Draven Reviews: ReBox by Rian Lehman

approvedTitle: ReBox

Artist: Rian Lehman

Producers: TMR Productions

Link: Available At Your Favorite Murphy’s Magic Dealer

Demo Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwCTiRgDKeE

Retail Price: $29.95 USD

Learning Difficulty: Easy

Length of DVD:  32 Minutes (Approx.)

 

 

ReBox is an interesting self-working gimmick that is designed to give the illusion that your cards have been instantly transformed into a deck of cards any point in your performance.  It’s a great visual opener, or even a strong closer.

 

The gimmick is well constructed, and should last a while with proper care.  The mechanism that causes the gimmick to work is strong, and creates a very quick and very visual change.  A minor amount of misdirection is needed such as a momentary wrist kill, or a wave of the hand over the deck.   The instructional DVD covers proper storage and care of gimmick before and after performance to help insure it maintains its spring like qualities for a long time.  It is possible to reverse engineer the gimmick and construct your own if you’re savvy with arts and crafts style projects.

 

Performing with the Rebox gimmick will take a little getting used to.  Fresh out of the box it’s going to be very stiff, and very tight.  You’re going to want to work it in a little to get it to loosen up a bit before you take it out on the road.  If you plan to do extensive work with a deck of cards you may find it necessary to ditch the gimmick until you need it, and then add it into the deck.  If only because it is a little bit bulky when it is in the set position.  Once you work it in though, the operation becomes butter smooth.

 

My only complaint with the product is with the DVD.  The stupid music at the beginning with all the record scratching beat gets very annoying because of its repetition.  The video is shot on what looks like a cell phone because it’s low quality and grainy.  The sound isn’t much better.  The instructions is done to some ren fair sounding music with words scrolling across the bottom of the screen, yet Rian clearly articulates who he is and what he’s created at the beginning of the DVD.  Also the set location for a live performance being inside a shoe store is more corny, given the product name pun, than cool.  That achieved a full eye roll from me while I was watching it the first time.

 

Overall I think ReBox is a fun gimmick.  It is fast, it is visual, and it’s a great way to end a card set.  I’m not sure I myself will get a lot of use of it personally as it doesn’t feel organic to my own style but I can see how it would be appealing to others.  It’s not a cheaply made gimmick, and it certainly does exactly what it says it will.  Check out ReBox if you’re looking for a fun way to close your card set.

 

 

 

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

Good price.  Well-made gimmick.  Very visual magic.

 

Teaching Quality: 3

Not a huge fan of the teaching quality.  Words scrolling against mildly distracting music.  Never a winning combo in my book.

 

Video & Sound Quality: 2

Crappy low quality, shot on a cell phone looking grainy video.  The sound isn’t good either.  No mic was used.  VERY annoying back beat in the beginning.  That got old quick.

 

Overall Quality: 6

It’s a fun trick!  Very visual, and a perfect closer for card magic.  Well worth the investment.

 

 

Do you have a product you want reviewed?  Want to see if it will stand up to the Draven Seal of Approval?  Contact me directly at thewilliamdraven@gmail.com to find out how your product could be on the next Draven Reviews!  Don’t forget to like my blog where all my reviews are posted at http://www.williamdraven.wordpress.com.

 

 

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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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