Magic Products Review

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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101108 Lecture Notes by Marc Spelmann and Inner Mind Productions

Written by Bernard Sim

One must be wondering what does 101108 mean? It is actually a date (10 Nov 2008) that Spelmann delivered a lecture in Las Vegas. This 24 pages booklet contains 8mental routines and essays on theories and thoughts. The routines include, predicting time, bank night theme and book tests. The routines are easy to do and quite practical too. Some of the routines require gaffs which you can buy from them.

Time is of the Essence is a very nice effect that involves spectators This can be performed on stage and even a cocktail setting. At the end of this routine, the performer seems to be able to make the spectator have predicting abilities. No gaffs needed here.

Marc Spelmann has also included a way to mark a bicycle deck. It is easy to mark and read too. All the routines in this booklet play pack small but play big. The routines are strong and they can be done in all situations.

The materials in this booklet is very good.

Recommended, 4/5. 

 

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