter and better balanced wand.

(Posted on 02/07/2018)

Gozinta - Coin 2 Glass review by Derek
Gozinta - Coin 2 Glass
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Nice and simple

Very easy to do and had some great reactions.

(Posted on 02/07/2018)

Cherry Playing Cards (Tahoe Blue) by Pure Imagination review by EndersGame
Cherry Playing Cards (Tahoe Blue) by Pure Imagination
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Beautiful metallic inks on a practical and versatile deck

Without a doubt, the new version of the Cherry Casino Playing Cards (Tahoe Blue) is one of my favourite decks in recent times. It's just so versatile and practical, ideal for card magic and playing card games, while also adding an immediate touch of style and class courtesy of the bold metallic ink that is used for the signature "tahoe blue" colour on the tuck case, and all the maroon colours that substitute for the traditional garish red. Created under the Pure Imagination label, designer Sam Devins has teamed up with Derek McKee to produce something truly special.

The concept of a Cherry Casino deck is at this point hardly new, and most playing card connoisseurs will already be familiar with several versions of decks with this name that have preceded the Tahoe Blue edition. The original aqua coloured Cherry deck was published in 2015, and several versions followed in successive years, including one in black. As evidenced by the Cherry Casino name, the idea behind the decks in this series is to draw on the image of an old time casino, hence the classic cherry artwork that is familiar from slot machines, an iconic symbol of gambling. But now with this latest deck, the casino has moved to Lake Tahoe, one of the clearest and deepest lakes in the United States. That's what accounts for the classic cherry being set against the background of an inviting pearlescent blue, presented in a metallic ink, and creating a colour that you can easily immerse yourself in - just like the famous lake.

The tuck box is a very simple design, with the words Cherry Casino emblazoned on the sides. But it's precisely the simplicity that emphasizes the metallic inks used for the blue and maroon colours, and ensures that the design is memorable and eye-catching. An enticing metallic look makes an instant statement of class that sets this deck apart from the competition, and it has a magnetic quality about it that made me an instant fan.

The card backs feature the same design, although naturally with the expected white borders. Especially satisfying is the fact that the publishers haven't skimped on quality, because the metallic look is present on each and every card. It's not too strong, and yet when it catches the light, it's obvious enough to make it stand out very pleasantly and alluringly.

As for the card faces, these have the traditional look that casino use demands, making them immediately at home with other card games or card magic. But there are subtle changes, mainly in the colour palette, with the usual garish red replaced with a more muted maroon - again with a pleasant metallic look.

The other colours are as normal, although the blue is more muted, to fit better with the lake inspired colour of the card backs. For the rest the customization is as expected for a very practical deck, with an oversized pip on the signature Ace of Spades reminding us of the Cherry Casino brand. And of course we have two custom Jokers, featuring two luscious metallic cherries, compliments of East Las Vegas Nevada, with the word "Jackpot" functioning as an appropriately thematic substitute for the word "Joker". In addition there are two gaffs, a double backer and a blank card.

The cards themselves have been printed by USPCC, although a thin crushed stock has been used for pleasant handling. But as you'd expect from a USPCC produced deck, the quality is second to none, and cards are a delight to dribble, fan, spread, and shuffle. For the cardist and the magician, the Tahoe Blue version of the Cherry Casino deck will a very flexible, practical, and welcome addition to the collection. This is a stylish and high quality deck that will readily be at home almost anywhere. - BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame

(Posted on 02/07/2018)

New Millennium World Tour by Daryl - Book review by Pierre
New Millennium World Tour by Daryl - Book
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Most of the tricks need gimmicks

The Enchanted cube is a terrific effect and it's worth the price of the booklet. Despite not finishing completely clean, it's so shocking that the spectators are too confused to ask for the cube for examination. I had fantastic experiences showing it to friends.

The knife routine is one of my favourites from Daryl. Unfortunately, I don't have such knives nor the superb presentation skills of Daryl. Nevertheless, it's on my bucket list to work on this one.

The other materials in the booklet are not really for me. The ultimate ambitious card is a brilliant idea, but for lay people, I think the impromptu version with a pop-up card finish is just perfect. The eight card brainwave variation is also interesting, but I have my own patter for the original version---which is one of my favourite effects---and I can scare the hell out of people with it. I cannot add new phases to it without ruining it.

All in all, if you are a Daryl fan, such as myself, I recommend this booklet. Otherwise I recommend the book "For your entertainment pleasure" also by Daryl, whose every tricks are the purest diamonds of magic.

(Posted on 01/07/2018)

Triple C (Red) by Christian Engblom review by John Neiass
Triple C (Red) by Christian Engblom
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Triple C

When I first tried this I thought this is impossible.
However after a week of playing with it I think I was a little premature by jumping to this conclusion.
I now believe it could be really good but it will take a lot more effort and time spent before I can master this.
But it will be worth it..
My advice to anyone considering purchasing this deck is only do so if you are prepared to put in a lot of time and effort.

(Posted on 01/07/2018)

Glorpy - By Royal Magic review by David
Glorpy - By Royal Magic
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Simple, yet highly effective!

Great addition to any magic act. Limited only by ones imagination.

(Posted on 28/06/2018)

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