Magic Products Review

BLANK BACKFLIP REVERSE

Written by John Teo

This trick is an outgrowth of a much earlier effect conceived by Jeremy Pei and distributed by Murphy’s Magic called “Ultimate Backflip”.

In this effect, 4 cards are shown to have red bicycle backs. One of the cards is turned over face upwards – it is seen to be a blank card. Magically, all the other 3 cards turn over themselves to reveal that they are also blank cards.

One of these blank cards is turned over face downwards. Immediately, all the other blank cards turn over – the performer shows that there are now 4 face down cards.

The 4 cards are flipped over. Instead of blank faces, they now become the 4 tens: a ten of spades, ten of hearts, ten of clubs and ten of diamonds!

This is a small packet card trick that is packed with a lot of fast-moving magic.

You are supplied with all the necessary cards, ready for performance. Your set may differ in the 4-of-a-kind revelation at the end. Instead of the 4 tens, you may receive the 4 fives or 4 Jacks, or other value. You are also given a link to Jeremy Pei’s personal magic coach video tutorial.

You need to be able to do 2 card sleights – niz. the Elmsley Count and the Ascanio Spread. Both of these card moves are taught by Jeremy Pei in the video.

In the bonus part of the video, Jeremy teaches an interesting customised application of this effect for special occasions such as corporate functions and events. In this effect, the blank cards are replaced by cards bearing the company’s logo, design or message, and performed to an appropriate patter.

4 cards are displayed with red bicycle backs. One card is turned over to display a playing card, say, ten of spades. Magically, all the other 3 cards get flipped over to display the ten of spades. One ten of spades is flipped face downwards, immediately, all the other 3 cards turned over themselves to show their backs. When the packet is flipped over face upwards, all the cards now show the company’s logo or message.

The trick can reset itself instantly and is suitable for walk-around performance.

If you are looking for a packet card trick that is fast-paced and has a lot of magical happenings, “Blank Backflip Reverse” is for you!

Recommended!

MILLION BUTTERFLIES by Magic Shadow

Written by John Teo

If you are familiar with “Million Flowers”, you will know what “Million Butterflies” is.

“Million Flowers” is spring flowers. Another common version is spring bills (currency notes).

“Million Butterflies” is spring butterflies. They fold up small, and when produced, they open up large.

Like “Million Flowers”, there are several ways to use “Million Butterflies”. They are used mainly for stand-up performance, and therefore suitable for stage and parlour.

One way to use “Million Butterflies” is bare
hand production. A butterfly magically
appears in the performer’s hand. This is
placed aside. Another butterfly, of a different
colour, then appears in the performer’s other hand. This is also placed aside. This

continues until about a dozen different coloured butterflies are produced. This is visual and beautiful to watch.

Another way of using the spring butterflies is to produce them from a silk handkerchief. A large silk is placed over one hand. When it is flipped over, a butterly appears. It is placed aside. The silk is placed over the other hand. Wheb it is flipped over, another butterfly makes its appearance.

Yet another way of producing the spring butterflies is from a special wallet-type folder. When a butterfly is produced, it is placed aside and the folder closed. When it is opened again, another butterfly appears. The wallet or folder is opened and closed several times and each time a butterfly makes its appearance.

A crystal box can also be used. Because it is transparent, it is seen to be empty. With a magical gesture, the box is immediately filled up with a dozen butterflies. In this case, the butterflies appear as a group instead of individually.

You receive 10 spring butterflies, 2 of each of colour. The 5 colours supplied are red, blue, pink yellow and white. The butterflies are beautifully produced. When opened, each measures 5 inches across its broadest width. Each butterfly is 4 inches long.

Unlike the spring flowers, these butterflies are folded 2 ways so that they are small enough to palm. You are also given a link to a video instruction on how to fold and produce the butterflies.

Other than the butterflies, you are not provided with any production device. You have to obtain them separately from magic dealers.

There is a larger size version of the “Million Butterflies”. They cost the small amount but you are supplied a total of only 6 butterflies – 5 are of different colours, and the 6th is an extra red butterfly. You need to specify which size butterflies when placing an order. Please note that if you have to palm the butterflies, the larger butterflies may not be appropriate for performers who do not have large hands.

Unlike the spring flowers that unfold as they appear, the spring butterflies pop up into existence. Their appearance is quite instantaneous and visual.

