Draven Reviews: Got Change by Jason Yu

approvedTitle: Got Change?

Artist: Jason Yu

Producers: SansMind

Link: Available At Your Favorite Murphy’s Magic Dealer

 

Demo Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SIxu9q4SxE

Retail Price: $34.95 USD

Learning Difficulty: Medium

Length of DVD:  39 min (Approx.)

 

 

So SansMind is now categorizing their magic into different labels.  Some are called “Worker Series”, and Got Change falls into their “Visual Impact” section.  I guess this is a marketing ploy to help potential buyers isolate what kind of effects they are looking for based upon the reaction or intent they are looking to get.  In a way, this is kind of cool, because at least upfront if you know it says: “Visual Impact” then, knowing SansMinds, what it really means is that this product is going to be youtube fodder and nothing else.  Given that I’ve reviewed a lot of SansMind products over the years my expectations going into this effect is rather low.  I haven’t even opened the DVD yet, and I fully expect it to come with a bunch of pieces that I’ll have to glue or tape together to make a gimmick, and then spend hours fiddling with the gimmick to get it right for my performance use.  As typical SansMind reserves any and all TV rights for their effects so chances of this being anything more than, as I said, youtube fodder is fairly slim.  They’ve also created a little details section on the back of their product that lets you know how hard the trick is, what the reset time is, the ideal performance angels, and if there is any assembly required.  (there always is) And how much time that assembly will take.  So, without any further preamble let’s crack on with the review.

 

Inside the package you get an instructional DVD, a small pay envelope with what I’ll call  “super secret rare earth magic stuff” to keep the witch hunters from burning me at the stake for exposure, and a small package of cheap black felt.  The effect looks super slick.  You take a one dollar bill out of your black wallet, fold it up, drop it on your wallet, and it instantly changes into four quarters.

 

Right off the bat the DVD says the construction is a pain, and performance takes a lot of practice.  Herman is very upfront about this being a good Instagram piece, or demo reel piece, but he seems confident that it can also be a worker’s dream as well.  I’m not convinced yet, but as of this point in the review I haven’t built the gimmick or tested it yet so I remain cautiously skeptical.  Could this kind of transparency be a company effort by SansMinds to be a little more transparent with their customer base regarding their products?  If so this could be signaling a change for the better for these guys.

 

The explanation portion of the DVD spends a lot of time on the construction of the gimmick.  You’re going to want to also provide your own wallet that you’re going to have to prepare for black art.  If you don’t have a wallet that you plan on dedicating to the presentation of this effect, then you may want to go pick up a cheap one.  Doesn’t matter what the wallet is, because you’ll cover it in velvet by the time you’re done with it.  Get ready to spend a fair amount of time doing arts and crafts.  This isn’t a complicated construction, but it’s a lengthy one.  Which brings me to one of my major repeating complaints about SansMinds as a whole.  I really get sick and tired of all the build it yourself projects they put out.  Just once I’d love to buy a trick and actually have the props already set to go for me.  If this means that I have to pay a little more, then so be it.  What I don’t like, is getting home, putting the DVD into my player and then learning that I have to go back out to the store and pick up additional supplies before I can start building the effect, let alone learning it.

 

Once the gimmicks are built the magic aspect is strait forward.  Minimal sleight of hand is involved.  Switch a real bill for the gimmick, and then it’s downhill from there.  The illusion relies on the use of Black Art.  This will look great on camera, and wonderful on stage, but the illusion is sensitive to light sources.  You won’t be able to do this just anywhere, and that’s a factor you need to consider if you plan on performing Got Change.  Your performance angles are not a huge concern.  Yeah, the illusion is vulnerable from behind, but you could easily perform this surrounded, and with some minor audience management keep the illusion intact.  The wallet is dirty, so inspection should not be allowed, but the heat will be on the coins, not the wallet anyways.  Reset takes a few seconds, and if you’re going to do any coin work then this is a fantastic way to produce up to four coins as a segue into your main routine.

