Magic Products Review

Glass Box Revisited Book by Devin Knight - Book

Written by John Teo

To revisit an effect suggests that that “effect” is worthy of a second look, improvements and refinements.  Indeed, it is!  The Glass Box Prediction has earned Devin the world record for being the magician with the most publicity with a headline prediction.

“The Glass Box Headline Prediction” was first released by Devin Knight in 2005.  It came with the glass box and with instructions printed in red blood colour paper.  This was to prevent the instructions from being photocopied.  However, to read the instructions themselves, and all of 26 red pages, can make your eyes go red!

Now Devin has added in advanced techniques and refined his original instructions in this new publication.  It is comforting to know that the printing are done on the usual white colour paper. 

In effect, you give a VIP a clear transparent box containing 3 predictions weeks in advance.  The box is sealed with tapes all around it.  You never touch the box again until the day of your show when the VIP brings along the sealed box.  In front of everybody, the VIP takes out the 3 predictions – again, you never touch the predictions – all 3 predictions are found to be correct, including one headline found in the day’s newspapers.

The new publication contains the original text, but with much refinements, and a Bonus Section entitled “Lies, Damn Lies and Psychic Lies!”.  As with Devin Knight’s writing, everything is clearly explained.

It contains the history of headline predictions and Al Mann’s original glass box secret.  Devin discusses the various methods of carrying out the secret work, including the use of a secret confederate, and most importantly, the psychology that goes behind each method.  He explores the kinds of container to use, how many items to predict, and what types of paper to write the predictions.  It is important to know what headlines to predict and what should not be predicted, and why – should you predict a disaster, a burglary, a death, or a rape?  What about a winning lottery?  New technology can also be taken advantage of – eg. the internet and Blackberry devices.  Devin reveals some very powerful after show techniques to get a really big news story.

The Bonus Section is meant for experienced and serious mentalist or psychic.  Devin delves into methods that can be termed as controversial, but these methods can enhance your reputation as a real psychic.
The price is high for a spiral bound book of a little over 50 pages, but getting yourself a headline publicity in the newspapers and other media is priceless!  (5/5 stars rating)

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Animal Bands by Liam Montier and Big Blind Media - Trick

Written by John Teo

Rubber bands in the form of animals are relatively new.  Because of this, they can be used as a climax to rubber bands magic.

Trust the creative Liam Montier to come up with tricks and ideas using these cute animal rubber bands.  The instructions are in the form of an 8-pages center-stapled booklet.  You also receive 12 beautiful animal rubber bands of different colours.

In “Animal Farm”, Liam has various animals and different colours written on the backs of his business cards.  A spectator chooses 2 cards, say, elephant and blue.  The rubber band that encircles the business cards is taken off and found to be in the shape of the chosen animal, and it is also of the selected colour.

An obvious use is in conjunction with “Grey Elephant In Denmark” trick.  If your elephant rubber band is not grey, then do not include the colour in the trick.  The rubber band that wraps around the prediction (Denmark) is taken off and found to be in the shape of the predicted animal (elephant).  Liam has a variation that does not resort to using mathematics to arrive at the country and animal.

Because of the animal shapes, the animal rubber bands can be used with balloon modeling theme.  Liam provides 2 creative ideas for modeling rubber bands!  Finally, Liam discusses how you can incorporate these rubber bands in your own rubber band magic.

The tricks and ideas presented here are not meant to be exhaustive.  They are meant to encourage you to come out with your own effects with these novel animal rubber bands.  (4/5 stars rating)

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Capitulating Queens by James Swain and Gary Plants

Written by Bernard Sim

Capitulating means to give up resistance. The effect: Spectators are shown 4 queens. The backs of the queen are shown to be different except for one. One at a time, the queens are shown to have a different coloured back. At the end of the routine, all the cards are shown to be different and they can be examined.

You will receive 4 cards with different backs and a gimmick card and also the instructions booklet. The moves needed to perform this effect is not difficult. There are no illustrations in the booklet but this effect is straight forward and the instructions are easy to understand.

A nice effect that is not too difficult to do.

Rating 3.5/5

 

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BLANK The Magic of Craig Petty

Written by Bernard Sim

All the routines in this DVD require gaffs and the good news is that they are included in the DVD.

This DVD is divided into three sections, performance, sleights and explanations. Some routines uses blank face, blank back and some double blanks. Not all routines uses a full deck, some are packet tricks. Most routines are variations of other classic effects. Printing effects are quite repetitive in the DVD. Besides the bonus effect, there is an Easter Egg in this DVD, just go to the bonus section and press right until you see it.

My favorite routine would be the “Speed Camera Cards”. This routine is a combination of many effects like “sandwich”, Ambitious card and ends with a signed card to wallet.  The presentation is interesting and fun to watch.

From his past DVDs, we can see that Craig Petty is a very creative magician. I won’t say I like all the routines in this DVD but I do like most of them.

Rating 3.5/5

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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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