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PUSH – A Review

PUSH – A Review

by Sultan Orazaly

The Ad Copy…
PCTC Production presents A signed playing card through a bill! Imagine being able to have your spectator freely select and sign a playing card. Next, you ask to borrow a bill (ANY currency). Then, without ANY switching of the card or bill, you VISIBLY PUSH the signed card through the borrowed bill!!


You will have the ability to penetrate a signed playing card through a borrowed bill and have both totally examinable at the end without switching either of them out. PUSH is the perfect walk-around illusion.

The custom gimmick easily fits inside of your wallet and can be adapted to any Bicycle Playing card within a few seconds.
Use Any Currency
Super Visual
Easy to Perform
100% Examinable


My Review..
I want to commend Sultan Orazaly for the creation of a very slick gimmick/effect. I don’t know which to call it.. but unless you can show me how to use it IN an effect, I’ll stick with gimmick.
I had an idea how it was performed before watching the video. I was about 30% correct.

The law of physics told me the corner of a card couldn’t actually penetrate a bank note.. without there being either a hole in the bill.. which there isn’t, or a heavily gaffed card.. which there wasn’t. Now, I STILL hope to find that one effect one day that uses real magic.. but I doubt I will. PUSH makes it look like real magic -if- you’re willing to work on your handling a bit. Unlike the pen thru bill, which you could pick up after a few minutes, PUSH requires a little manipulation, which is at the heart of magic.

It advertises the card and the bill can be totally examined afterwards. That’s true. The corner of the card is bent, but that certainly doesn’t give away the secret. There seems to be some discussion among magicians as to why the corner would be bent in the first place. Don’t make it a big issue. The spectator certainly won’t be any wiser.. bent corner or not.

Super Visual… Yes. The visual of the corner penetrating the bill is a convincer.

Practical… Very practical for walk-around and that instant when you want to create a ‘wow’ moment. Everything you need is easily concealed in a pocket or the palm of your hand. PUSH is like a strong handshake.. it’s a great way to greet someone and leave a positive impression.

Easy to Perform… Uh, I would say it’s easy to perform AFTER you duly practice the handling. It’s not a knuckle buster, but it’s not straight-out-the-box either. Being honest, the problem isn’t so much the performance as the handling. There is a possibility of fumbling or telegraphing UNTIL you get the basic handing down pat. I can think of a hundred coin moves that are more difficult. Don’t let my words be a deal breaker.

This is one of those effects that delivers what it promises. The visuals are correct, the ad copy is correct, and if you are impressed by what you see.. then buy it. If I had to discuss a negative, it would be that you must perform a bit of DIY to construct the gimmick. Not much.. just a little super glue on a spot or two. I think you can construct everything in three or four minutes, which isn’t really a negative.. maybe it’s more a reflection on my laziness.

Again, if you are looking for a walk-around effect to garner quick attention and open your options, PUSH should do it.

Available from dealers who carry the Murphy’s Magic line of products..

Review by Rick Carruth

The ZODIAC – A Review

The ZODIAC – A Review

The Zodiac
$25.00 at  Murphy’s Magic

Reviewed by Rick Carruth

First, lets read the ad copy for THE ZODIAC to get an idea of what the effect claims to do:

“With this little innocent-looking book, which fits perfectly in your pocket, you’ll be able to perform a complete mental act. You will divine instantly the sign, day, and month of birth of any spectator. You’ll also be able to divine the spectator’s aura, their personality trait, and the spectator’s lucky card. You will know everything immediately, without touching or coming near the book and without any fishing or questions. THE SPECTATOR NEVER WRITES ANYTHING. You’ll also be able to divine a freely chosen word from the book. This book allows you to do a complete routine with divinations, predictions, coincidences, ACAAN (Any Card At Any Number), calendar card, etc.”

“The spectator never writes anything, You never touch the book, Always ready and repeats instantly,  You never ask any questions or fish for information, no anagrams, new method and self-contained,
A complete mental routine, It includes a specially designed pocket book, written instructions, and a video download.”

That seems like a LOT of features for any magic product. I have the book, I’ve read the instructions and watched the online video. One thing I did notice is The Zodiac video states from the beginning that it is based on a product they (Vernet) released twelve or thirteen years ago called “Astrological Sign” by Eduardo Kozuch and Vernet Magic. I think Devin Knight also used a version in his dictionary test called “Word Sight”.

That may give you an idea of the very basic methodology, but it certainly will NOT reveal the guts of The Zodiac. This is a new, simplified method of performing the earlier effects. If you are familiar with Astrological Sign, you know that, although it performed as advertised, it was not easy to learn all the nuances to make it convincing. Vernet has released an effect similar to Astrological Sign, but definitely different enough to NOT be called a re-release.

