Let me start with a disclaimer. This is my first time learning the magic square. So I will not be
able to compare it to others in the same category. Also, I may tend to be more impressed with it
than the more experience magic square people out there as this is a totally new trick to me. That
said, on with my review.
I was always curious about the magic square, but I never got
around to learning it. Now that I have, I'm glad I did. It is a much simpler trick to perform than
I expected. Simple is good. It means I'm more likely to perform it. This trick is fail proof as long
as you can memorize a few numbers (or you do a little prep like Tori shows... but to me the
memorization seems to be the more organic method). If you're interested in the magic square, this
version by Tori Noquez is a no-brainer. Get it. She goes through and teaches how it works. I know
that some reviewers have said they were really needing to hear the explanation... but I for one
appreciated it. I was still a little confused at the end (it's ok... my fault. I'm dumb when it
comes to math) and I do wish that she went into more specifics about HOW she came up with all the
numbers used (is it a pattern? What?), so that I could make up my own magic square or even do a
totally original one on the fly. But still, good stuff. Maybe it's not that easy to come up with my
own version... maybe this requires the work of a skilled mathmatician to make up a new one, so I
won't ding her on that. Good job teaching this, Tori.
My proble with this trick actually
has nothing to do with Tori's teaching, but with the trick itself. To me, this is a math trick, not
a magic trick. It doesn't fit exactly in my own idea of what magic is. That's just my own personal
opinion. Of course, I will not lower my review score because of this... that wouldn't be fair. But
just my two cents: this is an incredible trick. Just not "magical". Yes, this can certainly be put
into an act. But I think it more showcases one's intelligence than his or her magical abilities or
sleight of hand. Does that make sense? Of course, again, it still can be used. I can easily see
Derren Brown use this... his act approaches magic from a different angle than, say, Dynamo. This
trick is great for mentalists who are demonstrating their intellectual mastery over the human brain.
But someone like David Copperfield who does more of an illusionist, it would be a cool trick but not
really feel as fitting in his act.
Ok I'm rambling. Sorry.
Let's wrap this up:
- Price? It's worth it. Now that it's on sale, the pricing is perfect. At full price, it's
a little on the high side, but still a satisfactory purchase.
- Easy to learn? Yes, it's very
easy to learn.
- Will I perform this? Yes, definitely. It'll make me look like a genius.
(Remember, magic is all about illusion! Haha!)
- How magical is this trick? My personal opinion:
this trick is not magical but impressive. This can be used to impress on someone that you're very
smart and, if you're a mentalist that approaches your craft from a "realistic" approach (claiming to
use body language, NLP, psychology, etc a la Derrik Brown, this trick will fit right into your
repertoire to convince people of your intellectual prowess)
I give this trick 3.5 stars. I
reserve five for mind-blowing "magical" tricks... which means that most of the tricks I review are
going to be on a scale of 1 to 4 stars. Good job, Tori!
(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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Yes, I have seen magic square reactions day, after day, after day like clockwork “No way”... “No
WAY”... “NOO WAAAY!” “NO %#&@ WAY!!!” It is one of those rare things a magician can do where the
build up is perfectly orchestrated to get those responses.
The teaching here is complete
and functional. It is a bit dry and it goes into the mathematical mechanics of how this works. It
isn’t actually necessary, and it will certainly lose some people, but it will also inspire some
highly analytical people to give this a try. Once you do a magic square, you will love it!
The only hesitation I have on this is... there is nothing new here. But that’s OK, the magic
square in its basic form is as old as dirt... but way more fun!
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I've been doing magic for a very long time, I've never done anything related to Magic Square. This
is all new to me but I like it. The teaching is done very well by Tori, Math was always a tough
subject for me. This seemed simple because of the excellent explanation. I will use this, I have an
idea for a patter that should make it funny. (I hope anyway) I'll try it on my wife. If I can make
her laugh I can make almost anybody laugh. This is cool and it adds a new dimension to my routine.
It's worth the money, especially for someone that has never done this type of thing.
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I have loved the Magic Square for a long time. This is the best version I have ever seen. One of
the main reasons is the skill of the teacher.
I don't know if Ms. Noquez is a professor, but I
would bet that she is, or at least has teaching experience. It shows in a number of ways. First,
she is very comfortable using the chalk board and that makes this explanation much more lucid.
Second, she knows how to explain difficult concepts. Anyone who watches this will have no trouble
understanding and doing the square. Third, she goes into not just how to do the square, but also
why it works. You may not care about this, but it will help in your understanding.
is a bargain at the price. Clear instruction for a great trick does not come along that often. This
is one of those pieces and you can perform it whenever you choose. Trust me when I say that doing
this for a math geek will kill and you give them a souvenir to take home and remember. Highly
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The Magic Square is an ancient mathematical curiosity, said to have been appeared in Chinese around
2800 BCE. Better known is the 4x4 magic square in Durer's engraving of 1514.
The well known
modification included here, making it "automatic", means that the square can mostly be completed in
advance, avoiding the boredom of watching while the magician does the mental arithmetic for the
There are a number of ways to make it magic, and the best one I know is the "NFA
Magic Square" by Mark Elsdon, where the magician arranges to get a peek of the spectator's number
rather than lamely asking for it.
6 of 7 magicians found this helpful.
Maths was never my best subject , but this is ingenious, it is super easy to learn one run through
and it would be hard to miss.
If there is one number square to be learned it must be this.
Oh and did I say it is easy easy easy
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I've fiddled with magic squares since I got a book called "MathMagic" when I was a kid. I can make a
basic 4x4 5x5, 6x6 square in less than a minute, and transpose it in a minute so you can make it add
up to any number over the base for that square. But this is enough different that it's definately
worth owning, plus I can apply it to the larger squares. Tons faster and much less math. Much less!
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...nothing new or special to be honest.
Perform mentalism? If you don't have a magic
square in your repertoire you really should. Really. They build reactions so well and seem
impossible to your audience. Learn one.
The one you learn could be this one. It's simple to
learn, easy to do and will work. The audience will like it. It's clearly and well explained and has
a great explanation of how/why it works.
BUT - there are others that will seem even more
Want to EASILY demonstrate REAL mathematical genius by revealing a thought of
cube-root with your magic square in under 30 seconds? With an excellent premise for the whole thing?
Then get RootSavant from Phill Smith. Oh, it's got a brilliant crib too which makes that REAL
mathematical genius thing a whole lot easier!
Got a decent peek? Have a look at Mark
Want a well hidden crib? Matt Johnson's your man.
As I say,
pretty much everyone who performs mentalism should have a magic square up their sleeve and if you
don't, this is a good place to start.
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This is a simple to do foolproof method for a magic square.
If you've never performed the magic
square, this is a well taught, good place to start. If you already perform the magic square, this
is probably a method you already know.
I gave it a 4 star rating assuming that you have
never learned the magic square and would like to start with an easy method that you can learn and
start performing quickly.
Instructions are clear and straight forward. Well taught.
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This is the magic square taught by a math teacher, not a performer.
She seems like a pleasant
person though and I'm sure she did her best.
If you already have any experience at all with the
magic square you won't find anything new here.
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