I bought this when it was first released elsewhere. It's a great effect in terms of spectator
engagement and reaction, and you can find plenty of performance videos on YouTube. That said, I was
very surprised at what was actually in the box for the price.
I've learned to judge an
effect by its, well, effect on the audience and not by the inherent cost of the physical products
provided. It's also important to remember that you're paying for the creator's ideas and the
production of the video and other materials. But in this case Tom had already published the effect
in a book of dozens of other effects (www.penguinmagic.com/p/6974) for less than the cost of this
product, so it's hard to argue that most of the price is going towards the idea.
gimmick is difficult to find but only costs a few dollars once you find it, so the price isn't
really for the gimmick, either. And even with the gimmick, the method is somewhat bold and relies on
your spectator management as much as the physical gimmick.
That leaves us with six
ungimmicked plastic cards and a purpose-built holder to display them. The holder is perfect for the
job, but in the end it's some plastic. Perhaps the high price is for a limited production run of the
specialty holder. For $65, they could have included a dice cup ($3.85 at
www.penguinmagic.com/p/S4776), especially since some cups are more helpful than others. There's
certainly enough room in the box, which is quite nice but mostly empty space.
If you don't
already have the book and you'll have occasion to perform this effect regularly, this is a great
product. Otherwise, it's a little pricey for what it is.
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Fantastic effect. One of the best openers of all time. Unfortunately, the quality and packaging of
this version are an epic failure. The cards arrived bent/warped and it’s taken days of effort to get
them even remotely flat. My package arrived without the dice. The plastic holder is cheap and, while
passable, could have and should have been designed/made much better. Given the quality, this is way
overpriced. Buy Tom’s book and make your own.
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I ordered mine directly from Vanishing Inc. but was very disappointed as were others. The cards
were bent (to save money on shipping) when they were crammed into the thin box, so they will never
straighten out. I've been trying to flatten them out for nearly a month now and it's not working.
I love the effect, but won't buy anything from Vanishing Inc. again because of the cheap attempt to
save on shipping (which is ridiculous because the cards would have cost maybe $1 to ship!
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When I first saw this performed, I immediately wanted to do it. Great idea by Tom Stone. For this
price, a dice cup should’ve been included. I also agree with David Penn during the Wizard Product
Review about the issues with what comes in the box. It takes some time to fiddle with what’s in
there and break it in so its not so difficult to assemble and disassemble.
Overall, thanks, Tom
for releasing this. I love having it in my show.