Reading the title and the blurb and seeing the demo, I was hoping that John had invented the perfect
impromptu trick we all dream of. Just one prediction that was always convincingly right whichever of
eight choices were made. Dream on! Sorry but, for me the outcome here is more likely to be
embarrassing than magical.
John has a great reputation for card magic, which I am only mildly
interested in, so learning that he was using his creative skills in another field got me quite
I can think of ways to tighten this up considerably but I cannot say much more without
revealing the secret of Miracle Method.
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What I would say on this is if you are an intermediate mentalist keep using your Equi routine if you
To me and this is only me as I'm the only person I've consulted with so far,
there is so much fiddling in this. Equi is actually easier.
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This isn't quite as impromptu as I would have hoped. But wow, it can be a miracle...some of the
Yes, you can use found objects in a restaurant, coffee bar, stuff in your spectator's
pocket/purse. But there is that tiny, necessary setup, too. How you gather your random objects while
also drawing in the setup isn't covered. I can certainly work it out on my own, but it would have
been nice to hear Mr. Carey's experience in this. Perhaps your simplest bet is to walk around with
your 8 objects ready to perform, so that no attention is drawn to your setup. But then this is not
This could be a miracle, yes, but it also could become very routine-y. So much
so that your audience begins to feel "something's going on here...I'm being duped..." Your job as a
performer is to make the routine seem natural, to roll with whatever happens.
love this kind of challenge, it really helps me connect with the spectator. But you have to ask
yourself how comfortable you are handling randomness. (You can't ever show that something random
throws you off.) Each step of the routine actually IS random, which is a big plus, if you can
maximize it to your advantage. It all comes down to your presentation. Mr. Carey's video has three
full performances, which help a lot.
Bottom line: This is not quite as impromptu as I would
have hoped, and the "wow" factor for your audience will vary from performance to performance. That
said, I really like this, and I'll certainly be performing it — quite a lot. I think if you are new
to magic and are interested in mentalism, learning this routine will open up a lot of doors for your
understanding of how many such routines work.
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Unfortunately this effect ranges from the potential of smack in the face awesome strong mentalism to
a mediocre prediction after a decidedly elongated mixing procedure, because as each potential
‘phase’ goes by, the more the impact of the effect diminishes. I’m all for alternative methods for
effects but for me, this is method for methods sake.
Also, I have to ask in what world is
fate different from destiny? The answer unfortunately is, this effect, because without the performer
making them different the effect just might not work.
I hope to see a swift return to the
quality magic John is known for as this is far from his best work.
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If you're thinking of getting this trick, I think it'd be best to first ascertain what type of
mentalism experience/knowledge you have.
If you're a beginner, get it. You'll learn a
basic, foundational way of thinking that will introduce you to the sneakiness that is mentalism.
This is a very easy trick that you will be able to perform right away once you're familiar with the
patter and the outs.
If you're intermediate or advanced, I believe you will likely already
have come by this method organically on your own or through other tricks you've purchased.
This isn't a bad trick at all. In fact, it's a trick that will not fail you ever, as all your
outs are already built into your presentation. So, it's a safe one. If you're a beginner mentalist,
perhaps this would be one of the first tricks you should learn.
Some of you, on seeing the
explanation, might think, "wait. that's it?!! that's too simple!" But to that comment, I reply
this: some of the best solutions are simple. Don't think that this trick is not good enough for your
repertoire just because you can actually do it without 3 days of practice. Sometimes, simple is
better. That said, I do have to admit, I had that exact reaction. It's so basic, so fundamental.
But remember this... DON'T UNDERESTIMATE SIMPLE. To laymen, everything can be magic if you
perform it right... even the simplest of tricks. A svengali deck can seem very basic... but if
you're a good performer, a svengali deck can kick some butt! Look at Gazzo with his Cups and Balls
routine. Even though Cups and Balls is a very old and well-known routine, he takes his sweet time
with it and makes it an entire entertaining show on its own. I mean, I can't believe how many
extremely BASIC tricks are on America's Got Talent... but the magicians often still kill it on that
show. So, accept the challenge... if you have miracle method, use your personal style and embellish
this to make it something wonderful, a true miracle.
I do think that this is priced too
high. I think $4.95 is more on target. But John seems like a super nice and likeable guy, so
So, to summarize... if you're new to mentalism, definitely get this. This is a
footer for your foundation. If you have any mentalism experience whatsoever, it's very likely that
this will be a "been there, done that" trick, so save your money.
(By the way, I always try
to be honest and straightforward in my reviews, while being respectful to the magician. If you
appreciate my reviews, can you please click the "Yes" button below beside the question, "Did this
review help you?" It's not like I actually benefit in any way by your clicking it... but it would be
nice to see if my reviews are helpful or not. I hope they are. If you ever have suggestions or
comments or questions about my reviews, please feel free to leave me a constructive comment. I'm
just trying to be helpful. I love the Penguin community and hope that I can someday contribute my
own product. :-) Thanks for reading and for any (hopefully positive, but either way, at least kind)
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I give this a trick two stars because John taught it well and you could see he gave it a lot of
thought. I thought this would be a great trick to do behind the bar for guests ... Using things from
around the bar. Did it once. Why? Because it's not repeatable when performing for some of the same
guests. I then did it the next night, this time twice. Later that night one of my regulars commented
he liked the way I used to do the trick ... A simple quick Equivoque I learned years ago.
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I like this, but the result can be strong, weak or somewhere in between. I have ideas to change it
somewhat, so I'm not disappointed I purchased it. For me, I
feel my changes make for a stronger
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I was offered a free copy of this in return for an honest review. I was about to pass on this
because I was convinced it would be a disappointment but decided to proceed in case I was wrong. I
was only partially wrong.
The first several possibilities are good, but after a while I
question the willingness to accept the various “restarts.” At some point enough is enough. When you
get to spelling it seems too convoluted.
This is not something I will perform and would
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I like a great deal of the material that Mr. Carey puts out. It is often practical and clever.
This, however, is not his best work. While this could be an amazing piece under the correct
circumstances, I think that the student will be much better served by purchasing Max Maven's work on
equivoque (called Multiplicity and linked at the end of the review). The DVD by Mr. Maven will
teach you many methods for this kind of trick and prepare you for any situation in which you might
Overall, if you like this kind of thing and would like to do it while out with
friends, the download is clear and to the point. On the other hand, if you want a master class in
allowing the spectator to choose any item, and yet still end up with the one you predicted, go with
this http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S16914 The DVD is more expensive, but good education often is.
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John Carey has a laid-back, very natural style of performance that I think puts people at ease in a
way that causes them to let their guard down. So when the “miracle” is revealed, the spectator’s
reactions are almost a slow burn that ends with wide eyes and heads shaking. He’s just a natural
master performer. I love his style and I’ll play it his way.
That said, this effect could
be performed in a way that really creeps people out and makes them question reality! It’s such a
beautiful flow and each phase feels natural and casual and if it’s percormed right, nobody could
detect that you’ve got every option covered. It’s a genius piece of art, John! Thank you for
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