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HN Magic Review 103: An Evening at the Tom Foolery DVD / videotape- Tom Mullica

HN Magic Review 82: Building Blocks – Luke Jermay

HN Magic Review 80: The Extraction (booklet and gimmicks) – Mark Ghia / Kevin Dunn

HN Magic Review 78: Floating Bill – Michael Ammar

HN Magic Review 79: Card on Ceiling – Michael Ammar

HN Magic Review 75: Easy to Master Invisible Thread Miracles DVD / videotape Volume 1, 2 and 3 – Michael Ammar

HN Magic Review 71: ESR (Electronic Slow Rewinding Invisible Thread Reel) - Magic Shop M

HN Magic Review 55: Hypnoheat - Viking Magic

HN Magic Review 54: Sussurus Arcanus audiotape– Docc Hilford

HN Magic Review 51: Classic Renditions DVD / videotape Vol. 3 – Michael Ammar

HN Magic Review 50: Classic Renditions DVD / videotape Vol. 2 – Michael Ammar

HN Magic Review 47: Band of the Hand – Docc Hilford

HN Magic Review 43: Folding Bunny Bill – Robert E. Neale

HN Magic Review 25: Miracles of Suggestion – Kenton Knepper

HN Magic Review 20: Weerd Enough – Kenton Knepper

HN Magic Review 12: Theater of the Mind – Barrie Richardson

HN Magic Review 9: Peek Performances – Richard Busch

HN Magic Review 5: 7 Deceptions – Luke Jermay

 

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 HN Magic Review 103: An Evening at the Tom Foolery - Tom Mullica

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Here is the only existing record of Tom Mullica's frenzied comedy magic as performed at the Tom-Foolery Magic Bar Theatre. See dozens of sidesplitting gags, jokes and routines. See his "Apple Trick" and his trademark "Nicotine Nincompoop" where he eats a pack of lit cigarettes and a stack of napkins. Not only will you view this video over and over, but you will want to show it to your non magical friends as pure entertainment. Red Skelton called him the Best in his Field!!

 

 

REVIEW:

 

A truly hilarious video, showcasing Tom Mullica at his very best. Beware, the tricks are NOT explained: this may frustrate the beginners, but anyway you need to be a geek like Tom to perform certain stunts. Besides, this allows you to share the fun with your non-magical friends, if you find any.

 

The performance scripts are also available (edited by Richard Kaufman), but sold separately.

 

OVERALL RATING: very good

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 82: Building Blocks – Luke Jermay


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Luke Jermay has done it again! He has decided to release more of his awesome material, the routines which he uses to stun audiences around the world.

In this important new volume, Luke has tipped the real work on using Suggestion Techniques. Luke covers the Definition = Creation theory along with several other techniques and teachings. This, coupled with his groundbreaking applications of the four Convincers, is enough to transform and amplify your performances right away. But that’s just for starters! Wait until you see some of the effects he teaches. Imagine yourself performing these routines:

These are just a few of the incredible routines that Luke teaches in this new book. Every routine is accompanied by his suggestion techniques as applied to that specific piece, as well as his full performance script, plus many additional touches and ideas.

 
His sensational Out Of This World is taken to an even more impossible level with just five un-gimmicked ESP cards. He has shared his personal Book Test, his acclaimed work on PK Touches, his thinking on playing cards in mentalism and so much more. He teaches the techniques of Anchoring and specifically how to apply them to magic performances.

By blending up-to-the-minute psychological techniques with some classic conjuring methodology, Luke has created cutting-edge Mentalism and Magick effects that will have your audiences believing that you can do anything! Going far beyond the material in his first release, 7 Deceptions, this new book really does teach you the “Building Blocks” of becoming an expert at previously jealously guarded techniques of suggestion and mind control.

