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An enjoyable collection of crap. I do not regret buying any of this stuff; smiles are always around the corner.

 

Proudly featuring (most recent on top):

HN Magic Review 118: Shocking – Vincenzo Ravina

HN Magic Review 116: A Ghost on the Table – T. Everett Bookings, III

HN Magic Review 115: Zinger – Meir Yedid

HN Magic Review 110: The Self Levitation video/DVD – Ed Balducci / Michael Maxwell

HN Magic Review 93: Super Neck Cracker (Bone Crusher) – Tom Burgoon

HN Magic Review 90: Liquidizer – Klamm the Magic Man

HN Magic Review 85: Altered States – David Regal

HN Magic Review 83: Coin Holder – Tannen Magic

HN Magic Review 74: Clipped – John T. Sheets

HN Magic Review 65: Linking rubber bands – George Murray / Norm Nielsen

HN Magic Review 53: EM Pocket Charger – Mark Allen

HN Magic Review 45: Pocket Levitator – Andrew Mayne

HN Magic Review 42: Universal Holder  - Alexander de Cova

HN Magic Review 28: ImMAKulate Ring Flight – MAK Magic

HN Magic Review 16: How to Perform Impromptu Levitations DVD / videotape – Docc Hilford

HN Magic Review 15: Zero Gravity – Mike Bent

HN Magic Review 11: Excalibur gimmick  – Daniel Miraskill

HN Magic Review 4: Compact Key – Marvoyant

HN Magic Review 3: The Eighth Maneuver – Luke Jermay

 

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HN Magic Review 118: Shocking – Vincenzo Ravina

AD:

 

21 easy-to-do tricks designed to shock your spectators into screams. You'll learn how to:

Shocking by Vincenzo Ravina - Tricks to Make People Scream!!

 

REVIEW:

 

A “shocking” booklet, no discussion about it. And it made me scream indeed, but not for reasons foreseen by the author.

Writing a review of this one is like stealing candies from a kid in a coma. Poorly written, ridiculously produced (a few stapled photocopies), worn out effects, unacceptable lack of credits (and crediting Jim Pace for The Web or Mac King for the Fork in the eye WAS easy!!)

 

This is MUCH worse than the average Andrew Mayne’s geek book.

 

OVERALL RATING: rubbish

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 116: A Ghost on the Table – T. Everett Bookings, III

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Just in time for Halloween, I've decided to release my close-up GHOST hunt routine. This is specifically designed for the restaurant worker who wants to have something "spooky" to entertain people with. Now here is the truth so no one gets upset. This is a three page manuscript so it may look thin for the price, but it's not! It features 3 of my favorite effects that move fast and it only takes you about 20 minutes to prepare enough "props" to perform it twenty or thirty times in an evening. You can pace the performance to run from 5 to 10 minutes depending on your style. This is not "heavy" but fun spooky! Plus it includes one of the most upfront requests for a big tip ever known.


If you want something different to increase your income then order

"A GHOST ON THE TABLE!"

 

 

REVIEW:

 

A couple of A4 pages with an age-old idea (the ghost key), and a childish presentation (from Magick). This one wouldn’t fool a drunk grandpa in the terminal stage of a combined Alzheimer/Parkinson disease.

 

OVERALL RATING: outrageous

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 115: Zinger – Meir Yedid

 

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A quick, simple and direct prediction using a handful of coins.

Three coins are placed on the table or in a spectator's hand and a prediction coin is placed in your fist. A spectator freely selects any of the three coins. When you open your fist the prediction coin matches perfectly!

No extra coins, no switches, no forces. Very easy to learn and almost works itself.

Comes complete with the necessary gaff and photo-illustrated instructions. Use your own coins.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

Take a simple (and somewhat lousy) Max Maven effect (I think he was still called Phil Goldstein back then), add a gimmick, reduce its impact, and there you go, you have your Zinger 10 years later.

 

Good old Meir Yedid...

