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4K Color Vision Box – by Magic Firm – A Review

4K Color Vision Box – by Magic Firm – A Review

4K Color Vision Box – by Magic Firm – A Review
Gimmicks and Online Instructions included..

This is the Ad Copy:

“There is a reason a trick is considered a classic because it fools people and often easy for all levels of performers to do. I believe Brent’s updated version will become the classic with the new additions and it will fool the heck out of any audience – even those who know the original version. The final phases are really foolers and his little tips on handling help elevate this to a much higher level.” -Paul Romhany, *Reviews Vanish Magazine

The ball & vase. The silk vanish. The penetration frame. All classics, all simple, all found in magic kits around the world. These classics didn’t reach that status by having the most clever methods, they got there because properly performed they will fool the %#$# out of people.

With 4K Color Vision, Brent Braun takes a magic kit classic to new heights. Whether you’re performing for magicians or a lay audience, if your audience thinks they’ve seen this before, they’re about to have their world turned upside down.

This incredible update to the classic color vision box is a multi-phase jaw-dropper with a simple prop that you can perform anytime, anywhere.

A simple toy die with colored spots on each side is placed inside a box by the spectator and you can name the color every time! Each phase becomes more impossible, as you continue to divine the color out of the clear blue sky without touching the box! You can even name the color when the spectator has placed the die into the box behind their back and closed it without anyone watching!

And the best part… there are no electronics, batteries, remotes, bluetooth, WiFi, apps, stooges, mirrors, magnets, or other gadgets & gizmos. This is analog magic at its finest – pure, simple, and direct.
Includes custom-made props
Complete routine teaching by Brent Braun
No electronics
No pre show
No writing
No stooges
No BS

My Thoughts:

I truly appreciate simple magic. There is something so refreshing and, at the same time, magnetic about effects we grew up with.. and THINK we understand. We are attracted to them.

But.. what I truly LOVE is a novelty toy/trick that everyone think goes right.. but it takes a sharp left and leaves everyone in the dust. In basketball, they call it ‘getting faked out of your shoes’. In magic, they call it ‘getting bamboozled’. 4K Color Vision will bamboozle your spectator, particularly if he/she is a know-it-all magician, convinced they know what’s coming next.

4K Color Vision is a three-phase routine that can be stretched into four phases if you feel inclined. The first phase goes pretty much as everyone expects. The second phase begins to tighten the screws.. And the third phase locks ’em down.

The spectator is handed a small plastic box and lid.. along with a six sided die with a different color sticker on each side. The magician turns his back and the spectator places the die inside the box, caps it, and places it in the hands of the magician, which are behind his back. The magician turns around, brings the box to the forefront, and predicts the color showing on the top of the die… then opens the box to show he is correct. This is all classic handling.

The second phase basically repeats the first phase.. except the circumstances are tightened to eliminate some of the spectator’s suspicions.

Then.. the third phase eliminates the handling of the box by the magician.. as the spectator unwittingly performs all the necessary ‘magic’.. to the total surprise of everyone. This is NOT ‘classic’ handling, but original handling perfected by Brent and his associates in a magic shop setting where 4K was performed over and over until every nuance was perfected.

Although it may appear to be very similar to the original, 4K has been designed for the performer to perform moves not easily carried out in the original version. This is a big plus.. and after you watch the video, you’ll understand..

Brent Braun teaches you everything you need to know in a 30 minute video download. Also, everything you need to perform all three phase’s are included in the package. No DIY. The quality and sound are fine and what you would expect.

For twenty dollars, you’ll be hard pressed to find an effect with more fool-ability. It’s well worth the money, and I recommend it to all my friends and readers..

$20.00 .. From Murphy’s Magic and their Associates.

https://murphysmagic.com/Product_Alt1.aspx?id=69974

Review by Rick Carruth

APOLLO – By Nicholas Lawrence & Worm – A Review

APOLLO – By Nicholas Lawrence & Worm – A Review

APOLLO – by Nicholas Lawrence & Worm – A Review
Red or Blue Backed

Here’s the Ad Copy:

APOLLO is a unique and realistic Finger Through Card & Restoration effect, that’s ready to perform right out of the box! You’ll LOVE performing Apollo LIVE and for Social Media. It is an excellent stand alone effect but also a great follow up to any Torn and Restored tricks.

APOLLO GIMMICK INCLUDED

Here’s what happens… Grab a playing card and with your finger start to push on the center of it… Push and twist until your finger bursts through the card! After this small feat of destruction, cleanly display the ripped and frayed card impaled on your finger. Show the card 360 degrees with absolutely NOTHING to hide!

It’s actually pierced…

Remove your finger and display the destruction again briefly, then with a quick twirl of the card it instantly restores itself… Leaving NO trace of the hole on either side of the card!
Show the card front and back with nothing extra in your hands!

(This mechanical gimmick looks like a normal playing card from your audience’s perspective and only you know the secret…easily switched for an examinable duplicate card and end clean)… 26 minutes of detailed instructions with Nicholas Lawrence & Worm!

My Thoughts:

I really like gimmicks. Maybe it’s just me… but it seems gimmicks now-days are far more complex than gimmicks in years past. Nicholas Lawrence (Revolver, Blade, Titan, Reduction, Impale etcs.) and Worm are specialists in creating gaffed cards and effects carried to extremes.

