I first saw this deck at the SAM convention in St. Louis and after talking to Larry Becker (great guy by the way) he "demon"stated this deck with some amazing card stuff that was fooling a lot of magicians and card guys alike. First off these are made of quality card stock. They are not bicycles but are close enough to have been withdrawn off the market for legal reasons. Larry told me they would be collectible one day and said to buy two; use one and put one away. They are set up with the Rich Osterlind’s Breakthrough Card Stack and if you are familiar with his system, you can perform miracles with it. Not only that, but they are also marked in such a way that the beauty of these cards will let you reveal the selected top or bottom card. I do know these are getting harder to obtain and if you can find a deck, you should pick one up ASAP. You will not regret it.
This is the only piece of sleight of hand or card magic for that matter that I do. It has a great story and plays well. I keep the original Peter Cane ending because you can show a fan of cards back and front but the rest of my handeling is all Ron,s. I custom make my own cards for this effect and if I ever start selling them I would like to do it with a copy of this booklet. Highly recomended
Wow! This book has it all! OOP and hard to find. Walter Gibson, the creator of The Shadow and the author of multiple books on magic really outdid himself on this title. A big thick book with lots of photographs. No card magic. All close-up and really nice tricks. Extensive section on Billard Ball and coin magic. You could build an entire act around this book!
This idea of the effect holds great promise, but as it arrives it just does not work. The gimmick – which is a very well known friend of the magician – is too big for the rings and I don’t see how you can perform this the way it explains in the instructions.
The rings could be used for something else, just don’t raise your hopes that you will be doing the Disintegration Vanish anytime soon!
I’ve always liked Larry’s coin purse and this latest version of his classic is certainly the best of all. As a set of five they are great value and they open up many more routine opportunities.
This set comes with five routines on the well produced DVD with some performances and history of the Coin Purse too. Due to the utility nature of these purses you will quickly be able to think of other routines for them if you so desire. But, you really won’t need to since the routines are very strong and there is something for everyone.
The purses are very finely made in soft leather with a satin lining, and they can be used to switch almost anything that will fit in them. The mechanism is very easy and very clean, and done correctly there is no discernable difference between the two motions. The purses even make the same sound in both cases.
These really are a beautiful piece of work, and probably one of the best things to date to come out of the stable of Becker and Earle over at MentalismUnlimited.com.
Wow even better than Silver, Copper, Brass Transposition!
Perhaps my favorite gimmicked coin effect is the standard: Copper, Silver, Brass Transposition. I like it because it is visually easy to understand, you start clean and end clean, and there is zero reset.
When I first received Chinese Bit I was thinking it was basically the same effect, but with different coins. It turns out that you can do the exact same moves and routine, but due to the differences in the gimmick you can do a whole bunch of other sequences, because unlike the normal Silver, Copper, Brass gimmick, you can show this gimmick on both sides.
So this now is my new favorite coin set. I don’t know how many Joe Stevens has but I suggest you order one now.
It is Portable and Affordable and Works, but a bit flimsy.
I have always loved the card sword effect and when I saw Jay Leslie advertising this effect, I thought I’d give it a go. The size of the sword makes is suitable for smaller gatherings that a fullsize card sword is just not suitable for. The method is different from other card swords I have seen, and works well. I don’t believe you would be doing this for close-up, but for parlour or stage it would be fine.
However there are two problems with it: you cannot show the sword from all sides, even in motion, and the sword itself is a bit flimsy and I personally would have preferred to pay extra for a slightly more solid sword.
It is still a worthy attempt, and you should find yourself using this.
I have found all the products I have purchased that are by Ray Piatt are always very well made, effective and clever. This item is no exception.
The effect is simplicty itself: you remove 10 cards from a small clipboard and arrange 5 on the stand as a prediction and then give the remaining 5 to a spectator to arrange in any order they fancy. They are then clipped face down on the clip board to ensure that the choice is not changed.
Then, without any funny moves, the cards are removed from the clipboard and each card matches your prediction perfectly.
The cards are heavy plastic, and the clipboard does all the work for you. A very nice addition to my collection.
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