But don't take our word for it; read below for what the pros have had to say about Luke Jeremy’s new work:


"Luke Jermay's Building Blocks is a brilliant and exhilarating blueprint of magic's tomorrow. Not only a collection of stunning audience-centered wonders, but also a clear and detailed guide to constructing your own. Buy it now! It will change the way you do magic forever." -- Caleb Strange

 

"Luke is one of those rare individuals who brings a unique touch of originality to everything he does. Great thinking and great routines! With fresh presentations like these, I look forward to the future of our craft." -- Steve Banachek



"Unless you want to be left behind, I suggest you get Luke's works. Luke applies Wonder Words, suggestion and psychology in a manner which makes all of us who have gone before very proud indeed. Luke's applications are a must-have for all who would perform the 'new magic' and mentalism sweeping the minds and hearts of the public and modern peers. If you wish to continue the journey made popular by some of us, then Luke's offerings are almost required." -- Kenton Knepper

"Building Blocks is simply SENSATIONAL and I like it very much. If you want to enhance the power of your tricks into real wonders or miracles, YOU NEED A COPY OF THIS BOOK! It contains techniques, which you have never dreamt of, but the best thing is: they really work! I recommend this book highly to every serious performer of our art. It is worth its weight in gold, pure gold!" -- Ted Lesley

"We have all long wanted to use the power of suggestion in our mentalism routines, but have not quite figured out exactly how to use it. We need want no longer; Luke Jermay is here to fill our desires! Study this book and become the performer you have always dreamed of being!" -- Millard Longman

 

"Luke Jermay's new book, BUILDING BLOCKS, is the kind of book I love! In it you will learn techniques and philosophies that will set you apart from the rest. This is the kind of material our art is all about. It is crammed with worthwhile ideas that deserve deep study and practical effects that will stagger. I congratulate Luke for a great contribution!" -- Richard Osterlind



"I'm blown away by the material in this manuscript. These are techniques and strategies that will cause people to FEEL the experience of real magic." -- Nathan W. Kranzo

 

"From what I've read of Luke Jermay's latest, Building Blocks, it contains, some ground breaking material. I'd recommend it for those looking to heighten their performance." -- Ford Kross


REVIEW:

Well-produced hardbound book from Peter Nardi. The “theory” section mainly consists in a practical upgrade of several suggestion tools described in Banachek’s Psychological Subtleties, coupled with NLP linguistics of Wonder Words fame.

 

The second part describes original bizarre/mental effects along the lines of 7 Deceptions, not always close-up “workers” but often thought-provoking and inspiring.


OVERALL RATING: very good

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 80: The Extraction – Mark Ghia / Kevin Dunn

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Finally something new in magic. The Extraction is an ultra- visual appearance of a gem, 1/2"-1", using any glass and REAL water.  The effect is not difficult to do but requires careful study.  This is for the advanced performer who wants to show his audience real magic.  The stone is a solid object you can remove from the water but if you wish to give it to your volunteer you should switch it with one of the stones we supply you with. Set time is only 5 minutes maximum for a performance. After it is set you have up to a full 30 minutes before you have to perform the effect.  No angle limitations!  You receive enough supplies for 100 performances and detailed 25 page manual!!! (not recommended for table hopping, best for one on one performances.)

 
 
REVIEW:

Truly bizarre product from Kymystical Magic. The set-up is a devastating experience and goes against the basic rules defined by marriage counselors. After spending a Sunday messing with chemicals in the kitchen, I prepared a few gimmicks and waited for the right occasion to perform the effect… I was able to do it only once, before the gimmicks deteriorated.

 

Highly original stuff, looking for PATIENT performers.


OVERALL RATING: probably very good (?)

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 79: Card on Ceiling – Michael Ammar

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The Card on Ceiling has proven to be one of the most impressive and talked about card effects in the entire realm of card magic!

A signed card is lost in the deck, which is then sealed with rubber bands.

The deck is tossed up to the ceiling (as high as a 40 foot ceiling will work!).

The deck falls back down, but the signed card sticks!

The fact that the card remains on display high above the heads of all who pass by, for months, forces people to notice and comment on it!

It could be called the "perfect effect" because of the clarity of what happens; and the reputation it helps earn for the person performing it!

The Card on Ceiling is one of Michael Ammar's favorite effects. This one effect has earned him more notoriety than any other single effect he performs. It is a real reputation maker.

Michael's method, along with a special formulation developed by Palmer Tilden makes this the best, easiest, and most sure fire way to put a card on the ceiling!

