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Shipwrecked - By Jamie Daws - INSTANT DOWNLOAD review by Jordan Johnson
Shipwrecked - By Jamie Daws - INSTANT DOWNLOAD
Difficulty Level (1 Easy - 5 Hard)
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Review

BOTTOMS UP: Two cards are selected and signed and lost in the center of the deck. A joker is displayed and placed on top of the deck. With a wave it turns into the first selected card. Then with a flick of the wrist turns into the second selected card. You have the spectator hold their selection in their hand and when they turn it over it has changed back into the joker. You place the joker on the deck and with a snap it vanishes. You spread through the deck to find two face up jokers sandwhiching two face down cards which turn out to be the spectator's selections.

THOUGHTS: Very simple and visual magic. It is impromptu which I like and requires easy sleights. It has a nice combination of a sandwhich routine with trasnpostions and color changes. The only thing Im not fond of is that you use one joker at the beginning and then end with two jokers, but then again Im a magician and looking at it through the eyes of one and Ive done this for people and no spectator has ever said anything about it. But overall not a bad trick for an impromptu on the spot nice routine.

FINER SHINER: One or several spectators can freely shuffle the deck and freely select a card and remember it. They hand thier cards face down the magician and he loses them in the deck and then allows them to mix the cards once more. From here you cna locate the cards instantly or just read the spectators mind without ever touching the cards.

THOUGHTS: This one is my personal favorite. I just love the clever thinking behind this one. No marks on the cards and no peeking at the faces of the cards as you insert them. You actually know the cards before they are even placed in your hand. No marks on the cards and it can be done with a borrowed deck on the spot. One thing I must point out this will work better for some people than it will for others it just depends on somethings but the way things are now days most people will be able to accomplish this. Great effect and very clever thinking.

BLINDED PENDICTION: You have the spectator select a card and lose it in the deck. You introduce a Sharpie asking them to read what it says on the marker which says Sharpie marker fine point pen. You hand them the Sharpie and tell them to wave it over the deck until they feel it being attracted to one card and to stop on that card. They do and you turn the card over but it isn't theirs. You tell them that you have them hypnotized and to watch the label on the sharpie. As you wave it the logo changes to the name of their selected card. You then proceed to pull the card they selected from the deck out of your wallet further emphasizing that you hypnotized them.

THOUGHTS: This is a nice presentation for a gimmick already on the market. I love the boldness of letting them hold the sharpie..JUST LOVE IT. For me though the reveal cold be stronger as the trick revolves around the sharpie. I would either combine this with Daniel Madison's the Fine Scripture or Jordan Johnson's Migration to help and centralize the effect around the sharpie. All in all a great little effect that packs small but can play big to a group. You cant go wrong with effects that all you have to have in your pocket is a sharpie!

LOCK DOWN: The magician takes out his phone and shows that he has a four digit pin number that unlocks it and allows the spectator to try to unlock it showing that not any number will unlock it. You then state that you will psychologically force them to name the four digit passcode. They name four number and you freely and openly type in the numbers they state, and tada the phone unlocks.

THOUGHTS: This is my second favorite in the book. Great, in your face magic. No special programs or any type of tinkering with a cell phone to get this to work is done. Any phone can work and Jamie goes through different ways to accomplish this with different types of phones. This is so simple too that you can base your performance on the presentation and patter. Good good effect that everyone with a cell phone should learn, so when your in a spot with no cards or coins you can perform a five minute presentation with this effect.

SPACED: You explain to the spectators how magicians can do sleight of hand and cheat at cards. You state that you want to be a fair magician and not a cheater so you are going to have them select four cards in the fairest way possible. You remove the four Aces and say you will use these as marker cards like they do in casinos to cut the deck. You have each spectator stab their ace into the deck half way to mark the spot. You then remove the bottom card of where they stabbed. When the spectators turn over their selections they are seen to still be the four Aces.

THOUGHTS: Great, great opener for a gambling routine. I love the fairness of this and how after the selections are removed the spectator forgets that the Aces could have even been switched because they could have sworn you just took out the card below the ace and placed it on the table. Fair as that. But again good gambling routine opener, and an easy way to make spectators believe you are an expert with cards.

MENTAL FLIPPANCY: The magician spreads the cards to two spectators and two selections are made (without forces). These cards are shown around as the magicians back turned. The cards are returned and the deck given to the spectator. With 100% accuracy you name both selected cards. The spectators are then asked to imagine their cards turning over in the deck. You take the deck and spread it to find the two selections face up in the spread. No for the kicker ending the cards are turned face up to show that they are in new deck order with the two selections in their respective positions.

THOUGHTS: Again a very simple effect that packs a punch. Everything is so simple and easy but the spectators get a kick out of it. No knuckle busting magic in this one. But again jamie does a nice job of routining different magical plots into one fluid routine. It has a little mentalism, combined with an invisible deck plot, combined with a gambling type effect. So all in all a little bit of this and a little bit of that combined to a great simple routine.

