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Playing Card Plethora / Re: The Planets: Mercury by Vanda
« Last post by intlgrrl on September 20, 2017, 10:28:13 AM »
 Any chance at a preview art for the Venus deck?
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Deck Reviews! / Deck Review: Bharata from Sunish Chabba
« Last post by Magic_Orthodoxy on September 20, 2017, 08:23:31 AM »
video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IlM9YuRBjs

Bharata takes inspiration from traditional Indian folk art forms, Kishangarh paintings & miniature paintings as the central theme while the characters are imagined as part of the Indian royalty.

Bharata is India's original name, and the whole deck is an ode to the stories of Kings & Queens

This is a fully custom illustrated playing card deck with Gold Gilded edges for a brilliant and shiny "real gold" look

Bharata Playing Cards. Made in collaboration with illustrator Ishan Trivedi, Produced by Guru Playing Card Company (GPCC)

http://www.guruplayingcards.com
https://www.instagram.com/guruplayingcards/
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Official Company Topics / Re: ENCARDED - Official Topic
« Last post by Encarded Inc. on September 20, 2017, 07:35:53 AM »
Will you have any for sale at the convention itself?  At what price?

I plan on having perhaps a gross of them available at the convention, at the pre-order price (or maybe a bit less).  :)
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Official Company Topics / Re: ENCARDED - Official Topic
« Last post by Don Boyer on September 20, 2017, 01:30:13 AM »
FYI that this Saturday, Sept 23 at 12PM EST I'll have Radia up for pre-order. The full reveal will be at the 52 Plus Joker convention on October 13th but if you are bold and want to get this (quite special) deck, this will be the place to be. Limited to 4 per person this time, and only 750 will be available for the pre-order. :)

https://encarded.com/products/radia

Will you have any for sale at the convention itself?  At what price?
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Magical Cardistry Bonanza / Ender's Review: The Great Domino Illusion
« Last post by EndersGame on September 20, 2017, 12:09:28 AM »
The Great Domino Illusion (Magic Makers)

A large-size stage illusion with some unexpected twists

Effect

How many dots are on the domino?  It keeps changing - more often than you'd ever expect. 

The Great Domino Illusion involves a large domino board, in which a number is shown on one side. The board is flipped a multitude of times, each turn showing a different number on the other side. One dot ... two dots ... four dots ... five dots... six dots ... and even more!

See an overview of the performance of the effect provided by the publisher here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r96rFlsgTHg



Surprises

Unlike the the more common domino card style illusion that most magicians have come across before, this doesn't just rely on covering certain dots, because you can show more than just four different outcomes. 

What's more, it creates a truly surprising effect when you appear truly clean, and show all the dots on the domino at once!  This makes it a nicer and more convincing trick than the more well-known effect, and adds some real twists.

In addition, the size of this item makes it suitable as a stage illusion for larger audiences. 



Contents

Included with the purchase is a large domino board, which is pleasantly over-sized for increased visibility at 9.5 inches tall and 6 inches wide.  It's not made out of cheap or thin cardboard, but extremely sturdy plastic, so that it won't bend or be easily damaged.

In addition you get some special gimmicks that allow the magic to be possible.

Finally, some printed instructions are provided, but you also get a link to an online performance video and helpful teaching video.

Difficulty

The video goes through the teaching very well.  This is a simple trick which is easy to learn and perform, and still convincingly amazing! Itís great for beginner magicians to learn and can be performed with large crowds without too much risk of messing up, which is always great for a trick. The teaching is easy to follow, so it can readily be learnt quickly.



Recommendation

The Great Domino Illusion is a great effect for those who perform in front of a larger crowd.  It's not as cheap as some other products from the same publisher, but that's because it is a large-sized prop, and is a high quality item that should prove very durable. 

When performed well, you can have quite a bit of fun with this trick, especially if your audience thinks that you are just covering domino dots with your hands - this can make the final twists a real surprise. 



Want to learn more?  See:
- Publisher's page: http://www.magicmakersinc.com/p-770-the-great-domino-illusion.aspx
- Amazonhttp://amazon.com/dp/B06X934893/?tag=ender-bgg-20
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Playing Card Plethora / Re: The Planets: Mercury by Vanda
« Last post by davegk on September 19, 2017, 11:47:17 PM »
I love this deck.  The court art is amazing.  I'll have to clear space on my 'awesome' card shelf to make way for the whole series.  Also, I am super intrigued by the idea of a pluto surprise.  Nice work!

Thanks much!
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Magical Cardistry Bonanza / Ender's Review: Magic Dice
« Last post by EndersGame on September 19, 2017, 11:36:10 PM »
Magic Dice aka Las Vegas Trick Dice (Magic Makers)

Creating the illusion of two dice tiles switching places



Effect

Also called Las Vegas Trick Dice, the Magic Dice is an interesting effect in which two different flat tiles with dots on them (like dice) are shown. One is placed into the pocket, while the other is hidden in the hand. A magic move, and they switch places! After the effect the two dice can be handed out to be totally inspected.

See an overview of the performance of the effect provided by the publisher here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oyn9g8FLog4



Contents

Purchasing this effect will allow you to receive three dice, two normal while the other is gimmicked.

Basic instructions are included on paper. More importantly, you get a link to a webpage from the publisher which provides further written instructions, and a downloadable video explanation. The video is short, but shows a performance followed by an explanation, which is easy to follow and to learn.