In addition to the Card on Ceiling, you will receive as a bonus the fabulous Coin on Ceiling.

Practical, commercial magic that you will use!


REVIEW:

Another classic Signature Piece from Ammar. You get a large amount of the necessary “secret gimmick”, and a few colored sheets with general instructions. The card moves described are very basic, and you will need to know better card techniques.

 

The effect can only be performed in specific settings (unless you want to expose part of the working), but it’s well worth the wait…

The only card trick I do.

 

OVERALL RATING: very good

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 78: Floating Bill – Michael Ammar

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This is the Floating Dollar Bill that made Michael Ammar famous!

Michael says, "When I was booked for The Tonight Show, I knew this effect would get me rebooked! NOW, with this New Elastic Hookup, it has never been easier. The Constant Hookup is perfect for repeat work! This virtually IT can stretch up to 400% of it's length, repeatedly! Amazing!

It's already separated, colored and comes in a convenient size for travel.

Included are tips for increasing invisibility, lighting considerations and methods for securing the ends.

Let this wonderful routine make you famous, too!


REVIEW:

Not an “impromptu, anytime, anyplace” routine, as some ruthless dealers want us to believe, but a true reputation maker in the right contexts. The psychology involved is very deep and the effect IMO surpasses all other impromptu floating effects.

 

Ammar recently added a few extra touches (and refuted this gimmick!) in the third volume of the “Easy to Master Invisible Thread Miracles” series.


OVERALL RATING: very good

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 75: Easy to Master Invisible Thread Miracles videos/DVD Vol. 1, 2, 3 – Michael Ammar


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There is more powerful potential in just a few feet of invisible thread than almost anything else in magic. This is magic that becomes the stuff of legends. No matter what type of magic you perform, from the purest sleight of hand to the largest grand illusions, this is the type of magic that creates conversations and reputations. People vividly remember the moment they saw something levitated and animated just inches away from their eyes.

Continuing in the Easy to Master tradition, this new set of videos is organized in a very structured fashion, taking the viewer from simple animations with short lengths of thread that can be easily set up and managed through intermediate effects that are a bit more involved and finally ending up with elaborate effects that are truly mind-bending.

Each video in this series also contains valuable supporting information on lighting, concealment, and theory that will stimulate your thinking well beyond the featured magic.

Volume 1 contents:

Section One - Introducing Elastic Thread

Section Two - Accessing the Threads

Section Three - Magic With Invisible Elastic

Tahoe Tessie and the Magic Postcard; The Rising Business Card; Whirling Business Card; Dan Harlan's Financial Attraction; Ammar's Portable, Permanent Wallet Hookup

Section Four - Finn Jon's Elastic Loops

Phenomenon Fork; Finn Jon's Bill That Falls Up; The Floating Bill; Electrostatic Straw; Things That Affect Thread Visibility

Section Five - Visible but Hidden Threads

Stefan Schuster's Self-Folding Bill with Kicker, featuring Ammar's Self-Contained Wallet Hookup; Acrobatic Matchbox

Section Six - The Traditional Reel

Knot Absolutely Instant; Knot Automatically Undone; Clearly Penetrated Mike Stand

Section Seven - James George Interview

Comparing Every Available I.T.R.; Care and Management

Volume Two

We begin with amazing ideas and applications of the James George Invisible Thread Reel, which includes marvelously deceptive methods of passing a solid hoop over and around floating objects that are marvelously deceptive. Also included are methods for working with threads from 6 inches to twenty feet long that create magic that people will talk about for a lifetime.

Section 1 – Magic Using the I. T. R.



