This effect can be used any time any where and for a small or big crowd. I have only performed the
basic effect so far. The only problem I have had is that the person who you give the coin to must
understand that they can tell the truth or lie but they must be consistent. I have explained there
simple instructions to several people in agonizing detail and they still manage to screw it up. They
will answer with a lie to the first question and tell the truth to my second question. It's no
reflection on this great effect, just be aware that some people cannot understand and obey the
instructions. The effect is clean all the way through and finishes clean and reset ready to go
If you want to do a coin trick but are having trouble with palming, slight of hand, etc
this is a good trick for you.
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I paid the for this because of Mark Elsdon, Peter Turner, Colin McLeod and Michael Murray's names
were associated with it. What a wonderful purchase it is! Actually, any one of them endorsing a
produce is good enough for me, but all these gentlemen getting involved makes this a no-brainer.
Most things I see previews here I can figure out, but I buy them for the final touches. I
did not figure this out. I imagine I would figure it out if pushed in the right direction and had a
lot of time on my hands, just like 100 monkeys can write Shakespear given enough time.
pro mentalist, I have twenty things I use to assess a routine. They are:
1) big impact,
believable - not so impossible that it appears to be a "trick",
3) takes no strange props, (or
better yet no props),
4) does not involve playing cards or any other obvious magician
5) easy to transport,
6) has little to no angle issues,
7) little or no
8) has no refills or anything "special" needs that needs to be replaced with use,
is sturdy and can take a beating,
10) is not restricted by body type (i.e. needs to be thin,
tall, not have windows in hands, etc.)
11) provides audience interaction,
12) is not
designed to present to magicians, but a lay audience,
13) easy to do and remember,
not something an audience member can THINK they figured it out,
15) can work in a bar, street,
close-up and stage environments,
16) can be presented in multiple ways easily (mentalism, magic,
body reading, psychic, etc.)
17) can be used for all ages - or as close to all ages as possible
18) Does not appear like something an audience has seen before,
19) passes the "wife" test,
20) falls into my budget.
So few routines REALLY fall into each of these requirements -
don't let the price scare you away! This falls into ALL of the categories.
The only three
possible negatives are:
1) It is not real magic (but definitely looks like it),
is a logic puzzle, but it is easy to do and the logic will not be followed by the audience. It does
NOT appear to be a logic puzzle, and
3) while no acting is necessary, like all magic, a
modicum of acting ability helps.
This will go into my repertoire forever - LOVE IT!
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Even if you had a genuine ability to guess which hand someone hides a coin,
it's not the sort of
effect that "kills."
IMO, guessing which hand someone conceals a coin is something
magicians and guys primarily enjoy. We all fantasize about the ability. It's apparently propless
(or in this case actually propless).
However, SOME spectators genuinely don't comprehend
the improbability of guessing a 50/50 correctly 4 or 5 times in a row. With Tequila Hustler, YOU
CAN DO IT ONCE. If the participant wants you to do it again, the method would become more and more
With Tequila Hustler, you CAN'T guess it 4 times in a row. Well, you could if
you wanted to look silly.
I'm guessing the girl in the teaser video who commented to the
camera, "I think he read my mind," was referring to SOMETHING ELSE Peter Turner did. Either that or
Turner lucked out with finding a spectator who had never been exposed to logic puzzles before.
I have a $500 device for this, and though it is great, it doesn't make jaws drop or make people
scream and run around telling everyone ... like the humble center tear.
Sure, Derren Brown's
showmanship makes this effect outstanding...but I'm not even sure he could make this out to be
anything more than a logic puzzle. Maybe he might get away with using it as an intro to his
presentation of Which Hand.
The participant must answer 2 questions each time you want to
know which hand it is. It often comes across as a mere logic puzzle. This COULD'VE easily been
written in the ad copy without giving away the entire thinking behind the method.
participant answers only 2 questions, you'll INSTANTLY KNOW which hand she's hidden the coin!!!"
What's wrong with that kind of honesty in advertising?
It's a great bar bet. It's not
going to convince anyone that you can read their mind, or their body language, or influence them.
