I received some very nice emails about last week’s Conclave blog. And, some registrations. I am glad you folks liked the blog, and even more pleased that you will be with us at the Conclave.
Lucas The Singing Son has returned to Oberlin College. Waaa. I am sad. It’s great to have him, or Aron, or both boys, home. Lucas spent his extended Winter Break with us. So, not only did we have his delightful company, but we had a built in snow shoveler. Now, what am I supposed to do? I guess I’ll have to give Bonnie ten dollars and a shoveling lesson the next time it snows.
In the world of Magic, two long-awaited items came in stock this week. Folks have been waiting for a couple of months for the Sponge Tennis Balls to come back in stock. On Wednesday, a giant box of them arrived, and all of the back orders were shipped!
And, Linking Cigarettes came in stock and have been dispatched as well. We do have some of each item left in stock right now, so if you have been waiting to order either one, now is the time!
And, that’s all the news from these parts. Stay tuned for this week’s excitement!FREE SHIPPING: Until Thursday the 10th of February at midnight, we are offering free ground shipping on any order over $30.00 to anywhere in the US, including Alaska and Hawaii! Just enter the special code SHIPMEFREE in the Discount Coupon Box at the bottom of the first page of the online checkout at www.magicfact.com. We will happily pick up the ground shipping charges on your order. Of course, if you want your order sent UPS Ground, UPS Three Day, Second Day or Next Day, you will just have to pay the difference.
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Now, let’s take a look at this week’s Hotlist(1) Perfect Nail Bend: If only Uri Geller had known what the future would hold when he bent that first spoon! Now, no metal object goes unbent! Spoons, keys, forks, and now nails!
Perfect Nail Bend is the latest entry in the world of metal bending, and unbending!
The nail actually bends itself either while you hold it or inside the spectator’s hand.
Display a long, solid steel nail.
Holding the nail at your fingertips, you concentrate.
Suddenly and unexpectedly the nail slowly bends, by itself.
The bent nail can be handed out for examination. It is bent and it is solid. You can even drive the nail into a block of wood with a hammer. It is that strong!
But, wait, there’s more!
Hold the bent nail, again at your fingertips. Slowly and eerily, the nail unbends, until it is in its original straight condition.
Perfect Nail Bend uses hi-tech memory metal. Nothing is used except for the nail itself.
You can perform this close-up and surrounded.
Just a little preparation before you perform, easy to do, no sleight of hand.
The nail is approximately to 9.8cm long.
You get two nails, the one that bends and the one that unbends, plus a thermal carrying bag, designed to fit in your jacket pocke,t which contains a gel-type ice pack to keep the nails cold until ready to use (for those who live in especially warm climates) and full instructions.
And, the price. I hope you are sitting down. Unlike other memory metal products, this one carries a totally user-friendly price tag. Just $60.00! And, that’s for both nails, the carry bag and the gel-pack. $60.00 (40.775)
And, remember, we’ll ship this one free anywhere in the world!
(2) Angelux: Diego Antoine is a Uruguayan magician who created Angelux, a fantastic system that allows you to perform incredible and inexplicable productions and disappearances.
Watch the video demo and be amazed!
Comes complete with DVD and all the necessary props to perform Angelux.
(3) Highflyer – Peter Eggink: A must-have for anyone who performs the Ambitious Card!
A card is freely selected and signed across its face by the spectator. The signed card is repeatedly placed into the middle of the deck and arrives magically back on top! Explain that you can’t actually “see” the card appear at the top of the deck.
For that reason the you sign your name on the back of the spectator’s signed card, and once again the card is placed back in the middle of the deck and shuffled thoroughly.
With just a shake of the deck, and under impossible conditions, the spectator’s signed selection visually and magically reappears on top of the deck!
Now for the final kicker: Explain that the signed card is so ambitious that sometimes it wants to go even further than the top.
The signed card is placed face-up on top of the deck and the deck is placed onto the spectator’s hand.
Slowly, the signed card begins to levitate off the deck. Suddenly and unexpectedly the card fires upwards all the way to the your fingertips!
Finally the signed card is given away as souvenir. Remember, during this phase the magician never touches the deck!
The full training DVD will guide you step by step on how to perform the routine, sleights and techniques. Custom handmade gimmick on Bicycle stock included. $30.00 (30.1567)
(4) Risk – Francesco Tesei: The Russian Roulette theme is extremely popular and Risk is one of the best available. Every aspect makes sense, everything is logical and above all else the method is so simple, yet has fooled some of the top names.
