Magic Products Review

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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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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