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GAMJoker
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For the ppl who own it:
Can anyone tell me the name of the bottom control he's using during the mercury card fold section?

Thanks a lot.
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Title: Dream Act
Creator: Shin Lim
Publisher: Murphy's Magic
MSRP: $ 200
Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced
DVD Run time: 2 hours and 43 minutes

Type of effect: Award winning magic routine

Manufacturer's Write Up:

In the 2015 FISM World Championships of Magic in Rimini Italy, Shin Lim was crowned the FISM World Champion of Close Up Card Magic. 2 weeks after Shin was featured on Pen & Tellers Fool Us, he immediately became a worldwide phenomenon, his YouTube video being viewed millions of times in just under a week. This was all because of his Dream Act.

The Dream Act is much more than a mere "trick". The Dream Act transcends the act of trying to fool a spectator, into becoming an artistic expression.

In this 3.5 hour long tutorial, Shin Lim reveals every aspect of the Dream Act. Not only does he teach every effect, method and action but goes much deeper by delving into the concepts of atmosphere, timing, theory, music, and movements in creating a silent synchronized (non-speaking) routine.

To date this is Shin Lim's most prized performance piece, a creation that took over six years to develop, and it can now be yours to learn.

Learn the Magic Behind the Magic...
This product is limited and will never be reprinted due to keeping this routine exclusive to only a few magicians.

How accurate is the ad copy?

It can be performed live. The version sold is basically the Fool Us version with a couple upgrades, which aren't very useful in a live performance, but he does give alternates. There are more gimmicks to be bought or made than I had anticipated. And I, for one, can imagine that some parts that could be learned and performed without doing the whole act.

If you have a reliable classic force, you can perform the routine much more easily than Shin teaches it, but you can never miss or you'll have a disaster on your hands.

It's definitely not a routine that you watch a couple times and then you can do it. There is a lot of content, and much of it is specific to the routine. Knowing its secrets, I actually like the routine better, now. There is even some misdirection in it that is specifically designed to mess with the heads of magicians.

What's in the box? All gimmicks are included (including: custom smoke gimmicks for card + smoke to mouth) Assembly is required. DVD has over 3.5 hours of in-depth teaching. Also included are the USB charger + 90mah automated battery + 1 atomizer strength (0mg) PLUS A BONUS: Download Video of "SSS" the 2015 Edition

How are the production values: I've owned a few Shin Lim products and this is hands down my favorite video and I wish more creators would make videos like this, there is so much I liked about this - from having a fellow creator give his comments has Shin Lin taught the routine, to ending with Shin Lim give director's commentary about his own "Fool Us" routine.

Is it well made: You get some quality products with this, however, I sort of wished you got just a little bit "more" for your money. I would have included an entire deck with box in this that consisted of half double facers and half blank cards (but that's just me)

Is it well taught: Very well taught, Shin goes over this over and over until you get it. He covers more bases than an aggressive short stop. In fact, I loved this video so much because it really teaches how to craft a routine, not to mention how to incorporate effects together into a working cohesive story.

My thoughts (what I personally liked/disliked): Now, I feel that this whole act is worthy of study of anyone who really wants to learn on how to build an act and put it together, learn some new moves and routining to add to your work, and in some cases, even people that want to take on the task of learning the act in its entirety, I feel that the asking price is right, since you are getting a lot of value for lots of advice.

Storage? Does it "pack flat?" Uh no, in fact to do this routine in it's entirety you need to be loaded for bear. You need to be strapped in. You need pretty much everything you saw Shin do in his act. The Dream Act is like a Darcy Oake dove act - hit after hit after hit.

Does it "play big?" This act plays so big Shin Lim won the close up category at FISM!

Difficulty / Skill level required: I'd say intermediate to advanced, but I wouldn't want to scare off any beginning magicians who love Shin Lim - I say, if you want to learn this - buy it.

How much arts and crafts are involved? There is more arts and crafts here than a week's worth of vacation bible school. (especially if you decide to build the SSS gimmick)

How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) With tons of practice, the skill and panache of Shin Lim, a table, a close up mat, a few other things and the express written consent from the creator - then Yes... it can be done.

Overall score: let's toss out the traditional score of 1-10 and make this something that we all can appreciate and understand.

X Very Satisfied
_____ Somewhat Satisfied
_____ Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
_____ Somewhat Dissatisfied
_____ Very Dissatisfied
_____ No Opinion

This was a roller coast of emotion for me, before it came, I couldn't wait to see it. When I opened it, I was disappointed. When I watched the video all the way through I was in love. Thank you Shin Lim!

+ Hey do you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas? Visit this link for my video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMPLIVXTIpg
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Can any owners of this comment if the custom gimmick looks anything like an e-cig?
Had ordered Smoke 2.0 and that got confiscated by authorities here in Singapore because we disallow e-cigs.
Refills of Smoke 1 were also prohibited. Any idea if the product has units and equipment like that?

