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Topic: Craig Petty review show starts today
Message: Posted by: Colin (C.J.) (Apr 8, 2017 09:49AM)
The megamouth of magic starts his new one man review show today. He will pull no punches apparently. Creators will be quaking. David Penn will be shaking. Brace yourselves!
Message: Posted by: pegasus (Apr 8, 2017 09:51AM)
Good news. That was my one request to him.
Message: Posted by: Ustaad (Apr 8, 2017 10:01AM)
This is good news. This is going to be interesting. Looking forward to Craig's review(s).

:xmas:
Message: Posted by: SleepyMagic (Apr 8, 2017 10:07AM)
Where will it be posted?

Sleepy
Message: Posted by: King14 (Apr 8, 2017 11:47AM)
It will be great to hear the truth if a effect is workable in the real world. Good Luck man
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Apr 8, 2017 12:09PM)
Thanks for posting. Megamouth Of Magic. Love it!!!

Okay guys. Here it is. Episode 1 of Nothing But The Truth. If you want me to carry on doing these let me know. As I mentioned I am not affiliated with any magic shops and I am pulling no punches.

Like, Share, Comment and most importantly let me know what you think. Do you want me to do more?

Cheers!

[url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=640200&forum=386]Episode #1 : Insta-Change by Nick Einhorn[/url]
Message: Posted by: Colin (C.J.) (Apr 8, 2017 12:12PM)
Great review! Nick Einhorn's new trick gets an absolute mauling....1/10!!! LOL

I completely agree. It's a toy. And people have spent £30-£40 on it. LOL

Keep em coming Craig. :punkrocker:
Message: Posted by: tomstian88 (Apr 8, 2017 12:24PM)
Looking forward to more reviews.
Message: Posted by: catweazle (Apr 8, 2017 12:32PM)
Great to see you back in action!!
keep them coming.
Message: Posted by: SleepyMagic (Apr 8, 2017 12:36PM)
Really liked it!!

I think you'll like bare by the other brothers!

Sleepy
Message: Posted by: The Duster (Apr 8, 2017 12:45PM)
It’s great to have you ‘back’

I love the format of three or more reviews per ‘show’… But more please… maybe record a few and then release them every week on a certain day [?] – so people know when they can get their next ‘hit’

Anyway – can’t wait for the next one…
Message: Posted by: videoman (Apr 8, 2017 12:56PM)
I liked it Craig, keep doing more.

However, about this episode I disagree. Well, I both agree and disagree.
Taken from the viewpoint of a professional worker regularly performing strolling magic I agree. But maybe Craig needs to clarify that that is the only perspective that he is coming from. At least in this episode, it remains to be seen if that will be the case in the future.

Back when I worked restaurants I did the $100 bill switch and in that situation I agree with Craig completely.
But viewing this effect as something to do apparently impromptu for a cashier or waiter then I would definitely choose Einhorn's method because it's so much quicker, essentially self-contained, and you wouldn't typically borrow anything in that situation anyway. Whether that use is worth the cost to you would likely depend on the type of performing you do the most.
But I think Nick's trick definitely has a place.

But that's okay, I don't want to necessarily agree with every episode and I still enjoyed it and would love to see more.
Message: Posted by: Ross W (Apr 8, 2017 01:17PM)
I've always quite enjoyed Craig's reviews: he's a provocateur and apparently unafraid of speaking the truth, so - welcome back, Craig.

BUT - Oh my God, the production of this show is just horrible.

a). Who decided that it was acceptable to put the moving picture inside another still picture, on a "quirky" angle, meaning that at any time we're looking at TWO pictures of Craig's face? Why? It looks cheap and amateurish...BUT
b) not as cheap and amateurish as filming outside a toilet door, with a ceiling crack above Craig's head, and a horrible brown curtain, and a lamp reflecting in the window. It's so ugly, that I'm convincedthat it was deliberate? Like a joke? You know, "this is so authentic, so no-frills that we're gonna make it look totally sh*te. Ha ha!"
c) I first saw the "headphones-as-a-microphone" thing on Rick Lax and it's cr*p when he does it. It's no better now. C'mon: a half-decent clip-on microphone for an iPhone is about £20. Jeez.

Review shows are ten-a-penny these days. Craig has a slight advantage over others in - apparently - being unafraid to slag stuff off. If he goes the extra step and makes it look halfway decent, it might be worth watching again. Saying "this is not a slick studio show" is all very well, but it does not have to look dreadful just to demonstrate the contrast.
Message: Posted by: Magic from A to Z (Apr 8, 2017 01:35PM)
Craig ~

I liked the review.

To add to your review, you mentioned Jay Sankey. For those that know or are not familiar with Sankey's Fan Mail routine, check it out on Front Row Sankey. It uses the $100 Bill Switch. It's organic, personable, makes for a conversation, and can be given away to the participant.

I enjoyed when you demoed the products on the WPR. So, If you happen to come across a product that gets a higher rating, I'd like to see you demo the effect whether in studio and/ or in a live performance. Just a suggestion.



Again, Craig keep 'em coming......


All the Best,

~allen
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Apr 8, 2017 01:36PM)
That is the Craig Petty I used to like to watch! Nailed it! The 100 DB Switch! Of course! Thanks Craig! YES! More, please! :)

Doug
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Apr 8, 2017 02:00PM)
[quote]On Apr 8, 2017, The Duster wrote:
It’s great to have you ‘back’

And you aren’t doing your reputation any favours – filming yourself hanging around outside the girls toilets…

I love the format of three or more reviews per ‘show’… sorry I mean three rants per show

But more please… maybe record a few and then release them every week on a certain day [?] – so people know when they can get their next ‘hit’

Anyway – can’t wait for the next one… maybe for that one you can film yourself hanging around outside a school playground… hmm [/quote]

I'll try to do the next few somewhere other than outside a ladies loo.

Glad you liked it man!
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Apr 8, 2017 02:04PM)
[quote]On Apr 8, 2017, Ross W wrote:
I've always quite enjoyed Craig's reviews: he's a provocateur and apparently unafraid of speaking the truth, so - welcome back, Craig.

BUT - Oh my God, the production of this show is just horrible.

a). Who decided that it was acceptable to put the moving picture inside another still picture, on a "quirky" angle, meaning that at any time we're looking at TWO pictures of Craig's face? Why? It looks cheap and amateurish...BUT
b) not as cheap and amateurish as filming outside a toilet door, with a ceiling crack above Craig's head, and a horrible brown curtain, and a lamp reflecting in the window. It's so ugly, that I'm convincedthat it was deliberate? Like a joke? You know, "this is so authentic, so no-frills that we're gonna make it look totally sh*te. Ha ha!"
c) I first saw the "headphones-as-a-microphone" thing on Rick Lax and it's cr*p when he does it. It's no better now. C'mon: a half-decent clip-on microphone for an iPhone is about £20. Jeez.

