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Featuring (most recent on top):

HN Magic Review 97: Center Tear Bill – Craig R. Dickson

HN Magic Review 94: Dishalicious - Daryl

HN Magic Review 91: Ah-ha! – David Harkey / Eric Anderson

HN Magic Review 88: The riddle of Chung Ling Soo, Chinese conjuror – Will Dexter

HN Magic Review 86: Elastrix vol. 1 – Ed Mishell & Abraham Hurwitz  

HN Magic Review 81: Making Contact -Satori

HN Magic Review 72: The Web – Jim Pace

HN Magic Review 70: The X-pert Device – Neil Tobin

HN Magic Review 62: Linked for life – Andy Leviss

HN Magic Review 52: Penomenon – J. Mirage

HN Magic Review 49: Who wants one, say I – Tom Osborne

HN Magic Review 41: Miracles from the Hip – Mark Striving

HN Magic Review 34: Really Linked – Bernard Sim

HN Magic Review 33: The Joining – Jeff Pierce

HN Magic Review 27: Live In Lecture, M.I.M.E 1a – Kenton Knepper

HN Magic Review 22:  the X Book – Kenton Knepper

HN Magic Review 19: Rants into Rave – Kenton Knepper

HN Magic Review 18: Sorcerer Series 1,2 and 3 – Kenton Knepper

HN Magic Review 7: Credit Card Fraud – Brad Manuel

 

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HN Magic Review 97: Center Tear Bill – Craig R. Dickson


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The cleanest, most direct, torn and restored bill we've seen!

Show a one-dollar bill on both sides. Have the bill initialed by a spectator.

Very openly, fold the bill in half.

Tear the center (George Washington's picture) off of the bill. Either vanish the center or burn it.

With no false moves of any kind, snap the bill open and it is restored!!

The bill is clean and examinable!!

Center Tear Bill is great. You can learn it in five minutes; and you will do it all the time!!

 

REVIEW:

 

The classic Rick Johnsson’s “Dining on Dollars” trick, combined with the setup of David Harkey / Jay Sankey’s “East Meets West”. The modus operandi is different than the version described in the “Easy to Master Money Miracles” videos, and the trick comes with that “special something” that could be used in other effects.

 

The bill can be given out at the end – not only shown, as in the Ammar version – but I would recommend the latter for its cleaner display.

 

OVERALL RATING: weak

 

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HN Magic Review 94: Dish-alicious – Daryl



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Do You Want to Work Restaurants? Are You A Table Hopper? Then Don't Be Caught Without This Stunning Miracle! EFFECT: You bite a piece out from an ordinary dinner plate, show the piece and then magically restore the plate before returning it to the customer! Finishes clean.

 

REVIEW:

 

It seems a clever gimmick, for an original quickie. The trick however cannot be performed close-up, as most of BA-based effects: you will need proper distance, lighting and clothing. The “table hopping” issue stated in the ad is plain BS (unless you perform in a dark cave or for a blind audience) – another one for the drawer.

 

OVERALL RATING: weak

 

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HN Magic Review 91: Ah ha! – David Harkey / Eric Anderson

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Watch a book of matches burst into flame without touching it. Unlock a car of any make by pointing at it.
 Learn a false shuffle and bridge you will actually use. Drop a borrowed coin into your drink, bringing the liquid to
 a boiling froth, then spoon out the coin, bent like a used bottle cap. Turn a pack of cards into solid stone, 
splitting like a rock when you drop it. Automatically switch decks under the noses of your audience, using subtlety 
rather than sleight of hand. Pluck the petals from a daisy, ending on she loves me not. Then blow on the flower, 
making one petal reappear. She loves me! Five years in the making, here is a collection of street - tested magic 
with calling cards, coffee cups, matches, coins, bills, rubber bands, newspapers, playing cards. pencils and more.
 
More than twenty effects in all.
 

