Draven Reviews: Prevision By: Peter Eggink

approvedTitle: Prevision

Artist: Peter Eggink

Producers: Magic from Holland

Link: Available At Your Favorite Murphy’s Magic Dealer

 

Demo Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uuys1jhXFTI

Retail Price: $34.95 USD

Learning Difficulty: Easy

Length of DVD:  32 Minutes (Approx.)

 

 

Prevision takes the open prediction to a whole new level where the predicted card ends up being the spectators signed card!  Peter Eggink’s Prevision is a worker’s dream come true.

 

There’s not a whole lot to say about the packaging.  It’s a small, unassuming little fold of cardboard.  Inside a preconstructed gimmick and instructions to view the tutorial video online.  You’ll need to supply a deck of playing cards the same color as the gimmick inside.

 

The effect is easy enough to learn.  Some sleight of hand will be required, but if you’re not confident in your sleight of hand skills, then the trick can be learned quickly enough with enough practice.  The rest is quick.  And this is a wonderful opener to any number of card routines you plan on doing with the deck there after.

 

This is a worker’s effect.  It’s going to be something you’ll put strait into your close-up case, and it probably won’t leave it.  I’ve enjoyed performing this for my friends and family and I think you’re going to love adding it into your show too.

 

 

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 three points that I grade upon is Product Quality, Teaching Quality, and Overall Quality.

 

Product Quality: 8

The gimmick is well built, and the price isn’t that bad either.  Great effect.

 

Teaching Quality: 8

Good Tutorial.

 

Overall Quality: 8

I recommend it!

 

 

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Draven Reviews: The Gift By: Angelo Carbone

approvedTitle: The Gift

Artist: Angelo Carbone

Producers: Murphy’s Magic

Link: Available At Your Favorite Murphy’s Magic Dealer

 

Demo Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnvvM7dwWxg

Retail Price: $74.95 USD

Learning Difficulty: Moderate

Length of DVD:  40 Minutes (Approx.)

 

 

Well I’m late to the game on this one, but holy hell was it worth it!  I’ve been dying to get my hands on Angel Carbone’s The Gift for several months now, and I’m quite pleased to say that the wait was worth it!  The Gift is an amazing experience of close up magic wrapped up in a nice little box of impossibility.  This has got to be one of my favorite effects for the year.

 

Starting off with production quality The Gift, mine is black, is well constructed.  The gimmicks are built in and impossible to notice upon even close up inspection.  It’s safe to allow the spectator to handle the box, as they’re not going to discover anything even though the gimmick is quite latterly under their noses.  The magic reveals a playing card that they select themselves, but it’s completely possible to be outfitted to reveal just about anything you’d want so long as you have a way to force it.  So application is limited by imagination.

 

Angle proof, and stunning The Gift is a miracle of close up magic.  Resetting it takes but a quick moment, but it will be one done out of eyesight of your audiences making this a questionable addition to strolling magician’s arsenal of tricks.  For close up workers doing a more structured set though this is magic gold.  It’s visual enough that it works up close, or could be performed for parlor if you had to.

 

If I had to nitpick a negative quality about this product, then I’d have to gripe a bit about the price.  At nearly $75 dollars this is not a cheap effect!  The price alone may keep the average curious person away from the secrets there in, and that may not be a bad thing.  But I feel that for the power behind the magic this price is well worth it.  The Gift won’t be an impulse buy for most people, but I don’t think the price is too much to cause buyer’s remorse either.  Is it worth penny pinching until you can afford it?  It absolutely is.

 

Overall the Gift is a stunning bit of magic.  I loved the tutorial video, and even though it’s a download the quality is certainly there.  This is a powerhouse, and will quickly become a worker for you.  I highly recommend you check this one out while you still can.

 

 

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 three points that I grade upon is Product Quality, Teaching Quality, and Overall Quality.

 

Product Quality: 9

Bit on the expensive side, but well worth it.

 

Teaching Quality: 9

Great video!  Good ideas, and easy to perform with practice.

