Title: One 2.0
Artist: Mathew Underhill
Producers: World Magic Shop UK
Link: Available At Your Favorite Murphy’s Magic Dealer
Demo Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kufQ48kLr5c
Retail Price: $40.00
Learning Difficulty: Easy
Length of Video: 1:06:29 (Approx.)
The Anniversary Waltz trick just got a major upgrade creating a magical moment with a signed card that the spectators will get to keep afterwards! The magician signs the back of a selected playing card, then writes the initials of two lovers on the heart pips on the face. Then one of the pips magically moves to join another locked in place for the rest of eternity. Their love proven with the power of magic!
Mathew Underhill’s One 2.0 is a fun adaptation to Doc Eason’s Anniversary Waltz. What you get is a link to an online video that is a surprising hour + in length, and enough gimmicks to perform this trick twenty times. You get ten 4 of Heats gimmicks, and ten 2 of Heats gimmicks. The gimmicks are Bicycle Rider Backs which is pretty cool as Riders are probably one of the most popular decks to use for magicians.
Performing the trick is a lot of fun, it gets good reactions, and the spectators get to keep their signed card at the end of it as a keepsake. Gift magic is always one of the most powerful types of magic we can perform so it’s nice to have this as an option. Especially if you do a lot of weddings. Something like this can be the reason why you get booked to perform again for a client. However, the only down side is of course you’ll become reliant on refills. Which in turn becomes reliant on the company continuing to make them. If this is a trick you see yourself doing a lot of, stock up now while you still can.
The price is a bit of a hit to the wallet. You spend $40 bucks and you get enough props to perform the trick less than two dozen times. The good news is that they do sell refill packs but the bad news is that the refill packs are Mandolin backed and for $20 bucks for twenty gimmicks is a bit expensive. That makes it a dollar a piece! For something that you plan to give away, the cost adds up.
The instructional video is quite lengthy, but does teach the effect nicely. Justin Miller shows up at the end to give his thoughts and handling ideas, and they do teach an alternate handling which uses a double backed card. Note: Double backed cards are not supplied with the purchase of One 2.0.
The handling for the trick is a bit sensitive to angles. They of course teach a solution for that but it will require you to hold the card in an awkward way which will look and feel weird at first prior to you getting used to it. I think magicians are the only ones who would notice the odd grip, it seems to fly by spectators. The reactions though are well worth it.
Over all it’s a great trick. I’m not sure I’d consider it to be the ground-breaking routine David Penn makes it out to be, but it is nice. The end result is a product suitable for framing, and just looking at it head on does tell the story of what happened. Unlike Doc’s version of the Waltz which just looks like a card with a signature on it. -A fact David Penn points out in the tutorial. If you do a lot of weddings then this is a must have. I’m quite pleased with Mathew Underhill’s One 2.0, and I think you will be as well.
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
The price is a bit expensive for an online video, and less than two dozen gaff cards. Refills are not available in Rider Back, and cost a buck a piece making this an expensive trick to upkeep. The Rider backs are beautiful and it’s nice to have them available as an option.
Teaching Quality: 8
Overkill on the tutorial. I don’t think it needs an hour + to teach this trick, but it’s nice to have all the details provided. Justin’s thoughts were also an added bonus.
Video & Sound Quality: 8
Good video, clean sound.
Overall Quality: 8
A fun and very visual option to the fan favorite Anniversary Waltz trick. Well worth checking out!
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