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Matchbox Mystery (BRASS) The perfect BAR trick. This one fools EVERYBODY. A match impossibly fits through a hole in a matchbox FILLED WITH A SOLID METAL BLOCK. NOW SHIPPING. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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A "virtually undectable" gaff that really is! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 12th, 2014
Whenever I see a gaff advertised as "virtually undectable" I cringe, having experienced too many that were far from it (Captain & Coke anybody?)But I was thrilled to see the quality machining that went into this piece.
While I'd probably classify this as more of a puzzle than a magic trick in the traditional sense, it is indeed worth every penny.
I like that it's compact for walk-around. I like that you can switch out the match box for a local one. I love the sound the box makes when you drop it on the table or plate. This is just a quality effect.
Finally, I wanted to address one part of the demo where he covers the box with his hand before dropping it for the reveal. This is entirely unnecessary and attracts needless suspicion that you palmed the metal, which isn't even close to true.
An all-around "outside of the box" effect. Good work!
Matchbox Mystery Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 4th, 2014
Almost a century ago as a young boy starting out in magic I had this effect. It was well made then and it is well made now.
Back in those days most men carried boxes of matches with them. Then came the ubiquitous and cheap lighters which did away with matchboxes, and then came the second hand smoke people who did away with cigarettes and cigars in public space.
So, the most difficult part of this effect is explaining why you have a box of matches. Once you get past that, it is terrific. I personally use a story about the classic illusions - levitation and boxes on stage and sawing in half or piercing an assistant with a sword. I mention that I have encountered a miniture version of all of those things.
'Imagine - this as a magician's box, with a beautiful assistant therein - and picture this match as a sword.'
With great seriousness I pierce the box with the match and say, "I can almost hear the assistant screaming. Maybe I should have levitated her.'
"But you probably can guess how this was done - a simple box with a hole in it and a trusty match. Here try it.'
Once the spectator has tried and found resistance, I ask him or her to open the box and check out the assistant. "Rather heavier and more solid than your ordinary assistant. No wonder I didn't levitate her.'
Easy to do, spectacular effect that seems to happen in the spectator's hands. Easy to do as the magic is done where there is no heat on the objects - and then they are in the spectator's hand.
This was a no-brainer 5 star rating.
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Fantastic! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 10th, 2014
When I ordered and received this effect, I was a little disappointed when I opened it. I immediately knew the secret and thought to myself "If I noticed it that quickly, the spectators will". HOWEVER.....
After examining the "how to.." video I discovered that this was merely because the setup was not completed correctly. After about 5 - 10 minutes of practice, I had the routine down, and was performing for my usual test subjects. They loved it!
For the time required to learn this effect you really CANNOT go wrong and I will be adding this to my "always on my person" list as it can be very impromptu. Perform, disappear for 2 minutes to reset, and you're ready to go again!
- Easy to learn (literally mastered in minutes)
- Can be done with vast majority of matchboxes, not just the one that comes in the package. The instructional video even gives you the "How to" for preparing your own matchboxes!
- High Quality gimmick
- Very powerful impact, for very little effort on the magician's part!
- None. Really - I thought about this for 20 minutes.
Bottom line: I really cannot recommend this effect enough!
Good Kindling for Opening Close-up Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 15th, 2014
If you want something to carry with you as an all-occasion close-up effect, this is worth getting. An excellent trick - especially for those occasions when your mind is burned out and you need a bulletproof prop to help carry your burden.
No Cards & No Coins Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 12th, 2014
This trick can be great for any occasion. At a bar, out chilling with friends, family gatherings or you can even incorporate this into your walk around gigs. Takes up little pocket space and definitely a nice change from cards & coins. Other recommended tricks other then cards & coins I recommend are listed below:
Ring Leader by Gregory Wilson
Haunted Doll by Rogue
Ignition by Chris Smith
5&1 Transpo by Jay Noblezada
Drawn again by Danny Archer
Mysterious but not earth shattering Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 20th, 2014
Ok. Perhaps it's my banter, but the Matchbox Mystery seems to overreach a bit. I've performed it and had a pretty unimpressed reaction. The gimmick is well made and pretty clever, but I've had problems getting anyone to really care about it. They assume its a gimmick and, given enough time, they'll figure it out. I guess I'd hoped for more. I'll use it, but I won't bank on it getting much of a reaction. Plus, a block of brass is a pretty unusual and suspicious object. I wish it was some other, recognizable, every day object that was revealed at the end of the mystery.
Pretty good Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 18th, 2014
I like this a lot, it's a little more portable than there versions, takes up small pocket space and is a lot of fun to play with. I gave it a knock because it's a little "sticky" on the reset. It should have a little but I feel like the one I had years ago was a little easier to get back to the "starting point."
Don't buy this if you want to perform this 100 times back to back. Resets a little weird in a room full of people. However, after the show and you are hanging out, this is a wonderful trick to talk about mystery.
If you like this version, check out Jamie D Grant's wonderful one. It's a little more expensive BUT it's a HUGE chunk and the size adds a lot to the impact.
Simply Awesome. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 19th, 2014
I got the Matchbox Mystery and it pretty cool, simple and fun to do. Anyone could do it as soon they open it. Might be alittle annoying with certain things before you perform it and reset timing suck... a lot. That why it take away one star. But you get a good reaction with this tricks. :)
Matchbox mystery Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 15th, 2014
Very easy to do and gimmick is very well made. One of my favorites. Technical friends have not been able to figure it out.
very Nice Indeed Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 25th, 2014
This is a great effect and this gimmick is wonderful! Looks great! I didn't give it a 5…because, at least with mine, I feel if an overly curious spectator where to mess with it for too long, they may discover the secret…although, I suspect that to be unlikely. However, I don't leave it in anyones hands for too long.
I dump it into their hands or on the table …as they pick it up and after they hold it for a moment or two…. I say "you look confused, let me CLEAR it up for you"…Then I take it and switch it to a clear plexiglass piece that was used for a similar effect years ago. They are left with that….. So at the end I have lapped or otherwise gotten rid of the gimmick and they have nothing to discover.
However, I have performed it many times without the Plexiglass finish and haven't been discovered yet. As I said, I believe its unlikely the secret will be discovered.
I think you will enjoy this one. It's certainly well worth $30 as opposed to a rubber pen which sells for about the same $$…..Yes, I'm still feeling that one! UGH.
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