I’ve owned this for about 5 years now and have performed it a dozen times. The method is great, and it’s an okay bit of mentalism. It can involve up to 4 or 5 spectators.
I found it a bit time consuming, which is neither a pro or con. It was a good "middle trick" to waste time in the middle of the show. you have to go out to the audience member and get them to pick a card, then go over to another, then another, then another. then return to the stage area and write your predictions down.
The cards are just paper cardstock put into clear plastic card protectors. This makes the stack of cards awkward to handle and shuffle. you could take them out of the card protectors, but then your just mixing large pieces of paper, which is more difficult to mix. The "whiteboard" is just a laminated piece of cardstock paper as well, but it works. I clipped mine onto a firm board so I could write the predictions down standing up.
Besides clipping the whiteboard to a firmer board another improvement would be having the images on bicycle cards. I supposed it would be easy enough to buy a blank deck and copy the images to the cards yourself.
A very good trick with three wooden disks and a small burlap like bag. I really liked the design on the coins and the bag. It opened the effect up to many different kinds of presentations. A pirate theme, a Victorian theme, etc. The bag is not integral to the effect, so you can use a nicer bag, or box or something else that matches your presentation.
This is a Colorful and fun prop. Just what a kids show prop should be. "chewed gum" goes in, it gets mixed, pulling it like taffy. You crank the sides with a loud clackety clack then the alarm goes off and big colorful balls spill out and fill the chamber.
Alot of fun for kids, and adults get a kick out of it too. The prop is made with solid colored plastic panels so there is no paint to scratch, if the sides get marked you can’t tell and a little focused heat will soften the sides and the gouge disappears. The tube is painted, but it’s a well done thick heavy duty paint and takes wear well.
Now even though this has a presentation built in, it can be used for many different presentations. the plastic balls can be switched out and you can turn chewed gum into real gum and hand it out (funny!) or forget the gum entirely. I’ve often used this prop when I needed a utility square circle production. just come up with another meaning for "ABC" painted on the front (this trick is as easy as ABC! ~ actual meaning is Already been chewed, referring to the chewed gum you use in the original routine)
The load chamber is huge and the "square" of the square circle shrinks in size ( an amazing idea and method!) so when you dump your load out it seems to fill the chamber! and the bell on the side helps to emphasize the magic moment in any kind of presentation.
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