Review by George Guerra for Chinca Chinca by Tommy van Rhee

Review by George Guerra for Chinca Chinca by Tommy van Rhee
Review by George Guerra for Chinca Chinca by Tommy van Rhee
4 out of 5

Unusual props for a popular effect

This is quite a collectible, but only because it’s an Anverdi. I have always been interested in the matrix assembly effect and these Oriental "stones" are an offbeat set of props to perform this trick. One problem I have with these small stones lies in their handling throughout the effect. A semi-close fist is recommended in the instructions for that special move and that looks suspicious to me. I would prefer a more flat hand approach but it’s difficult with these small cylinders. It could be just me but clearly plenty of practice and skill is needed; certainly not an apparatus for beginners. I do like the clever "locking" feature in the main gimmick so the "stones" can be passed out for examination at the end.

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Review by Andy Martin for No Brainer Memorized Deck by Bob Solari Magic

Review by Andy Martin for No Brainer Memorized Deck by Bob Solari Magic
Review by Andy Martin for No Brainer Memorized Deck by Bob Solari Magic
5 out of 5

Beautiful Bob Solari!

My good friend Bob Solari makes a very fine hula girl, as can been seen below:

Hula Bobby


When he isn’t putting on the coconuts, he creates some very fine magic. Over the years I’ve bought a $link(nd=solari,lot from Bobby), and most of it is clever and easy to do. The No-Brainer Memorized Deck is probably my favorite effect that I have seen from Bob so far. It is very easy to do but very effective and really makes you wonder why you would bother with any other approach. Certainly memorizing one of the many Memorized Deck systems out there is a lot more work than most of us amateurs want to put in!

The full description can be $link(http://www.thetrickery.com/?nd=full&key=8015&myaf=9195 target=_blank,found here).

This really is an amazing effect and Highly Recommend from one of the great magical inventors of our time.

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Review by Scott Snider for I've Got Your Number by Bruce Bernstein

Review by Scott Snider for I've Got Your Number by Bruce Bernstein
Review by Scott Snider for I've Got Your Number by Bruce Bernstein
4 out of 5

You look like a 39!

This card trick is just one of Bruce Bernstein’s great card magic. All of his magic is strong and relatively easy to do but packs a wallop with its effect. This is no different. You can use this in a resturant situation whereby you can approach the table or person with a simple ‘hello’. Then tell them they look like a 39 (or some other number). After a lot of byplay, they select any card chosen that will be their favorite. It will then have their number written on the back of a card. You can then show them that all the cards are numbered from 1 to 52 and that they chose " their number" that you first spoke to them about. This is a great "approach" trick for the working person whether it be club, party, corporate or bar. It never fails to put a smile on the faces of the one you show it to. Powerfull stuff and highly recommended.

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Review by Tyler Downs for Vanishing Deck – Ultra Slim by Rob Bromley

Review by Tyler Downs for Vanishing Deck - Ultra Slim by Rob Bromley
Review by Tyler Downs for Vanishing Deck – Ultra Slim by Rob Bromley
4 out of 5

Soooo many possibilities with this one!

This item is really cool and effective. I use it to apparently vanish my regular deck of cards to have them appear elsewhere, when in fact this item allowed me to switch seamlessly to another trick deck (rising card, etc.) I would have given it 5 stars if it was sturdier; however, it is made of cardboard and can easily be damaged.

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Review by Andy Martin for Watch Your Back! by Doug Gorman

Review by Andy Martin for Watch Your Back! by Doug Gorman
Review by Andy Martin for Watch Your Back! by Doug Gorman
5 out of 5

Just my cup of Tea!

When Doug first showed this to me it held great promise and after a bit of tweaking with Doug it was smoothed out into what I feel is a very clean, visual and entertaining routine.