Finn Jon’s Mystery Nut and Bolt ala I. T. R
The Chop Cup Application
Dave Nelson’s Dollar Bill Flight
I. T. R. Floating Bill
The Perfect Practice Hookup
Open Face Hookup
Z Grip to Lock the Thread
Hoop Pass
Rotating Hoop Pass
Bloom’s Balancing Card
Robert Henry’s Ashra Coin
I. T. R. Whirling Card
Section 2 – The One-Hand Hookup

Al Baker’s Erectile Bill
Socrate’s Personal Chi Power
Section 3 – The LeClair Hookup

Floating Bill
The Whirling Card
Section 4 – The One Point Hookup

The Animated Straw
The Coin in Beer
Baker’s Card from Hat
Whirling Card
Baker’s Ring on Pencil
Section 5 – John Kennedy’s

Stealth Retractor
Ammar’s Threading the Needle
Care and Feeding of the Stealth Retractor
Rising Business Cards
Rising Card
Self-Turning Page
Section 6 – Bonus Guest Star James George

The Floating Pencil
Tips & Theory
Why Threads Break and How To Avoid
Practicing with Threads
Controlling Your Space
The Hierarchy of Astonishment

 

Volume Three

This is the real work on storing, transporting and accessing the invisible threads you’ll use for any type of effect. The majority of this information is being revealed here for the first time in any format, and represents ideal solutions for almost any close-up, stand-up, corporate, bar or restaurant performer.

You’ll also find sources for invisible thread well worth the price of the video to anyone seriously interested in performing magic with thread. You’ll see what types of thread are strongest, ranked in order of strength according to similar dimensions, and how to separate and secure individual strands of the finest invisible thread.

Some of the information featured here has previously been sold individually for large sums of money. You’ll learn the exact method Ammar used to perform the Floating Bill on The Tonight Show, as well as the Steve Fearson Hookup, which creates what some of our greatest minds have called the most amazing magic they’ve ever seen!

Performance

Floating Bill
The Super String Theory

Section One - Thread Strength According to Similar Diameters

Section Two - Securing the Ends, Separating Individual Strands

Section Three –Storing and Transporting

Simple Playing Card
Finn Jon System
John Kennedy’s Z-Webs & Mini-Z-Webs
The Pin & Straw System
Sticky Mat Solution
John Haar’s Deck Gimmick
Clear Plastic Sticks
Lifesaver Holders
Wine Bottle Hookups—Corks, Ribbons, Clear Tubes
Under-Bar Bobbins
Mike-Stand Holders
Section Four – The Horizontal Two-Point Hookup Explanation

The Floating Bill
The Super String Theory
Section Five –The Steve Fearson Hookup

The Floating Lifesaver
James George’s Floating Spinning Ball

REVIEW:

A complete treatise on IT work – even though the electronic gimmicks are not fully considered (Ammar only deals with John Kennedy’s Stealth Retractor). The highlight of the tape IMO is the updated version of his Floating Bill routine: interestingly, the author does not use the gimmick he sold along with the routine for fifteen years…

 

I felt asleep a couple of times during the long explanations on accessing and transportation, but this is probably due to my poor metabolism.

 

A no-smoking version of Steve Fearson’s Floating Cigarette, performed with a Polo Mint and a different set-up (appropriate for bald people!) is also worth mentioning.


OVERALL RATING: very good (and very bad for exposure)

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 71: ESR (Electronic Slow Rewinding Invisible Thread Reel) - Magic Shop M


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This is the next level in the evolution of IT magic! With the ESR, you can not only perform all your favorite IT effects, you can perform them better!

Imagine adding slow-motion animation to your favorite floating or psychic effects!

Examples:

Borrow a dollar bill, crumble it into a ball, then cause it to float in air. Raise a hand, with fingers wide apart, and whenever you want, the bill floats up to your hand!

Place a nut on a bolt then cover with a glass. With both of your hands visible, and no movement on your part, the nut slowly unscrews and falls off the bolt. This is repeated, then everything can be examined!

For a psychic effect, borrow a pen and lay it on the table. Concentrate and the pen moves towards you!

REVIEW:

This electronic ITR allows you to remain motionless throughout the levitation (the switch could also be used to stop your pulse…); it is better IMHO than Stefan Schutzer’s Ultimate Float Controller (UFC), which needed constant body movements to operate.

 

The cons: the gimmick is longer than a pack of cigarette, and you will need a jacket to conceal it. It is kind of noisy in the retraction phase – loud patter may be necessary in real close-up situations.

 

Sold with 2 types of IT and basic instructions.


