As has become the "norm" in the magic industry, trailers for magic tricks are highly-produced and
highly-edited clips that give the sense of an effect without actually showing you the full
Sadly, when I received the effect, I understood why. The full-length
presentation (provided in the tutorial) is painful to watch. The handling is completely unnatural.
I lost count of the number of "moves" that have no motivation at all (other than making the trick
work). And, even then, the performance was still highly edited.
I'm giving it 2 stars
because the actual physical objects you receive are well-made and well-designed. Unfortunately,
mine will likely stay in a box with countless other unused magic tricks that turned out to be
grossly different from what was presented before the sale.
Maybe I'm naive but I expected
more with Paul Harris' name on it. Disappointing to say the least.
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As a fan of a lot of Paul Harris' effects, I bought this effect based upon the trailer, which shows
an astonishing, almost impossible reveal.
In actuality, the trailer omits most of the
moves that are necessary to pull this off. Quite frankly, most of the moves are quite unnatural and
lack proper motivation, and--if performed as explained in the tutorial--should be quite easy for
even a layperson to bust.
The biggest omission from the tutorial is that the whole kicker
is couched inside a fairly bland "pick a card" routine that doesn't really feel connected to the
That said, it's not all bad. The gimmick is clever and well-constructed, and it
has the potential to be a real stunning reveal with a little work. You also get a lot of video and
printed material for this effect.
Contrary to what is suggested in the video, I do not
think this is strong enough to be performed as a stand-alone effect or as a closer by itself. Maybe
the kicker would have more impact if you ask someone to pick a word, do the pick-a-card routine,
insert some other effects in between, and then, as almost an afterthought, go back to the wallet
that's been sitting in full view throughout, and deliver the big reveal.
All in all, the
gimmick has potential if you're creative, but expect to put a little work into making it your own
before adding it to your routine.
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I luckily did not buy this but my friend did and he did the trick to me - the REAL trick, from start
to finish... and I figured it out. Which tells it all .. really...
He was pissed for buying this
trick and I will tell you what I told him - it's YOUR fault !
Why ? Because you can see the
trailer is fully edited - and you do NOT see the trick from start to finish - and that's always a NO
If you chose to buy a trick that is afraid to show a real full performance - from start to
finish - that's on you !
There's obviously a reason for that... they are afraid you're going to
figure it out if you see the entire performance. Now think, Sherlock... what does say about the
trick ?... exactly !! :)
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I do not normally write bad reviews but I felt this one needed to be written. A major portion of the
effect/routine is completely missing from this trailer. If the supplied routine is that amazing why
not show it in all its glory? The effect actually taught is... I have a prediction here. Think of
any three or four letter word. Have one? Now select a card and we'll loose it in the deck. After a
drawn out sequence the card is found and then the prediction is revealed to be the thought of word.
Please take a moment and think about this as any performer should. What does thinking of a
three or four letter word have to do with finding a spectator's selected card? That's right...
Even as a part time professional I want the material I perform to
matter, to have a premise and reason behind the things I say and the actions I use to create an
experience for those watching. In its current state this routine is simply disjointed, IMHO.
The supplied gimmick is of good quality and the prediction reveal can be made to be something
truly amazing and meaningful for your spectator, but be prepared to spend a lot of time
brainstorming and creating something new and original in the form of a routine to use it in. The one
taught to you will not bring about those results for you. I'm sorry, I'm just being completely
honest with you.
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This gets two stars for the fairly clever nature of the gimmick. And it appears to be decently made.
But the full presentation and the teaching for this trick is nothing short of awful. Because of what
you have to go through to get to the reveal, the impact of the trick is greatly diminished. The
“trick” used as a means of getting setup for the true trick/reveal makes this trick convoluted to
say the least. This is poorly performed, poorly taught and impractical to say the least. Maybe I can
offload mine for half price so I’m not out the full price; because I definitely won’t be using this
one. My advice: Hard pass on this one.
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First I’ll start with the good. The actual gimmick is fantastic and loaded with potential beyond the
effect provided. A little imagination and creativity and there are a lot of directions you could
take this one.
Now the bad; the routine provided is in my opinion, embarrassingly bad. I
can’t imagine ever performing this as presented. Don’t get me wrong, I think the idea of having the
spectator name a word is great, it’s just the steps you have to take to prepare as provided in the
tutorial are terrible and I would never use them. Also I find it rather annoying that although the
promo shows the reactions of some real world performances, those uncut real world performances are
not included in the tutorial. Instead we get a single performance for an off-screen spectator (who
is probably doubling as the cameraman) in what looks to be a semi-finished basement. Baffled as to
why those real world performances were not included since so much value can be gathered from that.
Bottom line this one loses a star because I disliked the tutorial and set-up trick so much.
It still gets 4 stars though because it’s a great prop which I have no doubt will be fantastic after
applying some of my own creativity toward it. Had Penguin had the go-ahead to give their own
tutorial (with maybe some thinking from let's say….Rick Lax) under the MyPenguinMagic section for
those who purchased this, my guess is I would’ve given this the full 5 stars.
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The overall concept was intriguing. However, the routine as it is taught in the video was very
unsatisfying. I would have to create a different routine around this effect if it is going to work
in live performance. The video quality was poor. My gimmick was also very poorly made. It is
frustrating when you spend good money on a bad trick.
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1-video trailer is fake 2-quality Gimmick is poor 3-you can not do this if you are surrounded by
people 4-idea to push the card from the spectators is stupid 5-what you receive is nothing
special...and this trick remind me Tool by David stone which is 10 time much better...
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Often, I buy things like this because of the hype and then get it, only to realize that I could
never really do it professionally. It is aimed more at the person who wants to fool his friends at
I am glad to say that this is not one of those routines. This is a real worker that
could be done a number of times a night at a gig.
One thing to realize is that words, plucked
from the mind of a spectator, is a really powerful effect. I once had a person cry because I had
predicted someone who was very close to her. This moves beyond a trick and becomes an emotional
experience, especially if the word really means something to them.
The effect requires no
difficult moves and is virtually foolproof. I am very thankful that I bought this and I will be
using it at paying gigs. That, after all, is the ultimate question; would you do it for important
clients? I would and will.
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Why not use this trick in conjuction with Psypher by Robert Smith & really have an excellent mind
bending mentalist effect? Are you thinking, glad you thought of that idea? Come on boys & girls
let's start getting more creative & less critical of an effect & maybe MIND you, you'll do much
better in performing an already great effect. All you have to do is use the imagination & creativity
you have always had in you!
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