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iKnow – Reviewed by Derek Merdinyan

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on June 28th, 2008

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iKNOW

Ups:
- Uses a familiar object
- Easy and workable in the real world.
- Compatible with iPods (Classic, Touch/iPhone, & Nano; basically not the Shuffle) and workable with lots of other Mp3 Players.
- Once it’s setup, you’re ready to go perform a straightforward, astonishing piece of mentalism.
- Preparation is well covered for both Macs and PCs; not too difficult, just takes time.
- I feel it performs best in smaller performance situations – however Jason covers some ideas for scaling up the effect to perform for larger crowds, including the big stage.

Downs:
- Takes a while to set up

Bottom Line:
If you have an iPod (non-shuffle), you have no excuse for not checking this out. Jason Palter’s iKnow was made to be performed.

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Falling For You Reviewed by Derek Merdinyan

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on June 26th, 2008

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FALLINGFORYOU

Ups:
- New Plot!
- Easy to make
- Pretty darn creative
- No thread or any of that nonsense.
- Lots of room for creativity with this new idea.
- Spectator could do it if you encased them in a glass box

Downs:
- Card only flies out a maximum of 2 feet
- If spectator does it, they handle gimmicked card(s).

Bottom Line:
I was ecstatic when I read about this effect and even more excited at the method: it’s easy, practical, and awesome!

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.

F*CK Street Magic Vol. 1 Reviewed by Bill Toth

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on May 20th, 2008

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F*CKSTREETMAGIC

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Control Reviewed by Derek Merdinyan

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on April 11th, 2008

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CONTROL

Ups:
- Completely impromptu. You don’t need to do anything or carry anything around with you. There isn’t even a get ready.
- This will play in almost any venue you can think of. Wayne teaches you a handful of ways to make this play in intimate close up performances or for an audience of hundreds without anything extra.
- There are zero health risks when performing this effect. There’s a better chance of having an airplane filled with cyborg monkeys crashing into your venue than… well, you get the point.
- Extremely thorough teaching and excellent production quality.

Word of Caution:
Despite the apparent ease in working this effect, I’m afraid too many folks are going to dive right into performing this one. The majority of the work here is selling the fact that your heart is stopping – and while that is not too technically demanding, it is imperative that you TAKE THE TIME to master your performance to sell this effect.

Bottom Line:
Whether you’re looking for an awesome impromptu ‘street’ effect, a startling close up miracle, or a bizarre wonder for the stage, Control is going to be the one they’ll be talking about.

If you are interested in picking this up for yourself, you can checkout Theory11 at www.theory11.com.

Emptied Reviewed by Derek Merdinyan

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on March 3rd, 2008

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EMPTIED

At first, I felt that ‘Emptied’ was just going to be a really cool trick you could perform at social events; but after watching this DVD, I realized that this surprisingly practical effect has the potential to perform in paid, real world performing environments.

Teaching on this DVD is top notch and quite thorough. There were quite a few little details covered that easily could have been overlooked and would have greatly taken away from your performances if not presented here.

Gimmick fans are going to like what comes with this DVD. It’s simple, strong, lightweight, and you probably won’t notice it in your pocket. In addition to the basic Emptied effect, a few additional effects are briefly covered and the viewer is challenged to expand outward and see what else they can make of this new gimmick. I’m really excited to see what else can be done with it, too.

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Heiny 500 Reviewed by Derek Merdinyan

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on February 16th, 2008

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HEINY500

“$*#&!,” is what I think I said the first time I saw this performed. Heiny 500 takes advantage of the original bill changing gimmick but manages to make the effect look insanely better. I used the Hundy 500 effect for quite a while and was astonished with its visual impact; Heiny 500 brought that feeling back and kicked it up a notch.

This one is a worker baby (albeit an expensive one to make up). Overall instruction gets you through the process of construction and basic performance.

It’s amazing to see how alternative handlings to a classic gimmick can do so much for an effect.

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Declassified V1 and 2 Reviewed by Derek Merdinyan

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on February 6th, 2008

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Declassified

The Declassified Series was designed for beginners looking to take their magic to the next level – and I have to agree, if I was a novice magician, I would be satisfied by the effects presented over the course of these two DVDs.

Explanation of the effects goes at a nice pace. I didn’t feel like I was being dragged along behind a boat and slowly sinking under; which is great considering this DVD was designed for beginners.

