Darryl and Daryl, what can I say?
Every time I review your tricks, it's the same thing over
again... "you guys are great... the trick is so simple... blah blah blah!"
Curse you two...
Once again, the Other Brothers have made magic simple, accessible, doable,
and still somehow mind-blowing. I love these guys.
The trick fooled me when I watched the
trailer. And then I watched the full performance.
Then I saw the
My head still hurts from all the "D'OH!" slaps I proceeded to punish myself
with for letting the Other Brothers do this to me yet ONE. MORE. TIME.
Guys. This is a
great trick. When you watch the explanation, you're gonna at first be angry that: a.) it's so simple
and, b.) you didn't think of it. Regardless of the brain trauma, you'll b pleased with this valuable
reminder and lesson that some of the best tricks in mentalism (and in magic in general) have very
Ok, now that I've praised the trick, let's get to the meat and _______
and answer some of your questions:
1. Is this something you'll perform? Yes. No doubt. You
will blow minds with basically zero effort.
2. Is it a fooler? Yes. And no. It depends on
how well you manage your volunteer.
3. Is it worth the money? Yes. Normally, I would say
that this is a $4.95 trick because it's so simple... but the return on this investment is fantastic,
so I don't feel that $14.95 is unreasonable.
4. Is it for beginner mentalists? Yes.
Absolutely. This is a foundation stone teaching the beginner how mentalists think outside the box.
5. What about intermediate and advanced mentalists? If you can't figure it out by watching
the demo, then yes get it. I can't guarantee though that you won't slap yourself in the forehead or
bang your head against a wall.
6. Are there any special moves? Not really. Not anything
anyone can't handle. There is a single, simple move. It's actually not truly a "move" but I suppose
it's more about finger placement.
7. What audiences is this appropriate for? I would say
parlor and larger. Busking can work too if you have a nice size crowd. The point is that this would
not be a trick you do for family and friends or small intimate groups where people know each other
and are likely to talk after the trick.
I give the Other Brothers and this trick 4
__squirrels__. Er, stars. (I generally save 5 stars for extremely visual mind-melting type of
magic... four stars is usually a "perfect" score for me to give to card and mentalism tricks and
cool tricks that aren't visual.) Excellent job, Darryls!
(By the way, I always try to be
honest and straightforward in my reviews, while being respectful to the magician. If you appreciate
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Thanks for reading and for any (hopefully positive, but either way, at least kind) feedback!)
8 of 10 magicians found this helpful.
This is clever, and for a lay audience would play better than in the example, were it looks like a
As we know lectures are pretty flat on reaction, as everyone is guessing and second
guessing methods, so a regular lay audience would love this :))
4 of 5 magicians found this helpful.
Fantastic method teaching and effect. Can’t for more from these two.
This is a pretty good effect that plays big. I'll have to try this soon.
I love this idea. If you can do audience management you can do this trick. The spectator really does
all the work and you’re basically telling him what to do. It’s great for any crowd. Even if you just
need to fill in some time for a show. This trick is the best to have in your set list. I’m happy
that I have this to work with. I’m definitely going to be using fill in the___.
Great trick and great explanation. This is my first Penguin purchase and I hope that they all will
be this excellent
Not really sure why there are a lot of high reviews for this. To me the video looks decent, but
once you see how it's done, while nice, makes me think of the performance. This is one of those
tricks that as soon as the audience member gets back to their seat and starts chatting about the
trick with their friend (which always happens), it will be clear to them how it was done and the
trick's illusion will be lost. Not the type of mentalism that I like.
To me it is a decent
effort, but with the ease that it will become known to the volunteer, I don't think it is a 5 star
Fun idea, not worth the price of a single trick. It feels like something I'd learn on a DVD or a
book with other tricks.
It's kind of a clever dual reality, so be sure your spectator
doesn't get too nosey. Even in the demo he had to keep pushing his curious spectator back so he
didn't see the prediction. The one person that would especially like to see the prediction doesn't
get to see it...
So a fun idea, but in my opinion not worth selling as a solo trick.
Hmm....the method leaps out fairly easily on seeing the performance but it’s got legs and I don’t
think lay people will clock it
I feel this is the early version of a great trick but needs
In essence (without mentioning exact methods) claims to be ‘DR’ but
there’s not really enough for the on stage person to take away and so is closer To’ IS’
come up with something that builds in the concept alongside some
Confabulation esq ideas.
That said. I’m going to have this envelope in my show case with a version of this as it’s good
emergency material that takes very little space.
Cons: The method is pretty easy to figure out, doesn't really have that "wow" factor to it
Pros: Pretty much impromptu
Overall, I think it's worth it to get it if you are just
looking for a fun party trick you can do practically impromptu if you have the right stuff
memorized. This will require great showmanship.