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The trailer shows the effect to an audience, that is all that important, how the audience remember what happened.

If you bought it, as soon as you open the package you see how the trick is done. Magicians and mind readers are obsessed with method, you need to forget the method and concentrate on the presentation. You need to make procedure invisible by dropping your focus, taking half a step backwards etc. In the cold stare of a video camera this is almost impossible but in performance it’s much easier.

On the day of filming the DVD I had only just received the newly designed gaffs the day before and I had a horrendous cold, so yes the performance on the DVD isn’t fantastic. It’s not about me though, go out and find your own way to present it. It’s an incredibly strong trick and just needs a strong performance. The mechanics are easy but it’s all about the performance.

Now when I perform Alarmed I almost always perform it in conjunction with another effect. This helps to hide the method of Alarmed and helps to make the procedure invisible. I’m sure you have a trick in your repertoire that would suit. In the past I have used the ideck cards to divine a song, read their minds about the child’s name, when they were proposed to. *Somebody rang Alakazam the other day and offered an excellent suggestion of combining it with Directors Cut Horror and talk about watching that movie and waking from a nightmare at an exact time. You could also use dozens of other routines in conjunction with Alarmed.
It isn’t fiddly and laborious if you practice, spend some time working on it and get better and better until you can perform it perfectly.

The pictures are examinable and you can give them away. I’ve done it hundreds of times and they are given away. Several people who have had it since Blackpool have commented here and to me via email that they use it all the time and give the gaffs away. I’m not overly interested in the opinion of those that have dismissed it after opening the box. I KNOW its deceptive through performance where as they have convinced themselves it isn’t without any evidence.

Hope this helps to clarify things and thanks to those have offered their routines and ideas. This is a trick for professionas and amateurs who can see the potential of the miracle. If you watched the trailer originally and thought "Gee, I'd love to be able to nail a thought of time with a photograph for proof" you can do, nothing has changed. You just need to practice, work on routine and have the right attitude in performance.

*Sorry I don’t know who it was to credit them.

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I'm sitting here watching the DVD right now - not done yet.

The concept is very good, gimmicks are well done.

I'm thinking this would combine really sweetly with my Telethought II wallet to gain the peek and mix it up to combine with another revelation.

So far I'm not wild about Richard Bellars music prediction demo on the DVD as to me it just comes off as a clumsy excuse to do the dirty deeds - and to me a so-so routine. That being said my initial impression is great as I agree with Platt that with the right routine this can be wonderful and the idea is ingenius. I will leave a longer review later but so far the quality of the gimmick and the possibilities really look wide open. I like it.
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On 2011-06-10 19:11, tommid wrote:
Why does alacazam persist witht this "pre order" nonsense? well I can see why they do it from a business point of view but I don't like it


To ramp up the hype! There is no better way to create a demand than to show people something special then tell them they can't have it! Then tell them... You can have it first, before anyone else if you part with your cash NOW. Hence the 'pre-order'. Then have you noticed 9 times out of 10 they always pretty quickly 'sell out' of the item (yawn!) - this again stimulates the demand due to the fact the product is selling like hot cakes so once again, get your order in quickly and be the next in line, don't be left out! This sales / marketing physcology is as old as the hills - and amazingly people still fall for it again and again! As stated previously, I like Alakazam and use them frequently. They are highy professional, extremely knowledgable people and their service is excellent. However, they do have a tendency to over do the hype on more than a regular basis.
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I have been lying in the weeds for some weeks now, entertained by this developing thread, but didn't want to post until I had my hands on the item.

As several people have pointed out, we have seen the basic premise of Alarmed, before.
I don't bring this up to suggest that Alarmed is not original - it is in all the ways that matter.
It's the theme and experience of the audience that makes something unique.
Is it based on an existing idea - yes. Is it original - yes.
Let's move on.

But the reason why I mention its creative lineage, is this:
The effect upon which the principle is based, has been in my repertoire for quite some time.
In fact I know of several other Café members who also use it regularly, as we have communicated on handling tips, etc.

