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Little Door by Roddy McGhie (Download + Gimmicks)

"I was fooled. You'll be fooled. Your audiences don't stand a chance" -Mark Elsdon. 7 IN STOCK. EACH UNIT HAND-MADE BY RODDY MCGHIE.
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From the creator of 'FLUX' and 'Sew-On' comes the incredible 'Little Door'...

Effect: You tell the story of a trick a magician once showed you. You explain that he was able to name your chosen card using a little secret door in the card case.

You illustrate this by drawing a little door on the card case. Without any funny moves, you proceed to OPEN the little door showing the card within!

Of course this was just a story so you close the door before slowly erasing the drawing and immediately handing the case out for examination!

This incredible effect is not just a card trick but rather a magical, illustrated tale designed to entertain and enrapture audiences of all ages. It also looks really cool!

"Roddy's Little Door is everything you could want in a magic trick: incredible visuals, unfathomable method and stunning audience reactions. I was fooled.You'll be fooled and your audiences don't stand a chance." - MARK ELSDON

"Brilliantly visual, wonderfully baffling and truely magical!" FISM World Champion - MATTHEW WRIGHT

"You're releasing this? No!!!! I want to keep it for ME! Selfish I know but this is just too damn good!" - ERIC JONES

"I've been visually mind f**ked!" - DAN HAUSS

Includes hand-crafted custom gimmicks.

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Got me to write a review ;-) Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 25th, 2016
I rarely write reviews.
Simply, there are just too many of the damned things.
And, YES, I actually paid for mine so I'm not obligated to post a glowing review, unless it is earned ;-)
That being said, sometimes, a trick is shown with a technique that is so 'perfect' and a result that plays HUGE to any/every audience, that I just have to sit down, type, and send "kudos and props" to the developer, Roddy McGhie.
Rarely do I 'gush' over an effect, but I love this thing.
In re: level of difficulty...
How hard is it to draw a box? A '1'...'2' maybe.
The handling is easy, and most importantly, the technique is very natural.
The gimmick(s) are of outstanding quality. They'll last a long time with normal care.
The initial gimmick 'load' is brilliant, and the 'steal' equally so.
Both 'moves' are quick to learn and are very forgiving as you learn. Even if you're not quite as smooth during your initial presentations, don't even sweat it. No one will notice.
Simply, no one is looking at what you're doing. They're just thinking about that damn door and that card you peeked at.
Then, when you 'erase' the door, total chaos results...
Most heard comment from my audience "...what the h*ll...
can I see the box?'
In my opinion, this is so good that I'm ordering an additional trick.
Roddy's teaching videos (a DVD and two online vids) are AOK. He addresses everything that you'll need to know to perform this fun, fun, fun trick.
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Best trick of the yeAR Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 19th, 2016
I purchased this from Roddy directly, and now I bought a backup from Penguin. This has gone to the top of my list of things I've picked up in the last year. It's probably in my top five tricks of all time. It's essentially angle proof, easy to do (with a little practice, naturally) and never fails to get a good reaction. When you erase the little door the spectator's view of reality is shattered. They have entered into a Road Runner cartoon and are usually speechless. This is the kind of trick that makes me love the art of magic.
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275 stars - Beyond perfect! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 14th, 2016
I just can't say enough great stuff about this trick. The AUDIENCE REACTIONS are OUTSTANDING. But - I have a secret quest for my performances. I like effects that fool me - make me actually think I am a magician - EVERY time I do them. This is one of those few pieces of ART that blows my mind even though know what I'm doing here. IT IS SO ELEGANT ANDTHE POTENTIAL of altering the reality of your spectators' minds is just beyond my belief. I've been around a long time in magic. Magic Castle member. Pro for over 30 years. Maybe once a year something comes out that I think is actually superb. This is it. The concept is great. The construction is AWESOME. When you slide that door open YOU ARE DOING REAL MAGIC. Buy two or three because you will never not want to have this with you and you will want backups. Roddy - you have given my work a very special effect. Thank you! Make us more new stuff that is this great!!!!
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Great Idea...Bad Gimmick Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 14th, 2017
The effect is wonderful.
The method is ingenious.
The problem is the gimmick I received.
First...the box line drawn on mine is razor if drawn with a ruler. Plus the bottom of the line is cut off so it's half the thickness of the other lines. No way it looks like a hand drawn box in any way.
Second problem is the card that is in my little door is a 10 all that shows in the window is a ZERO...which creates a HUGE problem.
What card is a ZERO?
I understand if you think a bit you can figure out which card it is but the real issue is...anything that creates doubt...hesitation...what the ??? a spectator's mind messes up the effect. It makes them look closer at the door...trying to figure out what the card is. Not good.
They need to stick to easily recognizable cards when they make these things.
I'd give it a 1 for my gimmick being unworkable but it really is a brilliant idea so I gave it a 3 and hopefully you get a better gimmick than I did.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 24th, 2016
I bought this directly from Roddy as soon as I could; once I saw the teaser trailer I was hooked!
Its a great trick; super simple and great visuals.
I would highly recommend this trick.