 
OVERALL RATING: very good


HN

 

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HN Magic Review 55: Hypno Heat - Viking Magic


AD: not sold anymore in the USA (officially...), due to inflated political correctness; it’s “that m*****y trick”.


REVIEW:

Also called “Hot and Cold” in the sixties. Comes in two forms: liquid (extremely toxic) and in pills (very toxic). I have been using the pills version for more than 15 years now, so far so gHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Seriously, the solid version is not 100%, but occasional failures increase the credibility of the effect. In the right hands, it’s a “killer”.

OVERALL RATING: very good

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 54: Sussurus Arcanus – Docc Hilford

 

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A secret source of information from Docc Hilford!
Susurrus Arcanus means secret whisper, and the subject is SR.

On this exceptional tape, Docc gives you a complete tutorial, including practice sessions,

and caps the whole thing off with a killer effect that is, to use an oft abused label, a true reputation maker. He tells you when to use this technique, and when not to use it. This is the best and most complete treatment of the topic ever published.


Yes, we are blushing. After all, if the others had done a good job, everyone would be using SR. If you have encountered SR before and dismissed it as either too obvious or too hard, it's because the earlier discussions were sketchy and not based on the kind of experience that Docc has with it. If you want a valuable and useful technique for discovering unknown information, you need this tape. This is a limited edition tape. One can be yours for just $34.95.

 

REVIEW:

 

Not that the product is outstanding (usual overpriced item from the Floras), but SR is such a wonderful and underused concept.

 

The tape deals with basic shapes, numbers, letters and drawings. Docc uses a chalk and a board – it’s really harder with a pencil, in real life situations. The “Numbers” section is the most detailed, but still simplistic (BIG problems with 5…): I often feel the need for a back up.

 

The only tape entirely devoted to this principle, as far as I know.

 

OVERALL RATING: very good

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 51: Classic Renditions video/DVD Vol. 3 – Michael Ammar

 

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This is the third volume in the Classic Renditions series. Each video in the series focuses intensely on one single subject. Volume 3 is on The TT Bill Switch

Classic Renditions is considered to be among the best teaching tapes available anywhere. On these tapes, Michael uses his "Super Practice Sessions", and John Cornelius makes a guest appearance.

The Bill Switch, once mastered, will allow you to turn $1's into $100's, turn money inside out, and perform many other transpositions, restorations and transformations! This video will teach you how to perform one of the most requested tricks by laymen: "The $100 Bill Switch" - turning their $1 into a $100.


Michael has performed this on TV under unbelievable camera scrutiny - the bill is visible at all times and yet the secret move is neither seen nor suspected!

As a bonus, John Cornelius teaches his "Borrowed Bill" routine.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

A short video, but still the best rendition of the Koslowski Bill Switch While the filler section on how your hands should look like is a bit boring (Ammar says it was inspired from Michelangelo’s paintings…), the moves are explained in great details, and from several angles, as per the standard L&L “Super Practice sessions”.

 

The bonus routine, featuring John Cornelius at the Magic Castle, is truly funny and should be studied for a variety of reasons…

 

OVERALL RATING: very good

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 50: Classic Renditions video/DVD Vol. 2 – Michael Ammar

 

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This series focuses intensely on one specific subject. This is volume 2 of the Classic Renditions series. The subject is "Rubber Band Magic".

Considered to be among the best teaching tapes anywhere, Michael employs his "Super Practice Session" - where you can practice along with him, over and over again, guided by his hands on a blue screen, while Baroque music plays.


Rubber Band magic is fantastic, because it can be (or appear to be) completely impromptu in social situations. This is the kind of material Michael always chooses to do when he's socializing and someone asks "can you show me a trick?"


Michael worked with David Copperfield on a rubber band effect for his 'Great Wall of China' special. Later, David claimed more people called in about the rubber band effect than they did about the Great Wall!

The video teaches in great detail three classic rubber band effects:

THE CRAZYMAN'S HANDCUFFS


A rubber band is stretch between your forefinger and thumb on each hand. You link one with the other, give a tug and the bands appear to just melt right through one another. You repeat from a few different angles, and conclude with allowing the spectator to hold one of the bands and you melt your band through right under there nose!


