Draven Reviews: Exquisite by Dirk Losander & Michael Ammar

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 Title: Exquisite

Artist: Dirk Losander & Michael Ammar

Producers: Dirk Losander

 

 

 

Link: http://www.losander.me/epages/62364720.sf/en_US/?ObjectPath=/Shops/62364720/Products/Exquisite

Retail Price: $85.00 USD

Learning Difficulty: Easy

Length of Video:  15 Minutes (approx)

 

 

Never have I ever seen a magician perform before either live on stage or in a video and thought to myself “That’s a real wizard” until I encountered Losander on stage at the Magic Castle many years ago.  For the two of you who aren’t in the know Dirk is a master of the art of levitation.  Bubbles, staves, wands, even his famous tables all seem to animate effortlessly in his hands and inspire a sense of wonderment for the audiences who are there to witness such wizardry.  Now Dirk has partnered with another powerhouse of creative force (Michael Ammar) to bring to life a project which miniaturizes the awe inspiring epicenes of his floating table into something portable enough for the strolling close up magician.  It is with extreme pleasure that I present my review of Exquisite to you; a product very aptly named.

 

I was giddy to receive my copy of Exquisite.  Losander’s floating tables have been a thing that some of us have ways dreamed about owning but their expensive costs have always made them something of a dream and never a reality.  When you are living pay check to pay check it’s relatively easy to justify spending that kind of money on other things such as rent or groceries than magic props.  So when I heard from a close friend of mine that a newer, more affordable, Losander levitation was just released onto the open market I pounced on the opportunity like a cat would a toy mouse stuffed with catnip.    The gimmick is made from a thick sturdy material and portable enough to be carried with you on your person while you are strolling.  The gimmick has a modification to the end of it that allows it to easily attach to any thin walled wineglass.  Thicker drinking glasses and mugs won’t work with this gimmick so it’s best to play around at home with a range of different glass types to get an idea of what you can and can’t use it on while out in front of real audiences.

 

Working with the gimmick is so easy it actually is pretty nerve racking the first few times you levitate a glass with it.  Not because it’s difficult mind you, but because it’s so easy it’s practically self working and you find yourself in utter amazement that you can do this so easily.  The gimmick works because of gravity and the specially designed head.  Providing you don’t pitch the gimmick too far forward in your handling, and doing so would really be more of an awkward movement anyways, you have no fear of the gimmick not gripping the glass and causing the glass to drop possibly breaking.  It is my assessment that your fingers will give out long before the gimmick ever will.

 

This is a strolling magicians dream come true.  While it is true that it will work well for close up performers, parlor, stage, or street workers the true power of this piece becomes evident when in the hands of a table hopping corporate or restaurant magician.  With a little care to some sleight of hand you can start and end clean and borrow everything from the wineglass you’re going to float to the napkin you’re going to use to cover it with.  You’re angles are pretty well covered for the most of the performance, save for maybe the get ready and the clean up, but it can be done pretty much surrounded.  You can even float the glasses with liquid, or other small items like cards or cell phones, in them!

 

The effect comes with a well made instruction pamphlet written by Ammar complete with pictures, and advice for making the illusion the strongest possible.  The instructions include a tutorial link to an online video as well hosted on Murphy’s Magic website.  The video is short, informative, to the point, and taught by both Michael Ammar and Dirk Losander themselves.

 

Overall the power, practicality, and affordability of a Losander levitation has been finally made available to those of us who can’t afford the more expensive stage stuff.  Exquisite majestically empowers the performer with the ability to create a truly impossible effect, the art of levitation, with a spectator’s borrowed wine glass and napkin.  This impossible feat will quickly become a favorite effect of yours as well as an invaluable reputation maker.  Losander and Ammar have once again changed the animation/levitation game with another Exquisite product.  Highly recommended!

 

 

When I give my product scores below I am measuring them on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 Being absolute the worst score possible, and 10 being the absolute best, making a score of five average. The four points that I grade upon is Product Quality, Teaching Quality, Sound & Video Quality and Overall Quality.

 

Product Quality: 10

$85 dollars is nothing to sneeze at but it’s worth every single penny.  The well constructed gimmick will last a lifetime.

