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TOOL is much more than a gimmick:
"David Stone has just proved we can start thinking where others have stopped."
- Etienne Pradier
"Except with a thumb tip, I have never seen so many clever applications with only ONE gimmick!"
- Mickael Chatelain
1 - COLORS
The perfect Opening trick with cards! A visual color change where everything is given for examination! The magician remove a blue back deck out of a red cardcase and asks a spectator to touch any card. The performer taps the choosen card on the cardcase and its back becomes red! Then the magician taps the cardcase on the deck... that visually becomes red too! All the cards are now red... and are given for examination!
2 - WRONG CARD
The classic effect where the magician can't find the choosen card... He then takes the cardcase to tap gently the wrong card with it : It visually changes into the choosen one! No force, the card can be signed and the effect is really magic and visual!
3 - SIGNED, TORN... AND VISUALLY RESTORED
Finally you will be able to perform in professional situation a signed, torn and instantly restored card routine... without any complicated sleight! Do you know how to do a triple lift? Then you can perform this incredible routine in less than 10 minutes!
4 - CARD SHARK
Without a doubt one if the easiest but strongest cards cheating demonstration! Imagine this : You cut the deck in two parts and ask your audience to shuffle them. Get the cards back together and you can instantly produce the 4 aces! (for exemple...). No palm, no sleight, as clean and so easy!
5 - IN THE BOX!
Have a card signed and lost in the deck. Explain that to find the card, you need to use your... credit card! Just take the cardcase and caress the deck with it : Your credit card visibly appears on the top of the deck! Give it to the spectator and explain him he can insert it wherever he wants in the deck, he will find his signed card under it. But he fails... You seem embarassed until you realize that the signed card has vanished... Show the cards one by one, the signed card is actually not in the deck anymore! Show your hands completely empty, and grab the cardcase stayed on the table : Open it, and remove the signed card out of it! NO PALM!!!
6 - ILLUSION
Perform the Sub Trunk in Close-up! The magician remove an ace of spades and a Queen of hearts from the deck, explaining they will both represent � the Magician, and his Partner performing the famous illusion of � The substitution Trunk �. After having given the cardcase for examination, the magician puts the ace of spades inside and close it. The queen of hearts is openly put face up on the deck of cards... Then the magician takes the cardcase and tap on the Queen of Hearts that visually changes into the Ace of Spades! The performer opens the cardcase and the Queen of Hearts is now inside! A visual effect, totally self working , ideal for TV or for children.
7 - BIRTH DATE
Do you like Mentalism? The performer asks a spectator to indicate him 4 people from the audience who know her very well. Each of them touch a card at random when the deck is held face down and the four cards are slowly put on the top of the deck, without any suspect move. The mentalist asks then to the spectator to turn the 4 cards face up one by one... their value indicates her birth year! Hard to believe, but completely SELF WORKING, NO sleight!
8 - KNIFE
Do you know the famous Ga�tan Bloom's Card Stab? In this version the spectator can shuffles the cards and put them by himself in the cardcase! Then you lock it with a rubber band ... You then gives a kniffe to hanlde to the spectator and drop the cardcase in an empty enveloppe... Suddenly, you impale the bag on the knife : The signed card is stabbed on the kniffe while the cardcase is still closed by the rubber band... Everything is done for examination ... No Palm, just devilish and hyper easy to realize!
9 - WILLIAM PRO
A card is choosen and lost in the deck in a very clean way. It seems impossible to find it back. The magician takes the cardcase and carress the deck with it as for a magic move : All the cards instantly turn face up! All the cards... except the choosen one! And everything can be given for examination right away!
10 - TRIUMPH
A card is selected and lost in the deck. To make it more impossible, the magician shuffles the cards face up and face down : One can clearly sees that the cards are shuffled face up and face down... A simple magic move with the cardcase on the cards, and they instantly all turn face up... except the choosen card! A very easy and extremely visual version of the classic � triumph � effect that can be performed stand up without any table
11 - GHOST CARD
A card is choosen and lost in the deck. The magician explains that to find it back, he will pick 4 cards at random. He clearly shows four cards in his hands and of if them appears to be the selection... A simple magic move, and all the cards vanish except the choosen one! Read that : No Palm! Just a very clever way to use the gimmick for an original and visual application!
Included: DVD + 2 gimmicks (one for training, the other for the performance)
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Customer Reviews (showing 1 - 10 of 82)18 of 19 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 17th, 2011
Okay, here goes. I've contemplated getting Tool for a while, missing the cutoffs for pre-orders twice actually. When I was finally able to hold it in my hands (after really fast shipping from Penguin Magic), I was severely disappointed.
The reason for my disappointment was that the gimmicks arrived completely bent, with deep gouges in the card boxes because of the DVD case that they were shipped in. Maybe it's just me, but I think if you're gonna sell a trick that revolves around such a prominent gimmick, you ought to package it a little better than sticking it in a slim DVD case.
I thought maybe I could fix it, use a different card box, but I shouldn't have to do extra construction for 34.99. I'd also like to note that my gimmick arrived with a lot of dried glue marks, and misaligned edges. Maybe I'm being finicky, but I just can't feel compelled to try and fix a gimmick that shouldn't have these flaws in the first place.