Review shows are ten-a-penny these days. Craig has a slight advantage over others in - apparently - being unafraid to slag stuff off. If he goes the extra step and makes it look halfway decent, it might be worth watching again. Saying "this is not a slick studio show" is all very well, but it does not have to look dreadful just to demonstrate the contrast. [/quote]

Cheers Ross.

Allow me to explain. This is not a commercial endeavour for me. Unlike most shows I do not own a magic shop. I just feel passionate about magic, got asked by a lot of people to 'come back'' and thought I'd try it.

If people like it and want more I'll invest in better equipment. At the moment I'm playing around with the former and style. I run 4 companies so I'm quite busy so it's never going to be studio based but I'll try my best in the future to improve production values.

Cheers bud!
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Apr 8, 2017 02:05PM)
[quote]On Apr 8, 2017, Dougini wrote:
That is the Craig Petty I used to like to watch! Nailed it! The 100 DB Switch! Of course! Thanks Craig! YES! More, please! :)

Doug [/quote]

BOOM!! 💥💥💥
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Apr 8, 2017 02:05PM)
Thanks for the kind words everyone.

Appreciate everything you are saying!!
Message: Posted by: Robert M (Apr 8, 2017 02:56PM)
Great to see you back Craig.

Robert
Message: Posted by: Karl M (Apr 8, 2017 03:03PM)
I watched it now twice and there are loads of good tips in it about and I just ordered that book what he said about switch
Message: Posted by: magicinsight (Apr 8, 2017 03:22PM)
Craig,

Great show! It's not about the video equipement. It's about the ontent. The content was wonderful. I really enjoyed watching and listening and learning from your comments. I feel I should go to a TA (Toys Anonymous) meeting. I admit it. I bought Insta-Change for the toy and instant gratification factors. Keep 'em coming.

Michael
Message: Posted by: pegasus (Apr 8, 2017 03:28PM)
I literally cry every time a new bill-switch is put on the market. They're all the bloody same. Good review. Agreed as above. Please record on full screen and buy one of those roll-up back-drops. They're mega cheap but very effective. Let's see more, but less time spent on one particular effect. We got the message half way through that video and you just repeated yourself beyond that. Keep em coming.
Message: Posted by: M Pitcher (Apr 8, 2017 03:47PM)
Great show Craig,
I really like it and can't wait to see more.
I don't understand why some people are talking about the quality and the background.
This is a free show that Craig is sharing his thoughts with us.
I like the format because it's like nothing else we have seen and it's almost like we are sitting down with him.
I see it as a gift and if this is the look they want it to have, so be it.
Pegasus, suggesting him to buy a roll up just because you want it to look like something you are more familiar with is not a valid point.

MP
Message: Posted by: MeetMagicMike (Apr 8, 2017 04:35PM)
Craig,

Production values of this show were absolutely fine. Just you and a camera wherever you happen to be works fine for me.

I think the fact that the Ladies bathroom was right behind you was great because I absolutely knew certain people would find it outrageous while people like me would think "so what, it's a real place".

Love the review and the tone but I'd like to see less repetition and maybe two items reviewed. Load your review into a video editor and cut out the repetition and I'll bet it's half the length or even shorter.

Thanks
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Message: Posted by: Merlin (Apr 8, 2017 06:25PM)
I love seeing another review show. I also would like to see more than one product reviewed at a time.

You did mention that you would not buy the effect. Is it fair to review a product you have not had in your hands and worked on it? Just curious on that fact. Still loved the show.

And you need to stop poking yourself in the face constantly.

Phil
Message: Posted by: Ross W (Apr 8, 2017 06:39PM)
[quote]On Apr 8, 2017, Craig Petty wrote:
[quote]On Apr 8, 2017, Ross W wrote:
I've always quite enjoyed Craig's reviews: he's a provocateur and apparently unafraid of speaking the truth, so - welcome back, Craig.

BUT - Oh my God, the production of this show is just horrible.

a). Who decided that it was acceptable to put the moving picture inside another still picture, on a "quirky" angle, meaning that at any time we're looking at TWO pictures of Craig's face? Why? It looks cheap and amateurish...BUT
b) not as cheap and amateurish as filming outside a toilet door, with a ceiling crack above Craig's head, and a horrible brown curtain, and a lamp reflecting in the window. It's so ugly, that I'm convincedthat it was deliberate? Like a joke? You know, "this is so authentic, so no-frills that we're gonna make it look totally sh*te. Ha ha!"
c) I first saw the "headphones-as-a-microphone" thing on Rick Lax and it's cr*p when he does it. It's no better now. C'mon: a half-decent clip-on microphone for an iPhone is about £20. Jeez.

Review shows are ten-a-penny these days. Craig has a slight advantage over others in - apparently - being unafraid to slag stuff off. If he goes the extra step and makes it look halfway decent, it might be worth watching again. Saying "this is not a slick studio show" is all very well, but it does not have to look dreadful just to demonstrate the contrast. [/quote]

Cheers Ross.

Allow me to explain. This is not a commercial endeavour for me. Unlike most shows I do not own a magic shop. I just feel passionate about magic, got asked by a lot of people to 'come back'' and thought I'd try it.

If people like it and want more I'll invest in better equipment. At the moment I'm playing around with the former and style. I run 4 companies so I'm quite busy so it's never going to be studio based but I'll try my best in the future to improve production values.

Cheers bud! [/quote]

Ah well, perhaps I was a bit harsh... Good luck with it anyway! I truly hope I didn't discourage you, there'll always be room for an original review show.

On reflection, instead of my catty post (above) it would have been kinder simply to say, "the content is so good that it deserves more attentive production,"
Message: Posted by: mikenewman (Apr 8, 2017 08:04PM)
This is 100% Perfect and exactly what we need more of!!!!

I could care less where you record it, and if you have Beats by dre or cheap headphones in???or what you wear. Or if you're in front of a toilet or a castle or whatever??? Who cares????? It's the CONTENT that matters, and it's from someone who PERFORMS and who will speak the TRUTH!!! And that's AWESOME!

Great job my friend and please do more. This is pure review from a "friend" in magic. And will actually help us.
Thank you for being true.


And you know what guys? If you disagree with his review, than that's even more awesome! Why? Because he's just like you and I. We want to purchase what's going to work for us.

Great job!!!! Keep it up!!!!
The TRUTH is out there!!!!! :)

And I do agree. The $100 bill switch is great and does so much more.
But if you like toys, then buy away.

