Magic Products Review

Collins Aces (World's Greatest Magic) - DVD

Written by Bernard Sim

There are 6 versions of Collins Aces in this collection.

Spelling Collins' Aces - Martin Lewis

Martin Lewis’s version ends by spelling to find the aces. No gimmick cards used in his version. Some simple sleight and setup is needed to accomplish this routine. The routine is simple and easy.

Collins/Lewis Vanishing Aces - Bill Malone

Bill Malone is very entertaining. His routine starts with the production of 4 aces (Steve Dobson’s Flip out Flourish) which looks really cool. His version of the Collins Aces is similar to Martin Lewis’s. Malone adds a few moves which makes it more magical and flourishy. The explanation is very detailed making learning a breeze.

J. C. On Collins' Aces - J. C. Wagner

There is no spelling sequence in this version. This version looks difficult to do but all you need is know how to do a DL and an Emsley Count. Some phase looks startling and magical. The best thing is about this version is there are no set-up. You can do this impromptu.

Spelling Collins' Aces - Michael Ammar

This is the same version as Martin Lewis’s version. The only difference (which is not significant) is Ammar allows the spectator to choose the number of times the performer cuts the deck. However, the explanation is more detailed than Martin Lewis’ as there are different camera angles used for the explanation.

Collinspell - Alex Elmsley

This version is the most difficult and a bit more technical there the rest of the routines in this DVD. There are no setup needed and thus can be done impromptu. The shuffle has to be precise in order to make the spelling work.

Collins’ Aces – James Swain

The routine starts with the production of the 4 aces (which is not explained), followed by the Collins’ Aces and ends by finding the Aces through a Poker deal. Nice but need a bit of work to accomplish it.

I think this is very nice DVD on this routine. You probably won’t do all the versions in this DVD but you have a choice to choose which routine which most suits you.

Rating 3.5/5

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Coin Fusion (US Half Dollar) by Chris Stickland

Written by Bernard Sim

This one is fun to play with. The effect looks magical as well visual. With the gimmick, it makes the performer seem to have super powers. The coin is visually torn into two without any covers and is then magically restored.

This comes with the gimmick coin and a DVD. The learning process is pretty easy if you’re a beginner, it’ll be a breeze if you’re already into coins. The basic and advance handlings are taught. The advance handling is not that difficult and it makes the whole effect look cleaner.

A fun effect to play with.

Recommended. 4/5

 

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Cherry Cola Queen by Liam Montier - Book

Written by Bernard Sim

When I first flipped through this booklet, I was thinking “Man, this looks crappy!”.  I then put it away. A few weeks later, I decide to read this book again and boy was I wrong. There are many unique effects using different props, from snooker ball, playing cards, cigarettes, business cards, greeting cards, compact disc and even  taps. One of the effect uses a party popper which enables the performer to apparently fire twice on the same popper.

Snookered is my favorite. This routine uses a snooker ball as a prediction; the performer plays a game of snooker using a set of cards with snooker balls printed on it. At the end, the remaining card/ ball matches the prediction. Easy and fun to do.

Not all effects are good; some are just in his development phase. But most of them are usable and not that difficult to do. You may not use all the effects in this booklet but I’m very sure you can find something suitable for you.

Recommended. 4/5

 

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Celltic by David Kemsley - DVD

Written by Bernard Sim

When I first saw the performance segment of the DVD, I was impressed. This seems like something that most people will want to do. After I viewed the explanation part, I find the method to be just ok. Let me explain what I mean.

The ad states that this is impromptu, this is true, that is after you have prepared your mobile phone. There are no forces on the card and you can perform this alone without helpers. But I don’t think you can do this anywhere (as stated in the ad), there are certain conditions (such as performance area and the glass used for supporting the phone) that have to be met before you can perform this. The video’s quality is not very good as it is probably homemade but would not be a problem when comes to learning the effect. This won’t work on all phones, it’ll depend on the location of the camera lens on the phone. Nice idea.

Rating 3.5/5

 

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Casino Cut Card by Thom Peterson - DVD

Written by Bernard Sim

This effect is Thom Peterson’s take on the Universal Card trick. The DVD comes with a set of special cards printed on bicycle stock. The running time is about 14 mins long (not 31 mins as described in the ad). Though this is a short video, it is sufficient to understand how the effect works. The routine is great for walk-around situation and the set-up is easy.

Recommended 3.5/5

 

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Cardiac by Andrew Gerard - Trick (CARDIAC)

Written by Bernard Sim

The performer is able to control the rhythm of his pulse as well as make it stronger, weaker and even stop it. The spectator can examine the performer and will not be able to find anything as there are no gimmicks involved. This effect is impromptu and not difficult to do but to make it smooth and natural will probably take some practicing.

I actually like the bonus routine “Pulse Mark” more than Cardiac. In this routine, the blindfolded performer is able to indentify 3 different spectators by feeling their pulse only. This one is easy to do and can be done impromptu as long as you have something to cover the eyes.

Buy this if you always wanted to do a pulse stopping routine impromptu without any preparation.

3.5/5

 

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