 

Teaching Quality: 10

You’ll be levitating wine glasses at home within minutes, and professionally within a few days.

 

Video & Sound Quality: 10

For an online tutorial this is pretty well produced.  Great sound, and solid video.

 

Overall Quality: 10

Excellent product.  Highly recommended!  I can’t stress enough how happy I’ve been with this purchase.  Ammar and Losander have outdone themselves again proving without doubt why their reputations as masters of the craft is well earned.

 

 

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Draven Reviews: Stand Up Assembly by Inaki Zabaletta

 approvedTitle: Stand Up Assembly

Artist: Inaki Zabaletta

Producers: Vernet Magic

Link: Available At Your Favorite Murphy’s Magic Dealer

Retail Price: $18.00 USD

Learning Difficulty: Easy to Medium depending your depth of card sleights

Notes: Includes downloadable video.  12 min (approx)

Includes:

  • Instruction Booklet
  • Gaff Cards

 

Demo Video

Well here’s a refreshing change to what’s become the normal with magic reviews.  A product that for once doesn’t feel the need to include an instructional DVD along with the trick.  I almost forgot these kinds of things used to exist!  So what do we have here?  Stand Up Assembly is as its name suggests: A parlor or stage version of a four ace assembly routine.  The “stand up” part comes from the selected spectators actually standing on the cards as they change from aces to indifferent cards before all assembling behind the leader ace in the cup on stage.  The routine has been done before but what Inaki Zabaletta has done is taken a lot of the sting out of the complicated sleight of hand moves usually involved and simplified it using some gaff cards.  You’ll still need to know how to do a top change, so if that’s not already in your arsenal now would be a good time to practice it.  However the good news is that most of the heat isn’t on your hands at the time you have to do the change.   A little misdirection and playing footsy with the spectator and you should be fine.

 

The instruction booklet is two pages long, and is a little light on the illustrations.   Unlike a lot of magic I seem to be reviewing these days Stand Up Assembly doesn’t spend a lot of time talking about every minute detail of this trick.  It says “Do a top change here” or “a Braue’s addition” there.  In some ways this is refreshing because I personally know what they’re talking about but I can see how this maybe frustrating for a newer magician.  This is why books are your best friend people, but I digress.  For those who prefer the visual aid of a video there is a download link.  The file size is around 126 MG and basically just shows you what the book describes doing along with a live demonstration of the trick for a studio audience.  Though I found the video to not be necessary, it was a thoughtful and useful addition to the product.

 

What can I say about working with this trick?  It is fun to perform.  It’s very visual, and it’s intended for stage work.  Yeah you could do this in a small audience setting, but it really does play better for a larger audience.  You exchange a lot of fancy sleight of hand work for gaff cards, but the gaffs are pretty good being of a tried and proven method that should be familiar to many of you.  Eventually the cards will wear out but you should be able to make your own replacement set fairly quickly provided you have a certain special something.  So if you’re looking for something to add to your stage act and you don’t want to drop $5,000+ on a Zig Zag illusion then this maybe your next best option.  Check it out!

 

 

 

When I give my product scores below I am measuring them on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 Being absolute the worst score possible, and 10 being the absolute best, making a score of five average. The four points that I grade upon is Product Quality, Teaching Quality, Sound & Video Quality and Overall Quality.

 

Product Quality: 8

It’s a good trick.  It’ll last a while, and it performs well.

 

Teaching Quality: 8

The instructions are to the point, and the video is a nice additional aid.

 

Video & Sound Quality: 8

The video and sound on the accompanying video isn’t bad for an internet download.

 

Overall Quality: 8

The Stand Up Assembly scores a solid 8 across the board.  It’s a reliable, fun to perform, stage version of a classic trick without the use of heavy sleight of hand.

 

 

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Draven Reviews: The Magicianary Position by Arron Jones

 approvedTitle: The Magicianary Position

Artist: Arron Jones

Producers: World Magic Shop

Link: Available At Your Favorite Murphy’s Magic Dealer

Retail Price: $30.00 USD

Learning Difficulty: Easy

Length of DVD:  1 hour 15 Minutes (approx)

 

Demo Video

With a name like that this had better be good.  Or porn.  Or at least good porn.  Nope!  Just more card tricks.  Which I guess to a magician is as good as porn?  I don’t know I don’t get out much.  Don’t blame me, and put the pitch forks and torches away.  I know it was a bad joke.  Let’s talk about reviews because that’s what we’re all here to do anyways.