 

Overall the magic is very visual, and Got Change is a great utility to lead into any coin based magic routine.  It’s ideal for Instagram, or any other media that requires something quick, and visual to amaze spectators.  If you’re not used to black art, then that’s going to be your biggest challenge.  You’re going to have to learn what lighting works for the illusion, and what kind of lighting to stay away from.  Needless to say, this isn’t going to be a street magic piece unless you’re performing at night.  You will need to supply your own wallet, and then build the gimmick, which does take some time to complete.  Execution of the trick is easy, and requires very little sleight of hand.  I really wanted to hate this product just so I could pan another one of their tricks, but I’m having a hard time doing so with Got Change.  Outside of the extra wallet, and the do it yourself construction, the visual aspect of the illusion is pretty damn cool.  This maybe one I reluctantly harrumph to myself about but still use in my close up sets.  If you do coin magic, or want something hyper visual, you may want to check out Got Change?  Jason Yu’s got a nice little miracle here.

 

 

 

 

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: 3

The price is on par with products of this type.  The quality of my unit is questionable.  The black velvet included is as cheap of quality as you can get, and is NOT the same material used during the construction portion of the DVD. Also One of my rare earth secret stuff was damaged when I received it.  Both problems easily solved with a quick trip to a fabric and hobby store, but I shouldn’t have to do that step.  Original score was a 8, but major points deducted for this.

 

Teaching Quality: 8

Tutorial was very easy to follow and oddly encouraging.  Looks like SansMinds is taking a softer approach to handling their customer base.

 

Video & Sound Quality: 8

Sound and video are both good quality.

 

Overall Quality:  7

The overall score was severely, and unfairly hurt by the Product Quality score so I enhanced it after the fact.  I believe in the strength of this illusion sans the producers input into quality control of the props received.  This could be a worker for some.

 

 

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Draven Reviews: The Gold Standard by David Regal

Title: The Gold Standard

Artist: David Regal

Producers: David Regal

Link: Available At Your Favorite Murphy’s Magic Dealer

Demo Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quz8FJiBrZE

Retail Price: $75.00 USD

Learning Difficulty: Easy

Length of DVD:  30 Minutes (Approx.)

 

 

David Regal has added his entry of Card To Impossible Location to the long list of performance plots with the inclusion of a plot that actually has a hole in it.  David has set the Gold Standard for card to impossible location tricks with his unique and very elegant looking tie tack.

 

The plot is as strait forward and simple as it can get.  A spectator’s selected, possibly signed, card appears impaled on the magician’s tie tack in a very visual, very sudden kind of way.  When the card is removed from the tie tack there is a hole punched thru the card leaving one additional layer of subtlety that will confuse and confound the intelligent observer.  The revelation of the card can take on different appearances, and the utility of the gimmick supplied almost beckons the performer to incorporate the prop into their own styles and handlings.

 

The DVD supplied is a brief 30-minute tutorial complete with live performances for a real working audience.  The video is shot entirely at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, California.  David teaches the basic handling, and suggests that the trick can be also accomplished with other more advanced sleights.  The learning difficulty of the trick really depends on how much time you want to put into the sleights and controls you use.  At the core of the effect is a simple control, and a finger palm.

 

The construction of the gimmick is outstanding.  This gimmick is going to last a lifetime.  It looks elegant as well, which is an added bonus.  Some magic gimmicks that are designed to mimic certain normal objects come off looking like a gimmick.  The Gold Standard could be worn as an elegant tie tack, regardless of whether you plan to use it to do a card trick with it or not.

 

Performing with the Gold Standard is easy, requires very little awareness of angles (depending on which version of the revelation you are going for), and suitable for just about any occasion.  As for card to impossible location plots, the Gold Standard is appealing because of how visual it is.  Suitable for stage or close-up.  Some selling points for the illusion to remember: Works with any deck, the selected card appears attached to the tie, and when removed has the added convincer of having a hole punched thru the card.  The revelation is super visual.  Easy to handle, and the learning curve is only as difficult as you want to make it.  The Gold Standard should be in any card workers arsenal.  It’s powerful, it’s fun, it’s elegant, and the selected card makes for a wonderful keepsake!

 

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: 7

The price is on the upper end, but well worth it.

 

Teaching Quality: 8

It’s David Regal.  It’s well taught.

 

Video & Sound Quality: 8

Not the best camera work, looks very self-produced, and David could have benefited from using a lav mic while recording, but it gets the job done.

