Magic Products Review

Bish Bash Bosh by Magic Dave (Dave Allen) - DVD (DVDDABISHBASHBOSH)

Written by Bernard Sim

A DVD about birthday party shows. Dave Allen talks about his equipments and what to use in a show. Some very good advice here on hot to use music in shows, actually he gives very good advice on everything to do with birthday party shows.

The performance is taped in front of a live audience consisting of kids. Dave Allen admits he is a big fan of Axtell and he uses many of Axtell’s products. All of his routines are very well received by the kids and they are very doable. The hardest part of his routines is probably the acting part.

All routines have plenty of audience participation. It may not suit everyone but it sure suits Dave Allen due to his personality. This is a bonus segment where he performs his Dave and Dominic duck routine. This is a very funny and enjoyable routine. It is the same routine that he did on Britain’s Got Talent. If you saw the act on youtube, do not let this stop you from purchasing this DVD. This DVD has plenty of good stuffs.

Highly recommended. 4.5/5

 

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Bionic Coin by Magicshop - DVD

Written by Bernard Sim

This is no dialogue in this DVD, just a choice of German or English subtitles. You’ll learn how to alter the Sharpie writings on a coin magically. This is a very novel idea which I’m sure you’ll have plenty of fun performing.

There is only 1 method used but you can use the same method for many other variations.  An example of the effect : Jumbled letters written on the coin magically arrange themselves to form a word with just a magical wave.

There is an easy set-up which requires a gimmick. Most of us will probably have this at home. A single preparation will probably last you a few performances. Set-up takes less than 2 mins. You can do this on any coins as long as the gimmick matches. The more common coins for this effect are silver/ metal (non-brass/ copper) coins.

Nice effect. Recommended 4/5

 

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Believe by Aaron DeLong

Written by Bernard Sim

Believe was released in 2006 to a limit of 100. In this 2 DVD set, it is packed with many variations and ideas. This effect was inspired from Paul Harris’ Anything Deck.

The essentials of this effect is basically a combination of a selected card revelation (via a seemingly cold reading)as well as a selected word revelation. The selected word is written on the selected card and which is revealed from a sealed envelope. There are other similar effects by other creators such as Alan Shaxon’s Confabulation, Al Koran’s Medallion and Luke Jermay’s Room 101.

To perform this routine, you need to prepare gaffs. These gaffs are readily available and cheap. Included in the DVD is also a PDF file on the preparation of the gaff. One of gaff will wear off eventually but you can always refurbish it or make a new one since it’s so easy to make one. All the items can be picked up from an office supplies store. With the items prepared, wear a jacket and you’re ready to perform.

This routine is very well thought out, every move is motivated and thus, your spectators won’t be suspicious of you. There are no difficult moves at all in this routine. The most difficult part of the routine is probably the presentation part.

There are different ideas from different contributors. Some are streamlined using post-it pads instead of steno pads. Some variations use Tarot cards as well as movie themed cards. With gimmicked decks, you can make the routine easier to do. There is even a no jacket version in PDF file.

This is a very well produced DVD, in terms of picture quality as well as the content. If you are currently doing a mental effect for your walk-around, you should take a look at this wonderful routine.

 

Highly recommended. Rating 4.5/5.

 

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Banding Around by Russell Leeds

Written by Bernard Sim

This is a collection of rubber band routine by Russell Leeds. Some of the plots are not new but some techniques are new. Most of the routines are based on coin routines such as visible coins across, coins thru Table, coins to purse etc.

The routines are well thought out and they flow smoothly. . If you think you know crazy man’s handcuff, wait till you see his full routine base on the same sleight. Russell Leeds makes the routines interesting by using coins, pens and even rubber balls to his routines. Some routines uses the same sleights and once you learnt these sleights, you can adapt them to other routines. Some moves look very simple but when you do it, it isn’t as easy as it looks. However, this is not a problem as everything is explained clearly. Watch the DVD with rubber bands nearby and you’d not have problems learning them. This DVD plays about 2 hours long. There are plenty of routines for you to choose from. I’m pretty sure you’d find one (or even more) that is suitable for you.

