QUANTUM REALITY – Paul A. Lelekis
Reviewed by Rick Carruth
Quantum Reality is Paul A. Lelekis’ latest ebook. Paul has taken full advantage of this Covid mess and utilized his time well. Most of Paul’s ebooks are in the twenty to thirty page length.. but THIS one is over sixty pages and includes 14 effects and a couple of valuable ‘lessons’.
Paul is a simmering pool of magic knowledge, having spent many years as a professional performer. He has worked tables for thousands upon thousands of customers and righly deserves a platform to talk about what’s important .. and what to avoid.. at the table. Not everything is strictly close-up or walk around magic. Some can be performed for small crowds in a parlour setting, depending on your situation.
I’ll tell you straight up.. I consider this ebook to be for the advanced beginner to intermediate performer. It’s not for the beginner. Although Paul is well known for writing effects for every level of performer, he has put considerable thought into QUANTUM REALITY and created a treatise of considerable worth. ( ‘Treatise’ is one of my favorite words, and is described as “..a written work dealing formally and systematically with a subject.” QR is exactly that…)
** I’m not going to call QR a ‘formal’ work.. as Paul has a very easy and relaxed way of explaining an effect, but it IS a total work, since he goes into great detail to explain some of the finer points.. and includes 8 videos to better explain the most difficult or lesser known moves.
This is a full list of the effects Paul teaches in detail:
– QUANTUM OPTICAL TRIUMPH –
– SHE HAS QUANTUM POWER –
– QUANTUM NUMBERS –
– QUANTUM JUICE TO SILK –
– QUANTUM GREATNESS –
– QUANTUM MARKED CARD –
– QUANTUM MENTALISM –
– QUANTUM QUICKIE, QUICKIE –
QUANTUM QUARKS AND QUIRKS
– QUANTUM COINS ACROSS –
– QUANTUM CARD-(H)ISTRY –
– QUANTUM MATCH GAME –
– QUANTUM ULTIMATE PROHESY –
– QUANTUM OUT-TO-LUNCH PHENOMENA –
– QUANTUM PRETZEL LOGIC –
Aside from the detailed Introduction.. Paul also included 8 brain-busters at the end of the ebook to either make you feel superior to the rest of us.. or a little inferior! Either way, they’re a nice bonus.
I particularly liked Quantum Optical Triumph, which ends with all the cards face down.. except the four Aces.. which are still face up in the deck.
Quantum Numbers finds a spectator’s selection using two ‘random’ cards.
Quantum Juice To Silk is a good change of pace from the card work and very visually produces a red silk from a red liquid. Perfect for young and old.
Quantum Greatness is a gambler’s bet.. except the gambler is bested by the spectator although both have four excellent cards.
Quantum Marked Card is a nice transformation effect where a spectator’s card changes from a red back to a blue back in a quick and visual way.
Quantum Mentalism uses an Invisible Deck to pull off a simplistic, but effective, stunner.
Quantum Coins Across is Paul’s version of Coins Across for those of you coin guys who feel ‘sleighted’ by all the card effects.
Quantum Card-(H)istry is definitely one of the most complex effects in this ebook, but well worth the extra effort. It’s based on a ‘History of playing cards’ premise with a side of Tarot cards for good measure..
I think these descriptions give you a good idea of the cross section of magic in Quantum Reality. There’s something for everyone. For those of you still recovering from social isolation and anxious to ‘get to it’.. this is a wonderful way to expand your repertoire and open your mind to new ideas. It has my full recommendation.. for sure.
Available from Lybrary.com for $12.00
Review by.. Rick Carruth – The Magic Roadshow
The Vault – Matrix Mix by Patricio Teran – video download
Review by.. Rick Carruth
Matrix specialist Patricio Terán delights us with a combination of his routines so that anyone can perform them. The video explains how to make the system and the tricks that can be made. Simple and complex version, these are the games:
– Matrix element plus
– Hurricane Matrix
– Domino Matrix
– Matrix dice
– Extra video chink to chink flash
“Objects jump, travel and get excited. Keys open doors, jumping dice, Rings that compromise travels and others elements will play to the matrix compases.”
– Bruno Tarnecci
“I think Patricio revolutionized what are the Matrix, great impact visual magic”
– Federico Poeymiro
(Additional Inexpensive Supplies May be Needed to Perform These Effects.)
Patricio certainly has the matrix down to a science. I have long admired coin guys who could perform flawless matrix configurations with halves or silver dollars. My fat fingers are a good enough excuse to keep me out of the sandbox.. and I’m sticking with that excuse. Patricio has destroyed my lack of nimbleness and taken away my crutch. Shame on Patricio..
There are NO coins.. well, actually there’s one coin, in his matrix routines. Furthermore.. there are GAFF’s that take away the joy of spending months learning to manipulate objects in a convincing display of dexterity. One routine uses a coin, a key, a ring and a die. Another uses four dice. And yet another uses sponge bunnies. One last routine uses a very small gaff, created in seconds, to complete a chink to chink flash.
The elephant in the room is the gaff. Patricio goes into great detail to show you how he creates his gaffs. They are not complicated and can be easily constructed using double sided tape and a small razor knife. Most folks who read my reviews know I am NOT a fan of DYI.. but the gimmicks are easiy enough to create that doubling the price of this download and mailing you gimmicks would not be a wise investment.
Patricio does not speak throughout the 34-minute download. It’s not necessary. You learn everything you need to know through his thoughtful demonstrations. At one point, he uses clear cards so you can see precisely what happens behind the curtain. You see his grip, finger position, how he transports objects from point A to point B.. and in a couple of instances how he moves objects, like the one coin, without picking it up.
Inspired by Reuben Moreland, Nicholas Einhorn and Homer Liwag, Patricio has created a very nice collection of routines that even a middling beginner can perform with a little practice. I am going to recommend this to all the Magic Roadshow readers , as well as my FB review readers. This is a great buy for ten bucks and I’m confident you’ll be glad I pointed you to MATRIX MIX.
(Go to the url and watch the performance video to get a good idea of the content.)
$10.00 At Murphy’s Magic and dealers who carry their line…
** Thanks to TV Insider for this interview…
The Las Vegas shows may have temporarily shut down in recent months, but that hasn’t stopped the magic for Penn Jillette. The famed magician joined his longtime partner Teller for a CW at-home special in May. Fans of the duo bummed they can’t see them do their thing at The Rio will be happy to know the seventh season of Penn & Teller: Fool Us is also around the corner.
The competition series hosted by Alyson Hannigan sees them attempt to uncover the secrets behind the tricks from emerging magicians. Those lucky enough to stump Penn & Teller earn a snazzy “FU” trophy and a gig, taking the stage as part of their headlining residency in Sin City.
We caught up with a hunkered-down-at-home Jillette to talk about the show’s success, and why one upcoming episode terrified him. ( Pictured (L-R): Alyson Hannigan, Dee Snider, Teller and Penn Jillette — Photo: Scott Everett White/The CW)