way to much money for this effect all of the things that come with this are not well made spend your
money on 4 effects that you will get much more millage out of stay away from this it will sit on
your shelf and you wont use it in real world had a other review bur the site keeps taking it down
for no reason???????
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My definition of a great PK effect is one that is portable, easy to perform with simple
functionality (how it works), and allows other effects unrelated to PK to be performed. By my
definition Darryl Vanamburg's Movemint is a great effect.
Movemint can be performed
standing or sitting and surrounded. Any table or even surface will suffice for performance, and a
spectator's hand can even be used. For a greater effect, several of the included effects can be
combined to be performed on both a surface and a spectator's hand. Other PK effects restrict you to
be sitting down or be performed on / over a table. While those effects are just as astonishing as
Movemint, Darryl and Paul Harris score two extra points in that Movemint uses a familiar object: a
mint. Mints are small, innocent, and, obviously, edible. Nothing is more powerful from a PK effect
when the spectator can keep the object that was used effect much more eat it! The other extra point
goes to being able to vanish the mint in a clean, innocent, and sleight-free manner.
discusses and demonstrates several different PK effects that can be performed separately or
combined. He also explains in detail different variations of having a mint melt through a glass
table. Each effect is quick in performance time and simple to execute however, performing them
without thought and plan on presentation would ruin the "wow" factor. I would suggest developing a
presentation that would convince a person or audience that what they've seen is real versus a magic
trick. I feel this effect is too powerful to be introduced as a magic trick because most people
(skeptic or not) will always conclude that the effect was accomplished by trickery even though they
have no clue of the secret. My point is, if a perfectly planned out presentation leaves the audience
in believing that what you demonstrated was real (no trickery involved - no mention that it was a
magic TRICK), Movemint will do more for you than you can imagine.
Now, despite all this
there are a couple things I think should've been better. The mint used is Peppermint Dentyne Ice.
They're small square shaped hard mints contained in a small box. Darryl includes a pack of real
Peppermint Dentyne Ice and a gimmicked mint box resembling the real box. Darryl explains a version
that allows the audience to examine the mint box using simple sleight. I've searched four Wal-Marts,
two Targets, a Ralphs, a Walgreens, an Albertsons, and three different gas stations for this same
exact version of Peppermint Dentyne Ice to no success. The only places you can buy this same version
is Amazon.com (comes in a pack) and online magic shops as what the instructions say. I wish Darryl
used a more popular version of Dentyne Ice mints. For some performers this may not even be a problem
because you may not even have to refill your gimmicked mint box. If you end every performance with
making a mint disappear, there's no need to replace the mints (nothing for the audience to eat). But
it is a different story if someone asks you for a mint in the end.
Another thing that
could've been better is the gimmick used to animate the mint; it should've been smaller. Darryl
includes different versions of the same gimmick. Each gimmick is constructed in a particular way to
help retain, conceal, and use the gimmick but I find it more of a nuisance to use this part of the
gimmick. The gimmick can still be retained, concealed, and used easily without using this
constructed part of the gimmick. However, again, I wish the gimmick was smaller.
without a doubt an amazing effect. Albeit, I don't think the price is justified. The secret is the
same as most PK effects so you're really not paying for a brand new secret. Movemint introduces a
new, and in many ways, improved version of PK effects. The reactions I received are off the wall
amazing which essentially is probably worth the $100 I paid for but five starts would've been given
had it been less expensive.
Overall, I highly recommend this effect. It doesn't take
months of practice to master it, and (for the lack of a better word) even advanced beginners can
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This is a very good effect and you can see a tremendous amount of thought went into the innovative
gimmick construction. Like any new idea it takes a lot more time and work to perfect.
the problems I experienced. 1-The gimmick only comes in 1 size so if you have small hands it is more
difficult to work with. 2-The gimmick is not stabile enough as it tends to tilt in the box making it
difficult to load as in the DVD. 3-There are a lot of items to orient i.e.. position of mints,
gimmick etc. Would have been helpful a simple PDF diagram. It would have saved a lot of time
skipping back to track it.
4-Much of the handling is not difficult with the exception of
"advanced" section where the mint stands on edge before the spin. This will take a lot of practice
for most, however if you are creative you can make the mint do many more movements so I do not see
that as a problem.
Lastly the secret marking on mint is very difficult to see in dark lighting
conditions so I suggest alternate methods of what to do when you cannot see the secret marking as I
When these issues are corrected my review will jump up to 5 stars as its
very clever and effective.