REVIEW:

21 effects – and about half of them are F###### card tricks. I have yet to see an honest ad stating,
 “this book mostly contains F###### card tricks”. It would be easy, though: count the number of effects 
with cards, count the total number of effects, divide the two numbers, and insert a disclaimer: “this book 
contains 42% of F###### card tricks”.
 
About the other half: I was VERY disappointed by the lack of original methods and presentational ideas, 
despite the imaginative plots described in the sales blurb. The book does not fall into the “junk” category 
only because of the care shown in the production (nice hardbound with dust cover, beautiful layout by the author).
 
I suggest you stick with “Simply Harkey”.
 
OVERALL RATING: weak
 
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HN Magic Review 88: The riddle of Chung Ling Soo, Chinese conjuror – Will Dexter



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N/A. Published by Arco Publishing Co.
 
REVIEW
 
The life and mysterious death of “Chinese” conjuror William Robinson, from New York City…
 First published in 1954, the book includes the biography of the artist, a detailed description of his stage shows
 from a layman perspective (no methods explained), the death-defying “Bullet Catching” stunt, a brief digression
 on Anneman’s death, brief excerpts of historic magazines (the Magic Wand, HMM, Mahatma etc.) and an annex
 on Asian conjuring. 
 
Historical value, probably.
 
OVERALL RATING: weak
 

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HN Magic Review 86: Elastrix vol. 1 – Ed Mishell & Abraham Hurwitz  

 

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The largest collection of tricks with rubber bands ever produced. Within the covers you will find Penetrations, Restorations, Linkings, Multiplications and Sheer Magic with Common Rubber Bands. These are baffling effects you can perform anywhere, anytime.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

Tons of rubber bands magic tricks: a few are still valid, most are outdated, and others have always been outrageously silly. It takes a great deal of time to learn this type of manipulative stunts with written instructions – this is where videos truly come in handy.

 

I would suggest Michael Ammar's Classic Renditions n.2 video and Dan Harlan's  Magic with Rubber Bands trilogy instead.

 

OVERALL RATING: weak

 

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HN Magic Review 85: Altered States – David Regal

 

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An easy-to-do, offbeat card routine that never fails to impress. A card, selected from a blue-backed deck and signed across its face by a spectator is torn in half. One half is placed in a blue card box and the other in a red card box. The spectator's partial signature is on the face of both halves. The card boxes are shaken and the cards dumped out. The half that came out of the blue box still has a blue back, but the card out of the red box now has a red back. The two halves fit together and so do the two parts of the signature. Everything can be immediately examined and the two half-cards can be given to spectators as souvenirs.

Comes with a dozen custom Bicycle cards which were specially printed by the U.S. Playing Card Co. and four pages of clear instructions with 17 photographs. Can be repeated three times with different cards. Easy.

 

REVIEW:

 

Altered states… This brings back wonderful memories… This trick was part of a Christmas gift (“I liked the name”, she said). Amongst the thousands of books, videos and gimmicks commercially available, I had to receive a F****** card trick from Meir Yedid!!

 

Anyway, you get basic instructions for the effect described, a few specially printed Bicycle cards (half red, half blue) and the picture of Mr. Yedid smiling back at you.

 

OVERALL RATING: useless card trick

 

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HN Magic Review 81: Making Contact – Satori



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Contact Mindreading, sometimes called ‘Muscle Reading’ can be, when correctly executed, the closest thing to ‘real’ mindreading you can get. This little book has what looks like the ‘real’ work on this fascinating subject. Years ago I played with Contact Mindreading and had some small success with it. A wonderful and powerful demonstration when it works. Satori appears to have given up all the information anyone would need to insure that success is near 100%. Solid book with needed info on this obscure subject.



REVIEW:

A 68-page softbound publication from H&R Magic Books, which could have taken a couple of paragraphs. From this point of view, the book sadly reminds me of Mark Strivings’ “Miracles from the Hip”: an age-old concept excruciatingly expanded and repeated over and over and over until it borders the unbearable.

