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Powerball 60 (DVD, Gimmick, US Lotto) by Richard Sanders and Bill Abbott - DVD
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The EASIEST, most PRACTICAL MINDREADING effect EVER!
POWERBALL 60 is the perfect covert tool to throw into your wallet.
No need for peeks, impressions or special wallets.
With Powerball 60, the tickets do all the work for you.
With the simple and natural action of asking the spectator to see how many winning tickets they would have had, your very special set of Powerball 60 tickets will openly reveal to you any number from 1 to 60 that the spectator is thinking of.
What's fantastic about the method is that it is so natural that even the most observant spectator will have no clue how it's done or that you have even done anything at all.
The possibilities are endless:
Upon purchase you will receive access to PowerGuide, A FREE PDF DOWNLOAD. 30 pages jam packed with amazing ideas and the keys to unlocking the hidden secrets of your POWERBALL tickets.
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- Marc Desouza
"Powerball is proven classic of magic in a super hip modern day disguise! The effect is sure fire. Bill and Richard have created another great stage size magic routine that fits in your wallet!"
- Jeff McBride
"You've taken this to another planet. I love it! "
- Larry Becker
"Perform this just once and you'll never leave home without it!"
- Bill Malone
"Original, unique and very practical. I strongly recommend you carry this with you everywhere!"
- Haim Goldenberg
"I did it last night about twenty times and it blew everyone away. Finally a great walk around trick that doesn't look like a magic trick. It blows everyone's mind, and is so simple to do!"
- Bill Herz
"I am very excited about this 'living' in my wallet!"
- Cody Fisher
"You damn Canadians with your healthcare and your cleverness! Powerball 60 is brilliant! Such a natural prop, and the routines bring an old trick to a whole new level!"
- Mike Bent
"This is fantastic!"
- John Archer
"Nothing is more pleasing for me than hiding something in plain sight, this is organic and so devious!"
- Marc Spelmann
"I don't ever do things from other creators...and I never carry anything in my pockets for impromptu performances. But with that said, I have already placed Powerball 60 in my wallet."
- Rick Maue
"Really commercial, really clever."
- David Acer
"Pretty freakin' sweet!"
- Jamie D. Grant
- Nick Einhorn
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Great AND Practical!!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
TITLE and Creator: Powerball 60 by Richard Sanders and Bill Abbott
Effect: A spectator, or multiple spectators, thinks of a number between one and sixty. After looking through your losing lottery tickets, you reveal EXACTLY which number they were thinking of.
Price: $40 on the dot
Teaching: I have to say right off the bat, I didn't watch the DVD that came with the product first. I downloaded the PDF right away because I didn't have a DVD player handy at the moment. I found that after reading the PDF that you can download that the DVD probably wasn't necessary.
To start, I will focus the review of the teaching portion on the written instructions that came via downloaded PDF from the web upon entering my product code. The PDF instructions are SUPERB. Within LITERALLY one minute I had the method down pat. The rest of the PDF goes into different presentations, some different reveals, and some different overall routines.
The PDF is well written with excellent illustrations and photos when they are beneficial. It's easy to navigate and covers MANY different things that can be done with the product, from a single person, to multiple people, to even a method that works with you not even in the same room as the person. The instructions even go so far as to give you some pretty good scripting that you can use to go with each different routine. The scripting, in my opinion, is pretty good but if you don't like what's provided it is still probably a good starting point for you to modify to come up with something that will work for you.
A few days after getting the trick, I took some spare time I had to watch the DVD, which is very well put together. The audio and video are great, the menu is nice, and the graphics/editing seem to be done very well. Richard and Bill split screen time, and each of them give you hints and tips on how to use the product.
The first bit of the DVD is an in depth explanation of how the trick works. It shows you how to do it, all the ins and outs of the product, and what you do to figure out the secret number.
It then moves on to a set of sections where Richard explains one routine, then Bill explains one routine. Those are the only routines on the DVD. The two that they show are pretty good ones, but I was hoping for some more live performances of different routines. The routines they show also only include one live performance for each one. I was hoping to get a few more views of live performances so that I could hear the patter that they use for the trick. So I was a bit disappointed with the amount of routines showcased, and the amount of live performances given.
The last section of the DVD goes into some hints and tips for what to do if you miss the secret number during the trick. Ways to play it out a bit longer so that you can make sure you've got the correct one. Things like that.
Overall, the quality of the DVD was very good, but I was hoping for a bit more out of it. Maybe I would have felt differently about the DVD had I not read the PDF first...but in terms of content the PDF absolutely SMASHES the DVD.
If you get this trick, watch the DVD definitely...but do yourself a favor and ABSOLUTELY download the PDF file from the website that is mentioned inside the package. The PDF contains so many more routines and so much more information that it is a must have for this trick.
Quality of materials: The quality of the materials, in my opinion, is absolutely perfect. The scratch off instant lottery tickets look JUST like the real thing...all the way down to the perforations on the edges where they would have been hooked together. You even have to actually scratch them off before you perform the trick, so if you so choose you could even leave some of the scratch off silver paint on the ticket. You COULD even leave them completely covered, and have your spectator actually scratch them off HERSELF and work that into the routine. There isn't much that I would change about the gimmick. Even the instructions and information on the BACK of the ticket appears to be really accurate and believable.
Difficulty: I am a beginner when it comes to magic. I've been doing some small tricks for years, but just recently got seriously interested in it as a hobby. As such, I don't have great control over tricks that require major sleights or any kind of really advanced handling. I can honestly say that this trick is DECEPTIVELY easy. Like I mentioned earlier, I literally had the method down in under a minute, and was practicing less than five minutes later. The hardest part about this trick will be not laughing when people start to react to the reveal. I have no problem saying that I don't think that anyone would have any serious trouble learning this trick. Another advantage is the fact that there is ZERO reset in order to be able to do the trick again. There might be a VERY slight reset for SOME of the routines, but for most of them the trick resets as soon as it is done, so you are ready for your next group or person.