 

Overall Quality: 8

A must have!

 

 

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Draven Reviews: Fortuity by David Jonathan

Title: Fortuity

Artist: David Jonathan

Producers: Alakazam Magic

Link: https://www.alakazam.co.uk/product-Fortuity-By-David-Jonathan-.html

Demo Video Link: https://www.alakazam.co.uk/product-Fortuity-By-David-Jonathan-.html

Retail Price:  £30.00 ($37.25 USD approx.)

Learning Difficulty: Easy

Length of DVD:  60 Min (Approx.)

 

Imagine having a spectator choose a completely random number that is out of their, or anyone else’s control.  And then counting down from bottom up or top down in a deck of cards stopping on a card once they’ve reached their number.  Now imagine if a prediction card matches that selected card perfectly.  That would be an amazing effect.  But David Jonathan isn’t done with you yet… Every single card in the deck has a different back.  And not only does the prediction card match the front of the selected playing card, but the backs match as well.  A completely impossible double prediction!  This is Fortuity.

 

What you get with the package is an instructional DVD which really teaches the effect well.  A bit over teaching if you ask me, but it teaches it well.  What’s interesting is that the plot is simple enough that multiple handlings could exist.  So it’s kind of a living trick in that way.  There’s a registration code you can apply to Alakazam’s website that will give you access to further updates, plots, and handlings for this product as they are developed by the people who perform Fortuity.  You get a really nice set of six-sided dice.  The color schemes have been hand selected to go along with the color of the prediction envelope.  You get a red prediction envelope, and of course the gimmicked deck itself.

 

I’m going to digress for just a second from the usual magic review to address the subject of the dice you get.  I’m a gamer.  I’ve was playing RPG’s before they were cool.  I know dice.  I’ve got dice in every shape, color, size, and number of sides imaginable.  I must fight the urge to call a six sided die a D6 because I’m sure half my readers wouldn’t understand what I meant by saying that.  The other half would know how deep my nerd well is dug.  The dice you get with this trick are nice.  Rich red and black swirled colors with golden pips.  They’re on the same quality level as Chessex, or similar name brand dice production companies.  If all else fails and you never perform this trick, if you are a gamer, you’ll end up with a nice pair of D6’s you can use for your half-elf wizard, or something.  Digression is over.  Back to the magic.

 

The deck of cards you receive is gaffed to the hilt.  Constructed from a wide range of popular custom printed decks Fortuity has cards from Guardians, Deck One, Ask Alexander, Aviator, Tally-Ho, Steam Punk, Mechanic, among others that I’ve seen but don’t know the names of.  If you’re a card guy, you may just have your card porn in a box with this trick.  The gaff on the deck makes it easy to use, meaning you’re going to spend a little bit of time working on learning the presentation, but there’s not a lot of sleight of hand going on making this perfect for new comers to magic.  The deck does come set up a very specific way, and I would encourage you to watch the DVD first before messing with it.  If you do manage to get it out of order, reset isn’t impossible.  It’ll just take a couple minutes before you’re ready to go again.

 

Performing this trick is a lot of fun.  Since there isn’t a lot in the way of sleight of hand happening you can really focus on the presentation and the impossibility of not one but two predictions being accurate.  The deck instantly resets itself after each performance so it’s a good table hopper or opener.  The only drawback is that this deck does one trick. All-be-it it does it well. The multi colored backs does makes for an easy excuse as to why you’d need to change decks before doing any other card magic though.  So, there’s that.  Alakazam has a penchant for putting out wonderful little workers and that’s just what this trick is going to be for you.  A worker.  Apply named: Fortuity is a lucky strike of a gold mine of spectator reactions waiting to be harvested.  If you’re going to carry around a gimmicked deck that does only one trick, then let it be this one!

 

 

 

 

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 for the industry.  The magic is solid.

 

Teaching Quality: 8

Probably over taught.  But it’s well taught.

 

Video & Sound Quality: 8

Great video and sound.  Typical of Alakazam production standards.

 

Overall Quality: 8

This deck only does one thing, but dear god does it do it well!