 

Satori did not add ONE single idea to the existing muscle reading books (such as Fitzkee’s Contact Mind Reading Expanded, Schatz’ Practical Contact Mind Reading and Nelson’s Hellstromism - published half a century ago).

After the long, worn out historical overview, Satori reminds us of the well-known wrist hold (first exposed at the end of the nineteenth century) and painfully describes an interminable number of DUH! examples:
Finding an object on a table
Finding an object in a room
Finding a person in a room
Finding an object in a house
Finding a seat in a theater
Etc.

Vol. 2 will probably include the following routines:
Finding a softbound book in a library
Finding an hardbound book in a library
Finding an under-aged brunette in a Nevada brothel

Etc.
 
The publisher has to justify the price of the book by increasing the number of pages, but here the whole book is a filler. I pretend something more than a nice layout and the repackaging/regurgitating of age-old information.

 

It would be tempting to label the book as “useless”: however, its pseudo-scientific feel, the care shown in the publication and the fact that absolutely nothing is exposed in terms of magical methods, gimmicks or psychological subtleties (apart from the single Hellstromism technique obviously) allows you to leave it on your coffee table and start a targeted conversation.


OVERALL RATING: Back of the room item

 

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HN Magic Review 72: The Web – Jim Pace



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Jim Pace's "The Web" will out-impact any other effect in your repertoire. For those that want to go for the jugular and take no prisoners, the Web gets a more visceral reaction than any card effect ever created! In fact, there are some people you simply should not do this effect for because it starts out so innocently, yet ends with such a startling reaction! The effect, this makes 'em jump up and scream! Four blank cards are counted onto the spectator's palm up hand. Then pictures of spider webs appear and disappear from the faces of the cards. To conclude, the spectator is asked to wave his hands over the cards. As he does, he discovers a large, realistic spider on the back of his hand. The spider is undetectable, and you are way ahead! At the right time, in the right place, this receives an unprecedented response!

 
REVIEW:

Largely overrated. Comes with specially printed cards, the plastic spider (with a special “extension” to make it more realistic) and the “gimmick”. It is a cheap way to get a quick reaction, to expose the Card on Ceiling and to suggest that you are carrying around props and hidden gimmicks.
 
OVERALL RATING: prank

 

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HN Magic Review 70: The Xpert Device – Neil Tobin

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"Neil Tobin's device is an astounding accomplishment and will be embraced by magicians and mentalists - I love it!" -Ben Harris

An Indispensable New Utility Device for Mentalists and Magicians.
Discover a new utility device, one that's already being used by performing mentalists and magicians who appreciate its understated power and seemingly limitless possibilities. The Xpert makes possible a wide variety of miraculously direct and virtually sleight-free effects, including:

 
Out of Body Xpert


A borrowed coin is chosen from a handful of change, marked with a participant's initial, has its date noted, and is tightly held in anybody's hands- yet the performer invisibly extracts the coin; it is soon found in the pocket of another participant some distance away!


Xpert Epic


The performer clearly and boldly numbers the blank sides of three postcards one through three. Picking up each numbered postcard in proper sequence, the performer shows the number on top and then writes his thoughts beneath. At the conclusion, all three postcards are shown to have correct predictions and may be given away afterward. No forces necessary.


Xpert X-ed Card


A card is freely selected (no force) and kept facedown while its back is visibly marked with a bold X. The cards are mixed, and the performer not so amazingly locates the X-ed card. But then comes the surprise-although the performer is no sleight-of-hand wizard, he is a mentalist: the X-ed card is turned face up to reveal the words "My Prediction" printed on its face. All the cards may be examined or given away. Instant reset, ends clean, no switches.


Xpert Vampire Hunter


A participant selects and signs a card to represent her in the role of "vampire hunter." To represent a vampire, another card is signed with an ankh, the ancient symbol of the immortal; it is then lost within a packet of cards. The participant inserts here card face up into the packet anywhere she chooses: if she's a successful vampire hunter, the vampire will be found just beneath her card. But when the cards are spread, the vampire card is gone! Yet she's successful after all-her signed card is turned over, and inscribed on its back is the vampire symbol! This card is given to the participant as a truly bizarre souvenir. No specially printed cards, no palming, no swamis.