TRAVELING CASH


A 'rubber ladder' is formed with two stretched rubber bands. A spectator wraps a folded dollar bill around the top strand, and holds on. Then, one by one, the money jumps from the top down, one strand at a time.

THE BROKEN & RESTORED RUBBER BAND


A single rubber band is broken, the outstretched fully to display, then put right back together again! Michael often concluded a rubber band sequence with this one.


And there is a bonus section by John Cornelius.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

One of the few magic videos with a decent music…

 

Typical Ammar stuff: well-produced, average presentations, superior attention to details (check out the essential quote from Erdnase!). His explanation of the Crazy Man’s Handcuffs is in my opinion a lot better than Harlan’s handling (in the Magic with Rubber Bands video trilogy), and the “practice sections” make the effects really easy to learn.

 

The video also includes John Cornelius’ Vanishing Nickel, previously marketed as “Fickle Nickel”.

 

OVERALL RATING: very good

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 47: Band of the Hand – Docc Hilford

 

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Murderous Mentalism That Will Kill Your Audience!

This bizarre booklet contains five of Docc's strongest effects, straight from his personal arsenal. These are tricks he's performed for live audiences for years.

Band of the Hand is a murderous group of five incredibly different and original mental effects, far removed from the "I know what you're thinking" type of mental tricks. Contains:

"The Nightmare Coins routine has found a permanent place in my close-up show." -Allen Zingg-Editor of Vibrations

"I can't perform Murder by Mail anymore-it's just too strong!" -Jim Magus

"Docc, Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper, take people to the edge of danger and bring them back safely!" -Tony Andruzzi

 

REVIEW:

 

Docc Hilford at his best. All the methods and psychological subtleties are thoroughly detailed, and are worth reading even if you will not perform the effects. Contents:

OVERALL RATING: very good

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 43: Folding Bunny Bill – Robert E. Neale

 

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What a great giveaway piece to leave with your clients. Just borrow a dollar bill and without any cutting or tearing, you fold the bill into a top hat. Hold it up and squeeze the top hat. Up pops the head of a little bunny. The entire origami fold is done with a single dollar bill. Interesting for them to watch you fold and something they will keep forever.

 

REVIEW:

 

Wonderful little origami, it always gets a smile. This cheap booklet was published by Magic Inc. in the ‘60s, but if you want updated handlings, the full presentation and Paul Harris’ tips you may prefer Mr. Neale’s big book, “Folding Money Fooling”. For you video guys, the effect is also described (without any patter) in “Celebration of Sides” – the easiest way to learn the trick.

 

OVERALL RATING: very good

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 25: Miracles of Suggestion – Kenton Knepper

 

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Kenton is well known for his work on suggestion and the application of suggestion to magic and mentalism. In this work, Kenton reveals simple and profound examples of suggestion in real performance situations.

Friends are a little disappointed that Kenton gave up this much inside information at this price. But Kenton hopes this booklet will excite more performers into considering how the power of suggestion may be applied to their work.

To quote one performer: "This book is full of nothing less than sheer miracles. How dare you tell others, but thank you for allowing me to read this"!

There is more than mere theory. It is truly the practical application of miraclous principles. The most timid performer will find ideas and effects he can use, as will the more adventurous sort. The more you will try, the more convinced you will become.

Imagine appearing as if you have erased a thought from a spectator's mind - all by a a few Svengali hand gestures ! Or dream of forcing a person to choose a particular card, even though they get to shuffle, cut and choose a card all by their own hand. It is EASY, but devious, and yes, almost miraculous.

In this booklet you will also find Kenton's ingenious work on "Equivoque" or "Magician's Choice". You will also learn "The Subconscious Book Test" and how Kenton's finger rings bend on the table while he is doing a "bending" effect. All of this and MORE.

Here is the work Kenton is famous for, and now made more direct than ever. You will also get a sampling of the incredible Luke Jermay which Banachek has said is next in a continuing line of the Kenton Knepper, Derren Brown tradition. In other words, he'll blow you away!

Now for the BEST part. You get all of this and more in under thirty intense pages for a ridiculously low price for what this booklet contains. Get it ALL and do MIRACLES if you DARE for only...

