Magic Products Review

357 (DVD and Props) by Tom Lautens and Inner Mind Productions

Written by Bernard Sim

The main routine of 357 is based on Russian Roulette but this version does not involve a gun or a bullet. The presentation is very interesting.

Included are 6 small envelopes and 12 blank cards. The principle used in the effects has been around for a long time and they are credited to Bob Fillman and Tan Hock Chuan (Singapore). The ideas for these card are interesting and you can various presentation/ routines for it. There are a total of 3 routines in the DVD. Unfortunately, you are only given 12 cards and you have to choose which routine you want to use. A single routine uses 6 cards. Once you write on the card with a marker, there is no turning back.. The routine by Tom Lautens used a different method and is Russian Roulette themed.

Overall, I think this is quite a nice mental effect which I’m sure you’ll be able to create many other routines for it.

Rating 3.5/5

 

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Wipe The Slate Clean by Chris Webb - Trick

Written by Bernard Sim

 

The effect looks good on the demo and you can probably do it with some practice. Not too difficult. BUT, this is a HUGH “BUT”, although the gimmick is included, you’ll probably wear them out during your practice session.

The gimmick is so fragile that I have to handle them carefully. A certain part of the gimmick keeps coming off and I have to keep putting that piece back. While practicing the effect, I even needed to repair a certain part of the gimmick. If you buy the effect, you can make the gimmick yourself and I encourage you to make a few at one go, it’s that fragile.

At this retail price, I think a few more gimmicks should be included. It’ll take some time to make the gimmick and I think it’s not worth the effort and time to invest in this item.

 

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Boxing Match by Katsuya Masuda

Written by Bernard Sim

Masuda is a very clever man as we can tell from most of his effects. When I have this item on my hand, I didn’t read the instructions yet and was playing around with the box. The cover of the box looks unusual as there are no prints on it, but other than this, I couldn’t find anything unusual.  As for the cover, there is no concern for worry as layman probably wouldn’t notice it.

I went online to check out the demo and was pleasantly surprised to see the visual change of the card. All magic demos are supposed to look great on the screen, so I took out the Boxing Match and began to play with it. All I can say is WOW! This looks as good as the demo! I was smiling to myself thinking how clever this thing is. This is a very cool effect, fun to play with as well as fun and easy to perform. It is suitable even for beginners as there are no difficult moves.

I wish I was as clever as Masuda. Check out some of his other items too.

Highly recommended. Rating 4.5/5

 

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