Applications: This trick would be ideal for just about anyone. The routines given in the PDF vary from close up to on stage. So anyone could use it for close up, for street work, for restaurant work, or even for stage work. It would also be an ideal trick for any level of magician...from someone that's just getting started to a seasoned pro. Very shortly after getting the trick even a beginner will be able to perform it with good results, most of the effect (as with any effect) will be in the delivery and the words you use, but the actual trick itself will be able to be done in nearly any venue by any magician almost immediately after getting the trick.
One nice thing about this trick that seems to be a bit different than most that I have is that I don't think there's any problem performing this trick more than once for the same group. With many tricks, you don't want to perform it over and over again because someone might catch on, or the reset might be visible, or you're worried that the impact will be less...but with this trick I don't think that's quite as much of an issue. Because there is zero reset you don't have to worry about someone seeing a method...and because everything is done in the spectator's and the magician's head, there isn't any movement to catch on to. It also seems to keep the tension going after you've already done it once. My wife is my guinea pig for tricks that I get. This is one of the only tricks that I have that she has asked me to do over and over...and each time I did it she seemed even more baffled. Of course, the spectators will realize that the lottery tickets have something to do with the trick, but even after watching it several times the method still won't be clear to them. They'll just be more amazed that you get it right EVERY TIME.
In Closing: I think that this effect is absolutely awesome. I know that it's a new version of a trick that's been around for a good long while, but the lottery tickets are something that EVERYONE can relate to AND they are an everyday object, so it's not odd at all that you are carrying them around with you. From what I understand, the older versions of this trick aren't as practical and don't use an object as common as the scratch off tickets, and for that reason alone this trick is probably better than the other ones.
The DVD, in fact, in my opinion might be the only down side to this trick. I would rather have paid $10 less and NOT gotten a DVD at all BECAUSE the PDF is so good. With that said, I still VERY MUCH feel like I got my money's worth out of this trick.
Overall Rating: 10-Yes, it's that awesome.
Terrific Mentalism Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 28th, 2013
Why I waited to buy Powerball 60 is beyond me! Keep it in your wallet for a quick and devastating revelation for one or two people OR buy 2-3 sets to perform with multiple audience members in a stage setting - it plays big or small. The accompanying e-book with devious alternative methods is genius and the lotto tickets look perfect! My only complaint? Penguin, make sure you send the ticket versions requested - I specified US but instead received UK versions. Terrific effect with tons of routining possibilities. Bravo!
Wow! Wow! Wow! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 26th, 2011
This is an awesome effect. These two guys are genious. They did all the work for you. This is a truly incredible effect. An absolutely impossible effect. People just say "What the %$%$$%_!"
The great part of this effect is how easy it is to perform. Watch the dvd and you will have it down in no time (and I mean a minute or two). So easy, yet such a great effect. And very unsuspecting- Lottery Tickets. Definately part of my act and I will be carrying it in my wallet!!!
ADD TO CART NOW!!!!!!!! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
If you're into mentalism then this is a MUST BUY EFFECT! I have done this so much and I've got some of the best reactions with this effect than I have with most of my other effects and the good thing is anybody can do it with minimal practicing you could do it almost immediately after watching the DVD which is really easy to navigate as well.
Great for beginners Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 18th, 2015
This is a wonderful mentalisim trick----easy to master. I keep it in my walls and perform it whenever someone asks to see some magic!
Hard Hitting, Everyday mentalism Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 16th, 2015
I'm 100% confident to go on record and say this is the best mental effect ever put on the market. I don't have a verified buyer status for my review because I purchased mine from Richard at one of the LIVE Magic Expos, but I promise I own it :)
The effect will not only treat you well for your performances close up, but you can bring it to the stage if that suits you best, and eliminates any need for peeks, center tears, impression devices, or anything of the like. You can get the number with almost 100% certainty every time and feel comfortable performing this piece.
The only thing is I couldn't find the PDF somehow. I don't know if I'm missing anything useful, but I've already killed with this routine. I can't see how anything could possibly make it more powerful than it already is.
Long story short, its in my wallet every day. Its impromptu. Its direct. Its a guaranteed killer trick every time. I can't find anything wrong with it.
Solid Wallet Trick Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 11th, 2015
To add variety to the constant coin and card tricks, this is a nice twist. You can do it literally 1 hour after watching DVD. Fairly advertised. Takes a few days of practice to kill with it.
The prop is so professionally made, no one has ever questioned my tickets, they are as real as it gets. Worth every penny.
No reset, completely reusable, fits in my wallet. I carry it everywhere. Love it, though when I perform for scientists, they think its a math thing, which is my only frustration, true laymen are fryed.
Highly recommended! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 14th, 2015
The idea of disguising an ancient trick into lotto cards is brilliant! I don't know why some people gave negative reviews on this one. In my opinion, the way Richard and Bill present and perform this effect is logical, playful and non challenging to the spectator (which lets their guard down). And when it's time to get to the climax of the effect, BAM!
It's true that no questions are asked and no fishing. You have the information instantly and you can reveal it in a variety of ways.
I always have this with me in my wallet. I can perform for close-up or stage, for one person or for up to ten people.
Two thumbs up on this one!
Always with me Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 15th, 2015
This now lives in my wallet. Direct mentalism at its best. This is one of magic's hidden gems.
Ultra Practical Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 21st, 2015
This is an Ultra Practical, strong effect. I have it in my wallet ALL THE TIME. This is a worker and one of magic's best kept secrets. I highly recommend it.
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