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Factory Sealed Reviewed by Will Swanson

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on November 22nd, 2007
FACTORYSEALED

FACTORY SEALED
Nick Verna
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Factory Sealed is just the most bizarre looking trick. It is as impromptu as Bullet, and should take no more or less time doing the uber-quick set-up, if you even want to call it a set-up.

INTRO:

This great video opens with the same teaser from the Ellusionst website a little while back. There is also a montage of the penetrations, and reactions, just like in Bullet. Well put together, too!

Performances:

You can obviously tell just by watching the performances that Factory Sealed makes a permanent impact on the way the spectators see reality.

The first one is with the same 2 kids from the teaser. He uses version 2 for this performance. You might be wondering why the bottom of that bottle looked weird in the teaser. It’s because one of the kid’s tried to push the coin through the bottom, and it made the bottom of the bottle push in like that.

Next, Justin performs the penetration that Nick Verna (burn this genius’ name into your mind) performed in the trailer. Justin gets a great reaction with it. It is the first version. The spectator takes quite a while staring at the bottle in shock.

The next performance is the second version again. The guys at the end keep trying over and over to make the coin go inside just like Justin did. You can hear one of them say, “he’s my hero”.

For the next performance, Justin performs version 2 again. He does encounter a heckler here, though, but he quiets down with foolery after a little bit.

Next up is version 2 again. For some reason Justin says, “you can see the coin through the glass. Now how the bottle like a piece of steel”. No offense, just wondering why you tell the spectator’s to hold it like a piece of steel. Anyways, it is another perfect performance.

And, here’s yet another great performance of version 2.

TEACHING:

Well, here is the teaching, finally. Justin explains how this is his favorite coin in bottle ever. Pretty impressive, huh? It is a great trick.

Version one is up first – it’s the one where you rub the coin against the side of the bottle, and it melts right through. Justin teaches quite a few great variations for this. Justin says this works best with Arrowhead bottles, so you might want to stock up on those. This will work with any bottle though, even glass. This penetration is just beautiful. The teaching is extremely good for this one, along with some great sleights.

The second version is extremely visual, as there is no cover whatsoever. The spectator gets to hold the cap. This is the cleanest coin in bottle ever. You end completely clean for one of the versions for this.

For the other version of this, the spectator can even see the coin as you lay the bottle on top of the coin. This is obviously the one Justin performs the most.

Now, he teaches how to make the bottle seem factory sealed. The spectator cannot open it themselves, but the illusion is audibly perfect.

He now teaches a move to show the bottle completely empty. It can be used for any of the 2 effects.

He now tells you (tells, not teaches) how to get a larger coin inside the bottle that wouldn’t normally fit.

I just have to say, this is extremely practical. Also, this is only scratching the surface to the real underground work of Nick’s effect. You do also get to see some of Justin’s bloopers and whatnot during the credits. Buy Factory Sealed now!

If you are interested in picking up this product, you can check out www.ellusionist.com.

Bullet Reviewed by Will Swanson

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on November 22nd, 2007

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BULLET

BULLET
Matthew Mello
Nick Verna
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This is the best impromptu coin in bottle I have ever even seen. I am so glad Justin teaches this, he is a great performer, a great teacher, and a great magician overall.

INTRO:
This is basically the titles and such. It is very well put together, and edited very nicely. There is a montage of the coin penetrating the bottle, followed by a montage of the great reactions. Just by watching this, you can tell you’re in for a great DVD/download!

PERFORMANCES:

The first performance is of the first and easiest version of Bullet. It is the one where the spectator’s think there is a hole in the bottom from the trailer. Then you get to see them trying to pop the coin through the bottom of the bottle, but keep dropping the coin.

The next one is the same as above, but the date is noted. The 2 women he performs it for start giggling once they examine the bottle.

The next performance is the first version again, but they completely cut the penetration part out of the video.

The one after that is again another performance of the first version.

Next is the 2-phase version called Airborne using a coin signed on both sides.

Here is another great performance of the Airborne 2 phase routine using a signed coin.

This next one if the first version of Bullet, but done with a signed coin, and a borrowed bottle. Justin goes up to a guy with a bottle full of liquid, it is dumped out, and he immediately performed Bullet. The spectator says Justin basically has special powers.

That is it for the performances for Bullet but there will be flashbacks in the teaching section showing when he does a certain move.