 

Arron Jones has come out with a commercialized version of his lecture he did at LAD’s (Lectures And Dealers) 2015.  That is to say someone stuck a camera on a tripod, recorded his lecture, and then he released it thru World Magic Shop who may or may not in some way be directly connected to the convention.  I’ve personally never heard of LAD’s before this DVD so you’ll have to forgive me if I’m a bit dodgy on the details.  I digress.  REVIEWS!  This is a filmed lecture which means all the usual nice things we come to expect and love from commercially produced magic DVD’s aren’t here.  The lighting is shyte, the pacing impromptu, the video quality sucks and is vastly different depending on which of the two camera’s you’re seeing the shot thru, and the lighting couldn’t be of a nuisance.  But did I hate this video?  No.  And I’ll tell you why.  The magic and the lecture content in this video is solid gold.

 

Everything from Arron’s handling , and frankly reboot, of Doc Eason’s Anniversary Waltz to his torn and restored business card is strait out of a working man’s’ arsenal.  I personally loved his OXO which is a fun little game of Tic Tak Toe, or noughts and crosses as they’re apparently called in England, that ends with a hell of a bang.  It’s got some fun comedic jokes, and a chance (as if) for the spectator to win some money.  You play back and forth until the game is over, and then you reveal that written on the bill is not only the results of the game, but an exact copy of the final layout of the game.  And it doesn’t end there.  A calculator is brought out, and after some more randomly selected numbers, the number the spectator finishes up with on the calculator matches the serial number of the bill!  This is the kind of shyte that starts religions.

 

All the magic in this DVD is not only practical but it will be tricks that you’ll want to use in your act.  The majority of the routines covered are close up, with the exception of the Tic Tak Toe prediction game being possible for stage if you found a way to make the game large enough for the audience to follow along with.  Arron’s card to pocket bit is also insanely valuable because it teaches you a technique to add any card covertly into a spectator’s pocket.  Fans of the impossible location plot will get some solid play out of this one.  Every single piece on this DVD is a worker.

 

So you end with a great lecture, full of very useful magic routines that you’re going to use- why?  Because they work and pack a hell of a punch, and all of this was compacted into a nice little DVD and delivered with a British accent.  I have no idea why the accent was important to mention, but there you go.  I loved this DVD.  Hated the lighting, and drew issues with a few other technical problems, but dear god is the magic great.  Check it out today!  You won’t be sorry you did.

 

 

When I give my product scores below I am measuring them on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 Being absolute the worst score possible, and 10 being the absolute best, making a score of five average. The four points that I grade upon is Product Quality, Teaching Quality, Sound & Video Quality and Overall Quality.

 

Product Quality: 9

Some really strong magic for a reasonable price.

 

Teaching Quality: 8

Arron is fun to learn from.

 

Video & Sound Quality: 6

Poor lighting, and other problems inherent to the nature of what was being filmed.

 

Overall Quality: 9

Loved this DVD.  I highly recommend it.

 

 

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Draven Reviews: The Scarlet Monte by Malcolm Norton

approvedTitle: The Scarlet Monte
Artist: Malcolm Norton
Producers: Magic Tao
Link: Available At Your Favorite Murphy’s Magic Dealer
Retail Price: $25.00 USD
Learning Difficulty: Easy
Length of Video: 23 Minutes (Approx)

 
Includes:
• Cards
• Gaff Cards
• Download Instructions and Link

 

Demo Video
I love writing long winded in depth reviews. I love ripping into the context of a product and trying to capture every bit of what I see in it as artfully as I can with words. Most of the time I get tricks that allow me to really do that with. However with the Scarlet Monte that’s not the case. There really isn’t much to discuss here. Malcolm Norton has created a fun little card routine with either a story based presentation or a Monte like based presentation that focuses around the story of the Scarlet Pimpernel. If you’re not literarily proficient then his is a story about an English Dandy who saved a bunch of rich aristocrats from the guillotine back in the French Revolution. There were daring escapes, sword fights, dangerous acts of daring do, it’s basically the stuff Errol Flynn movies were made of. I don’t know… Did Errol do the 1934 Scarlet Pimpernel movie? If he didn’t man did he miss an opportunity with that one. Anyways I digress. The Scarlet Monte is a card trick that plays on that legend.

