Magic Products Review

SMART ESP by Matt Smart

Written by John Teo

The name of this effect is right smack on. It is a trick with ESP cards that is very clever and it justifies the use of the word “smart”!


The performer shows 5 ESP symbol cards laid out in a straight row. Each of the cards has a different symbol and different colour. The performer tells a spectator that she will choose a symbol at random, and this symbol will be the only one that is different from the rest.


The spectator is asked to name a number above 10. Let us say she chooses the number 14. Using this number, and starting from either end of the row she wishes, she counts to the 14th card. Let us say that she lands on the red square. She is also shown what happens if she counts from the other end of the row. This time, she lands on, say, the blue cross. She is given the flexibility to choose whether she wants the blue cross or stick to the red square.


Let us say she goes for the blue cross. The performer explains that this is a fair method of choosing one of the 5 symbols. Had she simply pick one from the 5 cards, her choice may be influenced either by the colour or the symbol she sees.


The performer declares that she has indeed picked the only card that is different from the rest. He shows that there is only one blue cross – the other 4 cards depict different colours and different symbols. The spectator is perplexed because, to start with, each of the 5 cards is already unique and different from the rest of the other 4
cards.


The performer turns over the 4 cards that she did not select. Each of these cards has a circle printed on its back. The blue cross card is turned over – it has another cross on its back. It is truly the only card (cross) different from the rest of the 4 cards (all have circles).


As you can see, this effect contains a joke, a free choice of number and which end of the row of cards to count from, a mystery and an unexplainable ending! It is also easy to do – it is practically self-working. You receive the 5 well-produced ESP symbol cards, printed instructions, and a link to a video tutorial.

There is an interesting bonus idea printed in the instructions. It mentions the possibility of using 5 different items on the cards, like 5 different words that mean “different”.

This brings the presentation to a whole new level as there is a play on the word “different”. You can make up these 5 cards yourself as the instructions give you full details of presentation.

If you like ESP tricks, “Smart ESP” provides you a unique and clever effect. (10/10 stars rating).

SHRINKING GLOVE

Written by John Teo

This is a 3-piece shrinking glove set. It enables you to shrink a glove 2 times.

You receive the 3 gloves in decreasing sizes. They are in bright red colour. The second glove is about 60% of the size of the first glove. The third glove is only about 25% of the size of the first glove. The gloves compared well in the differences in sizes when held next to a large glove.


The instructions are in the form of a nicely printed colour folded piece of paper.

The recommended effect is as follows. The performer, wearing a pair of red gloves, picks up a paper bag and shows that it is empty and has nothing inside it.

A spectator points to one of the 2 gloves on the performer’s hands. This glove is taken out of the performer’s hand, crumpled into a loose ball, and placed inside the
spectator’s 2 hands. She is asked to squeeze the glove in her hands.

The performer takes out the glove from his other hand and waves it over the spectator’s hands. The spectator opens her hands and shows the glove.

When placed side by side to the performer’s glove, it is seen that the spectator’s glove has shrunk considerably. The spectator places her shrunken glove inside the
paper bag. The performer waves his glove over the paper bag. When the spectator’s glove is taken out of the bag, it is seen to have shrunk into a tiny glove!

None of the gloves is gimmicked. The shrinking effect is performed by special handling of the gloves.

This effect can be performed solo by the performer, without the need of involving a member of the audience.

The performer displays the gloves on his 2 hands. He takes one glove off his hand and displays it by nipping one end of the opening of the glove with his lips. This
glove is fully shown hanging downwards from the performer’s lips.

With his free hand, he takes off the glove from his other hand. He crumples and squeezes it between his 2 hands. He opens his hands and compares the glove by
placing it side by side with the glove on his lips. This glove has shrunk! One more time, the performer squeezes this smaller glove between his 2 hands.
When he opens his hands, this glove now becomes a tiny one!

This makes it a very good effect for the opening of a stage show. Everything is self- contained in the smaller glove.

This is the method I use when performing The Shrinking Glove in my stage show. I make the entrance into the stage by wearing a jacket, a black scarf around my neck, and the red gloves on my 2 hands. I carry a colour magic cane.

I transform the colour of my cane into another colour, and change it into silk scarves. I take off the black scarf from around my neck, flick it around and change it into a
multicolour scarf. I show the red gloves on my 2 hands, and then I perform The Shrinking Glove. It is done as a silent act (without pattering) to background music.

 
Highly Recommended!

SPOON TO FORK by Mr Magic

Written by John Teo

As the name of the trick implies, you magically transform a stainless spoon into a fork.

A metal spoon is held vertically in one hand, with the back of the bowl of the spoon facing the audience. The fingers of the other hand cover the bowl and give it a rubbing motion.


Magically, the spoon is seen to have transformed into a fork. It can then be handed out for examination.

You receive a set of matching stainless steel spoon and fork, and a special gimmick. You are also supplied with a sheet of printed instructions.

What makes the effect so startling is that a solid metal spoon is transformed quite visibly into a fork, and then the fork is immediately handed out for examination.

Some performer may prefer to have the spoon examined by the audience before the change. The supplied ungimmicked spoon is meant for this purpose. The instructions teach you how to switch this for the gimmicked fork.

Spoon to Fork is easy to perform, and is suitable for stage performance. Because it is a very quick transformation of a spoon into a fork, this should preferably be performed in conjunction with other effects involving cutleries. (9/10 stars rating)

TARGET PRACTICE by Jay Sankey

Written by John Teo

Jay Sankey is one of the most prolific creators of magic effects. This Sankey’s creation called “Target Practice” was distributed by Elmwood Magic and is now available in very limited quantities.