CLOSING: So to sum it up, a great affordable piece of magic literature that will have effects and ideas that will go straight into your repertoire. Also most of these effects are impromptu and can be done with a borrowed deck which makes them all the more practical and workable. So don't miss out on some great ideas and effects from the mind of Jamie Daws.

(Posted on 21/04/2019)

C2C - SIGNED COIN IN SIGNED CARD - INSTANT DOWNLOAD review by Craig Petty
C2C - SIGNED COIN IN SIGNED CARD - INSTANT DOWNLOAD
Difficulty Level (1 Easy - 5 Hard)
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Review of C2C

When I recieved this I knew I had something special on my hands.

I should say first of all that this is a very, very cool trick. I am talking from the perspectice of working in the real world for real people. If you buy tricks just because you want to learn a brand new sleight - you are looking in the wrong place. But if you want a good solid piece of magic then you are looking in the right place!

The effect is truly unique, something that is lacking in a lot of magic effects these days. The image of a coin being ripped from the playing card is very powerful and spectators just cannot imagine how their coin got into their signed card. Probably the two best things about this trick are that it is very easy to perform (a routine that looks as good as this SHOULD NOT be this easy!) and completly angle proof. The routine can be done completly surrounded (in fact I was at a gig on Sunday when I had about 25 people all around me and this routine was no problem at all).

Yes this routine does use a gimmick which some could say is a down side, but this is the good thing - the gimmick can be in the deck for as long as you want and nobody will EVER spot it. They can freely handle just the cards and still will not be able to spot anything. In one instance I was doing a different effect and it involved a spectator picking a card - they actually picked one with the C2C gimmick. However, I went through the whole trick and nobody even knew thats how clever the gimmick is. You will destroy one gimmick every time the routine is performed, however, the booklet tells you how to make as many of these as you want. It took me a couple of hours to learn how to make a gimmick properly, but now I can make up a gimmick in a little over a minute. You DO NOT need to know how to split cards. This is a different skill that can be learnt very easy. I know Dominic at the Merchant of Magic learnt how to make these gimmicks in just a few minutes (which means he could possibly be super human but I have no solid proof!) but for the average person I would say an hour or two at the most.

When you have learnt how to make this effect you will have a killer routine that is a true reputation maker. When you pull that coin out that card people just FREAK and cannot understand how that can happen. On Thursday I made about 80 of these gimmicks and by the end of Sunday I had used them all. I tell you this so you uinderstand that this review is from the perceptive of someone who has performed this A LOT in the real world - not someone that has brought it and played around with it in their bedroom. It is honestly a real worker and will work just as well in the pub for your mates as it will at a big corporate gig. I know I am using it a lot, Dominic Reyes is using it professionally (a top close up performer in the UK) and after speaking to Oz Pearlman yesterday I know he really wants to pick one up ASAP.

My advise - if you ever perform for real people get this - you won't regret it!

Thoughts:

For anyone who does buy this effect here are somehandling ideas I have been working with!

1 - Most people have seen that effect where Chris Angel eats a coin and pulls it out his arm. Ask the spectators if they have seen that trick and whatever they say briefly descibe it to them. Tell them you will attempt to recreate the effect using a playing card, then take out the King of Spades from the deck (which has been previously gimmicked) and get the spectator to write "Chris Angel" on the face - telling them this card will represent Chris. Now lose the card in the deck and perform the rest of the effect. At the end the pulling of the coin out of the card makes sence as this is the effect Chris Angel performed that you are trying to recreate.

2 - Use the C2C as an ending to a coin cutting routine (where the coin is vanished and appears next to the selected card). A good resource for this kind of routine is Paul Gertner's book Steel and Silver or Dave Williams has a great routine. You could also use a RD coin deck and eliminate all sleight of hand.

3 - Do the effect on a married couple and have the card signed by the guy and the coin signed by the woman. Talk about the institute of marriage and two people becoming one. Vanish the coin and then show the guys card. Say just like in real life you have both become one and then rip the card open to prove it.

4 - Use the gimmicked card to perform ambitious card and then perform C2C at the end of this routine.

5 - IMO In a Flash (by Jay Sankey) and C2C work really well together. Don't forget In a Flash involves a coin burning through half the pack to find a selected card. Imagine the coin burning through half the cards but the coin has vanished. The card after all the holes is the selected card and inside the card is the coin. It is like the coin didn't manage to burn through all the cards and got stuck in the one they selected - I tried this a lot this weekend - VERY COOL.

6 - Although I haven't given it any thought as such the effect could be built into a matrix plot so that at the end of matrix C2C is performed as a kicker.

Craig. P. UK

(Posted on 21/04/2019)

Giant 3D Bunny by Goshman review by edward
Giant 3D Bunny by Goshman
Difficulty Level (1 Easy - 5 Hard)
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Excellent

Albert Goshman was a legend a true magician this routine brings delight to children which is the aim of the magician and the magical arts to fascinate astonish the public clean honest fun.