TEACHING:

First off, Justin performs Bullet for the camera (the best I’ve seen him do it so far), and then immediately tells the basic ingenious method behind Bullet. He says, “any sports bottle will work”, but in fact, ANY bottle will work. You could do this with a glass bottle, soda bottle, pill bottle, or whatever your want. He now talks about displaying the bottle, and showing it completely empty. His teaching is incredibly in depth, as this trick is incredible. He teaches the basic sleight used for the penetration very well. This is so easy; someone with arthritis could do this and fool people. The second after you penetrate the coin inside the bottle, you can hand it out immediately. You could even slap the coin again the bottom of the bottle, popping the coin into the bottle, while knocking it right into the spectator’s hands. The penetration looks absolutely devastating. This version cannot be done with the signed coin, but the set-up literally is 3 seconds or less. Also, just to let you know, you don’t even need the cap to do this. You could do this version and all the others with a drinking glass. This is definitely the easiest, and one of the most practical (anything more practical would be a different method for Bullet) coin in bottles you will ever see. You can tell a lot of brainstorming was put into this. I really appreciate this being released to the magic community! Now, on with the other versions.

Justin also talks about performing this where the date of the coin is noted, popped into the bottles, and immediately given to the spectators to keep.

The next one is the 2-phase routine called Airborne. First, the coin is tossed into the air, and the bottle strikes down on the coin, penetrating it right in. You can stop there if you want, a hand out the bottle. Here is the next phase. You lay the coin on the palm of your hand, and just smack the bottle on the coin without moving your hand, the coin pops right through. No Strike Vanish here. This is a very visual well thought out routine. This one does need a label on the bottle, but using one sleight taught in Factory Sealed, you don’t need a label at all. The first penetration is the closest thing to Matthew’s penetration shown in the trailer.

Next, is the borrowed bottle version of the 2 phase Airborne with a signed coin. Justin doesn’t exactly teach it. Instead, they show the performance and writing appears on the screen that tells you what he’s doing and when. I wish he did actually teach this, because there is an awkward move in there that I would really like to see explained. He also performs the move facing away from the camera. By the way that old picture from the first page on the long Bullet and Factory Sealed thread on the Café was talked from that performance.

Now, Justin teaches how to do Airborne with a signed coin. The spectator actually sees without a doubt their signed coin. Then you just penetrate it right into the bottle. They can still see the signed coin! Same thing with the rest of the routine. It is incredibly easy to do both phases with the signed coin.

In the next section, Justin teaches how to do Bullet without sleights. he teaches a few versions with gimmicks, but I don’t think I should get into that. One of the gimmicks can be used for many other things, and will be sold be Ellusionist.

Well that’s all there is to Bullet. There is a bunch of stuff in here I didn’t talk about, because I want to leave it as a surprise, or it could lead to exposure. In the credits, you get to see some bloopers, and also a blooper during performance. This also works great with other objects, too. Justin does not teach in here how to do this with a coin larger than the neck, but it can be done. Just buy Factory Sealed along with this, and you will find out how. The angles are a lot better than you think at first. You just have to try in front of a mirror. Well I hoped you like my review, now go buy Bullet!

If you are interested in picking up this product, you can check out www.ellusionist.com.

Muscle Pass Reviewed By Derek Merdinyan

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on October 25th, 2007

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MUSCLEPASS

Mastering the muscle pass is almost a rite of passage for close up magicians; and while requiring a great deal of practice and dedication, the move is more than worth the effort.

This Muscle Pass DVD is the best resource for learning this move (that I am aware of…) You learn all the goods to mastering this difficult move in addition to some simple subtilties to quickly make your muscle pass seem ‘higher’ than it really is.

Of course, after all that practice, what can you do with this move? There are some pretty simple routines that are taught on this DVD which throw in the Muscle Pass as a single magical moment, but I think the coolest application of the move is a coin through *almost* anything (think wall, body, chair, etc); totally impromptu, borrowed coin (so long as you can perform the muscle pass with it).

One of my favorite features of the DVD was watching Jay Noblezada learn how to perform the Muscle Pass in his left hand. I think that people who’ve never attempted to learn this taxing move will find encouragement in watching this bonus feature – it’s always good to see that magic doesn’t just come naturally.

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ABYSS

Will Swanson reviews Abyss from every angle. It’s available here as for $12.71

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ABYSS: THE REVOLUTIIONARY COIN IN BOTTLE
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Here, you are supplied with 3 different gimmicks, one of which will need refills.

GETTING THE COIN INSIDE THE BOTTLE
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There are 2 different methods taught of getting a larger coin inside the bottle. One of this is the same as the original Abyss. The new one, is very fast, and everyone will have what is needed.

SEALING THE BOTTLE
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There are 2 methods taught for this. They both use a gimmick, and they are both supplied. Not everyone will be able to use these methods. The second method really doesn’t seem like it would work very well.

SLEIGHTS
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A few basic coins sleights and vanishes are taught here, most people already know them.

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Lucid Dreams Reviewed By Will Swanson

Posted by Editor on October 1st, 2007
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Will Swanson reviews every aspect of Lucid Dreams available at Project Maverick.co.za as a digital download for $30.