Moves wise it’s pretty straightforward. I think the hardest move is an Elmsley count, which Magic Tao seems to love since it’s in most of their products. The set comes with three black cards and a red card. Mine were Kings and Eights. The kings represent the French looking for the Scarlet Pimpernel making the red eight, yup; you guessed it. Sir Percy himself. That’s the Pimpernel’s name; Sir Percy Blakeney. (My high school English Lit teacher must be so proud of herself right now) The red eight gets sandwiched between the black kings as they try to guard it against escape only to be fooled as the eight vanishes from sight. All of this is done as you recant the poem about the Pimpernel in an effort to tie in literature to otherwise a rather mundane card effect. Arguably the most exciting thing about this routine isn’t the magic but the source you draw the story from. If anything this serves as a good lesson as to how presentation and storytelling can make any mundane card trick more interesting.

The product is packaged in a single DVD cardboard sleeve. But you don’t get a DVD. Instead you get instructions to download the video off Murphy’s Magic website. Magic Tao is really good at producing excellent quality tutorials even if they are downloaded offline. This makes this an excellent company for new magicians to buy from because the range of complexity of their products usually isn’t anything too hard, and they do produce some fun magic to play with.

So is it practical? It’s a good packet trick. You’re not going to be using the cards for anything else, so if you’re into those kinds of things then you’ll like it. If you’re a storyteller, like me, then you may find some value in being able to work a classic like the Scarlet Pimpernel into your magic routines. However from a magical point of view the routine is tired, played out, boring, and nothing that we haven’t seen a thousand times in other incarnations which makes its price tag of $25 dollars something to serious consider. So many other card tricks out there make a single card vanish, reappear, vanish again only to comeback in an impossible location. Considering this trick doesn’t come with a DVD, it’s just cards, gimmicks, and a link to a downloaded instructional video that price tag is a tough one to justify. If it was more along the lines of $15 bucks then I’d say it’s a solid deal. But at $25 dollars this moves it more into an “ehhh” position for me. I just don’t see that much value in it. It’s a great trick for new comers to magic, but I feel veterans may pan this as something of niche interest.
When I give my product scores below I am measuring them on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 Being absolute the worst score possible, and 10 being the absolute best, making a score of five average. The four points that I grade upon is Product Quality, Teaching Quality, Sound & Video Quality and Overall Quality.

Product Quality: 6
This was a bit over priced. The magic is pretty basic and boring. The story telling is what makes this unique.

Teaching Quality: 9
Not bad for a downloaded video.

Video & Sound Quality: 8
The sound and video are pretty good for a download.

Overall Quality: 7
Not bad, but not great either. If it wasn’t for the literary tie-in and the story telling aspect this would be something I would pass on.
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Draven Reviews: Compress by SansMinds

 approvedTitle: Compress

Artist: SansMinds Creative Lab

Producers: SansMinds Magic

Link: Available At Your Favorite Murphy’s Magic Dealer

Retail Price: $19.95 USD

Learning Difficulty: Difficult

Length of DVD:  30 Minutes

Notes: TV Rights Not Included with Purchase.

 

Demo Video

Compress is a creative approach to bill magic, and it’s a refreshing one at that.  Compress is a super visual bill morph affect where a stack of bills visually shrink down to a smaller size before being restored to their normal size again right before the spectators eyes.  It utilizes everyday objects to create the magical experience for the spectator.  You can even use any type of paper currency for it.  You start and end clean which means you can hand the bills out for examination at the end if you want to.

 

The only drawback is that this isn’t a beginner’s effect.  The moves are difficult to learn and can be finicky in handling.  It will take some practice and rehearsal to get it smooth, but once it is this will be a pretty cool trick to perform.  This isn’t angle proof so you’ll need to take that into consideration before doing it but then again the angles aren’t horrible either.