 

Overall Quality: 9

A must have.

 

 

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Draven Reviews: Holely Change By: SansMinds

approvedTitle: Holely Change

Artist: SansMind Creative Lab      

Producers: SansMind

Link: Available At Your Favorite Murphy’s Magic Dealer

 

Demo Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWMonl46R6U

Retail Price: $29.95 USD

Learning Difficulty: Easy

Length of DVD:  13 Min (Approx)

 

 

Holely Change is a neat little visual card change effect where a selected playing card is signed by the spectator and then the back of the card changes instantly and visually in front of their eyes as it passes thru a pair of blank cards with a large hole cutout at one end.

 

This is another entry into SansMinds “Worker” series where the magic is intended to be used by magicians for real world applications.  Surprisingly, given SansMinds track record so far of putting out material that looks better in the promo than in real life, the magic in Holely Change is quite functional.  The transformation is very visual and fairly easy to do.  If you’re a complete new comer to card magic then you may have to practice your double lift a bit, but other than that, and a little finesse on the handling, this trick is something you’ll figure out in five minutes.  The presentation isn’t very long, which makes it perfect for strolling situations, and the signed card is a nice keepsake at the end for the spectator.  The trick practically resets itself too, so for you table hoppers out there, this is an attractive option.  Of course, you won’t be seeing this one done on TV anytime soon, as SansMinds reserves the TV rights to any of their products, and this one is no different.

 

The instructional DVD is blessedly short.  Tapping out at just a little over thirteen minutes it teaches the routine without overkilling the instructions. The trick is completely practical and well recommended if you enjoy card magic.

 

 

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

The price is standard, the magic is visual, and the trick resets in seconds.

 

Teaching Quality: 8

Taught well..

 

Video & Sound Quality: 8

No bad audio or visual issues to note.

 

Overall Quality:  8

Overall a nice little trick.

 

 

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Draven Reviews: Ellis Ring 2.0 By: Joe Porper

approvedTitle: Ellis Ring 2.0

Artist: Joe Porper

Producers: Illusion Works

Link: http://illusion.works/product/joe-porpers-wedding-band-ellis-ring-v-2-0/

Retail Price: $200.00 USD

Learning Difficulty: Easy

 

 

At the end of September, I got super lucky and got contacted by Illusion Works, who has taken over manufacturing items for Joe Porper.  Because I already owned a JP Wedding Band Ellis Ring I got selected for an opportunity to sample a brand-new version that hadn’t been released on the market yet.  An Ellis Ring 2.0 if you will.  At the time I received my copy I want to say only about thirty of these rings were in existence, so I was super stoked that I got the chance to test drive this new magic device.

 

After about two weeks of nervous anticipation the package finally came in the mail.  Cloaked in the usual Joe Porper Cover / Instruction sheet was a small tan leather pouch with two slits on the inside just large enough to hold a ring.  One of them curiously empty, the other, I could see the shiny brass gem peeking out of.  At first glance everything from the leather carrying pouch, to the finely milled brass ring just sings with precision that the Joe Porper brand has become known for.  The new ring was noticeably larger than the previous one that I bought.  Along the sides were artistic millings giving it kind of an industrial cog like look.  Given that Steam Punk is all the rage right now, this was a nice touch when compared to the previous ring.  The larger size also meant that I could perform this for larger groups of people with better overall visibility.  The mechanics of the rings operation is smooth and very finely tuned.  A lot of work went into putting this thing together.  And I respect the craftsmanship involved.  One size will fit all wands, and strings.  This probably isn’t going to be a finger ring prop for most people.  I certainly don’t present it as one, but I think that’s part of its allure really.  The ring came with a leather carrying pouch, which holds it when not in use.  As an added note, the second slit in the pouch perfectly fits my original JP Ellis Ring!  So two rings now sit in the same pouch giving me the flexibility of choosing which one I need for the performance I’m doing.

