Magic Products Review

The Card Idol Series Vol 1 by Fenik – DVD

Written by Bernard Sim

There are many visual effects in this DVD. The effects performed in this DVD are without dialogue. Some requires you to be standing when performing them.

The routines here are not for the beginner. All routines are done by sleight of hand and there are no gimmicks used.

Fenik is a very good card worker. The routines look really nice and visual. At the end of the DVD, Fenik performs many version of the Pass, they look really incredible and I think he’ll probably put them in his later DVD.

If you’re a card worker looking for something visual, this is for you. 3.5/5

 

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The Adventures of Winston Freer CD by Miracle Factory - Trick

Written by Bernard Sim

This is a CD containing scanned booklets of Winston Freer materials. As some of the booklets are so old, the prints might not be very clear in certain books. Plenty of materials inside.

Of all the routines/ ideas in this CD I particularly like Freer tile deal. This is a very interesting topological puzzle. A set of geometrical shapes forms a rectangle. When a small square is removed from this set and re-arrange again, yet they still form a rectangle seemingly without losing any area. This is repeated 2 more times, at the end a total of 3 squares are removed and yet the rectangle still seems to be the same shape and size. You’d have to construct this yourself which would be quite easy since the template is already provided.

At the end of the CD, footage of Winston Freer performing a levitation is also shown. The video is in black and white and is not very clear, but you can still see what’s going on. Plenty of materials for you to choose from. I’m sure you’ll be able to find some stuff that is usable.

Rating 3.5/5 

 

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That Can't Be Good by Jay Sankey - CD

Written by Bernard Sim

Jay Sankey’s comedy act is recorded live in this 38 minutes audio CD. The language he used is more suitable for adults. As this is recorded live, you can hear the audience’s laughter and applause throughout the CD which can be annoying at times. Asians probably would not be able to understand his jokes due to the culture. This would also be more enjoyable if it is recorded with video rather than just audio.   

Rating 2.5/5

 

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Zero Gravity (Gimmick and DVD) by Jay Sankey - Trick

Written by Bernard Sim

The effect allows the performer to balance a borrowed object such as wallets, a deck of cards, a mobile phone etc on a folded napkin or bill. The DVD comes with the gimmick which is very simple but you need to set this up before performing. 

This is a very good opening effect and is very easy to perform. Sankey provides a few ideas on how to present it, including how to combine this with other routines. He also teaches how to set this up in the middle of your show. 

Recommended. Rating 3.5/5 

 

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Romhany On Stage by Paul Romhany - DVD

Written by John Teo

Paul Romhany is an internationally acclaimed magician, having performed in numerous theaters, cruise ships and on televisions all over the world.   He is most famous for his Charlie Chaplin act, in which he dresses up as the silent classic character of years gone by, and performs visual magic without patter.

In this DVD, you get to see snippets of his Chaplin act.  This comprises ladder form case, linking coat-hangers, unending silk production from pocket, cut and restored rope routine, Ricki Dunn’s drink trick and his levitating broom.

Paul performs and explains the following effects:
• Rope Routine – an adaptation of the George Sands routine and features rope with 4 ends, sliding knots, transposable and detachable ends.  Paul also discusses the type of rope he used.
• Newspaper / Umbrella Routine – skeletal umbrella to umbrella with newspaper fabric.
• Dream Holiday – an entertaining prediction effect in which he predicts the destination, the cost as well as the name of a lady a spectator is going to take to a dream holiday.  Paul discusses a couple of subtleties such as how to do the effect without using an expensive wallet, or having to resort to double writing.
• Clean Sweep – this is Paul’s version of the Fred/Oscar/Phil trick.  A randomly named card correctly identifies an object hidden inside a paper bag.  Paul discusses the use of only one deck to accomplish this effect.
• Linking Coat-hangers – this is a performance only with an invited spectator on stage.

These are some of Paul’s favourite routines that he uses in his professional acts.  Paul is an accomplished magician and you can see the entertainment value of all his performances in the DVD.  The DVD is well produced and it is difficult not to be able to find as least one item that you can add to your performing repertoire.  (4.5/5 stars rating)


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Lunch Date by Paul Romhany - DVD

Written by John Teo

The “Out To Lunch” principle allows whatever is depicted on a piece of paper to change partially even though the piece of paper is initially seen and signed by a spectator.  A creative person can use this concept to make the picture of an object vanish, appear or change its state.  In this DVD, Paul Romhany shows you more than half a dozen different routines using the “Out To Lunch” principle.  These effects are taken from a book he co-wrote earlier with T C Tahoe entitled “Lunch Is Served”.

It begins with a description of the original “Out To Lunch” effect.  Paul then goes on to perform and explain the following routines:
• Time Change – picture of a clock changes to match a time randomly set on a wrist watch
• 8 Ball Production – a close-up version of Kevin James’ bowling ball from drawing pad
• Business Card Switcharoo – a multi-phase routine where the signature of a spectator on a business card changes place with that of the performer
• Envelope OTL -  “Out To Lunch” using envelopes, this enables a bill to vanish, or be switched, and this leads easily to bill in orange
• Fork and Spoon – picture of a fork change places with that of a spoon
• Coin On Card – a coin vanishes and reappears drawn onto a piece of card
• Cookies Fortune – a parlour or stage version where a picture of a fortune cookie reveals a freely chosen number, colour and a fortune cookie fortune

The DVD is well produced, and Paul does a marvelous job in performing and explaining the effects.  The various applications of the “Out To Lunch” principle should encourage you to come out with your own routines.  (4.5/5 stars rating)
 

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