Mike
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Apr 8, 2017 08:13PM)
Love the RED fill on the opening. Maginificently cheeky.

Love the "TT" edits. Truly brilliant and hilarious.

I would say you are out of touch with the market... But you're not. You admit the market. You admit the massive popularity Nick's trick has with shoppers. You just are ranting against that market which you were once a player in. Good luck because that is the grease that oils the magic marketplace. The business of retailing magic IS selling what you call "toys" to people who are entertained by playing with them. Retailers can not survive on the meager purchases of pros who only need a new set of sponges every six months, an occasional pack of fl4sh p8per, and a replacement scotch and soda because their kid accidentally spent theirs in a vending machine.

I do find that there are some gaping holes in your view on the product.

You say it doesn't fill a need, but you are wrong. There are tons of people who would love to do a bill sw!tch but are inept with that other thing you are talking about. This solves that problem for them... as possibly do the other trillion similar effects which have been foisted upon the marketplace recently. The difference is this one is delightfully easier.

I might agree that the easy-ing of magic is not generally a bettering of magic, but I have found that argument is much like an old man sitting on his porch yelling at the traffic going by his house. It has no effect on the magic money machine.

You talk about not being able to change it back, but I believe that is a mistake to do. The power of changing something into something greater is weakened by changing that greater thing back into a weaker thing.

What you have here is a simpler way to achieve what you seem to admit is basically the same effect. It has some drawbacks for workers, perhaps, but as you pointed out, those workers probably already have a method which works for such a venue. Your review was overly harsh (I know that is your M.O.) for a trick which generally brings the effect of a bill switch to lesser dexterous people.

Now if you want to round up a posse somewhere to drink a few beers and rant about the issues of simplifying methods and the poison of the magic money machine, then I'm all in. I might even have a few inside stories to share on how that machine cheats and bullies anyway they can all in the name of business and making a buck.
Message: Posted by: mysticalsales (Apr 8, 2017 08:31PM)
Good to see you back, but go full screen on the video. Looking forward to more to come..
Message: Posted by: Magic from A to Z (Apr 8, 2017 09:51PM)
Guys, Know what's so ironic, if you haven't seen, someone needs to view the end of Kevin King's DVD Money Morph...

Where's one of most hilarious places he performs The Ultimate Bill Switch?


Answer:


~allen
Message: Posted by: professorwhut (Apr 8, 2017 10:23PM)
That was a hoot! Keep em coming.
Glad you are back.
Message: Posted by: Ray Chelt (Apr 8, 2017 10:57PM)
The ego has landed.

9 minutes of Craig spouting the bleeding obvious about the magic market.

Can't see the value in this at all.
Message: Posted by: J-Mac (Apr 8, 2017 11:18PM)
Good to see you back and ranting away Craig. I'm not going to comment at all about production values, repetition, etc. I understand that it's not a big commercial endeavor; just a place and time for you to let us know what you think about some of the latest magic cra.. - err.. - products on the market. To me it sure beats the reviewers who insist on only publishing "good" reviews and ignoring the bad; I don’t need to see anymore of those.

So thank you and welcome back!!

Jim
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Apr 9, 2017 12:15AM)
[quote]On Apr 8, 2017, Merlin wrote:
I love seeing another review show. I also would like to see more than one product reviewed at a time.

You did mention that you would not buy the effect. Is it fair to review a product you have not had in your hands and worked on it? Just curious on that fact. Still loved the show.

And you need to stop poking yourself in the face constantly.

Phil [/quote]

Thanks for the comments Phil. I brought the trick and played with it! What I meant to say is I wouldn't buy it in hindsight!

The poking thing is because I need new glasses as the ones I am using at the moment are loose! I'll try and sort that!

Cheers
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Apr 9, 2017 12:18AM)
[quote]On Apr 8, 2017, Ray Chelt wrote:
The ego has landed.

9 minutes of Craig spouting the bleeding obvious about the magic market.

Can't see the value in this at all. [/quote]

Hey Ray. I think all magicians have an ego to a greater or lesser extent - I know I do.

Also what is obvious to you might not be obvious to someone less seasoned. But if you cannot see the value that's cool - I appreciate the feedback!

Craig (The Ego) Petty :)
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Apr 9, 2017 12:20AM)
Thanks for all the comments (even Ray!)

Really appreciate it. I am the sort of guy that if I do something it has to be right. Although I have to balance that with the fact I am a busy guy as well!

Hopefully enough people want to hear what I have to say to make it worthwhile doing more!

Craig
Message: Posted by: pegasus (Apr 9, 2017 12:54AM)
Do not change your glasses. You've always done the 'poking yourself in the face' thing.
Message: Posted by: Ray Chelt (Apr 9, 2017 01:27AM)
[quote]On Apr 9, 2017, Craig Petty wrote:
Thanks for all the comments (even Ray!)

Really appreciate it. I am the sort of guy that if I do something it has to be right. Although I have to balance that with the fact I am a busy guy as well!

Hopefully enough people want to hear what I have to say to make it worthwhile doing more!

Craig [/quote]

I get that the "rants" are what you are known for Craig, but, if you are looking at doing a regular thing, maybe something a bit more educational would be helpful to people.

I rarely visit things like WPR anymore because they tend to be over extended reviews on products and you get a better perspective from the multitude of short concise comments like those on the Café.

Tell you what would be good and positive and would address the "toys" issue. Talking through some of the stuff that is a staple part of your routine e.g. What's your favourite card to wallet. Favourite packet trick etc.

All the best.
Message: Posted by: SlipperySnake (Apr 9, 2017 01:48AM)
Keep it up Craig! Glad you're back and happy to hear your views. It's going to take some episodes to find the correct rhythm, style. look, etc., but I'm sure you will find the way soon. My two-cents, keep the honesty and passion, because the magic scene definitely needs it. In my opinion though, you need to do at least three effects/tricks (preferably more). Keep your thoughts on each effect to 5 minutes or so. I'm thinking 4 effects each episode would be perfect if done weekly. Two newer effects, one classic effect, and one personal favorite old or new. Would be a great addition to the magic scene.
Message: Posted by: Legendary Wizard (Apr 9, 2017 07:23AM)
Glad to see you back , please continue with more of this , it not only provides great info but also entertainment . Thank you !
Message: Posted by: warren (Apr 9, 2017 08:22AM)
Subscribed I used to love Craig's honest reviews :)
Message: Posted by: joseph (Apr 9, 2017 09:16AM)
[quote]
They're all the bloody same. Good review. Agreed as above. Please record on full screen and buy one of those roll-up back-drops. They're mega cheap but very effective. Keep em coming. [/quote]

..and maybe a blood pressure checker .. ;) ...
Message: Posted by: Calvin826 (Apr 9, 2017 10:10AM)
-Great to have Craig back. What is there really to complain about? It's a free show, and no one is forcing you to watch.

