I was very disappointed in this product, and would not recommend it at all.
First off, I should say this looks great. It does look like an old timber, the aging and distressing is perfect. However that’s about it, a great looking piece of wood.
There are two "phases" to it’s movement one has you balance it on a bottle or other object and the second phase has you lean it up against an object at least as tall as it is long. The first major problem is it takes forever to move/topple. Definitely not a tv trick, this is something you have to set up, then tell a long story before it moves. Trying not to give the method away, the temperature affects it as well. if it’s a cold room you could be waiting a lot longer. when it eventually toppled over It left my audiences thinking it was the wind or something knocked the table. When you balance it on top of something you have to balance it very carefully, even with practice it looks like you are just setting it up to fall over when the wind blows. Very unimpressive to the audience.
I used this in close up performances and library shows perhaps 20 times over the winter season 2013. The timber never got a good reaction and was a poor effect in my show. It would be way better if you could determine when it would fall over. Most of the time after my rehearsed story was over I had to add lib until the dang thing toppled. A few times it fell over before my story was done and once the wind actually did knock it over!
This is a wonderful and well made prop. It looks incredible and is high quality.. I’ve enjoyed performing this effect at home for friends. The way it works is very nice, mechanical. There are a few downfalls however. (without giving anything away) A- if no ring is removed it is the same as if the center ring has been removed, so you have to ensure the spectator removes a coin. B – Difficult to perform in a darkened environment or if you have bad eyesight. C- the small box needs to be on a flat surface of some kind when the ring is removed. The ring can not be removed from the box while it is in the spectators hand.
Other than that, this is a wonderful piece of magic and I still recommend it. I’ve brought it with me when table hopping at a restaurant and it’s worked very well. The rings that come with the effect were beautiful. I did replace them with cheaper ones when taking this table hopping however. It also works with bits of paper notes or currency bills.
I have had this effect for a few years and I’ve found it’s one of my favorites. The wooden cup is well made, and looks and feels nice. The cards are okay. basically bicycle cards with stickers put on them. The spectator picks a card (force, and you can use any force you want really) and the cup is lifted and set aside to reveal a bottle of gin sitting under it. Then without going to your pocket for a load (ala cups and balls) you immediately lift the cup again to reveal a can of tonic. The method is nice and the bottle is full of gin, the can heavy/weighted and firm. Nothing flimsy. You could end with a pocket load and I’ve often shoved a lime in the cup when the tonic water was revealed. I recommend it for an older audience as no one under 40 I know even knows what gin and tonic is.
I owned this effect for a year. did not use it much at all
It’s a standard effect, and I’ve performed the trick many times with other versions. The effect always gets a great reaction I liked the well made quality of this one and the size made it great. Unfortunately the bunny is scary as Heck! I remember a child in one show called it my demon bunny trick. Needs a better paint job.
I own a small collection of trick locks, they are some of my favorite effects. The Keyrrect is one of my favorites (along with the Hemmingway lock) This effect involves a padlock and 7 keys. You have a spectator try six keys in the lock and none work, then you give him the seventh and it opens the padlock. Have him close the lock, mix the keys and in any way you like to reveal it you pick the key that opens the lock.
With Keyrrect after you identify the proper key (you don’t have to touch it or look at it) you may have the spectator open the padlock themselves.
For the sake of comparison with the Hemmingway lock, the performer is the only one who can use the key to open the lock.
The key to this effect is ensuring that the audience realizes all the keys were checked and only one opens the lock. It’s nice that the performer NEVER has to touch the keys at all. I’ve had alot of fun with this and usually have the spectator who checks the keys insert his wallet in a steel lock box then padlock it shut. When a key is eliminated it gets dropped in a slot in the box. It’s a great way to build suspense and get rid of the keys before the end.
This is a great opening effect. without saying a word, a spectator chooses a card from an image of many different cards, then the spectator spits out the card from his mouth!
I really liked this effect. The cards were funny and received many laughs. After a performance I’ve been asked to show the image of many cards again and I was able to quickly show it again to friends to prove there were many choices they could have made. This effect does require a confident performer as you have to do a bit of acting and facial expressions. It’s also best used as an opener because of the card in your mouth. You could possibly shove the card in your mouth later on in your show, but it’s challenging to do a silent effect after you’ve been performing and talking for some time. (unless your a mime )
Id recommend it to a confident experienced performer who was looking for a new, funny and unique opening effect for a close up or banquet type show for adults.
I love this lock and have performed it in every banquet show I’ve performed since I received it. This is a well made, heavy padlock that looks and feels great. The keys come with color collars for whatever presentation you like, however the colors can come off if you want to. With this lock the performer must open the lock, instead of the spectator. However the lock opens with a loud click and it’s large enough that everyone in an average sized audience can hear and see the lock opening.
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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