So I'm emphatic when I say this; don't sweat the work! In fact, the work on Alarmed is even easier than the 'other' routine to which I refer.
I have done (the 'other') close-up and on stage with all the heat in the world on me. You will learn nuances that make the work invisible.
The key, as always, is how you frame the reveal.
If you simply do what you need to do and hand it over, you have reason to be nervous. tim-ing (and location) is everything!

I know some will receive this and dismiss it as impractical - which is exactly what happened with the 'other,' routine.
In fact, I was one of those who bought the 'other' routine and decided (albeit prematurely) that it wasn't 'practical.' Thank God, I reconsidered!

As for the issue of refill cost, that's a personal matter. If it's not cost effective for you, don't buy it, or simply use it for 'special occasions.'

One final thought - the issue of handing it out.
I have never handed out the 'other' item. Those who use it will know why.
That said, I'm on the fence on this one, but can see the benefits of doing so, particularly if you can find an effective (attractive) way of having your contact info on the back.

Might I suggest a customized option with the performer's business card printed on back?

Overall - well done Noel!

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Anyone playing with the idea of having a second photo face down inside of a David Regal "Special Delivery" window envelope, with the back of that photo in full view through the window throughout the effect, and then appear to pull that photo out of the envelope for the reveal?
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Yeah, I've thought about using it with my Mirage Wallet. Same idea as Special Delivery.

Other than remaking the gimmick altogether (which I am going to try) I thought of a very quick and natural way to instantly make it much more 'handoutable.' If you can prove you own this, PM me and I'll be happy to share my thinking.
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Mirage wallet is a good idea. Maybe Kohlers black envelope could work too.

I was in the newsagents (WH Smiths in the UK) earlier and saw something that might be useful to those that have this effect. Sharpie have brought a double ended marker out. At one end there is the fine tip that most of us know and use and the other end has an ultra-fine tip which could really make life easier. Just a thought...

And heres a link http://direct.hobbycraft.co.uk/products-......0546.htm

Sean
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Alarmed is GREAT - and I look forward to practicing this to get it down.

To answer a question that Hank asked, YES the gimmick most certainly can be handed out - it is of VERY high quality (sharp photo, heavy stock), and in the highly unlikely event of someone seeking to reverse engineer this... they would probably partially destroy the photo and the evidence in the attempt.
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Here's my quick review of Alarmed.

I won't repeat what you can read in the demo for this effect, only reinforce it. Everything they say is true.

It is easy to do & after performing it last night I can vouch for it's impact. Get ready for plenty of bamboozled expletives from your spectators. Ok, so I've only done it once but you know when you've got something good in your hands.

It's a closer without doubt, being far too strong IMO to be put anywhere else. No point hitting someone again after they've been knocked out. And Alarmed certainly delivers the knockout blow.

The gimmicks are of high quality & yes, you can most certainly give them out. And for once this is something that they really will want to keep. Also as already mentioned this is an ideal way to give out your details.

I've worked out my own handling for this but the DVD gives you plenty of nice presentation ideas.

Thoroughly recommended.
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I had my previous comments deleted due to them being off base. I thought I fully understood the handling but did not. Had I spent a little more time with the DVD, I would have told you the photo CAN, in fact, be handed out without fear of exposure. My apologies to Noel and the rest of the Café for stupidly jumping in too soon. What I'm saying is true. Every single word!
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Anyone know if Mark Leveridge's Utility Switch Envelope would work with this?:

http://www.markleveridgemagic.co.uk/envstore.php
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On 2011-06-11 06:10, seangiles wrote:
I don't hear anyone moaning about it being fiddly. What I hear is people giving their honest impressions on whats involved to acomplish the end result. It is fiddly. Extremely so with a sharpie and there's no getting away from that.
My main issue with the effect though is that it falls flat. Just watch the reactions on the DVD during the live performances. There is zero amazement at the reveal. There's just no emotional hook with a photo of an alarm clock. Nice idea but it's just not a strong effect. Compare that with Predicta that has a strong emotional hook to it and a fantastic reveal as they scratch off the lottery numbers one by one.

