Magic Products Review

COLLAPSIBLE WINE GLASS

Written by John Teo

If you perform card tricks in a parlour setting, you may need a stand to display the cards for better visibility.  A wine glass can serve as a kind of stand to hold a packet of cards or a deck of cards.

If you perform “Sympathetic Cards” you will definitely need a wine glass, in fact, you need two of them.

As the name implies, the Collapsible Wine Glass is a wine glass that can be taken apart into 2 pieces.  One piece is the glass stem and stand, and the other piece is the bowl. 

It is specially designed such that the stem fits snugly onto the base of the bowl and they are also attached together by magnets.  When taken apart, the stem also fits nicely inside the bowl for easy transportation.

A carrying case is also provided.  It is made of hard plastic and opens on hinges and closes with interlocking tabs.

The collapsible wine glass itself is made of PCTG and is unbreakable.  The material is clear and looks exactly like glass.  When fully assembled, the wine glass is about 7.5 inches high.  When collapsed, the 2 pieces fit together and stands at only 4.25 inches tall.

This is a wine glass that is most suitable for displaying playing cards or a deck of cards.  It can also be used to display other magician’s paraphernalia such as silks and coins.  It is unbreakable, it collapses for easy transportation, and comes with a protective carrying case.  This is most wonderful apparatus.  You ought to purchase more than one.  (10/10 stars rating)

THE RIGHT CARD

Written by John Teo

“The Right Card” is Jeremy Pei’s presentation for Nick Trost’s “8 Card Brain Wave”.

A packet of cards is spread to show that it contains 8 different cards.  The performer says that one of these cards is the right or correct card.

A spectator chooses any one of the 8 cards.

This card is taken out of the packet and turned over to show that it has a “tick” mark on its back.  A “tick” means “correct” or “right”.

The performer continues and says that he knows in advance this card will be chosen by the spectator.  That is why he places a “tick” on its back.    

As he says this, he turns over the packet which contains the 7 cards that were not selected by the spectator.

He shows that there are “crosses” on the backs of these cards.  A “cross” denotes “wrong” or “incorrect”.

It is also seen that the cards with the crosses all have blue backs while the back of the selected card is red.

The performer truly knows in advance that this will be the selected card.  He took this card from a red deck of cards while the rest of the cards were taken from a blue deck.

You receive the packet of the 8 special cards.  You also get a link to a video instruction from Jeremy Pei’s personal magic coach section in his web site.  

In the video, Jeremy also shows a possible second phase to this effect.  The performer asks a question: “What happens if you had chosen one of these blue back cards instead of the red back card?”

Jeremy proceeds “I can make your card the “correct” card because it has an “X” – an “X” is famously used to mark the place where a treasure is buried.  Your card is the “treasure” card!

As he says this, he takes the original selected card and places it back in the packet of cards, together with the other cards.  When he turns over the packet, the “X” marks and the blue backs have vanished.  Each card is now seen to have a red back and a “tick” mark on its back!   

There is a card move that is required to perform the effect.  It is taught by Jeremy Pei.  Jeremy also teaches the Chalier Shuffle, a “false shuffle” that appears to hopelessly mix up the cards, but what it does is simply a straight cut of the packet.

Many performer may not want to do the second phase.  Although it has both a symbol and colour change of the backs, it appears to be “overkilled”.  The single phase effect has more credibility and mystery.

Whichever way you want, “The Right Card” is a pack-small and play-big effect that you can carry in your pocket!

Recommended!

CLOWN’S COLOUR COINCIDENCE

Written by John Teo

This is a poor-man’s version of mental effect called Colour Marker Prediction.

In effect, the performer displays an outline picture of a clown’s face.  From a paper bag, he takes out and shows 3 different colour markers, a red one, a green one and a blue marker.  The 3 markers are replaced inside the paper bag and a spectator shakes the bag and randomly picks up one colour marker without looking inside the bag.  She uses it to colour the clown’s hat.  Say, this is the blue marker.  The spectator then picks one of the remaining 2 markers to colour the clown’s nose – say, this is the green marker.  Finally, she uses the last red marker to colour the clown’s tie.

The performer shows a prediction which has been on display conspicuously on the table throughout the performance.  He turns this around – it is a coloured version of the clown – this picture shows the clown with blue hat, a red tie and a green nose – exactly matching that of the picture randomly coloured by the spectator!

You receive everything necessary for your performance – the colour markers, the paper bags, and 2 clown’s picture – one is a black and white picture and the other is a coloured picture which serves as the prediction.  You also receive a link to a video instructions with English subtitles.

There are 3 main differences between the more expensive version and this effect:

This version does not use any electronic device.

The more expensive version uses 5 to 6 pens while this version uses only 3 different coloured pens.  The effect is still effective to the audience.

The more expensive version uses loose sheets of paper for the spectator to colour in.  A new sheet has to be used each time for a performance.  In this effect, you are supplied with a laminated light board outline picture of the clown’s face.  After a performance, the colours can be wiped off the laminated board.  The 2 boards are in A4 size, and are suitable for parlour or stage performance.

If you do not want to spend too much money for the colour marker prediction type of effect, this is the perfect product for you.  It is easy to perform and the methods for selecting the colour markers as well as the revelation of the final picture are quite clever.  A pack-flat effect with a great impact.  (9/10 star rating)

IMPOSSIBLE ACAAN by Himitsu

Written by John Teo

We all know what “ACAAN” stands for.  It is an abbreviation for Any Card At Any Number.