They're going to think you're good at logic puzzles.
Great thinking went into this, to be
But in the end, it's the effect that matters, not the method.
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A friend of mine has shown it to me yesterday and i bought it to support this project and also
wanted to read about Colins and Michaels approach.
100% surefire method! I see this as a add-on
method for any which hand that is around there. Have a look at other methods as well to combine
them. Another great thing is: you can customize it to your needs.
One of the ideas i got after
reading The manuscript for example: put a borrowed bill (50$) inside one of two envelopes and play a
You burn the envelope in which the bill is not in.
Yes you are not limited to which
hand! Play it big!
My highest recommendation. You get a hammer try to figure out what you can
build with it. :-)
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"One of the finest effects ever created"!?!? You gotta be kidding, people!! Two questions to arrive
at a 50-50 outcome, and that doesn't feel like a logical puzzle? What does it feel like then? Real
magic perhaps?? As I watched the full performance, Martin Gardner's name popped into my mind
(indeed, Mark Elsdon mentioned him later on among the influences)- this is the kind of logical
curiousity that you find left and right in his writing. After that you are free to pick one and blow
it out of proportion. I'm sorry guys, I don't get the 33 raving reviews, this was really truly
overpriced. Mark Elsdon does mention that this is more of a vehicle to begin some other, "real",
effect, and there is a reason for that. This piece alone does not stand on its own, no matter what
presentation. Even "Turning Heads" by Ryan Stock is more puzzling - you guess the 50-50, but at
least you ask no questions... Maaaaaybe, with a stretch, the variation of guessing multiple coines
of a few people at the same time can hold some ground - then it becomes a stunt of some sort - "even
if theres a logical trick, amazing how he/she keeps track of several people". But other than that,
in person or by phone, blindfolded or not, with all the ideas and variations offered, it really
comes across as a clever algorithm, which it is. And maybe they won't crack it on the spot, but they
will know it has to be something along the line - otherwise, why those questions at all? Those who
are into the world of puzzles know that there is an ocean of gems of comparable calibre, and I
understand the effort that was put into translating it into a magic environment. Still to me it
remains what it is, and the fact that there is a logical principle at work is unquestionable to any
sane person. Sorry, really disappointed, shamelessly overpriced.
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As others have consistently said, this is an awesome presentation that disguises the method inside
the engaging presentation, so for that alone it's a real winner. One star off from me because - I
think people won't know HOW it works, but they just write it off as... it's a logic puzzle of some
kind. I had a similar feeling of STEGASAURUS, which I also really enjoy performing. If you watch the
video, Mark adds a second bit that is nothing new, but when paired with this I think makes the whole
thing much stronger retrospectively. Mark says the same, and also admits this isn't a killer or
anything - but at the right time and place, at a pub with your mates perhaps - it's a heck of a lot
of fun. So definitely a worker and in a winner in my book, propless and impromptu. It will get a
"Hmm!" more than a "Holy ****" but that's ok by me. Nice effect.
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It works 100% , it is a great effect.
But the statement "you are a terrible liar and the
coin is in this hand", has not given me great results
As mamy times the participants have
said "but i did not lie"
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I think that these guys did a great job with TH. Though the primary effect is the which hand
routine, each person offers their own handling as well as alternate presentations using the same
principle. They are correct in saying that you will know the hand in which a spectator holds a
coin/object with 100% accuracy. I will say that this effect certainly reminds me of my effect
'Witchy Which' from my ebook "Omniscient", which was never mentioned in the credits *single tear*.
Nevertheless, it is a full proof method that you should certainly consider if you are interested in
which hand routines. :)
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This is, perhaps, one of the most intelligent method I've ever learnt. Possibly, this kind of method
is familiar to some people, but don't forget; our audience is mainly laymen (I don't belittle them,
It's totally impromptu, and you can apply this to any kind of your routine once
you swallow the gist. The rest depends on your presentation. Overpriced? No, it's adequate for your
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Except for Elsdon's rapid-fire explanation -- which is OK cuz he goes over it at least 3x --- THIS
IS VERY, HIGH-IMPACT conversation as mentalism.