The Magic Café
Username:
Password:
[ Lost Password ]
  [ Forgot Username ]
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » Mentally Speaking » » 6th Scent (0 Likes) Printer Friendly Version

 Go to page 1~2 [Next]
David Thiel
View Profile
Inner circle
Western Canada...where all that oil is
3747 Posts

Profile of David Thiel
I got my 6th Scent yesterday, and with typical obsessively focused energy, I've spent hours with this kit.

Let me preface this by saying that I don't like reviews that are way over the top for no reason. It's either a good piece of kit or it's not. And the other issue is whether or not the price is justified. Most things over the $400 mark need to be held to a higher standard. So here's some honest opinion from someone who made the purchase with a plan toward using it a LOT.

You get six special lip balm tubes with very distinct scents. You get a specialized something that alerts you to which one tube has been picked up.

There is a DVD. It has a handmade feel to it, but the information is there.

You also get a very well made case.

Maybe best of all three specially prepared markers that can accept the you-know-what's from the chap stick tubes. What's the big deal with this? If you are willing to do the Scent routine with three chap sticks you have another devastating routine ready to go. We are talking about something very different using what is essentially the same tech.

Let's consider that tech for a second. With all things electronic, reliability is key. I don't know about the long term, but I can say with absolute certainty that the s*gnals have been instant and reliable. Not a single mis-step. Perfect performance. Great reliable prop.

What's not so good? That's the question most don't want to deal with, I guess. The truthful answer is "not much."

Comparisons with ProM**tic are inevitable here. Thus far I like the PM rec**ver better. It's more streamlined, smoother to hold and, to my mind, less likely to take damage when it travels from pocket to hand. I don't love the DVD and the routines, while serviceable, I think will be eclipsed as performers begin to really explore the possibilities offered through this remarkable device.

In short, 6th Scent is a triumph, bristling with creativity and brain tickling possibility. It may just be the very best bang for the dollar available for the worker as well as serious hobbyist.

I would give it a rating of nine and a half billets out of ten.

Now you know.

David
Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Except bears. Bears will kill you.


www.MindGemsBrainTrust.com
www.magicpendulums.com
www.MidnightMagicAndMentalism.com
Boo de Hoop
View Profile
Regular user
Germany
101 Posts

Profile of Boo de Hoop
I really like the TI-stuff, but the lip balm tubes seems a little bit strange to me.
It's great to use everday objects, as they look real innocent and it is also okay to use (modern) magic props (especially on stage), but lip balm tubes are neither fish nor fowl. They are everyday objects, but will anybody have six of them in real life? So IMHO they are not innocent anymore.

But that should not be a real problem, because of the opportunity to change the objects. Smile
Sorry for my English! My German is a little bit better ;-)
Christopher Taylor
View Profile
V.I.P.
British Columbia Canada
2124 Posts

Profile of Christopher Taylor
Quote:
On 2012-01-29 08:49, Boo de Hoop wrote:
[Lip balm tubes] are everyday objects, but will anybody have six of them in real life? So IMHO they are not innocent anymore.


The same applies for 6 drinking cups and no one carries 6 felt pens as a rule. You are obviously performing when you bring these things out. If you want to appear as spontaneous, then bring out one lip balm, one pen, a lighter ....

Christopher
Christopher Taylor

Member P.E.A.

www.taylorimagineering.com

MAKING MENTALISM MORE IMPOSSIBLE
Boo de Hoop
View Profile
Regular user
Germany
101 Posts

Profile of Boo de Hoop
That's what I mean. If you want to have a Impromptu look, you have to change the objects in six different objects or you have to have a good reason for having the same object Six times (e.g. would be easy with coins, but of course that will not work here).

To perform I wouldn't take lip balm, but as mentioned earlier: That should not a problem, because I can fit everything to my needs.
Sorry for my English! My German is a little bit better ;-)
David Thiel
View Profile
Inner circle
Western Canada...where all that oil is
3747 Posts

Profile of David Thiel
IF you were planning an experiment using scent, the notion of lip balm tubes makes perfect sense to me.

Think about it: if you were performing a demonstration where you would attempt to know what your volunteer was smelling, what more perfect vehicle could there be than the lip balm tubes? They are small and pack a powerful scent.

What would be ridiculous would be the performer who says "Gee...what should we do now? Oh hey! I happen to have six different scented lip balm tubes here. I wonder what we could do with them?" as opposed to "I'd like to try an experiment. I have brought with me six tubes..."

