Magic Products Review

Uncovered (Secrets For The Serious Magician) by John Luka

Written by Bernard Sim

John Luka performs old school type of effects in this DVD. Almost all the effects are variations of other magician’s.

I’ll talk about some of the routines in the DVD.

Flipper coin routine’s vanishing phase is similar to John Kennedy’s routine.

Chromo Balls is Luka’s 3 ball routine, 3 different color balls keep appearing in the hands even after they are put away.

Back to the 19th century is based on Daryl’s Psychological  Assembly a.k.a. Jumping Jolly Jokers. This one has an easy set-up with no difficult sleights involved.

Card to wallet is a variation of John Mendoza’s Bendix Bombshell routine found in John Verse Two. Nice and strong routine without any palming. An addition of a card transposition ending with a signed card to wallet makes this routine fun to watch.

Licked at last is based on Mike Power’s In The Hand Triumph found in Power Plays.

Airplane card is based on Vernon’s Airplane card found in Vernon’s California Lecture note.

Michigan Monte is a four card monte using non-gimmick Jumbo cards.

The performance is slow paced and the routines are achievable for most magicians who has basic knowledge.  Youngsters should take a look at this to understand how routines should be constructed. 

Recommended 3.5/5


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Two-Faced by Richard Osterlind

Written by Bernard Sim

Beside getting the well constructed prop, a booklet of ideas/instructions is also included. This is a very versatile prop that you can use for a close-up shop as well as stage performance.

The routines are very good too; some of them are very funny and entertaining. You can use this in a children show as well as for adults (from family theme to adult theme). This prop is not a new idea, there have been other effects using the same principle. I’m sure the owner would be able to incorporate other routines into this prop.

Recommended 4/5.


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Twister (With Props and DVD) by Jay Sankey - Trick

Written by Bernard Sim

A key bending routine with several variation including a in the spectator’s hand bend and a visual bend. Some of the bends are quite visual, without covers as well. This effect requires some very basic and easy sleight of hand. Some utilities moves which are coin based sleights are taught. The keys provided looks kinda cheap. It is the same type of key that Sanykey uses in his effect Killer Key and you may want to combine the 2 together.  This effect is not too bad as it uses a prop which everybody recognizes.

I hope Jay Sankey was joking when he say “Bobo switch was inspired by a clown”. You got to know Sankey to understand his humor. 

Rating 3.5/5


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TSCTW (The Smallest Card Through Window) by Magicshop

Written by Bernard Sim

Again another DVD without dialogue by Ralf Ruolph of Germany/Hannoer. In this 20 minutes DVD, you’ll learn how to make the corner of a signed card penetrate a watch’s glass.

The DVD is easy to understand even though there are no dialogues. A choice of English and German subtitles are given to choose from.

You’ll need to prepare the watch. Preparation may take a little effort but will be easy when you are familiar with it. You can’t use any type of watches. The recommended watches are the cheap ones which you won’t have problems getting your hands on. There are some sleights involved which can be modified to suit your ability.  Ralf Ruolph recommends the watch to be given away as a souvenir. But if you do not want to give away, you can still keep the watch and use it again.

Some nice thinking here. A good effect that is not too difficult to do.

Recommended. 4/5 


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Triumph by Oz Pearlman and Penguin Magic

Written by Bernard Sim

A DVD just on Triumph routines. There are many variations in this DVD, some of them requires the use of a table and some can be done standing up.

The Original Triumph routine by Dai Vernon is taught here. Oz has a nice patter which blends into this routine. 

Renegade is done on the hands and this is very easy to do. This variation works well in a walk-around situation as it is impromptu. 

Color Changing Triumph routine has a kicker ending where the card’s back changes color. This is another one that looks difficult but is easy to do. No special cards used but a simple set-up.

Four Ace Triumph, this version doesn’t require the spectator to select a card. Set-up is easy and this is a very good lead-in to a 4 ace routine.  

Emerge Triumphant looks like the original classic version except that it ends with a kicker where the deck arranges itself in a new deck order. A in the hand false riffle shuffle that makes this routine works is taught here. This move is taught in detail here. 

Triumph Transportation is a short routine. The deck is divided into 2 piles, one pile is mixed face up and face down whilst the other pile is all face down. The spectator holds the face down pile in their hands while the performer holds the mixed pile. The piles magically transport themselves, the spectators pile is now mixed and the performer’s pile is now all facing down. This requires some work but it’s strong as the magic happens in the spectator’s hands. 

The Middle Deal is a gambling based routine with no set-up. Again, this has the Triumph routine built in. You need to be able to do the second deal (you don’t need to be perfect) in order to perform it. The second deal is taught briefly here.

Oz Pearlman has also added “Up the ladder” false cut. This false shuffle really makes the deck  looks mixed up. It’s a very nice way of enforcing that the deck is mixed when nothing is happening at all. Besides this, he also teaches Daryl Martenez’s Cut Display. There is very fooling to the eye, easy to do as well as convincing.

A brief history of Triumph is included at the end of the video. Very interesting facts and credits.

Overall, I think this is a nice compilation of the Triumph routines. There is so many versions here and there’ll be one that suits you. Rating 4/5.


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Tivoliland 2 by Arthur Tivoli – DVD

Written by Bernard Sim

This DVD was recorded in a real restaurant. You can choose the languages (English or French) in the DVD. The performance and explanation is in French and if you were to choose English, it’ll be a voice over. At times (during the explanations), Arthur’s voice is in conflict with the English voice over. This can be annoying at times as you are hearing 2 voices at one time.

The routines in this DVD are grouped into 3 sets. You can perform these sets to tables that are near each other without repeating effects that were performed before. The routines in the DVD are simple to perform, making a restaurant performer’s job easier; they’ll just need to concentrate on the presentation. The most difficult move in this DVD would be the Mercury fold, which most card workers will already know.

The routines blend well in each set. Certain sets need to be performed when you are sure that you will not be disturbed by the service staff. There are some effects that starts early at the beginning of the set but will conclude at the end of the set.  An example would be the bill in the cap. The bill is vanished at the beginning of the set and will only be produced at the end of the set. But you can always change it to suit your needs.

All the effects taught here are easy to do and they are workers. You’ll want to buy this to learn how to routine your effects. Arthur is a very good teacher which explains everything in detail. This DVD is recommended. Rating. 3.5/5


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