Many of the basic reveals in The Zodiac are easi

ly learned. You can pick up on star signs, earth signs, and related playing cards in very short order. The method is really simple. To get into the specifics of your spectator’s personal traits is going to require some memorization. Obviously, if Vernet is offering you a complete mentalism act-in-a-pocket it’s going to require more than simply opening a package. I will say.. the effort is worth it. Just like a great stacked deck, the effort is paid back many times over.

Folks love to hear someone tell them about themselves. Knowing facts, star signs, traits and features are reputation makers.. IF you can pull it off.. and The Zodiac certainly gives you a great launching point. I have to say I agree with the sales copy, as diverse as it may sound. All you need to perform most of the feats is your vision. Memorize the finer points and you DO have a complete act. I would not say you’re ready to go onstage.. but I would say you’re ready for walk around and parlour performances. You can get a solid six to eight minutes from Zodiac and keep your audience thoroughly involved.

There are both written and video instructions. The written instructions are not deep, and are more like note sheets for learning the basics.. The online video includes a performance and how to

discover all the basic information. It run about 20 minutes.

If you have an interest in mentalism and enjoy engaging your spectator, I recommend The Zodiac…
$25.00 From dealers who sell the Murphy’s Magic line of products..

IMAGINATION BOX – by Oliver Pont

IMAGINATION BOX – by Oliver Pont

IMAGINATION BOX, by Oliver Pont, is a unique utility device for magicians. I’ve got a lot to say… and a wide range of thoughts. The device itself is nothing but a card box.. but it is a highly prepped card box that offers you a wide range of possibilities. First, I’m going to quote the ad copy.. and then give you my take on both the copy and the device itself.

“Think outside the box by transforming one object into another, making items appear or disappear at any time, change a bill value, turn a drawing into reality and more!”

I can’t argue with this. You can take the box and make items appear, seemingly out of thin air. You can also use a piece of drawing paper (provided) to make reveals or fulfill predictions. Unlike many effects that are designed for specific situations, a creative performer can develop many uses for the Imagination Box and personalize it in ways that might make him or her the only magicians around performing in that particular way. Flexibility. Perhaps that’s a good way to describe it. Like an Okido Box, for example, you are free to use it in any way space and size allows. Coins, cards, small objects, pictures, business cards.. any of these items, and many more, can be vanished or produced.

“I am impressed and very pleased with all the possibilities..” quote from a well known magician.

Can’t disagree at all. Just as you can vanish and produce many different type items from gimmicked magical props, you can do the same with Imagination Box.. with an exception – You can actually produce items that appear too large for a card box. One of the ads show a cherry and stem being produced.. and yes, that’s possible. The methods and moves are taught, and once the concept is understood, you do have many, many possibilities.

“Discover an endless flow of creative possibilities!”

Like I mentioned earlier, the creative magician will have his hands full with all the possibilities. I don’t say this lightly.

Now, the one potential downside. I differ from some magicians. I am not a big fan of DIY effects. I understand that a great deal of time and effort can go into developing an effect. And way more time and effort can go into actually making the effect marketable. Time and effort means money and increased cost. You must assemble Imagination Box yourself.. and it is not something you can do in a couple of minutes. All the directions are included. It’s not that it’s particularly hard.. it’s time intensive.. and I don’t have the patience I once had. Maybe that’s my fault, and I’m certainly NOT laying blame here, because I don’t view it that way.. I’m just more of a straight-out-the-box kind of guy. I would have paid ten dollars more for a finished version.. but that’s me.

Building it yourself gives you a thorough understanding of the working and enables you to tweak and repair anything that happens. I know some of you prefer this, and don’t view this as a negative. I wouldn’t let this stop me from purchasing Imagination Box.

Everything you need to build the device is included.. except the card box. You furnish the box. The instructions are easily understood and are available online. I encourage you to go to Murphy’s site and watch the video. It’s a very good representation of what’s possible. ( .. and I’ll tell you this .. the hand holding the box DOES remain totally stationary. The ‘magic’ happens in a fraction of a second.)

Once the device is constructed, any level of performer can use it. You’ll need a quick bit of practice to perfect the handling, but it’s not a consideration.

