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MR Effecto
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On May 11, 2017, rjs wrote:
I've never been interested in any trick that involves mysterious holes moving , stretching and vanishing on a playing card.

Hole punchers do not excite me.

I cannot relate to these anomalous orifices.

I have no idea why this sub-genre exists!


Then why you come to this forum????? Leave we don't care
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Put mine up for sale on Magicweek.
Gimmick is great but I don't feel comfortable with the handling of it.
Dave makes it look great but in my hands it does not.
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Reignofsound, I had a similar issue initially. I suspect Dave Loosley has much larger hands than I do so it took some experimenting to work out a handling. I find that I need to use my other hand to help position the card and conceal the gaff at the outset. But I don't feel this hurts the effect at all.
For me, it would have been helpful if the hole were positioned a little further down the length of the card towards the center. My left thumb is not quite long enough to reach where it needs to be comfortably while still holding the deck in the same hand (which is necessary IMO) so I needed to work out a modification.

Also, flicking the card to cause the slot to jump back to a hole took a little work and more description on exactly how to do this would have been helpful too. But again, because I have rather small hands I probably have less margin of error than others might. But I realize it's difficult to cover every possible scenario and as with many effects, you have to figure out what works for you so overall this is small point and I wouldn't mark down the video for not going into more detail in some of these areas.

As I said in a previous post, I really love this effect and the gaff is ingenious and extremely well made, and NO arts & crafts are needed-YAY!
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I agree that bigger hands will help cover your angles, but nothing you can't work around. I personally found the flick heal a little knacky, but again all resolved with a little practice. Highly recommend this one.
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You can hold the gaff in a biddle grip and flick forward with the right hand. I find this looks as good and is more certain than the finger flick on the end.
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This is a great effect...visually it is awesome, the only problem I have is in the handling. My hand is just not big enough to do it as dave does in the explanation this means I have to put the deck down whilst I show the effect, problem is then how do you justify picking the deck up again and placing the card back on the deck before you hand them their card back. If your hands are big enough to retain the deck in your hand whilst you perform the trick then it is almost natural to place it back on the deck...any ides ?????
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AceFace, first I'd really work on developing a handling where you can hold the deck while using the gimmick as I agree it makes the trick flow much smoother and easier.
Maybe try using your right forefinger to reveal the long hole while holding the card and deck in your left similar to a rub a dub vanish.
If you absolutely have to set the deck down then perhaps performing it just a few inches above the deck and then letting the card immediately drop onto the deck, pick everything up and proceed. Not ideal but it may work.
Seems like there must be a way to allow you to hold the deck while doing it. I have similar issues to you and had to modify the handling from what Dave does.
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Anybody have a problem with the gimmick breaking? Seems like mine doesn't always flick back into the proper position. Not sure if anyone would know how to fix it.
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On May 18, 2017, Xcath1 wrote:
You can hold the gaff in a biddle grip and flick forward with the right hand. I find this looks as good and is more certain than the finger flick on the end.


The only problem with that technique is there is a sound issue.
The flicking covers the sound naturally, or provides a reason for it.
Just waving the card and hearing a snap looks very odd to me.
Of course if you're in loud environments it doesn't matter but I rarely am.
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I say "and the hole snaps back"
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Seems like there's a "hole" lot of magic coming out. Anyone care to comment about "Cartoon Capers?"

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/8562
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Seems like there's a "hole" lot of magic coming out. Anyone care to comment about "Cartoon Capers?"

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/8562


Indeed. Use the Hole of your vision to spot the thread that's been running for days now.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......orum=218
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On Jun 13, 2017, drstevemagic wrote:
Seems like there's a "hole" lot of magic coming out. Anyone care to comment about "Cartoon Capers?"