The effects here are fairly easy to pick up but I personally question teaching metal bending to beginners. It’s not that I don’t think we can’t trust them with the secrets, but metal bending requires a certain level of performing experience to really sell the effect. Still, the work on this subject is adequately explained.

This DVD isn’t super flashy like a lot of beginner magic DVDs, but the overall quality is pretty good. Again, if I was a beginner magician, I would have even a greater appreciation for these DVDs and be eagerly anticipating future installments.

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The Ring Thing Reviewed by Derek Merdinyan

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on January 30th, 2008

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RINGTHING

This quick effect with a finger ring is quite surprising, considering it is performed with a normal finger ring, however I feel it should be incorporated into a larger finger ring routine, rather than just a single effect.

For those of you a little confused, no this is not Garrett Thomas’ “Ring Thing”, this is Tank’s “The Ring Thing”…

While the titles may sound slightly similar, the effects are totally different. The idea here is to slide your finger ring off your hand, through your fingers – as opposed to over the tips of your fingers. The effect requires good timing, confidence, and the proper ring – each of which is adequately discussed on the DVD.

For those of you pondering what ring will work best, class rings and similarly shaped rings tend to work best. Performing the effect with thin bands makes the effect notably more risky as far as exposing the method, but it can be done.

In addition to the single move, you’ll learn several other finger ring effects to incorporate with the keynote move.

At $25 I think this DVD is priced a little high, but the move taught here has the distinct advantage of being impromptu as opposed to various gimmicked variations.

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Optical Delusion Reviewed by Derek Merdinyan

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on January 28th, 2008

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OPTICALDELUSION

Optical Delusion is a specialized effect designed to help promote your services as a performer.

Setting up this effect is going to test just how tech savvy you are. Preparation requires filming the video to use in the effect – so you’re going to need a video camera. Furthermore, you’ll need some sort of video and photo editing software. Aaron lists several free downloadable programs that will get the job done. For those of you with little to no video editing experience, Aaron takes you through the process step by step of how to construct the key elements of the video to be played on your phone.

There are so many different cellphone designs these days and naturally, there are going to be some phones that just won’t work for this one. The four key requirements to performing OD with your phone are:
1). The ability to take digital photos
2). The ability to view video files
3). The ability to transfer video files from your computer to your phone (via USB, Bluetooth, SD card, etc…)
4). A fairly decent sized viewing screen.

In addition to the basic routine, several additional effects are taught without the use of a deck of cards.

One of my favorite features of the DVD was the ‘Patterson Force’ – a super simple force that really kicks the crap out of older versions of similar forces. There is a little preparation involved, but once you have the setup in the deck, you can use the deck for anything you please.

Overall, I was pleased with this DVD. I think if you have the knowledge and ability or the confidence to learn how to prepare for this effect, it will be more than worth the $35 price tag for all the gigs this will get you.

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TnR Reviewed by Derek Merdinyan

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on January 25th, 2008

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TnR

Seeing Chris Kenner perform TnR reminded me of my pre-magic days when I was fooled beyond belief whenever I saw a magician perform (and just about every time I see Cyril on YouTube).

TnR goes beyond your standard torn and restored card – yes I realize that is said quite often, but TnR is truly different because it combines a prediction/change/transposition along with the restoration. During the restoration, the performer clearly shows each piece of the card before it is restored and yet when the restored card is turned around, the card is completely different.

Unlike most Torn and Restored cards, there are a few special restrictions that may or may not impact your purchasing decision: 1). The card cannot be signed 2). The restored card can’t be handed out (unless it’s switched – and a simple switch is discussed on the DVD). It is possible, however to have the torn card restore into the same card.

Making the gimmick is going to take some time to make it perfect, but it should be well within the grasp of most. The construction and effect instruction sections are clear and easy to learn from.

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Witness Reviewed by Derek Merdinyan

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on January 24th, 2008

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WITNESS

To quote Lee Asher, Witness is, “a lesson in simplicity,” – indeed!

This one is a treasure and a worker. It’s simple to follow and shockingly easy to perform (so you have NO excuse not to be solid with your presentation).

Witness can play in just about any environment so long as your audience can see the card in the bag. If you wanted to reset the effect for walk around performances, you could feasibly do it in front of your audience or give away the bag with your business card and carry around several pre-prepared bags. The prep work is really quick and doesn’t require any cutting or slits of any kind.

T11′s high standard of video quality continues to be sharp and engaging.