Difficulty

The effect is fairly easy to learn, and no complex moves are required, so it is great for beginners to learn. However, it does require good presentation, to avoid confusing your spectators.  So practice is a must, to ensure that you can perform this effect clearly. But it can be worth the effort.  Like many of the effects from Magic Makers, this is a fairly simple trick which is easy to learn and perform, but is no less effective because of all this.



Recommendation

When performed well, you can have quite a bit of fun with this simple trick, because having two tiles switch places seems completely impossible.  Even though it doesn't require any difficult moves, it does require some practice to perform smoothly, to ensure a clear presentation.   Being able to hand out the dice for examination before and afterwards is a real strength of this effect.  This is a fairly straight-forward trick that is ideal for the new or intermediate magician.



Want to learn more?  See:
- Publisher's page: http://www.magicmakersinc.com/p-77-las-vegas-trick-dice.aspx
- Amazonhere and here

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Magical Cardistry Bonanza / Ender's Review: Magic Knot
« Last post by EndersGame on September 19, 2017, 10:43:34 PM »
Magic Knot (Magic Makers)

An instantly disappearing knot made famous by the Slydini Silks



Overview

This is KNOT your average trick, but a creative and interesting one!   A famous classic of magic is the Slydini Silk routine. With the Magic Knot, you get two silks and learning materials to teach you a basic Slydini-style effect in which two handkerchiefs tied together instantly separate.

See an overview of the performance of the effect provided by the publisher here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqrUIDCd6p4



Effect

The effect involves a knot being tied between two handkerchiefs, which the spectator themselves can tighten.  Then, magically the knot simply melts through with the two handkerchiefs separating! This effect allows for a multitude of variations of ways to perform, with the melting of the knot being presented in different ways.

Don't make the mistake of thinking that these kinds of routines are only for beginners.  See a video clip of popular entertainer and magician Bill Malone doing a silk routine with disappearing knots here, showing an effect much like this one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhTPZcAabPU



Contents

With the purchase of this effect you will receive two high quality silks that are made of a lasting parachute style material that will enable you to use them through a multitude of performances. One of the silks has a orange thread sewn into the edge to allow it easy to know which is which for yourself in tying the knots, which is a great touch.

You also get some written instructions, which can be followed along, but better is the fact that you get a link to an online performance and detailed explanation video which teaches you how to do the effect.



Instructions

The explanation video of this effect is very good, and the teaching by Ben Salinas is easy to follow along. Written instructions for copying knots are not usually the easiest to follow, so having a video makes it really easy.

Taught in the video is a short routine which involves the knot separating in a few different ways and even splitting into two separate knots. Also, a more advanced knot tying is taught, which adds a slight difference to a performance.

Recommendation

The effect of the Magic Knot is very nice and seems very impressive to watch, as the spectator themselves can ensure the knot is tight before having it melt before their very eyes. The explanation is very good, and it is easy to learn quickly, making it great for beginning magicians who want to try something new.

I can highly recommend this, as it is a great effect which is not easy for the spectator to figure out, and can be presented in a variety of ways open to your imagination! It's also good value, typically being available on Amazon for under $10, making it a great way to get introduced to silk magic.



Want to learn more?  See:
- Publisher's page: http://www.magicmakersinc.com/p-84-magic-knot-slydini-silks.aspx
- Amazonhttp://amazon.com/dp/B002758JB8/?tag=ender-bgg-20
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Playing Card Plethora / Re: The Planets: Mercury by Vanda
« Last post by Chobee on September 19, 2017, 09:36:33 PM »
I love this deck.  The court art is amazing.  I'll have to clear space on my 'awesome' card shelf to make way for the whole series.  Also, I am super intrigued by the idea of a pluto surprise.  Nice work!   
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Magical Cardistry Bonanza / Ender's Review: Magic Trick Box
« Last post by EndersGame on September 19, 2017, 09:16:23 PM »
Magic Trick Box (Magic Makers)

An easy way to make objects vanish and reappear



Overview

This is a very simple and magical little prop. It consists of a drawer which the magician opens, showing that it is clearly empty. The magician closes the draw, and with a magical motion or words, an object appears inside the box when it is opened again. The object can be taken out, examined, and placed back into the drawer, which then disappears in the same manner.



Contents

- Box: The main thing you get is the magic box itself, which is made of very solid and durable plastic.
- Printed instructions: In addition you also get a cardboard paper with simple instructions.
- Online instructions: You also get an online link to a video which explains how to use the box.



Included in the online instructional video is a special trick which involves using it to make a prediction for a chosen card, which creates a nice effect as the prediction magically appears in the box after the card is selected. Also included is an explanation of how to use the classic ball and vase together with the box to make the ball transport into the box.

Difficulty

The basic trick is very simple to learn and perform, and even young children can do it, making it great for all ages and a great gift for young magicians too! The explanations are well done, making it super easy to learn the trick, and they also give a few other options of things to do with the box.

Recommendation

This is a very nice effect which would be great for absolute beginner magicians or even more experienced magicians that work with children. It can be truly baffling and confusing, Iíve shown it to someone who knows quite a bit of magic and had never come across the box, and was baffled for a while!  Grandparents could use it to make candies appear for children. It's also relatively inexpensive, and you'll find it on Amazon for less than $5.



Want to learn more?  See:
- Publisher's page: http://www.magicmakersinc.com/p-742-magic-trick-box-magic-makers.aspx
- Amazonhttp://amazon.com/dp/B01DO8JL9U/?tag=ender-bgg-20
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