You receive the staple-bound, 16-page, illustrated manuscript and gimmick.

REVIEW:

Mr. Tobin took a fragile concept from Kenton Knepper’s X book (see relevant review), and slightly improved it by gimmicking the prop. The English writings on it will not facilitate the work of foreign magicians.

“Miss the first buttonhole, and you won’t finish buttoning up.” (Goethe)

OVERALL RATING: weak

 

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HN Magic Review 62: Linked 4 life – Andy Leviss

 

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Andy Leviss takes this "classic" plot to a whole new level. You take two (and only two!) clearly separate rubberbands, touch them together, and they visibly link in slow-motion. Then, without any switches, sudden movements, or anything else, you immediately hand them to an audience member to keep in their permanently linked state. Unlike other similar methods, "Linked 4 Life" is clean as a whistle- not to mention deviously simple!

Comes with detailed manuscript clearly illustrated by magician/artist Shaun Robison and autographed by Andy Leviss, himself!

 

REVIEW:

 

A few stapled pages with self-delusional security features. While Bernard Sim’s “Really Linked” looked great on video but was quite inappropriate in real-life performances, Linked 4 life is practical but visually poor: the initial display (“two clearLY separate rubberbands”) looks phony and undermines the effect.

 

OVERALL RATING: weak

 

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HN Magic Review 52: Pen-omenon – J. Mirage

 

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You place an ordinary pen on the edge of a table or flat surface. You show your hands to be completely empty free of any magnets or strings. Then you can cause the pen to swivel left or right without touching it! The pen can even be made to spin in a circle. You can move the pen fast or slow. The pen is apparently under your complete control, and everything may be closely examined at any time!

No Threads, Magnets, Weights, Blowing


Nothing is attached to the pen

 

REVIEW:

 

An age-old principle, already explained in classic texts such as the Tarbell Course. You get a regular Paper-Mate, and a piece of paper briefly describing a method a 10-year old will immediately recognize. Some may want to briefly explain the trick to the audience, before using a loop or a PK pen…

 

OVERALL RATING: weak

 

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HN Magic Review 49: Who wants one, say I – Tom Osborne

 

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A complete 14 page manual on the art of card spinning and scaling and boomerang cards. Techniques, grips,  spins, special stunts, etc. plus a complete routine all laid out for you to perform. Here is the work on this art that is so often requested yet this book is rarely seen or even heard of. It's all in this spiral bound book.

 

REVIEW:

 

This old booklet teaches you in details how to throw a playing card in boomerang style and in straight line. Yes, that’s it.

 

Still, you have that smell from the ‘40s…

 

OVERALL RATING: obsolete

 

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HN Magic Review 41: Miracles from the hip – Mark Strivings

 

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Advertised in Mark Strivings’ catalogue – could not find it on the web. It is a treatise on Pocket Writing.

 

REVIEW:

 

Mr. Strivings’ challenge probably consisted in writing 50 pages on PW. He indeed achieved his goal, thoroughly creating inexistent problems and solving them with zealous accuracy. In the "extensive practice exercises" for example, Strivings' contributions consist in letting us know that we can practice PW anywhere, anytime, in the subway, in your office, while talking to someone etc... He then offers us 2 pages of words we could practice with (one word per line!!). I will soon release my own booklet, describing NEW practicing locations (including recently-renovated grocery stores) and 50 different words to write (available through Meir Yedid).

 

I feel the explanations given in his Mobile Mentalism (“What a Great Out”) were more than exhaustive.

 

OVERALL RATING: useless

 

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HN Magic Review 34: Really Linked – Bernard Sim

 

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Imagine the response you'll get when two separate rubber bands really link together! It's now possible with Bernard Sim's "Really linked."

 

Two rubber bands are held, one at the fingertips of each hand. The bands magically link together and are handed out for immediate examination. Both hands are shown to be absolutely clean.

