Review by Andy Martin for Brainwave Box + Deck by Cards By Martin

Review by Andy Martin for Brainwave Box + Deck by Cards By Martin
Review by Andy Martin for Brainwave Box + Deck by Cards By Martin
4 out of 5

What a great Idea!

So this is the classic brainwave effect, that of course we all love! But it has the added ruse that allows you to show the card box as red or blue when you remove it from your pocket instead of having a blank box or no box.

This is a great idea and adds a very nice touch to an already wonderful effect!

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Review by Andy Martin for Perfect Wave, The by Cards By Martin

Review by Andy Martin for Perfect Wave, The by Cards By Martin
Review by Andy Martin for Perfect Wave, The by Cards By Martin
5 out of 5

Cleaner than B’Wave or Parade of Kings

The effect of asking for any suit to be named and having it be the only reversed and/or odd card is very popular and there are many methods and routines. For my money this is by far the cleanest and simplest. There are only 4 cards, no flaps or rough-and smooth and you can show the backs and fronts of the other 3 cards to all be non-Jacks (in this case).

If you start with an Elmsley count you are even cleaner. This is just a wonderful quickie that leaves them very perplexed!

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Review by Andy Martin for Bet on it by James Ford

Review by Andy Martin for Bet on it by James Ford
Review by Andy Martin for Bet on it by James Ford
4 out of 5

Simple Method but Fun Surprise!

This effect is nothing more than a specially printed Credit Card and a switch but it works great and given our familiarity with plastic money is a wonderful way to reveal a chosen card.

I would use a Himber Wallet to perform the switch as opposed to the method they suggest. To be honest, what could make more sense than to actually have the credit card in a Wallet?

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Review by Andy Martin for Red,White, Blue Paddle by Joe Porper

Review by Andy Martin for Red,White, Blue Paddle by Joe Porper
Review by Andy Martin for Red,White, Blue Paddle by Joe Porper
5 out of 5

Still My Favorite Paddle Effect!

Over the last 33 years I have performed and handled many, many paddle effects – probably in the 100’s. The Red, White, Blue Paddle from Joe Porper is most certainly my favorite.

I find the mechanics to work flawlessly and you are left perfectly clean. In addition, performing the paddle move is easy and you are in the wonderful position where you start clean being able to show for real both sides of the paddle, and you end clean being able to hand the paddle out for examination. Nothing is added or taken away.

If you are familiar with the wonderful $link(248,Ju Ju Stick) routine it is pretty easy to adapt parts of that hiliarous routine to use with this, with cleaner changes and easier moves.

Joe Porper has a lot of paddle effects on the market – some good, some bad – but this one clearly beats them all.

Highly Recommended!

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Review by Andy Martin for Jim Zee – Three Box Set (Regular, Boston, Slot) by Magical Enterprises

Review by Andy Martin for Jim Zee - Three Box Set (Regular, Boston, Slot) by Magical Enterprises
Review by Andy Martin for Jim Zee – Three Box Set (Regular, Boston, Slot) by Magical Enterprises
5 out of 5

Very fine boxes and good value too!

Jim Zee makes some very fine coin boxes indeed and they are priced very reasonably. When it comes to coin boxes the size and weight really make a difference. These babies just look and feel perfect!

If you have ever wanted to learn to do some really cool coin effects with the Okito box not only are the Jim Zee boxes the best they come with a 40 page illustrated booklet by Robert Bengal all for a paltry $64!

There are also some great routines for Jim’s coin boxes in $link(http://www.qualitymagicbooks.com/?nd=full&key=2332 target=_blank,David Roth’s Expert Coin Magic)

Highly Recommended!

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Review by Andy Martin for Clowns and Jesters Deck of Cards by CAJ Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Clowns and Jesters Deck of Cards by CAJ Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Clowns and Jesters Deck of Cards by CAJ Magic
4 out of 5

I Love Factory Printed Gimmicks!

This is similar to the $link(1531,FA-KO Deck) and comes with an impressive selection of gimmicked cards factory printed on Bicycle stock. It doesn’t come with as many routines as the FA-KO Deck, but there are certainly some usuable routines here.

Plus it gives you some cool new cards to play with to invent other new routines!

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Review by Andy Martin for X-Deck by David Forrest

Review by Andy Martin for X-Deck by David Forrest
Review by Andy Martin for X-Deck by David Forrest
4 out of 5

I really like this Deck!

Just when you think you’ve seen all the trick decks out there, along comes X-Deck! This is almost a total home run. It is a very clean way to show that you had predicted what card they would mentally think of from all 52 cards in the deck. They can think of any one and you show that you had marked it with an X and with an alternate back.

It is better and easier to use than the Brainwave Deck because you can freely show the backs and fronts of the deck. However, the only problem I have with it is that they have made the deck look pretty obviously prearranged by the choice of cards that you can see when you fan the deck. With a little thought and some simple calcuations I’m sure there is a better way. I’m going to play with a deck myself to see. Once you remove this slightly annoying limitation then you truly do have a great idea that is simpler, faster and cleaner than Brainwave and then something that you will just start using all over the place!

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Review by Andy Martin for Copper, Silver, Brass Transposition by Johnson Precision Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Copper, Silver, Brass Transposition by Johnson Precision Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Copper, Silver, Brass Transposition by Johnson Precision Magic
5 out of 5

Great Quality, Easy and Convincing Routine

This is probably one of the best of the standard gimmicked coin sets and a nice quality set it is too. Instant reset and you are left clean at the end.

Not a lot more to say, except that you will use this set of coins, unlike all those others you have lining your draws!

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Review by Andy Martin for Tibetan Wishing Box by Allen Zingg

Review by Andy Martin for Tibetan Wishing Box by Allen Zingg
Review by Andy Martin for Tibetan Wishing Box by Allen Zingg
5 out of 5

Not Mystery Box, but better sometimes!

Ok so when you first recieve this box you are going to be looking for some cool gimmick. You initially will be dissappointed as the box is totally ungimmicked.

However, it is designed very well and has some very specific properties that allow you to basically do what you can do with $link(nd=gallery&keywords=kennedy-mystery+box&flag=John%20Kennedy%20Mystery%20Boxes, John Kennedy’s marvellous Mystery Box) and quite a lot more. Because it is ungimmicked you can’t be quite as clean as the Mystery Box allows, however if you can handle the Mystery box I don’t think that will be a problem for you. And there are three big pluses over the Mystery box: you can use it for any playing card, business card or other billet like slip, it requires no reset and it is half the price. John Kennedy does provide $link(1263,Money Mystery Box) and the $link(1264,Prediction Mystery Box) but now you need 3 boxes to do each effect. With the Tibetan Wishing Box – you just need the one.

I am a big fan of the Mystery Box and have performed it for years. I won’t give up using it either – in fact I do a routine with $link(815,3 boxes) and it kills! However, because of the benefits this box has I could see myself using it initially for various other effects and might even find myself doing it in place of the Mystery Box over time.

It comes with a good set of detailed and photo illustrated instructions too.

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Review by Andy Martin for Z6 Wallet by Wayne Dobson

Review by Andy Martin for Z6 Wallet by Wayne Dobson
Review by Andy Martin for Z6 Wallet by Wayne Dobson
5 out of 5

Clever Mr. Dobson!

Wayne Dobson has a great set of routines to breath live into you himber or Z-Fold wallet. The wallet that comes with this set is a very nice leather wallet and quite small. The instructions are also very detailed and laid out in a very pleasing manner.

It is perfect for playing card and business card effects. I for one will be performing 2 or 3 of the routines that come with this great value product!

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