 

 

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Draven Reviews: Topit 180 by David Penn

approvedTitle: Topit 180

Artist: David Penn

Producers: World Magic Shop

Link: Available At Your Favorite Murphy’s Magic Dealer

Demo Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-cyW3SSgNU

Retail Price: $55.00 USD

Learning Difficulty: Easy

Length of Video:  1:13:00 (Approx.)

 

 

We’re going to be discussing a utility device in this review that will allow you to vanish, steal, and ditch all with the same device.  This is David Penn’s Topit 180.  There have been a lot of different variations of a topit that has been sold on the market over the years and despite having knowledge of their existence, before receiving my Topit 180 from World Magic Shop I’ve myself never personally used one.  So that makes me the perfect person to write a review on this given my zero experience with this utility device up until now.  So let’s get cracking.

 

The package that the topit comes in is unassumingly flat.  Contains one topit, a couple safety pins, and a card with an online tutorial link.  The video opens with a nice brief history of the topic which is kind of cool if you’re a complete noob like myself and have never used one.  Installation of the topit takes about two minutes.  The Velcro holds it in place, and allows you to easily and effortlessly transfer it between your different performance jackets.  Given the design of the topit anything that you vanish will instantly, with the help of gravity, position itself in the back of your jacket allowing you to steal the object back out for an instant repeat performance.  Restaurant workers, table hoppers, bar magicians, street magicians, strolling magicians, and anyone who is dependent upon magic routines being reset between performances in a short amount of time will fall in love with the usefulness the Topit 180 provides you.  You can literally reset between tables in front of your spectator’s eyes and not miss a beat as you are strolling.

 

Given the usefulness of the device and the versatility of the magic that you can accomplish with the Topit 180 it’s no surprise that David Penn’s creation is an instant must have for the wonder worker seeking to create instantly repeatable miracles with various applications.  As with any topit you’re going to need to be aware of angles, and audience management, but for what it is, and what it offers, this is by far one of my more favorite acquisitions as of late.  I love utility devices, and I absolutely love my Topit 180!

 

 

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

Good price, well made.  Easy to install and easy to transfer.  The magic is versatile, visual, and instantly resettable.

 

Teaching Quality: 9

Well taught.  Love David’s personality.

 

Video & Sound Quality: 9

For an online video it’s got both good sound and good video.

 

Overall Quality: 9

A must have.

 

 

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Draven Reviews: Tac-Tic-Al by MWCT

 Title: Tac-Tic-Al

Artist:  Magic World Creative Team

Producers: World Magic Productions

Link: Available At Your Favorite Murphy’s Magic Dealer

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

Retail Price: $29.95

Learning Difficulty: Easy

Length of Video: 22 Minutes (Approx.)

Notes: Live TV and Recorded rights reserved by company

 

 

A visually stunning way to open your closeup act.  You display a tic-tac box, remove a tic-tac and then visually and instantly transform it into a deck of playing cards.  Alternatively, you could display a mini deck of cards and instantly transform them into a full deck as well.  From the second I saw the trailer for this effect I was stunned.  Haven’t seen the trailer yet?  Go on.  Watch it now.  Link is above.  I’ll wait.

 

Finished?  Good.  Now we can continue talking about this effect.  What you get is two gimmicks, secret gimmick stuff in case you need to repair or make more, and a small sticker that has the online video instruction download link.  One gimmick will allow you to transform a tic-tac box into a deck of cards, the other will transform a mini deck into a full-sized deck.  The gimmicks are well made, should hold up for a long time, and have a nice spring to them.  Only one the gimmicks comes premade and ready to go.  I had to assemble the other myself.  Took me two seconds.  It wasn’t hard to do at all and most of the work on the construction was already done for me by the manufacturer.  My only complaint is that my gimmick, despite how springy it is, doesn’t want to stay flush when it is in the shut position.  It hangs open just a bit and I’m not entirely sure I like that.  I suppose I can cover that up with handling during performance or maybe by adding a small disk magnet.  I don’t want you to think this is a huge strike against the product though, it really isn’t.  I’m nit-picking because I’m writing a review.

