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Unwritten – Magic Review – Lyndon Jugalbot

Magic Review – Unwritten – Lyndon Jugalbot and Sans Minds

This a review for the effect Unwritten, which I recently bought and have mixed views on. Continue reading…

The Effect

This is a way to make any message appear written on the edge of the cards.
It could be a card revelation, but it doesn’t have to be.

You can either drop the deck onto the table or the spectator’s hands, or your shake the deck and the words appears.

I wanted to get it because I’ve seen Paul Gertner’s Unshuffled but that requires the correct faro shuffles, so this is a much easier method. Creating a personalised message for an event / promotion etc… is a major advantage to this type of routine. That’s why I got it.
Unshuffled is mentioned in the credits.

Included is the gimmick and the DVD.

Cost

I paid £17 from magicianfx.co.uk and I got free postage as I spent over £40 in total and a free DVD.
Other places are selling it for £24 + P+P. That’s expensive! I’ll explain why in a minute.

Difficulty

(1=easy to do, 2=No sleights, but not so easy, 3=Some sleights used,
4=Advanced sleights used, 5=Suitable for experienced magicians only)

2 or 3
You need to handle the gimmick correctly and you probably want to do a better card force than the one shown on the DVD.

Review

I like the effect and I like the method. It’s simple to do, easy to repeat and I think it will get a good reaction. This is a trick that I can see myself performing.
It’s definitely a working routine if you have space for a new trick in your repertoire. You do have to bring the gimmick in and out though if you are going to be performing another card trick before or after.

Tip - I saw a friend of mine performed this for me before I got it and he only showed one side of the deck! That made me think that the writing was on the other side, even though I didn’t clearly see him turn the deck round. You can turn the deck around and show all sides. You should!

Here’s what I really don’t like. The DVD is 13 minutes long and about half of that is the introduction / performance / and then teaching a swing cut!
OK, I understand that people want to see the trick performed and that beginners might want to learn a simple control / force, but the DVD is just completely useless.

There’s also the ‘crafty bit’ where they tell you how to stick two cards together with tape. It’s so bleeding obvious, I didn’t need someone to show me! Not that you can easily make the gimmick yourself anyway.

I would have much preferred if they had posted the performance video online (for free) and then sold the gimmick alongside a one page printed instruction sheet (that’s all it takes to explain it – it’s that simple). The cost would have been reduced massively and they could have sold it for £5 and still made a profit.
Why does everything have to be on DVD – it’s a waste of money, it’s a waste of resources and it’s a waste of the space in my house.

People should learn to read and then this could have been in a book with twenty more great ideas.

Here’s another important consideration. If you’re going to use this a lot, you will want to buy a refill at some point. Three refills are $60 / £35 – That’s expensive for what it is, and considering that you have already presumably “paid for the secret.” I also worry that if you love this trick and want to do it for many years to come, how long before they stop making the gimmicks! You really do want to learn magic with props you can get consistently.

Overall

I like the trick, but I’m annoyed at the commercialisation of it.
6 / 10

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What’s so Great About News Anyway?

News Update

16th February 2014

Right now, I’m a bit bored posting the latest magic news weekly. I think I’ll focus more on the reviews, advice and comments. So there will still be some news on the site, but I’m going to post it as and when it’s required, rather than a set format each week? OK? Great, we’re all agreed.

Magic News – 31st January 2014

MAGIC NEWS

31st January 2014

Illusionist Leon Etienne to host ‘Magic Rocks!’

Illusionist and Utica native Leon Etienne will make his first large-scale public hometown appearance since his run on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. at the Stanley Center for the Arts, 259 Genesee St., in Utica.

The “Magic Rocks!” show will feature illusions and rock music with Mohawk Valley Community College alumnus Etienne and Romy Low. The show is being presented by the MVCC Cultural Series and the Stanley Center for the Arts.

Read more at… http://www.romeobserver.com/articles/2014/01/30/entertainment/doc52ea8a7b77d5c369584218.txt


Kevin Jeffrey of the magic duo Kevin & Caruso. They start a seven-day stint at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Jan. 30. 

They’ve been performing in Atlantic City for months. They’ll need four days just to set up their show in Niagara Falls. They’ll be two pretty tired magicians when they arrive.

So what will illusionists Kevin & Caruso do on their one day off? See a magic show, of course. The duo – who go by first names only, thank you – plan to see Niagara Falls magician Greg Frewin’s show Saturday before starting a seven-day run at the Niagara Fallsview Casino with their show Magique.

Read more at… http://www.wellandtribune.ca/2014/01/24/renos-magic-men-make-falls-debut


Is Troy The Magician The New Dynamo, And How On Earth Did He Do THIS?

Urgh! I’ll watch this, but I’m getting annoyed at street magic and the emphasis on the prop rather than the actual people involved with the magic.

I also don’t like hidden camera / prank magic as the framing of magic is all wrong. I’m going to write further on my thoughts on TV magic at a later date.

Read more at… http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/01/24/troy-magician-trick-video_n_4656919.html


Criss Angel reveals secrets and surprises of ‘Magic Jam’ debuting next week at Luxor

Despite still being in recovery and rehab from intensive 3-hour-plus shoulder surgery, magician Criss Angel vows that his new show “Magic Jam” will premiere on schedule one week from tonight.

Read more at… http://www.lasvegassun.com/vegasdeluxe/2014/jan/28/criss-angel-reveals-secrets-and-surprises-magic-ja/


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