-Craig- if possible, I'd like to see a performance of each effect before the review.

- As for the trick, why not use both? I use KK's Money Morph, but would also like to add this to the arsenal.

Thanks again Craig. Looking forward to more.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Apr 9, 2017 10:44AM)
[quote]On Apr 8, 2017, Tom Cutts wrote:

I do find that there are some gaping holes in your view on the product.

You say it doesn't fill a need, but you are wrong. There are tons of people who would love to do a bill sw!tch but are inept [b]with that other thing[/b] you are talking about. This solves that problem for them...
[/quote]

Inept with a TT??? Really? [i]A magician?[/i] I don't know what to say...

Doug
Message: Posted by: reignofsound (Apr 9, 2017 10:57AM)
Welcome back Craig.
Message: Posted by: Lucien Astor (Apr 9, 2017 12:38PM)
Looking forward to the next one!
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Apr 9, 2017 01:49PM)
Good to have you back Craig. I missed your passion.
Message: Posted by: Blindside785 (Apr 9, 2017 01:52PM)
Craig, I love the no holding back honest thoughts about products, I especially enjoyed how you compared it to another product(s) that are far superior for workers. We need something like this in the community.
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Apr 9, 2017 02:34PM)
Seriously guys. Thanks so much.

I toyed with whether to do this for a while. I left the magic community for a long while and didn't know if I would be accepted back.

I want this to be very different to everything else out there. It's why I chose to film it outside of a studio environment. They are basically shot wherever I am when I have something to say. I don't want to churn stuff out that doesn't give value which is why it's not going to weekly. It could be daily, fortnightly. Whenever.

I'm just about to shoot something else now.

Once again thank you so much. All feedback is taken on board as this is something I want you guys to like which is why I am not affiliated with any magic shop. It wouldn't work if I was.

Craig.
Message: Posted by: MagicBrent (Apr 9, 2017 07:38PM)
I mIssed Craig rants! Angry guy reviews! Hehe...just wish there were more products in one show.
Message: Posted by: Yuan Moons (Apr 10, 2017 05:52AM)
I thought it was a great start and will be looking forward to more episodes. Welcome back Craig :)
Message: Posted by: NFW (Apr 10, 2017 08:19AM)
Great, keep them coming....
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Apr 10, 2017 10:06AM)
Thanks everyone :)
Message: Posted by: Colin (C.J.) (Apr 10, 2017 01:11PM)
Can't wait for the next one. Love Craig's style. :righton:
Message: Posted by: mike donoghue (Apr 10, 2017 03:03PM)
Will watch it later .

BUT GOOD TO HAVE YOU BACK CRAIG. YOU TELL IT LIKE IT IS HA.

MIkKE DONOGHUE
Message: Posted by: paperinick (Apr 10, 2017 05:43PM)
I loved it.
Thanks Craig.
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Apr 11, 2017 03:14PM)
Hey Guys.

Thanks for the feedback. Episode 2 is now live. No magic reviews on this one - instead my thoughts on something that is a MASSIVE problem within the Magic Community at the moment.

Please let you know what you think. As you can see I am taking your advice on board - full screen this time!

Here is the link:

[url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=640201&forum=386]Episode #2 : Don't Do It!!!!![/url]

Let me know what you think.

Thanks

Craig
Message: Posted by: Drtriage (Apr 11, 2017 04:56PM)
Very true and helpful.
Message: Posted by: mikenewman (Apr 11, 2017 05:15PM)
LMAO!
I just saw someone doing just this. I was scared for them. I couldn't do it. Go do a gig the day before, or even a few weeks before without knowing or having a plan. But I've seen it in person and it's so bad!!!!

Great advice.
I hope those that need the advice actually see this.

Thanks again for doing this.
Message: Posted by: lumberjohn (Apr 11, 2017 05:38PM)
Re: Episode 1. I have to disagree with Craig on this one. I don't think you can say that a product is selling out everywhere in the same breath as saying it solves no problem. If that many people are buying it, they think it serves some otherwise unfilled need. Craig claims it has no advantages over a $100 BS but I disagree. The $100 BS, as typically performed, requires quite a few steps and is quite fidgety. If performed deliberately, it takes around 30 seconds or so to complete and appears somewhat theatrical. Insta-Change happens in a flash at waist level. There are no fidgety moves and you can hand the bill out immediately.

I would see this as superior to the $100 BS for someone that likes to perform organic magic casually. For example, you walk up to a cashier, pull out a receipt, seem flustered since you meant to bring out a bill, and then immediately change it and pay. Insta-Change would be perfect for that whereas the $100 BS would seem a bit contrived.

I'm not saying that Insta-Change is better than the $100 BS generally. I think they serve different needs. Accordingly, I think Craig goes too far by claiming that Insta-Change is inferior to the $100 BS across the board, serves no purpose, and is completely worthless.
Message: Posted by: bluesmagic (Apr 12, 2017 07:27AM)
[quote]On Apr 11, 2017, lumberjohn wrote:
Re: Episode 1. I have to disagree with Craig on this one. I don't think you can say that a product is selling out everywhere in the same breath as saying it solves no problem. If that many people are buying it, they think it serves some otherwise unfilled need. Craig claims it has no advantages over a $100 BS but I disagree. The $100 BS, as typically performed, requires quite a few steps and is quite fidgety. If performed deliberately, it takes around 30 seconds or so to complete and appears somewhat theatrical. Insta-Change happens in a flash at waist level. There are no fidgety moves and you can hand the bill out immediately.

I would see this as superior to the $100 BS for someone that likes to perform organic magic casually. For example, you walk up to a cashier, pull out a receipt, seem flustered since you meant to bring out a bill, and then immediately change it and pay. Insta-Change would be perfect for that whereas the $100 BS would seem a bit contrive

I'm not saying that Insta-Change is better than the $100 BS generally. I think they serve different needs. Accordingly, I think Craig goes too far by claiming that Insta-Change is inferior to the $100 BS across the board, serves no purpose, and is completely worthless. [/quote]


Exactly !
Message: Posted by: reignofsound (Apr 12, 2017 07:42AM)
I would see this as superior to the $100 BS for someone that likes to perform organic magic casually. For example, you walk up to a cashier, pull out a receipt, seem flustered since you meant to bring out a bill, and then immediately change it and pay. Insta-Change would be perfect for that whereas the $100 BS would seem a bit contrived.

[/quote]

Can that be done though?
Message: Posted by: garys (Apr 12, 2017 10:46AM)
Craig, I have enjoyed watching both of the videos.

