So we all think of Johnson Products as being all about coins and coin gimmicks. Well this was one of their early non-coin effects, that was made equally well as any of their coin work.
This has been long unavailable which is a shame because it really is a wonderful effect. The basic effect is as follows: You introduce a small black bag and out of the bag take a deck of cards, a small wallet and a blank card sealed between two heavy perspex plaques. The spectator chooses a card and it is placed face down in a clip on the outside of the plaques. Then you show some blue backed cards, with blank faces and take one of these and also slide it under the clip facing the red card.
You then place it in the empty bag for a few seconds to develop and when the plaques are removed the blank card now has the red face on it and the card sealed inside the plaques has the chosn card. They are free to examine the plaques as much as they want – the card really is sealed in there.
Very lovely props and a clean simple method that will impress you.
Here we have another El Duco effect that is unusual and a fooler. The props are workable, just not beautiful.
The effect is you show a hand in a stand and borrow a ring from a member of the audience. Under cover of a hanky you then place the ring on one of the fingers – without the spectator knowing which one. They now are given a pen and a small white board with the shape of a hand on it and are asked to circle just one finger. They have a totally free choice, and yet when you remove the hanky there is the ring on the correct finger. This works everytime and can be repeated if you so desire.
Once you have the knack it is easy to do, but does take some practice at first and cannot be done totally surrounded.
El Duco frequently has some great ideas – I am not sure this is one of his however. Unfortunately, not all of his ideas are manufactured to the the standards that I would like. This particular effect is so close to being a real winner but I fould the manufacture only ok. I also think there are at least two other versions of this effect that are basically the same – one in brass and one in wood that probably should be checked also.
The idea is cool since it is the standard Cups and Coins effect, where the coins travel from one cup to the other, one by one. But with this version the coins are normal and the cups look pretty close to normal too. The two main problems I have with this unit are: 1) it should work with half dollars, but sometimes in practice it did not due to the quality of the finishout for the gaff, 2) the quality of the cups is good all round, but inside they are not finished properly and I’m not sure why.
This being said, if you do it with quarters or halves (assuming I just have a poor cup) it is much easier than the other version and there is no banging of the cup on the table, or any such madness!
This is a nice utility item from MIkame Craft, that allows you to force a number of dice, transform them and even make dice appear and dissappear.
It is very simple in operation, but really quite clever and comes with 17 dice to give you a number of options for routines. As with most Mikame Craft items it is also very beautifully made and finished!
Harrie’s of Sweden make some very nice mid-range magic. This piece is no exception, made very well and really quite a fooler!
You show a large die from all sides, place it in a clearly empty perspex box, that sits on a small stand – which can also be shown. Then you cover the whole thing with a "silk". In a second you remove the silk and now filling the perpex box is pretty much any load you fancy – a rabbit, doves, candy, etc.
Very easy to do, very well made, and perfect if you are trying to produce a large load.
I first want to sincerely thank you for a GREAT review of COSMOS. I totally agree with you about the lack of written documentation. That’s why I am currently putting together a PDF documentation of COSMOS. In this PDF addendum I will also show a method of performing COSMOS to ONE person which IMO is even better then performing it to TWO people. I am also going to be releasing a DVD of COSMOS within the next month that will include some new insight from other famous magicians, AND a few more surprises . . . so stay tuned.
This is one of those effects that is really very startling to watch, and yet is almost embarrassingly easy!
In effect, you have a special deck that is made up of different cards from various casinos shuffled by the spectator. You then take the deck back and procceed to choose two cards from the deck as your predictions. You then hand the deck back to them and they are free to deal as many cards as they want (no force) in front of the first prediction card. Whey they are done the prediction is marked and the cards are dealt again into another pile for the second prediction card. Once the predictions have been laid on the table, the magician does not need to touch the cards.
Amazingly enough the first prediction is found in the deck and it is next to a card with the same colored back. The other prediction is found and it too has the same colored back. When each prediction is turned over it is found that the card predicted not only has the same back but the value is the mate: e.g. four of hearts and four of diamonds. Finally, when the rest of the deck is turned over all of the cards are the opposite color to the prediction cards!
This effect looks visiually stunning and is inredibly easy to do with everything examinable and freely shuffled.
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