 

 

OVERALL RATING: litter

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 110: The Self Levitation video/DVD – Ed Balducci / Michael Maxwell

 

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The Balducci Levitation has become one of the most popular levitations in magic. All the real work on how to make it look magical and impossible is taught on this DVD. The original video release of this product made it one of the best selling videos on the market. Includes ideas by Ed Balducci, Mike Maxwell, Paul Harris, David Roth, Harvey Cohen and Slydini.



REVIEW:

 

This video is still one of the most publicized levitation trick on the market, and is sold in every magic shops of the planet. It was one of the first close-up self-levitation available, and was given a second life after David Blaine’s impressive video-editing stunts: I still have a lot of fun thinking about how many kids spent their parent’s hard-earned cash to purchase this tape, hoping they will be able to fly like their TV favorite magician, impress their schoolmates and perhaps obtain their first sexual intercourse with that cute little blondie – ignoring that they will be laughed at for the rest of their life after performing it.

 

The fact that this effect is utterly ridiculous didn’t seem to bother the magic dealers, always eager to make a quick buck out of gullible customers.

 

OVERALL RATING: Trash for the masses. You can’t even recycle the tape to record something on TV, because it’s too short.

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 93: Super Neck Cracker (Bone Crusher) – Tom Burgoon

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Gimmick & Book Combo Deal.

 

This wonderful novelty item used by Tom Burgon in his show for many years will allow you to audibly break your neck, your arm, or any bone within your reach. Complete with Tom's personal handling for this shocking and very comedic gag item.

"This is one of the funniest gags known to man!" - Doc Eason

Completely Safe!

 

REVIEW:

 

The gimmick is as far as you can imagine from being flesh colored - and we all enjoy the bright, flashy colors of secretly palmed gimmicks. The “book” is a single A4 page (!!!) with a few silly ideas and cartoons from Tom’s brother. The setup/reset is noisy (the same sound of the effect, actually) and can’t be done on the spot.

 

Stick with your plastic cup…

 

OVERALL RATING: Junk

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 90: Liquidizer – Klamm the Magic Man

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From Klamm the Magic Man comes the truly amazing Liquid-izer. For the pro who wants the most startling effect; for the beginner who wants to be an "instant expert" at sleight of hand. Liquid-izer lets you do all these effects:

An Udder Mystery -- Make a fist of one hand, with your thumb sticking up. As you turn the hand over and stroke your thumb, a tiny stream of real milk gushes forth! They actually see the milk squirting from your thumb!

Dehydrated Water -- Hold up an empty glass, which you explain is full of dehydrated water! To demonstrate that it has all the properties of real water, including the ability to put out a real fire, reach for a match. Accidentally the glass is knocked over! Quickly mop up the imaginary liquid with a handkerchief. When you wring the handkerchief out into the glass, real water is produced!

Insta-Shot -- Anytime you want, pick up a napkin and roll it into a tube. From the tube, pour out a full shot of your favorite beverage! Then toss out the napkin for examination! No pulls, tubes, or bulky apparatus. You can even use the Klam’s Liquid-izer as a long-pour salt gimmick.

 

REVIEW:

You get a flesh-painted bottle wrapped in toilet paper and a sheet of (involuntarily) hilarious instructions.
 I laughed hard with this one – well worth its price. 
 
The best part of the trick is the toilet paper, which you could recycle in any way you fancy.
 
OVERALL RATING: ridiculous
 
HN

 

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HN Magic Review 83: Coin Holder – Tannen Magic

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Sure and safe! This coin holder holds six coins securely regardless of how you move & bounce around. Yet the coins are at your fingertips at a touch. The pin allows you to locate it where it is most convenient for your routine.

REVIEW:

No coating is provided, thus allowing the performer to constantly hear the coins talking (probably to make sure they’re still in the holder…)

 

The holder is made in shiny golden metal for increased visibility.