I agree with the subject matter of the second episode. While I wouldn't yet call myself a semi pro Magician I am only a few steps away.

It's not just in the magic community that has the same issues. I work professionally as a mobile DJ. It's much the same for mobile DJs. Just visit any DJ forum or Facebook group and you will see hundreds of posts asking what music to play. These DJs take on bookings that they have no idea about. These DJs are just cowboys with no care for the art. When I take a booking for a DJ gig I always ensure that I talk to the client directly. That way I can establish that I can offer exactly what they want/need. Every gig is an advert for my show. I have sometimes turned work away because it's not the right gig for me. In the short term it costs me money. Long term I keep my reputation. I get more respect from the client for saying no. I often hear from them another time when they have a different event.

A friend of mine is a full time magician. When I am working with my him I watch him closely. I am not watching how he does the trick. I know how it is done. I am watching how he interacts with the spectators. I am watching how the spectators reacts. I am learning so much just watching him in real situations. I know the day I take on a gig as a semi pro I will be worth my fee. .

Attitude is the problem. When a professional is doing a job well it looks easy. I once had someone ask "Why do you charge so much when all you are doing is playing a few CDs" From the outside people think it is easy and anyone can do it.

Please listen to Craig's advice. Only take on bookings that you know you can do well. As he said if you want to move in to other areas learn about it before you take on the booking. Maybe you know a magician expert in that field, recommend them for the job. Then ask if you can go along to watch from a distance and learn.

Craig keep up the great work, I look forward to the next video.
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Apr 12, 2017 03:03PM)
[quote]On Apr 11, 2017, lumberjohn wrote:
Re: Episode 1. I have to disagree with Craig on this one. I don't think you can say that a product is selling out everywhere in the same breath as saying it solves no problem. If that many people are buying it, they think it serves some otherwise unfilled need. Craig claims it has no advantages over a $100 BS but I disagree. The $100 BS, as typically performed, requires quite a few steps and is quite fidgety. If performed deliberately, it takes around 30 seconds or so to complete and appears somewhat theatrical. Insta-Change happens in a flash at waist level. There are no fidgety moves and you can hand the bill out immediately.

I would see this as superior to the $100 BS for someone that likes to perform organic magic casually. For example, you walk up to a cashier, pull out a receipt, seem flustered since you meant to bring out a bill, and then immediately change it and pay. Insta-Change would be perfect for that whereas the $100 BS would seem a bit contrived.

I'm not saying that Insta-Change is better than the $100 BS generally. I think they serve different needs. Accordingly, I think Craig goes too far by claiming that Insta-Change is inferior to the $100 BS across the board, serves no purpose, and is completely worthless. [/quote]

Just my opinion doesn't mean I'm right. Also my opinion is based on the fact I am a worker and have no interest in performing bill switches to random cashiers. I would rather give them money and leave with what I purchased.

However if I was in this situation. I would use extreme burn. It is more visual, more impressive and there is no folding and you are seemingly changing more money and just better.

Again. Only my opinion.
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Apr 12, 2017 03:05PM)
[quote]On Apr 12, 2017, garys wrote:
Craig, I have enjoyed watching both of the videos.

I agree with the subject matter of the second episode. While I wouldn't yet call myself a semi pro Magician I am only a few steps away.

It's not just in the magic community that has the same issues. I work professionally as a mobile DJ. It's much the same for mobile DJs. Just visit any DJ forum or Facebook group and you will see hundreds of posts asking what music to play. These DJs take on bookings that they have no idea about. These DJs are just cowboys with no care for the art. When I take a booking for a DJ gig I always ensure that I talk to the client directly. That way I can establish that I can offer exactly what they want/need. Every gig is an advert for my show. I have sometimes turned work away because it's not the right gig for me. In the short term it costs me money. Long term I keep my reputation. I get more respect from the client for saying no. I often hear from them another time when they have a different event.

A friend of mine is a full time magician. When I am working with my him I watch him closely. I am not watching how he does the trick. I know how it is done. I am watching how he interacts with the spectators. I am watching how the spectators reacts. I am learning so much just watching him in real situations. I know the day I take on a gig as a semi pro I will be worth my fee. .

Attitude is the problem. When a professional is doing a job well it looks easy. I once had someone ask "Why do you charge so much when all you are doing is playing a few CDs" From the outside people think it is easy and anyone can do it.

Please listen to Craig's advice. Only take on bookings that you know you can do well. As he said if you want to move in to other areas learn about it before you take on the booking. Maybe you know a magician expert in that field, recommend them for the job. Then ask if you can go along to watch from a distance and learn.

Craig keep up the great work, I look forward to the next video. [/quote]

I have seen some shocking DJs mate. Worked with a guy a while ago working a full wedding off one QTX and an iPhone. Didn't even ask the bride and groom beforehand about their first dance and when they told him on the day he didn't have it. 😳😳😳
Message: Posted by: magicinsight (Apr 12, 2017 03:16PM)
What may be obvious to one person may not be obvious to many. Craig's advice may seem like common sense, but many people, whether amateurs, hobbyists, semi-pros and full time pros, may knowingly or unwittingly ignore. I appreciate his advice as a reminder as to what is really important when purchasing or presenting magic and I ams sure most will too.
Michael
Message: Posted by: Jared (Apr 12, 2017 04:35PM)
It's great to see Craig back...The WPR hasn't been nearly as good since his departure. I also agree with Craig's points about Insta-Change. I bought the trick and for the most part like it but ONLY for the purpose of keeping it in my wallet to perform on the spot. I would always choose performing the Hundred Dollar Bill switch for paid gigs for the same reasons explained by Craig. I am looking forward to watching more of Craig's "Nothing But the Truth" reviews.
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Apr 12, 2017 04:54PM)
[quote]On Apr 12, 2017, Craig Petty wrote:
Again. Only my opinion. [/quote]
Except that your lead in says "Nothing but truth." which can,and does, lead some to believe this is more than just opinion.
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Apr 12, 2017 08:20PM)
[quote]On Apr 12, 2017, Tom Cutts wrote:
[quote]On Apr 12, 2017, Craig Petty wrote:
Again. Only my opinion. [/quote]
Except that your lead in says "Nothing but truth." which can,and does, lead some to believe this is more than just opinion. [/quote]


:wow: :wow: :wow:
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Apr 12, 2017 11:29PM)
[quote]On Apr 12, 2017, Tom Cutts wrote:
[quote]On Apr 12, 2017, Craig Petty wrote:
Again. Only my opinion. [/quote]
Except that your lead in says "Nothing but truth." which can,and does, lead some to believe this is more than just opinion. [/quote]

Nothing But The Truth refers to the fact that this show is not a commercial venture. I am not affiliated with any magic shop and make no money from doing these videos at all. I have lost count of the amount of posts I have seeen saying XYZ show cannot be trusted because it's part of a magic shop. From that POV It is notjing but the truth.

