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Sticky by Kevin Schaller and Oliver Smith (DVD) FOUR miracles with a pack of gum. NOW SHIPPING. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Sticky contains 4 strong effects that you can perform using chewing gum. All the effects are very practical, organic, easy to perform and will leave your spectators astonished.
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Customer Reviews (showing 1 - 10 of 24)5 of 6 magicians found the following review helpful:
Organic and Clever Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 2nd, 2012
Sticky has been my favorite magic purchase in quite some time. I am a Hypnotist, so I love magic that can be presented as influencing the thoughts of others. So I bought this for the Marked and the Mental Gum presentations but the Torn & Fused and the Push Through presentations also blew me away.
On to the review:
Dvd quality and production. It is pretty good...I never expect George Lucas type directing when it comes to Magic DVD's the camera work was decent and the sound quality was pretty good. The outside performances are in German but you will understand what is going on because Kevin explains it so well on the inside performance. 8.5/10
Torn & Fused: Very clever I wasn't thinking "Why didn't I think of that" because I don't think I ever would have. I was thinking "how did they think of using that product to do that. The set up is easy. The handling is pretty straight forward. It should not take more than a couple minutes of practice to get the one move down. Score 9.5/10
Push Through: I know its a funny thing to say about a trick using gum but this is pure eye candy! The method is incredible. It's a forehead slapper because you can't believe your eyes just deceived you like they did. 9/10
Marked: Mentalism at its finest. Uses an incredibly easy method so you can concentrate on presentation. A one time set up and you can do this anytime anywhere. You can even use a spectators new pack of gum. 10/10
Mental Gum: This is the main trick I bought the DVD for and it does not disappoint. The method is fantastic, The set up is easy and extremely clever.10/10
You can tell that Kevin and Olli put a lot of thought into this DVD and asked themselves the questions that we as magicians would have asked. They have taken their time and created some really organic pieces of astonishment. 47/50 is incredible for a DVD and I am impressed.
4.5 stars Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 9th, 2012
First blush impression after watching DVD:
Torn & Fuzed This is one of those times that the method is cooler than the trick itself. You could have given me a hundred guesses on the method and I would have been wrong a hundred times. Very clever thinking. Unfortunately the effect leaves something to be desired. In a perfect world, youd tear off the foil exposing the gum, then grab red foil from a different pack and reseal it with the odd color. Not sure fuzing has quite same impact or even makes much sense. But the method...
Push Through Another very clever effect. If you gave me one guess on how this one was done, Id get it right. Yeah, I (and Im sure many of you) have a pretty good idea from watching the demo how this must work, but none-the-less, very smart thinking. I imagine there could be some room condition issues here, but I like.
MentalGum Super clever. Not sure if Id really work this hard to regularly perform this, and it is angle-sensitive, but I love the effect and the thinking.
Marked- I figured this might be a dry erase marker trick. I was wrong. I like. Super simple and smart. I was afraid the demo might not be fair, but it actually is. Unquestionably my favorite effect on the DVD. And probably the only one I would perform with any regularity.
Overall, I love this DVD and wish there were more releases like it. It reminds me of how Jay Sankey and Paul Harris used to think. And its exactly the kind of stuff youd find in Paul's AOA books. My most creative (though not always most practical) thinking took place years ago when I filmed Catapult! I had more time to screw around and experiment back then. Clearly these guys have that kind of time. Im jealous. Watching this makes me want to pick up a pack of mints and stare at it until it gives.
Very inspiring stuff, here. Nice job guys.
Amazing! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 26th, 2012
I love these tricks. The best ones (in my opinion) are the mentalism effects. Both effects are so easy and clever and the best part about it is that the spectator does all the magic (in the eyes of the audience)! I love any effect where you help a spectator realize and connect with the magic within them. Very powerful and it will get huge reactions (because they applaud for themselves).
Very entertaining watching a magician perform in German. Great quality dvd. Highly recommended.
Great work gents!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 12th, 2012
Just recieved Sticky and I can say that I am extremely happy with my purchase.
You would never be able to guess how Torn and fuzed is done no matter how many times you watch the video or see an actual performance. I really like this effect. It can used with a variety of gum packs that I have already found thta have different and unique back designs. Even though this is my least favorite trick on the DVD it is very creatively done Kevin.
When I first tried Push Through I didn't think it would look this visual.. Easiest trick to perform on the DVD and it really looks like pure magic in front of the spectator. I think many people will figure out how it was done however. Just my thought.
Mental Gum is fantastic. There is the angle issue. Not great for a large group, buy easy to pull off for 2-3 people. A little bit of management is needed here. The reason I really enjoy it is that the gum can be popped out of the pack after you have revealed the marking on it. Really nice work Kevin. This will fry peoples mind. Nice mentalism touch here.
Marked is a fantastic gimmick. You are very creative in coming up with this. Just a small amount of practice needed on where to postion the pack and create the magic. I think that this will be performed the most by myself to friends and family. You can even use their borrowed pack of blister gum. Best trick on the video by far.
Thanks for a great DVD. Cant wait to see what you come up with next.
Very commerical Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 25th, 2012
This was well worth the money. The tricks taught are all very easy to do (with superb methods, well taught and the effects are both organic and commercial with little reset involved
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 10th, 2012
It is nice to see that multiple tricks that using a chewing gum is included in a single DVD.
Although none of them are impromptu, the preparation is not hard and the handling is easy. Most importantly, the effects look very cool and organic.
The DVD is well produced, all tricks include studio and live performances and the teaching is very clear and easy to follow. Highly recommended.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 29th, 2012
This was a great purchase. All four routines are easy to perform. You wont be disappointed.
agree with another post, 4.5 stars Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 6th, 2012
I already have several blister gum tricks in my back pocket that I perform every week. This one only expands that routine so that the couple that I have make sense in a full walk up based on a gum pack alone.
I gave it 4.5 stars because it is priced to high for the depth of teaching $25 would be more reasonable. You are going to have to think CONCEPTS here. The magic theory is great. The routines are too short and lacking in punch, so you will have to take the concept and make it great.
Which isn't hard to do, you'll just have to do it yourself.
The prediction piece is the best one. I have handed the pack out with the gimmick in place to my toughest critics and they did not discover what i did to choose their square...so easy, I wish I would have thought of it and made $35 a pop on it...
Buy it if you want to learn some great concepts to add to your gum routines.
Brilliant, creative thinking and knockout effects Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 14th, 2012
Kevin Schaller and Oliver Smith are clever young men. Very clever young men. They have devised various ways for an apparently ordinary Trident pack of gum to become a vehicle for killer magic and/ or mentalism effects.
This is one of those DVDs where the secrets are every bit as satisfying as the effects you see on the trailer. My favourite? Hard to choose but probably Mental Gum. This inexplicable effect will kill spectators and the secret is seriously clever.
Schaller does a lovely job of clearly explaining the secrets, set-up and presentation.
I'm very excited to perform each of these...oh and look out for the extra effect on your My Penguin section after purchase.
Loses a star because:
- 5 stars should only be assigned to perfection. Can such a thing be achieved?
- I bought this as a special offer, but 30 dollars full price is quite hefty
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 13th, 2013
This is a really cool DVD it was helpful and the gimmicks are very easy to make
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