 

 

 

REVIEW:

 

This remarkable little booklet integrates the Wonder Words tapes for what concern the suggestion issues and provides further thoughts and applications. I don’t perform anything out of the manuscript, but several ideas and fine points can be applied to other effects.

 

Even the hyped card filler (using a svengali deck) contains several insights on force procedures.

 

For those interested in the booktest described in the ad, forget it for close-up settings…

 

OVERALL RATING: very good

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 20: Weerd Enough – Kenton Knepper

 

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This work contains six of Kenton's most unusual effects and methods. Previously unreleased except to a private few, these concepts will challenge you. Far from the "ordinary" this manuscript details:

 

How to find a card by "channeling" a spectator.

How to make a problem "vanish" for a spectator - they actually SEE this happen - while alone in the privacy of their own home. Powerful magic mixed with an appropriate visual metaphor. Perform a routine in which words and scent are the actual method.

Make vanished coins or charms reappear inside a lit candle.

Learn how the legendary crop circle diagrams are used for psychological "readings". All the needed artwork is included. This alone could have been sold for more than the cost of the entire manuscript. More (of course) including further effect and presentations, more extended and diverse applications, and new gut-level essays.

 

It is little wonder that many have awaited Kenton's release of this "Weerd” material. It took the ending of Docc Hilford's "Weerd Weekend" to get Kenton to divulge this secret work to others. A very select few have been in the know - as they paid Kenton to create some of this work for their own performances! Now these often startling effects and strange but

magical methods can be YOURS.

 

This manuscript may be a tribute to unusual and "Weerd" magic, but do not let that confuse you. These remarkable methods are applicable to many diverse effects and routines. Even if you are not interested in "Weerd" magic, you are bound to find these ideas to be of unique, and inspiring value. Besides, some of it is just flat out FUN.

 

If you do close-up, there are things in here you simply must have. If you do mentalism, be prepared for some amazing ideas that you will use, and that will challenge you too. If you do "readings", Kenton's "Crop Circle Readings" has been a secret gem for many years. Now complete with the artwork, you can make your own at a fraction of what it would cost you otherwise.

 

With this entire lineup - and more - you are bound to find something truly useful and DIFFERENT. Of course, if all you wanted the same old boring thing, you probably wouldn't be at our website.

 

As one person privy to this material put it, "Read this and be in awe". WE say, "You're sure to find some items of unique interest in this one". We'd hate to be immodest, after all.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

Great over-hyped book, I found a gem there (the Docc Hilford’s holiday memories) that “went straight into my act”, as professional quoters would say. All-round suggestions coupled with an arguable magic kicker.

 

The book also contains some interesting “Dorian Gray’s” applications of an item you can purchase for a few dollars in sewing shops (and about ten times its price through other dealers…)

 

Other effects include F###### playing cards and other laminated items – sorry I removed those from my memory.

 

OVERALL RATING: very good

 

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HN Magic Review 12: Theater of the Mind – Barrie Richardson

 

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Hermetic Press has always taken pride in producing only the very best books on mentalism: Waters's Mind, Myth & Magick, Lesley's Paramiracles and works by Phil Goldstein. For years we wanted to bring out a book by Barrie Richardson, and when we did it was an instant success, selling out three printings within a year. In a recent poll, Theater of the Mind showed up on a number of lists of the ten best magic books of all time!


1999 recipient of the Psychic Entertainers Association award for creativity, and with over fifty years of professional performance behind him, Barrie Richardson has gathered together 53 of his best mental routines, most with complete presentations, for this large volume of baffling experiences. In Theater of the Mind you will find page after page of fresh, practical material, tested and perfected before thousands of audiences; astonishing feats that use only ordinary items, and few of them; entertaining mental experiments that involve the whole audience, that pack small and play big, that exploit a devilish combination of simplicity and cleverness. What you will discover in Barrie Richardson's Theater of the Mind is a wealth of professional material at a pauper's price. 320 pages in hardcover.

 

REVIEW:

 

Big book from Stephen Minch’s Hermetic Press, you will surely find something to use. At least I did, courtesy of “Pencil Pusher”.

