I so love this effect, even so it is difficult! You will have several hurdles to surmount as you
attempt this effect Let me start by saying I have an iPhone 5S. This means, for me, and without a
case, I can encircle my phone with my thumb and middle without difficulty. If you cannot do so the
more dynamic animations with the card or rose appearing and disappearing in the shadow hand will be
beyond your reach, literally.
Tobias demonstrates and teaches this effect with a flip case.
As my first attempts with this effect did not have good angles I spent $10 online for a flip case.
Angles greatly improved, but then my learning curve on the dynamic shadow effects shot up
The other hurdles was trying to fit the gimmick to my hand. It's very sturdy,
which is good, but it does not lend itself to easy fitting and altering for your own physiology.
From my experience you will really have to work hard to add this effect to your repertoire.
Hopefully the above will help you in considering the time and effort you'll need before
investing in this effect.
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Just received this and have watched the instructional video. Tobias Dostal has put together a
brilliant, beautiful magical effect. The gimmick is extremely well-made and durable, and in the
hands of a skilled magician or puppeteer, the effect I'm sure will get fabulous reactions. Is it
worth the price? Yes, it would be worth it at twice the price--if you put the time and effort in to
perfect your performance of it: getting the handling right and making it into a powerful effect will
require real practice (like all strong magic).
I do however want to note some important
performance limitations for someone like me who has small hands and a LARGE LG/Android phone (3.5" x
5.74"). There is no way that I can see to do the animation efects, e.g. in which an empty hand
suddenly produces a card or rose. To be able to do that, the thumb of your hand holding the phone
MUST be able to reach to the other side of the phone. So if you want to know if you can perform
those particular effects, try gripping your phone and see if you can touch your thumb to your middle
finger. If you can't, then you cannot perform them. In my case, given my phone and hand size, I fall
short by a full 1" in making that connection.
It's always a bit disappointing when a new
gimmick comes out that hasn't been tested to see if everyone can use it (in this case, people with
smaller hands and/or larger phones). I understand that not every gimmick can be made to suit every
person's physiology, or every device. However, I feel that these limitations should at least have
been acknowledged in the instructions and appeared as a caveat in the advertising.
drawback aside, however, Silhouette is a truly astonishing effect, and I recommend it.
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I buy a lot of magic and maybe I need to stop! The magic community has really been disappointing. I
just spent a lot of money on something too big and bulky to use for walk around. Too small for the
stage! Where in the Hell am I going to use this? I feel like Penguin needs to have a return policy
because this would be sent back immediately! With all the hype I couldn't wait to get this. Sorry to
sound bitter but can we put some effort into promoting something with a purpose!
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1-explanation for normal gimmick is not ok
2-you should have the cover case for your
cellphone,be honest with u it doesn’t work without cover case.
3-price is high for what you
4-you need to practice a lot and careful of light condition
5-you need to add
something for direct light of your i phone
6-is more for comedy magic as Tobias explained and
is match with his style.
7-this is not something everybody can do easily
easily can guess how does it work if your angle is not good.
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I gave it three cause it quite clever and well made.
I wish I would have bought it from
penguin, I’d return it.
While this may be biased cause I don’t have phone case, but the thing
just doesn’t seem to work with my seven plus. It’s too wide and my hands are too small to
effectively activate the gimmick and keep it in the light.
Trixs, are for kids this is for nba
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Let me just cut to the chase. This is really good. I like it a lot, but that depends on the
silhouette I am using. You are getting twelve silhouettes. Three of them are normal. They are just
hand holding up 1,2 or 5 fingers. They allow you to change rock into paper or scissors for (not
actual rock but a "rock paper scissors" game rock) and also do the best effect in my opinion which
is the one in which you hold your spectators shadow. These will work great with any phone size, but
you should think about getting a flip case for your phone for all of the effects.
type works exactly the same as the first one but it allows you to produce shadows of objects without
having these objects on you. With these you will be able to produce the following shadows: a knife,
a robot, a banana a wine glass and a rose.
The last type of shadows are the manipulation type.
These are the coolest ones and you can really change them and make them your own, but they are also
the most complex ones. With these you will be able to produce and VANISH a card, a rose and
sunglasses. But this requires a lot. Without giving to much away these silhouettes are different
because they are made out of two pieces and in order for you to vanish the shadows one of the pieces
need to move in and out. And in order for you to make it move you need either a small enough phone
or long enough fingers. So in conclusion I think that if you want this for the manipulation thing
with the card you should think about your phone size and you fingers. But if you want it for the
"hding the spectators finger" one the add it to cart now.
- Amazing effects
- it is something really special
- works for many types of situation. Maybe
not for huge stages, but anything smaller than that will be great
- better with
flip case. If you don't angles can be problematic.
- maybe not everything will work for you
- hard to learn, but honestly if that is your problem don't be a magician.
I am going
to get a flip case, and will probably perform the finger freez one and the rock that turns into
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You can create so many silhouettes with this, under good lighting and/or backdrop conditions. So
many presentations even if you just use one of the gimmicks.
Without a phone case, which is
how I imagine most will want to do this, will work fine, if you have good angles (honestly just
place your spectator(s) somewhere, you are the magician here). I sometimes even make it a part of
the presentation that they HAVE to be in the right “angle” for it to work. It shouldn’t take away
from the affect.
Gimmick(s) is cool and durable it seems.
It will take a bit of
practice and work, just like the ins
And outs of any trick! So this is no problem.
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I love this ! It has so much potential. No limits to what you can really do with this, it is not
just an effect! Thank you mr Dostal.
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This product gives enough "silhouettes" to be very versatile and even the option out of the box to
be able to switch between two different options without a reset. Well made with excellent
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
Okay, without a doubt this will take some practice, but the effects are really cool. The included
gimmicks are very well made and durable, and the video instructions are very detailed! There is
nothing to be disappointed about this trick and this set! I bought it on pre-order, and it is one
of those tricks after watching the instructions I am excited to learn! I would say if the promo
strikes your fancy you will be happy with purchasing this!
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