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Champ by Rick Merrill (Instant Download) You've never seen ANYTHING like this. Pure fireworks with nothing but a pen and a coin. START LEARNING INSTANTLY. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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"This is the type of INSANE visual that wins world magic championships." -Maxwell Murphy

"Straight from my FISM award winning act" -Rick Merrill

You won't believe your eyes. A FISM Grand Prix Champion shares close-up magic secrets for the first time.

There are no words to describe how eye-popping Rick Merrill's CHAMP is. You just feel like a punching bag by the time it's done. It's a delight to watch, and once you learn it you'll be able to perform it anywhere you see a pen and a coin.

PROFESSIONALS: If you could practice and master only one close-up routine, this one is as good as it gets. Period. Wish I had more to say, I don't.. it's that good.

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Beautiful Routines, From the Right Angle Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 12th, 2015
I have mixed feelings about Champ, which is presented by FISM champion Rick Merrill. The two central routines on the video are beautiful. In the first a Sharpie disappears and re-appears in the magician's hands. In the second a silver dollar turns into a Sharpie and back again. Both routines are very brief, involve similar moves, and look like real magic. If anything, they're even more amazing than you would think after watching the trailers on Penguin. The drawback is that both routines seem to be highly angle sensitive. Merrill discusses this issue briefly in the video, but I wish he had gone into more depth. My impression (and I may be wrong) is that these effects work only if the spectators are directly in front of you. From that angle the tricks are devastating. But you definitely can't have anyone behind you, and I'm doubtful whether you can have anyone toward your sides. For this reason the two effets are impractical for mmost walk-around situations. They may be too risky for restaurant work too. If I learn one of these tricks, I will probably use it only in one-on-one situations, when I have a single spectator located directly in front of me who I really want to impress.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 13th, 2015
This is a very nice vanish, looks great from head on, but angles can be a problem. Seems to be a good stage effect, but would be hesitant to work it as a walk around bit unless it is a small audience standing in front of you. Working it in restaurants, the patrons sitting behind or on other tables might well see how it is done. That said, I have only practiced it a few times and am pretty quickly getting the hang of it. Based on some old principals and does require a watch. (could be a spoiler for some there. His coin and pen transpo is very clean, simple and one that I will USE in my act. I really like this effect, but it does have some limitations - works best straight on. Only reason it does not get 5 stars is due to working angles. Well worth it to learn. He also includes explanation for his coin roll and pen spin.
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Very sweet vanish and reproduction! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 12th, 2015
Dammit! I always feel conflicted when Penguin sends and email introducing a download or product... should I look at? Will I feel compelled to buy it? Will I be disappointed? I knew I had to buy it when I looked at the trailer. And, thankfully, it was well worth it! This is truly an excellent vanish/reproduction which is very accessible. The sleights are really not difficult, but the result is excellent. I purchased this at an introductory price. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is it is a little angle sensitive, so you need to think about when to introduce it depending on the context. However, this is very fast and can be impromptu. I actually mean literally can be impromptu.
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Really nice... you're gonna want some more! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 19th, 2015
This is a really, really nice download, however you're going to wanna have some more Sharpie-stunts to play around with after this! So then I really do recommend you to get the Pencyclopedia DVD by Tom Crosbie as a combo together with this trick. Get both while you're at it.
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2 or 5 stars depending Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 13th, 2015
Mr Merrill covers two routines, a pen vanish and routine and a pen becoming a coin becoming a pen. He also teaches a pen spin and a coin roll. The routines are very slick and really nice but there are some proviso's.

As you might predict the angles on the pen vanish are insane. If you are performing for one person who is straight on, or stage you are good to go, otherwise, personally I wouldn't so it though the vulnerable period is brief. Mr Merrill himself says "I realised if you were performing to someone who is straight on".

So 5 stars if you are on stage or performing to one person straight on. 2 stars otherwise as the download does teach the flip stick move, the pen roll and the coin roll and demonstrates excellent routining....but for my typical working environment no - enjoyable for me to watch, but I won't be using it anytime soon. Still a good purchase for the money.

Otherwise the routine as a whole isn't really use-able, though parts
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Not perfect, but scratches the sleight-of-hand itch Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 29th, 2016
There's a lot of fine details (especially at the crucial phase that involves the open-hands display) that Merrill skips or glosses over. Fortunately, the video production quality is good enough to allow someone really determined like me to reverse-engineer the things he doesn't explain, like the angle to hold the "holdout," the miming and covering actions, etc.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 13th, 2015
Very nice production values. Very clear step-by-step instruction with several repetitions at different speeds and angles. Bonus finger-roll and pen twirl very helpful for beginners like me. This is an excellent instructional video.
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Nice bit, but... Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 18th, 2015
I didn't find anything spectacular with this one apart from being able to briefly show both hands empty which has problem angles, but works well one on one.
Spend the additional $10 and get "The Marvelous Pencyclopedia" by Tom Crosbie instead.
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Great sleight of hand! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 25th, 2018
A remarkable use of angles, sleight of hand and creative thinking. This download is well worth its value I would have even purchased it at a higher price. Simple but knacky routines to keep you learning with organic items. A great piece for the camera!
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Amazing and easy Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 19th, 2017
This is angley (Duh) but it is a jaw dropper. It will take some audience management skills but well worth the price.

If you do restaurant work, or close-up at parties and such, people on side tables can see how some of it is done, as in many close-up magic tricks. In my experience, they never know what they are looking at, so they don't figure it out.
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