Andrew Mayne is one of those magicians that either gives you a brilliant effect, or gives you one so
bad it makes you cringe. Unfortunately, "Shrinker" is the latter. To say that this effect is not
"real world" would be an understatement.
Let me put it this way: there is no way on Earth
to do this effect in any environment other than stage, and it would have to be the only effect you
did before walking off. I'm not saying it's your closer, I'm saying this effect can't be preceded or
followed by anything.
I can't reveal why without giving away the secret behind it, but
suffice it to say the things you wear are crucial to making this work. Unfortunately, the things you
are wearing will look as unnatural as humanly possible. Even rappers don't have that much slack in
their droopy pants. Add to that the "thing" that makes the effect possible and you now lose the
ability to bend forward more than a few inches. This is not something you'd keep on for your whole
The only nice part of this effect is a part where he comes out of a small cardboard
box and proceeds to grow. That looks good. Everything else in here is great in theory, but pretty
much useless in practice. The angles are so wide on this you almost have to be dead-on to the person
you're performing it for. He puts together a routine where you use an umbrella to cover the angles
and says you can do it surrounded. You can't. People behind the umbrella wouldn't know what they
were seeing, and it's not hard to figure out what's going on.
For the price, this is a
horrible effect. I could see possibly $50 (and even then it's overpriced), but $149 is far
too much for what you end up with. Even though he's throwing in an "impromptu" shrinking you can do
as you walk away from a person (it wouldn't fool a first-grader, by the way), it's over-priced.
Andrew puts together some great stuff, and I'll be reviewing a lot of it in the future, but this
is just not a good effect.
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Shrinker is a decent effect, but it is a bit overpriced in my opinion. The angles aren't that great
and it is pretty hard to act natural with the gimmick that is supplied. I don't see myself being
able to perform this on the street; maybe stage with a lot of planning and practice.
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This effect sucks. I can go into so many reasons why this is a waste of your money. Andrew Mayne,
pulled it off again. Think of crap and sell it to people. Do yourself a favour and don't buy this!
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