First off.. if you go to the link below and watch the trailer you’ll see exactly what you get with APOLLO. Now, you’ll not see everything you get.. but you’ll see precisely what the audience sees. This is a finger through a card effect. It is not taught as part of a routine, but as a stand-alone sleight created to instill mystery and temporary confusion.

If you have owned the Cigarette thru the Quarter effect, then you have a very basic understanding of how this effect works. APOLLO is more sophisticated. Sticking a finger or thumb through a card requires a very different set of logistics to make it realistic.. and APOLLO is realistic to a fault. Even jagged edges and residue are built-in to add realism to your performance.

APOLLO is more than simply pushing your finger through a hole. There is a little work to be done both before and after the penetration. This is NOT complex work.. but it’s something need to do to make it as strong as possible. You are not left hanging. Four different methods are taught on the online tutorial…

The Napkin Method – my personal favorite – that uses both a napkin and a card. The napkin aids in concealing the ‘work’.

The Thumb Through Method – a slightly quicker method than above that allows me to stick my big, fat thumb through the card.

The Finger Through Method – Nicholas’ favorite method.

The Quick Pierce Method – Leaves the spectator wondering what happened, and how…

-Plus- there is a section on switching out the gimmicked Queen for a normal card to make everything examinable. Because of the gimmick, you cannot hand out the card as is.. unless you switch the two.

The video is typical Murphy’s quality. The sound and video are what you would expect for the price. The tutorial is 26 minutes in length.

Everything about the gimmick is performance ready. NO DIY. After watching the video you can immediately perform APOLLO.. although I recommend practicing to eliminate unwanted angles. (They are not a major problem, but may rear their nasty head if you DON’T practice a little.)
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This is a well-made gimmicked card. It is ideal for this type effect, and should last a long time under normal circumstances. I recommend APOLLO to any of my friends and readers who enjoy these type effects.

$29.00 .. From Murphy’s Magic and their Associates..
https://www.murphysmagic.com/product.aspx?id=70675

Review by Rick Carruth

Providence Playing Cards by The 1914 – A Review

Providence Playing Cards by The 1914 – A Review

Providence Playing Cards by The 1914 – A Review

The Ad Copy reads:

The eye of Providence
All seeing
All knowing
A symbol of the awakened
A call to view the universe through eyes of creation
We look
But we do not see
Only when the light of the soul blinds the eye of the ego
Will truth be set free

The 1914 is proud to present its flagship luxury Providence Playing Cards. Printed by the Expert Playing Card Company on their world-renowned premium card stock, Providence oozes class and style with its tantalizing metallic ink and gold foiling on each and every card.

Designed by Destino and inspired by the secrets of the universe, Providence represents mystery; The embodiment of both chaos and order; Infinite sequences of 52 ancient symbols that glide poetically between the hands and glisten in the light.

Housed in an embossed sideways tuck-box, Providence cards are traditionally cut for smooth handlings and perfect faro shuffles. Illuminate your mind and stimulate the senses with a brand new premium and tactile experience.

My Thoughts:

Providence Playing Cards are really, really nice. I know.. that’s a lame review.. but sometimes the best review is a simple review. I have hundreds upon hundreds of decks from around the world, and, regardless of the hype or anticipation, I ultimately judge a deck of cards by how they both feel and handle in MY hands. I can’t anticipate whether you’ll like them.. but I feel, in this case, you’ll most likely agree with me.

PPC’s are designed by Destino (King & Legacy, Royal Verge, Esoteric) and presented by The 1914 (Revelations, Thy Will Be Done, Visible, Prohibition Monte). Both are highly respected. They are printed by the Expert Playing Card Company, located in China and, in my opinion, the first company to print cards fully comparable to USPCC. I suspect we are about to see a number of premium decks printed by EPCC.

The cards themselves are printed on a relativity thick linen-textured stock which reminds me of premium Bee’s. They didn’t faro that well for me straight out the box.. but it didn’t take but about half a dozen times for them to interlock with ease. This is perfectly normal for premium, thicker cards.

The individual cards are printed with minimalistic numeric values and traditional pips, each outlined with a thin gold design. The face cards are traditional Jacks, Queens and Kings with a healthy dose of gold, red, and black. The Aces are also traditional.. except for the Ace or Spades.. which features a custom pip. The backs are all complex black and gold with a gold foil inlay in the center. It’s obvious a lot of time and effort went into the design. If you decide to use these cards, opposed to collecting them, you will get many very favorable comments.

I’ve attached a photo of the tuck-box with this review. You can see the black matt finish and the heavy gold foil lettering and adornment on the flap side and a gold embossed magic eye and infinity design on the face. The tuck-box opens sideways, which in my opinion adds a nice bonus to an already loaded deck.

You won’t get more ornate than Providence Playing Cards. At $15.00, they are very affordable, considering the overall unique design. I recommend Providence Playing Cards to my friends and readers.

$15.00 .. Available from Murphy’s Magic and their Associates.

https://www.murphysmagic.com/Product.aspx?id=68981

Review by Rick Carruth