Craig and Ryland are back to look at the latest and greatest products released to the magic community. The products Craig and Ryland look at this week are Personality, Big Picture, The Twins & Double Vanishing Deck. Like it or hate it, they will let you know.
Personality, Big Picture, Twins & Double Vanishing Deck | Craig & Ryland's Magic Review Show
Every week the father and son team looked at the latest and greatest products released to the magic community. If the product is good or bad they will let you know. Let's break down the four products they reviewed this week and how they are designed.
The first product on this week's Magic Review Show is by Alakazam and Nikolas Mavresis. This is Personality. Alakazam's website states, "In the pack you get two complete versions of the Personality one as you see in the trailer and the other flipped on its head. Meaning each card that is not selected has a funny reading and the one they choose has a nice reading. What's more with both versions you get three options for the ending to choose from. Not only can you pick which version you want to perform but also which ending you think will suit your audience the best." You can instantly reset the trick, it's easy to do, no skill needed and it has an engaging plot with no table. Craig and Ryland loved this product, awarding Personality with 98% and 120% respectively. It is truly a commercial working routine.
Kyle Purnell teased this new product during an interview on Talk Magic. Now it has finally been released by Vanishing Inc. This is Big Picture. Vanishing Inc's. website states, "Each card has a different object written on it. As you go through the cards, one at a time, your spectator thinks of just one word. You then bring their attention to a prediction that has been in clear view the entire time. For the first time, they then tell you the word they thought of.
You turn over the prediction to show that, impossibly, there is a crystal-clear drawing that perfectly matches the word they chose. No writing anything down. No peeks. They have a free choice to just think of any word they see. It can be a different word each time you perform it." It is a really clever routine with a nice premise and an amazing tutorial included. It's well made and will last you a long time. It's also easy and works within every environment. Craig and Ryland gave this trick 95% each.
The trick of the week is The Twins by John Marton. Penguin Magic describes this routine as, "A simple which hand routine that can be performed anywhere. Also includes John's impromptu versions of Which hand, Saucy Kurotsuke & the Guilty secret society." There are several ideas you can do with this product with bonus routines included as well. Craig loved this product, giving it a strong 100% rating. Ryland enjoyed the product even more, giving it 119%.
DOUBLE VANISHING DECKS
The last product on this week's Magic Review Show is the most controversial. This is DOUBLE VANISHING DECKS by Juan Pablo & Quique Marduk. Penguin Magic's website states, "Imagine you have a case with two decks of playing cards, one red and blue. Take out the red deck and perform any trick with it. Place the deck into the case again and announce that it will vanish. Immediately, open the case and the red deck is no more there!, and reappears into your jacket pocket .
Take the blue deck out of the case and explain that you will repeat the experience with this deck. Place the deck into the case again clearly and after a magical gesture, open the case and the blue deck disappears too, and magically, it appears into your pocket again." There are several problems with this prop, not the least of which is that there are no live performances of the trick. The quality is substandard and there are better ways to perform the trick. It's not examinable, it's very gimmicky and it's obvious as to what's going on. As a result, Craig and Ryland only gave this product 0% and -100% respectively.
That's everything we have to review for this week's Magic Review Show. If you have any questions regarding the products, just let us know in the comments. Thanks for reading. You can check out the full episode below.