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
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Thanks for reading and for any (hopefully positive, but either way, at least kind) feedback!)
6 of 8 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 :))
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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.
I got a lot of laughs out of Fill in the Blank. I had no idea how the trick was performed until I
went to learn to see how they fooled me. I will add this trick to my stand up show.
If your a seasoned stage performer this could be a lot of fun. But without that confidence this
could also easily flop.
The premise is GREAT! I love that it's MadLibs and the effect is
But it will take A LOT of work to get this into a show. The ones who do the
work will have a great piece of entertainment.
In the UK there is a saying about a particular savoury spread called Marmite.. You'll either love it
or you'll hate it!
This effect is a bit like that.
It's a smart piece of thinking
creating a routine, that whilst not show stopping, creates enough to make it a mystery and a lot to
make it entertaining.
A can see how some seasoned performers would get a LOT of mileage out
of this and create some very funny moments.
If you appreciate what is often called 'dual
reality' and routines where you're not taking yourself seriously this is well worth looking it.
It is adaptable for a wide range of audiences and allows for some more risque humour if that is
So not only do I like Marmite, I like this idea.
The proof of the
pudding is in the eating, so I'm told, so I really do want to try in front of a paying audience a
few times to get a feel for it.
It is a mid-show piece and well worth giving it a go.
When I first saw this I thought it was a verbal version of balls over head trick and was
disappointed when I saw I was right. But to be fair I had to give it a chance ... And "Pirate Libs"
was born. My first performance was at a local festival on a Friday night. About twenty people. It
was well received so I did it on Saturday. About fifty people and an assistant from the audience
that needed a lot of wrangling. That only added to the trick because of the interaction of keeping
him in line. And more laughs than I expected
If you're not afraid of a lot of interaction
with the audience and your chosen assistant. If you can keep the flow at the same time. Most of all,
of it truly fits your character ... Buy it.
This wasn't for me. I don't seem to be able to make it fit into my style.
I don't know how
the star system works so I just hit the highest.
Very Clever! Worth every cent. A good tip: Be sure you have the PDF form in front of you as you
follow the explanation!