 

The video is under a half hour and goes through performance, and construction.  It teaches the routines very well, and I enjoyed watching the guys from Magic World Creative Team explain what to do.  The change is very easy to do, you’ll be up and running within minutes.  Practically no skill required.  Just some audience management and angles you need to be aware of.  The only thing about this trick that I’m not 100% crazy over, and it’s something I wish I would have known before buying it, was that this trick uses and relies upon Black Art.  You must be wearing a black shirt, and or jacket to do this trick.  That maybe something you’ll want to consider before making any knee jerk purchases.  Fortunately for me most my wardrobe is black, but that maybe a sticking point for some people.  The more you know, and knowing is half the battle.  Cue retro 80’s PSA cartoon here.

 

Visually this is a beautiful trick.  They were wise to withhold live TV and recorded rights.  This is the kind of thing that is an instant and easy go to for camera work, especially if you’re doing news media.  The change is instant, the dynamic between colors (white tic-tac box vs red playing card box) is very visual, and there is a striking size difference as well.  A playing card deck is noticeably larger than a box of tic-tac’s, so for camera work this would be a gem.  The reaction the audiences give is worth it.  It’s a solid opener, and it’s one I very well maybe using myself at some point in the near future.  I’m seeing a combined routine using Tac-Tic-Al to open into a playing card routine and then close with Rian Lehman’s ReBox after the routine is finished.  For my review on Rian Lehman’s ReBox check my review blog out at www.williamdraven.wordpress.com or any of your favorite online magic forums.

 

Overall I really like the clean visuals Tac-Tic-Al offers.  I’d say it’s Tac-Tic-Riffic!  Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to leave before the lynch mob catches up with me for that horrible pun.  Seriously, if you like visual magic, if you like card magic, and if you like organic magic, then you’re going to love Tac-Tic-Al.

 

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

Price is good.  Magic is very visual.  Solid routine.

 

Teaching Quality: 9

Well taught, and the gimmick construction is easy.  Most of the gimmick construction work is done for you.

 

Video & Sound Quality: 8

For an online video, solid sound and visuals.

 

Overall Quality: 9

A must have!

 

 

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Draven Reviews: Yard by Manuel Llaser

 approvedTitle: Yarn

Artist: Manuel Llaser

Producers: Vernet

Link: Available At Your Favorite Murphy’s Magic Dealer

Demo Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aip6oFkdm1w

Retail Price: $29.00 USD

Learning Difficulty: Easy

Length of DVD:  40 Minutes (Approx.)

 

 

I remember reading Mark Wilsons Complete Course In Magic when I was a young teen.  It was my bible.  I practiced just about every trick in that book that I could, and one of them that stands out to me is the old signed coin in a spool of yarn trick.  Manuel Llaser has taken that concept to the next level.  Except this time we’re using signed bills, and it’s not just inside a spool of yarn… it’s tied to the very end of the yarn inside!

 

What you get is a gimmick, some rubber bands, and a ball of red yarn.  Though once you learn the secret you’ll probably want to supply your own yarn as you continue to perform this trick.  There is a small business card inside the box too that has the link to an online video hosted by Murphy’s Magic website.  The quality of the video is very good!  It teaches the trick, and walks you through step by step the entire process from start to finish.  It’s not very difficult to perform, but there’s a lot of moving parts so you’ll need a little time to get all the details ironed out.

 

The effect is sizable to work with any environment.  If you want something intimate for closeup then you use a smaller and not as thick ball of yarn.  If you want something for stage, more yarn, larger ball, and incorporate a wine glass to hold it in.  The routine is very versatile.  Vernet has been making quality magic props for years, and the quality of Yarn is no different.  It stands up, and will last for a long time.  It comes with a supply of rubber bands, but you’ll want to eventually replace those with your own.  So you can add rubber bands to your shopping list next to the yarn if you plan to do this routine a lot.

 

One of my sources of extra income is street busking.  One of the better ways to get tips is to use borrowed bills from your audience.  Everyone where I live and work has seen the bill in lemon done to death so I was looking for something else that would still get the same plot across: Signed bill to impossible location, and Yarn does that perfectly!  My audiences have loved it, and I love that it packs down pretty small, but I can play it for larger and larger audiences, as my crowd grows, just by changing my presentation and handling a bit.  As a side note it is possible to switch out the bill for a confabulation or an any card called for routine too.  The instructions for those are included as bonus features.