I used Theory11′s instant download section to get this movie in just a few minutes; and if you can’t wait to get your hands on this one, I’d recommend checking out this service.

Witness is seriously rockin’ and a true worker.

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Fingers of Fury Vol. 1&2 Reviewed by Derek Merdinyan

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on December 6th, 2007

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FINGERSOFFURY

Fingers of Fury, the two disk set has some pretty interesting and original magical effects on it – including card magic (oh my!).

Volume One contains all the ‘other’ magic effects, like Deep Impression where a selected card slices through your arm like on of those knife-through-arm effects; however, it’s not really an entire routine, I’d classify it as a quick throw-away effect. Hells Bend is a coin bend which uses a fairly simple invisible switch that can be a real fooler when you show the only thing in your hand at the end to be the bent coin; what’s the downside, you ask? The switch requires a table. Of all the effects on this DVD, the favorite by far, however is the borrowed coin through cellphone screen (Relentless). It’s fairly easy, pretty darn visual, and can be done with most modern camera phones. Course, there’s more on this DVD…

Volume Two is where cardicians can get their fix – and no, I wasn’t feeling the pain when watching this one. In continuation with the clever thinking on Vol. 1, we get some equally interesting card effects. My favorites include: PolterDeck – an impromptu haunted deck; Whiteside & Penman – an effect where two halves of two different cards fused back into a single mismatched card (this one requires a special card that is not included. Also of note, this effect won’t be too useful in walk around situations unless the performer has two of the right one-way decks that match the special card); and Linker – a linking card effect with multiple variations – steady hands are required to perform this visual linking sequence.

Between the two, I’d imagine you could find enough likable material to justify the price of buying these two volumes together.

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Cloud Busting Secrets Reviewed by Derek Merdinyan

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on November 26th, 2007

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CLOUDBUSTING

Cloud Busting is the ability to apparently blast clouds from their puffy nature into whisps of nothingness. Doing such things without the aid of futuristic weather-manipulating technologies are actually seemingly possible to do.

Without recalling the jaded lines of ad copy for magic products, IMAGINE, being able to control the skies, IMAGINE, being able to produce, vanish, and manipulate clouds seemingly only with the power of your mind, IMAGINE, doing this on a beach, with no lasers, or stooges, or mirrors, and other stuff, while naked!

Cloud Busting Secrets contains all the detailed information on this *science* along with many different presentation ideas, the use of manipulated clouds as thought revelations, making your performances look real, and how to find practical situations to perform Cloud Busting in the real world and use it as a way to promote your business.

When considering adding Cloud Busting to your repertoire, there are a few things you must consider:

- How good of an actor are you, acting is one of the strongest convincers that will keep your audience engagued during the effect

- Vanishing a cloud typically takes 2-5 minutes; fortunately, we gain insight on the many years of experience from Devin and Jerome on what to do and how to keep the audience in on the effect.

- Cloud Busting isn’t something you can always do on a moment’s notice. The weather conditions must be in your favor.

The many years of development on the epoch of ‘weather magic’ by Devin Knight and Jerome Finley are finally here and ready for the world to expand upon the long list of possibilities with these basic principles.

As far as price point goes, $40 for all this amazing knowledge (including other forms of weather magic), and clear, straightforward writing style of Devin Knight (not to mention all the gigs this will get you), this book is a steal.

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Repeal Reviewed by Derek Merdinyan

Posted by DerekMerdinyan on November 23rd, 2007

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REPEAL

Repeal has some some pretty strong pros and cons that will affect your purchasing decision:

Pros:
The bottle can be given away.

Pretty clever method for getting the duplicate cap into the bottle.

This is a flat cap in bottle, meaning that the cap that is inside the bottle is flat and NOT bent like most other beer bottle style cap in bottle products.

Cons:
You must approach your audience prepared (read: expecting) to perform this; everything is set up in your hands and you’re just holding it, waiting for someone to ask you to perform (if at a party). If performing this in a stand up situation, it would be possible to pick up the prepared bottle from inside a brief case and get everything into position in seconds.

It is possible to perform with the bottle you’re drinking from, but you’ve first got to do the prep work and then you have to worry about hiding it inside the bottle till you’re ready to perform.

The DVD says you can prepare this on the fly – if by ‘on the fly’ you mean a few minutes on your own in a bathroom stall with all the required tools. Otherwise, preparation can be done at home in just a few minutes.

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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.