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Zoltar by Shaun Dunn presented by Lewis Le Val (Instant Download) A bullet-proof, fool-proof, self-working, impromptu TWO PHASE divination + mind-reading miracle you will SWEAR BY. INTRO PRICE ENDS AT MIDNIGHT. START LEARNING INSTANTLY.
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Here's what happens..

1. Divine the location of a hidden word you've NEVER seen before.

2. And while the business-card is still face-down, without having even TOUCHED it, read what's written on it.

Zoltar is so clever. And because it's such a fooler, and requires no special props, it's making its way quickly into the repertoires of pro mentalists around the world.

It exploits human psychology in ways that will make you smile, and is choreographed in such that it requires ZERO sleight-of-hand.

Once you learn Zoltar, you'll be performing it for the rest of your life. And because it's so easy to do, you'll be turning to it anytime you need a knock-out mind-reading effect.

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4.25 Stars Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 30th, 2018
Awesome mentalism trick that anyone can do with a little (not much... just know the steps) practice. No sleights, no gimmicks. Truly impromptu except for quick minor setup. Borrowed sharpie, borrowed business cards... blow their minds!

I wanted to give this 4.5 stars (I reserve 5s for the exceptional, incredible, highly visual, truly magical moment type tricks), but I did dock a quarter star just because of this one thing you have to do in order to identify which name is the one that is special to the spectator. For me, I see an issue with this particular solution because, to me, it seems like it'll be too easy to be identified by the spectator. I don't know if that makes sense... I don't want to give away anything. All I can say is that if you are an observer with a keen eye, it is possible for them to see something they shouldn't.

That's said, this is all-in-all an awesome trick! I mean, what's not to love? This one should play really well and I'm looking forward to trying it! Lewis does a great job teaching this clearly. The actual method is a foundational one, so every beginner should get this. I do like the way he executed this one. Great job Lewis and Shaun!

(By the way, I always try to be honest and straightforward in my reviews, while being respectful to the magician. If you appreciate my reviews, can you please click the "Yes" button below beside the question, "Did this review help you?" It's not like I actually benefit in any way by your clicking it... but it would be nice to see if my reviews are helpful or not. I hope they are. If you ever have suggestions or comments or questions about my reviews, please feel free to leave me a constructive comment. I'm just trying to be helpful. I love the Penguin community and hope that I can someday contribute my own product. :-) Thanks for reading and for any (hopefully positive, but either way, at least kind) feedback!)
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Solid, but more technique than trick Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 29th, 2018
The hype is true (mostly) -- you can perform this trick within minutes of watching the download, it has some solid impact, and it can play almost anywhere. Lewis says there are "no slights" and that could be argued either way; if you consider the secret a slight, it's a very simple one and it's the core of the effect.
It has the usual drawback of it's all shot from the front with a static camera and there's at least one point where a magician's POV shot would be nice. The trick is done with blank on one side business cards and he says he'll talk about how to do it with completely blank ones, but if he does, I missed it.
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A Bit Too Casual Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 31st, 2018
In essence, the effect is a bait & switch. You lead the participant to believe that you're conducting a four-card living and dead test (or less morbid version thereof), but then transition, at last the last minute, to a name divination.

It's the transition that bothers. The first effect is never resolved, in that the mind reader never proves that he actually found the correct card. He just stops the effect, right at its climax(!), and asks the participant to reshuffle.

Le Val gamely defends the transition by arguing that mentalism should not look "choreographed," and that it's acceptable for the casual performer to apparently figure out the ultimate direction of his effect on the spot.

If you are in agreement, then this might be a worthy purchase. If, however, the idea of abandoning an effect right before its climax bothers you, look elsewhere.
5 of 5 magicians found this helpful.
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Powerful, real-world mentalism Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 30th, 2018
Zoltar is a powerful routine! Very natural and realistic looking effect. Very easy to do. No gimmicks. No sleight of hand. Good way to practice cold reading. You won’t even need to practice Zoltar. Just learn the secret and turn around and perform it.

It’s effects like this that are helping me transition from a mostly-card tricks-guy, to an artist who uses everyday objects to demonstrate his craft.

Lewis Le Val (played by Jonny Depp, apparently), does a great job of demonstrating and teaching. It’s s fantastic download! I highly recommend it.
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Good peek, weak justification Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 31st, 2018
This is simply an inferior version of Eric Mead's 'An Auspicious Occasion' from his book 'Tangled Web'. Eric's effect was inspired by Max Maven's 'Desire' (PRISM). The same effect is achieved with better technique and without the weak first half.

The structure of Dunn's piece is weak, due to the handling of the first half, which merely serves as justification for the secret work.
Get Eric's book. You will have a much better effect with much better technique in your arsenal, along with so much more that his book offers.
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Disappointing description Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 3rd, 2018
I'm disappointet from the trick because in the description stand that's a impromptu trick in wich you don't even touch the cards. But the truth is, it isn't a impromtu trick and you have to touch the cards. So I'm realy disappionted from this trick and would't buy it for this price again.
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Even a one handed magician could impress his audience with that! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 30th, 2018
All I can say is that it fooled me. I knew how to get the right card, but had no idea how he got the name. I do not want to say too much about the secret, but I think it is a very useful and versatile method. It really needs no sleight of hand. Even a one handed magician could impress his audience with that. As a pro I prefer tricks that give me full control of the situation from start to end. I do not care to use the most fingerbreaking method to impress some other magicians. If you do this well, I bet it could fool some other magicians too. I give it 5 stars only for the insane method and artful misdirection to get the name. However: I would not recommend to repeat it for the same audience at the same day...
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Very good basics -- Needs more logic Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 31st, 2018
Two bits of "magic" here. The first one: even the explanation minimizes, essentially assuming magicians already knew what was going on. (I continue to be biased against this method, since it feels like cheating in a way I somehow think "good" magic doesn't; but I can't deny it works, so let it pass.)

The second bit of magic is a principle that I assume virtually everyone also knows, but the specific handling is a nice tip. The best part is the way the routine takes the heat off this move.

But the worst part is the way this same misdirection destroys the logic of the routine. The explanation half acknowledges this (using -- actually misusing -- the term "cheeky") and half sweeps it under the rug. There's nothing wrong with changing the nature of the effect in the middle, but, as presented, there's no reason for this. In fact, there's every reason (as far as the spectators are concerned) to NOT change course.

There is at least one simple way to remedy this illogic that I have thought of; it's too bad the creator & presenter didn't think a bit longer to find such a solution. (I'm always amused when people defend such a flaw by saying "at least it made you think more creatively"; yes, but that's what I was paying them for.)

With this potential improvement $10 might still seem a little much for yet one more way to use the effect's second principle, but the other elements of the routine (cold reading possibilities/opportunities) would make it worthwhile for me.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 30th, 2018
First off, this routine will not make you BIG, but it will get a big reaction! Hey-o!!! Great little mentalism moment, as advertised you can perform minutes after learning, easy for anyone to do, and an adaptable routine you can make you very own. Your wish has been granted
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 30th, 2018
Zoltar layers two classic mentalism routines into an impromptu masterpiece. It's cliché, but you'll say to yourself, "Why didn't I come up with this?"

Louis Le Val is fast becoming one of my favorite teachers. He's clear, concise, and detail-oriented. He's like the Dan Harlan of mentalism. You will have no problem understanding the instructions. In fact, you'll probably be doing this after one viewing.

There are dozens of similar routines on the market but nothing this straightforward and easy. I'm using this pronto.
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