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Topic: The Wizard Product Review #283 - Rubicon, Raw, Starlight and Rejoined
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Dec 21, 2016 08:06AM)
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On this week's show...

[b]Rubicon by Greg Wilson[/b]

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[b]RAW by Sébastien Calbry and Jordan Victoria[/b]

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[b]Starlight by Chris Perrotta[/b]

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[b]Rejoined by Joăo Miranda Magic and Julio Montoro[/b]

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Message: Posted by: Sealegs (Dec 22, 2016 03:16PM)
My review of Rubicon is [url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?forum=109&topic=629848]here [/url].

Dave mentions most of the issues that I point out in my review. I tend too, to agree that occasionally Greg's one handed solve can, at times, look a bit 'mechanical'. I'm also not keen on turning my back to the audience for the final moment of the effect. I have eliminated both of these issues though (in a different way to that suggested by Dave) in the way that people tend to do when finding their own way with props.

The only thing I really didn't agree with Dave on is the idea he suggested of combining this with the Enchanted Cube. I think it would be a mistake. The matching effect in this is very strong.... and the one-handed solve (when done without a mechanical look to it) feels strangely magical to watch and has a magic quality to.... and yet it is really an overt demonstration of seeming impossible manipulative skill. Following this up with the Enchanted Cube, I think, is anticlimactic. Despite the Enchanted Cube being an, 'in the air instant solve', it undoubtedly looks like and is an obvious trick of some kind. Nothing wrong with that of course... but following Rubicon I see this as a backwards step. It effectively undermines the impossible apparent skill you've just demonstrated. It takes something that looks (and is) a genuine solving using manual dexterity into the realm of something not immediately attributable to you for the solution. It's one of those odd occasions where the magic works against the premise that the rest of the routine is built on.

I've used the Enchanted Cube in many settings and on stage or in a larger cabaret environment it gets a fraction of the response it gets when the audience are at arms length. The instant solve needs an audience that is reasonably close so they are right on top of it and register the solve moment without having to look for it. (which is inevitably what happens in a cabaret and stage setting)

In theory the solve of a mixed cube in mid-air should be a better and stronger piece of magic than solving an audience mixed cube with one hand without looking. In some settings I think it is... but in the performance settings that Rubicon is best suited to (Cabaret and stage) I think the Enchanted Cube plays less well.

But each to their own.
Message: Posted by: Douglas.M (Apr 16, 2017 09:13PM)
The Paul Harris effect where the imprint of a coin on aluminum foil changes is called "The Shape of Astonishment". It's a great little illusion. (they were trying to remember the name).
Message: Posted by: RodrigoGrando (Jul 23, 2018 06:53AM)
Do you guys know where can I get the Enchanted Cube?
Message: Posted by: Philippe (Jul 26, 2018 04:37AM)
I click ‘get this’ for Rejoined and it goes nowhere? I don’t understand what this weeks WPR is about?