Here we go Dark Series #3! He's Not Here:
I recently had the honor of being in Jamie Daws
Tackling Terrifying Taboos - ALAKAZAM Academy Special October Course. I'm not bringing it up in
promotion of Alakazam, although you all should know they create the most incredible experiences you
could ask for if you have purchased their products or looked into the academy - nothing like a
lecture. The reason i touch on this is Jamie shared many things during the Academy course I cannot
reveal or discuss especially on a product review here - but he did perform this effect for two
people sitting down , also played the trailer and finally - most importantly went through every
aspect of this new Dark Series #3 HE'S NOT HERE. It is so well though out, designed and created in a
way that you will be spinning and racing with patter ideas, props to add, creating a horrifying
experience for everyone you perform this for.
You either like bizarre/ haunted effects or
you don't. However; I do expect to see the typical Penguin Magic comments of people complaining
about how it doesn't do this, or that - its too long... well I hate to break it to all you
complainers, it is NOT about the props. This kind of magic is all about the storytelling, the vibe
you give the setting, think of the sound/ music you want to give the moment. You want to create a
setting, and set the scene as if you are taking place in that moment. Don't just rely on the photos
you see in the video. YOU have to be creative. If this sounds like too much work, OR you don't like
sit downs creating a nice haunted atmosphere then I would say this or any of haunted bizarre effects
are NOT for you. I buy knowing that this is just the story, the props may do some cool things - but
it all goes back to your presentation.
He's Not Here, is another 5/5 straight into my
bizarre repertoire! If you love haunted things then you will love this. Don't hesitate, just order
before Penguin sells out. I did purchase this from Alakazam as I check Penguin Magic's New Arrivals
daily, and saw they got this in stock after I already ordered it from Alakazam. I can't recommend
this highly and strongly enough. And if you want to have something even more of a horror effect to
check out, look at FREAK by Dave Forrest Full52. Just released and I wrote a review for that as
well, which is a 3 principle phase combining a T&R kind of card routine but with photos, and then a
color changing - except turning that concept into photo changing , similar to hes not here and a
You can add Hauntings and Bizarre touches to all of your magic and every
trick you pick up. It is how you present it. If you buy something, don't just get the effect -
listen to what they say and go out , perform it prematurely because you want to perform it (not
saying what the routine of anything may be) However I am saying if you sit with the magic you are
using even the 52/1 deck, Double Cross, Coin effects - think of a story or a patter you want to go
about and see what other props you might need, less may be the best! Though give it some time and
that is my strongest advice with this kind of magic, especially with He's Not Here, as I am tired of
hearing the complains about things not being "not haunting enough or theres too much storytelling",
that is the genre of magic you are looking at right now. It isn't for everyone, but it is something
that people are not doing every day. If you like it, Buy HES NOT HERE & Stop reading my review !
After you see my teaser I give you if you are a Jamie Daws Dark Series Fan - for the upcoming #4
that was performed & explained, going to provide a larger outreach i predict to more than the
bizarre/ haunted magician as the props are amazing and that alone people will love... but don't
forget the presentation!
P.S. On the Alakazam Online Academy, when Jamie went through the
course - I will not reveal, but only say that there is a DARK SERIES #4 already on the way and it
will bring more people who arent big "storytellers" Into Jamie's work because of the props, what it
does and the theme. It is brutally horrifying and I cannot wait for that one to release as well :)
Enjoy, Thanks Penguin Magic, Alakazam & Jamie Daws !
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Seriously, watch the instructions and tell me if you think this will work every-time. They also say
there is no switch, there is a switch!!! They don't seem to understand what a switch is, they even
say in the video I just switched it but I didn't really switch it...
If you don't believe
me watch the instructions, they say it will work every time and there is no way in hell that is
true. At best this is a 3-1 shot if you follow their instructions.
They are seriously
deluding themselves if they believe this will work every time, there is no way I would ever perform
this I want my money back and will be asking for it.
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This effect is a creeper. The methodology is so simple allowing for a focus on presentation. It's a
great ghost story with visual appeal and a great ending. Daws is brilliant at this type of effect.
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I wanted to update my review as I have worked on this a bit more over the month, in addition to the
ALAKAZAM ACADEMY where Jamie taught some more cool things to go with this, and how to dig in with
everything you receive. If you are wondering "What you get?".. well,
You not only receive
the product itself, you get duplicates of photos. Well taught out everything as far as how to make
it extra spooky. You also get a SECOND trick, as this is really called "He's Not Here ... and The
Forgotten". The Forgotten, is a separate effect. Jamie not only gives you several photos for that
one but you get a teaching within a minute or two to learn the TORCE FORCE FREE with this for that
effect. You also get a huge PDF file that is ON THE DVD, so when you put that DVD into your computer
- drag that PDF onto your desktop/ folder as it has not only all the photos you receive; but more
photos to make it even more crazier that the spectator would get it right that adds so much
spookiness to this Dark Series installment. Do not hesitate. This is KILLER! The story is something
just like Jamie's others where you get a basis of what happens and you make it your own and develop
your own patter. I strongly recommend this effect - especially if you love the TORCE FORCE with a
little haunted magic on the FORGOTTEN as you dont see that with the trailers as this is advertised
for mainly the He's Not Here which (by the way... You can also have a SECOND OUTCOME! Using "She's
Not Here") So if you are in a place around people you can perform it twice if asked and do the man,
or the lady depending on your choosing, + The Forgotten a complete separate effect.
is a BARGAIN, as you are getting so much especially added on the PDF I cannot cover with the amount
of content they provide. Alakazam always puts out the very best, and am glad Penguin supplies this.
It isn't something I would say is a Halloween only effect at all. IF you are into this kinda thing
with haunted magic, or want a little break from cards T&R effect and such, pick this up and stop
hesitating! I give this #3 Dark Series effect my strongest recommendation
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I'm putting together a Bizarre Magic show for my friends and bought this thinking it would fit in.
While I agree with the one reviewer who says the video shows a switch but says there's no
switch...I'm fine with that because the DESCRIPTION of the effect BEFORE you buy doesn't say..."No
switches." Now THAT would be worth 1 star.
I've never been a fan/confident enough to
palm/switch things so not sure if I'll use this trick but it is a very clever and creepy effect. I
agree that the "selection/force" is really a 1 in 3 shot so if I do it I'll simply talk about the
main figure...give some disturbing background...and make him the focus. I don't see a need to have
the spectator select one person from the photo...especially since they can pick 2 other choices and
there's no way out.
The bonus trick and force I think are just as strong or stronger so all in
all a great purchase.
I saw the trailer for this and felt it was creepy enough to pick it up as a possible Halloween
performance option. The printed pieces in the pack are of nice quality, and the included PDF has
source images to print more, as well as extensive notes on the presentations. The DVD however seems
like more of an afterthought that the actual main course. Despite this being a very solid trick,
there is NO ACTUAL PERFORMANCE of the trick on the disc. This feels like a very odd choice,
especially when the mood and presentation for something like this is really awful. We know they
filmed one, since it's in the teaser video!
There is a second effect in the package, and
overall I think they're good. However, the product itself suffers from odd production choices. If
you think this is something you'll use, it's a worthy purchase, but be prepared to create your own
story to make the routine really work.
fu**cking good. you also get a wonderful bonus in the end.