If you like this type of in-the-hand productions, and I do, you’ll like the possibilities Imagination Box presents.. Available from dealers who carry the Murphy’s Magic fine line of magic products.
Cost.. $29.95

Review by Rick Carruth

Quidnunc Plus – A Review

Quidnunc Plus – A Review

Quidnunc Plus – Paul Gordon

Paul Gordon’s latest release is a two DVD set titled.. QUIDNUNC PLUS. Many of you know Paul from some of his past works, including The Gold Dust Trilogy, Quidnunc and Article 52. DVDs include Live In Action, Gold Dust Live 3-DVD set and Quidnunc Plus 2-DVD set. Plus, lecture downloads with Penguin Live and Murphy’s Magic At The Table Experience. Plus, Paul has lectured at virtually every major magic venue and convention in the world. To quote Magicpedia:

“Paul Gordon is noted as one of the best entertainers (with cards) in the business. As an entertainer/magician, he performs on a regular basis all over the world. Among other magicians, Paul Gordon is known for his books on card magic and memoirs of other magicians (Edward G. Brown, Percy Naldrett and Victor Farelli), as well as reprints of out-of-print classics by Ralph Hull, Rusduck, Ed Marlo, Stanley Collins and Eddie Joseph.”

“Paul Gordon’s performance, books, tricks and dvds have received critical acclaim from the likes of Boris Wild, Rafael Benatar, Dan Harlan, Jon Racherbaumer, Jamy Ian Swiss, Peter Duffie, Harry Lorayne, Jim Sisti, Aldo Colombini, David Regal, Stephen Minch, Max Maven, Tom Craven, Alan Shaxon, Walt Lees, J.C Wagner, Shawn Farquhar, Nick Trost, Mike Powers, Roy Walton, J.K Hartman, Paul Green, Paul Hallas, Jack Parker, Bob Sheets Alex Elmsley, Jack Avis, Steve Beam and many others.”

quid·nunc (ˈkwidˌnəNGk) noun – “ inquisitive and gossipy person.”.

This release includes 22 effects of varying degrees of difficulty. Only one of the effects is what I would call Advanced, a couple are self-working, a couple more are mathematically inclined, not obviously, and most are what can fairly be called intermediate to advance intermediate. Paul uses these effects to make a living, so they have to be proper.. but not such knuckle busters as to cause pain and fear. There’s a lot of double lifts and Elmsley Counts.. a few top changes in moderation, and a palm or two. But, most of the effects are performable after a small amount of practice by the average card guy.

To quote Murphy’s Magic.. “There are strollers, table tricks, packet tricks, cabaret tricks, unusual tricks… and all are strong tricks.” I have to totally agree. If you’re looking for something new.. but proven.. QUIDNUNC PLUS is it…

Disc 1.. 1:25 minutes

Jeepers Creepers on Heat – Five Ten of Spades magically changes to a Royal Flush, and.. the all black backs change to five different backs. Everything can be made up yourself. This is one of two effects on disc#1 that are normally sold by Penguin individually for $25.00 each.

Dudeney’s Baby Boy – Based on a principle from Colombini, a series of cards are intermixed up and down, laid on the table, reassembled per the spectator, and somehow the one face down card matches a prediction from the magician. Self working and interesting. I actually saw Colombini perform a similar version years ago.. and then forgot it. So glad to be reminded…

Ace in the Hole – The four Aces are separated red and black. Two are placed under the spectators hand and transform into all four Aces. This is one of several effects with the Aces, which helps keep your space small and your performance precise.

Balducci Aces #2 – Created for beginners, this looks like a more complicated effect. It’s a great way to introduce the four Aces, or any four of a kind, for your next effect. Uses a Balducci Force and a bit of business to produce the Aces.

Spectrum – Five cards of one suit and value appear to be double backers. They change to five cards with red backs.. and then to five cards with multi-colored backs. Uses the Omega Count, which is taught, and an Elmsley Count to accomplish something very magical. Penguin sells this effect singularly for $25.00

Travelling Light – Four of a kind are removed from the deck and signed by the spectator. After the four are given to a second spectator for safekeeping, one card appears in the performers trouser pocket.. another appears in the jacket inside pocket, and the last two appear in the jacket pockets. This is a very interesting bit of strolling magic, very commercial, and keeps you so far ahead of the spectator there’s little heat.

Easy Collectors Two – Another four Ace effect. The Aces are set on the table, the spectator freely selects three cards from the deck, and after everything is buried back into the deck… the three selections are found interwoven into the Aces. Based on a Marlo effect.

Darned Pain in the Neck – Looks like a spelling effect on steroids. It’s actually much more sophisticated than that and ultimately, surprisingly, turns into a four Ace reveal. Another of those effects that has considerable commercial value.

Workers Supreme – A Card to Wallet created around what appears to be a very simple effect. If you enjoy card to wallet you’ll appreciate this handling.