 

Overall I loved the Yarn, and I think it’s a strong piece of magic for anyone with an interest in adding something a little extra and unusual to their working routine.  From Street to Stage Yarn is a must have!

 

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.  Great gimmicks.  Good magic.

 

Teaching Quality: 8

The tutorial is well taught.  Easy to follow.  Easy to learn.

 

Video & Sound Quality: 8

Great video and sound.

 

Overall Quality: 8

I loved the Yarn!  I can’t recommend this enough.

 

 

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Draven Reviews: Liquid Killer by Morgan Strebler

 approvedTitle: Liquid Killer

Artist: Morgan Strebler

Producers: SansMinds Productions

Link: Available At Your Favorite Murphy’s Magic Dealer

Demo Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrWj4HLNEuU

Retail Price: $24.95 USD

Learning Difficulty: Moderate to Hard.

Length of DVD:  40 Minutes (Approx.)

 

 

A little disclosure before I do my review on Morgan’s latest opus on metal bending.  Morgan and myself are good friends, and we have been for years.  I became a huge fan of Morgans ten years ago after his first metal bending release: Liquid Metal.  After seeing what he could do with cutlery I wanted to be like him when I grew up.  I practiced, but was never satisfied with what I could do because I never quite felt like I could compare myself with the skill I saw on the DVD.  Metal bending on Morgan’s level has always been one of those elusive magic goals that I’ve chased and never quite captured.  When his newest release came along I had to pick it up out of support for him.  And since I’ve reviewed his other two DVD’s I figured I’d go ahead and do this one as well.  At least this is going to be the only product that SansMind puts out that won’t require heavy DIY gimmick construction before you can learn the trick.

 

The first thing I noticed about this DVD is that SansMind actually got the artist themselves (Morgan) to teach the trick instead of having one of their inhouse boys, like Herman, handle the tutorial.  Then again, I had to laugh to myself because it’s Morgan’s metal bending.  There are very few people in the world that can compare on his level with an act that has made him world famous.  Probably better that they got him to teach it in that regard.

 

The DVD is surprisingly short for Morgan.  If I remember correctly Liquid Metal was over two hours of solid tutorial and presentation.  This DVD feels more like his love note to the fans of his metal bending routine.  It’s certainly an add on, a crown jewel, and the definitive final say in his metal bending school of thought.  There are only four people I’d learn metal bending from, Morgan is certainly on that list.  Regrettably though there’s no real-world video of him doing this for an actual audience.  It’s all in studio which was kind of disappointing.  It’s one thing to hear the theory as to why each move and nuance is important, but it’s another to then see it in action for real people.  And with Morgan every single move is motivated, thought out, and planned.  Nothing is by accident.

 

Liquid Killer has been in production for ten years, as Morgan has struggled to come up with a final chapter on his metal bending routine.  What I like about Liquid Killer is that it leaves the audience with something more than a memory, it leaves them with a nice little piece of art that they get to keep.  The final tine bend pattern is smaller and looks better than previous versions.  It feels a lot like the original Liquid Metal routine since it has the corkscrew bend (also the corkscrew tine bend of Liquid Metal 2), and the fatigue break but the ending to Liquid Killer is just on a whole level onto itself.  There are a lot less big hand motions with this.  The moves are compact, and as I said super thought out.  Nothing is by accident.  It feels like you’re watching the metal actually bend and morph before your eyes.  The only major take away is that typical SansMind crap about withholding TV rights.  Which actually poses some litigation questions since Liquid Killer has been built off of Liquid Metal one and two.  Just how much of Liquid Metal, the moves, and the routine can they claim?

 

Overall with a price tag of only $25 bucks this is a no brainer.  If you bend metal, or you want to then there’s no finer teacher.  Get Liquid Killer now.  You’ll thank me later.

 

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

Great product!  Good price.  Strong magic.

 

Teaching Quality: 9

You’re in good hands with Morgan.

 

Video & Sound Quality: 8

Great video and sound.

 

Overall Quality: 9

Great routine!  Morgan’s opus on metal bending.  This is the final chapter, and either for reference or performance it is a must have.

 

 

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