Finding My Assistants (4/5)
This is "spiced up" spectator cuts to the aces. It's super easy to
perform, and the set up is simple. This is one of the ones that fooled me twice. Probably the best
part about this particular method is the the work on the cut deeper F****. This is the part that
fooled me. This idea alone is worth studying this effect, even if you don't do the ace-cutting
routine. Additionally, the routine is one of the few where Malone gives you more than "just a basic
presentation." You get a little bit more of a fun presentation with him and the audience. It's clear
that this one has been in his repertoire for quite a while.
Spectator Cuts The Aces II and
Yet another spectator cuts to the aces routine. This one has a couple of nice key
Kodak moments, if you will. The handling is very clean and very clever. You also get two more bonus
methods. Although the bonus methods are not as groovy as the primary method, they're still clever.
The third bonus idea is probably a magician fooler, but requires a certain performing environment
Push-Thru Failure (with Skinners Phase) (3.5/5)
I like this one a
lot, but the middle phase is a little fidgety and doesn't flow well. However the 1st and last phase
are nice. The last one in particular is a great finale and fooled me again.
This is a fun banter-y piece with a selection and the aces. It's
pretty to watch, and it's pretty smooth.
Instant Mental Sandwich (4/5)
The impact of
this is stunning. It's not the easiest move to master, but if you do, you'll have a miracle. In
Malone's hands it's beautiful. There is one minor thing that bothered me in the explanation. I can't
really say much without revealing the method, but let me just say that the set up for this effect
puts you in position for a miracle outcome that Malone doesn't mention. In fact, if you do exactly
what he says during the set up, you will screw up the effect 1 out of 52 times.
This is basically the same effect as the one above (a mentally thought of card
appears between two face-up queens that have been sitting in front of the spectator the whole time).
This one is a bit more angle-y, but the effect looks so much cleaner and so much more impossible.
The Gambler Outdone (4/5)
This one's a bit technically demanding and uses a minor set
up. However, it just may be worth it. It's beautiful to watch, and Malone completely fooled me with
a move that we ALL do ALL the Time. I can't believe I fell for it. It just goes to show you that
presentation is everything. His presentation and patter allowed this move to slide right by me. If
you're a fan of the Gambler vs. Magician plot, then you'll want to check this one out.
Sixy Trick (4/5)
I really like this one. It has some great lines and very funny presentation
potential. It's a bit technically demanding, but worth it.
Ed Marlo's Comedy Classic (5/5)
This one made me laugh out loud multiple times. It's very similar in effect to Sixy Trick, but
much easier and a lot funnier. This is another one that I'll be experimenting with in my casual
Everready Black Routine (4/5)
Alright. I confess, I was totally fooled
again by this one. This is an effect made more for magicians, and the presentation is pretty bland,
but seems impossible. You have to be able to do a perfect faro, but will totally fry magicians. I
still haven't quite mastered the faro. If I could do the faro, I'd be doing this one next week to my
magic buddies. However, if you're not a fan of the faro, I don't know that this effect justifies the
time to learn the faro. Also, you can still do 2 of the 3 phases without the faro.
This is a pretty clean open travelers-style routine. It does not use any extra
cards, but is a little angle-y. Also, if you're familiar with Open Travelers by Jennings or Harris's
work on the plot, you've seen the invisible palm "lay down" move. Malone does this move better than
anyone I've ever seen. It' really looks like his just places his hand on the card, and when he lifts
up, there's another one. One thing I don't like, however, about this version is that the magic
moments seem to decrease in impact as the routine progresses. Also, I felt Malone rushed through the
performance and squashed many of the magic moments.
Eight-Card Oil and Water (3/5)
Crap! Another one that fooled me twice. The third phase completely nailed me; it's one of the
coolest and visual moments of magic I've seen in a long time. Those who know me, know that I'm not a
fan of the oil and water plot, and this isn't even best version out there, but there are some clean
moments/highlights in this routine that you don't see in others. The third phase, in particular, is
just beautiful and looks like real magic. I thing this move alone is worth learning for the many
other possible uses it could have. Also, this version only uses 8 cards, the four red and four
black. There are no hidden or extra cards.
Refined Oil and Water (4/5)
This one is a
little prettier but not as "pure" since you use an extra card. However, there are some great visuals
that you can't get when using no extras. All-in-all, this version is a bit easier and a bit more
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