Magic Products Review

THE MINDPOD

Written by John Teo

Manufactured by: Luis de Matos (Spain)

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“The Mindpod” is a mental effect that involves the popular Apple iPod and digital music.

A spectator is shown 2 sets of poker- sized cards. Each set containes 10 cards. The backs of one set show a black colour iPod and the backs of the other set of cards depict a white colour iPod. The face of each card has a list of the titles of 10 popular songs. Each of the 10 cards in a set contains 10 different songs. The spectator can check that each set of 10 cards contains a total of 100 different song titles. The same 100 song titles are

  - 20 -also found on the faces of the other set of cards, also with each card depicting 10 song titles – however, the distribution of the 100 songs is totally different from that of the other set of cards.

A spectator decides which set of cards she wants. Let us assume she wants the black iPod cards. The performer then takes the set of white iPod cards. Both the spectator and the performer shuffle their packet of cards thoroughly.

The spectator looks through her set of 10 cards and chooses her favourite song from among the 100 song titles. She takes the card from her set that contains the title of her favourite song and places this card face downwards on the table. At no time does she show the faces of any of her cards.

The performer asks the spectator to take his set of 10 cards and find the card that contains the title of her favourite song. The spectator presses on the “play” button of the iPod depicted on this card and mentally (not audibly) sings the tune of her favourite song in her mind. The performer is instantly able to name the title of the spectator’s thought-of song!

The spectator does not say a word to the performer or the audience – she has a free choice of any one of the 100 songs – no cards are being turned face upwards – and there is no memory work involved. It seems there is no way the performer can have the slightest clue what song was being chosen. The method for accomplishing this effect is quite creative, and is totally self-working, allowing you to concentrate on your presentation.

You receive the 2 sets of 10 cards and an instructional DVD. The cards are nicely printed on thick card stock and will last for a long time if they are carefully handled and properly stored.

In the video, the creator Joaquin Kotkin performs and explains The Mindpod. He gives various ways of performing the effect:

The spectator silently sings her chosen in her head and the performer names the

song title.

Instead of naming the song title, the performer can also sings or hums the

selected tune.

The 2 ear pieces of an iPod can be connected to a clip. The clip can be

connected to the chosen card and the performer can “hear” and then sings the

selected tune.

The performer can get his friend to name or sing the selected song.

A prepared Spotify playlist can be downloaded onto your smart phone and you

can play the thought-of song on your iphone.

The Mindpod plays equally well in close-up or parlour performances. The effect involves iPods and popular music and immediately attracts much attention from the audience.

Highly Recommended!

SIGNING by Way & Himitsu

Written by John Teo

“Signing” is a cute paddle trick.

A small road sign on a pedestal is displayed. The sign shows an arrow pointing upwards. It probably indicates straight road ahead. The sign is shown on both sides.

The performer flicks the sign with his fingers of one hand. Magically, the straight arrow becomes a curved arrow. And the pole on which the road sign is fixed on magically becpmes bent.

The performer removes the pole from the triangular road sign to show that it is indeed bent at the top end.

This is not right. The sign is put back onto the bent pole. With a magical gesture, the pole becomes straight but the sign remains a curved arrow. The sign can be shown to be the same on both sides. This is the correct way of displaying a curved road ahead sign.

You receive 3 pieces of the props: the triangular road sign, the long plastic pole, and the pedestal. You also get a link to a video tutorial.

The road sign and the bent pole work on a couple of clever optical principles. If you can perform the paddle move, you can perform this cute effect that never fails to solicit a smile from the sudience.

 

(Rated 5/5 stars)

AD SENSE by Nahuel Olivera & El Gran Bronzini

Written by John Teo

“Ad Sense” is a triple prediction effect. It is like Mental Epic done close-up. It is also like Mental Epic done in reverse (if you purchase thie effect, you will know what this means).

The performer explains the concept of subliminal messages used by advertisers. He then shows a dozen cards depicting advertisements of influential brands of various items that a person carries on them.

He mixes up the advertisement cards and lays 4 of them face downwards in a row on the table. A spectator is asked to take out her money and place it on top of any one of the 4 cards. The other 3 cards are discarded on one side of the table.

Another row of 4 cards is dealt by the performer and the spectator is asked to place her pen on any one of the cards. The other 3 cards are similarly put away.

Another row of 4 cards is laid out on the table. The spectator takes out her keys and places them on top of one of these cards. The other 3 cards are discarded.

The 3 selected cards are turned over and it is seen that the spectator has sub- consciously placed her money on a money card, her pen on a Sharpie card and her keys on a card depicting keys. She has become a victim to subliminal messages.

You receive the set of advertisement cards in a case inside a very nice presentation box, and a link to a video tutorial.

The effect is easy to do and has no performing angles to worry about. You are also taught multiple handlings for the reveals of the cards.

The cards are also marked and specially printed to enable you to perform a single prediction effect. The performer shows various advertisement cards and a spectator merely thinks of one. The performer lays one card face downwards on the table. The spectator names the card she chose. The performer turns over the card on the table and it is the card mentally selected by the spectator.

