Magic Products Review

JENZO

Written by John Teo

What is “Jenzo”? You will not find this word in the dictionary or from Google. Is it the name of a person, an object, or ...?

You bring out a small leather pouch. Inside it are 4 small black slabs, with some strange designs etched on both sides of the slabs. What are these?

You have now created sufficient curiosity with everyone not only with the name of Jenzo, but also with the actual props.

  - 16 - You now have a captivated audience ready for you to perform Jenzo.

You explain that these 4 slabs have some strange magical properties.

You arrange all the 4 slabs to form a picture of a “heart” suit. You then rearrange them to form a picture of a “diamond”, then a “spade”, and finally a “club”. You also show that they can be rearranged to form the picture of a “Queen”, a “Jack” and a “King”. You have shown the audience that these tiles can reveal the identities of a playing card. It is now time for you to show how they work.

You have 2 playing cards chosen from a deck of cards. Ask the spectator to disclose her first chosen card – it is the 10 of hearts. The 4 slabs are arranged to form a square and in the middle of the square can be seen the symbols of a “10” and a “heart”. The slabs have correctly revealed the first selected card.

As for the second chosen card, you ask if it is a number or picture card. When you are told that it is a number card, you ask the spectator to make it more difficult for you to find out what it is by asking her to divide this number by 2. You may get some hesitation as the spectator eventually tells that the result is 31⁄2. But the slabs never made a mistake. They come together to form the number “31⁄2”.

You wish to carry out more experiments with these slabs. You now switch on the calculator function in your mobile. You ask the spectator to multiply any 2 digit number by another 2 digit number. Then you get her to multiply again by another 2 digit number and yet another 2 digit number. The total is a random figure of 19,898,991. You ask the audience to concentrate only on the first 4 digits. The 4 slabs are rearranged to form the number “1989”!

You receive the 4 slabs housed inside a nice leather key-chain pouch. This is in turn contained inside a nice presentation box. You are given a link to an almost 30 minutes of video instructions.

Here are 3 reasons for investing in this product:

The name Jenzo and the slabs are not associated with anything that people

know. Therefore, the prop creates a deep sense of mystery. This makes the audience want to see you perform magic with them. If you use Jenzo as part of a routine in your act, you can create your own story about where you obtained these mysterious slabs, and what they actually are, to fit into your theme of your act.

The slabs are well made with the designs etched onto the tiles. The 4 slabs are kept inside a leather pouch. This makes you look professional performing with such nice props.

This is not a one effect trick but a routine. Jenzo reveals each of the 4 card suits, the Queen, King and the Jack, the 10 of hearts, the 3 of diamonds, the number 31⁄2, and the number 1989. The number 1989 can be part of a randomly generated number using a calculator, or the year 1989 randomly chosen by a spectator in which a special event occured. You can create your own routine using Jenzo to reveal your force information in whatever order you like.

Jenzo is easy to perform. To make the performance effective, you must not hesitate when rearanging the 4 slabs to form the different revelations. For this, you need to be familiar with the tiles and know which side and which edge to put together to form each reveal. This takes a little while to practise, but it is nothing difficult because you can use the designs printed on the tiles to aid you.

You get to learn 2 forces. There is an interesting force with a deck of cards to force 2 playing cards which is a creation of Paul Harris. You are also taught the “toxic force” using the calculator functions of your mobile phone to force a certain total. The “toxic force” is becoming a clasic in calculator magic.

Jenzo provides novelty to your magical performance.

Highly Recommended!

BENDING SCISSORS by Fujiwara

Written by John Teo

This is another wonderful invention from the creative mind of Fujiwara.

A pair of metal scissors is shown to be inside a plastic sheath. It is taken out to cut a piece of paper or rope to show that it is sharp.

The performer then strokes the metal blades of the scissors. The blades are seen to bend.

The scissors can still cut the paper or rope, but its blades are now bent at an angle. The bent scissors can no longer be put back into its sheath.

The scissors can be given out for examination.

You receive the special pair of scissors and the sheath.

This is a wonderful prop to be used on its own, or on part of a rope cutting routine or on part of a metal bending act.

 

(Rated 5/5 stars).

