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.
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
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.
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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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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The effect is wonderful.
The method is ingenious.
The problem is the gimmick I received.
First...the box line drawn on mine is razor sharp...as 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 spot...so all
that shows in the window is a ZERO...which creates a HUGE problem.
What card is a ZERO?
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 ???...in 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.
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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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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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
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!
Line... Get this trick now!!
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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...
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
next...is PRICELESS That's why I still purchased two and would buy again.
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
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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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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
- 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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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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I always like to ask fellow magi what their 3 favorite close-up tricks of all time are....no
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 magical...it 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
seconds...an absolutely perfect opener!!....so do yourself a huge favor and hit "Add to
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