 

Overall it’s a pretty damn good trick.  It plays big using small objects so it’s perfect for stage or street.  It resets pretty much instantly so you can easily do this strolling or table hopping.  There are some paper currency which lends itself better to be used but Compress will essentially work with any paper currency meaning you’re not restricted to just US money.  And you don’t have to build a gimmick for once!  That’s right… SansMinds Magic actually released a product that doesn’t require a lot of build it yourself work before you can begin practicing the trick! So if you like money magic, and you like tricks that pack small but plays big then you’ll like Compress.  It’s certainly worth checking out!

 

When I give my product scores below I am measuring them on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 Being absolute the worst score possible, and 10 being the absolute best, making a score of five average. The four points that I grade upon is Product Quality, Teaching Quality, Sound & Video Quality and Overall Quality.

 

Product Quality: 9

The price is on par with this type of trick.  The effect is solid, all-be-it difficult to learn.

 

Teaching Quality: 9

The tutorial is very thorough and complete.

 

Video & Sound Quality: 9

Good sound.  Good video.  No issues.

Overall Quality: 9

A solid effect!  Well worth checking out.

 

 

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Draven Reviews: Digital Twin by SansMinds

 approvedTitle: Digital Twin

Artist: SansMinds Creative Lab

Producers: Sands Minds Magic

Link: Available At Your Favorite Murphy’s Magic Dealer

Retail Price: $29.95 USD

Learning Difficulty: Easy

Length of DVD:  40 Minutes

 

Digital Twin allows you to use either your phone or a spectator’s to digitally clone a bank note (paper currency) right before everyone’s eyes.  The serial numbers on the bills will match!

Demo Video

As far as cell phone magic goes Digital Twin is a pretty neat concept.  The cell phone isn’t used as a means of accomplishing the trick, but it does aid in the performance.  That is to say that this isn’t an app you download or anything where the cell phone is doing the magic for you.  You will though need to pick up on some basic sleight of hand moves, and have some patience when it comes to gimmick construction.

 

The gimmick construction…all I can say is “wow.”  They cover a few ways you can make the gimmicks and they range from something simple to very complex using photo shop, and scanning in this, editing that, printing this, yadda yadda yadda.  Way to much effort for a simple bill effect.  The simple approach they explained worked for me, and thank god.  I suck at photo editing software!

 

The trick itself is pretty damn neat.  You borrow a bill from someone, or you can use your own too, and you take a quick video of it.  You make note of the serial number on the bill.  You put the phone in your hand, replay the video moving the phone away at a dramatic moment and wallah!  You’re holding an exact copy of the spectator’s bill serial number and all.  I’ve performed this a couple times and I’ve gotten a fairly mixed bag of slow burners who took a minute to finally work out for themselves the impossibility of what just happened, upwards to a few very vocal reactions from a coworker who claimed I was Satan and crossed herself before refusing to talk to me the rest of the day.  So I can say that I’m pretty pleased with how well this effect is hitting.

 

This is probably one of the more practical street magic effects with a cell phone that is out there.  Your angles are pretty solid, and it doesn’t take a long time to learn how to perform it.  You’ll probably spend more time making the damn bills than you will learning how to do the trick.  The reset is quick but it’s not instantaneous or anything.  You won’t want to do this for the same audience twice in a row anyways so you’ll find it quick enough to reset while you’re walking away.  This trick is ideal for table hopping.  The cell phone element makes it good for streets because it gives it that urban feel.

 

The downside to this trick is that it is way to over explained!  So many times during the video I wanted to scream “Just F&!king shut up and get on with it already!” I’m serious.  Not every single move needs to be broken down, re-explained, re-shown, and then explained again like we’re complete idiots.  The upside to this is that for the people who have never bought a magic trick before in their life will probably appreciate all the time and attention they spend on every single nuance in this trick.  However everyone else is going to be pulling their hair out trying to sludge through this unnecessarily long tutorial.  I swear you could probably have cut 10 to 15 minutes off the run time if you would have edited down or reshot the tutorial to remove all the over explanation that is going on.  At one point I just hit the mute button and followed along with the motions.  So if that’s my only complaints about this product then I guess I’m doing well for myself.

