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Received mine last night. I Watched the instructions and I'm very impressed. I'm a long time steam user as well!
This isn't my review yet in detail as of yet. I'll be doing something early this week to compare the the two. First thoughts I really think this is something great. Getting the info as per the instructional DVD does work very well. I'm a big believer of having many tools in your tool box in getting info. This is another great one that I think many will use. It's up to the performer how you deliver the info! That's the most important part!
It's a great kit that comes with more than enough to get you going for sometime. Creative folks can build this into many items.
Give Cole a call at Hocus-Pocus and get your copy!!
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Just got this yesterday. As a first time Steam owner...I absolutely love the Red Herring presentation. Every move is justified (including the covering action). I will combine it with a name/word reveal and then throw in a card blister effect via 3rd degree burn as I am wrapping up my reading. Haven't watched the entire download yet but I am satisfied thus far.

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Me (and maybe the other 'old folks' like Stephen Young, saysold1, Artin, Ustaad and chrismatt to just name a few) can only gently smile about the new fuss.
The really shiny golden ideas are not to be found in a video mass product - some of them were only exchanged and refined privately.
The Mati Envelope
A brandnew peek device for the working mentalist!

Chance's Token
Tarot cards in a scenic piece of mystery.....
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As someone who has always been interested in Steam but never pulled the trigger, the new 2.0 release seemed like a good time to jump in so I did.

With 2.0, aside from the materials, etc. it seems that the main addition the PHP team has made is the envelope... it definitely opens the door to some great possibilities and adds to the justification of the props.

While the routines taught are very good (I particularly liked Andrew Gerard's routine), I don't think they fully tap into the potential of this utility. In the right hands, this is super powerful, but my general feeling was that these routines under-utilized the method at play.

My mind is racing and I'll probably sit on this for a while until I discover the right routine for me. With that said, I have no regrets about my purchase and am excited with the potential here- if you're on the fence about this, I would jump off and get it.
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Pre-ordered Steam 2.0 on Feb. 9 (well before the release date), but have yet to receive notice from Merchant of Magic (magicshop.uk) that it has shipped...and they have not responded to my email asking for an update. Smile Not too happy right now!
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I received my Steam 2.0. went the site, entered the passcode. video is there, but it only plays music with the video. Anyone???
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Works on my tablet, so no worries. And this thing is awesome!!! Fits my performance style to a tee. Happy camper.
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Rosariorose9 that's why being in Europe its way better to order from Hocus Pocus! Even less expensive Smile

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On Feb 22, 2016, rosariorose9 wrote:
Pre-ordered Steam 2.0 on Feb. 9 (well before the release date), but have yet to receive notice from Merchant of Magic (magicshop.uk) that it has shipped...and they have not responded to my email asking for an update. Smile Not too happy right now!


Hi Rosariorose
Sorry to hear that. I can't see any outstanding support emails about this on their system, but let's get it fixed for you right away. Can you pm me with your real name and I'll look up your order and send you over the tracking number. All steam 2.0 international orders have dispatched.

There's a lot of advantages with ordering from MoM. For example: You have a full year return guarentee with MoM, so if you watch the tuition video, but decide you won't use Steam, you can send it back any time in the next 12 months. That's in addition to your normal consumer rights. See the site for details.

Hope this helps
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I really like the concept and I think there is loads you can do with it but I genuinely think its odd to have an envelope and not put the card in it. I mean if you really wanted to hide the card; why wouldn't you use an envelope which is essentially what its designed for. I'm not saying its a deal breaker, but some spectators will be curious in my opinion. That said, I think the red herring routine justifies it more than the others and it is something I'd try. So whilst I love the method; I don't think the envelope is the best application of that method personally and I think there are better ways to get the peak (although none have sprung instantly to mind).

All in all though I think it's cool and I'll definitely try it out.
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On Feb 23, 2016, Paul S Wingham wrote:
I really like the concept and I think there is loads you can do with it but I genuinely think its odd to have an envelope and not put the card in it. I mean if you really wanted to hide the card; why wouldn't you use an envelope which is essentially what its designed for. I'm not saying its a deal breaker, but some spectators will be curious in my opinion. That said, I think the red herring routine justifies it more than the others and it is something I'd try. So whilst I love the method; I don't think the envelope is the best application of that method personally and I think there are better ways to get the peak (although none have sprung instantly to mind).

All in all though I think it's cool and I'll definitely try it out.


Psych force gives you the perfect reason for bringing out the envelope with the card in it. It also sets up the premise very well for what will occur later on. You don't even need to use the one shown in the instructional video, you can use any of the well known psych forces (or even 3 of them). Doesn't matter if they don't hit either because all you're doing is having the spec read your mind at first (it may even be better presentation-wise to have let's say 3 psych forces and get a hit on only 1 or 2 of them, as this demonstrates the difficulty of the task).
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My friend showed me STEAM 2.0.