 

REVIEW:

 

The beginning of the effect is David Berger’s Hypnotic Link  (also published in Dan Harlan’s Magic with Rubber Bands trilogy): the bands then “link” and are briefly shown to the audience. The demo video looks very good, but the setup is awkward and cannot be done on the spot; the cleanup move is impractical unless you have full space control.

 

My advice: buy the Harlan videos, you even get to see the wonderful L&L Tania Vasina in her teens.

 

OVERALL RATING: weak

 

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HN Magic Review 33: The Joining – Jeff Pierce

 

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Jeff Pierce has put together a 6 page PDF document containing his ideas on linking a finger ring to a rubberband.

 

This document basically contains three sections:

"The Joining" - How to cause a ring to almost visibly jump onto a rubberband.

 

"The Un-Joining" - This allows you to have a spectator pull the linked ring off of the rubberband themselves.

 

"Rubber Band Split" - This is a bonus item in which a single rubberband is split into two.

 

REVIEW:

 

The effect is basically Chris Kenner’s Missing Link (described in his “Out of Control” book, and also published in Dan Harlan’s Magic with Rubber Bands video trilogy), using a ring instead of another band. The unlinking procedure IMHO can give away the method.

 

OVERALL RATING: weak

 

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HN Magic Review 28: ImMAKulate Ring Flight – MAK Magic

 

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The magician borrows a spectator's ring and places it into his hand, which is then closed. INSTANTLY the hand is opened and the RING HAS VANISHED? The performer removes a key case from his pocket. From the key case, he drops the keys and hanging among the keys is the borrowed ring. RING FLIGHT is precision-made. Very smooth and silent operation.               

 

 

REVIEW:

 

Forget the concepts of “Attention to details”, “Consistency”, “Congruency”: you get a bulky item, with the “hot” ring different from the others (!!!!!), a gimmick eternally melted into the leather and problematic angles to work with.

 

How to ruin a great classic with a junky prop. Fortunately, Beauty is greater than the recognition of symmetry…

 

OVERALL RATING: remains immaculate in my drawer

 

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HN Magic Review 27: Live In Lecture, MIME 1a – Kenton Knepper

 

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The rumors are true. There does indeed exist a special set of unusual "lecture notes" by Kenton Knepper. These "notes" do in truth contain some of Kenton's most cherished methods and insights. Yes, there really is a section on "Milton Erickson and The Mysteries" within these notes,  complete with practical applications.

 

It is true Kenton wrote the notes "in a special manner" which others will have to discover for themselves. There are a great many layers to this little treatise on magic. Here are a few of the more obvious attractions:

 

Unpublished performance material, including a masterpiece in emotion from Kenton's stage show. You can do this stand-up too.

Two "readings" style principles you CAN and WILL do instantly.

A killer "Cutting The Aces" nearly anyone can do with great ease.

The Milton/Kenton "Spontaneous Magic In Two Easy Steps" – A principle that blows audiences entirely away. This is TRUE magic.

The real work on how Kenton apparently creates instantaneous "trance"-like states both close-up and on stage. These are Kenton's most succinct and to the point instructions ever on how he uses these Ericksonian principles in real world work, and how you can as well - no "stooges".

Kenton's secret one liners about creating "trance states" and spectator cooperation. Also discover how Kenton moves people to change during his performances. It is wonderfully effortless thanks to Dr. Erickson.

 

Included too is the simple formula Kenton uses in his work to ensure deep impact and success - fully revealed and thoroughly explained.  And that is all we are allowed to "hint" at here, says Mr. Knepper firmly.

 

Here is what we can say: Others may attempt to describe themselves what Kenton has put into a few, easy to understand words. Kenton has already revealed in this work what many claim to be revealing for the first time in their books. J. Tank says it is without doubt Kenton's finest collection of written work - ever. As the introduction states, "This is a

book about YOU. It may appear to be a book about me, but that's an illusion..." You have never read ANYTHING quite like this before in magic.