Alakazam is my absolute favourite shop and Peter Nardi has a real eye for what works. This is by no means a bad effect. It's just very fiddly and lacks the wow factor.

all the best
Sean


At first I forgot about the AM/PM part on photo gimmick! *YIKES* Those of you who have bought this would know what I mean!! but it is fiddly and on the gimmicked photograph....but I guess it is all about patience and perserverance! Send me a PM if you can. Thanks. Sean
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I was in the newsagents (WH Smiths in the UK) earlier and saw something that might be useful to those that have this effect. Sharpie have brought a double ended marker out. At one end there is the fine tip that most of us know and use and the other end has an ultra-fine tip which could really make life easier. Just a thought...

And heres a link http://direct.hobbycraft.co.uk/products-......0546.htm

Sean

Thanks for that Sean, It'll definately be worth getting some methinks!
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Hi,
A standard sharpie is the way to go, fine points are NOT the best thing to use!
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Fine points are the standard. I guess youre muddled and what you really mean is...
'fine points ARE the best thing to use'
BTW how do you know? Have you experimented with both or are you just guessing?
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On 2011-06-12 19:06, seangiles wrote:
Fine points are the standard. I guess youre muddled and what you really mean is...
'fine points ARE the best thing to use'
BTW how do you know? Have you experimented with both or are you just guessing?


Ade knows because he is the co-creator of Alarmed and demonstrated it probably hundreds of times at Blackpool and he designed the gaff. I also prefer using a regular sharpie rather than fne point and we have tried it with the now standard fine point. I don't wish to get into the reasons here but if you own Alarmed then you can ask me any questions you want to about the routine via email Noel@tricktrickboom.com.

Thanks to those who have given their feedback so far, I'm glad its being enjoyed.

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Actually, to clarify.....and perhaps this is different in North America.

The Sharpie that most performers know and use as 'standard' is a "Fine Point."
Sharpie also comes in "Extra Fine Point" and the harder to find, even thinner, "Ultra Fine Point."
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Although initially disappointed by the promotional video, having bought the effect I have been trying out a number of ways I can incorporated it into my act.

Using John Cornellus’s excellent ‘Thought Transmitter’ (any peek device will do) I have the spectator write down an ‘activity’ that they were doing during the last week. (drinking, eating, dancing ect.) Then I ask them to write down the day and time they were involved in that activity.

I take a peek at their answers and have them visualise what they have written down. As they are doing so I write down on a pad the ‘activity’ and prepare the gaff. I am under no time pressure and milk the mind read whilst doing the fiddly bit.

I explain that whilst I think I have managed to determine the activity, I could not work out the time or date and as I turn over the pad to reveal the ‘activity’ I steal the gaff and in one movement load it into Jerry O’Connel’s Plus Wallet and bring it out onto the table.

I then tell the spectator that although I wasn’t able to determine the time or the day they were drinking, eating, dancing ect. For some inexplicable reason I had the urge to take a photo of my alarm clock last week and I ask them to name the day and time of the activity and whilst doing so have them take out the gaff from my wallet…… Jaws do drop.
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Really like the idea behind this, and the gaffs are top notch. They look outstanding when finished. Very happy with the purchase.
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Thought I'd pop back onto the thread. Ive now been working it for a while and have nearly used up all of the gimmicks. To those saying its not practical. It really is practical! I've performed this in supermarkets and just picked up a leaflet. Ive used it in gigs with pads. I've even used it with just some post it notes stuck inside my wallet. There is nothing about this effect that deems it impractical. The fiddly side of things. There are FAR more fiddly effects out there that people use everyday of the week. Some card slights are more fiddly then this. It's just a thing you have to get used too. I don't think it is fiddly at all now and handle everything with ease. Handing out the gimmick, DO IT! No one has worked anything out and they absolutely LOVE putting it into their purses/ wallets. Because its a photo and a good quality one at that, they never want to leave it. The reactions ive received have been brilliant also. This is one of the tricks you'll do that leave them in sunned silence. Every now and again you'll get someone who will be a more more vocal about it but mainly stunned. The way you dress this up accounts hugely for the reactions. Ive tried several presentational angles and when you ask them to think of something personal, the trick impacts hugely! In my opinion, this is an absolute corker of an effect and I'm loving performing it!

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