Magic Products Review

Wicked World Of Liam Montier Vol 1 - DVD

Written by Bernard Sim

The effects taught in this volume are

  • Stickman Sebastian – A Card Transposition effect
  • Hof Slap -  Variation of Hofzinser’s classic Ace Problem
  • Worry Dolls - 3 miniature dolls vanish in a closed fist but to appear in a box which they came from initially. Dolls look eerie enough to generate interest in spectators.
  • Lollipop – A lollipop is pulled out from the stick and is restored. An additional idea is taught as well whereby the lollipop will move by itself.
  • OOTW-999 – Based on Karl Fulves “Even-money Proposition”. This is a Paul Curry’s “Out of this world” effect without the use of a full deck. The set up is easy and it has a special ending 
  • Visual Voodoo – An interesting effect whereby a spectator will choose one stickman from a group drawn on a business card. The chosen stickman vanishes from the card and the card can be given away.
  • Triumph Twist – A triumph effect
  • Cheater – Card changes places with other cards in the sleeve.
  • Psy-Kik - A spectator writes a number/ initial and an ESP shape on a post it pad. The performer is able to divine the results.
  • Coin-Corde – A Chinese coin magically links on and off a cord. Some sleights is involved.
  • Withdrawal – Effect using an ATM balance slip. Abill appears in a folded ATM slip. Nice and interesting effect which is easy to do.
  • Psychic Pickpocket – An impromptu effect whereby a selected card is “Pickpocket” from a deck in the box.

The DVD has various interesting materials to suit anyone. Explanations are short and clear. 3.5/5 

 

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Wi by Jason Messina - Trick

Written by Bernard Sim

Wi is a manuscript printed on single sides of a 13 pages A4 size paper on.If you have seen the demo, you’d probably agree that it’s a waste of time viewing it.

With this principle, you can do mental effects included in the manuscript. All the effects require the use of a mobile phone. They are not difficult to do.

One of the effect “The Restaurant” is a prediction effect. The performer writes a phone number on a piece of paper and folds it up. The spectator will hold that piece of paper without looking at it. The performer than ask what cuisine the spectator feel like eating. When they say Chinese food, the spectator will unfold the paper and dials the number written on the paper. The call will be put thru to a Chinese restaurant. This will work with any cuisine they choose, provided the performer has already made the proper preparations.

The effects are not bad but at US$25, I’d expect the manuscript to be printed as a booklet rather than on a stapled stack of papers.

Rating 3/5

 

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What Your Future Holds by Rich Marotta – Trick

Written by Bernard Sim

The ad truly describes what this effect is all about. What you get is a set of cards and a clown nose. The instructions are easy to understand and the effect is easy to perform too. I must caution that not many people will be able to accept such performance, especially in Asia. Some people might be offended, so you’ll need to choose wisely on whom to perform it to. You can see the performance on Youtube.If you can find a suitable spectator, this will be a fun effect to perform.

Rating 3.5/5 

 

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Visual Transformation by Katsuya Masuda

Written by Bernard Sim

This effect is what the name implies, visual transformation. The change is very visual and this is very easy to do. There are no difficult sleights and the spectators can have a free choice of card. This is a very cleverly built gimmick but is subjected to wear and tear in the long run. The only thing I don’t like is that it doesn’t make sense to use a card case to change a card. The case will be under a lot of heat, especially if you do it twice. The other thing you should know is that this effect doesn’t use a full deck, so if you’re thinking of incorporating this with other effects that uses a full deck, you’d be disappointed.

Having said all these, Masuda is a very clever man, this is not the first time I’ve made this comment, it won’t be my last either. So far none of Masuda’s effect disappoints me; I think most people will like his effects too.

Recommended, rating 4/5

 

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Vanished & Gone by Peter Duffie - Trick

Written by Bernard Sim

The basic effect is to let your spectator think of a card and that card will be “gone” from the entire deck. This is a self-working effect and it only requires a one-time set up, provided your spectator doesn’t mess up the deck. It is a very simple routine which may be a strong one if you present it well. This effect suits all level and all you need to do is just spread the deck and the cards does all the work for you. If you combine this with a Brainwave deck, it’ll make the effect stronger.

Rating 3.5/5

 

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Unshuffling The Faro Shuffle by Paul Gertner (Deck and DVD) - Trick

Written by Bernard Sim

This effect can also be found in his DVD and book “Steel and Silver” but the instructions are brief. In this stand alone effect, everything is taught in great detail. This is a very good effect though not easy to perform. When you see Paul Gertner do it, it looks so easy. Paul Gertner will guide you through the proper method way to do the Faro Shuffle. He also includes the finer points in doing it. This is probably the only DVD in the market now which teaches the Faro Shuffle in detail.

Included is also a custom Unshuffled deck. When you buy this, not only can you learn the proper way to do the Faro Shuffle, you can also perform it with the Unshuffled deck. Paul is a very good teacher and he even offers the buyer email support if the buyer have problems with the Faro Shuffle.

Besides this effect, I highly recommend his book and DVD “Steel and Silver”. Take a look and you’ll thank me for it.

Rating 4/5

 

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