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On 2003-02-21 08:08, cheezycool wrote:
Anyone for the Svengali Deck?


I use my Svengali Deck for forcing everytime. It's very useful for tricks like Card Thru Window, Card Across, etc...
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On 2003-02-21 10:39, iSawThat wrote:
Bob Hummer's Whirling Card is a bit on the bad side


That's because it's not Bob Hummers whirling card. The method Bob used used to kill people.

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On 2003-02-21 10:25, SVG84R wrote:
Yeah, Healed and Sealed.
I have problems with that too. It's hard to set it up in 5 min, but it's not a bad trick.
Maybe it's just me.


Lol, I don't know what you're doing, but I can and have set it up in 1 minute flat (not the soda, pun not intended). I just don't like set-up much...

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I am enjoying these posts! I was considering Coin Matrix, but based on everyone's response, will be looking at other illusions.
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Well, there are amazing versions of Matrix but 2003 just blows. Anything Ben Harris sells is horrible. Steve Fearson has released anything good on his site. I would have to include 'The Raven.' It's just horrible and you can't really use it for much. There was this one thing I bought with poker chips that turn different colours. Wow, it was painfully bad. I ended up giving it to some 5 year old. I might also get slammed for this, but Thought Transmitter. I perform in darker conditions and I had to look at the case for a couple seconds if the room was too light.

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The worst thing I have purchased? Wow, that is a tough one. I usually learn material from books, and as some of you know, I create quite a few effects, but I do like to purchase the 'latest & greatest' stuff when it comes out. There have been many times that I have felt 'burned'.

Werry's Transformer is AWFUL! The ad reads completely different than how it is actually utilized. It is essentially an unworkable gimmick that is almost identical to Incredi-Go, which was a unique gimmick at the time it was released.

Some of Jay Sankey's recent releases have been less than stellar as well. I don't buy any Sankey stuff because the majority of it can be found in his earlier books, but I broke down and bought Public Transit. This was simply garbage. An over complicated, less visual moving hole effect.

Those are two of the more recent purchases, but if I think of anymore, believe me, I will let you all know.

Later,

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Real Floating Card for $17. It is worth
maybe $5, but really should have been
submitted to a magazine rather than sold.

Well, I know not to buy anything from THAT company again.
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UFO
Braco's floating ball
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psycho ball
...and the list goes on. Smile

I wasted a lot of money to understand that the best investment is to purchase books and videotapes/DVDs. Stop buying anything you read and think it's a miracle. Probably it will not work or it's a dressed up old idea.
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On 2003-02-21 08:08, cheezycool wrote:
Anyone for the Svengali Deck?


I would have to agree with you on this one, I hate the Svengali deck!

Three more to add. I really don't like these, guys: Lethal Tender, Scotch and Soda, and the RAVEN!!!!
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On 2003-02-21 19:08, EvanAndrews wrote:
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On 2003-02-21 08:08, cheezycool wrote:
Anyone for the Svengali Deck?


I would have to agree with you on this one, I hate the Svengali deck!

You guys are INSANE! The Svengali deck, in the right hands, can create miracles! One of the strongest effects that I do, which FRIES magicians, uses nothing more than a Svengali deck, and a lot of presentation.

As far as the worst trick I have ever seen, my vote would go to Mind Bender. It is a TERRIBLE bending spoon. Smile
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I bought one of the first copies of "Cosmosis" (Ben Harris) back in the mid-80's. So much hype - you had to sign a special secrecy agreement and it was about $50. Boy was I disappointed when I got it. It went right to ... where did I put it? I can't remember. Never showed it. Never saw it performed. Anyone out there who wasted money on that when it came out?
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Well, I love the effect, maybe I am just weird like the others, but I have problems with Healed and Sealed. I never found a good BA and performed it about 4 times.

I really didn't like Paul Harris' Cardian Angel as much as I thought I would.

Reality Twister is GREAT. Vinny, you're great, but I just don't see where you are coming from. My first perfomance resulted in the girl grabbing the pen and yelling, "It's really twisted!!!!" then kissing me. Very good trick Smile.

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I wasn't going to do this, as I know I will probably get a lot of heat for this, but here goes, Celebrity Autographs ties Braco's Floating Ball as the worst trick ever! I know some people love this, but I love Healed and Sealed Soda and I was surprised to see that one on here. As to Cosmosis, I think at the time of its release that $50.00 was a fair price. You can buy them for $8.00 now at the MagicWarehouse.
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My vote goes to "Killer Redcaps". I had trouble trying to give them away as nobody wanted them for free.
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On 2003-02-21 21:01, ThorstenHappel wrote:
I bought one of the first copies of "Cosmosis" (Ben Harris) back in the mid-80's. So much hype - you had to sign a special secrecy agreement and it was about $50. Boy was I disappointed when I got it. It went right to ... where did I put it? I can't remember. Never showed it. Never saw it performed. Anyone out there who wasted money on that when it came out?


I love Cosmosis. I think it's brilliant. I was floored by it, and when I bought it I floored many other people with it. It's also the most ripped off effect in magic. How many times do you see those cheap "Floating Match" tricks in magic shops? Not only are they inferior, but they never give credit to Ben Harris, who came up with the original Cosmosis.
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I initially found Cosmosis easy to figure out. When shown one of the more inferior versions, I found my assumption was correct.
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On 2003-02-21 21:01, ThorstenHappel wrote:
I bought one of the first copies of "Cosmosis" (Ben Harris) back in the mid-80's. So much hype - you had to sign a special secrecy agreement and it was about $50. Boy was I disappointed when I got it. It went right to ... where did I put it? I can't remember. Never showed it. Never saw it performed. Anyone out there who wasted money on that when it came out?


Actually, I bought Floating Match before I knew about Cosmosis (darn.. where can I get cosmosis? Can't find it anywhere around) And It's one of the most ripped off.

However, I did freak out many people when I made their pencaps and rolled up bills float. I think it's a nice trick Smile
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Jakks,

She probably wanted to kiss you anyway!
I find Reality Twister is a bit on the Tenyo side.

If she was floored by the effect, you should ask her out!

T

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I love Cosmosis. I think it's brilliant. I was floored by it, and when I bought it I floored many other people with it. It's also the most ripped off effect in magic. How many times do you see those cheap "Floating Match" tricks in magic shops? Not only are they inferior, but they never give credit to Ben Harris, who came up with the original Cosmosis.


Thanks for your opinion, cardguy. I agree that [/i]Cosmosis[/i] might be "better" than the rip-offs. And as I said, I never saw it performed. I like the idea of seeing it performed for non-magicians and see them amazed. It seems to be a case of "There are no bad tricks, just bad magicians." But I still think the idea is not worth $50.

By the way, I really like Ben Harris' books. And his newsletter layout in the mid-80's, long time before Quark Express and InDesign, was awesome.
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On 2003-02-21 16:58, pyro_magic wrote:
I would have to include 'The Raven.' It's just horrible and you can't really use it for much.

I can't believe this! The Raven is my favorite trick of all time. You can use it for tons of things: change coins into cards, change coins into other coins, make coins disappear, make coins reappear, all of this on a spectator's hand! I just can't believe you are saying that. Maybe you should get it out and play with it again. It takes some practice to do it well. Just do it, you will love it.
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