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Champ by Rick Merrill (DVD)

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"This is the type of INSANE visual that wins world magic championships." -Maxwell Murphy

"Straight from my FISM award winning act" -Rick Merrill

You won't believe your eyes. A FISM Grand Prix Champion shares close-up magic secrets for the first time.

There are no words to describe how eye-popping Rick Merrill's CHAMP is. You just feel like a punching bag by the time it's done. It's a delight to watch, and once you learn it you'll be able to perform it anywhere you see a pen and a coin.

PROFESSIONALS: If you could practice and master only one close-up routine, this one is as good as it gets. Period. Wish I had more to say, I don't.. it's that good.

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Amazing but you need practice. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 26th, 2017
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I have practiced this for about 4 hours still I haven't got it perfect. Every once in awhile show angles. It is a very cool effect once you put in at least 5 hours of work.

Pros: very visual comma comes with an extra effect usually a Sharpie and a coin. Which is equally as good as the original effect.

Cons: you need to practice this a lot to get the angles correct.
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Very clever indeed! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 16th, 2016
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This is a very convincing total vanish of a sharpie marker, or any similar object. Done correct with angles covered it will blow the socks off of anyone you meet. It can be done in short sleeves so it looks totally fair, but there is something you will have to put on in order to do the full vanish.

It uses a tool you have on you anyway, is pretty simple to perform, and looks amazing.
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Not perfect, but scratches the sleight-of-hand itch Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 29th, 2016
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There's a lot of fine details (especially at the crucial phase that involves the open-hands display) that Merrill skips or glosses over. Fortunately, the video production quality is good enough to allow someone really determined like me to reverse-engineer the things he doesn't explain, like the angle to hold the "holdout," the miming and covering actions, etc.
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Amazing and easy Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 19th, 2017
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This is angley (Duh) but it is a jaw dropper. It will take some audience management skills but well worth the price.

If you do restaurant work, or close-up at parties and such, people on side tables can see how some of it is done, as in many close-up magic tricks. In my experience, they never know what they are looking at, so they don't figure it out.
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Nice but very angle-sensitive Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 18th, 2015
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The reason I gave it only three stars is because there's no way you can present this beautiful vanish in a normal close-up situation.

On stage, fine. However, the move is very angle-sensitive. And as a close-up worker (table hopping and cocktails), I am sure I won't use it to the full.

That said, there are other nice moves and a nice routine with a coin.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 22nd, 2015
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I would not recommend it to some people and would to others. If you are in to doing street magic and having no more than 1 or 2 people, or if you like to make videos of your magic, than this is astonishing. But if you are going to have a number as small as 5 to 6 people, then I wouldn't recommend it. The reason why is that it is so angle sensitive. I have not practiced this simply because of how angle sensitive it is, so that it's not worth it to me, also it is a trick that will take a week or 2 of practice. I tried practicing, but it was really hard and I didn't feel the effect was good enough. Although I have only been a magician for around 7 months. If you want to spend money on a trick, I would buy the universal impression 2.0. It is about $40 I believe, but I have used it and freaked people out. So I do not recommend this unless you are in to making videos or having small crowds.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 30th, 2015
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The moves are for the advanced sleight of hand artist...while the moves themselves are simple you must feel very comfortable with sleight of hand to make this look natural. I personally love this routine, and have never performed it myself. It is definitely fun to practice but if you do not put in the time its not worth performing
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Great for all skill levels Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 27th, 2019
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THis is well worth the $$$
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He's good Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 22nd, 2015
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The video looks great, but to duplicate what he does , would take a long time. To many angles to cover to do this trick close to anyone
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 9th, 2021
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Haven't had a chance to perform yet, but a nice fun trick to learn.
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