I know doing honest review is difficult, cos no inventor/creator like
critical review. However, as the person who reviews the product, I think I bare the responsibility
to make the most honest review to the readers.
I have more than thousand of book and thousand
of video and products, thus I hope my opinion can help you to make a better judgement.
only judge based on what my real feeling about the product, but not consider whether it is made by
WHAT YOU GET?
You will get a 103 pages in 6 x 9 perfect bound
format. The book comes with 58 black & white pictures.
The book is not those large magic books
we’ve seen these days. Instead, it’s relatively small and thin.
QUALITY OF THE BOOK
The book quality per se is not particular impressing. As I said above, it’s a small book.
There are some obvious layout problems but it doesn’t affect reading.
HOW MANY TRICKS?
WHAT ARE THEY?
8 tricks + 1 hidden trick are included. 1 move with 2 variations. And a control
which takes up 20 pages of the book. And a 2-page article about theory
3 of the tricks need
table to perform and others can be done in-hand.
QUALITY OF THE TRICKS
Redford is an accomplished magician and creator. As a result, his materials do not disappoint me.
The tricks in the book are easy-to-do and practical. In fact, all effects could be done with
There is no pip dream or difficult moves to master.
To judge a book or
a trick, I usually count on the fact that if there is something surprising for me. In other words,
they could be clever move, or subtlety which I can employ in other tricks.
In that sense, there
are 3 places in the book which I smile upon reading it. But to be honest, the tricks in the book are
not super super super magical. Well, there are some great tricks of course, but they don't go beyond
my expectation (maybe I set a too high standard for Mr. Redford’s material).
has provided some interesting presentation in the book, which I value much.
Now, I will
rate the things individually.
* Stop, Stop. (An Introduction): 8/10
* Double Thought
* I.D.I.M: 8/10
* Zombie Collectors: 8/10
* Haystack: 6/10
Ternion Unplugged: 6/10
* The Super Card: 9/10
* The Decurtait Controls: 5/10
Safe Decurtait Control: 5/10
* Decurtait Applications: 3/10
* Prophesy Placement: 7/10
* What's the Catch?: 7/10
* Fishman's No Lap Cover Switch: 9/10
* Four Card Monte:
* Poker Triumph: 6/10
* Weight, Weight...Don't Tell Me!: 7/10
* King Kong
PROS ABOUT THE BOOK
1. Clear credits are given. So readers can easily
refer to other material.
2. Full scripts are given
3. Effects are practical and easy. Most
of them are impromptu.
CONS ABOUT THE BOOK
1. Some parts of the book are
2. Some mistakes in the book.
3. A particular control (and not impressing
one, in my opinion) takes 20 pages (1/5 of the book!)
If you are a card
guy, you can find something interesting for sure. The tricks are decent and I can see they can draw
huge reaction if done right.
I will re-read some tricks of the book, but as an avid reader of
magic books, I don’t see I will refer to this book often. That being said, it doesn’t mean it’s not
an interesting book in itself.
Here is my final verdict of the book.
Effectiveness of Tricks: 7/10
Final Score: 6.5/10