Cube3 by Steven Brundage - my review
What you get: A ShengShou Aurora puzzle cube in a cute
black box, along with a thin wafer-style USB stick containing 2 MP4 videos and 2 PDF files. The
cube handles great, and is smooth and quiet although if you don't already own another cube, I
suggest you purchase one (about $5 to $7) so you have a solved cube for the tricks, and an unsolved
one for learning algorithms.
Videos: The first 1.5 hour video covers solving the cube for a
complete beginner, using the CFOP Method (Fridrich method). Unlike YouTube shaky-cam videos where
other people teach this, Steven's instruction is top-notch, crystal clear and shot in HD.
Production quality, music, backgrounds, editing is pure Hollywood. His likeable personality shines
through the camera, and you'll be able to solve a cube from zero knowledge in a few hours.
The second MP4 teaches the 6 tricks you see not only in the trailer, but also on Penn and Teller
"Fool Us" show where Steven appeared (yes, he fooled them). Two interesting videos to watch are
(YouTube search: "steven brundage speeding ticket", "steven brundage fool us"), which show clear
examples of what you'll learn. All tricks use an ungimmicked cube and will require a few hours/days
of practice to get the proper handling down. Also, some tricks are much easier than the rest -
imagination solve only requires one move and can be mastered very quickly whereas the
behind-the-back solve will require more practice.
In addition to the tricks, Steven teaches
"false shuffling" methods whereas the cube looks randomized when it's not. You have complete
control over how many moves it will require to solve, thus you can formulate your own tricks or
fake-speed-solving techniques. You also learn the best moves to make the cube have the most
separate colors next to each other, so it appears difficult to solve. He went through many
variations of moves until he found the sweet spot that would fool the most people.
news is: You don't need to speed-solve a cube in order to perform the tricks. In fact, you can be a
complete cube novice and still do them, which cuts down on the practice time. Obviously, long term
you need to be able to reset your cube to "solved state" in case a spectator mixes up your cube, but
for the purpose of learning tricks, it's unnecessary.
If you have issues viewing the MP4s
on your TV or iPad (like I did), you can convert via HandBrake, a free MP4 conversion program in
order to get them on the big screen.
PDFs: The first PDF is 2 pages, and contains Steven's
beginner method in a 7-step, easy to follow format. The first page contains the steps along with
color cube pictures demonstrating the "basic solve", while the second shows you stand move notation.
I would only print out the first page personally, since the notation is really obvious after about
an hour working with your puzzle cube. The other PDF is a speed-cubing guide from
www.BadMePhisto.com, and is a fairly intimidating 3-page color document with all the F2L, OLL, PLL
algorithms. If you don't want to be a speed-cuber, you can skip this entirely. If you DO want to
speed-cube, his website contains fantastic YouTube videos showing what all that terminology means in
a simpler format.
Conclusion: Overall you're receiving 3 hours of fantastic video
instruction along with a great cube for a rediculously low price of $35. For the money, this is the
best magic deal since Liquid Metal, and I rate it complete hotsauce. Must-have.
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I first would like to point out that I had previous knowledge of how to solve the Rubik's Cube, but
with practice, this trick can be picked up by ANYONE and performed (Steven also shows you how to
solve the Rubik's Cube step by step). While not EASY, these routines are doable and produce an
incredible effect if you are willing to take the time and practice.
The effects are truly
visual masterpieces, thought up in a very clever manner and performed with virtually no limitations.
There are NO gimmicks -- it is simply a speed cube (a normal Rubik's Cube that moves faster). Not
only are they excellent effects, but they are also fun to perform. Steven leaves a lot of space for
you to develop your own routines/ideas while still instilling the key steps you need to know.
Steven describes every trick clearly and thoroughly, and from multiple different vantage points.
Not only does he teach any beginners how to solve the cube, but while explaining the actual trick,
he goes slowly and performs each effect multiple times to make sure everyone understands. These
effects and Steven's procedure and help on the DVD really separates this trick from others.