This means someone names a card, and a location (ie a number between 1 to 52).  A deck of cards is dealt to this number and the named card is found at this location.

In “Impossible ACAAN”, a deck of cards is thoroughly shuffled by a spectator.  The performer brings out a small notepad.  He shows that he has written both a random number as well as a random name of a playing card on each page.  Each page is shown to contain both a different number as well as a different playing card.  A spectator freely flips open to any page and both the number and the card written on that page are noted.  Assume they are “8” and “Ace of Spades”.  The spectator takes the shuffled deck and deals to the 8th card from the top.  The card at this location is the Ace of Spades.  The deck can be freely examined to show nothing but a deck of 52 different cards.

You get the special notepad which measures 4 inches X 3.25 inches, and a link to a video tutorial.  You need to supply your own deck of playing cards.

The notepad you receive contains some 50 pages and they are all blanks.  You have to write in the information yourself using a sharpie.  The quality of the notepad is very good.  The pages are coated with some kind of gloss so that whatever you write on them with a sharpie will not bleed through.  The paper is quite stiff and this makes flipping the pages of the notepad easy and comfortable.

However, the notepad is perfect bound along the top edge with glue, like the binding used on paperback books.  This means if you open out the pad flat often, some pages may become detached.  You do not have to open the pad out flat in order to show the written contents of each page.  You can hold the pad at the glued edge and flip the pages of the opposite end to show that each page contains a different item.  Handled with care, the notepad can last a long time.

The product is a misnomer.  The notepad you receive is actually an utility item used to force one out of 2 dozens different items written on the pad.  It is an innocent looking item ideal for mentalists.  It is for the value of this notepad that the rating is based on.  The ACAAN effect is merely the usage of this notepad.

A mentalist should invest in several of these notepads in his arsenal.  (9/10 star rating)

COLOUR PROPHESY PEN by Himitsu/DW Magic

Written by John Teo

This is a close-up version of the poplar “Colour Pen Prediction” trick.

In effect, a small box containing 6 different colour pens is given to a spectator.  A pocket-sized black-and-white picture of a boy with shorts is shown.  While the performer turns his head away, the spectator is told to freely pick up any colour pen, and colour a certain part of the drawing, eg the boy’s shorts.  

Still with the performer’s head turned away, the spectator picks up a second colour pen and is similarly directed to colour, say, the boy’s tie.  This goes on until all 6 freely selected colour pens are used to colour 6 different parts of the black-and-white drawing.

Finally, the performer turns around and directs the audience to a prediction envelope placed conspicuously on the table right at the start of the trick.  He takes out the prediction from the envelope: it depicts the same black-and-white drawing of the boy but has 6 parts of it being coloured in with the same colours as that coloured by the spectator!  Mathematically the probability of getting this prediction correct is 1:720!

You receive everything you need to perform this effect inside a nice hinged black colour box, together with a link to a very short video tutorial.  Inside the box are the 6 colour pens inside a special gimmicked box, 4 other pens of different colours to the 6 pens that can be used interchangeably, a spare paper box, 3 small silver envelopes (one containing 3 coloured prediction papers, one containing 4 black-and-white drawings, and one containing 4 blank papers), and the necessary gimmicks to make the effect work.

When the inks of the colour pens dry up, you can simply replaced the pens with ordinary children’s crayons of the same size.  

The effect can also be used in a parlour or even stage setting if you enlarge the black-and-white drawings, as well as the final coloured prediction into at least A4 size.

Properly presented, the effect has a great impact on an audience.

“Colour Prophecy Pen” is an affordable version of the larger and more expensive colour pen prediction.  (8/10 star rating)

SIDE SHOW

Written by John Teo

The meaning of a side show is that it is a minor show that is part of a larger one.  In a circus or carnival, a side show is also something that usually disracts from a main event.  You are likely to find a contortionist, a fire eater or sword swallower performing in a side show in a carnival.  

“Side Show” by Joshua Jay is an odd packet card trick.  It is a card effect where each card does not have the usual back design or face of a playing card.  This is where it will attract the attention of the spectators.

In effect, the performer shows a small packet of cards.  He claims that a card not only has a face and a back, it also has an inside and an outside.

The first card is shown to have the digit “1” printed on it.  It is turned over to show that its back has the digit “2”.  When the card is turned over one more time, instead of the digit “1”, it now shows the digit “3”.  The card is turned over to show a “4”.  This card has 4 sides!  It is placed to one side of the table.

Similarly, the next card is shown to have “1”, “2” and “3” sides.  The third card has 2 sides, which is normal.  Two cards are left.  The performer places both of them inbetween the two palms of the spectator’s hands.  He takes one card out and show that it has a “1” printed on one side and blank on the other side.  This card has 1 side!  

Everybody is now expecting how the final card, which should be a card with no sides, looks like.  The spectator opens her palms and everybody can see that the last card is a see-through transparent card!

You receive all the necessary cards inside a neat vinyl wallet.  The instructions are in the form of a nicely printed 12-page booklet, complete with 32 hand-drawn diagrams.

The effect is easy to perform, requiring only 2 sleights: the double turnover and the Elmsley Count, both are taught in the booklet.  Several ways to end the effect are also discussed.

This trick has an interesting theme, packs very small (can be placed inside yor shirt pocket), plays big, and the ending will always cause a smile from the audience.

It has been in the performing repertoire of Johsua Jay and is always featured in his lecture.  It will be your favourite effect, too!

  

Highly Recommended!