If the custom gimmick does not resemble an e-cig, perhaps there's hope for me to order it!
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Buy it from your dealer in your country . If your country bans E-Cig , my advice is to check your local dealer , some dealers can import devices related for magic even though it's banned in their country .

For Dream Act , well it looks quite like one though ... Well it is one in the first place ...
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Shin goes into great details about this act. Although with the set up involved, I am unlikely to ever do it. It does make me appreciate the effort behind making magic happen. I have been disappointed with Shin's items before. But this one is a good one.
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Assuming I don't want to do anything with smoke, but want to learn the act in general, dissapearing the pen, the transposition etc, will I still need to buy the "Extra" stuff (ie the mat, the products for SSS?)

Also, considering this is priced similar to David Regal's Linking Finger ring project (I know they arent the same to compare except for price) I am only really prepared to purchase one and while I had the ring effect in my wish-list, when Dream Act came out, I really would like to add 90% of this to my stage act sometime. I wonder, wonder, wonder which to get first (as the second purchase of $200+ wont happen anytime soon.)
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Go for the finger ring , if you want practicality , not saying dream act is not practical but I guess you'll perform linking rings more if you've both . Also you can consider a cheaper ( and I think equally good ) option called Merge .

The Dream Act is just to spur your creativity to encourage you to come up with your own routine . I got this but nothing went to my professional set , it's just a nice thing to watch through . Everything works , and it works perfectly , but will I ever do this in paid events ? Em ... Maybe ? But likely not , everything is super well thought out but it suits Shin's style much more .
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On May 18, 2016, Griflex wrote:
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On May 17, 2016, GeorgeKerzon wrote:
Is this worth it for someone like me who will not perform the whole effect, maybe only segments?


If there are parts of this act that you wish to learn and perform then its worth every penny to you Smile


Good luck with that. At the outset, his "company" basically threatens anyone with legal action should you perform it anywhere but in the privacy of your own home. (or someone else's)

Also, I wonder how the CW would take to him selling a DVD with their copyrighted footage on it?
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On May 18, 2016, Griflex wrote:
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On May 17, 2016, GeorgeKerzon wrote:
Is this worth it for someone like me who will not perform the whole effect, maybe only segments?


If there are parts of this act that you wish to learn and perform then its worth every penny to you Smile


Good luck with that. At the outset, his "company" basically threatens anyone with legal action should you perform it anywhere but in the privacy of your own home. (or someone else's)

Also, I wonder how the CW would take to him selling a DVD with their copyrighted footage on it?


This is probably a dumb question, but I assumed that normal performance rights were given on most magic releases unless the dvd says no (and I was told that Shin Lim only refused TV rights.) Is that correct or have I been unintentionally performing stuff on the streets and in variety shows without permission. (Streets for 4 years but the 10 min gig in the last couple of months.)

I was ready to throw my money at the Dream act thinking I can put it into a stage show.

Sorry for the ignorance
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I do not perform card magic per say but I was so impressed with Shin Lim that I decided to buy this act. This is not an act that you would do close-up, it is designed and devised for stage. You can use elements from it which you can perform closeup but the whole act is designed as a stage act or at least in a drawing room. It cannot be performed surrounded. You would need to dig out your exacto knife before you can perform this. So if you are a lazy magician who wants to buy a trick and perform it as soon as you receive it, don't buy it. For me it was a very inspiring trick, it made be dig our my card tricks and start practasing again, so I think it is worth the money it is being sold for but there is a catch. The act has been copyrighted a la Teller. You do not get the rights to perform it on TV, Stage or any social media that includes YouTube and Facebook or likes. So you can only perform it at your local functions. And no you do not require a stooge. Rest has more or less been mentioned in other posts.
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Sorry, I forgot to mention that SSS is sold as a seperate product as it is not necessarily required for this act and it in itself is a very fine gimmick. Shim teaches you how to make it but you would need to buy the material required to make it seperately. But you can buy the materiallocally and Shim even mentions where you can get it from. If you decide to buy SSS seperately it just costs 30$. For god's sake why are people cribbing so much.
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Let's say it simple: If Shin Lim would communicate that buyers would receive more or less just the instructional video (download link) for approx. 200 USD and still would have to invest days to get all gimmicks together (as at least 50 percent of all needed stuff is missing), and if he would let buyers know that a performance is never possible in a normal table situation I guess he would sell 90 percent less. Although the act is fantastic, the selling of this act is a bluff package. don't get me wrong: I don't say that the secrets behind the routine is not worth the price but you have to say CLEARLY what you are selling. And by the way: it's the same with the SSS gimmick: you just receive a tube and download link for the clip and then: have much fun to buy the many remaining things and crafting!
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Hi just a quick one I am looking at buying the dream Act as found a dealer with some in, for peolpe who have it dose it show you how to build or tell you how to get replacement gimmicks if you lose / break them
thanks
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$133.97 with coupon code "33" on hocus pocus through midnight PST tonight.
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Stooges aren't even allowed on FU or FISM so that would never have been a solution.
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