If you are unsure, or have concerns about buying this trick, (ie: you can't solve the cube yet,
you have small hands) let me put them to rest. This trick can be done by anyone and look amazing
with only focus and practice, and it is well worth that time. 5/5, and highly recommended!
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Before I got this, I had never even tried to solve a rubix cube. After just 2 days of hard work, I
am now able to solve a cube in under a minute and 45 seconds. Not record setting by any means...but
it has only been 2 days! :D
The teaching in this set is so great that i strongly believe that
you will be an expert at the cube in just days also (if you're willing to put in the effort and work
it takes to really get good at this thing.)
Once you are able to solve the cube, Steven teaches
all the tricks you might have seen in his recent spot on fool us.
The best part is, there is
no gimmick involved. Everything you see can be done with a borrowed cube! If I could give this 6
stars i would...I can't wait to start performing this routine!
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I'm a magician, but I'm also a speedcuber. I solve the rubik's cube in about 20 seconds and I solve
many kind of twisty puzzle like the rubik's cube.
So, this routine and this methods I think
that are wonderful, I love them. But I think that if you're not a speedcuber, this routine is a
little bit tricky and boring, because you have to learn to solve a rubik's cube in a good time for a
show. If you take 2 minutes to solve it, it's a really boring trick.
But, if you're a
speedcuber and magician, this trick is AWESOME! 5 stars :)
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This is the real deal, which is the very thing that makes it so great. If you have spectators that
wasn't to grab for it, let them. There is nothing to find because it is a regular cube. The
algorithms for solving the cube are very good and will only take a week or so of constant practice
to learn efficiently. Once you have this, you will destroy people with an impossible effect that
cannot be recreated by them
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I didn't really know what to expect. I am not familiar with speed cube. And I have never solved one,
ever! But I loved the idea. I have a TV show next week and I thought I could perform it. I was so
wrong. It is totally ungimmicked and you have to know how to solve the cube before you can perform
the tricks. Everything is explained by Steven in great lengths. There is a learning curve, which
means, it will be different for everyone. I start at the bottom and I don't have much time to spend
on a new piece like this one so I don't expect I will perform this in the near future. But that is
ok. I will practice and take my time. It's definitely not for everyone, but for those ready to work,
this is a real reputation maker, no doubt.
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I have been super happy with this order! I saw my friends on Facebook starting to perform the
routines from this dvd within a couple of days of the release, so I knew I had to get this! I've
never done cubic cube magic before so my first surprise was how easy the rubix cube was to use. It
moves so smoothly and as Steven says, silently. In the package you also get a USB type thing which
has the 2 DVDs on it (over 3 hours of teaching) as well as some PDF's to help along the way.
Why I love this so much is how organised it is! If you already know how to solve a rubix cube, you
can move straight onto the second dvd, however for people like me Steven teaches you everything you
need to know very clearly. He's an enjoyable guy to watch as well making teaching more fun!
It is made clear however that after watching all of this just once you won't be able to instantly do
it all! However I beleive that if you dedicate a weekend watching and re watching you could have all
these moves down by the Monday! It really dosnt seem as hard as it looks!
Overal I'd give this
10/10! The only reason being is I can't think of a negative to say about it. It is the perfect way
to go from a beginner into looking like you've dedicated your life to it yet it taking just a short
period of time! I highly recommend!
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This is an awesome piece of magic.
I was love with speedcubing as a child and finally i am able
to combine it with magic.
He teaches how to solve the cube, so that you can practice the tricks.
some methodes will take a little longer, but still its pretty easy to do, even for someone never
solved a cube. The only problem is the credibility... i think you should be able to solve the cube
under one minute to make the whole performance better (it took me two weeks, a couple of hours a
day, while watching tv or so.)
Its super fun. highly recommended
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I went from not being able to solve a rubies cube to being able to do all these cool tricks within a
week! Don't think just buy!!!!
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Finally learned how to solve a Rubik's cube and some amazing magic too. And you get a free speed
cube??? No brainer!
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