TITLE and Creator: Paul Harris Presents Strip by Jose Lac'Quest
Effect: Use an everyday breath strip container to make small objects disappear, appear, or change.
Teaching: The quality of the teaching is great. It's ALL on DVD, no manuals at all, but I didn't have any issue with that. Within the first 10 minutes of the DVD you have a good understanding for how the device works, so written instructions in my opinion wouldn't make the product any stronger. Joe does a great job of making the DVD fun and informative. A few times it seems a bit cheesy, but overall a very high quality teaching set.
Quality of materials(if it is a gimmik etc): Gimmick seems to be put together really well, for what that's worth. There's not really much to it, but what there is to it looks good and functions extremely well. I'm also fairly certain that if you were to manage to somehow break it, you could repair it fairly easily with parts from any other breath strip container. The quality of the DVD is on par with anything else, packaging looks professional (even if the gorillas on the front are a bit odd) AND it comes with real breath strips, so you don't have to worry about going out and buying those. Also, the strip pack is a Listerine brand pack, which I have found for refills at local stores, so you should be able to easily find more breath strips.
Difficulty: The trick takes a few minutes to get the hang of, and as stated in the DVD each gimmick is very slightly different, so you have to get a feel for how yours works. Once you have that down, you'll be performing it easily. It took me about 15 minutes before I felt comfortable enough to start working on routine instead of just operation of the gimmick. Due to the size of the device, this is probably going to be limited to close up work of sometime...restaurant, street, things like that.
Applications: I think this trick would be a great opener for a set. As mentioned in the DVD the fact that it is an actual container for real breath strips can set you up perfectly. Walk up to someone and start talking to them, then say "Oh I think I need a breath freshener" as you take it out and get one. Then go on from there. People have been amazed by trick so far in my experience. Most of the people I'm around know that I'm into magic, so they are constantly asking me if I have any tricks. With this device, I can easily pull it out and say something like "Sorry, I just had something to eat" and then set it down and bring out some cards. They will think I'm going to be doing a card trick, and then all the sudden that container gets involved. It's great because they don't think that it will have anything to do with the trick, then it becomes the center of attention when they least expect it.
Overall Rating: I'm going to give this trick a good solid NINE out of ten. It would be a perfect 10 if it were maybe a few dollars less expensive. However, it's a great trick because of a couple of reasons. First off, it packs a good punch and gets good reactions. Second, it's small enough that you can have it with you ALL THE TIME. This trick very quickly (like the first day I had it) became one of the items that I have in my pocket at all times. Awesome trick.