Review: Ice Qube by Kieron Johnson & Mark Traversoni

Reviewer: John Teo

Ice Qube is a signed coin inside a cube (well, not as regular in dimensions) of ice effect.

The spectators can handle the cube of ice and see that the coin is indeed inside the ice.  The ice is put inside a small transparent plastic bag and a small hammer or other device is used to break the ice in order to reach the coin inside.  

Sometimes, the ice is misty and it is not easy to see the coin inside it.  This somehow makes the effect stronger as you need to break the ice in order to see and retrieve the coin.

This effect is the result of much refinement work done to their earlier trick “Ultimate Ice-Maxed Iceolation”.  It is now easier to prepare and transport the smaller block of ice.

If you think about it, this is like the ultimate in “object to impossible location” effect that you can bring along with you and perform in any venue.  To have a signed or personal object embedded inside a solid block of ice is truly unexplainable.  

As you can expect it, performing such an effect requires some time for preparation and some effort in preserving and transporting the ice until it is time for performance.

Kieron Johnson and Mark Traversoni understand this, and provide you with the following items:

  • Mold to make the ice cube
  • Specially manufactured device for the ice cube gimmick
  • Special powder for the ice cube
  • Carrying cloth bag and other items for transporting the ice cube
  • Various sizes transparent plastic bags

You also get a password to download an online video instruction.  In the video, both of the 2 magicians take much effort to explain everything: from preparing the ice cube to transporting it, to vanishing the personal object and getting it inside the ice cube, to breaking the ice cube to retrieve the object embedded inside it.

They are careful to advise you in advance as to what other items might be required of you that are not provided in the package:

  • Cooler bag or flask or similar item to transport the ice cube
  • Small hammer to break the ice cube
  • Prop for vanishing the object

Here is what an actual effect looks like.  A coin is borrowed and signed.  It is put underneath a handkerchief.  This handkerchief with the coin inside it is isolated inside a plastic bag and is held by a spectator.

The performer takes out a small cloth carrying bag and pours out an ice cube onto the hands of another spectator.  Usually at this point, the ice is misty and nobody can see that there is anything inside the ice.  The ice is isolated inside another small plastic bag.  This is held by another spectator.  

It is now time for the magic to happen.  The handkerchief is taken out of the security plastic bag and shown to no longer contain the coin inside it.  A small hammer is introduced and is used to smash at the ice cube still inside the second plastic bag.  The signed coin is now seen among the broken pieces of ice.  The spectator can personally retrieve the item from the plastic bag.

In another version, the signed coin is first vanished.  The ice cube is taken out and shown to contain the coin.  It has to be smashed inside a plastic bag in order to retrieve the coin.

A personal ring can be used instead of the coin.  In this case, caution is required when smashing the ice in order not to damage the borrowed ring.  Melting the ice with warm water is recommended as a better alternative to using the hammer.

In the video, Kieron also teaches you his chosen card in orange effect.  Kieron seems to like to perform another “object to impossible location” together with Ice Qube.

The final segment of the video features 2 live performances by Kieron.  In the first performance, he does Ice Qube and follows up with card in orange.  In his second performance, he does chosen card in a block of ice (Ultimate Ice-Maxed Iceolation) and then Ice Qube.  Both performances are well received by the audience.

For “object to impossible location” effect, Ice Qube is hard to beat.

Please support intellectual property. Only buy original. Available from all reputable Murphy’s Magic dealers.

9 Stars (9 / 10)

Ice Qube by Kieron Johnson & Mark Traversoni

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