Like everything Phill Smith does, this is a beautiful product with a unique approach. You receive a
made-up game presented as a nostalgic thrift store find complete with a carrying box, some small
cards, a game piece, and a 20-sided die. Nothing is gimmicked. Phill is a professional graphic
designer, and it shows.
The cards are laid out, and your spectator rolls the die to
genuinely select a number. (They can actually just name a number out loud, but the die is a better
approach for several reasons including the board game plot.) Based on the number, an initial card is
arrived at. Each card then directs what happens next, until the final reveal that predicted
everything in advance.
Having performed this several times now, it's been somewhat more
charming than amazing. Think "head scratcher" more than "pants wetter." I'm going to play around a
little with the patter to see if I can punch up the reveal. And despite being presented as a board
game that "works every time," it can't really be repeated for the same audience. (To be clear,
though, it does work every time. It's just that repeating it would likely tip a key part of the
I think this is a great trick to use as a change of pace in a close-up
performance or an informal gathering, especially to transition from magic to mentalism. It's also
perfect to leave on your coffee table at home when guests come over.
(spectators roll the die, move the game piece, and turn over the cards) and suspenseful, easy to do,
completely examinable, and you could even carry the cards in your wallet if you wanted to do without
The method is based on Phill's published work, but even if you're familiar with
it this is an application with high quality props. So you're also essentially getting a method that
can be applied in many seemingly unrelated effects without using the board game props or plot. If
you want more explanation of the method or lots of other effects, the book (mentioned in the
tutorial video but not named here to avoid exposing the method) is well worth it.
the combination of originality, production quality, charm, utility, portability, and ease of
performance, this gem is well worth the price.
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This is a nice little effect. Practically self working and pretty much fool proof. The method could
be applied to other effects.
The props are very nice, well made and look great.
The only problem I can see coming up is that the trick is really not repeatable for the same
spectator or group. Since the spin is that it works every time and nobody knows how. People may be
interested in seeing it work if a different number is selected but the outcome will be exactly the
same, so no bueno.
With that being said I really like every other aspect of the trick. You
just have to be able to say no.
I would give this somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. It's
fun,easy to do and a head scratcher but it's not gonna blow minds.
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Phill Smith has created one of the GREATEST, original effects that I have ever learned. The
Inexplicable Thrift Store Find is a pure mystery. No one knows how this works, except the game and
YOU! ADD TO CART & Keep Reading!
I will not expose any of the workings besides what Phill
has released; especially as I purchased this completely blinded - not knowing what I would be
getting, however I am so glad I picked this one up as I love Phill's work, I couldn't be happier.
This is such a vintage, old back in the day style props that you receive & the teaching is flawless.
Phill covers everything in one video straight through for almost 20 mins or so. I promise you will
be adding this to your kit or arsenal the moment you finish the video.
Oh by the way did i
mention that this is COMPLETELY SELF WORKING; EXCEPT! For a few minor things that have a tiny bit of
memory but honestly - Phill has already taken care of for you, so if you are a mentalist, or are
already in mentalism you may know what I am referring to so there's no worries on the memory part,
but the best thing you can do is practice practice, practice! P3. Please, don't worry about this
part - it is so minor that once you receive this and go through the process of the tutorial it will
blow your mind from the way things start to escalate with the phases as the effect builds stronger
and stronger as you continue on throughout the ITSF!
I give this my strongest
recommendation & know you will all love the creativity and originality that went into this effect.
Don't go digging for information. If you like Phill's work, and think you would like to see what
this mystery is all about there is no need to hesitate, take the opportunity while it is here you
will be glad you did! I can't wait for Phill's next release coming shortly on the Alakazam Live
Product launch! Order The Inexplicable Thrift Store Find NOW!
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Phill Smith is an extremely sharp mentalism creator and writer. Since I am familiar with his
writings, when I saw him perform this, I knew immediately which clever technique of his made it
work. And that technique is brilliant. Positives: The props look great, the patter backstory of what
the thing is is terrific, it is nearly self-working, and it is indeed puzzling. Negatives: It does
work every time, but it works exactly the same way every time. So if you perform it for a group of
folks, they will undoubtedly be clamoring for you to repeat it. You can't. And finally, while this
is a wonderful little trick, I think that it's more of a mentalist/magician stumper than a
showstopper for laypeople. It's not something like bending a coin using The Xpert or doing
PowerBall 60. For me, those things make laypeople go crazy; the effects look spooky-real. You need
to really work on this to make it spooky-real, but even then it's more of an impromptu one-off or
middle-of-the-close-up-act thing. Which isn't bad at all...
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