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Alex DLF
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I only have Wayne's one but this looks very good too Smile

Might be interesting to compare both.
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That has been done. They work on entirely different principles, as you know, Alex.

Just in terms of the mechanics, one involves a surface, and not just any surface, whilst the other can be done standing up without even a spectator's hand.

Apples and oranges, my friend.
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That has been done. They work on entirely different principles, as you know, Alex.

Just in terms of the mechanics, one involves a surface, and not just any surface, whilst the other can be done standing up without even a spectator's hand.

Apples and oranges, my friend.


Exactly ! Like the fact that with MS you can use it in a walkaround situation. Looks gorgeous anyway Smile
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I have Wayne's one too ... I like MS MUCH MUCH Better.
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On Dec 7, 2014, TheAmazingSteveo wrote:
After using Mystery Solved for a while now .. one thing I REALLY like about it is that there really is no reset ..
it is always ready to go. The illusion looks absolutely fantastic!


Thanks Steveo

I'm glad you like it buddy. I never really thought of the fact that you don't need to reset it but your right.

Glad you like the mini illusion.

Cheers

David


I was also thinking that this is a terrific mini illusion. I think David so carefully developed and manufactured Mystery Solved as a great mini illusion is due to David's vast experience with using grand illusions in his stage shows. He knows the mechanical and psychological reasons of what makes a good illusion and he applied those same techniques and ideas to Mystery Solved.
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Just got it! Here is my short review:

It's exactly what you would think it is.
It is a genius utility device(not a gimmick, not a trick) that you can use for a lot of things. The standard card trick is not the best thing that you can do with it. The best use, I think, is for mentalism(predictions, switching, etc.) Think of it as a mini clear prediction box.
You can get a folded billet signed. You then put it inside the clear box and leave it on the table or even between the spectator's hands. Then you go through a "dream vacation"-like process or whatever. After that, you take the billet out of the box and BAM! It matches perfectly and you are a god! Smile
In my opinion it is better then all other versions out there.
Brilliant Mr. Penn!
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How many box's did you purchase 3 ?
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How many box's did you purchase 3 ?

Good one! Smile
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I guess Mystery Solved is good, good, good. Smile
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I picked this up on Saturday. It's quite impressive. I really like Davids idea of putting a card that says " your name" in the box before the routine, then as it comes out of the box, it's got their signed card. Very cool idea.
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I rarely carry that many items with me when I'm out as I'm more of a magic enthusiast than a proper magician, but I've got one of these displayed on a shelf as a conversation starter. Just imagine someone visiting your house asking what the box with the folded card is, and you being able to respond with a, "Oh, that? That is your card" and then go into a routine ending with this. A card they saw on the shelf the whole time, turning out to be a card they selected.
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I rarely carry that many items with me when I'm out as I'm more of a magic enthusiast than a proper magician, but I've got one of these displayed on a shelf as a conversation starter. Just imagine someone visiting your house asking what the box with the folded card is, and you being able to respond with a, "Oh, that? That is your card" and then go into a routine ending with this. A card they saw on the shelf the whole time, turning out to be a card they selected.

I like it ,very nice indeed.
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My absolute BEST purchase of the year! This thing ROCKS!
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I rarely carry that many items with me when I'm out as I'm more of a magic enthusiast than a proper magician, but I've got one of these displayed on a shelf as a conversation starter. Just imagine someone visiting your house asking what the box with the folded card is, and you being able to respond with a, "Oh, that? That is your card" and then go into a routine ending with this. A card they saw on the shelf the whole time, turning out to be a card they selected.


Nice idea Marcus, I think I will start leaving mine out on display also.
Thanks!!!
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My pleasure, videoman! Smile
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I picked this up on Saturday. It's quite impressive. I really like Davids idea of putting a card that says " your name" in the box before the routine, then as it comes out of the box, it's got their signed card. Very cool idea.


I agree. Anyone curious can watch the end of the latest World Magic Shop review show where David performs it at the very end. I would likely modify that routine just slightly by having the "named spectator" open the card only toward themselves at the end. That way you get an extra laugh out of the routine. The observers will laugh when the spectator is apparently let in on the joke. Then the spectator turns the card around for the surprise reveal. By briefly separating the moments you gain the benefit of a distinct climax instead of what could be a bit of a muddle (albeit still a very entertaining one).

More clever thinking by David Penn. This item is turning out to be a real hit.
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This is really really good... I just got this and I'm really happy with it.... the dvd is also very well... but personally the routine that david penn teached in the dvd it doesn't suit my style...so can someone help me... is there any other card routine that fits really well with the mystery solved... ? Of course beside Ambitious card routine... I need some advice...

Thanks in advance my friends...

Diga
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Hi DigaMag,

i would just do what ever card routine you currenly use & as a fantastic ending to it show that it's been in the box from the start.

Mike Donoghue
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I've used the Kennedy Mystery Boxes ( card, money and prediction ), made a ring box after the Tommy Wonder video came out and used other contraptions that were released over the years. Most worked fine. Some didn't live up to expectations.

David Penn's Mystery Solved is the finest I've used. It's also the most versatile. You can easily swap out cards ( any back design ) notes and written predictions. The retention of vision makes it appear as if nothing happened other than dumping out the isolated item. Their radar never goes up!

If your using signed playing cards, may I suggest the card in the box having a different back design than the deck? It keeps them from getting ahead.

The applications for mental effects is what I most use it for. Peter Turner's contribution on the dvd was what you'd expect from him.

Mystery Solved is like using a T.T. or a Coin S*. It's right there under their noses, hidden in plain sight. Man, oh, man, is it fun to do.

C.J.
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The only tiny problem with mystery solved is the size of the box and the size of the folded card, I wish David Penn shrunk it to the same size as when you m****** !@#$ the card.
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