However for me to assume that my opinion showed be taken as gospel would be massively egotistical and although I have an ego I don't have one that big.
Message: Posted by: Tarik Flash (Apr 13, 2017 12:09AM)
As I have said before and I will say again Money Switch by Mickael Chatelain is far superior than insta change if you give it some thought and make it up so it can be immediately handed out and the whole thing is fully shown back and front and is handed out completely and can be used to pay with etc and is bill for bill . It's 3 very natural folds and boom it's all over I much prefer this to any bill switch out there unless it's done by an absolute master infact the next cleanest one I have ever seen is Jay Scott Berrys cloaking device . The original bill switch goes out of shot briefly when the change happens and is just folded up too small . If you really could do it you wouldn't be folding it in this manner rarely I see anyone apart from very few who do this well . Just my opinion I think borrowing the bill is a non issue the handing out for them to keep is the most important part if you feel the need for that and I like at least to have that option Tarik 😊
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Apr 13, 2017 02:34AM)
[quote]On Apr 12, 2017, Craig Petty wrote:
[quote]On Apr 12, 2017, Tom Cutts wrote:
[quote]On Apr 12, 2017, Craig Petty wrote:
Again. Only my opinion. [/quote]
Except that your lead in says "Nothing but truth." which can,and does, lead some to believe this is more than just opinion. [/quote]

Nothing But The Truth refers to the fact that this show is not a commercial venture. I am not affiliated with any magic shop and make no money from doing these videos at all. I have lost count of the amount of posts I have seeen saying XYZ show cannot be trusted because it's part of a magic shop. From that POV It is notjing but the truth.

However for me to assume that my opinion showed be taken as gospel would be massively egotistical and although I have an ego I don't have one that big. [/quote]

I commend you on being free of the entanglements of commercial backing. That fact does not make what you say "the truth". It just makes you opinions more autonomous and slightly less suspect.
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Apr 13, 2017 03:27PM)
For those of you interested in Marketing I was invited on [url=http://www.magicianscorner.co.uk/episode-24-craig-petty/]The Magicians Advice Podcast[/url] to talk about that very subject.

I talk about a few different ideas and share some hints and tips that might help you to generate more enquiries.

Let me know what you think!
Message: Posted by: magicinsight (Apr 13, 2017 04:04PM)
Anyone interested in starting to advetise and market his/her services or to revamp an already existing marketing plan, must listen to this podcast. Craig knows what he is talking about and I learned a great deal from this podcast.

Michael
Message: Posted by: rasmus (Apr 13, 2017 05:20PM)
I think, craig is on the right Track. I liked the Style of his Review.
As Craig mentioned, it's just his personal Opinion.

Honest Reviews and unbiased are very useful to anyone.

Will love to watch [url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=640201&forum=386]episode 2[/url], thanks Craig for sharing your thoughts!

BTW: The TT Method is still the only one I use since I was 16 years old. It's still the Best
and I perform on any Occasion, also surrounded!!! (That was just my personal Opinion)
Message: Posted by: MagicMan1957 (Apr 13, 2017 11:10PM)
As I see it all the review shows put too much emphasis on "workers"

Not all effects need to be instant reset. There is plenty of AMAZING magic that is great and is not instant reset. Most magicians reading this forum and others are hobbyists performing for family, friends and schoolmates and do not perform for pay.

Of course it is important to know the reset time of new effects but to most hobbyists not the most important factor in a purchase decision.
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Apr 14, 2017 12:25AM)
[quote]On Apr 13, 2017, MagicMan1957 wrote:
As I see it all the review shows put too much emphasis on "workers"

Not all effects need to be instant reset. There is plenty of AMAZING magic that is great and is not instant reset. Most magicians reading this forum and others are hobbyists performing for family, friends and schoolmates and do not perform for pay.

Of course it is important to know the reset time of new effects but to most hobbyists not the most important factor in a purchase decision. [/quote]

The market is speaking. :nod:
Message: Posted by: pepka (Apr 14, 2017 01:40AM)
It's great to hear Craig's reviews/rants again. Some of the best episodes of the OLD WPR is when Dave would have some fun by giving something a great review to a piece of junk...and Craig would just go nuts. My favorite has to be their review of the Jade Rings. "I'm wasn't palming it or anything."-David Penn.

Keep it up Craig!
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Apr 14, 2017 02:46AM)
[quote]On Apr 13, 2017, MagicMan1957 wrote:
As I see it all the review shows put too much emphasis on "workers"

Not all effects need to be instant reset. There is plenty of AMAZING magic that is great and is not instant reset. Most magicians reading this forum and others are hobbyists performing for family, friends and schoolmates and do not perform for pay.

Of course it is important to know the reset time of new effects but to most hobbyists not the most important factor in a purchase decision. [/quote]

I get what you are saying mate but the problem is I am a worker. I will try to take this into consideration however using instachange as an example I honestly think it would serve ANY magician to learn a good bill switch instead of buying a gimmick like instachange.
Message: Posted by: greig ewen (Apr 14, 2017 04:45AM)
Great to see you back Craig, looking forward to your reviews. :goodluck:

A lot of the community have missed your presence publically in magic and are glad your starting your own review show. One of the few Magic Reviewers who actually enjoys and learns from a book which is a very sad inditement.

Greig. :bikes:
Message: Posted by: writeall (Apr 14, 2017 01:14PM)
I love it. Short, to the point, honest and gritty.

The only thing I'd change is maybe drop the English accent, or at least tone it down a bit.
Message: Posted by: Drtriage (Apr 14, 2017 03:38PM)
[quote]On Apr 14, 2017, writeall wrote:
I love it. Short, to the point, honest and gritty.

The only thing I'd change is maybe drop the English accent, or at least tone it down a bit. [/quote]

Which country's accent would you like him to substitute (after all he is an Englishman speaking English)?
Message: Posted by: Bande (Apr 14, 2017 04:43PM)
Craig,

Really glad you are back --always appreciated your videos. Would love to see you go back to the "just got it out of the box" and then couple it with your candid reviews. Watching a real performer use a product is very valuable. For example, would have been amazing to see you perform Einhorn's effect, then to $100 BS and then compare them -- would make your commentary really come alive. Just my $.02
Message: Posted by: PRINCE (Apr 14, 2017 05:07PM)
[quote]On Apr 14, 2017, Drtriage wrote:
[quote]On Apr 14, 2017, writeall wrote:
I love it. Short, to the point, honest and gritty.

