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The Cooler by Christian Engblom (DVD + Gimmick) Best. Deck. Switch. EVER. Pros don't just love it -- THEY USE IT. LIMITED SUPPLY NOW SHIPPING. MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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"The most beautiful deck switch I have ever seen." -David Blaine
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The deck switch Pro's are using Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 8th, 2012
When you've been involved in magic for any length of time, you come across a routine that requires a deck switch. Most Magicians skip over the trick because they don't feel comfortable switching decks while performing for real people. It's too bad, because there are so many fantastic routines you can do with a deck switch.
Christian Engblom has solved the problem with "The Cooler". Now this deadly, sneaky sleight can be done right out in the open thanks to The Cooler.
No more fear, or "Magician's guilt" to stop you. You can now perform miracles of card magic thanks to The Cooler.
Cold on the Cooler Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 8th, 2012
Just received mine the other day and I've spent quite a bit of time trying to make it operate smoothly. So far, despite the effort, I'm not seeing this as a viable tool under actual performance conditions. The specific are too difficult to explain without tipping the method, which may already be obvious in the demo, but this one is going into the junk magic drawer. Sorry, wish I had a better review as I really wanted to like this item.
Really Cooler.. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 11th, 2012
I come from a background where a deck switch... See Dean Dills Blizzard. The panic I had every time I performed this effect was obvious but I still got away with it... On monday I got my cooler and the day of panic ended!!! If you are coming from an expert move you will like this effect you will like this. If you are coming from a beginner state this is probably not for you.
Imagine doing an invisible deck and forgetting it at the table, imagine doing Bill Malone's 654 club and ACTUALLY have the spectator shuffle the deck, the same deck you have been using the whole entire time.
I have used this deck professionally 5 times minus the numerous times on family and friends and it has never failed. This is truly awesome and just listen to bonus Explanation you receive soon after to iron out those bugs.
The cooler is pretty hot. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 24th, 2012
After watching the trailer for The Cooler, I made whatever sacrifices in my budget to make sure that I got it that very second. After recieving it, I was slightly disappointed because I thought that it would have been slightly more "clean", but that doesn't mean that I don't love it, I do.
Since I primarily use artifice decks, I spray painted "the gimmick", to fit the particular color scheme that went with the artifice decks. It looks much more clean and visually examinable with black decks than with white decks due to shade complications.
I do agree with one of the previous reviewers that you cannot display it for too long or it will probably be noticed. I also do not agree with the creator's own applicatioin on numerous fronts in his own presentation. I do agree that the creator wasn't that creative in giving a variety of routines and applications. He could have done one of the most visual color changing deck routines ever, but he didn't even entertain the idea.
The Cooler Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 22nd, 2012
The Cooler is a great idea that isn't nearly as bullet proof as the ad and glowing testimonials suggest. The actual handling on the table is fine, EXCEPT that you don't want the gimmick near a spectator or on display for long. Any spectator who looks at the card box for more than a few seconds will begin to wonder why it looks so strange. Am I being paranoid? Just a bit, but no amount of misdirection will compensate for a gimmick that looks less than innocent and a spectator who is extra inquisitive (we've all had them, right?) That said, I really like the in-the-hands deck switch. The gimmick is in play for just a few seconds and the switch happens on the offbeat and away from the table. I wish Christian had spent more time thinking about and explaining in-the-hand switches, as I believe this is a better use of the gimmick. Just my opinion, but based on performing professionally for corporate audiences for 30+ years. Cheers.
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It is not for a worker!!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 26th, 2012
This is just an overrated, actually unpractical product. There was a big talking about it (wizard product review) but only for advertisement. This product is not good!! It is so obvious, if the spectator isn't blind he sees that the box looks soooo unreal! It is so big, makes sounds, you have to be very careful about moving it, you can't lift it off the table, so many limitations! Don't get this, get a deck shell, or switch the deck in your pocket in the off-beat, which is the easiest way to do a switch. Overpriced, overrated, you won't use it, maybe on tv or in a parlour show, where the people are not close up...
Concept is great... but still in the prototype phase Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 24th, 2012
The gimmick is new and unique. However you need to create your gimmick when you buy it along with purchasing some little extras to finish making the already $50 gimmick. For stage it works great but sadly even being $50 it is not made to be preformed close-up. Just the design of the gimmick itself looks fake. It does work but its bulky. It will last you forever and you will be able to do amazing effects with it just keep the spectators as far away from the gimmick as possible. If you can do that get it because it is a great idea.
Cool Your Jets Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 8th, 2012
Put the Cooler and a regular Bicycle deck side by side and, yowsa, there is a big difference. It is not something that I would risk close up. The fit and finish of the Cooler just doesn't measure up and Bicycle deck parts are too small to fit the large skeleton.
However, in a standup routine it works pretty well. Just coreograph the move properly and it is indeed a smooth switch.
I always am skeptical about pro endorsements and this one by Mr. Blaine is no exception. Mr. Blaine says it is "the most beautiful deck switch I have ever seen." Big woop. What exactly does that mean? Has he ever used it in his act?
Anyway, realize what you are getting, and cool your jets!
not easy Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 19th, 2012
hi, it,s my first review but surely not the last because i,m sure i will buy many other items from penguin. I think the cooler is a great device and a great way to change a deck in full view of the audience, but, on the other hand, it takes a lot of practice to take the most from it,which it is not bad at all. I would recommend this if you are ready to spend time in practice
Could be assembled for the price Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 9th, 2014
A neat concept, but poorly made. Surprised Blaine would put his name behind it to be honest.
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