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Hands Down by The Other Brothers - DVD
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This is, quite simply, one of the best close-up mentalism effect we have seen in the last few years. It's that good. You ask someone to write down the name of a friend. They hide the paper behind their back. You can tell them which hand the paper is hiding in, and then you divine the name of their friend.

Sometimes combining two great effects causes confusion. But sometimes the combination makes BOTH effects stronger. In this case, a center tear is combined with the "Which hand?" premise, and they work seamlessly together. The presentation guides the spectator logically from one amazing effect to the next. "Hands Down" takes less than two minutes to perform and leaves a memory that will last a lifetime.

There are multiple versions of this simple, but ingenious principle taught. In one version, you show the audience that you can keep track of every time the participant swaps hands. And another version uses the principle with playing cards, ending with a thought-of card reveal.

The effect is easy to do, explained in great detail, and does not involve any special apparatus (no magnets, rings, electronics, etc.). You can do it with objects found in any bar or venue.

Running time: 22 minutes.

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fun and totally impromptu Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 1st, 2016
"This is a sure fire, 100% hitting which hand routine that is sure to please. And if you're already doing a which hand routine, im sure you'll switch your old standard out for this one in record time."
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 7th, 2016
The method behind the effect is easy to learn and very workable. The "Other Brothers" explain the core concept in a simple and concise manner (no BS and not a lot of chit chat). I like this because they do not overcomplicate things.

In the DVD, they present 3 ways on how you could routing the Hands Down concept.
1.) A Which Hand routine where the performer writes a prediction in a post it note and folds it, hands it to the spectator, goes through the Which Hand routine, and in the end the prediction matches which hand holds the post it note.
2.) A Which Hand routine where the performer asks the audience to write anything in a post it note, goes through the Which Hand routine, and in the end correctly guesses the hand that holds the post it note, and divines what was written in the post it note. (this, in my opinion, is the strongest routine in the DVD.Impromptu and direct) This routine is 2 magic effects in 1. One revelation stronger than the previous one.
3.) A Which Hand routine where the performer asks the spectator to select a card, asks the spectator to fold the card in quarters, goes to through the Which Hand routine, and in the end correctly guesses which hand holds the folded card, and correctly names the chosen card. (Although not impromptu, this also is a strong piece of effect with playing cards)

Also, in the DVD, they explain how to do a basic center tear (not my preferred method), and also teach how to force a card.

Will I use the "Hands Down" principle. Yes. I believe the principle works best and works stronger when used with other effects. As a stand alone, I don't think it is strong enough to wow the spectators that's why I believe that the 2nd routine in the DVD was the best that they presented because it involves 2 effects in 1 routine. I would also suggest learning a better Center Tear method other than the one presented in the DVD to further improve on the 2nd routine that they shared.

This effect is simple, workable, practical, and priced right. I highly recommend this!
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Terrific principle loaded with possible applications Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 16th, 2016
I am a total sucker for three types of impromptu mentalism effects: positive/negative, rock-paper-scissors, and "which hand." This is a wonderful way to accomplish "which hand." It's very deceptive, especially if you use the subtleties that the guys give you, and there's a whole lot less mental work involved than even Tequila Hustler or V. My favorite routine would be the one that combines "which hand" with a divination of what is written on the piece of paper. I would do the second part differently (so that I don't have to worry about a move in a close-up environment), but it'll play exactly the same way--just great. If you have even a passing interest in this type of routine, get this. It's worth it.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 19th, 2016
I did this last night about 10 times and it was so awesome. I used coins, cards and bar napkins as mediums.
Beware of people who have OCD as they tend to try to analyze everything.
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