The only thing I'd change is maybe drop the English accent, or at least tone it down a bit. [/quote]

Which country's accent would you like him to substitute (after all he is an Englishman speaking English)? [/quote]

Lol
Message: Posted by: PRINCE (Apr 14, 2017 05:08PM)
[quote]On Apr 14, 2017, Bande wrote:
Craig,

Really glad you are back --always appreciated your videos. Would love to see you go back to the "just got it out of the box" and then couple it with your candid reviews. Watching a real performer use a product is very valuable. For example, would have been amazing to see you perform Einhorn's effect, then to $100 BS and then compare them -- would make your commentary really come alive. Just my $.02 [/quote]

Agree 👍🏼
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Apr 15, 2017 04:30AM)
[quote]On Apr 14, 2017, writeall wrote:
I love it. Short, to the point, honest and gritty.

The only thing I'd change is maybe drop the English accent, or at least tone it down a bit. [/quote]

That has to be the funniest thing I have ever read. I'll practice my American accent for you. I think I could pull off a guy from Texas!!
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Apr 15, 2017 04:32AM)
[quote]On Apr 14, 2017, Bande wrote:
Craig,

Really glad you are back --always appreciated your videos. Would love to see you go back to the "just got it out of the box" and then couple it with your candid reviews. Watching a real performer use a product is very valuable. For example, would have been amazing to see you perform Einhorn's effect, then to $100 BS and then compare them -- would make your commentary really come alive. Just my $.02 [/quote]

The problem with 'Opening It Up Half An Hour Ago And Doing It Already' is I could never do the routine justice. Even the simplest of tricks require time and effort to look smooth. So I might make a product look worse because of my handling and I don't want that.

See the problem?
Message: Posted by: pegasus (Apr 15, 2017 04:57AM)
[quote]On Apr 15, 2017, Craig Petty wrote:
[quote]On Apr 14, 2017, Bande wrote:
Craig,

Really glad you are back --always appreciated your videos. Would love to see you go back to the "just got it out of the box" and then couple it with your candid reviews. Watching a real performer use a product is very valuable. For example, would have been amazing to see you perform Einhorn's effect, then to $100 BS and then compare them -- would make your commentary really come alive. Just my $.02 [/quote]

The problem with 'Opening It Up Half An Hour Ago And Doing It Already' is I could never do the routine justice. Even the simplest of tricks require time and effort to look smooth. So I might make a product look worse because of my handling and I don't want that.

See the problem? [/quote]

What, you mean like David Penn on the WPR?
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Apr 15, 2017 06:14AM)
[quote]On Apr 15, 2017, pegasus wrote:
[quote]On Apr 15, 2017, Craig Petty wrote:
[quote]On Apr 14, 2017, Bande wrote:
Craig,

Really glad you are back --always appreciated your videos. Would love to see you go back to the "just got it out of the box" and then couple it with your candid reviews. Watching a real performer use a product is very valuable. For example, would have been amazing to see you perform Einhorn's effect, then to $100 BS and then compare them -- would make your commentary really come alive. Just my $.02 [/quote]

The problem with 'Opening It Up Half An Hour Ago And Doing It Already' is I could never do the routine justice. Even the simplest of tricks require time and effort to look smooth. So I might make a product look worse because of my handling and I don't want that.

See the problem? [/quote]

What, you mean like David Penn on the WPR? [/quote]

Dave is an awesome magician. All I can do is go on my own experience. When I was on the WPR I did a lot of demos and the majority could have been done better which isn't fair on creators. So I'm not saying no but I need to think it through carefully.
Message: Posted by: pegasus (Apr 15, 2017 06:44AM)
Of course. Was only joking. Lol
Message: Posted by: Colin (C.J.) (Apr 15, 2017 08:05AM)
[quote]On Apr 15, 2017, Craig Petty wrote:
[quote]On Apr 14, 2017, writeall wrote:
I love it. Short, to the point, honest and gritty.

The only thing I'd change is maybe drop the English accent, or at least tone it down a bit. [/quote]

That has to be the funniest thing I have ever read. I'll practice my American accent for you. I think I could pull off a guy from Texas!! [/quote]
I'm sure the guy from Texas would really appreciate that ;)

Looking forward to your next show (rant)! :)
Message: Posted by: Darrin Cook (Apr 15, 2017 02:37PM)
Craig,

I really enjoyed the review. Magic is a unique product in that they can't really tell you exactly what you're buying and there are no refunds.

Is someone with 100 "Floating Pickle"s going to give it a bad review and kill his sales?

It's too easy to get burned on magic purchases, so I feel like there's plenty of room for another review show.

Great stuff. Keep up the good work.
Message: Posted by: videoman (Apr 15, 2017 05:21PM)
[quote]On Apr 15, 2017, Darrin Cook wrote:
Craig,

Magic is a unique product in that they can't really tell you exactly what you're buying and [B]there are no refunds.[/B]

[/quote]

Always surprises me that people are still locked into this mindset from last century.
Many dealers offer refunds or at the very least a store credit, which is essentially just as good because 99% of the time you're just going to buy another effect anyway.
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Apr 15, 2017 10:53PM)
Nice review, Craig. I would suggest you don't worry about more sophisticated production quality. No problem with the production quality. Maybe you can just continue to pick strange places to do your review.

Good work!

kj
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Apr 15, 2017 11:00PM)
I would like to see Craig get a section on the Café for his show, and I would love to see it done weekly.

kj
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Apr 16, 2017 08:07AM)
[quote]On Apr 11, 2017, mikenewman wrote:
I just saw someone doing just this. I was scared for them. I couldn't do it. Go do a gig the day before, or even a few weeks before without knowing or having a plan. But I've seen it in person and it's so bad!!!!
[/quote]

Craig is correct in that it's bad for MAGIC! Not just the inept performer! Ya know, Tom Cutts made a comment that really bothers me. Paraphrasing, he said pretty much that there are those "magicians" that are not even skilled with so much as a TT! That there should be an "instant switch" device of sorts, that eliminates all skill. No practice. So he/she buys it. Instant change! Wow! But the poor dolt was never shown how to ditch it, since it cannot be examined. So it gets awkwardly pocketed and all mystery evaporates.

The guy SO inept, that he cannot use so much as a TT...should not be encouraged to buy "easy, no skill" stuff. Specifically to be bought, opened and shown? That's not the Magic we do. Those are just one-off tricks. Magic is in THE MIND...

Doug
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Apr 16, 2017 09:56AM)
[quote]On Apr 16, 2017, Dougini wrote:
Ya know, Tom Cutts made a comment that really bothers me. Paraphrasing, he said pretty much that there are those "magicians" that are not even skilled with so much as a TT! [/quote]
Good. That idea should bother a lot of people. But it is a reality. The "market place" IS all about easier, faster, more visual, safer.

