Magic Products Review

Wicked World Of Liam Montier Vol 2 - DVD

Written by Bernard Sim

The effects taught in this volume are

  • Measles – A wild card effect whereby a card with spots magically transfer its spots to other cards. Examinable at the end of the routine.
  • Coin in Case – A coin penetrates in and out of the cellophane of a card case.
  • Little Miss Show -  A short ambitious card routine which can be incorporated to any ambitious card routine.
  • Sock-it! - Coin penetrates a sock, variation of coin in handkerchief from Bobo coin magic.
  • Bandit – 4 ace production, one at a time. Performer deals down card one at a time from a shuffle deck, spectator calls stop at 4 different location and the aces are produced from these locations. This will take some practice to pull off.
  • Smiling Queen – A gag by making creases on the face of a note, tilting the note back and forth will cause the face to frown or smile. The effects ends with a big smile and glasses printed on the note. Very cute.
  • Sleeve Assembly – A 4 ace assembly that requires no gimmicks though a quick set-up is needed.
  • Corker – A miniature bottle with a cork. When the cork is taken out, it becomes a normal size cork which is too big to fit the bottle. A prediction can also be added into the bottle for an additional effect.
  • Card Deck Case – Card effect using 4 aces. 4 aces are found underneath a card case, it is then mixed into the deck but is found under the card case again.
  • Happy Monte – A 3 card monte that is very similar to color monte. Smilies are use instead of colors.
  • Only Joking – Another 4 ace production (Liam Montier seems to like effects using 4 aces) ending with 2 black aces and 2 red aces changing places.
  • Card thru Bag – A selected card is lost in the deck. Deck is then put inside a clear bag and the selected card slowly melts through the bag. Very nice and visual effect. This is similar to Card in Handkerchief from “Expert at the card table” book by Erdnase.

Like the first volume, this DVD has various interesting materials to suit anyone. Explanations are short and clear. 3.5/5 

 

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Wicked World Of Liam Montier Vol 1 - DVD

Written by Bernard Sim

The effects taught in this volume are

  • Stickman Sebastian – A Card Transposition effect
  • Hof Slap -  Variation of Hofzinser’s classic Ace Problem
  • Worry Dolls - 3 miniature dolls vanish in a closed fist but to appear in a box which they came from initially. Dolls look eerie enough to generate interest in spectators.
  • Lollipop – A lollipop is pulled out from the stick and is restored. An additional idea is taught as well whereby the lollipop will move by itself.
  • OOTW-999 – Based on Karl Fulves “Even-money Proposition”. This is a Paul Curry’s “Out of this world” effect without the use of a full deck. The set up is easy and it has a special ending 
  • Visual Voodoo – An interesting effect whereby a spectator will choose one stickman from a group drawn on a business card. The chosen stickman vanishes from the card and the card can be given away.
  • Triumph Twist – A triumph effect
  • Cheater – Card changes places with other cards in the sleeve.
  • Psy-Kik - A spectator writes a number/ initial and an ESP shape on a post it pad. The performer is able to divine the results.
  • Coin-Corde – A Chinese coin magically links on and off a cord. Some sleights is involved.
  • Withdrawal – Effect using an ATM balance slip. Abill appears in a folded ATM slip. Nice and interesting effect which is easy to do.
  • Psychic Pickpocket – An impromptu effect whereby a selected card is “Pickpocket” from a deck in the box.

The DVD has various interesting materials to suit anyone. Explanations are short and clear. 3.5/5 

 

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Wi by Jason Messina - Trick

Written by Bernard Sim

Wi is a manuscript printed on single sides of a 13 pages A4 size paper on.If you have seen the demo, you’d probably agree that it’s a waste of time viewing it.

With this principle, you can do mental effects included in the manuscript. All the effects require the use of a mobile phone. They are not difficult to do.

One of the effect “The Restaurant” is a prediction effect. The performer writes a phone number on a piece of paper and folds it up. The spectator will hold that piece of paper without looking at it. The performer than ask what cuisine the spectator feel like eating. When they say Chinese food, the spectator will unfold the paper and dials the number written on the paper. The call will be put thru to a Chinese restaurant. This will work with any cuisine they choose, provided the performer has already made the proper preparations.

The effects are not bad but at US$25, I’d expect the manuscript to be printed as a booklet rather than on a stapled stack of papers.

Rating 3/5

 

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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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