I initially thought this effect used a different method, but I was happy to see you actually never
have to touch the spectators phone.
That being said the whole trick is not that strong and could
leave a lot of questions in their minds.
I do not regret getting it for $10 but I dont think ill
be using this often, if ever.
My suggestion will be to perform this after you get a feel for
your audience, if they are easy to fool then it will do great; however if you are performing for
someone who might ask a few questions, they will figure out the trick in no time.
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As said in the title, this is a nice little routine. It's a math-based thing, but the premise &
patter are well designed to mask that. It needs no props except the spectator's phone that is never
toughed by the mentalist.
This is easy to learn, but I'd reccommend learning all the
nuances because they are very well thought out and change a cute little trick into something really
For a person who like being able to to a few miracles with little or nothing to
carry, this fits the bill.
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Once again, Rick has created a trick that you can perform anytime, anywhere with nothing more than a
cell phone or calculator. After learning this, you will always be ready when someone asks you to
show them a trick.
On this 18 minute video Rick clearly shows you how the trick works,
several ways to properly present it to fit your style, and real-world performances to learn from.
Easy to perform, seems impossible to your spectators.
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The folks at penguin strive to get the most out of every effect. This routine fits that concept very
well. It is well thought out, entertaining and good to know if you don't have anything with you and
someone says, "show me sumthin." I would recommend this for that reason. I'm not sure that this will
be the trick everyone talks about but certainly worth the small investment to be able to do
something strong "on the fly"
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Yes, This is super impromptu.
Yes, you can use any phone.
Rick's teaching is excellent
as always and im going to try it today. fooled myself trying it at home.
So easy when you
finish the video you will already feel confident to preform.
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I can't wait to perform this for everyone. And it's perfect for when someone says, "Oh, you're a
magician? Do a trick for me."
It is totally impromptu, no prep needed, can be done with a
regular calculator if anyone still has one of those. And no, you don't ever need to touch the phone,
before, during, or after.
About the ad copy: The video says, "...you want to read people's
minds," but Rick's presentation comes off much more as a cold reading (with a little muscle reading
thrown in, too). You do not need to be skilled in either of these things to perform this, though!
The method is so much simpler than that. Rick's presentation has been very carefully thought-out,
and Rick explains the thinking behind his ideas.
Besides, if a cold reading presentation
is not your style (as is true with me), you will have no difficulty shaping this method to your own
needs. Rick does indeed provide a few other good ideas on presentation, and his ideas have spurred
my own presentation thoughts. In short, I'm inspired and delighted with this.
minor criticism, difficult to explain without tipping the method. Let's just say that what they see
on their calculator isn't quite exactly what you offer up. But I feel the presentation details very
much takes care of this. The presentation cleverly offers up some verbal misdirection, too. Again,
you can easily shape this to fit your own presentation.
Some things you might like to know:
1) Do you have to do any math? Any calculations? No, none at all.
2) Any memorization? Only
if you think remembering how to do a routine is memorization. Rick's teaching gives you a super
simple way to remember the method. Watch this once and you'll have it down forever.
3) You won't
be wanting to repeat this to the same group. Street performance, table hopping are fine, so long as
your previous audience isn't nearby.
(Full disclosure: I've been advanced a free copy of
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I really need to look into the guy who inspired this trick. I have heard many good things and am
impressed by what I've seen. This trick is a great example of Martin Gardner's genius. Combined with
Rick Lax' s modern presentation, this is a trick you can't leave at home.
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Don't get me wrong, this is a cool effect. The only problem is on the stock calculator app on my
Galaxy S20 plus, it does not automatically round the decimal places. As a result, the method does
not result in the same outcome with certain numbers. Super bummed :/
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Great trick. I've done others using the magic [method], but this is new to me. I love any
"mindreading demonstration that I can do that doesn't require me to carry props!
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I love it when math and magic come together. Rick has crafted a super simple performance that uses
a spectator's phone. No, there is no setup needed and you don't touch the phone ever. I can
perform this effect almost instantly. It's the type of effect that you can spring on your friends
at dinner or on stage at a magic theater. Well done. It is uncommonly fun to use with versions of
Rick's stage craft. I plan to use it on my math students first thing tomorrow!
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