But more directly to your words, Dougini... Do you know if a clean up is taught, or are you just jumping to a conclusion?

At the end of the night, the magic isn't in the prop. Nor is it in the method. So if a new release can achieve an illusion and do it with a simpler, safer handling, it does indeed solve a "problem".

Now, the real problem is that those coming into magic are not being taught to think about what is more magical. Then again, maybe it's always been that way. What is more entertaining these days, a discussion on magic theory or a myopic rantrum?
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Apr 16, 2017 11:19AM)
[quote]On Apr 16, 2017, Tom Cutts wrote:
But more directly to your words, Dougini...Do you know if a clean up is taught...?[/quote]

I do not. It should be. I guess my point is...are the buyers going to learn a (quite major I might add) Magic Move to clean up? Will they adopt the psychology to keep the pace going, while getting ready for the next (?) effect? This is, as you say, for the masses. to "SELL". As many as possible. To whomever. I subscribe to a different Magic Mindset, I guess.

It's all good...

Doug
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Apr 16, 2017 12:21PM)
I don't know if it's all good, but it certainly exists and is flourishing.
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Apr 16, 2017 08:31PM)
Loved episode II Craig! Your conviction and emotion is what drives your posts. It's clear that you care about the art of magic and want to see it be relevant and evolve.
Message: Posted by: writeall (Apr 16, 2017 09:40PM)
Alright, sorry about that accent thing. I don't know what I was thinking.

On a more constructive note, and now that we are a couple episodes in, it might be time for Craig to start solving crimes with his magical talents. Otherwise, well, the show is unlikely to be renewed for a second season. Entertainment is a tough game. Audiences are fickle. Today's hit becomes tomorrow's trivia question. If we aren't moving forward here, we're falling back. Crimesolving? Check. Tasteful nudity? Something to consider...
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Apr 16, 2017 11:40PM)
[quote]On Apr 16, 2017, Dougini wrote:
[quote]On Apr 16, 2017, Tom Cutts wrote:
But more directly to your words, Dougini...Do you know if a clean up is taught...?[/quote]

I do not. It should be. I guess my point is...are the buyers going to learn a (quite major I might add) Magic Move to clean up? Will they adopt the psychology to keep the pace going, while getting ready for the next (?) effect? This is, as you say, for the masses. to "SELL". As many as possible. To whomever. I subscribe to a different Magic Mindset, I guess.

It's all good...

Doug [/quote]

I thought your point was clear, and I agree with you. It's like someone buying a self playing piano and calling themselves a musician.

KJ
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Apr 17, 2017 01:49AM)
Since it's not a self working method, it's really not like your comparison. But certainly it's on par with keyboard settings in which a single key plays an entire chord.
Message: Posted by: Poof-Daddy (Apr 17, 2017 08:26AM)
Loved EP2. That topic alone could be the foundation of a weekly video show. :-)
Solid advice and let's face it. Sometimes people need that "tough love" advice in their lives. I can't count how many times thru the years I have seen "those posts" on this site alone. I am not sure how many other magic forums there are as this is the only one I really frequent and I do not use Facebook at all anymore.
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Apr 17, 2017 05:58PM)
Guys I just want to say thank you. I really want these episodes to provoke discussion and get people talking. That's why I want to do stuff that's not just reviews as I think it's important to address issues facing us as magicians.

You guys rock.
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Apr 17, 2017 05:58PM)
Episode 3 of Nothing But The Truth is now live. This time I am looking at The Gift by Angelo Carbone. As normal guys please like, share comment, interact but most importantly let me know what you think. I really want this to be a show that works for you first and foremost.

Thanks for watching.

[url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=640202&forum=386]Episode #3 : The Gift by Angelo Carbone[/url]
Message: Posted by: asherfox (Apr 17, 2017 10:14PM)
Good move.
Message: Posted by: barts185 (Apr 17, 2017 11:04PM)
Craig,

Nice review and your thoughts on how / where to use it are great.

Did you get version 1 or 2 of the box? Although they don't seem to be calling it version 2, it seems like things were changed after the first batch had issues.

Did you have to do any arts and crafts work when you got it, or did it work for you upon arrival? Reviews from people that got one that worked upon arrival vs. people that needed to do some arts and crafts work to get theirs working are very different.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Apr 18, 2017 12:41PM)
I like this. You're right, Craig. This has potential. This would fit in a Mentalism act. I like your review of it. There are really no negatives per se, but it's true. Too big for walk-around, etc. The deck of cards intrigues me. I think I have seen this principle before. Integrating it into this effect is ingenious! Thanks Craig! I may have to pick this one up...

Doug
Message: Posted by: tomstian88 (Apr 19, 2017 02:23AM)
Would like to see a review of your favourite utility device, that you use the most.
(Wallet, tt or)
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Apr 19, 2017 11:47PM)
It's great having you back on the Café Craig! I always liked your reviews and look forward to checking them out regularly. I also missed your high energy. Your passion for magic is contagious.

How's your business going? Still busy and working like crazy?
Message: Posted by: King14 (Apr 28, 2017 11:51AM)
I am sorry to say the review show is all about Craig. You have the world on your shoulders and you are angry within yourself.

You would be better seeing your Doctor and get help for your depression. Magic is all about fun and you are not that person. If magic makes you feel the way you do you would be better doing something that makes you happy.

All the best for the future and look after your health first.
Message: Posted by: writeall (May 6, 2017 02:52AM)
New episode soon?

I needs me some Craig.
Message: Posted by: Adam Meier (Jul 1, 2018 01:43PM)
Is the show over? Pitty. I liked it.
Message: Posted by: Michael T (Aug 6, 2018 04:41PM)
[quote]On Apr 28, 2017, King14 wrote:
I am sorry to say the review show is all about Craig. You have the world on your shoulders and you are angry within yourself.

You would be better seeing your Doctor and get help for your depression. Magic is all about fun and you are not that person. If magic makes you feel the way you do you would be better doing something that makes you happy.

All the best for the future and look after your health first. [/quote]
Wow, you hit the nail on the head! I've always thought the same whenever I have seen Craig ranting. I hope he can find inner peace one day.
Message: Posted by: Futureal (Aug 19, 2018 01:49AM)
Why does this subforum still exist? This show died more than a year ago.

DELETE!
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Aug 19, 2018 04:27PM)
No. Don't delete. It's NOT dead...

Doug
Message: Posted by: Futureal (Aug 30, 2018 06:46AM)
Last episode was Dec 29th 2017.