I rarely write reviews.
Simply, there are just too many of the damned things.
And, YES, I
actually paid for mine so I'm not obligated to post a glowing review, unless it is earned ;-)
That being said, sometimes, a trick is shown with a technique that is so 'perfect' and a result
that plays HUGE to any/every audience, that I just have to sit down, type, and send "kudos and
props" to the developer, Roddy McGhie.
Rarely do I 'gush' over an effect, but I love this thing.
In re: level of difficulty...
How hard is it to draw a box? A '1'...'2' maybe.
handling is easy, and most importantly, the technique is very natural.
The gimmick(s) are of
outstanding quality. They'll last a long time with normal care.
The initial gimmick 'load' is
brilliant, and the 'steal' equally so.
Both 'moves' are quick to learn and are very forgiving as
you learn. Even if you're not quite as smooth during your initial presentations, don't even sweat
it. No one will notice.
Simply, no one is looking at what you're doing. They're just thinking
about that damn door and that card you peeked at.
Then, when you 'erase' the door, total chaos
Most heard comment from my audience "...what the h*ll...
can I see the box?'
In my opinion, this is so good that I'm ordering an additional trick.
videos (a DVD and two online vids) are AOK. He addresses everything that you'll need to know to
perform this fun, fun, fun trick.
I think you can do the trick without drawing and erasing. Just showing the Dior in the back, open, close, do "the nove", hand it to the spectator asking can you open? No I only got the key..
Actually the presentation is very fine.
Unfortunately just by looking at it its easy (for me) to understand how most of it is done. I haven't seen the loading, but the cleaning is noticeable and that should be reviewed by the author.
Once we see the "cleaning" you get the entire trick, as you can understand.
But its a nice story, it has a clear surprise when you "open the door" much like the "magic pencil" series for kids, and it is definitely something that I think people would love. ESPECIALLY children. You can port this technique to so many things...
Everything with a box, I'd say. Then one has to get another cleaning way but... it will do.
Certainly cool looking. Fun. And very clever.
But, the effect isn't entirely ended clean.
If you slow the video down you can clearly see the 2 moves he makes.
So my question is, once people examine the box, how many of them want to see the cards when you are done? If so, busted.
A bit expensive for only one gimmick and not even a deck of matching cards.
Am strongly interested in how many folks want to see the cards...