Die-Abolical V5

Written by John Teo

“Die-Abolical” is a mentalism effect using 6 colour dice.

In effect, 6 different colour translucent dice are shown. Thay are placed inside an opaque black velvet bag.

A spectator closes the bag and shakes it to mix up the dice inside. She reaches inside the bag, and without looking at the dice, removes any 3. These are then placed away. 3 other dice remain inside the bag.

She removes the last 3 dice from the bag and stacks them up in order. She is asked to note the middle dice. Let us say that the middle dice is a blue dice. The spectator confirms that all the choices she made up to this point are truly random and entirely on her own, and are not influenced by the performer.

The performer draws the audience’s attention to a small black prediction box placed conspicuously on the table at the start of the performance. He opens the lid slightly to take out one dice – it is the blue dice, the same colour as the middle one of 3 dice stacked by the spectator. Knowing that the audience may be suspicious of the presence of other colour dice inside the box, the performer takes the lid completely off the box only to reveal that the rest of the 5 dice inside the box are all of the same colour – blue! The performer states that he knows all along that the middle dice is going to be the blue dice. He turns the box over to show that on the bottom of the box is a picture depicting that the middle dice of 3 dice is blue in colour!

You receive the 6 different colour translucent dice, 6 blue dice, the prediction box, the black velvet bag, and a link to a video tutorial taught by Peter Nardi of Alakazam.

The spectator does have a free choice of dice. The selection procedure is so well structured that it is almost impossible for anyone to backtrack and find out the method.

Peter Nardi himself prefers a more serious reveal rather than the comedy 6 blue dice ending. To this end, he provides a special foam insert for the box so that the box can be shown to contain only one dice instead of all 6 dice.

As noted in the name of the product, this effect has undergone 4 revisions. The first version was used by Wayne Dobson in his TV special. In this latest version, the presentation is so well thought out that the spectator has free choices all the way, and yet the revelation is truly baffling, even for seasoned mentalists.

The props provided (4 blue and 1 red dice and the black bag) can also be used for Max Maven’s popular “Kurotsuke” effect. (Rated 5/5 stars).

PIP MATRIX by Jeki Yoo

Written by John Teo

The “coin matrix”, using 4 coins and 4 playing cards, has become a classic magic effect. In its original form, it uses no gimmicked coins or cards, only sleight-of- hand, to accomplish the coin assembly effect. Although the sleight-of-hand is not particular difficult, there are versions that use gimmicked coins to enable the effect to look more magical.

Jeki Yoo, a young magician from South Korea, and of America’s Got Talent fame, came up with a novel matrix effect using the pips of a playing card instead of coins.

In effect, the performer lays out 4 red heart pips, 3 of them towards the audience and the last pip towards himself.

He shows 4 playing cards to have blank faces. He then proceeds to cover each pip with a blank card.

He causes one of the 3 pips nearest to the audience to vanish from underneath the card, and to magically appear alongside the pip underneath the card nearest to him.

In the same manner, he causes another pip to disappear underneath the second card nearest to the audience. This pip reappears under the card nearest to the performer, alongside the other 2 pips there.

Finally, the third card nearest the audience is lifted up and the pip underneath it vanishes. However, when the card nearest to the performer is lifted up, instead of seeing all 4 pips on the mat, there is nothing beneath the card. When this card is turned around, instead of a blank face, it shows the 4 of hearts printed on it. The 4 pips have vanished altogether and become printed onto the last blank card as the 4 of hearts! All the 4 cards can be examined.

You are supplied with the 4 playing cards, the 4 specially manufactured red heart pips, and a special something to enable the vanish of each of the pips to look magical. You are also given a link to a video tutorial.

Thanks to the special gimmick supplied, the effect is fairly easy to do, although you need to develop a knack of using it. The vanish of each pip is truly instantaneous and clean. The performing angle is quite wide but there must not be anyone directly behind the performer.

The red pips contrast very well with your black or dark colour close-up mat and the white blank face playing cards. For this reason, the black pips such as spades and clubs are not available. Red diamond pips are available as an alternative. You need to specify whether you want the heart or diamond pips when you place order.