OVERALL RATING: horrifying

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 74: Clipped – John T. Sheets


AD:

A paper clip and a business card are introduced. The paper clip is balanced on the edge of the business card and then magically melts right through the card! This impossibility can then be handed to a spectator for examination and left in this altered state!

REVIEW:

 

The gimmick looks different from the regular duplicates (that’s always a nice touch). The effect is dangerously elementary: with very little practice, you should be able to fool a sleepy child and proudly hand him your business card.

 

OVERALL RATING: the name should be “ripped”

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 65: Linking rubber bands – George Murray / Norm Nielsen

 

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Couldn’t find the ad anymore (I can guess why). It is a linking rubber bands effect (distributed by Norm Nielsen), in which the linked bands may be examined with a microscope by the spectator after the "linking".

 

REVIEW:

 

You get the linked set and a clear forcing bag. The gimmicked bands are too thick and large to be used in other effects, and obviously do not match the regular bands inside the bag.

 

Save your money and buy some super glue.

 

OVERALL RATING: junk

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 53: EM Pocket Charger – Mark Allen

 

AD:

 

Pocket Charger is the missing link, it is dynamic and discreet. It will make all your performances soar, especially your Penomenon performances. The EM Pocket Charger’s revolutionary design does that special something to the pen that allows you to move the pen as if it’s inhabited by spirits from another the great beyond!

You can perform many effects with the EMPC such as:

A spectator secretly chooses any hour of the day and then you draw a clock face on a piece of paper or table napkin. You then produces six coins and places them into a stack in the center of the clock. A straw is placed on top of the coins, acting as the hand of the clock and you cause the straw to mysteriously spin, stopping when it points right at the spectator's chosen hour!

Other telekinetic uses may be explored and discovered with the Pocket Charger that has taken the magic scene by storm!

 

REVIEW:

 

Fantastically hyped: an inconsistent companion for the overpriced Penomenon.

 

I may have found an alternative use for this one, but it could offend a few.

 

OVERALL RATING: electrifying crap

 

HN


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HN Magic Review 45: Pocket Levitator – Andrew Mayne

 

AD:

 

With Andrew Maine's Pocket Levitator you can levitate yourself any time and any where! The gimmick fits into YOUR POCKET, yet you rise in the air. It's ready all the time! Comes to you with an instruction booklet as well, including five different ways to use The Pocket Levitator. "Quick, impromptu, cute, effective and a great buy.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

Awkward set-up, awkward clean up. The effect looks like your body is shortening (could be a good thing if you re-label the effect properly…).

 

You might also be able to recycle the gimmick for other purposes and save a few pennies.

 

OVERALL RATING: true junk

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 42: Universal Holder - Alexander de Cova

 

AD:

 

Multiple award winner Alexander de Cova came up with the ultimate... the Universal Holder!

Ingeniously designed to act as a third hand to secretly deliver you any small object in your hand. Use the Universal Holder for baffling productions or loadings. Secretly obtain silks, jumbo and standard size coins, cigarettes, thimbles, prepared paper (like switching in an origami fold), cards, jumbo cards, streamers, Fantasio-style canes and candles, sponge balls, flash accessories, rope, magnets, spring flowers, rubber products, mouth coils, or any of your favorite gimmicks —
all delivered instantly right into your hands!


Because of its special design, the Universal Holder grips all different sizes and shapes of objects secure until needed. Use it whenever you have to secretly obtain, add or steal something. This is the holder that you’ve been looking for. This is the holder used by professionals over the years!

• Universal Holder is made of durable plastic to last a lifetime!
• Can be used for close-up, stand-up or the stage!
• Can be attached to the body or prop!
• Comes complete with 2 Universal Holders!

REVIEW:

 

Mine came with only one holder, and is made of metal (not durable plastic). I purchased it in the early nineties, maybe it is a different version. Anyway, it is basically a F###### CARD DECK holder (possibly cased deck). And I don’t do cards…

 

OVERALL RATING: ambiguous junk

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 16: How to Perform Impromptu Levitations video/DVD– Docc Hilford

 

AD:

 

Couldn’t find it anymore (not even on the Floras website) – probably too embarrassing to sell!