 

If you are a fan of Wonder Words, this is a must. If you have a passion for Kenton's REAL work and "REAL" magic, then you will have to have this without the slightest doubt. It is truly earth-shaking and inspiring material. If you've been waiting for Kenton to drop his guard, here it is. It's a risky thing for Kenton to do all that he has done with this booklet, but

even this Kenton uses as an insightful lesson in print.

Kenton doesn't "do" lecture notes. These are not "notes" but full blown descriptions of Kenton's work and stunning methods.

 

Here is just one comment from one gentleman who saw some of this work in action at a Kenton lecture in Phoenix. So many who sat in total awe at the Phoenix lecture could not believe that EVERYTHING they had witnessed was going to be described in detail in the "notes". One man stood up and remarked, "When are you going to stop making the REAL

work and REAL magic so easy? Soon we will have no need for funny looking boxes, and the dealers will be blaming YOU. You know that,  don't you? I am grateful mind you, but the dealers are going to be coming after you for this one"!

 

Of course that is one person's opinion. Some others happen to agree. No, nothing in here is on Kenton's videotape. This is DIFFERENT work. This is MAGICAL work. Oh yes, there is one more thing...

 

Tank only somewhat jokingly suggested a price of $600.00 for these. He did insist on Kenton respecting the work and not allowing it out cheaply to "just anyone". But Kenton wished to keep the price within certain guidelines. You may now obtain a copy of this very special and intense booklet, comb-bound, 35 pages at 8 ½" x 11" size, with cover art by

renowned artist Johanna Pieterman, with Kenton's signature on the inside cover as well to further ensure collectible status, with all the REAL work and thoughts within this astounding booklet.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

Fragile booklet. A lot of hyped BS, a few interesting applications of Milton Erickson’s techniques, a bedtime story from Bandler&Grinder’s “Structure of Magic” (actually borrowed from John Fowles’ “The Magus”) and a couple of useless card tricks.

 

OVERALL RATING: weak

 

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HN Magic Review 22:  The X-Book – Kenton Knepper

 

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What is "X"? Well if we told you that, you wouldn't believe the miracles in this booklet. That would be like telling you what a thumbtip or nailwriter is,  and then expect you to understand how important these tools really are.  We wish we could easily describe "X" and it's real practical worth, but we cannot. We've tried:

 

Using the "X" factor Kenton details amazing effects in this book - over a dozen - including pieces straight from Kenton's act. Just one of the tricks in this work is being sold for about as much as the entire book.

 

Kenton's special use of linguistics, multiple-reality ploys and "somethings" make for the sensations the audience sees. The "somethings" are not the big secret. What Kenton does with them IS.

 

Imagine giving a spectator a pair of "X-Ray Glasses" that apparently allows her to see into a pocket or cardbox. The glasses can be examined.  There is nothing to ditch, palm or sneak out. Another spectator seemingly uses her intuition to pick the one unmarked coin from others donated and initialed by audience members. The coins are then handed back to the owners - no coin switch required. Or a spectator chooses which bottle of three is the safe bottle - two are "poisoned". She easily chooses the correct "clean and safe" bottle, as the other two poisoned ones have large X marks on them. An X bottles may even be handed out to another spectator –to examine and drink if they dare! No, no NW.

 

One of Kenton's favorites is his DVD prediction in which a spectator "sees" the prediction the performer recorded on the disk in advance - without a DVD player! The DVD is given away as a souvenir.

 

Included is Docc Hilford's amazing Traveler effect: A spectator travels through time, and upon her return chooses three postcards in order. Each postcard predicts the exact order in which the spectator would select them!

 

"X" also includes wild premises of card predictions, and plenty of other surprising notions that will INSPIRE you. Loads of workable items crammed into around twenty five full size pages. This is stuff you can and will DO. From the mystical to the humorous, the subtle to the most bold,  you will find many items of amazement in Kenton's "X". As brilliant as you would expect, at a price you wouldn't. Let "X" hit the spot for you too.

