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Mehtas
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Killer Red Caps. So far I use them to store safty pins and rubberbands Smile

Boy, these days they can make magic out of anything, Bulldog clips, hatpins, earplugs , nuts and bolts and lots of other things.

I can't believe that I bought KRC.
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A few recent duds have been Rich Marotta's Marked Prediction (mentioned several times already) & Thought Transfer, by Magiceffex.
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Impossible devination
Mehtas
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Im glad this thread is up again.

Sure you guys bought some crap past few months ??


Mine is KLONDIKE COIN MYSTERY by Eddie Gibson.
Melt Thru by Mark Leveridge .
Vox Box .
Joseph Martin
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"Killer Red caps" UGH!!!
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I know at least three trade show guys who use the Killer Red Caps to considerable effect. I, modestly, am one of them. In fact, I used it to land a client and performed it at 6 shows over that year. The audiences did NOT stumble on to the method.

To the poster who said, "if the lighting is right, everyone can see it," or something to that effect, you are, respectfully, wrong. If that is the case, then the lighting is wrong for the object being used. Also, the use of a ring is a little too pronounced. There are better objects. I used to practice with a quarter. Both the girl I was seeing at the time and myself became very accurate though not 100% with the coin. However, when you switched to a different object, yet still much smaller than the ring, you will find the method both successful and deceptive.

I think the reason most people did not care for the caps is because they did not work with them or excersize a little thought. I spent at least a month with them, and from that developed a routine with many layers of deception even more than that included in the instructions. The caps are a tool, a small part of your arsenal. I don't think you can buy something on ebay, play with it a week, and be able to form any real conclusions as to it's efficacy in the real world.
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Truthteller:
Well spoken! Now you know four people who use the Caps professionally =). It is a great crowd-builder or a great closer. It is extremely versatile. I am glad so many people have played with them and then got rid of them! The lighting problem is a very minor drawback of this routine. I get incredible reactions with this routine. Looks like we have a pretty exclusive trick in our arsenals, looking at all of the negative reviews it has gotten from people on this forum.
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Anything by Peter Marvey.
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Killer Red Caps also gets my vote as the worse trick I ever purchased. Cannot understand the good review they got either. I would much rather have the cans of WD-40 that the caps were on than the trick itself.
At least I could use the WD-40 to lude by squeaky garage door.
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Silver Shifter , nice idea , but the end result
was poor.
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Cardian Angel (from Hell!) a piece of junk - after buying you are told that you need intimate information of the spectator.

Die Cypher II.- A rip off stating you do not need to touch it to determine what number is showing. This is not true and they do not show how to do it without showing.

WHEN IT COMES TO PENGUIN CAVEAT EMPTOR!!
"The only difference between a Card Cheat and a Magician is that the Magician shows off.".......... Jay Ose 1965



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Die Cypher II a rip-off? Two words...Shadow Principle.

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Worst tricks I ever bought were: Braco's Floating "ball", hey, it's not even a BALL in the first place, this thing reeks to high heaven,

Second on the list, is Alida. Man, Ben can stuff this in his ear! I can get a million of these things at the factory where I work for FREE!!

Fearsons "Insertion" this is so flimsy that there is noway to pull it off convincingly.

Fearsons Fantastic Floatation. Here's one that takes a genius to figure out the instructions and construct.

Float. What a laugh. "Hey!! The card is sticking to your fingers!' "No, it's floating you idiot, don't you know real magic when you see it?"

Chameleon cards, the props are gorgeous, but infortunately, because Duvivier speaks BROKEN english, you can't decipher them, thus rendering the effect worthless.

Cream. A transformation of a small bill into a million dollar bill or whatever. The trick is probably good, but I'll never know, because my 49 year old eyes can't make heads or tails of the tiny little photos in the instructions.


Vanishing card stack. After the stack vanishes, leaving you with one deck in your hands, the gimmick is so large it protrudes out the sides of the remaining card box, thus giving the effect away.

Ring in lightbulb. Imported, even!! But it's obvious to a two year old that the ring is not really in the lightbulb.

Same problem with an effect called "Trick Tac"

Emporer's New Clothes. The printing job on these leaves much to be desired. Naked King, my butt.

Double Dribble. They lied!! You have to be Arnold to be able to stuff two of those basketballs in a standard briefcase.

Silver Shifter. Do you enjoy silver colored fingers? My son instantly figured out the effect the first time he saw it. Then, they have the gall to tell you this is a "Hollywood Special Effect" That's a joke! Hollywood would laugh at this!! I bought this at Abbott's annual flea market and auction, and it is gathering fleas right now. It's a dog.


Those are a few. I'll think of more later.
The difficult must become easy, the easy beautiful and the beautiful magical.
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My vote: (absolutely personal and from a German's point of view)
- Silver Shifter (not in any way looking like a Kennedy Half 1964)
- Just Passin' Thru (WE don't have that large pencils)
- XPert (just not MY style)
- Any Rough&Smooth card tricks (not that reliable...)
- well, have to check my magic drawer for future ebay items to offer...

MY one and only personal opinion!
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daffydoug
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You also thought the Silver Shifter Half looked fake? Kind of like a piece of rubber, maybe?
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The worst tricks are anything by Michael Ammar or Bill Malone !

OK...Hold off the hate mail, I'm just kidding. They are the best.

I can't really pick a worst trick. I have bought some stinkers and then found a use for them.

I would have to say the worst thing are magicians who put out the same tricks on different videos or as single effects and waste my money.
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Though originally a great trick, Brian Geer released a knock off version of the Teytelbaum Stop Light paddle trick that was horendous. Not only was the quality of the prop terrible, but the instructions were completely undecipherable. Heaven forbid you didn't know the paddle move going into it, or you would have had NO chance. I was familar with the Teytelbaum routine, but having looked at Brian's instructions, I was at a loss of trying to piece the handling back together.

Of course, Brian realized thhow bad the instructions were and issued a companion video to make up for them. Crassly, he SOLD the video at an extra charge.

Bad, bad, bad.
Glenn Alloway
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Mysterious smoke from fingers.

This is a goo. It does not smoke. It produces stringy, stinky, messy goo. It stains. Not worth the three dollars.
"This is madness and yet there is method in it." ~Shakespeare
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The most valuable lesson I've learned over time and after spending a fortune on magic is that if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is (with some rare exceptions of course). Rarely will I purchase anything without seeing it performed first even if its nothing more than a demo clip. To me, if it is convincing enough to fool me on video then the effect can be humanly achieved if the performer is willing to put in the time and effort it requires. Usually the only effects I buy and perform anymore are classics of magic or derivatives thereof. Remember classics are classics for a reason.
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