What makes Risk so good is that everything is within your control: no magnets; no electronics; no equivoque; no forcing of any kind; no envelopes; no cards, nothing. The staple guns are real, the staples are real, the reactions are real, but the Risk is not.
Risk is so direct in method that all you need to do is work on your presentation. Francesco even gives you his scripted routine that fooled Marc Spelmann so much so that it immediately became part of his act.
Even if you are a close up performer, Risk is that type of effect that packs small but plays big and is the ideal effect to show that special booker or client at the end of an event. Francesco has performed Risk on television and in theatres for thousands of astonished people around the world for the last 5 years.
Please note that this is a DVD only, which teaches the routine in full. You will need to provide your own staple guns.
(5) Revolution DVD – Aaron Fisher: The Revolution & Helter Skelter are two of the most strikingly visual card effects you will ever see. Even better, these effects are easy to perform. In fact, you'll be performing the Revolution change in minutes!
Aaron Fisher teaches card magic better than anyone working today, and this DVD will show you why. First, he shows how to do these powerful effects with a minimum of practice. But that's just the beginning.
Next, Aaron takes his cameras to the Sorcerer's Safari Summer Camp - the best place to learn magic. You'll get a front row seat in Aaron's card class, right next to the campers themselves. You'll watch, laugh and learn as the campers question Aaron and perfect these miracles. Even better, you'll hear Aaron's genuine answers to their fascinating, real world questions. After you watch, you'll agree - this is the next best thing to attending magic camp yourself!
After watching this DVD you'll:
Master the Revolution - Simply the most striking visual change you'll ever see. And you can do it yourself after just five minutes
Astound with Revolution #9 - A wave of your hand, and the selection turns face up. Another wave and the entire deck visually reverses!
Close Shows with Helter Skelter - Over a decade in the making, Aaron's Color Changing Deck is literally one the most powerful, visual effects possible with ordinary cards. Like all the material on this incredible DVD, you'll be amazed when you see how easy it is to perform!
Any time you learn an effect from Aaron Fisher, you get much more than just the trick itself. You'll get valuable extra information normally reserved for Aaron's private students; everything from how to adapt the effect to every conceivable performing situation, to how professional card men switch decks under fire, with no sleights.
Put it all together, and The Revolution featuring Helter Skelter is truly like having a real private lesson with one of magic's finest teachers, at a fraction of the cost!
(6) Cereal Triks: A new slant on a classic sucker effect.
The cabinet holds a full size box of your favorite cereal.
This effect has a special gimmick that allows you to pour cereal into a bowl at the beginning.
The fun really takes off when the empty box is placed inside the magic cabinet.
You offer to make the cereal box vanish. Work the audience into a frenzy by opening one door then the next to show no cereal box. For the finale, you open both doors and the cereal box is gone!
As a kicker, the box re-appears, anywhere you like: In a grocery bag; attached to your back; anywhere your imagination dictates.
* Solid Oak
* Special Gimmick
* Works With Any Standard Sized Cereal Box
Cereal Triks is perfect for any family show!
(7) Impromptu And Colorful Prediction - Pablo Amira: Are you able to know the outcome of random events in advance?
If you want to learn new ways to create precognition experiences, this book is for you.
Effects that are tested in the real world and proven effective and meaningful.
First Experience in Precognition
Impromptu Prediction: Predict thoughts in any situation.
Create meaningful moments of mystery.
C.C.C.: A theory about performances.
Second Experience in Precognition
3 Colored Envelopes
1 moment of mystery and laughs.
A minimalistic approach to the classic "Technicolor Prediction".
New presentations, subtleties and ideas from other performers.
More than 50 pages of ideas.
Bonus: Gerard Grey, a great mentalist and thinker from the UK, came up with a cool idea based in "Colorful Prediction"
In this landmark DVD series, Darwin performs the most stunning effects from his legendary repertoire - all newly shot in stunning digital clarity - for a very enthusiastic audience. You'll first see Darwin perform a complete show (a lesson in itself on how to routine card magic to create an immersive and entertaining experience!) Then, after the show is over and the audience has gone home, Darwin teaches his diabolical methods in meticulous detail so that you can add these amazing effects to your own repertoire. What's more, you'll also be treated to some of Darwin's theories on magic and its performance - sage words from one of its most thoughtful practitioners.