What is "impromptu?" about a stage show anyway?

David
Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Except bears. Bears will kill you.


www.MindGemsBrainTrust.com
www.magicpendulums.com
www.MidnightMagicAndMentalism.com
Boo de Hoop
View Profile
Regular user
Germany
101 Posts

Profile of Boo de Hoop
Of course a stage Show is never impromptu. I was talking about other situations.

But the smelling is a good point! That tralla make sence.
Sorry for my English! My German is a little bit better ;-)
sabitu
View Profile
Special user
USA
533 Posts

Profile of sabitu
I was thinking you may be able to combine this with The Moment. You could predict the exact moment in time the spectator smells one of the lip balms. So not only do you accurately predict which lip balm they chose, you also predict the exact moment they receive the scent.
David Thiel
View Profile
Inner circle
Western Canada...where all that oil is
3747 Posts

Profile of David Thiel
I break in most of the stuff I wind up doing on-stage in a close-up or parlor setting. So when I had the opportunity to perform a 40 minute set for some oil execs this afternoon, I decided to put 6th Scent into the program. I'd been working with it feverishly and felt like it was ready for a test drive. I put the new stuff (in this case 6S) in the middle because if it bombs, I'm covered.

So there was 6th Scent, sandwiched in between the Mother and Multi Dimensional.

I won't go into the routine I used -- but here's what happened. My volunteer was VP in charge of marketing. He was a big burly "don't give me any crap" kind of guy. But he was also a crowd favorite.

I explain that scientists have long known about the link between the memory of a scent and powerful memories. So I explain what I want him to do and I turn my back etc. The guy chooses the mint chapstick. So I go through the whole thing where I breathe in when he does. I start talking about Christmas, etc. And I identify mint. Great reception. Guys were applauding like crazy -- because my volunteer is absolutely NOT the kind of guy you'd ever even consider making into a stooge.

So I decide to incorporate something else.

"Your memory is very powerful, isn't it?" I ask.

He tells me it is...and so I tell him that I'm not sure (because I'm REALLY NOT...just putting the tips of my toes into the cold reading pool) but I have a feeling there is a strong female attached to his memory.

There's another pause and he tells me I'm right.

"An older woman?" I ask.

He pauses LONGER this time and tells me I'm right again.

Now I pause here because, those of you have studied cold reading etc even a little know what's happening. I've basically taken no chances at all but the room is eating this up. There's this absolutely reverent silence.

"A woman related to you?" I ask.

"My aunt Helen," he says. He's actually sounding a little misty here -- so I drop it.

But after the show, they all wanted to ask me about how I knew these things about the guy's aunt. And I got a hefty tip, which will, in all likelyhood be headed back to TI with a purchase of RG2.

And all because of one memory triggered by a scent.

6S has had a wonderful inaugural run and I expect it to be in my act for a very long time. It's tactile and original and the more I think about it, the more I am certain that the information shared with me in knowing which scent the spectator has chosen will lead to some pretty hot cold readings. I am really looking forward to exploring this.

....hmmm....

Gee.

Actually, now that I think about it...6S is really a pretty awful prop. Yeah. That's it. It's...ummm...awful...and no one should buy it...because of its terrible...ummm...awfulocity.

Ahem.

So...don't get it.

Okay?

David
Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Except bears. Bears will kill you.


www.MindGemsBrainTrust.com
www.magicpendulums.com
www.MidnightMagicAndMentalism.com
Christopher Taylor
View Profile
V.I.P.
British Columbia Canada
2124 Posts

Profile of Christopher Taylor
David, it is very gratifying seeing your story. It looks like all the hard work we put into 6th Scent is yielding the best kind of fruit.

Christopher
Christopher Taylor

Member P.E.A.

www.taylorimagineering.com

MAKING MENTALISM MORE IMPOSSIBLE
ThatsJustWrong!
View Profile
Special user
My flying monkeys are perched on
623 Posts

Profile of ThatsJustWrong!
I know how eagerly you were awaiting the arrival of thisd, David, and it sounds like it was everything you were hoping for. Did it come with the re****er or was that extra?
Joe Leo

All entertainers can benefit from some help from an experienced stage director. How about you?

www.MisfitMysteries.com
David Thiel
View Profile
Inner circle
Western Canada...where all that oil is
3747 Posts

Profile of David Thiel
Nope. It's included. Frankly it's actually more than I was hoping for.