 

REVIEW:

 

Extremely disappointing (and overpriced) video from Docc Hilford. It includes 7 different levitations (an “improved” Balducci levitation, a séance setting, a “complete darkness” method, a stage version, one using a chair, one using an assistant, and one also described in Mike Bent’s Zero Gravity) that may even look impromptu to an audience but are simply garbage.

 

And not one subtlety, not one gag, not one line of patter to be used in other effects…

 

OVERALL RATING: Useless – maybe a video to lend to young beginners interested in magic?

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 15: 0 Gravity – Mike Bent

 

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Mike Bent's Zero Gravity is possibly one of the best self levitation besides the Balducci Levitation. 
EFFECT- You walk into a room with no covers no props or gimmicks. Then you levitate 4-5 inches
 off the ground. Both feet. This is a killer effect. 

 

 

REVIEW:

 

Old unpractical method (see Soirees Fantastiques, Docc Hilford’s How to perform Impromptu Levitations video etc). Mr. Bent has added a small metal twist to the concept, which only complicates the original concept.

 

I am not satisfied with any of the close-up levitation methods on the market – you should probably wait for the next one …

 

OVERALL RATING:  0

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 11: Excalibur gimmick  – Daniel Miraskill

 

AD: This one was “accidentally” deleted. Can’t seem to find the sales blurb in English anymore – here is the French version for what it’s worth:

 

Excalibur : c'est un gimmick prodigieux qui vous permettra, à tout moment, d´avoir accès à n'importe quelle carte du jeu à l'insu du spectateur.
Par exemple, il permet d'effectuer la fameuse routine du jeu invisible avec un jeu normal examinable...
Ce gimmick nécessite une préparation et une habitude cartomagique minimum.

 

REVIEW:

 

A piece of metal coming in a black “Top Secret” plastic suitcase. Perhaps enjoyable after 10 or 20 years of practice. If you’re looking for a functional, light and thin indexing system, go elsewhere (and please let me know). If you’re looking to perform the effect described, go back to your invisible deck or – even better – read Kenton Knepper’s Kolossal Killer and its follow-up. If you really want to flush money down the toilet, contact me for my bank details.

 

OVERALL RATING: “a la poubelle » (I knew that those French lessons would serve me well!)

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 4: Compact Key – Marvoyan

 

 

AD:

 

The performer claims to have a new security device, A Compact Key. He then removes the head of the key from its stem separating it into two pieces. The pieces are then instantly restored into the original key. The key can then be handed out for inspection.

 

The Compact Key is a twenty-second routine designed for any impromptu situation. The key can be examined before and after the routine. Comes complete with all necessary props and photo-illustrated instructions.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

Dear Magical Friends, this is THE WINNER!! I never counted the number of items/books/videos I own, but I spent over 20 years purchasing magical items and this broken key really stands out like a flash paper rose burning in the night. I now carefully avoid anything with the name of Meir Yedid written on it.

 

OVERALL RATING: buy it and keep it in full view all the time – and repeat to yourself “I am a sucker”

 

HN

 

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HN Magic Review 3: The 8th Manoeuvre – Luke Jermay

 

AD:

 

A spectator somehow manages to correctly guess a selected card, three times in a row.

 

REVIEW:

 

Overpriced booklet, poorly produced and badly written. You get a patter blatantly copied from Wonder Words vol. 1, and a method already mentioned on dozens of manuscripts, such as Karrell Fox’s Another Book, Derren Brown’s Pure Effect (Zamiel Card), Busch’s Peek Performances etc.

 

I remember seeing an ad of a US dealer (A Squared Productions), where the booklet was discontinued due to customers’ complaints…

 

OVERALL RATING: absolutely inappropriate

 

HN

 

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