 

Your audience and fellow performers will be at a loss to explain... "X"!

 

REVIEW:

 

“What is X”? It is a disappointing little booklet using markers and DR, based on Terry Rogers’ Wipe Out (not credited). If you already read all of Kenton’s previous stuff, very few new ideas can be found here, apart from the basic marker method and the relevant DR (stage) applications…

 

The Hilford’s effect is well thought of, but it uses your own prepared laminated postcards (OWN, PREPARED, LAMINATED, postCARDS).

 

OVERALL RATING: weak

 

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HN Magic Review 19: Rants into Rave – Kenton Knepper

 

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In a series of essays penned by Kenton for his own personal use, Kenton reveals his innermost thoughts on celebrity status, moving an audience, reciprocity, associations and expectations, and much, much more. Rants has become the perfect companion book to Wonder Words Volume Two, and Wonder Words Volume Three. For anyone who has the Wonder Words series, this manuscript is a must.

 

For those who don't have Wonder Words yet, this manuscript is complete in itself. The insights presented will make your mind whir with excitement and awesome possibilities...

 

BE WARNED: While only 28 full size pages in length, most people cannot read but four or

five pages in a sitting! This material is that powerful. Put these concepts into action, and you will understand why Kenton calls this incredible work "Rants INTO RAVES"! Your audience will be raving about you too!

 

REVIEW:

 

As usual, over hyped and overpriced booklet from Kenton Knepper. Nice nominalizations on the cover, and a few insights (such as the rule of reciprocity) that were not explicitly revealed in the Wonder Words tapes. I feel that those essays should have been inserted in a larger publication, instead of being sold separately at this outrageous price.

 

OVERALL RATING: weak

 

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HN Magic Review 18: Sorcerer Series 1,2 and 3 – Kenton Knepper

 

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Kenton Knepper has done it again! Definitely not the "same old thing," the Sorcerer Series contains breakthrough work in magic and mentalism for everything from close-up to stage performances. New concepts, new routines, new presentations, new props and new methods which have, until now, been kept quite secret.

 

Volume One

 

 

Kenton's Gem Production - Gems fade into view at your fingertips as if literally appearing from nowhere. Direct from Kenton's stand-up act, this production is easy, beautiful and cleverly uses psychology.

 

The FANTastical Ribbon - A cloth fan is displayed with a bright silk streamer woven through its ribs and clothe. Suddenly, the ribbon instantly penetrates the fan! The ribbon is draped over the fan but somehow has the ribbon running through it again! The ribbon can be slowly pulled through the fan-everyone sees it openly from both sides - the fan is unharmed. Then this routine gets really wild! You'll have to read the rest. We can say that at the end the fan seems to animate itself as it frees itself from the ribbon - gorgeous.

 

New Liquid Principles - Reach into your pocket and remove a drink. No covers. You may even vanish the drink but not the glass! This is different. New "Multum in Parvo" in which the liquid really does increase and fills an aquarium in the end. Diabolical secrets you can and will use. Many of these items are right out of well-known and respected acts.

 

Plus Sealed Miser's Dream Jars and Goblets - Smashing a Super Ball, making gold appear, grow, become bejeweled and then vanish, the fade in quarter production, real "woofle dust" for grown-ups and "stardust", manipulation quartz crystals and how to make them, the secret to Kenton's manipulation of the ringing balls (you won't believe this!), a jumping bill monte, a ring that reappears on the finger in mid-air, a... well, you get the idea!

And more!

 

Volume Two

 

Kontrol Kard - Imagine a playing card that can become a double- face, double-back, long, wide, thick, spittle,  chameleon and multiple card control card due to an amazing secret substance! No roughing fluid or rubber cement, these special cards have made Kenton look like one of the top card control performers and now you can, too!

 

Kling String - Stop Kenton on the street and he'll have this with him! Imagine a showing a piece of thread that is three inches long which then becomes three feet long - with no sleeves and no steals.