Darwin Ortiz had a very simple goal with this DVD series, one you'll most certainly agree that he's achieved - nothing but the best!
The Vegas Shuffle - A progressively more impossible, three-phase gambling routine that even non-card players will enjoy.
The Psychotronic Card - First you perform one of the most astonishing and convincing vanishes ever of a selected card. Then the card is found in the spectator's own hands!
Four To One - One card becomes four; four cards become one. One of the strongest transpositions in card magic, and it happens under the spectator's hand!
The Unholy Three - It starts as an amazing three-card location and it ends with one of the most powerful surprise kickers in card magic.
Museum Piece - A true work of art - magically, aesthetically, and presentationally.
Test Your Luck - An impossible coincidence, and the spectator does it all.
Best Of The Best (performance only) - A tour-de-force demonstration of incredible gambling skills, both physical and mental.
Theory - One of magic's greatest thinkers offers his insights on three of the most important subjects in magic: The Magical Experience, The Audience is Not the Enemy, and Meaning.
(9) Nothing But The Best DVD – Volume 2 – Darwin Ortiz: In this landmark DVD series, Darwin performs the most stunning effects from his legendary repertoire - all newly shot in stunning digital clarity - for a very enthusiastic audience. You'll first see Darwin perform a complete show (a lesson in itself on how to routine card magic to create an immersive and entertaining experience!) Then, after the show is over and the audience has gone home, Darwin teaches his diabolical methods in meticulous detail so that you can add these amazing effects to your own repertoire.
Beyond Collecting - Most versions of this plot are marred by overhandling. In this direct version, the Aces simply materialize. A moment later, the selections materialize between them
Passing Through - Marlo's Push-Through Failure is taken to new heights to produce a novel demonstration of impossible skill.
Hard Target - The traditional sandwich plot is transformed into a display of uncanny skill. Two selected cards are located under the most impossible conditions.
New Hitchcock Aces - You'll never find a stronger impromptu Ace assembly - as entertaining as it is amazing.
The Marker - This is considered by many to be the best presentation ever devised for the Torn and Restored Card. It's meaningful, motivated, and memorable.
Darwin's Wild Card - This classic effect has never looked more magical. Visual magic at its best.
Supercharged Nine-Card Location - More than just a collection of great revelations, this version contains a groundbreaking idea that makes the whole effect far stronger.
Theory- One of magic's greatest thinkers offers his insights on three of the most important subjects in magic: Conviction and Conditions, Causality, and The Critical Interval.
(10) Nothing But The Best DVD – Volume 3 – Darwin Ortiz: In this landmark DVD series, Darwin performs the most stunning effects from his legendary repertoire - all newly shotin stunning digital clarity - for a very enthusiastic audience. You'll first see Darwin perform a complete show (a lesson in itself on how to routine card magic to create an immersive and entertaining experience!) Then, after the show is over and the audience has gone home, Darwin teaches his diabolical methods in meticulous detail so that you can add these amazing effects to your own repertoire. What's more, you'll also be treated to some of Darwin's theories on magic and its performance - sage words from one of its most thoughtful practitioners.
Jumping Gemini - This modern classic is widely regarded as one of the greatest packet tricks ever created-and it uses only four cards from an ordinary deck.
The Lucky Deck - You start with a blank deck, you end with an ordinary, examinable deck and in between, you have great, entertaining audience by-play.
Modern Jazz Aces - Considered by many to be the definitive version of Peter Kane's classic effect.
The Dream Card - Not just a Card-to-Wallet, this is a surreal experience the spectator will never forget.
Darwin's Three-Card Monte - Darwin's legendary routining skills are on full display in this authentic version of the famous con.
The Ultimate Card Shark - Darwin considers this the strongest gambling routine he has ever found. You control one card, then four, then twenty, then all fifty-two.
Mexican Poker - A post-graduate course on the classic Ten-Card Poker Deal along with one of the best versions ever from a past-master of this effect.
Blind Aces - This Ace-cutting effect is a masterful demonstration of card control that often evokes standing ovations.
Theory - One of magic's greatest thinkers offers his insights on three of the most important subjects in magic: The In-Transit Action, Pacing, and Handling Hecklers.
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