Magic Products Review

Thread by Wayne Houchin

Written by Bernard Sim

When I first saw this performed, I was like “Wow! That’s some crazy stuff.” After  watching the DVD, its still wowed me. The effect is shocking and it looks really convincing. This is the type of effect that will make people talk about for a long time.

There are 2 methods taught in the DVD. The first and main method allows you to perform only once each time you set-up. This method looks convincing and shocking. The other method allows you to perform as and when you want as long as you make the gimmick in advance. You can make several gimmicks to stand by which makes this method suitable for walk around performance.

Besides this effect, the Gypsy Thread is also taught here. This effect may not be new, but Wyane Houchin does a great job in teaching this effect. Gypsy Thread is a very nice effect and can be performed surrounded. It’s easy to do but you need to prepare the set-up each time you performed.

Overall, I think this is a very nice DVD but I have to warn you that performing it using the Geek method may cause harm in the long run. I’d probably do this for VIPs using the Geek method and use the sleight method for other performance.

Recommended 4/5.

 

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Thoughtless by Peter Nardi

Written by Bernard Sim

This one is similar to Dean Dill’s Blizzard but easier to do. Though it involves the use of 2 decks, the effect is strong and easy to do. This effect is almost self-working. When I say almost, it’s because you have to do a half-pass. For beginners, don’t be intimidated by this sleight, you have all the misdirection to do the move and Peter Nardi explains how to do this clearly. This would not be a problem for beginners.

Peter Nardi has also added a streamlined version which is suitable for the walk-around magicians. The streamline version uses 1 deck but the effect is still as good. Overall, I think this is a strong effect and it is worth taking a look. 

Rating 4 /5

 

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Third Eye by Andrew Mayne – Book

Written by Bernard Sim

Andrew Mayne has many items in the market. So are really good and some not bad. Unfortunately, this item doesn’t fall under the “really good” category.

This 16 page book has a total of 4 routines. All of them are book tests using a magazine. The first two routines use the same method. This method is not new and they are not foolproof. Andrew Mayne has thought out an out should the method fail. What I don’t like about the method is they rely on calculations. Some people are just not convinced when calculations are involved.

The other 2 routines’ method is a lot better. There are no preparations for all the routines and they can be done impromptu. If you are a fan of book tests, then this is for you.

Rating 3.5/5

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The Works by Steve Dobson - DVD

Written by Bernard Sim

A total of 7 routines are included in this DVD. Actually, not really 7 as I consider one of them to be a move rather than a routine. Two of them coins and the rest are cards. Out of the 4 card routines, 1 of them uses a full deck whereas the rest are packet tricks.

All the routines are doable. Some routines require gimmicks which most magicians will own. Most of the routines are short and they are suitable in restaurant settings. The effects are interesting and I like them.

If you are doing restaurant work, you might want to take a look at this DVD. If you’re a hobbyist, I’m sure you’ll use some of the packet trick.

Rating 3.5/5. Though this is a short DVD, it’s still worth investing in it.

 

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The Thing Platinum Edition (DVD, Props, CD) by Bill Abbott

Written by Bernard Sim

This is a wonderful one-man levitation that you can perform everywhere. The Platinum edition comes with everything you need, even including a band aid (no, it’s not use to heal your fingers; there is a use for it).

This routine is suitable audiences of all ages and for stage, parlor and even close-up (in a restaurant/ strolling gig). With this edition, the box that is included comes with 2 sizes, a stage/ parlor version and a walk-around version. The smaller box can be packed flat and fit nicely into your pocket.

The almost 2 hour long DVD is packed with information. The teaching is clear and the only difficult part is the acting part, but this is coverer thoroughly by Paul Wildbaum who is a pantomime and in stage movements. With his tips, you’ll be able to make the effect look more convincing and magical.

The audio CD that comes with it has plenty of tracks for you to select.

Like all magic effects, you have to put in time to practice before performing it. Practicing this in front of the mirror can be fun too. The poster can help you in your practice as the pictures are in photographic sequence.

This is a wonderful piece of magic, if you are thinking of doing a Zombie effect; this will be a good choice as you can use it for all occasions. Recommended, rating 4/5. 

 

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The Taiji Coin Vanish & Other Mysteries by Allen Zingg - DVD

Written by Bernard Sim

Allen Zingg applies the knowledge he has in Taiji into coin magic. With this move you can vanish a coin and you can spread your fingers implying an empty hand. Allen Zingg teaches the method in a precise and slow (too slow for my taste) manner.

I felt that this vanish is nothing earth shattering. Its kinda risky in certain situation. There are other sleight which may be similar to this vanish, one that comes to my mind now is the Mutobe Palm. Though you are able to do a complete vanish, the movements will involve your entire body.

For the Taiji Coin Vanish Plus, a gimmick coin is used. I feel that this is redundant because if you were to gimmick that coin, you don’t have to use the Taiji Vanish move. There are other methods which looks better. The gimmick coin used here is not new. Many magicians have put out many versions in the market. 

Besides this vanish, other routines are included. These are a coins across, a 4 coin vanish one at a time and a method of palming a card while doing a shuffle. 

I feel this is a very slow DVD and I wish Mr. Allen Zingg can speak a little faster. If you are just into coin magic, I don’t think this is for you. There are other better methods out there. 

Rating 2/5

 

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