 

Working with the ring has been a dream.  I’ve had the opportunity to test run it at a large theme park attraction I was working all throughout October.  I was working with audiences as small as two or three in a strolling environment, to full stage with a couple hundred looking on.  I switched back and forth between my old ring, and the new one fairly frequently and found that the new one holds up just as good under repeated use.  There’s quite a lot you can do with an Ellis ring, and admittedly I only do the bare minimum, but it’s effective.  Ring off Rope, or Wand is my usual go to, and with the added size of the new Ellis Ring 2.0, it made for a perfect go to when working the stage.  It was visible enough in the stage lights to be seen from the front row, as well as the back.  The reactions I’ve received while performing with the Ellis Ring 2.0 has been nothing short of spell bound.  I’ve got a lot of “how did you do that reactions”, sprinkled in with an occasional woman screaming at me and accusing me of having satanic powers.  An accusation I shamefully was not so willing to dispel at the time.

 

The Ellis Ring comes with the standard instructions, as well as an additional bonus routine that puts the ring in a knot tied with a silk.  The instructions also reference other sources to learn alternative ring on / off stick routines from.  As far as instructions go they’re pretty basic.  The pictures are nice, and the descriptions are helpful, but in an industry where online tutorials and DVD’s are quickly pushing out printed instructions, the ones that came with the ring feel a little antiquated.

 

The price is going to be a challenge for some people.  At $200 dollars it’s easy to get sticker shocked by this marvelous little gem, but I can assure you it’s worth it.  If you’re not familiar with Joe Porpers work, it’s top notch.  Illusion Works has continued his legacy by putting out finely crafted metal miracles, and that time and craftsmanship certainly is reflected in the price.  Treat this prop well, and it’ll be something your grandkids could be performing with years down the line.  Another interesting claim made by the manufacturer, is that this ring is interchangeable with their Amazering, which is sold separately.  I don’t own an Amazering so I can’t vouche for this personally, but knowing Joe’s reputation, I wouldn’t doubt it.

 

Overall this little gem has been a blessing.  It resets fairly quickly, and can be done under cover of my hand making it a worker when it comes to strolling.  It’s visible enough to be used on a stage, and the magic performed is pure classical sleight of hand.  It occupies minimal pocket space, and the nifty pouch that it comes with holds not just it, but my previous ring too!  The price is a bit of a shock, but it’s well worth it.  I’m super stoked to have had the opportunity to pick one of these up prior to them being widely released.  Now rumor has it that while more of them have been made available to the open market, they are still in fairly limited quantity thru Christmas.  So if you really want one of these beautiful pieces of collectible magic then I’d recommend you snap one up quickly while you still can.  Like other works by Joe, I don’t anticipate the collector value diminishing on these anytime soon.

 

 

 

 

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 three points that I grade upon is Product Quality, Teaching Quality, and Overall Quality.

 

Product Quality: 9

Beautiful craftsmanship, finely milled.  One size fits all wands.  Not cheap.

 

Teaching Quality: 7

Written tutorials, no videos.  Good pictures for references, and the routines taught are quick to pick up.

 

Overall Quality: 9

Be it for a collector or a working performer, this ring is a beautiful addition to anyone’s collection.  I’d seriously get one before they vanish and never return!

 

 

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Draven Reviews: Twixter By: Neil Trigger

not approvedTitle: Twixter

Artist: Neil Trigger

Producers: Trigger Magic

Link: Available At Your Favorite Murphy’s Magic Dealer

 

Demo Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAY6ldS6mPA

Retail Price: $24.95 USD

Learning Difficulty:  Beginner

Length of DVD:  10 Min (Approx.)

 

 

I’ve always said: “Show a magician the secret inner workings of the universe and he’ll find a way to reveal a selected playing card with it.”  Thus comes the Twixter.

 

This isn’t going to be a long review.  This trick is about as imaginative as a smoking hot turd on a log.  Force a card, then find some hackneyed reason to introduce a fake chocolate candy bar for a hack joke about it being a magic “twix”, just to reveal the selected card on a bar of “chocolate” that you can’t even eat.  Spend two hours with Royal Road or Tarbell and you’ll have a half dozen more powerful card tricks at your disposal than this piece of overpriced shit.

