Magic Products Review

Heirloom by Colin Miller, Jamie Badman and Alakazam

Written by John Teo



This is a wonderful adaptation of Kenton Knepper’s “Kolossal Killer” effect. In this presentation, it makes more sense to use the “letter” as the out.

The performer tells how he got started out in magic. He relates the story of his uncle who played his last game of poker where he put all his money into it. He was waiting for one card to complete his poker hand to take in the winnings. A spectator is asked to simply name any card in the deck. The performer takes out an old photograph from his wallet. It shows his uncle with the “last card” he was waiting to complete his poker hand. This last card turns out not to be the same card that the spectator names. However, there is an accompanying letter. It was a letter written to his wife asking for her forgiveness because he had lost all their money as the last card he got was of the same colour and suit as the card named by the spectator, but the wrong value. The letter also stated what this value should be! Imagine this – any card named by the spectator is predicted correctly by the photograph and the letter!

This effect has an eerie yet emotional impact. It is packed small – carried in a wallet – but plays very big. The effect is explained by Peter Nardi in a DVD. Peter also describes other variations, tips and ideas. The DVD comes with all the necessary cards (“photographs”) and the special “letter”. Peter also explains a bonus pack of heirloom cards (separate purchase) that can be used with an ESP deck, or other popular magician’s decks. He also mentions a special heirloom wallet (separate purchase) that can simplify and enhance the handling of the heirloom trick. Just to be sure – you do not need the special bonus pack and the wallet to perform this version of heirloom.
Rating 5/5

John Kennedy's Mojoe

Written by Joel Tay

 

Mojoe is the latest close-up effect released by John Kennedy.

Comes with: Gimmick and a teaching DVD

The Effect: The magician sips a full cup of hot steaming coffee. T hen in full view, he covers the cup with his hands. The cup is overturned, and to everyone’s astonishment, his hand is not burnt... then they realised that the coffee is gone too.

Review: There are various handlings and versions of this effect taught in the DVD. These alternative versions of the effect, which are just as easy to perform, are much stronger than the effect John Kennedy chose to show in his promotional video clip. This is because the alternative handlings allow the magician to hand out the cup out for examination.

 

For example, one of the variations taught in the DVD allows the magician to cover the top of the cup with a serviette, wave his hands a few times over it, and then remove the napkin to show that the cup is now empty.

 

Another variation allows the magician to cover the cup with a serviette, wave a few times, and show that the coffee has transformed into a cup full of coffee beans. Yet another variation allows you to place the coffee cup into a paper bag, seal the bag, and then proceed to overturn and crush the bag. Both the bag and the cup can be handled out for examination.

 

Typical of most of John Kennedy effects, Mojoe is expensive; but it is also a great effect to perform in close-up situations or when you are hanging out at Coffee Bean with a friend.

 

It can be performed using other liquids besides Coffee such as Coke, Milk, etc. There is a quick set-up for the effect.

 

Mojoe is relatively easy to perform and works with both paper coffee-cups and some ceramic mugs. There is no switching of cups whatsoever, and neither are there any messy plastic bags or tubes. You can even sip on the coffee before making it disappear. No refills are needed for Mojoe.

The teaching on the DVD is clear, concise and easy to follow.

4.5/5.

 

 

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The Magic of Michael Ammar (DVD)

Written by Enrico Varella

The original recording of these videos was by Videonics Inc. of Canada in 1982; then L&L Publishing acquired and released it in 1999 as EARLY AMMAR; and now, as the re-titled series (2009).
 
This is an opportunity to appreciate Ammar at his youthful best, and peak of his technical prowess (soon after he won first prize in FISM for Close Up in Lausanne, Switzerland). You may decide if he demonstrated his potential as an effective teacher in magic. In fact, he was the first to deliver in numerous volumes the popular Easy to Master series of instructional videos.
 
You will witness Ammar performing for a studio audience, who are more natural in their reactions than latter-day L&L productions. Ammar knows how to design and perform commercially tested effects that ‘pack small, and play big’. Many of us may already have included Ammar effects (and thoswe he popularized like Blindman Handcuffs a.k.a. Linking Rubber Bands) in our performing repertoire.
 