Perfect Prediction Premonition – A multiple stage effect that is one of my two favorites on disc one. (along with Dudeney’s Baby Boy). The explanation seems complicated, including two perfect faro shuffles, but Paul offers up a perfect alternative to eliminate the faro’s and make you a hero. Will have neophytes and magicians alike scratching their heads.

75% Confident – Four Jacks are revealed in a packet. When it seems as if four Tens are also going to be revealed.. the performer reveals a Royal Flush. I know.. my description is a tad weak.. but the effect isn’t. You have to see the video!

Disc 2 .. 1hr and 42 min.

Rising Damp – Three indifferent cards and a Jack of Spades changes to four Jacks, all of different suits, in the magician’s hands. Perhaps one of the more challenging effects in this series.. but well worth the effort to learn.

The Churchill Crown – A card is freely chosen by the spectator. The magi places a Churchill crown coin on top of the card, on the table, for safe keeping. The magi then looks through the deck and selects what he alleges to be a mate to the selected card. After stating that the mate to his selection is under the crown, it’s revealed to NOT be a mate… but a miniature mate is revealed in an unusual location instead. Then, suddenly and surprisingly, the indifferent card in the magi’s hand is revealed to be the real mate, producing a sudden surprise ending.

Bluff ACAAN – Sort of a cross between an ACAAN and a fooler. What appears to be an ACAAN is really a well-planned move. Easy to do, quick, and much easier than the real deal.

Dream Away – A non-gaffed version of the Dream Card effect. Paul uses a couple of well-taught sleights to change a signed blue back card in the deck into a signed red back card in the pocket.

The Ultimate Transposition – Based on Sadowitz’ ‘The More Things Change’. Four signed cards are placed in four pockets. Four other cards are shown, and using an Ambitious Cards type routine, the four cards on the table slowly change to the four cards in the pocket.. and the four cards in the pockets are shown to be the four former cards on the table. Another very commercial effect… not easy, but well worth your time and effort.

Ace Tumblers – A card is selected and returned to the deck. The four Aces are shown and returned to the deck. In an instant, the deck is spread and the four Aces are now face up in the center of the deck… and the face down card between the Aces is the selection. Another quick effect that gets everyone’s attention.

Tally-Ho Simplified – Based on the work of Harry Lorayne and a Henry Christ effect, and using Tally Ho cards, this mathematical based effect is self-working and seemingly impossible. Another of my favorites in this series of effects. Much easier to perform than the original and, in my opinion, almost as effective. Christ original produces a royal flush while Paul’s produces the four Nines.. but for a good reason, as explained on the DVD.

Unusual Method Oil & Water – Paul has created a packet effect using 8 red cards and 8 black cards, mixing them in typical oil and water fashion, letting the spectator shuffle the packet, and somehow reverting the packet to its original position. I like the thinking and the effect. Yes, it’s mathematical based.. but it plays real and looks real. Another of my favorites on disc #2.

Witch Mountain Revisited – Four Queens are shown and then placed on the table side by side. The spectator picks a Queen and it’s pushed forward of the other Queens. Three cards are placed on top of each Queen.. and as the packets are each shown, the Queen in that packet has vanished and appears in the forward packet. One Queen, then two, three.. and finally four magically transpose. Very visual effect and not as challenging as some effects. I have to say this, too, is one of my favorites.

Q & A – Several magicians ask Paul a variety of questions.. the most interesting of which is (to me) about his classic EASY ACES. He basically explains Easy Aces and demonstrates the moves. Although he doesn’t go into the same detail his commercial download provides, he gives enough information for the intermediate performer to grasp it. If nothing else, folks will appreciate this wonderful Ace assembly and its true ease of performing.
Paul also reveals he can remember the names of about 200 people.. in the same room, by using Harry Lorayne’s Memory System. His reasons for this bit of magic are obvious and true.
Are small hands a deterrent? Paul discusses his very small hands, and the fact he can’t perform deep palm work… and how he overcame it.
One of the more direct questions is.. “Can you make a living performing card magic?” I’m not going to reveal his answer, but his thinking is encouraging.

Paul makes a living performing card magic. Not many performers in the world can make that claim. Most have to perform a variety of magic and sell tons of effects to make a decent living. Paul’s different.. and his DVD is different. If you’re looking for several new effects to add to your repertoire, Quidnunc Plus provides them in spades.

Although I don’t usually.. I’m including a short promo video of Paul working in the real world, performing a couple of these effects to the delight of his audience. .. This will give you an idea of Paul’s skill. Note the speed, which you couldn’t achieve if these were truly advanced effects. That’s not a negative statement.. but an affirmation of everything I’m trying to say.

Available from dealers who carry the Murphy’s Magic line of magic products.
$30.00 .. just over three hours in length.

Reviewed by.. Rick Carruth