 

There are regrettably a lot of magic tricks with cards, envelopes, billets etc. which constitute the bulk of the book – do not except cutting edge techniques or revolutionary mentalism methods.

 

Interesting solution for the David Berglas’ “Any card at any number” problem, even though I would have liked the author to lay out all the cards arrangements, instead of leaving part of the work to the reader!

 

OVERALL RATING: very good

 

 

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HN Magic Review 9: Peek Performances – Richard Busch

 

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The ultimate treatise on securing secret information: center tears, book tests, card peeks, billets and psychological forces; even an impromptu Mother Of All Book Tests.

 

"Peak Performances is a must-have! The most creative and original look at billets and peeks in years!"
-Ted Karmilovich, Jr., Creator of the Mother Of All Book Tests

"If you want the real work, take the time to carefully read what's inside."
-Ford Kross, Psychic Entertainer and Hypnotist, Author of Suggestive Mentalism

"In a clear, concise and easy to read manner, Mr. Busch covers one of the most important subjects to our art...the secret gathering of information and, just as important, the revelation of this information to our audiences. No props, no convoluted plot line or long sequenced, boring tricks, just clear, direct, to the point effects that look as close to real mind reading as one can possibly get. This is a book designed to give you lesson after lesson to be read, digested and developed, year after year."
-Paul Alberstat, Canada's Leading Mentalist

 

 

REVIEW:

 

Heavy, weighty book from Magical Inspirations. It includes:

- a wonderful quote from Eliza Dolittle: “Moves, moves, moves, I’m so sick of moves!”

- billets work, center tears, booktests, card moves (“that even Ford Kross could do” – not so sure about that…), watch effects, NW, one-ahead subtleties etc.

- the real secret behind the Psychic Entertainers Association’s acronym.

 

Too much physical manipulation in most of the cards methods for the “discerning mentalist”, but also sprinkles of hypnotherapeutic touches peppered throughout the book.

 

OVERALL RATING: very good – maybe not for the beginners.

 

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HN Magic Review 5: Seven Deceptions – Luke Jermay

 

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"This Material Is So Fantastic - I Bought The Rights To It!" - Kenton Knepper

I have never paid for someone else's ideas to publish, and I may never

do so again. But Luke's "7 Deceptions" is in a class all its own.

 

Steve Banachek, Docc Hilford, myself and a few select others have

made additions to Luke's incredible work. Here are a few of the effects

from this ground-breaking book:

 

Stop your own pulse without gimmicks. Now the SHOCKER...

Stop a spectator's pulse without touching the spectator. No

stooges. Another member of the audience confirms this. You

can even apparently change the pulse rate of the entire

audience! This is the REAL inside work. An instant classic from

which reputations have and will continue to be made.

A spectator looks at a playing card. You cause the spectator to

forget this card, and they cannot remember it. Included in this full

explanation is how to cause people to forget their name

temporarily and much more. Yes, you CAN do it!

 

A spectator's actual phobia is seen to go away through a magical,

psychological event. The spectator takes home a special paper to

remind them of this dramatic change. Is it real magic?

Psychological symbolism at work? How does it happen? Your

spectators will be impressed - perhaps for a lifetime.

 

Two different spectators see two different words on one

ungimmicked piece of paper without a single switch You may

also add to this, causing a third spectator to read a third word. A

fascinating principle explained in full. Many new ideas will come

from this one.

 

During a palm reading, the lines on the spectator's palm apparently

move and twist on their own. A stunning combination of linguistics,

psychology and neurology.

 

                                    

REVIEW:

 

If we forget all the hypes of the Wonder Wizards site and the previous “Eighth Maneuver” of Mr. Jermay, the book is brilliant. The influence of Kenton Knepper is always very noticeable, and a few effects are originally inspiring, in the mental/bizarre/”weerd” categories.

 

The Butterfly Billet (strategically positioned in the book…) offers a strong audience-centered effect, if you spend enough time to prepare it.

 

My personal favorite is the pulse-stopping trick approach – I am combining this effect with the watch ideas provided in Knepper’s “Sorcerer Series” vol. 3.

 

 

OVERALL RATING: very good

 

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