Because spring butterflies are not common, you will be remembered when you include “Million Butterflies” in your act. (10/10 star rating)

CARD CLONE by Big Blind Media

Written by John Teo

The 3-card trick called “Colour Monte”, or sometimes known as “The $14 Trick”, has become a classic packet trick.

The reason for this is because it is fast-paced, the story-line involves betting with money, and has a unexpected finish. It gets a great reaction from the audience and many performers have included this trick in their performing repertoire.

“Card Clone” is an updated version of “Colour Monte” with a modern theme.

If you do not know the effect, here it is.

The performer talks about credit card scammers and the danger of your credit cards being cloned.

He shows 3 samples of a credit card. 2 of them are original ones while the third one is cloned. The cloning is so well done that people cannot diferentiate it from the real one between it looks, feels and works like the original card. To show you which card is the cloned one. the performer has deliberately printed the word “CLONED” across this false card.

The cloned card is placed at the bottom of the packet of the 3 cards. Suddently, it vanishes and all 3 cards look exactly the same as the original one. Nobody can tell which card(s) is(are) cloned.

The performer now magically brings back the “CLONED” card. Even that can be cloned and suddenly, all 3 cards become the “CLONED” cards.

Finally, he shows one card to be the original credit card, and another card to be the “CLONED” credit card. He makes one final warning to the audience: they should to be vigilant and guard against card scammers. Otherwise, when they lest expect it, they may lose their keys, mobile phones, watches, wallets, ear phones and cash! He turns over the third card to show that it conatins a picture of each of the 6 items being mentioned!

You receive the 3 specially printed cards and a link to a downloadable video instructions by Liam Montier.

Whilst not completely self-working, the trick is fairly easy to do. There are no performing angles to worry about, and the effect resets by itself. It is suitable for walk-about performance.

If you like “Colour Monte”, you will love “Card Clone” as it provides an interesting version with an updated theme. (8/10 star rating)

TOTALLY CRAZY BANDS by Ramus

Written by John Teo

If you are a magician, people expect you to be able to perform magic with everyday objects such as rubber bands.

Totally Crazy Bands is a DVD of classic rubber band magic by Rasmus of Switzerland. Note that the DVD may not play on most standard DVD players, but only with a computer. The DVD comes with a packet of his recommended rubber bands.

The DVD features 9 effects with rubber bands. Each effect begins with a live performance and followed by the explanation. The 9 effects are:

  1. Perfect Linked Rubber Bands – a bunch of rubber bands is placed onto a spectator’s hand. She selects one rubber band for the performer. He touches this band on the bunch of rubber bands and immediately another band is linked onto it. In another version, the spectator takes 2 single rubber bands from a bunch of bands and the performer links them together.

  2. Crazy Man’s Handcuffs – 2 rubber bands, each stretched and held in each hand, are interlaced so that they cannot escape. Yet the performer is able to cause one band to melt through the other.

  3. Rasmus’ Rubber Band Through Wrist – a rubber band which is doubled up and wrapped onto the performer’s wrist magically frees itself and jumps onto the spectator’s wrist.

  4. Rising Ring On Rubber Band – a rubber band is stretched at an inclined. A finger ring, placed through the lower end, travels against gravity upwards to the upper end.

  5. Jumping Rubber Band – a rubber band, looped through the first and second fingers, mysteriously jumps onto the third and fourth fingers. This still happens despite another rubber placed across all the 4 fingers to prevent it from doing so.

  6. Torn And Restored Rubber Band – the performer visually breaks a rubber band and immediately restores it.

  1. Rubber Band Through Ring – a rubber band penetrates a finger ring.

  2. Dan Harlan’s Crazy Twist Vanish – it starts off like the Crazy Man’s Handcuffs,

    and one rubber band simply vanishes in full view.

  3. Rasmus’ Visual Link – this is a bonus effect. It starts off like the Crazy Man’s

    Handcuffs. Instead of one band penetrating the other band, the 2 bands become linked together.

The rubber bands that are suplied with the DVD breaks quite easily. I suspect that they have past their expiry period having been in storage for a long time.

With the exception of 3 or 4 effects, the rest can be found in standard books or videos on rubber band magic. Nevertheless, this is a good resource to learn them all in one DVD. (6/10 star rating)

L.O.V.E.