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I ended up selling mine because I never found a "right place" to use it. I think that's part of the
problem. If this is something you see yourself using a lot then go for it. It's extremely well make
and the gimmicks are awesome.
There were some things I wasn't 100% on and I carried it
around for a few days but didn't deviate from my normal sets. I think it's a great trick and because
everything is so well made I can see why it has this price tag. I just personally couldn't justify
keeping it on me with how little I used it.
Darryl and Uday made something very cool and
there are a BUNCH of handling ideas (David Penn had a cool routine for it). The vanish is also
amazing. I cannot give it above a 4 star rating because I won't use it (i sold it) BUT it's not that
I didn't like it. It just wasn't for my environments or cliental.
Also for those having
trouble with the "glue" as it was a problem for me. Try using double sided tape. It doesn't last as
long BUT it's a much stronger hold than what was supplied.
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Initially, I though this was a little pricey, but after I got it; I understood. A lot of creative
engineering went into this illusion. It is also very versital. I even cover the mint with an empty
class and do a couple of amazing routines. I had one spectator who knew it wasn't a real mint until
I pushed it over to him and told him to eat it. He is still talking to himself (I think?). Save
your money for this one. It's worth learning.
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This is beyond being a perfect effect. It is simple yet complex. Fun and exciting. When I opened the
box I smiled. When I took the gimmicks out I laughed with delight. This is a well thought out and
designed set. I love it. What more can I say?
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I have both the original first concept version of movement LIP SMACKER and the new improved
MOVEMENT. I use both with great success.
I wrote this review because of the few negative
ones which while entitled to their opinion as am I, the reviewer's COULD NOT HAVE REALLY PERFORMED
THIS OR DID NOT PERFORM THIS WELL. Any magic F/X (not trick)where an item disappears out of a
spectators hand is an IMPOSSIBLE feat indeed. One they talk about and will remember.
perform this a lot and feel it is best performed when not a PERFORMANCE but a moment where you offer
someone a mint. Great also when U have just a minute, or as an ice breaker, introduction, or when U
just want 2 do one fast F/X 2 WOW anyone...THIS IS THE ONE THEY WILL TALK ABOUT the magic Moooo-mint
you share with them.
It really does become a SPECIAL MOMENT if framed around just that = A
MOMENT you offer a mint.
Best as just offering someone a mint (be sure to ask them not to
eat the mint just yet) and ask " Do you the let the mint melt or chew it? " So I will give you 2 so
U do not have to decide. Ask again and is the WHY and the reason why one disappears. I offer here
one of my many versions of a FANTASTIC routine that plays big anywhere anytime.
streamline version can just be 2 offer one mint and using a wizard ring make it DISAPPEAR while
closing their hand. PS= Be sure when U perform 2 mention not 2 eat the mint(s) just yet before I
tell U or (show you) something. Has not happen but someone could really need a mint but that could
be another trick not F/X.
I do hope those who have not been happy consider this routine
again as an F/X or an offer simply for a mint over showing a trick. Bigger impact as I have done it
many different ways. I do know this offers a slightly different approach 2 an AWESUM F/X the
spectator will tell others of this IMPOSSIBLE magic MOOOOO-Mint.
It's not bad and some of this is really good just over priced I don't think we should pay for how
much thought was in a trick
The LipSmacker box dispenses the gimmicked mint and helps facilitate the vanish.
Movemint box dispenses the gimmicked mint and helps facilitate the vanish.
Movement box also allows for a clean switch back to a regular mint. No fumbling with tiny mints and
no mix ups.
The gimmick-within-the-gimmick also allows for the mint animations (without the
telltale ring), and also helps you create the illusion of a mint penetrating a glass tabletop - AG
added a clever ruse for this, and it is in the dvd.
There is animation, plus the vanish and
the optional penetration.
Lots of options for a "simple" gimmick.
This product is in my opinion the best PK effect on the market. Heres why:
It is completely self
contained, start clean, finish clean. No need to strap any magnets on, just drop it in your pocket
and it's ready to go. What makes this so special is the spectator can eat the mint at the end of the
effect, It uses a brilliant self contained switching method that is 100% convincing.
You do not
necessarily need to make the mint move exactly as in the video The surfaces can influence the motion
so you need to be creative. I got mine to spin like a frisbee on the flat side across the table. I
modified the gimmick handling in order to use a PK ring. I use the ring anyway so that works for me.
This product delivers exactly what it claims. How many PK effects do you know that you can perform
in swim suit? With this you can.