 

When you open the package, you get two gimmicked plastic candy bars.  They look kind of like a Twix candy bar, being the right shape and color; Shit-stain brown.  The instructions are online, which saves them the time on printing DVDs that no one is going to watch.  You don’t even have to watch the tutorial video.  Just look at the candy bar, see what the card reveal is, and force that card.  Ta-dah.   Pocket sized, and instant reset sure.  But weak ass excuse for using a prop, and a half dozen better things to do with a deck of cards.  Worst of all Jon Armstrong, a noted card expert and a good friend of mine, even lent his name to this by giving a marketing quote.  It’s like Neil Trigger knew this shit was going to stink so bad he had to throw Jon’s name on it just to try and get it to sell one or two copies.  Jon’s quote: “A pretty sweet trick” wasn’t even a complement.  It’s literally low hanging fruit to make a candy pun promoting the product.  Hope he got paid for that quote.

 

The tutorial video is overtaught at 10 minutes in length.  That should give you an idea of the simplicity of this trick.  Neil’s presentation is helped by his sophisticated British accent, which softens the blows of his horrible lines about “every magician needing to have twix up his sleeve.”  The motivation for using the props is horrible (see before joke), but the handling is worse.  Who carries around open candy bars in their sleeves?  Who decides which bar to use before putting the other back into their pocket sans wrapper?  This entire setup screams FAKE PROP, to which point why are you even using this stupid gimmick to reveal a card anyways?  Having a card selected and then reading their mind with a bit of showmanship would arguably be more impressive than this prepackaged pile of dog shit.  The instructions say to place it on their hand or on a table.  If you decide to use this trick, DON’T place it on their hand.  It feels nothing like a candy bar.  The weight is wrong, as is the texture.  It screams setup.  Just don’t do it.  “Oh but Draven you can just buy a candy bar and put it in the wrapper instead.”  I can hear you scream from the other side of my computer.  Well you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.

 

Performing with this prop leaves audiences really underwhelmed.  Just watch the trailer video and you can see the audiences in the video are like “Oh… okay… Guess I should say something nice about this right?”  Real life reactions are about the same.  People just aren’t wowed by this.  Everything from the prop to the motivation is tacky and the audience knows it.

 

Overall this is a giant waste of the average person’s time.  Somewhere out there, there is a magician who does work with candy, or kids, and this is going to speak to them.  More power to you!  But I don’t see this being a best seller, and I certainly don’t ever see me performing this anytime soon.

 

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: 1

Over Priced, piece of plastic garbage.

 

Teaching Quality: 2

Over taught, considering you don’t need a tutorial on how to do this.  Step 1: Force a card, Step 2: Use stupid hackneyed prop to reveal said card.

 

Video & Sound Quality: 7

The only good thing about this trick.

 

Overall Quality: 2

Very few things have ever scored this low in my reviews.  This one is my new Alpha Cards.  This product sucks. The only reason why I didn’t give it a score of 1 is because the magic trick actually works when done.

 

 

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Draven Reviews: Svenlopes By: Sven Lee

approvedTitle: Svenlopes

Artist: Sven Lee

Producers: Murphy’s Magic

Link: Available At Your Favorite Murphy’s Magic Dealer

Retail Price: $24.95 USD

Learning Difficulty: Easy

Note: No Tutorial.  Download PDF Only

 

 

I love me some utility props!  Any avid reader of my reviews will know that I usually give strong reviews in favor of props that yield magical results without limiting the performer to a specific method of execution.  Props that provide versatile applications that allow the magi to think, create, and incorporate their own style and character are sorely understated in the industry today.  Svenlopes fall into that versatile prop category and do so with great delight, at least on my part.