My favourite volumes out of the four were 1 and 2. Volume 1: Command Performance covers the tricks found in his bestselling book, The Magic of Michael Ammar. In it is featured Iceman Cometh (torn card in ice block), Salt & Pepper Transposition, The Vanishing Glass (Two Methods), Card Matrix, Pull Tab, Torn & Restored Cigarette, One-Handed Bottom Deal Force, and Billy Balloon.
 
Volume 2: World-Class Close Up features his FISM-winning Coins in Silk, Beanie Weenie (Paul Harris’s effect), The Yeast Card (which plays well now that you can see a live act), One-Handed card Fold, The Gallo Pitch (two versions), Card on Ceiling, Ambitious Card Bluff Move (Tommy Wonder’s) and $2 Bills into 2 Ones. I enjoyed the simplicity of Coins in Silk; yet, simple does not mean easy! Weenie Beanie is worth doing if you can do a Chop-Cup routine, or Cups & Balls.
 
Volume 3: A Touch of Magic – Coins covers a wide array of card sleights, and effects like Pencil Through Quarter, One Finger Spellbound, Coins Through Table (Mike Gallo), and False Count with Coins.
 
Volume 4: A Touch of Magic – Cards includes both card sleights and their applications in card tricks such as Inversion (James Lewis), Visually Yours, Bluefield Debut and Card From Box. Inversion is a very good trick with multiple endings.
 
There is a lot of material to select, and I advise that students take your time learning the routines, and using it. If are impatient, then watch and learn from Volumes 1 and 2 first. Never waste a learnt routine – integrate it into your act soon.

 

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Malini Egg Bag by Bob White - DVD

Written by Bernard Sim

A classic effect that is suitable for a few spectators up to a large audience. It is also suitable for an audience of any ages. The routine involves audience participation and it is puzzling and at the same time magical.

The DVD is divided into several segments,

Introduction

Performance

Performance walkthrough

The Props

Turning the bag

Examining the props

Phase I, I, III

Bonus performance

Bob White will walk you through on how to prepare the egg and how to take care of the bag. The routine is split into 3 phases and the explanation is very detailed and nothing is being held back. You can see that Bob White is a very seasoned performer and the routine is very well presented. Part of the routine allows the bag to be examined.

If you always wanted to do an egg bag routine, get this DVD. If you are already doing an egg bag routine, get this DVD as well as I believe you’ll be able to gain some benefits from it.

Highly recommended. 4/5

 

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F*ck Street Magic #1 - DVD

Written by Bernard Sim

Before you press the start button to play the DVD, make sure that there are no kids around as it contains blue humor and adult language.

The effects shown are quite good but the patter may be offensive to some people. I don’t think you can ask a stranger where her G-spot is! Nor talk to a lady stranger about condoms or even ask if she like sex? I don’t think I can use Todd Diamonds patter at all.

There are only 3 effects in the DVD. They are:

A non-gimmicked version of the marketed effect “NFW” (a very short routine)

A spellbound coin routine (the only routine that is not vulgar and last only 20 seconds) . This routine requires some special coins and gimmick. Nice.

An ambitious card routine which keeps mentioning about G-spot.

The routines taught are decent. Explanations are very clear and you wouldn’t have problem learning the effects. There is also an interview with james Dimmare which last for about 29 mins. Some good tips here from the interview.

If you don’t mind the adult content, buy it. But if you can’t accept adult language, you can always use the routines and add your own patter. 3.5/5 
 

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Color Burn

Written by Bernard Sim

This is a color changing card effect that is very visual. The effect is very similar to Chris Webb’s Wipe the slate clean.

DVD comes with some special cards which are needed to make the gimmick. The gimmick is  very easy to make. There are no moving parts for this gimmick and I feel that the gimmick is far more superior and simpler than Wipe The Slate Clean. Gimmick will last a long time. The change looks very nice and visual. Explanations are clear and precise. Additional routine based on the same type of gimmick is also included.

Recommended 4/5

 

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