This is a good DVD on rubber band magic, it is suitable for all levels with plenty of materials.

Recommended. 4/5

 

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Baltazar Fuentes And His Magic by Baltazar Fuentes – DVD

Written by Bernard Sim

There are many very good concepts and ideas in this DVD. A total of 9 routines and 2 card sleights are taught in this DVD.

I’ll talk about the sleights first. The first one being Revolutionary Pass, this pass looks so good and undetectable. The video even slow it down 3 times and you still won’t be able to catch the move. Besides this pass, another pass “Baltazar's Turnover Pass” is also taught. This one is easy to do and you’d use it too.

Now for the routines, these are some nice routines even though they are not new in plots.

3.0 Balls

The classic 3 balls routine. I find this routine can be a bit confusing at times as there a many repetitions. However, you can also modify the moves to suit your needs. The moves taught are very useful.

Ring And Rope

A  standard routine that is magical at times. There are some parts of the routine that I like. Fuentes’ moves are clever and convincing.

Coins Thru Table

Very nice coins through table. The kicker ending is very nice, when I first watch it, I thought he was using 4 extra coins when he doesn’t use any extras at all. Coin workers will love this.

The Matrix Strikes Back and Matrix 2

Are 2 very well thought matrix effects. Of this 2 matrix routines, I prefer the Matrix 2. Matrix 2 starts with the standard coins moving from 1 card to join the coins at the other card. It ends with an additional of 4 coins, 1 coin under  each card. This is more knuckle busting but if you put in effort, you will be rewarded.

Disention Aces

This is similar to the effect “Cutting to the Aces”. The aces “pass” through the deck one at a time. Looks simple but not that easy to do.

Phantom Kings

4 kings are shown to the spectators; they are then transformed into aces. This one looks nice and I’m sure you’ll enjoy performing it.

Upright Change

Is a color change that is a tad different from the traditional method. In this method, the fingers can be spread wider to show an empty hand. The change looks magical.

Coins And Purse

Added as a bonus routine in the DVD. I don’t really like this routine (the sequencing) as some parts doesn’t make sense. An example would be, putting a coin into the purse , then take it out again and then vanish it. This is done when there are 3 other coins on the table. But from this routine, you can learn some other moves that you can apply to your coin magic.

The most annoying part of this DVD is the editing. I feel that he should get someone else to do the editing. Remember how the songs in the 80s are remixed? Flanging was used during that time. This DVD has Flanger added during his explanation. I don’t see any reason why this should be done. It is kinda irritating with this going on when you’re trying to listen to his explanation. But don’t let this minor fault stop you from getting this DVD. I think this is a good DVD to own. You can learn various moves and sleights. Baltazar is very slick with is sleights.

Recommended, rating 4/5.

 

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Balloon Detective by Devin Knight

Written by Bernard Sim

Remember the age-calculator? This is similar but different, ironic? Maybe, but what I can tell you is that this is a very clever way of presenting a balloon animal. Usually ladies and kids like balloons. When you twist something for them, most of the time, they’ll go “ooh, aahhh….”. If you combine it with this effect, they’ll probably like you more.

What you get in this package are 4 balloon menu-cards and instructions. The cards itself have printed pictures of the balloon sculptures. They are cleverly arranged in a way where you are able to know what your spectator have chosen (design as well as the color of the sculpture). There is a minimal memory work here but they are very simple.

The included instructions are very clear. You will be taught how to perform this effect for different people (as in men, women and kids). However, if you do not know how to twist a balloon, you’d need to find how to do it as the instructions will not teach you how to twist. But he does recommend what books to get or where to find online in order to learn how to twist. You can of course perform this without twisting a balloon.

Recommended for balloon twisters and even restaurant workers, maybe amateurs, professionals, actually it’s for everyone. The only difficult part in performing this is to twist the balloon. If you know how to twist, then there are no difficult parts at all.

Rating 4/5

 

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