In this review i'm several single trick DVDS reviewingTorn 2 Peices by Shawn FarquharSmoke by Alan RorrisonPsypher by Robert SmithImagine by GAudio Coins by Eric JonesToosh by Steve Haynes
I'm giving these all good reviews. Because they are all good. Not cause i'm bias, its cause they are all truly good. Keeping my review short-ish, comment if u want more detail. I've spent quite a lot this month looking for solid non-card tricks (except Imagine).Smoke by Alan Rorrison
I've spent quite a lot of money on other smoke devices. The problem i have with them is that they either have expensive refills or are awkwardly activated or you need to wear sleeves. This seriously eliminates all of that. Brilliant, commercial, 100% practical. I've been using it in a t-shirt, its great. It can be combined with any other trick to enhance it. But honestly after trying the "Portal" trick taught, its strong just by itself. That's what i use it for.
DVD is short and limited. Could of been expanded and really should of taught Card 2 Mouth as it was implied on the trailer.
Trick - 9.5/10Psypher by Robert Smith
DVD in my opinion is crap. Robert is quite boring to watch after 1/2 hour. Also he doesn't explain the peak on the trailer (but its straight forward and now its a free download if you have the password). Also the dvd doesn't explain that you must peel the plastic coating off the gimmick (no its not that obvious), which makes it work. If you dont take it off it barely works. It claims it can go through 10 pages? No way. Not unless your trying to do it on purpose, for a real spectators 3-4 pages is more realistic. He says more gimmick is provided but "more" is like only 5cm2 more or so. Also all the tricks taught are ALL card tricks. Well they are pretty decent, though i think a tad convoluted and could of been stronger tricks. Nether-less they are strong card tricks (probably wont use them). DVD could of taught better mentalism. Bottom line is the gimmick its not as good as they say. However its still the best version of this gimmick i have ever used (i have used others before). I think its really pretty reliable and thats what counts. Gimmick is thinner and stronger and more flexible than Universal Impression. You only get enough gimmicks to make 1 note pad or 1-card case gimmick and a business card style gimmick. Not enough to make everything. Business card wallet provided is cheap looking however it works and i like it. I like the gimmick so much i went and bought another one.
DVD - 5/10
Gimmick - 9/10Imagine by G
Trailer for this sucks. Doesnt show anything, but was getting good reviews, so i picked it up. Turns out this is a great trick. But annoyingly simple and it probably should have included at least 1 double blank card. Yes it does use a force, i wish he would explain more than just the Riffle force. If you watched the full performance chances are you could of backtracked the method. Yes the tricks is strong, i will be performing it and it integrates well with what i'm planning to use it for, but man its one of those annoying things you wished you came up with lol. DVD is a tad short, could of explained alternative routines, presentations etc. Also the V2F dvd he said on the Imagine dvd it explains version where you use V2F with Imagine. There is no such explanation of this on the DVD at all, also the link for the free "Sanitized" download bonus doesn't work.
Trick - 9/10
DVD - 7.5/10 (should of really been longer and included a double blank card)Audio Coins by Eric Jones
I"m not a coin guy at all. But this i want to learn. Cheapest dvd in the list of what i'm reviewing. Coins are truly ungimmicked and no extra coins. Moves will take me a while to learn (cause i'm not a coin person), but they dont look too hard like say Ponta the Smith's dvd which all looks too hard for me. Last phase though requires sleeves but Eric teaches a alternative which simply is not as good.
Overall he teaches a bunch of moves which i haven't seen before, all for such a low price. Also great impromptu coin routine that looks good. Bargain!
Trick - 8.5/10Toosh by Steve Haynes
Those who know the Casanova effect taught on Paul Harris's true astonishment knows Steve is a great thinker, this seems like a direct evolution of that effect. This is MORE practical than that effect. I'm not sure if its stronger cause the Casanova is good, but simply doesnt require as big of a stack of cards, also you dont have to keep preparing cards, one time set up. Solid way to hand out business cards with a solid transpo. I will use this, i'm seriously considering using this to replace Freakey, cause my keys are starting to look worn-out and both are transpos, so sorta similar i guess. Also my pockets are running out of space lol. DVD is long. Too long, soooooo boring after a while lol barely watched it in one sitting. Also he gives enough gimmicks to make 1 full gimmick (mabey 1.5 gimmicks), but not enough to make two. And the dvd teaches basically two versions of the gimmicks and the rest of the tricks are variations on these two versions. He really should of included a little something extra so we can make both versions, and it would of hardly cost him anything.
Trick 8.5/10 (if he included the extra gimmick, 9/10)Torn 2 Pieces by Shawn Farquhar
Saving the best to last. Simply the best trick of the lot. I saw this on Ellen and thought two things, 1- Must be a duplicate signature or 2- Handling must be difficult like some of the Piece by Piece restorations with cards or 3- Requires a Awkward switch. Wow i was wrong, That really is their signature (no dupes or anything like that), the handling is pretty easy and no awkward switch. You can personalize this with anything. Any photo! There's like a billion things you could do. Fits my style perfectly since i already do effects with photos. Let the spectator keep the photo, perfect give away. If your using your home computer and printer with photoshop the whole thing will take about 10 minutes to make. However if you make a bunch of them at once it would be faster (economy of scale). Photoshop template is cool, i use photoshop often and i thought it was a script or something, but no its just a simple template and even with my photoshop skill i'm glad i have the template. It would of taken me at least 15minutes just to make the thing, but the template you can do it in less than 2mins. I recommend going to the shop to print these photos. Since where i am it would cost me about 15cents for two performances, this is cheaper than Anniversary Waltz and way stronger.