I love Wayne Dobson. I love what he does. But this is a total misfire. I'll say this: If you've got
a comedy act, and based on the demo put forth you conclude this will be a perfect addition to said
act. i guarantee your act isn't as funny as you perhaps hope.
I know the curtain is
pulled back for me when it comes to comedy. I'm jaded. I get it. So take this all with a grain of
salt: I perform most my non corporate shows in a town where you can throw a rock and hit 50 comedy
theaters and 70 improvisational venues. Places with fresh voices and original points of view. Given
that, I can't imagine a scenario where I would attempt this without apologizing before during and
after. Make no mistake I'm not above goofy, absurd, even moronic material. I love it. As long as
it's in service of something and has a semblance of logic (even absurd logic) As written and
performed this is not only illogical, it's anticlimactic, predictable, repetitive, and worst of all,
antithetical to my understanding of this art.
I'm also gobsmacked at the arrogance of
the creators. Are they REALLY under the impression they invented the "wacky misunderstanding"
storytelling device? I'm pretty sure that tired premise platued midway through the first season of
Are you ok with a paper thin sitcom plot where 2 dimensional
characters deliver the same weathered joke ad nauseam. All the while forcing their scene parters to
regurgitate one word payoffs to set up lines no one would ever say? If so this is for you.
To be fair: A lot of it suffers in the presentation. (and I know all involved are MUCH better)
I could see how this premise could work with a lot of script doctoring and a 180 redirect of the
performance. A performer with seasoned acting chops playing it totally straight might pull it off.
I could see a performer slowing starting to stutter and stammering his way through his normally
foolproof patter. Frazzled at first, but inching ever closer to a nervous breakdown with each
utterance. All (of course) without the slightest idea anything funny is going on. Certainly
without pooching the joke (such as it is) right out of the gate and NEVER mugging to the audience as
if to say "look how clever all this is?" The second the performer does a take, winks, or shows
even a twinkle of insincerity, it's sunk. Also it doesn't seem to occur to anything that the instant
he writes "sex" on the card everyone is going to know where it's going. The bit is over. The effect
is over. Not a person in that (or ANY crowd ever) thinks she's thinking about sex from that moment
on. So they are looking for the twist that never comes. You owe them a lot more than "eat, and I
knew it all along!" don't you think? That's not a payoff, it's a blowoff.
it's a soulless, witless, unispired mess. (and I am the idiot that fought this sight unseen) Boring
at best. Misogynistic at worst. And make no mistake, that's what this is. A performer takes a
(willing) female volunteer and turns her into the butt of his non-joke. All while crawling at a
snails pace toward an ending the audience arrived at long ago. Some may be holding out hope a
surprise ending. I guess "that was it?" is a kind of surprise.
Full disclosure, I bought
this sight unseen. I'm an idiot and I deserve what I get.
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This is great comedy if presented well... and with a great force it is powerful mentalism too.
Unfortunately the demo is not a real good example of what this effect could be. If Wayne performed
it he would take the house down.
It's very easy to adjust as how far you want to go with. I
prefer to perform it with a man (selecting the right person for this effect is very important).
Also take care that the spectator can't see what you are writing, this could ruin the
effect (I think this is very important and not done very well in the demo video. Lay audiences can
also read your arm or hand movement, especially with a large and simple word like sex).
Remember that it's extremely difficult to find mentalism that is funny...
Naturally it's important that the force is really clean to make it a good mentalism effect. And
the force Wayne provided really is very good! It is a little bold but I really love this force. Most
people that know me also know how much I love Brett Barry's SvenPads (I wrote the eXtreme SvenPad
Supreme Book) and these SvenPads would work really great with 'Waynes Exchange' too. The force
provided (that is done with some credit cards) is also very very strong. There are NO long/short
cards, no rough and smooth... and no magnets, no wires:-) It's a very simple force! It is low tech,
it is VERY easy to do and it is also a real magicians fooler if presented well... And I know because
I fooled some clever magicians with it.
In the right hands this can be a real winner and a
lot of fun!!!
By Wayne Dobson... so BUY IT!!!
I never take time to write reviews. Was turned on to this by my buddy Will Fern and ordered it
immediately. I can honestly say this is one of my best purchases this year. It is so much fun and
worth every penny!
You can't go wrong with this routine, perfect for parlour, stage and even close-up (which the DVD
also covers). This is not about baffling magic (although the method will indeed fool people), it is
about a perfect comedy routine that will always get laughs - this is the sort of piece that gets you
rebooked - it's simply that good. Bravo Wayne!
Sure this trick is a little risque, but it is entertainment gold! Once you buy this trick, and
therefore the performance rights, you can tailor it to your audience. It's very easy to do, and so
therefore you can concentrate on the performance.
I performed it for my company's
Christmas party and it went over quite well!
I Did this routine last week for the first time and it absolutely kills. It's hilarious and gives a
great wow moment at the end. The cards supplied are better or at least as good than regular bikes
IMO, because they are ply-able stock and have a better plastic coating. They don't look like playing
cards either which is a plus for an effect like this. I do think that they can smudge on the backs
easily with fingerprints but no one but one person on stage sees the backs of the cards for a few
seconds of time. The cards are not heavily scrutinized at all. I love this routine and if you want
to add a very easy to do effect that can guarantee you to not only get laughs but get the audience
on your side I highly recommend this.