LUCID DREAMS
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DREAM1: THE GIMMICK
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This section tells how the gimmick is made, and how to operate it. It is very easy to make, if you have the right tool. I don’t have the tool, so I can’t make it, but it does have a lot of great applications.

DREAM1: PERFORMANCE
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This teaches you the method of popping the coin through the bottom of the bottle. This is very complete, and is very practical. The bottle can be borrowed, and everything is extremely fair.

DREAM1: BIG COIN
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This is the same thing, but it uses a coin that cannot fit out the neck of the bottle. This does use another gimmick that most people should have.

DREAM1: SIGNED COIN
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This is Lucid Dreams 1 using a signed coin. It really is their signed coin that ends up in the bottle. Very complete, well thought out method.

DREAM1: OVERKILL
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This is a big signed coin in a borrowed bottle. Very bold, but it works.

DREAM1: SLIDER PENETRATION
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This is where the coin is slid down the side of the bottle, and penetrates the bottle while still sliding down. Very cool.

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Five Forty Seven Reviewed by Derek Merdinyan

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on August 29th, 2007

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FIVEFORTYSEVEN

Five Forty Seven, the companion volume to the highly acclaimed Session ‘novel’ covers the remainder of the material that just didn’t flow with the original Session. The magic is still top quality (as is the photography), but the book does not read like Session.

In addition to the 9 extra slights and effects taught here, Joshua gives the reader all the background information on this ambitious writing project – including how ‘real’ the session actually was (or wasn’t…)

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Session Reviewed by Derek Merdinyan

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on August 28th, 2007

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SESSION

I was excited for Session II before I even got my hands on the original Session – so forgive me if anything comes off as biased. As soon as I heard about the magic book that was written like a novel, I was immediately intrigued. Joshua Jay did a fantastic job of explaining the various effects while keeping up the spirit of the book.

This book is going to bring Joel Givens new fans a plenty (myself included!) We often take in new magic material where some big name magician has put their little twist on a classic routine in magic – and it often comes off as a ‘meh, ok’ kind of effect – not Joel! Perfect example, check out his Cannibal Cards routine.

Because of the way it is written, Session is not entirely a beginner’s book. Session reads as a dialogue between two experienced magicians having a session together; and thus, it assumes the reader already knows the rudimentary moves and slights used for card and coin magic.

Also worthy of mention is the photography throughout the book, definitely some of the best and most artistic I’ve ever seen in a magic book.

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Promise Kept Reviewed by Derek Merdinyan

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on August 20th, 2007

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PROMISEKEPT

This is one of those rare effects that I am thoroughly satisfied with. Promise Kept is a true gem, it comes with a beautifully made wooden box and a fantastic presentation which tells a chilling yet emotional love story.

Promise Kept was packaged without fluff, fancy print or advertising; because of course, a product this perfect should sell itself.

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Covert Coins Reviewed by Derek Merdinyan

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on August 15th, 2007

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COVERTCOINS

Charlie Justice’s latest project kicks off with a nice little short film that climaxes with a flashy three-fly/ coins across routine; the same one you’ll learn by the end of this DVD. Filled with deceptive subtilties for your professional coin work, this DVD, aimed at advanced and intermediate coin workers, will help you add those over-the-top touches, laying on another level of deception to your magic.

It is highly recommended that you use genuine silver dollar sized coins and must have a matching shell to perform this back and forth, tennis match style routine.

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Acting Naturally Reviewed by Derek Merdinyan

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on August 11th, 2007

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ACTINGNATURALLY

Acting Naturally takes a different look at the art of coin magic. Instead of focusing on new, knuckle busting moves, Allen’s routines are based upon natural movements: “If I were to ACTUALLY be putting a coin in my hand, how would it look?”

The DVD discusses several types of body movements and how you can take advantage of these to make your coin magic look natural and feel clean.

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In The Beginning There Were Coins Reviewed by Derek Merdinyan

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on August 9th, 2007

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INTHEBEGINNING

In The Beginning There Were Coins is a great place to start if you want to pick up coin magic. Jay Noblezada is a great, friendly teacher who takes his time to properly teach all the moves, slights, and routines.

While the DVD is quite comprehensive, it isn’t going to be your ‘one-stop-shop’ to learning coin magic. There is still a lot more to be learned, but this DVD has more than enough to get you started.

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Ice Coins Reviewed by Derek Merdinyan

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on July 26th, 2007

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ICECOINS

Ice Coins puts an original climax at the end of your coins across routine. The DVD comes with four ‘ice gimmicks’ (plastic coins) that line up perfectly with half dollars (also available in US Dollar size and UK 2P) as well as a 3 inch ‘jumbo’ ice coin for one of the many additional routines taught on the DVD.

The climax plays strong but the routine requires good pocket management to keep everything in order (coins in this pocket, ice coins in that pocket, flash paper here…)

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