Greg and Dave are mean.
Seriously. I think it’s cruel and unusual
punishment that these guys are releasing this next volume of Coffee Conjuring one. Stinkin’. Trick.
At. A. Time. Really, is this how you treat your fans? You TORTURE them?
Every trick has
been spot on so far, and to me, this is pretty much a mini-act and valuable little lesson in
misdirection for new magicians.
TL;DR - GET THIS TRICK!!!
Ok for those of you who
didn’t stop at the TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read), here are some more details on what’s great (and
what’s not) about this trick.
Is the trick everything it seems in the demo? Yes. The demo
is very accurate. A critical part is edited out, but that’s only fair. When I watched the full
performance, I could immediately see how the trick was done. The cut out section is literally only a
couple seconds though. IMHO, this was a very fair demo.
Will this trick work as good as it
seems? To be honest, not many can perform like Greg. He has a casual, fun way of getting everyone
excited and make you feel like he’s coming along for the ride. Compliments aside, yes, the trick is
as good as it looks. In real life, this will kick your spectators’ butts. Warning though: I think
this trick has the potential to be a little lackluster if you can’t perform. Lesson: practice,
practice, practice. Study Greg’s patter and how he generates excitement. He’s a natural.
No thumb tip? Really? Yes! This is the big thing that made me HAVE TO get the trick. Even though
I figured out 95% of the trick on the first time watching the demo, there was one tiny part I
couldn’t figure out. How he got the sugar in the cup. I easy saw WHEN it happened. I knew it
happened. But I was so confused because the method wasn’t clear to me. (Now that I know the method,
Facepalm.) The more of these Coffee Conjuring tricks I see, the more I’m seeing how Greg thinks
outside the mug. (See what I did there?)
Is this a magician fooler? A tad maybe. Some yes,
some no. But does it really matter? If your spectators freak out, who cares what your magic friends
Gimmicks? Arts and crafts? Not really. I mean there is are two gimmicks (if you even
call them that) you make. But it’s about 10 or 20 seconds of work with something that will be
readily available at Starbucks. If you’re concerned about prep time spent at the prep bar (so that’s
why they call it that! Haha!), take the items needed into the restroom to set up. Like I said, it’ll
take maybe 10 or 20 seconds tops.
Sleights? No fancy moves. There is one quick move you
do, but nothing complicated or unnatural.
Beginner friendly? Yes. You’ll look like David
Blaine. Just practice please so your confidence won’t slow you down from hamming it up. This is a
simple trick. The real trick is in turning it into a true show with your presentation.
Impromptu? No. See the previous paragraph. But it’ll seem impromptu to the spectator. 😉 it’s
really not that bad.
Walk around? No. I mean you are not stuck at a table, but you will
need to reset by preparing new gimmicks. Think of this as a single grand finale (or not) coffee
store act. You’ll do this once.
Is this something for real life or just for the interwebs?
Both! There are no sensitive angles. This will perform great!
Any special lighting?
Daytime would probably be better or at least a well lit area since you are dealing with sugar
obviously. But as long as the sugar is easily visible, the scene doesn’t matter much.
How’s the teaching? As usual, very sufficient. I’m glad to see Dave doing a little more on the
teaching than some of the other tricks I’ve recently reviewed. Greg casts a big shadow and it’s nice
to see Dave peeking a little bit out of it now. Great job teaching from both of them.
How’s the price? Great! This product is priced just right. Honestly, it’s a deal. I could see me
getting this for $9.95 and still being very happy.
Should I get this? Um. YES. Did you not
read my review? Haha kidding. Yes I think you’ll like this trick. The only ones who might be
disappointed are people who could figure this out after seeing the whole performance. If you’re
advanced, you’re likely able to reverse engineer this. I got it because it said no thumb tip. If you
can already do similar this without a thumb tip, perhaps you don’t need this. But it’s priced low,
so why not support our starving magicians anyway? 😊
In conclusion, I loved this trick! I’m
awarding this 4.5 stars. (I reserve 5s for extremely visual “magical” magic tricks. A good trick
like this though makes me question if I should hold back. So officially this is a 4.5. But if the
Brews Brothers want to round this number up, I’m not gonna complain!)
Get this trick. It’s
nice to come away with something fun that you’ll perform!
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Thanks for reading and for any (hopefully positive, but either way, at least kind) feedback.
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I’m really looking forward to performing this one! I feel very confident after watching the
instructional video and even have a few ideas of my own to really customize it to my style. The
method is new to me and a big relief to know a thumb tip was not being used. I love the psychology
of this effect and the potential for comedy. What’s especially nice is that that comedic potential
doesn’t detract from the illusions ability to kill. This has been well thought through and, as I
said above, I can’t wait to add this one to my repertoire.
My only nit-picky gripe about
it is I wish there was at least one more demonstration performance. I feel it’s helpful to see
different reactions and interactions to help with patter and really nail down the psychology
discussed in the method explanation. Certainly not a deal breaker (or even a star remover). 5 stars
all the way!
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Big shout out to Greg and Dave's reworking of this fabulous David Williamson routine! I've performed
Williamson's version in Comedy Clubs and it is truly wonderful. It gets GREAT reactions.
the demo when Greg has the spectator stand on the chair that is a HUGE attention-getter that I
learned from Brent Braun's great book, "Plots, Ploys and Other Cons." Don't leave that out!
Greg's substitute for the sugar transfer gimmick is AWESOME!
Highly Recommended! WOW!
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I love Greg. Who doesn't? But this can't be one of "his most favorite effects."
Williamson's version is fine.
Greg's theater of encouraging a spectator to stand on a chair,
then get higher, higher...is fun.
But the amount of sugar that "travels" just doesn't seem
worth it. I guess a routine of sugar packet magic can include this effect. And I like moving magic
away from the bar to the wholesome coffee house.
I wanted something more to travel but
we'dd had enough of cards, bills, coins traveling to impossible locations.
Repeating, a cup FULL
of sugar would be cool. I'll have to come up with that one.
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I was disappointed within two minutes of watching the instructions because they show the trailer
performance again, where the boy cleans out the cup, but this time they actually show it for a few
more seconds and the move was obvious to me - a move that was edited out of the trailer (when the
scene cuts at 21 seconds). The magician actually does go near the cup again after it's cleaned out.
I was hoping for something more mechanical, like a shake-release, or a tilt-release, built into the
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So happy they released this on straight forward quality magic
Pros: It takes place in spectator's hands, clean vanish with no ditching
Cons: Will require
some practice to get timing right, setup needed
Overall, I really liked this effect. I
think if you pick this up you are going to have fun with it.
Super easy to learn with a massive impact. BUT, what I really love about the video (besides the fact
that they waste no time offering clear instruction) is the enthusiasm Greg models during the
performance. I'm going to try to channel my inner Wilson going forward. Magic, if anything, should
be super fun in how amazing it is and Greg reminds us all of that in his performance of this effect.
First thing you'll hear is, "No way!!" and, "Where did that come from??" That's what I heard the
half dozen times I performed this for my buddies and family.
Depending upon your style of
performing, if you like to get attention from surrounding tables then this is the one trick
guaranteed to do exactly that. You'll be doing this over and over for every table in the restaurant
or banquet or backyard BBQ or whatever venue in which you perform.
Add this to your other
coffee tricks from Greg because it seamlessly fits right in. In fact, with all of Greg's coffee
tricks, you could do a whole 30 minute stand-up show if you wanted. They're that good.
Don't pass this one up. Add it to your cart now and start performing it in 30 minutes.
A lot of thought has gone into this very simple routine. Some of the most clever moves I have seen
in a long time.