I think you'd like this a lot too, Joe. You could do a routine around that whole "something is rotten in Denmark" thing.

I saw someone has theirs up for sale here on the Café. (hint hint)

David
Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Except bears. Bears will kill you.


www.MindGemsBrainTrust.com
www.magicpendulums.com
www.MidnightMagicAndMentalism.com
ThatsJustWrong!
View Profile
Special user
My flying monkeys are perched on
623 Posts

Profile of ThatsJustWrong!
Already sold :/ I saw it earlier and thought of you!
Joe Leo

All entertainers can benefit from some help from an experienced stage director. How about you?

www.MisfitMysteries.com
Jamie D
View Profile
Inner circle
Ontario, Canada
2292 Posts

Profile of Jamie D
Thanks for the thoughts David.

I originally planed on buying this during the pre-order but I missed out as the money was not there yet. (it was 6 scent or the wife) I must ask though, is the re***ver as quiet as PM's? I'm guessing it is but this is something I find to be important.

Thinking of buying this in the next few days and the thoughts you have expressed where very helpful.

Darren
Twitter @darjames
matthewjohnson
View Profile
Loyal user
Canada
236 Posts

Profile of matthewjohnson
Hi Darren,

The receiver is extremely quiet and as far as I can remember no louder that PM's although I would have to pull out my PM receiver to check.

Hope that helps,

MJ
David Thiel
View Profile
Inner circle
Western Canada...where all that oil is
3747 Posts

Profile of David Thiel
There is a screw you can use to adjust the ferocity of the sound. It's easily accessible, and you can tinker with it until you're happy.

I think we've corresponded enough that you know I would simply never endorse something unless I was genuinely happy with it. I am genuinely, sincerely delighted with this unit. If you PM me, I'll tell you one additional thing that I didn't put into the above review, Darren.

David
Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Except bears. Bears will kill you.


www.MindGemsBrainTrust.com
www.magicpendulums.com
www.MidnightMagicAndMentalism.com
Jamie D
View Profile
Inner circle
Ontario, Canada
2292 Posts

Profile of Jamie D
Well, I just ordered and will post my thoughts when it arrives.

Darren
Twitter @darjames
bkowkabany
View Profile
Loyal user
I have driven through the hearts of men
276 Posts

Profile of bkowkabany
David's posting is spot on. 6th Scent (which I can't help but think of as T6) is T3 with more transmitters and streamlined. My favorite routine is still the PK Taste one originally published with T3. Now I can have that AND gaff my markers (my other favorite). The Annemmann technique for obtaining the participant's favorite candy is akin to what David did (brilliantly I might add) for a kicker. Having the markers in play and using them sparingly throughout is awesome (you know when a spec is using a marker anytime during the show. I have not tried detecting movement which you could do with T3, like having a spec move forward. Would be curious to hear from Chris if this would work).

I made the pre order by the skin of my teeth so I am just now playing with T6. T3 was great. I expect T6 to be spectacular.

One other note - the ability to charge with USB is so much easier than replacing batteries. I really appreciate that touch.

Bruce
Download our Free Magic Inventory and Show Creation software - www.mailware.com/magic



Mentalist by day. Bizzarist by night.
matthewjohnson
View Profile
Loyal user
Canada
236 Posts

Profile of matthewjohnson
So happy to hear you are enjoying 6th Scent Bruce. Thank you for your kind words and honest review.

MJ
David Klass
View Profile
Special user
Beckenham, England
883 Posts

Profile of David Klass
Mine is stuck in UK customs at the minute.....can't wait for it to arrive!!
David Klass
View Profile
Special user
Beckenham, England
883 Posts

Profile of David Klass
I have this now and all I can say is WOW!!!!

This is fantastic. Highly, highly recommended!!!
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » Mentally Speaking » » 6th Scent (0 Likes)
 Go to page 1~2 [Next]
[ Top of Page ]
All content & postings Copyright © 2001-2019 Steve Brooks. All Rights Reserved.
This page was created in 0.19 seconds requiring 5 database queries.
The views and comments expressed on The Magic Café
are not necessarily those of The Magic Café, Steve Brooks, or Steve Brooks Magic.
> Privacy Statement <

ROTFL Billions and billions served! ROTFL