 

Overall this is a fun little bit of magic to perform.  I really liked Digital Twin and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes doing money magic, or likes having an urban organic feel to their style.  The TV rights for this routine are withheld by SansMinds so you can’t go doing this for film, but I think it’ll find a good home in most people’s walk around sets.

 

When I give my product scores below I am measuring them on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 Being absolute the worst score possible, and 10 being the absolute best, making a score of five average. The four points that I grade upon is Product Quality, Teaching Quality, Sound & Video Quality and Overall Quality.

 

Product Quality: 8

Good price, fun trick.

 

Teaching Quality: 3

I’m intentionally failing you on this category for unnecessary over explaining.  Just like you can talk yourself out of a good sale, you can also talk yourself right out of a good score.

 

Video & Sound Quality: 8

Good video, good sound.

 

Overall Quality: 8

Ignoring the poor teaching quality score I have to say that this is a solid effect.  I recommend it, and I think that you’ll really enjoy it.

 

 

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Draven Reviews: Trojan Horse by Steven Himmel

 approvedTitle: The Trojan Horse

Artist: Steven Himmel

Producers: Murphy’s Magic

Link: Available At Your Favorite Murphy’s Magic Dealer

Retail Price: $24.95 USD

Learning Difficulty: Easy

Length of DVD:  48 Minutes

Includes: 

  • Instructional DVD
  • Gimmick

Demo Video

What is The Trojan Horse?  Well here’s what the marketing copy has to say, then we’ll see how it really holds up under a closer real world inspection.  “Trojan Horse is a genius utility playing card gimmick that will allow you to:

  • Transpose a selection, card, bill, or billet
  • Change the Face or Back of a selected card
  • Produce currency or small objects
  • Quick, easy and powerful mentalism routines”

 

So what is this awesome little genius utility gimmick?  Well calling it “genius” for starters is really being a bit too kind.  This double thick playing card is constructed from real standard bicycle cards and is very similar to an old six card repeat gimmick that I saw when I was probably around the age of sixteen.  Sure it can turn selected cards into currency, paper or coin, and it could produce small objects but anything that you produce needs to be folded pretty flat and be the thickness of a single playing card plus or minus a bit of give to really work with this gaff.  What this gimmick excels at is hiding a single playing card in plain sight.

 

The DVD spends a good amount of time explaining how to make the gimmick which I suppose is a good thing seeing as how it’s made from playing cards it will eventually wear out.  You also learn four different effects you can do with the gimmick, though they claim you can do more if you are inventive with your magic.  Given the limitations of the gimmick due to construction, and without exposing it, I can’t say that I would be confident this gimmick could realistically handle much more, but that’s just me.  The gimmick tends to flash a little when you know what you’re looking for so you’ll want to do your best to keep the audience from looking too closely at the backs of the cards.  Like most single card utility gimmicks this will be something you will use to do a specific effect and then ditch if you’re going to continue doing magic with the same deck of cards.

 

In a real world setting the magic that you can do with the Trojan Horse is practical.  I can see this being a favorite tool of the beginning magician, but working pros are probably going to shy away from it since a lot of the effects you can do with a gaff can be achieved thru other more complicated sleights.  So overall this is going to be a matter of personal taste.  As for myself it’s one I’ll pass on.  I don’t see the gimmick being that cleaver, nor do I see it being that useful.  However it does achieve the magical effects easily and without much need of skill so that may appeal to some people.   Overall this one was kind of “meh” for me.

 

 

When I give my product scores below I am measuring them on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 Being absolute the worst score possible, and 10 being the absolute best, making a score of five average. The four points that I grade upon is Product Quality, Teaching Quality, Sound & Video Quality and Overall Quality.

 

Product Quality: 5

You’re paying mostly for the DVD.  The gimmick isn’t all that cleaver.

 

Teaching Quality: 7

48 minutes long, four routines, and tutorial on gimmick construction comprise this DVD.  I think this is something that’s over taught.  It’s not that complicated to figure out.

 

Video & Sound Quality: 8

Good video, good sound.

 

Overall Quality: 6

I’ll take a pass on this one.  It doesn’t do anything for me.  The simplicity and the fact that you don’t have to be a card expert to use it will appeal to some.

 

 

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