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Topic: Ghost Ink
Message: Posted by: MarkTirone (Jan 10, 2009 08:01PM)
As promised, I am writing a review for Andrew Mayne's video, Ghost Ink. I am very gracious of Andrew for sending me this so I will return the favor. You can read the information here on penguin or on Andrew's website. Enjoy!

THE EFFECTS 4/4 Each of these effects has something creepy, Mysterious, And magical about it. He does things with lighters, cards, dollar bills, coke cans, iphones, notpads, pens, tattoos etc. There are at least 4 versions on this DVD that I will use. If you are going to school, doing walkaround, or just entertaining some friends, This is the perfect icebreaker. Imagine asking a girl out or making some valentines poem or something appear on your arm. The possibilities are ENDLESS. You can also make borrowed objects melt onto your skin such as candy wrappers, sugar packets, water bottle labels and he even tells you how to make your client's business card appear on your skin! wut the eff!

THE GIMMICKS 3/4 I would give these a 4/4 if they lasted forever. They take about 2 minutes to make the entire set of gimmicks and be on your way to doing amazing effects. It will cost you about 2-4 dollars depending on what you already have. Magician's will most likely have most of the stuff lying around or at least a yard away from you right now. But it does use something a bit out of the ordinary so that might cost you a trip to walmart and 2 bucks. But these could last you 5 performances a night for a week depending on the version you do or how you store them.

THE DVD 4/4This DVD is definately a keeper (not like I will ever get rid of it ) Running at nearly an hour in length, Andrew takes you slowly step by step at how to do each one of these effects to your FULL ADVANTAGE. Nothing is left out and you will never be left with half ideas. You get nothing more or less than a 55 minute DVD. Nothing else to buy or replace. I really liked the menus and graphics of this DVD (of course, he spends all his time for me to like the cover art ) PLUS!!! Andrew included a PDF file on the DVD so you don't have to go through the trouble of making each individual gimmick and you can just use what is on the PDF to guide you.

PERFORMANCES AND INSTRUCTION 4/4 I was on the borderline of giving this a 3/4 but it wouldnt be very fair. Andrew first performs every effect briefly like it should be done with all the misdirection and on-camera movements so you get the full impact of each effect and you can really look for the secret movements so nothing is left out. Then each explanation is about 10 minutes long. Like I said above, Andrew is a fantastic teacher, An enthusiastic performer, and a creepy showman which makes most of what he does unique and creative.

OVERALL 4/4This DVD deserves a good review. You can tell a lot of hard work was put into this whole production. But you can't just stop at what is on the DVD. You can use other props in conjunction to the ghost ink gimmicks. Cards, Coins, Newspaper, Pens etc. With a little bit of creative thinking and performance skill, You can make your audience jump through the roof. Thanks Andrew!

-Mark Tirone
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Feb 24, 2009 06:53PM)
Title: Ghost Ink by Andrew Mayne
Medium: DVD
Arena: Close up, street assassins, hallway hitmen
Available: Any shop, distributed by Murphys Magic Supplies

Andrew Mayne is a very creative young man who gives lots of thought to what might be a hot item in the magic market and then puts together a product. Because his releases are really market driven rather than releases of his working material he sometimes hits and sometimes misses, I think Ghost Ink is a hit. The basic idea is a card, image, word, or symbol etc is some how in the mind of the spectator and a tattoo is made to suddenly appear on your arm matching the thought of card etc.. The appearance is done in a really cool manner and looks great. Andrew really gave a lot of thought to this idea and how to do the prep work, what material is needed, and came up with 11 routines, some pretty good and a couple more throw away, and put them all together on this DVD. Andrew makes cards, the screen of an Iphone, the seal off a dollar, a bar code, and words appear lots of cool stuff. I found myself thinking of other uses for this idea that would be more along my character. Andrew provides a way to carry and load your tattoos and while he could have made this just a ‘this is how you do it’ and left it up to you to figure what to do with the idea he covers a lot of ground.

The quality of the DVD is good. The sound has no issues and the camera work is fine and Andrew delivers the performances and explanations well. It is a bit dark but that is intentional since I think his market is more the younger street assassin types. I love how Andrew tosses in the name ‘ghost’ with the title, if you use the words ghost, phantom, tiger, etc you can sell DVDs to the ‘street magicians’ without any problems. In this case the material is good enough to actually be done by those who like the idea of making a prediction, for example, to appear on their arm. I was surprised how much I liked this DVD and hats off to Andrew for doing the leg work and putting together such a good product. If you think you want to make a tattoo appear you may want to check out Ghost Ink. It should be noted that a trip to the office supply store will be needed before performing this and there is a helpful PDF file included of designs and some of the images you’ll want to use, very nice stuff. Well done Mr. Mayne.

PS: Here is a little thing I came up with that I liked. I got some blank cards and put a spider on a web ala The Web. I show the spider vanishes from the card and appears on my arm. It got some good reactions at the bar.
Message: Posted by: templetrickster (Aug 19, 2009 05:36PM)
Sounds like the perfect flare to an effect. No more cons to review?
Message: Posted by: mayniac (Aug 19, 2009 06:04PM)
My only question is, do the spectators ever want to touch the tattoo? And if you can't, how do you handle the situation?
Message: Posted by: Kakuna (Aug 20, 2009 04:03AM)
That's a good question. People always want to touch, feel, see closely. I see this as something more suitable for a promotional video for example.
Message: Posted by: M Sini (Aug 20, 2009 09:02PM)
Learn some spectator management. I would think it would be pretty easy to keep people from touching you.
Message: Posted by: mayniac (Aug 23, 2009 09:36PM)
On 2009-08-20 22:02, Mario Orsini wrote:
Learn some spectator management. I would think it would be pretty easy to keep people from touching you.
Um, so what do you suppose I do if I will be with my spectators for the next little while. For example, at a bar or with friends at a house party? That just sounds like a stuck-up comment to make IMO.
Message: Posted by: M Sini (Aug 26, 2009 07:34PM)
Wear long sleeves.
Perform it last in your set.

The Café is for magicians helping magicians not magicians spoon feeding magicians. Some things you just have to learn through performing.
Message: Posted by: iluzjonista (Jul 26, 2010 05:57AM)
Spectator management is very important with this trick. This is definitelly not for beginners.