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Being new to the Magic Café, I apologize if this has been asked before (I did a search, and did not find anything).

In all your years of performing magic, what is the absolute worst illusion you have purchased? I mean all time stink-o, cheap,
misrepresented, terrible trick.

Hope it's not one I think is great! Smile
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Profile of Ian_B
Hmmm... I think most people would say Braco's Floating Ball or any of Expertmagic.com's products.
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Yup! Expert Magic is terrible. I got Coin Matrix 2003...what a joke. Keep far away from these rip off artists! They are the reason a lot of us are hesitant with purchasing things via the internet.
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Probably the next one!

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There is a similar thread in the archive.
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I have to agree. I have been burned by Expertmagic.

I will have to put some major consideration on what would be worst trick ever. The problem is the hype. You get so hyped up for a trick and then you get it and think, "I can't believe I just spent that much money on this!!" Smile Just a few that come to mind are: Smash Repair, Ultra Smoke 2000, Totally Warped video.
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I swear swear swear I didn't buy it. It was given to me... Switch-a-Roo...it was a piece o' junk. A piece of PVC piping and some fishing line. Gah!

My wife found it in the basement and asked if she could throw it out. I said yes.

Mirage wallet. Total garabage. Cheap cheap cheap. Badly made, over-priced junk. If my wife asks, I didn't pay for that either!

I usually stick to the basics like shells, gaffed cards and the occasional TT. Hard to get burned with those, unless you are talking about coins by Sasco. More junk.

Now videos and books, boy could I tell you about some dogs.
If you ever get to a point where words have no meaning, you're probably talking to a dog.

Remember! More Bang For LESS Bucks! It is the right way!

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The absolute worst effect I ever bought was off eBay. The seller had a good rating, but the effect was just downright awful. Add that to the fact that the shipping charges were extremely high and you've got my candidate for worst trick.

It was an appearing vase of flowers. There was no photograph which should have been my first tip off. It was just a drawing of a magician pulling this vase of flowers from underneath a cloth.

From a stage, it might look like you'd just produced a vase of flowers, but from anything less than 40 feet, it looked like you produced a half a vase with some flowers in serious need of a green thumb. Oh yeah... anyone sitting slightly off dead center was also going to know exactly what it was.

My final tip off was the fact that I emailed the seller and asked if I could pick it up personally (since she lived within 50 miles of me). Absolutely not. Of course, that meant she wouldn't be able to make a few extra bucks for the shipping.

Now whenever I see her listings on eBay, I don't care how cheap something is.... I run the other way.

Hey! I'm finally a Dot Com!
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I'll vote for Coin Matrix 2003! What was I thinking???
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I don't think I bought anything that was specifically horrific. But working in a magic shop I saw some of the worst magic ever.

So I'm sitting here thinking and I've blocked so much of it out my mind but:

anything with
spackle paint,
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I also vote for Coin Matrix 2003!
I was totally let down when I got it !!!!!!!!!!!
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Whirlwind Floating Quarter... simply because the advertised description touted "no m****** or t******". I thought this an incredible feat after reading what the effect was, so I purchased it.

What did I get? A bit of t****d and a page of instructions detailing some rather basic t****d work. ARGH!

Leo Martin
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An effect called The Creeps by Ben Harris. You get a matchbox and a rubberband. Worthless and I'm embarrassed I bought it.
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Reality Twister. This effect received so much hype for an optical illusion.

Come check out my magic.

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Just about everything I bought under the age of 20.
Creator of The Xpert (20 PAGES of reviews!) and the Hands-Off Multiple ESP System ("Quality and design far exceed any ESP cards on the market"-Genii), and contributor to the ebook GOLD: When It HAS To Be Performance GOLD -- all at Penguin.
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Coin Matrix 2003 is definitely the worst effect I have ever purchased. However, Melt and the Ellusionist videos are also pretty bad...
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"Bartenders Dream." I got this garbage off of E-bay. If you see it, it is not even worth the 15 bucks I paid for it. It is not worth the S&H. You could not pay me to use this trick!!!

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I didn't buy this one, but a buddy of mine did. It's called BarCode and it was the biggest waste of $10 that either of us had ever seen.
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It's Coin Matix 2003 for me, too. Sounds like I'm not the only one who wasted money on this, though.

Bill Beach
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