 

No Salt - Walk into a restaurant and pick up a salt or cheese shaker. With no other props or preparation, you make the salt or cheese disappear! Nothing extra, no lapping, no mess, no hassle and amazingly easy.

 

Kenton's Postcards - Spectators think of a number and a postcard-they tell no one. The performer then proceeds to tell what is in each spectator's mind. Not only that, he has predicted it, too!

 

Newell and Kenton's Mental Any Card at Any Number - This one has had people in Hollywood buzzing for years. For the first time ever, the secret and full routine is revealed. A deck of cards is shuffled by the performer and handed to a spectator for safe keeping. A second deck is given to another spectator who shuffles themselves. She is told to freely think of any card and any number from the face up cards. She sees the cards are all different and admits that her choices are entirely free and unprepared. Now the miracle. The first spectator deals in his deck to the number called out by the second spectator. The card at that number is turned over. It is the second spectator's card! No one on stage knows how this happened. No "stooges". The deck can be taken home as a gift after dealing to the climax. It is not a trick deck. This effect alone is worth far more than the price of this manuscript.

 

Volume Three

 

 

Steve Cohen's Three Point Pulse Stopping - From Steve's famed act, revealed for the first time. The performer stops his pulse, then it comes back again, in sequence, and at the points of the body chosen by the spectator. This is challenge pulse control. Incredible, awe-inspiring effect with a devious solution you will love to do!

 

Kenton's "When Time Stands Still" - What some touring mentalists have called "an instant classic" can now be yours. Part of this secret was revealed to a very select group of performers and it created quite a stir. Now you get all the details never given before. Complete with Kenton's favorite presentation, pulses and clocks stop - without harm to either!

 

Dowser's Dream - Spectators pour various amounts of water into cups and cover them. The performer may be out of the room or in another part of the theatre. Still, using his dowsing rods, the performer is able to say which cups have water in them - what amount and level of water each cup has - all accurately and without stooges, cameras, etc. Do it impromptu if you like!

 

Half-Baked Mentalism - A roll or examined and uncut loaf of bread is brought to the performer. He holds his hands near the center of the bread. Although the bread is seen undamaged, it is cut open. There in the middle, where the performer held his hands, is a burn mark inside the very center of the bread!

 

Plus - The full work on the Reversed Polarity Metaphor Spiel, Charcoal Scrying, The Center Piece center tear vase, Phony One Ahead, Pulling Tales and more.

 

REVIEW:

 

Very, very disappointing stuff. Probably my expectations were too high, but the last thing I want from Kenton is learning some Lota Bowl (or other stage illusions) advices or the best way to slice a rubber ball and produce a fake quartz crystal. I would suggest mentalists to purchase only the last volume, which has a few insights on the pulse/watch stopping effects, and an interesting microwave application.

 

OVERALL RATING: weak

 

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HN Magic Review 7: Credit Card Fraud – Brad Manuel

 

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The magician borrows a credit card and as he explains the dangers of handing out a credit card so freely, begins to apparently memorize the number. Quickly turning the card over he explains that all

the information related to the spectator's account is contained in the magnetic strip across the back, and it would be very dangerous if anyone got their hands on it. The magician then proceeds to peel the strip off the card! He quickly tells the spectator not to worry, as he would never really do such a thing and presses the strip back onto the card, sealing it down into place! The card is then handed back to the spectator completely unharmed!

 

Easy To Do

Universal Gimmick Works On All Credit Cards

Custom Made Gimmick

 

 

REVIEW:

 

The name says it all.

 

Nice packaging, well produced gimmick, not for me. I don’t know how long the gimmick will last, be careful not to strip it too far away…

 

I own very few effects specifically dealing with credit cards (I remember “Cut and Restored Credit Card” from Mark Leveridge, and a gag in Ammar’s Easy to Master Money Miracles videos): if you are looking for a quick close-up trick of this kind it might be tolerable for you.

 

OVERALL RATING: weak

 

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