A red deck of cards is shown to be all different and a prediction is placed face down in front of the spectator. Next a card is selected. The card that they selected is placed on the table face up. You then turn over your prediction and mention "Well the back of the card matches." This is not too impressive, until you spread the full deck and show that they are a mixture of colors. At this point you confess to being prepared in that instance too and spread your prediction card to show that you in fact have 4 cards each with a different back. However, when you turn them over they are all the same except for the red backed card which matches theirs.

Now, the finale comes along as a real kicker and you turn over their card to see the color is a totally different color from any of the other cards – and magically your prediction card has changed too!

What I particularly like about this effect is not only is it visually appealing, but there is plenty room for the spectators to feel you have failed and each time you surprise them by correcting the problem. It also has a very simple and quick reset, so it is great for restaurant work.

I really like the way Doug routines his effects and this is no exception. This is also a great lead in to the $link(2746,Magic Chameleons) put out by Doug and Paul Mims last year.

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Review by Andy Martin for Squeeze, The by Paul Mims

Review by Andy Martin for Squeeze, The by Paul Mims
Review by Andy Martin for Squeeze, The by Paul Mims
4 out of 5

Great story line, Great Surprise, and good handling.

This new routine by Paul Mims holds great promise and almost delivers! It has an entertaining poker based story line and a very visual transformation from 4 aces to a royal flush, it is also fairly easy to do, with an almost instant reset.

Unfortunately, for me a couple of the moves to get to the end don’t seem to flow as well which makes the counting seem a bit inconsistent. I’m sure there is a solution to the handling, and I intend to continue to work on it because I really like the overall routine. In fact, I’m quite sure that lay people probably love this routine as it stands, but for me it just seems a bit inconsistent. It could just be me of course!

I am keen to see more from Paul and his good friend Doug Gorman as they do seem to be producing some clean, strong effects that have great visual impact and interesting storylines. Keep them coming guys!

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Review by Anonymous for Kamillion Koins by Magic Connection

Review by Anonymous for Kamillion Koins by Magic Connection
Review by Anonymous for Kamillion Koins by Magic Connection
5 out of 5

The "Original" Kamillion Koins are the best!

I purchased a set of the "original" Kamillion Koins several years ago! I love performing this, but my discs are showing their age (nicks and scratches). I have been looking for a replacement set, can’t find the originals. The Magic Connection has gone out of business!
If you can get your hands on a set of the originals, do it! Stay away from the new imitations.
Jack

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Review by Andy Martin for Sea-Ling's True Love by Richard Gerlitz

Review by Andy Martin for Sea-Ling's True Love by Richard Gerlitz
Review by Andy Martin for Sea-Ling's True Love by Richard Gerlitz
5 out of 5

True Love Indeed!

Ok, so I’ve been holding back from buying Richard Gerlitz’s beautiful magic for a couple of years now. But when this beauty appeared on Richard’s site I decided it was high time I indulged myself again. Richard’s magic is the most ingenious and intricate available today – bar none. It also turns out to be hugely collectable now too. Because of the small runs that Richard does if you are ever lucky enough to get in early you will have a solid investment.

This new item from Richard is as close to perfection as you can get. It is small, clever, beautiful, easy to do, easy to reset, and easy to understand! Now you won’t be doing this during your walk-around gigs, but in your den and for those special close-up shows it will fit the bill very nicely. It is truly a magical piece.

Sea-Ling’s True Love is an expensive item, but when you receive it you will instantly appreciate its value. It works flawlessly the way you would like it to work. There are no funny moves or awkward pauses. One minute the ring is off the next it is on.

When I look at all the $link(//www.martinsmagic.com/?html=gallery&nav1=faves&keywords=gerlitz&flag=Richard+Gerlitz&tag=gerlitz,pieces of Richard’s work) that I have been lucky enough to own I feel quite sure that this is my favorite thus far.

Thank-you Richard for continuing to produce incredible and beautiful magic.

You had me when I saw the very first photo.

Most highly recommended if you have the spare cash!

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