parlour magic

Review: Kung Fu Foot by Héctor Mancha

This effect reminds me of slapstick movies such as Stephen Chow’s comedy movies. The effect is obviously inspired by Sword thru card as well as Kevin James’ Umbrella Thru Card. The basic routine is; you get a spectator to select a card, then you throw the deck into the air and you catch the selected card with your foot (socks on). I’d think this effect would be very entertaining if you’re d...[Read More]

Review: The Yarn by Manuel LLaser

While the idea of producing an item in a ball of yarn is not new, Llaser’s take on this classic effect is refreshing and magical. In this version, a dollar bill is used instead of a coin (as seen in the classic version). The basic effect is to get a borrowed bill, signed it, change its denomination and then produce the signed bill in a ball of yarn (held by spectator before the start of the ro...[Read More]

Review: The Gold Standard by David Regal

The Gold Standard is basically a card to impossible location. In David Regal’s presentation, it can be much more than this. In effect, a card is freely selected (and can be signed) and lost in the deck. Magically, the chosen (and signed) card appears between the performer’s tie tack and his tie. The card can be pulled on or spun to show that it is indeed impaled onto the tie tack. The tie tac...[Read More]

Review: Appear-8 by Steve Rowe

Appear-8 is plucking a physical 3-dimentional black 8-ball out of a 2-dimensional printed picture of an 8-ball on the front of a playing card case. You receive the gimmicked card case – it is an empty case without the actual playing cards inside it. This comes inside a plastic protective box. The gimmick card case is very well-made and works wonderfully. You also receive a small 2 inch 8-ball ...[Read More]

Review: COFFEE CUP by Mariano Goni

I have always been a fan of cups and balls, especially unique ones such as Mariano Goni’s. This routine uses 1 cup and 3 balls made of modelling clay. The routine starts with the performers VERY cleanly placing the 2 balls into the cup one at a time and keeping the 3rd ball away. The 3rd ball then re-appears inside the cup. This is repeated like the standard 2 in the hand 1 in the pocket type of ...[Read More]

Review: Juan Wonk’s Wooden Chop Cup Set by Jack King Magicshop (Bali)

In 2012, I did a magic lecture that started in Asia and travelled to Europe. The bestselling lecture product had to be our Pentad Cups, exclusively handmade from dark mahogany by experience artisans. Wooden cups for the classic cups and balls are classy and definitely provide a different feel from their standard metal counterparts. These are how our super limited edition of Pentad Cups looked like...[Read More]

Review: Thumbtipedia by Vernet

You know, TT should be priced like a premium product. They are so good but get so unappreciated by people. I feel that TT shouldn’t be on display in shops and there are really people who practice that. When I was in Tokyo a few years back, I was out hunting for Tenyos and came across a magic counter in Takashimaya. I wanted to get a Japanese TT and couldn’t find one on display at the magic counter...[Read More]

Review: Topit 180 Right Handed / Left Handed by David Penn

Another Topit as magicians try to top one another with a new design. Topit180 looks like any other Topit except that its has many functions built in. You can ditch, steal and vanish with this new design. When I first open the package, all I can see was a rather standard Topit with a Velcro sticker and a packet of safety pins and a card with an online link to see the instructions video. Prior ...[Read More]

Review: Marvelous Multiplying Card Boxes by Matthew Wright and Vanishing Inc

The Marvelous Multiplying Boxes allow you to display a bicycle cased deck when it visually multiplies to 2 cases. The first case is put away, yet magically, another box appears with the box in your hand. This is also put away when another box makes its sudden appearance. Finally, one of the boxes is put away and the box that is left in your hand is used in your favourite card effect. This make...[Read More]

Review: Cheppum Panthum Coconut Shell Cups and Wand set by Gary Kosnitzky

I have always like cups and balls and I even collected a few sets. Having said that, I have never owned an Indian Cups and Balls set. The Cheppum Panthum cup set looks good but I somehow felt that it could be better. The Cups The cups are made of coconut and as stated in the sheet of paper that comes with it, it was made in such a way to show that they are low-tech and ancient looking. The c...[Read More]

Review: Fruitfull by Juan Pablo

Juan Pablo is perhaps one of Argentina's greatest contemporary magicians :) I enjoy his magic: simple, clean, direct, and on point. In Fruitfull, he teaches how he does his version of the classic signed bill in fruit trick. Only one bill - theirs- is used. There are no switches. There's no need to prep any fruit/ vegetable/ bread. No reset is required, if you wish to go again, you can... but w...[Read More]

Review: Bowled Over by Christopher Talbat

Next to the magical appearance of a living being such as a person, an animal, a bird or fish, a bowling ball is one of the most impossible inanimate object to make a magical appearance in a parlour or small stage setting. Chris Talbot’s “Bowled Over” is the magical production of a bowling ball from an empty paper bag. In effect, the performer casually carries a large paper bag and walks onto...[Read More]

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