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William Draven
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Title: Hospitality
Artist: Max Francis
Producers: Magic Tao
Link: You can buy this at any of your favorite Murphy’s Magic retailers.
Retail Price: $24.95
Learning Difficulty: Easy
Length of DVD: 30 Minutes
Notes: You’ll need to buy certain things to resupply your ability to perform this after a while.

Features:

Play All
Trailer
Hospitality Performance
Hospitality Intro
Hospitality Setup
Hospitality Explanation
Cocktail Performance
Cocktail Setup
Cocktail Explanation
XXXX* to Use

*Edited to avoid exposing the gaff.

Hospitality is an interesting close up or stage effect where you pour the contents of a soda can completely out until the can is empty and then produce another different beverage.

I think the idea behind Hospitality, originally called Libation, is a good one. It’s theatrical, which is a lot different than most look - see – do magic we see on the market these days. This peace is a brilliant silent bit that reads perfectly well on stage and doesn’t need dialog at all to support or sell it. Theater aside it is still a nice little worker for the close up performer.

The DVD isn’t very long at all, and once you understand what each of the bits that come with the DVD is used for you’ll be pretty much off and running on your own. This is that kind of effect that is pretty self explanatory without needing much in the way of video tutorial. The only down side to this effect is that if you plan to do it often you’re going to need to buy a lot of the things that make the effect possible. I’ll just refer to those things as the “gimmick” from here out, even though a gimmick it really isn’t.

You can use the same gimmick to do a larger load inside a cocktail shaker too. It’s the same idea but the handling they suggest in the DVD is just stupid. Honestly instead of going through the asinine process they suggest go get yourself a PK ring and use that instead. Failing that just finger palm the *** XXX*
*Edited to prevent revealing the method.

I like the cocktail performance idea but not nearly as much as I did Hospitality. I get the strong impression that Cocktail was a half baked idea that came from a brainstorming session as a way to add onto the project


The gimmick and method for deploying it are sturdy and should do fine for what it is you’ll be doing with them. You’ll need to replace the gimmick with a new one after each show though. This is not an effect you’ll want to do walk around style, or even table hopping. This is a parlor or stage trick as it is sold. It’s not a bad one either. It’s visual and I imagine when presented well it’ll be a nice piece. I’m glad I picked it up.

When I give my product scores below I am measuring them on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 Being absolute the worst score possible, and 10 being the absolute best, making a score of five average. The four points that I grade upon is Product Quality, Teaching Quality, Sound & Video Quality and Overall Quality.

Product Quality: 8
Not bad for the price. Nice stage piece. Reliable gimmick.

Teaching Quality: 8
The tutorial on the DVD is pretty easy to follow.

Video & Sound Quality: 9
Clear sound, and video.

Overall Quality: 8
This isn’t the walk around piece that I thought it would be. It’s very clearly a stage piece. Knowing that now I’ve had to rework how I had planned to use it. Otherwise for what it is it’s a pretty cleaver trick.


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Hey Draven great review, I'm looking at getting this but just wanted to know if with this gimmick you can pour out coke then pour out sugar with this effect? I am looking for a trick for my nutrition show that allows you to turn coke into sugar.
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After you have poured the 2nd drink, how easy is it to "clean up"? I mean so the can is examinable...

Doug
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Hello all. To address certain questions:

@Fooloffun:
With how the gimmick works I don't think that would be possible. You could do sugar water... but not just sugar.

@Dougini:
The clean up is simple. Throw the can away. =P The can should not be handled by the spectator after the second drink is poured. While they won't be able to see anything inside the can during or before the first pour they maybe able to notice a small change in the way a can of coke should feel with consideration to weight.

Hope that helps!
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Thanks
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Yes! Thank you! Smile

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Hi Draven,

Thanks for the good review. I'm thinking about buying this effect and I have one short question:
(Without revealing the method of course) : the things you have to buy to use the gimmick again are they easy to get?
-> every day items you can get in almost every supermarket...

Thanks & best regards
Nikki
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William Draven
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Any Party City or otherwise related store such as Target, Walmart, etc. Will have exactly what you need. VERY easy to find. Though Party City maybe your best option, with best variety.
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On Sep 20, 2014, William Draven wrote:
Any Party City or otherwise related store such as Target, Walmart, etc. Will have exactly what you need. VERY easy to find. Though Party City maybe your best option, with best variety.


Thanks a lot. In the meantime my DVD arrived. I think I will get the refills via Amazon.

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