The performer shows to the audience a card with a picture of a shooting target. This card has a small hole on it. The hole is outside of the target.

The performer says that when he was in the military service, he was a very bad shooter. He could hardly hit anywhere inside the target, let alone hitting the
bull’s-eye.

He shows 6 cards with the hole outside the target. He lays 3 of these cards face downwards on the table. The other 3 cards are placed face upwards on the table.

One card, the 7th card, is left in his hand. This card has the hole in the bull’s-eye. He says that this is what he should be achieving.

Using this card, the performer proceeds to move magically the hole in each one of the 3 face-down cards along the card and onto the bull’s-eye!

He gathers the other 3 face-up cards into a packet. They too, have the holes outside the targets. With a magical gesture, he passes the packet through his fist made around the cards. When they emerge from the other end of the fist, each of the 3 cards now has its hole moved to the bull’s-eye

The performer proudly displays all the 7 cards – they all have the holes in the target’s bull’s-eye! Being a magician, it is easier to obtain bull’s-eye than being a
military man!

You receive the 7 specially printed cards with holes in them, and an instructional DVD featuring Paul Richards of Elmwood Magic performing and then explaining Target Practice. You are also supplied with a nice plastic holder to contain the cards.

The entire effect is based on a popular classic trick. Using holes punched through the cards this takes this effect onto a fresh new presentation. The trick now involves
moving holes instead of a transformation. The effect is not difficult to do. There are a couple of moves required and they are taught well in the DVD. The trick packs small, can be carried in your pocket, and plays really big. (10/10 stars rating)

INFERNO by Joshua Jay

Written by John Teo

“Inferno” is a thought-of card in matchbox effect.

The performer approaches 3 spectators. He opens a thin match-box and hands out one match to each of the 3 spectators. He closes the match box and puts it in the care of one of the spectators.

He says that they are going to play a game in which they are going to burn all the cards in a deck of playing cards except one. The 3 spectators will make all the choices, including the one card that they will save from being burnt. Assume that this card is the Queen of Hearts.

The spectator with the match-box opens it and finds a folden card with a paper clip on it. She hands this to the performer. The performer slips out the paper clip and unfolds the card. It is indeed the Queen of Hearts! The card is seen charred with burnt marks along some of it’s edges. Everything can be handed out for examination.

You receive 2 match-boxes in their flattened state. You have to assembled the match-box cover and the drawer yourself. You also receive the special charred cards, paper clips, and an instructional DVD starring Joshua Jay himself.

The following are the plus points of this trick:

 Only one match-box is used throughout and it is in the care of a spectator.

 The spectator opens the match-box herself, takes out the clipped folded card and

hands it to the performer.

 The 3 spectators make all the choices of the playing card themselves.

 There are 2 methods of revealing the folded card – both of them are taught in the

video.

 At the end, the folded card and the match-box can be examined by the audience.

Properly presented, this effect looks like real magic. The choice of the playing card is

made entirely by the spectators. The match-box with the folded card inside it is in

the hands of spectator. Everything can be examined by the spectators after the

performance. (9/10 stars rating)

UPRISING

Written by John Teo

The write-up on the DVD cover says that this is an eerie slowmotion and impromtu card rise.

In effect, you can borrow a deck of cards. The cards can be shuffled. A spectator chooses a card and then loses it into the deck. The performer holds the deck in one hand. The spectator concentrates on her selected card. Slowly, and eeriely, a card rises from the middle of the deck. It proves to be her chosen card!

You are supplied with an instructional DVD plus a 16 X 16 inches black silk handketchief.

The black silk is for you to place over your hand that is going to hold the deck of cards. In this way, you are demonstrating that there is no direct contact between your fingers and the cards, as though this is of great importantance. However, it is a nice sight to see the selected card rising from the middle of a borrowed deck that is wrapped around with a silk handkerchief.

Since the deck can be borrowed, the deck is not gimmicked. You are therefore not supplied with any gimmick that can be secretly added to a deck of cards.

The card rise is carried out by pure sleight-of-hand. You need to know how to control the selected card and get it ready for the move. The move is not easy to executive. You need to practise a lot to get the knack of doing the move. This is a worthwhile sleight to learn as it enables you to cause the chosen card to rise from the middle of the deck without the use of any gimmick. This means you can perform Uprising anytime anywhere where there is a deck of cards.

In the 45 minutes DVD, Richard Sanders takes you through the technique in great details. He shows you how to do Uprising using one hand and using two hands. Richard also teaches multiple card rise where the selected cards rise one card at a time. Finally, Richard shows you the various advantages of using the supplied black silk to do Uprising.

As a bonus, Richard Sanders teaches you the “Thought Of” card rise. The performer riffles the narrow ends of the deck and the spectator merely remembers one card she sees. She does not articulate this card nor physically takes it out from the deck. Yet, that very card rises from the middle of the deck. This move is like a bonus technique/force that you can use in your other card tricks.

Animations with a deck of cards such as rising card and haunted deck are always visual and considered most magical. If you are willing to put in the necessary effort for practising the move, you will have in your hands a great visual effect that you can perform at a moments’ notice without having to resort to any preparation or gimmick. The card that rises can be made to come out of the deck slowly and at a controlled pace, giving a most eerie effect to the card rise.

Highly recommended to card magicians who like sleight-of-hand.

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