1.How easy is it to do?
Its a very simple trick, there isn't really any "slight of hand" just a natural move that is super simple to do and will fly by everyone. That being said, PRACTICE. If you want to preform well, practice; but, we all know that.

2.Is there a gimmick?

3.Can you make the gimmick yourself?

4.How long will the gimmick last?
This depends on how well you take care of your card box's. It has the potential to last a long time if taken care of. (I have had mine for a couple months now and it still looks/functions great)

5.What are the Angles like?
The angles are great, I have done this surrounded and not been caught.

6.Is it examinable?
Yes! wipe the ink away and hand the box right out to spectators. They will be blown away!

The Bottom Line... Get this trick now!!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 19th, 2016
There are very few tricks that elicit a kind of giddy, school child like sense of amazement, wonder and magic. I've shown this effect to numerous people, magicians and lay people alike and the reactions are unlike almost any other trick I perform. People just don't see it coming and when you open that door, they just smile, laugh and giggle with a sense of wonder and amazement that magicians long to create but rarely do.

The toughest part of the trick is drawing the door. It's not hard really, you just have to draw the lines straight and in the proper place. There are a two other moves, but they are not at all difficult and with just a bit of practice, you will be performing this the next day.

Based on the reactions Little Door gets, it gets my highest recommendation and is the best trick I have purchased in years. It's just that good!
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WOW!!! But... Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 17th, 2017
The great...

The reactions to this trick are incredible! The gimmick itself is whimsical, fun, and unique!

The performance angles are great, should even be 360, so you shouldn't even get busted if you do correctly.

The box is completely examinable after the trick.

The trick is VERY EASY to do!

Why 3 stars? The not so great...

I personally think it's really expensive for what you get and what you don't get.

- The gimmick is not completely ready to go out of the box. You DO need an x-acto knife and will need to do easy craftsmanship to finish the gimmick.

- You DON'T receive a deck of cards (Under Wraps by Mark Mason, which has similar mechanics but a very different trick by also requires a card box, and that trick provides a box and the cost is 12 bucks less)

- You DON'T get a dry-erase marker (so you're gonna have to go get one if you don't have one) and if you want to use a standard sharpie like in the video, you'll need to spend a couple bucks and do some work to make that happen.

- The gimmick IS well made, but you're not going to get a lifetime of performance from it if you perform regularly. Even with the best of care, parts of this gimmick are going wear out or get damaged from use.

Still, I must recommend supremely, since this is a worker on steroids! The reaction that spectators give RIGHT AFTER you just draw the door and haven't even done anything yet, and they start smiling because the quietly intuitively know an impossible miracle is coming PRICELESS That's why I still purchased two and would buy again.

Some tips:

I perform in a walkaround setting. I am not completely comfortable with relying on "persistence of vision" if I didn't draw the door so great so 1) I put the card box face down in front of me when I take the cards out of the box (to space out the amount of time the original drawing was viewed) and 2) I almost immediately erase the door after I show it for the last time. The reactions still kill. This performance potentially allows for a persistent spectator to see twice without getting busted.
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Almost Perfect (4.5 Stars) Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 25th, 2016
I want to give this 5 stars, but there's a few things preventing that from happening. Mostly little personal things, but that's what reviews are, personal.

First, the positives.

- Looks amazing. If you liked what you saw in the trailer, then you won't be disappointed.

- Easy(ish). I'm no sleight of hand expert, and I was performing this 10 minutes after watching the DVD

- Well taught. Roddy did a great job of going over practically everything.

- The gimmick. Extremely well made.

Now, the bad.

- DVD + Online Instructions. I really don't get this. The DVD itself might not even be 10 minutes. Yet, the instructions to set up the gimmick are through an online link that's included. My only guess is they forgot to put it on the DVD.
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A Perfect Opener! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 9th, 2016
I always like to ask fellow magi what their 3 favorite close-up tricks of all time restrictions. I get a pretty wide variety of answers but the "Invisible Deck" and the "The $100 Bill Switch" are among the most frequent responses. Occasionally, "Scotch and Soda" are in there too. "Little Door" is so just looks great! I can't really get into the method here but I can say this, if you liked the promo video, you will be all over this one. This is a pleasure to perform...oh yeah, did I mention that you can hand everything out!!....even cleans up in a couple of absolutely perfect opener!! do yourself a huge favor and hit "Add to Cart".....Peace.
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Simply A Must Have Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 19th, 2016
This is by far one of my best effects! Its takes you back to the cartoon days when someone would draw a tunnel and go thru it then someone else would just crash into the mountain. This is amazing! I mean you draw a door in front of them you open that door on the case and show them the card thru the door on the case and then you or them erase the door and try as they may no sign of the opening can be found.

Simply put this effect is amazing and I dare no I double dare you to find an effect with more bang for your buck than this. I gladly endorse this effect.
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