The Tiny Plunger sucks - and that's going to make you very happy.
It sucks one card, two cards, twenty cards, and more - it sucks them all and leaves the audience amazed and entertained in the process. This clever little prop allows for a seemingly endless number of astonishing and charming routines...
The enclosed DVD includes presentations and approaches from Jon Armstrong, Mathieu Bich, and Garret Thomas. It also features Mathieu's ingenious approach using an ordinary pen - both the pen and the deck can even be borrowed! In fact, no special deck or gaffed cards are necessary at all. It includes two versions of the plunger – one has a nifty little feature that allows for even more possibilities with the premise.
I love fun little props that add more dimension to your magic - and bring along some laughs in the process. I'm having a ball with this little wonder and I think you will too!
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It’s an inarguable fact: magicians love moving holes.
Magicians have moved thousands of holes on to, off of, and across playing cards. I’ve always been a fan of two versions of the plot from Jay Sankey – Hole Hop (for its speed and directness) and Target Practice (for its sheer cleverness). But I’m having a ball with this new approach from Marc Arthur and Kozmo Magic.
The primary routine is filled with lovely visual magic. I think the open way in which the “card dot” transforms into a real hole is powerful stuff. You can see it for yourself here. The hole jumping on to the entire deck is pretty shocking and it’s sure to generate some strong audience reaction. The selected card can change in each performance and Arthur covers several alternate handlings so you’ll have plenty of room to make this effect your own. If you do strolling or restaurant work the reset is fast and you can easily leave off the production of the holes from the box. Frankly, while it may be a fun finale – I feel it’s a little anti-climatic. There are some minor angle issues but they are easily managed.
You’ll also learn two bonus effects...
Hollow (W)Hole is a showy card in balloon using the hole punched deck. It’s a great take on a classic premise with plenty of room for presentation. It plays very big and could easily be part of a platform show – yet it’s compact enough to be used in any close up performance.
Up last is (CH)Angel a weird moment of magic in which a “hole” from one card transposes with a part of a selected card. This requires some prep work and a somewhat gentle handling. It’s not the strongest thing on the disc - but still pretty darn cool and well worth checking out.
If you like the plot and the demo video, I suspect you’ll be very happy with this item. It’s a practical and magical effect. Not to mention it’s a real worker – no pipe dreams here – The (W)Hole Deck is clearly the creation of someone performing magic in the real world.
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If you watch Giovanni’s performance of this routine, you will be fooled.
Probably multiple times - and it will be wonderful.
This is one of the best routines I’ve seen in years. A fully fleshed out ballet of magic that will have your audience shaking their heads in disbelief.
This is not a coin trick. It’s a theatrical performance with deep magical impact. It takes place in virtual silence, with only a few well placed sounds to accent the magic and enhance the drama. You’ll fool yourself into thinking that in each phase it will be easier to catch the loads but - in all likelihood - you’ll be nailed again and again.
Giovanni’s routine was born of Goshman’s seminal Salt Shaker Routine, but Gio has taken this to an entirely new level – no easy task. The DVD covers every aspect of the routine in painstaking detail. What shakers work best, the type of coins to use, what wand Gio prefers, napkin types – nothing is left out. There’s even a nice nod to Harrison Carroll and Victor Trabucco for my WNY readers.
Best of all it’s self working.
Ok, I’m joking about that. But it’s not nearly as difficult as you might believe. I would say the techniques are well within the range of any moderately skilled coin worker. I would add that if ever there was a reason to polish your skills, this routine is it.
The folks over at Magic Estate have really done a great job in shooting this. It’s clean, easy to follow, and filled with valuable close-ups. Since Gio is a lefty, there’s even a great little feature that allows you to flip the screen for the instruction sequence. One final note, Gio teaches this effect standing in front of a mirror. I watched the video for some time before I realized that I never saw the camera man! I mention this only because it created a magical moment by itself – apparently Magic Estate hired a vampire to shoot this video!
Buy this, you will not be disappointed.
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There was a time when you could not open a magic magazine without seeing a new release from Steve Dusheck. There is no doubt that he is one of magic’s most prolific creators and his inventions are among the best selling products in the history of magic. Sadly, over the years many of his ideas were lifted by unscrupulous dealers with no credit or remuneration to Steve and his brilliant thinking. That played no small part in his departure from the more public realms of the magic business.
That’s certainly food for thought – but a post for another day.
That’s why I was so happy to see that Steve Shufton convinced Dusheck to re-release his ingenious take on the Diminishing Cards. Shufton gives full credit to Dusheck – and we’re all fortunate for the partnership to have been formed.
Dusheck’s approach to this classic effect is in a word – diabolical. The clever gimmick allows for displays and a freedom of handling that no other version affords. The effect is not particularly difficult and resets as part of the performance! A nifty bonus for anyone who chooses to use this effect as part of a strolling set. Yes, this can be done close-up – another unusual feature for this Diminishing Cards.
The gaff is made beautifully, in fact better than they original. The instructions are clear and well illustrated – plus you get access to a wonderful essay from Steve on his five favorite magic tricks. I’m glad to see the Dusheck name back in popular magic and I think you’ll be too. Let’s hope this is the first of many re-introductions...
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If you like solid mental effects that pack small and pack a big punch, you’d be hard pressed to find a better value than It’s A Match by Andy Leviss. This has been a long time favorite of mine and certainly one of the best selling mental effects we’ve ever produced. It has become a feature in act of many working pros and was even featured on a television appearance by a certain “Amazing” mentalist.
If you’ve never taken the time to check it out, you’re really missing out on a wonderful effect that has loads of space to add your personality. You’ll find all the details on It’s A Match on our website, including a complete video demo.
I mention all this because my friend - and Atlanta’s ace magician - Dan Garrett just sent me a wonderful addition to the effect. I’ve used the effect for a wide variety of shows - from strolling to stand up - but Dan wanted a little something to make it play even bigger. Dan created a brochure for the selected hotel so you have a larger prediction to display for platform audiences. A great idea that you could even customize to include your contact information. Making it not only play bigger, but creating a marketing piece that you could give away when you’re done! Dan was gracious enough to allow me to share the idea with you and even went so far as to provide you with a template to start. You can download it here.
That’s the kind of southern kindness that Dan always displays and we’re lucky for it. As an aside, Dan’s magic is among the best you’ll see and his lecture is not to be missed. If he’s heading your way, you should definitely make an effort to see his work.
…and if you organize lectures, then you should convince him to head your way!