To be perfectly clear, this is not Penguin Magic's fault. In fact, they agreed to give me a store credit which I would happily accept to buy Chris Ballinger's Redemption. I'm not going to get into which trick is better, they both have strengths and weaknesses. However, I noticed (through several YouTube unboxings) that Redemption is shipped in box, with actual padding that keeps the gimmick from getting crushed in transit. Redemption also shows you how to remake the gimmick, something that Tool's ad copy only claims to do.
But differences between the two tricks aside, if you've made up your mind to purchase Tool or any gimmick of the sort, you may want to purchase it with a shipping method that packs it an actual box, and not a padded envelope that might be subject to being squashed under other mail to be delivered.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 16th, 2011
Please do not get me wrong but this purchase was not my favorite of all. My main concern wwas the way the gimmick was made. I live in Nyc and i was out with the gimmick in my pocket ( as it should be HANDLED) and when i took it our to perform it completely deteriated in the heat. Completely. Shot. This completely changed my view on the product. A nice idea but the durability of the gimmick was very dissapointing.
Good Effect,Bad Service Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 28th, 2011
On my first live performance of Tool, a spectator spilled a full glass of wine on my cards, card box and everything. I emailed David Stone directly and asked if could purchase a replacement for that single deck. I've never heard back from him ... Not even a "no.".
So I searched the net to find the secret something I would need, found it and made my own set. Turns out it looks, feels snd works better than the original. So David loses a paying customer for life and I learn how to make a better "tool" than the original. Fair trade, I guess.
Great--after some alterations Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 27th, 2012
I received the package last week and the first thing I noticed that the gimmicks were POORLY made. It was so bad that I had to rip the thing apart and recreate the gimmick. It's not too difficult to do and I would recommend it because the packaged gimmick doesn't even hold your complete deck. Once I re-engineered the gimmick, I love it. I carry it with me all the time. As for the DVD...you might as well just toss it in the trash. It's terrible. There are some good routines but most are fairly basic and once you start playing with the gimmick you will come up with a ton of stuff on your own.
Best Investment Ever!!!!!!!! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 7th, 2011
This is an awesome gimmick that can easily be used by any type of close up magician whether you perform with cards or not. This wont sit at home in your magic drawer. It will be in your case 24 7. The gimmick is very clever. I tried to guess the secret before my purchase, and I was way off. No one will ever suspect this. I have a friend that likes to be a wise guy and always ask: Can I examine those cards? This time even he was freaking out when he looked through my completely ungimmicked deck. Sure, you don't end completely clean, but honestly, how many people are going to to ask to see the box? And if they do, this can be fixed with a little sleight of hand. Also the DVD isn't to die for, but it gets the job done. Regardless of these two negatives, this package is well worth twice the price. Add to cart and make one of the best magic investments you've ever made.
Tool is almost perfect Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 29th, 2011
David Stone's "Tool" is a great utility device for creating 'impossible' card effects. The teaching DVD accompanying the device has Mr Stone demonstrating a number of effects but I am sure an imaginative card worker could develop many more uses. The only caveat would be that overuse of the device in front of the same audience would likely create suspicion. Mr Stone's teaching is silent, demonstrating the methods without an accompanying commentary. I would have preferred hearing more from Mr Stone but that may be because my version of "Tool" came with David Stone's book "Close up - The Real Secrets of Magic". After reading the book I really wanted to hear from that over-the-top, ballsy guy. Nothing taught would be beyond the skills of most people with even rudimentary card skills. (I include myself in this category). Recommendation: Buy.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 5th, 2011
The gimmick is not the best quality ( The cards will not fit in the box) and the DVD could have some better explanations ( the explanations have no sound), but the effects are so visual and the reactions make it completly worth the price.
Nice utility device Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 20th, 2011
This device basically allows you to vanish a card. This can produce the effect of causing a card/color change, of course. I highly recommend this trick, but be aware -- you are not going to be doing this trick twice, close up, for a group of people who have a brain. The second time, they are going to focus on the prop, and the gimmick is visible close up (something you cannot see in the videos). You have to at least Flash the gimmick once after the change occurs. The first time you do this, they will not be looking for it and you are fine. The second time, a lot of heat on the prop. Unless you are performing for children, in which case you could do a whole series of tricks for them. Also note that the gimmick takes up the space of 4 or 5 cards, so you cannot pack an entire deck with this into the case.
I only gave this a four because it is not quite as clean as what you would expect. You cannot let the specs examine the prop (unless you can dispose of the gimmick). If you are used to carrying a deck around to do card tricks, you should own this and keep the deck packed with it. It's a good purchase, and will produce at least one highly amazing effect without fear of discovery.
Nice utility - Poorly Packaged Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 13th, 2012
David Stone needs to invest in a bit thicker dvd case to accomadate the gaffs. mine too came a little bent and have some crimp marks from being squeezed in the ultra thin dvd case. Nothing I cant fix or even live with but poor quality for the price. Not at all the fault of Penguin as it was packaged and shipped well. David should send extra gaffs to Penguin to replace for all who experience this problem.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 28th, 2011
You can perform this trick completly surrounded and in extreme close up situations. Everything is as clean as in the video, you don't have to hide something or take something away. The reset takes just a second so it's perfect for table hopping.
There are 11 professional routines on the DVD and they are all second to none. If you think outside the box you can perform even more routines using TOOL. Here are a few of my ideas using it:
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In my opinion this is one of the best close up tricks you can buy for so less money! I highly recommend it.
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