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/8562


Indeed. Use the Hole of your vision to spot the thread that's been running for days now.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......orum=218



Been following that one from the start. Was asking if any "Expansion" homies had any comparative thoughts on the two effects, other than the obvious differences in the props.
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Oh I see. Apologies. I'm trying to think of the effect where the w(hole) of the deck ends up with a large hole going through. Looks awesome and wish I'd bought it back then.
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Oh I see. Apologies. I'm trying to think of the effect where the w(hole) of the deck ends up with a large hole going through. Looks awesome and wish I'd bought it back then.



This one by Marc Arthur? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp1FSXOsR3M

Me too!
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Expansion – Dave Loosley and Daniel Bryan

Product description : I recently reviewed Fortuity which was a very good trick in my opinion and here we are again with another Alakazam Magic product, this one is Expansion by Daniel Bryan and Dave Loosley. The idea here is pretty simple, it’s more like a bar bet than a magic trick, that’s what you could think at first. You show a card with a hole on it (or let them select a card and punch a hole) and ask them if they think it is possible to pass a coin straight through this hole. Of course, they will say no, you take the card, you stretch the hole, put the coin through it and put the hole right back in place in a very visual way ! Coin and card can now be examined.

Price and where to buy it : This is sold at $30 and you can find it in nearly every Murphy's magic « partner » shop !

What you get : You get a little cardboard DVD sleeve, very well printed, I do like the artwork that has been done on it ! Inside, you’ll find an actual DVD, it was the same with Fortuity, maybe Alakazam did understand the fact many people do prefer DVD over online video ? Anyway, the video is well made, as you would expect from this company and everything is nicely taught. You’re also supplied with the gimmick which is made by Rob Bromley, the guy who I consider to be the best gimmick maker in the world, and this may be his finest creation/ The gimmick is INVISIBLE, it’s one of the best I’ve ever seen, I chose a red one and it’s still as undetectable as it should be. I’m really impressed by this, it’s a piece of art ! Overall, for the price asked, you get a wonderfully made gimmick as well as a nice DVD, not disappointed at all.

Teaser : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGRTOV-VyLE

The pros and the cons : Here is the core of my review, let's begin with the cons, as I will usually be doing, I prefer to keep the good things for the end.

THE CONS :
– You have to carry a gimmick in your deck, so it has to be added during the course of your routine or doing this effect first (even if I don’t think this is a good starter).
– You have to carry a card with a hole punched in it or carry a hole puncher, in both case, it’s not very practical.
– One of the side of the “slot” is squared when the other one is rounded, I don’t know why they didn’t do it rounded too..

THE PROS :
– The visuals on this are insane ! This is like a cartoon, you have an ACME Hole and you can stretch it to turn it into a slot very easily and visually. And of course, the moment the hole snaps back into place is just gorgeous.
– The gimmick is the best one I’ve ever seen of its kind, you just can’t see the construction line, it is virtually invisible. I was afraid the colour red would led to a more visible gimmick but you can hold it in daylight 10 cm from spectators eyes and they wouldn’t see a thing ! Kudos to Rob Bromley who did an amazing work on this.
– It’s very easy to do, you just have to do a double lift and you can do both the setup and clean up ! So you can completely focus on your routine and presentation.
– I like the fact it begins like a bar bet and turns into a very magical moment, it completely throws off the spectators.
– It’s not that expensive for a gimmick which is that well made, I can tell you a lot of time and work have been put into this.
– The card can be left as a souvenir at the end, so people will remember what you did ! I do think it’s an amazing souvenir, which will led to conversations and people telling how you managed to stretch that hole.

Overall rating : If you like the visuals of this, you can’t be disappointed with the material you receive, this is a very cool routine which will fit into many pro and amateur set, still not sure whether I would use it on a daily basis but I really really liked it ! 3.5/4 hearts.

As for the difficulty level, as I said, a double lift is the only sleight you need, I would say 2/5 stars.

Similar products : Such routine which allows you to do a very visual cartoon move are not very common, Hollow 2.0 by Menny Lindenfeld could be an idea.

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