 

The Svengali principle in magic is well known.  Even hacks have made small fortunes hawking Svengali decks to laypeople.  So as a performance option I think it gets overlooked a lot.  I think a lot of people underestimate the power of a Svengali principle, and when it’s not presented in the context of a deck of cards, I think it will fly by most lay folk and magicians alike.

 

What you get is a PDF outlining the basic concept, and a few ideas of how to apply it, and 50 well crafted Svenlopes to implement in your dirty work.  What you ultimately use them for is up to you, but I’d consider it a severe waste of an opportunity to limit them to simple card reveals.  The paper in the envelopes are thick and kind of plastic like.  They should hold up reasonably well thru multiple uses.  Different colors are planned and currently in production, just in case standard black doesn’t fit your fancy.  Though different colors are expected to retail at a slightly higher cost than the standard black ones.  They handle well, and resets about as fast as any Svengali deck would; minus any additional reset needed based upon individual application.  They come packaged in a nice plastic box which will keep them in good condition when not in use.  Also you get 50 of them!  You may not need to perform with all 50, so if you use less then you have extras in case you need to create a different routine or one of them wears out.

 

This is a tool.  So it’s only going to be as good as the application used for.  But with the right creativity, I think this could go a long way.  From strolling, to stage this is something you’ll want to have in your tool box when creating your own magical routines.  I highly recommend it!

 

 

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 three points that I grade upon is Product Quality, Teaching Quality, and Overall Quality.

 

Product Quality: 9

Simple and easy to use.  Wide range of applications, packs small and plays big.

 

Teaching Quality: 7

The PDF gives you some great starting ideas.

 

Overall Quality: 9

Great idea!  Many applications.

 

 

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Draven Reviews: Changeling ODO By: Marc Lavelle

approvedTitle: Changeling Odo

Artist: Marc Lavelle

Producers: Titanas Magic

Link: Available At Your Favorite Murphy’s Magic Dealer

 

Demo Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qz7I-aofrCY&t=64s

Retail Price: $34.95 USD

Learning Difficulty:  Moderate

Length of DVD:  1 H 15 Min (Approx.)

 

 

In the world of money magic, you’re not short on options for quick changing visual metamorphoses of a one bill into another.   But the magic usually stops there.  Very few have offered a solution to multiple changes, and let’s be real with each other for just a minute; if you really could magically change one bill into another would you honestly stop with just turning a single into a twenty or a hundred?  Where’s the buildup in that?  Mark Lavelle has entered his opinion in the matter and it’s an opus of fast changing money tricks.  Get set for Changeling ODO.

 

Receiving Changeling ODO is a bit of a let down upon unboxing.  It’s a non-assuming little folding card with the gimmick inside.  No DVD either, all your video instructions are online.  The gimmicks are predictable for this kind of effect, and upon first glance, and after having watched the trailer video, I suspected some assembly would be required.  And Holy Jesus the construction on this gimmick is intense!  My only advice is to watch the video thru at least once before you go cutting stuff up.  This is not a quick build.  It’s not a complicated build, but you will need to pay attention to details.  Once completed though, you’ll have a gimmick that should last you for quite a long time.  If you use a more durable kind of money, like the plastic sort found in Canadian or European bills then it will probably last you a lifetime.

 

Performing with the Changeling ODO gimmick is easy enough.  It does what it needs to do, and it does it well enough that you don’t have to worry about the gimmick failing in performance and exposing itself.  At the end of the trick you’re clean, and can hand the bill out or spend it as you see fit.  Angles are nearly nonexistent, and practicality makes this a workers dream.  Reset’s pretty quickly making this a fine option for walk around.

 

Overall I’d say that if you’ve got the patience to put into building the gimmick then you’ve got yourself a fine piece of magic.  If you like visual close up money magic, then I recommend you check out Changeling ODO!

 

 

 

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

Price, magic, and practicality all consistent with a winner.

 

Teaching Quality: 8

Well taught.

 

Video & Sound Quality: 9

Great sound and video.

 

Overall Quality: 8

Very visual, A nice double change, and fits right into your wallet.

 

 

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