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POINTLESS from Gregory Wilson

Posted by Jamie on October 14th, 2009

Jamie D. Grant is now a regular contributor to iTricks Raves with an enhanced version of his reviews from

What The Audience Sees:

skitched-20090928-001123.jpg“Wow, Jamie sure has had a tough time the last few weeks. I mean some of that magic lately was a bit weak- too bad I can’t tell you about it. Anyways, he made up for it this Friday. And it wasn’t anything big either. Check it out, he took out his pen, right? It was a plain old Bic pen, but he could make the cap jump on and off at will! It was crazy! Basically, he would be holding the pen, writing side up and the cap on the bottom and then he would then just twirl it and the cap would be on the writing part. It was nuts! Just by turning it around he could make the cap go from one end to the other. It was so cool! We loved it!”

How It Went:

Lol, sorry about the delay in Magic Friday reports folks but the last couple Fridays haven’t been the most fantastic, lol. Oh well, that’s the point of MF- to try things out. I was quite happy with this Friday, though. Greg’s new effect played way bigger than I thought it would. I think it has something to do with the fact that everybody has used a Bic pen at one point in his or her life. That, and the fact that the illusion just catches people off guard.

I started off the day doing the full routine but, by the end of the day, would just do it twice. I found that the first time was a “What just happened, show me again!” kind of moment and the second was a “Wha? C’mon, one more time!” to which I would respond, “No.” lol. It’s a perfect little opener that is a great introduction. It’s not like you’re walking up to someone and pulling a bird out of their shoe or anything. You’re simply doing something really visual with an object that they’ve used many times in their own life. It went over really well.


Quick Change Reviewed by Derek Merdinyan

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on August 13th, 2007

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Quick Change covers it all – at least it feels that way. You start with the basics, just getting used to putting on and taking off a jacket – fast. This basic practice gets you acclimated to the first, most basic principles of the art of Quick Change and helps you limber up as you practice your first costume change.

The picture/photo illlustrations are quite quite clear and the ‘detailed’ looks at the various methods of clasps, releases, etc are hastily drawn but manage to clearly show what needs to be shown.

Of note, this book was originally written in German and later translated into English; hence, spelling errors and slight translations are present but can be overlooked.

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