I rarely write reviews, either when a product is so good, or when it's so bad. Unfortunately, this
one is bad.
The trailer is very very misleading, as it only show the changes (cards turning
over), but that is the smallest part of the effect. Getting in and out of the changes is the most
part, and the didn't show it at all. Once I bought the trick, I saw why. It is VERY difficult to go
in and out of the changes, very illogical and suspicious.
They say that Shin Lim has been
performing this effect for 8 years I believe. Well, I highly doubt that. In only two days, I found a
much better way of doing some of the moves and clean up. But most importantly, Shin Lim ALSO flashes
the moves in the "getting in and out of the changes" when he does it full speed. So if HE flashes
the moves, after 8 years, what am I to expect? It's just so bad...
Also, there are no verbal
explanation, only a text following the video, which would be fine if there wasn't a water mark of
the same font color, covering the first few words of every sentence, so I have to pause and decipher
I am not complaining about the difficulty of the effect, I actually did buy it
because I need a challenge, but there are difficult effects, and there are effects that just can't
be performed. This is one of them. It's too knacky, very hard to hide difficult moves, you are
guaranteed to flash most of the time even if you master the moves (like Shin Lim).
I just wish
they at least showed a glimps of the "getting into the move" on the trailer, but they didn't,
because it flashes.
All in all, I bought many many many products off of Penguin, but this is
the worst one so far.
9 of 14 magicians found this helpful.
Save your money. The instructional video is so bad! Shin lim doesn't talk throughout the video.
Instead he reveals the sleights and at the top of the screen there is a brief description of what to
do. What you see in the trailer isn't what you get. Even shin himself couldn't make it look good in
the video. The moves are impossible, the angles are atrocious and expects us to do 2 routines
without getting caught. He doesn't explain how the moves should be done. This is impractical and you
would have to use real magic to perform.
5 of 7 magicians found this helpful.
Hello this trick I learned years ago it hard but this trick for no beginner it for Advanced card
magician the tutorial sucks the reason I give it 5 stars I know how to do it I buyer for variations
2 of 2 magicians found this helpful.
First: The trick is excellent, best version of twisting the aces I know, very visual and you only
need a normal deck of cards. But be warned, you have to spend some time to get the handling right
Second: The only reason I have not given 5 stars is the bad explanation and
production, bad at least in the follwonig sense. You have to read the explanation and
simultaneously(!) watch what Shin Lim shows. Additionally the explanation text is only partially
readable because the water mark of the video is 'printed' often partially over the text. The English
is not correct, i.e. some words are used in the wrong way and you have to guess what is meant. Shin
Lim - as usual I have to say - gives only the bare bones of the work. Details in handling and with
respect to important points (for example the condition of the cards and the angles with respect to
the Asher Twist)you have to explore for yourself. And sometimes Shin Lim explains something in one
way but - if you watch the video performance carefully - does it in another way. Last not least the
credits are a joke. For example, only the names of Guy Hollingworth and Lee Asher are cited but not
- for example - that Shin Lim uses in principle Lee Ashers so called Asher Twist.
3 of 5 magicians found this helpful.
Ok to start off i just want to say, i am not tempted to right a review unless it is earned, i think
this trick very well has earned its 5 star review
this trick is pure eye candy! this is
also my go to visual effect! pros and cons
Pros - visual, great reactions
Cons - pretty hard trick but fantastic in the long run
for $7 i dont know why you
wouldnt want to get this!
2 of 3 magicians found this helpful.
Great trick. Soon to be in my repertoire. I give myself 6 months to get this down. That time could
be cut down significantly if more details were given on the handling. I've had to experiment myself
to find those details to get the moves more consistent. He should give all his insights and wisdom
developed over the years. Had he done that, I would have given 5 stars because the trick is so good.
All subtitled with bare bones instruction. You either get it or you don't.
I don't really
care for the 2.0 addition. Very angley in my opinion. And he doesn't show how this could be
incorporated to the already established routine. It is a stand alone move.
Get this if you
are willing to put in more work then you were expecting. The positive is that it can be done
impromptu and looks like real magic when performed right.
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
This is probably one of my favorite tricks to perform. I'd place it in the middle of intermediate to
advanced as it takes a decent amount of practice to not only get the basic moves down but the timing
for performance as well. This isn't your standard pick a card kind of trick. But at the same time,
the super visual effect will blow spectators away. No gaffs or gimmicks needed, just slight of hand.
My one complaint however, is that the teaching in the video is all done using subtitles and video
performance, no instruction with his voice at all. For roughly a few dollars more, Shin's at the
table offers his work on other tricks, Shinsplint included. The only difference is that 2.0 includes
the aces turning back face down while the at the table is all taught through verbal lecture and
performance. If you're a person who has a hard time learning without the magician talking you
through, get his at the table. If not, the instruction and close up shots on 2.0 are better if you
can follow the on screen subtitles and video.
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
I read the reviews before buying this. Admittedly I was concerned but after messing with it for only
a few hours I was getting it down pretty well. One thing I might suggest for those struggling with
ANY trick would be - write down all the steps to the method - sometimes that is all it takes to let
the brain wrap around it or let it click. Hope it helps.
This trick is amazing, I had watched it on TV performed by Shin Lim and he fooled me everytime. This
is a masterpiece of sleight of hand.