A wonderfully visual and novel matrix effect which can be used as a lead-in to card magic. (Rated 5/5 stars)

WILD CARD

Written by John Teo

Manufactured by: Magic Makers (USA)

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To be called “the ultimate card trick”, as stated on the product package, is not an exagerration. Peter Kane/Frank Garcia’s “Wild Card” stands alongside other great card classics such as “Colour Monte”, “Out Of This World”, “Card Warp” and other great card tricks.

In effect, nine cards are displayed to consist of eight

9 of spades and one queen of hearts. With the queen of hearts as the “wild card”, this card magically causes all the other eight 9 of spades to change into queen of hearts. The transformation is quite visual as apparently both the faces and backs of all cards are shown. The effect has to be seen to appreciate its visual impact on the audience.

In this version by Maker Makers, you receive the nine special cards comprising 9 of spades and queen of hearts in red bicycle rider backs, a tutorial DVD and a niely printed sheet of visual instructions. The cards come with a nice vinyl carrying case.

The almost one-hour DVD features magician Gerry Griffin. He teaches:

1. The Classic Effect – a straight-forward

transformation of eight 9 of spades into queen of hearts.

2. The Classic Sequel – it is not known why this is called the sequel. It has the same effect as the classic except presented a little differently. Still, it should not be performed after the classic because of the similarity of the first effect.

3. 7 Card Stud – as the name suggests, only seven cards are involved. Once again, all the six 9 of spades are changed into the queen of hearts.

4. Gypsy Curse – same effect as the 7 Card Stud but with an interesting presentational story. A gypsy was swindled by a card crook and she put a curse on these 7 cards and all six 9 of spades become the queen of hearts. At the conclusion of the trick, the faces and backs of all the seven cards can be “freely” shown.

5. Flip Flash – four cards are shown to consist of three 9 of spades and one queen of hearts. Magically they become three queen of hearts and one 9 of spades. Finally the lone 9 of spades changes into the queen of hearts.

6. Quick Switch – four 9 of spades change into the queen of hearts one card at a time.

7. Acrobats – same effect as the Classic, but presented a little differently.

8. The final sectionof the DVD features the following sleights used in the various versions of the Wild Card. They include the Hamman Count, the Flustration Move, the Elmsley Count, and the Tunnel or “Through The Fist” Flourish. It does not include the Glide, which was taught briefly in the explanation of “The Classic Sequel”.

This is a worthwhile investment as you are supplied with all the props as well as taught all the necessary sleights needed to put together your own version of the classic card effect “Wild Card”. You may want to see Peter Samuelson’s emotional presentation where he relates the story of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

I love the “Wild Card” and I have my own version of this effect. It appeared in the September issue of The Quantum Ring. If you cannot locate this issue, contact me and I will give you the instructions in pdf.

Highly Recommended!

4 DIMENSIONAL TUNNEL by Trix

Written by John Teo

A long thin box-like tunnel has a slot running perpendicularly through its middle.

A bill is folded into sixths width-wise, and put through the slot in the middle of the tunnel. In this manner, a coin put through the opening at the top of the tunnel cannot fall right through because of the folded bill.

3 coins are dropped into the tunnel from the top. None of the coins fall through the tunnel because they are retained by the folded bill in the middle.

A magical gesture is made, and one coin falls

through the tunnel onto the table. The remaining 2 coins are poured out of the other end of the tunnel.

The 2 coins are picked up and put back into the tunnel from the top. Another magical gesture is made and one coin falls through. The last coin is poured out of the other end of the tunnel.

Once again, the final coin is dropped into the tunnel from the top. A magical gesture and it too falls through the tunnel.

3 coins, one at a time, penetrate the folded bill! At the end of the peformance, everything can be examined. Although the tunnel is gimmicked, no one can discover the secret even if it is closely examined.

You receive the well-made solid thin tunnel with a slot in the middle. Instructions are in the form of 2 printed sheets of paper. The bill and coins can be borrowed.

The tunnel does all the work for you. Once you get used to handling the tunnel, the illusion of the coins going through the folded bill is quite amazing. You only need to play with the tunnel for a short while and you will get the knack of using it.

The effect can be performed almost surrounded.

(Rated 4/5 stars).