Written by John Teo

As the name of this effect implies, this trick has something to do with the word LOVE.

In effect, 4 cards are selected.  The 4 cards happen to be the 7 of hearts, the Queen of clubs, the Ace of diamonds and the 3 of spades.

The performer spreads the 4 cards so that their indices only show.  When arranged properly, as shown in the picture below, the index of the 7 looks like a “L” when viewed upside-down, the Queen looks like an “O”, the Ace looks like a “V”, and the 3 like an “E”.  The 4 cards actually spell LOVE!  What a coincidence! 

This allows the performer to elaborate further on “love”, and to relate this to the occasion on hand, such as Valentine Day or performing at a wedding, wedding anniversary, or an engagement celebration.  Or simply for a couple in love.

Just as the audience begins to appreciate the wonderful coincidence of the selection of these 4 cards, they visually change to 4 cards of the same suit: hearts.  They now become the 7, Queen, Ace and the 3 of hearts.  Their indices have also changed: the Q lost the tongue to become the letter “O”, the Ace lost its horizontal line to become a “V”, and the 3 rearranged to look like  an “E”.  These specially printed cards can be immediately handed out for examination.

You receive 3 specially printed cards in red Bicycle backs.  You need to supply your deck of red back Bicycle playing cards which will include the 7 of hearts.  The package also comes with a well produced DVD with Chris performing and explaining the effect.

This is a quick trick with 4 cards of mixed suits transforming into one hearts suit, and with their indices specially transformed to truly spell the word LOVE!

This is not a self-working trick.  You need to be able to do some basic card handling moves such as a force, making and holding breaks, and the Ed Marlo’s KM move. 

In the DVD, Chris also teaches an alternate handling where the change of the 4 cards happens in the spectator’s hand.  However, this is not as effective as the original handling where the change is more visual.

If you like thematic and visual effect, and can handle some basic card moves, L.O.V.E. comes highly recommended.

 

Highly Recommended!

BLOCK BUSTER by Tony D’Amico and Mark Mason

Written by John Teo

Block Buster is a card revelation effect using a coin.  It is conceived by Tony D’Amico and manufactured by Mark Mason.

Here is how Mark Mason presents it.  You can view it in his video promo.

He brings out a deck of cards and asks a spectator if she prefers to see a coin or a card trick.  Whatever her reply, he says he will perform both.

He has a card selected and borrows a coin.  To ensure that he will not accused of using a duplicate coin and card later on, he has both the coin and the card signed by the spectator. 

The chosen card is shuffled back into the deck.  The signed coin is placed on top of the deck.  Mark takes the coin off the deck and visually vanishes it.  There is now no trace of the coin.  The deck is cut in half and the cut completed.  The coin has vanished and the selected card is lost in the deck.

Mark asks whether the spectator prefers to find the coin or the card.  Whatever is her reply, Mark turns the deck face upwards.  The spectator herself cuts the deck and, lo and behold, she finds both the signed coin and chosen card staring at her in the middle of the deck!  Both the signed card and coin can be examined.

You receive a hand-made block of gimmicked cards.  This is supplied either in red or blue Bicycle backs.  So you have to specify which when you place your order.  As with all Mark Mason products, this is very well made.  The gimmick looks invisible to the non-suspecting eyes and it works very smoothly.

You are also supplied with a DVD featuring Mark Mason performing and then explaining Block Buster.

You have to supply your own deck and coin (the coin can be borrowed).  The gimmick is good for use with a US Quarter, UK 10P or a Singapore 50₵ or 20₵ coin.

The effect is very easy to perform, requiring only the very basic in card handling.  It is straight-forward and easy for any audience to understand at what is going on at any one time.  The vanish of the coin is quite visual, and does not require any sleight-of-hand.  The final revelation of both the coin and card is carried out by the spectator herself.  This will get a gasp of amazement from her!

There is a element of comedy in Mark’s presentation as he asks whether a spectator prefer to see a coin or a card trick.  At the end of the effect, the trick resets itself and is excellent for walk-about performances.

 If you use a sticky label to sign on both the coin and the chosen card, both of them (assuming you provide your own coin) can be reused after the performance.

You will want to include this in your close-up repertoire.  (10/10 star rating)