stage 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: Nick Lewin’s Ultimate Microphone Holder

This is not a magic trick review, nor is it a new item. As the title suggests, it is a microphone holder. The pros may advise you to get a lavalier mic or a headset mic; and/or to include requirements for audio equipment in your technical rider/contract. And I totally agree. However, quality microphones are expensive, and not all venues will have top of the line sound equipment. I personally a...[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: Ice Qube by Kieron Johnson & Mark Traversoni

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 i...[Read More]

Review: Ari Soroka’s The Red Carpet

The Red Carpet was originally conceived by Ari Soroka more than 30 years ago. Some 10 years later, Jason Palter got the rights from Ari to manufacture and release this effect through his Paltergeist Unlimited. This effect is not to be confused by another effect called “Red Carpet” by Black Rabbit Magic. Although it involves celebrities, the effect is quite different. In this effect, a lady spe...[Read More]

Review: Canes MAGIC – The Real Secrets DVD by Fabien Solaz

The title tells us that this DVD is about how to perform magic with canes. Unfortunately, there is no breakdown on what are being covered by this subject. The caption in the title states “The Real Secrets” – but we do not have the definition of “real”. The write-up on the back cover of the DVD says “every secret of this …. prop will be revealed to you.” This suggests it is a complete treatise ...[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: Rocco’s Prisma Lites Pair

D-lites, who doesn’t have one? There are so many out there, especially those made in China ones. This is a case where the pirated ones are somehow better and cheaper than the original. Back in the days when this was first released, everyone was crazy over it. Me and my buddies would carry this around and the throw “lights” across streets and amaze those that were looking at us clowning aro...[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]

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