(Posted on 21/04/2019)

Magic Crystal Cube 4 by Tora Magic review by edward
Magic Crystal Cube 4 by Tora Magic
Difficulty Level (1 Easy - 5 Hard)
Satisfaction

Excellent

This is a old time classic beautiful eye candy.I am pleased and honoured to carry forward inventions of the magic professionals to a new generation of children.

(Posted on 21/04/2019)

Rocco's Prisma Lites SOUND Pair (Magic/Red) review by Philip
Rocco's Prisma Lites SOUND Pair (Magic/Red)
Difficulty Level (1 Easy - 5 Hard)
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Prisma lights/sound

Very good and versatile.

(Posted on 20/04/2019)

Close-up Cardiographic 7D by Martin Lewis review by Tragic Magic. (LOL!)
Close-up Cardiographic 7D by Martin Lewis
Difficulty Level (1 Easy - 5 Hard)
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This is a great little trick that you can carry in your pocket.

I’ve known about this trick for years but it was only available in large format. This pocket size version is everything I wanted. The reaction was amazing when I performed it......stunning! Thanks

(Posted on 19/04/2019)

Infinity Watch V2 - Gold Case White Dial Version by Bluether Magic review by malcolm
Infinity Watch V2 - Gold Case White Dial Version by Bluether Magic
Difficulty Level (1 Easy - 5 Hard)
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Difficulty Level (1 Easy - 5 Hard)
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Infinity Watch V2

Having read reviews on this watch, some positive and some not, in fact some down right rude, I thought I would give my opinion on this item for what its worth.

I am now 75 years old and have spent at least 55 of those years in magic all be it dove and poodles magic, I have been lucky enough to spend time with a highly respected magician, he taught me so much and introduced me to some of his many friends, greatly experienced in entertainment.

One of the failings I noticed in the amateur and some time in the experienced, is the failure to recognise who they are as a performer and how they come across to their audience.

Just because an effect looks great or fantastic, the first question should be, is this for me? and can I do justice to the inventor of this wonderful effect? It is not the effect that makes the person, it is the person who makes the effect amazing.

Regarding this watch effect, is this you? Do people believe you can read minds? What colour watch would you pick? Is it going to fit my image and not stand out oddly on my wrist because the colour is wrong? Will I be able to see the hands clearly on a black or white face? Do I Have a good story line, believable to engross my onlookers?

I do think that the effect is more suited to small group of people, rather than a large audience, basic reason, I think this would be lost with a larger environment, and may come across a bit magic y, not mind reading, just my thought.
I use it for an example, to a person or persons when asked, what do you mean by mind or imagination reading in your presentation?, never the word show, when I have demonstrated the watch, I say that is the sort of demonstration I perform but larger In scale, then I give them a business card.

Finally the watch, looks great on the wrist, great off the wrist, and no one could tell it is a prop.

I have gold with a white face and can see the face and hands clearly.

The watch doubles as a regular watch and the hands can be adjusted like a normal watch and continue to function as a normal watch, once set for performance mode the watch works perfectly normal and will stay that way until you cancel performance mode, then the watch will just carry on as a normal watch again, but either mode the watch will work normally.

The remote is a little larger than a small box of matches, and is easily activated, there are two positions suggested to disguise this, neither one I use, but I am sure there some clever people out there who devise their own method of disguising it.

The remote can produce a low level click sound, so I have cut a kitchen sponge and pinched a bit and placed it between the lever action to deaden the sound, that fixed that.

The hands on the watch can spin round quite fast, so best to do it in a few clicks when you get near the time predicted, also a good idea to ask them to imagine a time roughly around a time say around 10 to two, so as long as you are nearly on it that's OK in my experience, they still think its a miracle,but with practice you will get on the minute most of the time.

(Posted on 17/04/2019)

PRINT by Anthony Stan review by Colin
PRINT by Anthony Stan
Difficulty Level (1 Easy - 5 Hard)
Satisfaction

Great trick

I’m still working on some acspects of the trick i find it needs plenty of practise

(Posted on 16/04/2019)

PRINT by Anthony Stan review by Andrew
PRINT by Anthony Stan
Difficulty Level (1 Easy - 5 Hard)
Satisfaction

A bit difficult in places but a good trick to learn

I have struggled with some of the moves and still practicing to get it perfect before I show people. I am sure there's going to be some good reactions with Print, especially when it comes to the climax at the end

(Posted on 16/04/2019)

PRINT by Anthony Stan review by Malt
PRINT by Anthony Stan
Difficulty Level (1 Easy - 5 Hard)
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Review

Agree with some of the other comments, I had a feeling that some ditching would be required and didn't like the switch and ditch method. Really don't like videos cutting out important parts of the routine. (Its almost like making something vanish by stopping the video, removing the item and then restarting the filming again)
I bought it based on what I saw and sort of knew that I would be disappointed by the method

(Posted on 16/04/2019)

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