I previously purchased Chris' "The Whole Thing" through Theory 11 and thought it was great. That was
a 5 star trick. I bought "Holed Up" through Penguin to see if there was anything new and unreleased
previously. Unfortunately I didn't see anything that improved his previously released material and
even think the tricks that are featured are not as good as they were through previously releases of
the effect. For the price, I don't think it is a bad deal at all as it is only $7.95. I personally
think it is a better option to spend around $20 through Theory11 and get a much better presentation
of these effects which includes better routines. If I had not seen the previous stuff through T11 I
might have liked "Holed Up" from Penguin better.
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Holed Up is a terrific trick, it's that simple. You can even prepare the gaffs in front of the
spectator so the effect is (almost) impromptu. Some basic sleight of hand is required but it's
within just about everyone's reach. What you see in the demo is what you get. Chris' teaching is
clear and straightforward. At the conclusion of the main effect you are somewhat dirty but he
teaches 3 excellent methods of cleaning up- you should be able to find one that fits your style. The
bonus effects are good and well-taught. He teaches 3 other effects- my favorite of these was the
Mystery Card. The moment of magic is truly eye-popping both for your spectators and even yourself.
All in all, this is well worth the low price he is asking.
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After making a rather disappointing purchase a couple of weeks ago, this was a welcome relief. I
like the way Chris thinks and then puts it together in a very tight, well taught trick...yes, I
would call this a worker!...pick this one up...you'll use this....a lot of great applications for
this one...enjoy! Oh yeah, the price is a steal!
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Thank you for sharing these routines and gimmick ideas Chris. Your training was easy to follow and
very entertaining. The only reason I've not given 5 stars is because I had to construct the gimmick
myself. A small issue. Ultimately I'm now able to make the improbable possible for audience
members due to your training.
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There's a ton of card magic floating around but it's rare to find something as super visual as Holed
Up. The moment the selection materializes looks like pure magic! That moment fries people's brains
and prevents them from even attempting to backtrack or reconstruct the effect. If you want your
audience to experience the impact of magic instead of a puzzle, click the buy button.
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
Simple and a great close up effect.
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I loved it. Chris is a great teacher with lots of knowledge and ideas. This is a super clever trick
with lots of applications, and it looks like real magic. Lots of great sleights taught with nice
touches as well.
I'm not heavy into card magic, as Chris Mayhew obviously is, but I appreciate the research and the
multitudinous citations that went into this. I had recently purchased "Solo" by Mark Mason mainly
for the delightful card vanish between two Kings with holes drilled out in the centers. Now I
realize that Chris Mayhews instructions make it possible to perform almost the exact same trick as
"Solo" and even tear out the holes in two cards (I prefer Jokers to Kings anyway) at the start.
Better yet, I can combine the two if I play my cards right!
A simple clear effect by a funny & great guy.
Easy to get in and out of & very visual.
Never fails to get great reactions.