The cards are well designed, colourful and produced of good quality. The theme of advertisement subliminal messages makes for a very good presentation for this type of triple prediction effect.

(Rated 4.5/5 stars)

 

LINE-UP by David Garrard

Written by John Teo

David Garrard’s “Line-Up” has a lot of audience’s participation and laughter.

In effect, the performer says that a crime has been committed and the police has a suspect in custody. A member of the audience is asked to help out. She has witnessed the crime and has seen the one who committed it. She will help the police identify the criminal.

The performer brings out a book showing pictures of several past criminals in their record. They are not the ones who committed the crime. In the same book are sketches of 3 different portions of a human face.

The top portions consist of a dozen sketches of a person’s top part of the head which includes the hair and hat or a headgear.

The middle portions contain a dozen sketches of a person’s eyes, nose and mouth.

The bottom portions contain a dozen sketches of a person’s chin and the person’s record or identification number.

The spectator freely chooses a top, middle and bottom sketches. This forms a random sketch of a person’s face, complete with the identification number.

This particular face and the identification number match exactly the picture of the criminal inside a prediction envelope held by the spectator right at the start of the performance. This is truly mystifying to the audience!

You receive the specially printed book with the 3 flip portions of a human face, the prediction and the envelope. You also receive a sheet of printed instructions. The book is a little short of A4 size and is large enough to be used for stage performance.

This is the third version of an earlier effect named “Sketch-O-Magic” also by David Garrard. In the original version, a child forms a random picture of a boy’s face. The second version is called “Critter Knitter” where a child forms a random picture of an animal.

“Line-Up” has an interesting crime theme and is suitable for adult shows. The 2 earlier versions are meant for kids performances.

As mentioned, “Line-Up” has great audience participation and will generate much laughter.

 

(Rated 5/5 stars)

BIRTHDAY SURPRISE

Written by John Teo

Manufactured by: Redefine Magic (Singapore)

“Birthday Surprise” is a packet trick. Here is the description of the effect:

3 cards are shown. 2 of them depict lighted candles, and one of them an unlit candle.

The card with the unlit candle is turned face downwards. A magical gesture is made on this card. Alternatively, the flame of a lit lighter can be waved underneath this card. When this card is turned over, it now shows a lit candle.

Another card with an unlit candle is introduced. This time, the 3 cards with the lighted candle each are turned over face downwards. The unlit candle card is inserted face upwards into the spread of the 3 face down cards.

A magic gesture is made and this card magically turns face over downwards. The entire packet of 4 cards are turned face upwards and counted to show that all 4 cards now have a lighted candle each.

One lighted candle card is placed aside face downwards. Candles suggest a birthday celebration. When this card is turned over face upwards, instead of a lighted candle, it has the message “Happy Birthday”!

A nice little effect to perform for a birthday person.

You receive the 4 specially printed cards and a link to Jeremy’s personal magic coach tutorial video. The 4 cards are printed on very good quality card stock and the illustrations on it are bright and colourful.

You need to know how to perform the “Elmsley Count” in order to perform this effect. This is taught by Jeremy in the video tutorial. Jeremy also gives various ways of presenting the Birthday Surprise.

Here is my own preferred method of performing Birthday Surprise. It is short and straight-forward: 4 cards are shown to consist of 2 lighted candles and 2 unlit candles. The 2 unlit candle cards are turned face downwards. One is placed aside. A lit lighter is waved underneath the other face down card. When this card is turned over, the candle on it is now magically lit!

The lit lighter is then waved underneath the first face down card. Like the other card, we expect the candle on it to become magically lit. When this card is turned over, instead of a lit candle, it has the message “Happy Birthday!” With all the candles lit, it is of course time to sing and celebrate the person’s birthday!

A performer should have a birthday effect in his performing repertoire to perform for his client’s birthday. His client will never forget this magical performance because it is special to him.

Highly Recommended!

AMAZEWANDS by Amazekids

Written by John Teo

Bev Begeron’s Multiplying (Nesting) Wands is quickly becoming a classic tool in children’s magic, much like the Breakaway Wand.

The AmazeWands combines both the Multiplying Wands and the Breakaway Wand.

You receive a set of 5 colourful nesting wands. The largest is the red wand and it is 16” long. The smallest is the black wand, which is also the Breakaway Wand, and it measures 14” long. The other 3 wands are the yellow, blue and green colour wands.

The wands are very well made of hard plastic and their colours are bright and scratch resistant. The wands nest very smoothly and are light to handle during performance.

You also receive a link to a video tutorial by Danny Orleans. The idea behind the nesting wands is that the performer first displays a red colour wand, then it multiplies to another wand, this time it is a yellow. This then multiplies to a blue wand, to a green wand, and finally to a black wand that breaks away by itself. In the 14 minutes video, Danny gives numerous ways of using the nesting wands. They include how to use the Amazewands when performing solo and when performing with participations from the audience (kids).

Included in the download is an e-book entitled “Mordern Day Strategies for the Breakaway Wand”, written by Danny Orleans. It contains some 19 different ways of using the Breakaway Wand contributed by various magicians from all over the world.

The AmazeWands enables you to add colour and fun when performing for kids. (

 

Rated 5/5 stars).