PH & Team has basically put together all the requisite items/material needed to perform STEAM right out of the box. One shall learn nothing as far as good routine and performance tips are concerned. As for the included envelopes and its use is concerned, Bro Gilbert takes away almost half the time on the video trying to repeatedly and painstakingly justify the use of the envelope. Bro Gilbert's efforts are futile and no sensible mentalist in his right mind set will try the envelope routine on his spectators. IMO the envelope is the most redundant item in the package. On the video the main emphasis has been on the envelope - which was a big disappointment. The so called & talked about Red Herring routine is also just about mediocre.

Besides the envelope routine there are a couple of other routines which are simply touched upon. If one does a search on the Café for 'Steam', one shall find many excellent routines/performance tips/methods on STEAM. Also one shall find the list of most suitable tried and tested material one would need to perform Steam.

IMO STEAM 2.0 is suitable for those who need the requisite material effortlessly on a platter. As for the varied routines and methods are concerned the Café is the best place to look for - one shall learn a lot, I have and so would you. Smile

Just my thoughts! Smile

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On Feb 23, 2016, Ustaad wrote:
My friend showed me STEAM 2.0.

PH & Team has basically put together all the requisite items/material needed to perform STEAM right out of the box. One shall learn nothing as far as good routine and performance tips are concerned. As for the included envelopes and its use is concerned, Bro Gilbert takes away almost half the time on the video trying to repeatedly and painstakingly justify the use of the envelope. Bro Gilbert's efforts are futile and no sensible mentalist in his right mind set will try the envelope routine on his spectators. IMO the envelope is the most redundant item in the package. On the video the main emphasis has been laid on the envelope - which turned out to be a big disappointment. The so called & talked about Red Herring routine is also just about mediocre.

Besides the envelope routine there are a couple of other routines which are simply touched upon. If one does a search on the Café for 'Steam', one shall find many excellent routines/performance tips/methods on STEAM. Also one shall find the list of most suitable tried and tested material one would need to perform Steam.

IMO STEAM 2.0 is suitable for those who need the requisite material effortlessly on a platter. As for the varied routines and methods are concerned the Café is the best place to look for - one shall learn a lot, I have and so would you. Smile

Just my thoughts! Smile

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The psych force approach more than justifies the envelopes and is also very good presentationally to introduce the plot you are about to demonstrate.

The fortune telling fish approach however, it's fun and plays well, but the psych force approach I found to have more bite for the spectator (you're essentially getting two effects out of it as opposed to just one).
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Wow Ustaad you are a tough one to please. Mine arrived and I am quite happy with it. It's ready right out of box. And the method can be easily adapted to any presentation pretty much instantly.
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I understood the steam principle before I got it as I've got the Ghost Pad but didn't know a great deal about the nuts and bolts of the original Steam. I quite like the envelopes but what really blew my mind was getting the imp whilst the card with the info on was face down! The fact that you could do this might be old news to some but *** it's clever.
The idea of placing the envelope over the card does seem a little weird on paper but if done in an off hand manner I think it'll fly. I've not tried it yet so I could be wrong.
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Wow Ustaad you are a tough one to please.

I guess that's simply because of Ustaasd's broad knowledge and experience.
For anyone who had put ANY own thought before into this mighty concept, the "new" package will of course be far from thrilling at all.
The Mati Envelope
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Chance's Token
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I think Ustaad is being a bit more than a little harsh. "one shall learn nothing..." Really. That's just not true. You are provided with excellent material and some very good ideas for routines. This is a utility device and you should be able to come up with your own ideas for presentation. I took a photo of myself this morning, went to Walgreen's Pharmacy and got 4 wallet sized prints for 25 cents each (for the Photo Steam routine). The envelope flew by 2 specs this afternoon and I couldn't have been more pleased. One word of caution (which was mentioned on the video that comes with Steam 2) -- make sure they write large!!! That may be more important than anything.

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Not sure if it would be giving away too much, but I have a question. The spec writes something down, then you cover it with the envelope or whatever. You do your peek. Does the gimmick remain "dirty" at that point and must be put away? Or, does the impression dissipate leaving you in a clean state? I'm hoping that it fades away somehow.
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On Feb 23, 2016, magicbrady wrote:
Not sure if it would be giving away too much, but I have a question. The spec writes something down, then you cover it with the envelope or whatever. You do your peek. Does the gimmick remain "dirty" at that point and must be put away? Or, does the impression dissipate leaving you in a clean state? I'm hoping that it fades away somehow.


Doesn't even matter since what you are peeking is a completely inconsequential object in the eyes of the spectator as long as you justify them sliding it out so that you can take it.

Steam 2.0 is a utility item. Stop thinking of it as a magic trick. There are routines taught in the video but what you are purchasing is a utility item. Do you question if a peek wallet is left "dirty" or not? No. As long as there is adequate justification for the wallet being in play, it's inconsequential.
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