Archive for August, 2008

Sheet’s Poker Chip Stack Reviewed by Derek Merdinyan

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on August 3rd, 2008

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Disclaimer: I’ve never performed a shell and pea routine in my life. I’ve played around with several pea and shell sets, I know some of the basic moves, and I understand how important it is to be able to steal (and load) peas from the shells. With that in mind, I think the magicians who do perform this ancient classic are going to find favor with this utility device.

Essentially, we have a fake stack of poker chips, glued together with a hollowed out bottom and a magnet embedded within; this is a shell pea holdout utility device. Included with the stack are several rubber peas with magnetic cores and a duplicate stack of loose poker chips. Whether you switch the real poker chips (used in a 3-fly routine)? for the fake one or just rest the stacks on the table as decoration is up to you.

This utility works great, both loading and unloading from the secret holdout was very easy. I especially loved it when I discovered you could lift up the stack of chips, move it to the other side of the table, and still retain the pea underneath (due to the magnets).

Bottom Line:
Great utility for people who perform this type of routine.

If you are a magic dealer and are interested in carrying this product, you can contact Murphy’s Magic Supplies at 916 853 9292 or visit them on the web at www.murphysmagicsupplies.com.

Moby Deck Reviewed by Derek Merdinyan

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on August 2nd, 2008

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MOBYDECK

This thing has potential.

For people performing Paul Harris’ Solid Deception (or routines with solid deck finales, for that matter) pay attention! We all know how killer a solid deck finale is, now multiply the astonishment factor by the difference in weight between a glued together deck of cards and a solid 1.3 pound block of brass made to look like a solid deck. I remember someone performing an effect at a convention for me that used the Moby Deck finale and let the deck fall into my hands after asking me to shuffle the deck; I nearly crapped myself.

The solid feel of the deck is indisputable and even upon close inspection, the deck looks legitimate. As far as maintenance is concerned, over time I noticed the paint on the grooved sides of the deck was beginning to come off, nothing a little touchup couldn’t fix. Also, the top and bottom cards of the Moby Deck are glued on and occasionally will require you tear them off and replace them with newer cards due to normal ware and tear. The plus side to this is if you receive a Blue Moby Deck when you purchase it, you could rip the face cards off of the brass block and replace them with a red-backed Bicycle card (or any white-boardered playing card for that matter. *Insert imagination here*).

Included with the deck is a brief set of instructions which I feel are really lacking; it was a lost opportunity to really show people the power and creative applications of this climax. For the most part, you’re going to have to use your own imagination to integrate this into one of your routines (and you will, because you know you want to end an effect with this climax…)

Bottom Line:
If you have the creative capacity to integrate this finale into one of your routines and are comfortable lugging this nearly pound-and-a-half brass block around with you, I say, go for it.

If you are a magic dealer and are interested in carrying this product, you can contact Murphy’s Magic Supplies at 916 853 9292 or visit them on the web at www.murphysmagicsupplies.com.

Extreme Burn Reviewed by Derek Merdinyan

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on August 1st, 2008

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EXTREMEBURN

Is it possible to create a perfect magic trick? I’m going to say no; despite my deepest love for this effect. Overlooking the fact that I consider myself a visual-magic junkie, I can say this effect got me seeing things I didn’t know were possible. I’ve been using Richard Sander’s Slow Burn for several years now but after seeing this DVD I quickly upgraded to Extreme Burn.

What does this effect have going for it you ask? For the most part, $5 => $500 bill change effects have fairly decent handling; some are better and more natural, and others are lacking; the logic behind Extreme Burn’s handling from the audience’s perspective isn’t too shabby. But that’s not what made me fall in love with this effect; it was the visual nature of the change that did me in. It’s easy, fun, astonishingly visual, and may one day give someone a heart attack.

Richard Sanders’ instructions are nicely laid out and easy to follow. The only challenge I see with this effect (aside from performing it for yourself for hours on end) is choosing which of the half dozen or so changes to actually use. The most basic change will get the job done for most folks and is by far my favorite; but the others aren’t without their charm and can work better in some environments over some of the other changes. There’s even a change that looks like no moves are used; it’s the most challenging one on the DVD, but it’s a stunner when performed.

This DVD is so comprehensive, Richard Sanders also teaches his original Slow Burn effect for good measure.

Bottom Line:
This effect is fantastic, it’s a real world worker, a visual stunner, and an effect that’ll make the eyes of your audience stick. Easily going to make the top ten this year!

If you are a magic dealer and are interested in carrying this product, you can contact Murphy’s Magic Supplies at 916 853 9292 or visit them on the web at www.murphysmagicsupplies.com.