The duo team of Craig & Ryland Petty returned this week with another brand new Magic Review Show. This series looks at the latest & greatest products released to the magic community. This week they look at Stop Bullying, Deja Vous, Spirit Slates Mini and Trio. Like it or hate it, they will let you know.
Deja Vous Deck, Stop Bullying, Spirit Slates Mini & Trio | Craig & Ryland's Magic Review Show
The Magic Review Show is the perfect way to learn about the latest magic products. Each trick is broken down into detail and then performed by either Craig or Ryland. If they like or dislike a trick, they will let you know. You might like some of the routines they dislike or vice versa. That's absolutely fine. If you haven't already, make sure to check out the Review Show Revisited. Some of these products may be performed again within the real world. Until then let's break down this week's products.
Mr Dwella has teamed up with Twister Magic to produce a super routine for children and family shows. Stop Bullying features an empty lunch box that the magician uses to tell a story on bullying. The description on Vanishing Inc. states, "Inspired by the classic Ring, Watch and Money effect, popularised by the great Tommy Wonder and the plot created by Oswald Rea in the 1920s, you now get this family version that talks about stopping bullying at school with magic and a positive message."
It's a great storytelling product that comes with a specifically designed lunch box, instruction online video, printed homework pages and much more. This is more than a magic trick. Stop Bullying teaches children that bullying is wrong, should be avoided and reported to teachers. Ryland considers this to be trick of the week. Craig awarded this routine with a 95% rating while Ryland followed up with a perfect 100%.
Deja Vous Deck
Now we get to the worst trick of the week. Deja Vous by OMG Studios. If you thought Tenyo's Phone Appetit from one of our previous Magic Review Shows was bad, Deja Vous will probably give it a run for worst trick of the year. This routine is supposed to be extremely visual. The idea is a chosen card suddenly appears out of the box before vanishing back inside with a simple snap. Part of the product is a custom made gaffed box to help you with the effect. The problem is it won't be in the real world because it won't fool anyone. It doesn't look good, it doesn't work well, the effect is terrible and even the instructions aren't done correctly. Craig even went on to say he was offended by this. As far as ratings go, you'll have to say the full episode to understand why it can't be written here.
Conan Liu and Royce Luo are back once again with an incredible new TCC product called Spirit Slates. This new prop features a set of premium quality spirit slates for any mentalist or close up magician to use. According to Vanishing Inc.,"You start by introducing the blank slates and placing them together face-down and inviting the spectator to select an object (i.e. a playing card). The slates are then separated to show that the "spirits" around you have conjured up the energy to create a perfect prediction written in chalk on the surfaces they just saw were completely blank.
That's not all though. You can also have playing cards appear, or card corners, notes, torn pages from a book test, or any other similar object. "Mini Spirit Slates Plus" is a powerful tool that can be used to truly unlock your creativity." It's a clever self-working technique for you to use. All you need to do is simply place the slates together and let the fully automatic operation take care of the dirty work for you. It's really well made with lots of different possibilities. Craig and Ryland awarded this product with 90% and 100% respectively.
The last product we looked at this week is Trio by The Other Brothers. This product is designed to be engaging, funny and leave your audience with an experience like no other. It comes with everything you need to start performing right away. This includes large, full colour predictions, a cloth bag, custom-made durable envelopes and comprehensive video instructions.
Penguin Magic states, "Three volunteers are invited to make various selections. From the audience's perspective, one of them is thinking of a famous person, another person is thinking of an animal and the last person is thinking of a fruit. For example, Albert Einstein riding a giraffe while eating an apple. This seems like a ridiculous combination. Yet, you're able to prove you knew they would make these choices in a hilariously visual way." Craig gave this product a 50% rating, citing it's not really that good and there are probably better ways to accomplish the effect. Ryland was less impressed, giving it a 0% rating.
That concludes this week's Magic Review Show. Some of the products were great while others were not. You can watch the full Magic Review Show below to see Craig and Ryland performing each routine. Let us know if you like or dislike any of these products.