Draven Reviews: Senses by Christopher Wiehl

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Title: Senses

Artist: Christopher Wiehl

Producers: Murphy’s Magic

 

 

 

Link:  http://www.murphysmagic.com/Product.aspx?id=52362

Retail Price: $34.95

Learning Difficulty:  Intermediate

Length of DVD: 1:51

Notes: You’ll need a few extra items in order to assemble the gimmicks, and execute some of the tricks.  Double Stick Tape, and a PK Ring come to mind.

Includes:

  • Instructional DVD
  • Gimmick

DVD Features:

  • Play All
  • Chapters

◦     Senses Introduction

◦     What’s In The Box

◦     Senses Routine

◦     Senses Routine Explanation

◦     Senses Routine Glue Dot Version

◦     Senses Routine Strike Vanish

◦     Ketchop Cup

◦     Ketchop Cub Explanation

◦     Ketchop Cup Variations

◦     Two Coins, One Cup

◦     Two Coins, One Cup Explanation

◦     Two Coins, One Cup Ending Variations

◦     Coins, Additional Moves

◦     Quarterly Payments

◦     Quarterly Payments Explanation

◦     Beggars Dream

◦     Contained Routine

◦     Contained: Preparing the Gimmick

◦     Contained Explanation

◦     Contained Variations

◦     Pro Tips

◦     Wrap up

Senses is a utility device that allows you to perform some of the most visual appearances and disappearances of coins, cards, and other small objects.

When I saw the demo video for Senses I knew right then and there I had to have this product.  The vanishes, and appearances are beautifully visual and if everything actually was as practical from a performance perspective as the videos made them look I knew I’d have an exciting piece to add to my regular close up material.

The supplied material is the gimmick, the DVD, and a few soufflé cups typical to what you’d expect to find at just about any restaurant.   With these simple items you can perform some of the most visual vanishes and appearances imaginable.  The DVD shows work done with cards, and coins, but I think really anything small-ish, about the size of a half dollar would work.  My personal favorite is the Senses basic routine where you hear and see a coin appear and disappear.

Coins though seem to be an issue with this product.  Without giving too much away the routine works on a rattle box principle.  I have tried the Senses routine using a silver walking liberty half dollar, a US quarter, and a Kennedy Half Dollar, and so far I am having the best results with the half dollar pieces.  Getting the coins to stay quiet though does take some finagling.  It’s move knacky and will take time and practice to get the coin into setup position in order to perform the sound vanish.

The quality of props, for being what they are, isn’t bad.  They tend to hold up well over multiple uses, and practice.  You’re supplied with three soufflé cups, and gimmick.  At first this was kind of off putting to me because I felt that you could almost create a higher quality product for this effect if you really wanted to, but then it hit me.  The reason why this works so well is the simplicity of the objects used.  They are everyday objects people are accustomed to seeing, which makes the magic that much stronger.  The reactions I’ve gotten from just performing the basic Senses routine for close friends have been amazing.  Undoubtedly though, if you plan on performing Senses a lot you’ll eventually want to purchase more soufflé cups because they will breakdown with use.  Good thing you can get a lot of them for cheap at just about any restaurant supply store.

The DVD is just about two hours of solid teaching, and Chris really does a wonderful job showing you how to construct the gimmicks, use them, and perform several different tricks based of his Senses concept.  Well shot, and edited.  This is one of those tricks that is just fun to play with as you watch the video.  With some angle issues as an exception the material presented is very practical and will serve just about any close up performer’s repertoire.  There’s actually enough potential with this product that an entire close up show could be constructed around just using this product alone.

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 soufflé cups themselves may be flimsy, and common but the potential for devastating magic is there.  The DVD quality is good, instructional, and empowering.  With a little work you’ll have this effect added into your working material in no time.

Teaching Quality: 9

Chris teaches you everything you need to know to perform Senses.  Easy to follow along while you learn, and fun to practice alongside the DVD.

Video & Sound Quality: 9

Video and sound were both good.   No issues.

Overall Quality: 9

This is a solid effect that will surely get you some amazing reactions.  Highly recommended.

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About William Draven

William Draven is a professional magician and sideshow performer living in Los Angeles, California. Follow him on Twitter at WilliamDraven or on facebook at www.facebook.com/thewilliamdraven
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