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Alex DLF
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Tic Tac Toe Mini – Bond Lee

Product description: If you like Tic Tac Toe Pro (stage or parlour), you’ll love Tic Tac Toe mini. Basically, the principle is exactly the same but the size is reduced to a 6 cm x 6 cm square with 2 cm x 2 cm tiles. The idea is simple, you play a game of Tic Tac Toe with your spectator, they can play where they want but at the end, it’s a draw. When you turn over the game, there is a picture which is in the perfect order, and people could have played where they wanted. It sounds a bit weird when I’m writing it but go check the teaser, you’ll understand better.

Price and where to buy it: This is sold at $59.95 and you can find it in nearly every Murphy's magic partner !

What you get: You get a little square cardboard box, with inside quite a few things. You get the plastic plate with magnets inside, you get the 9 tiles with magnets inside too, but they’re provided blank so you have to stick the stickers on (or under) the tiles. You’re also provide with 2 different pictures: Mona Lisa and a 7 of Spades, which you have to stick on the tiles too. A small black velvet bag and a metal plate are also provided. The explanation video is well made by Bond Lee himself but I think he over complicates the method (which is not easy) and there is a way to make it simpler. Overall, the trick is good and works great but need some work.

Teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnVKBHFul48

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 place the tiles on the plate, people can just show you where they want to play.
- The outcome will always be the same, unless you change the stickers.

THE PROS:
- I think this is a fresh approach to a magic trick, showing that you will play a game with a spectator is a clever idea in my opinion.
- The stuff provided is really well made, you have to prepare the tiles but I think they did that so you can have the option of which picture you want.
- This is perfect for corporate magic, you can print the logo of the company on the back.
- It takes up no pocket space, the square is 6 cm x 6 cm so it can fit in any pocket.
- With the proper presentation, you can really blow away people, by telling them everything was done randomly, and still, they manage to properly setup the picture.

Overall rating: I like this one a lot, the routine is new, the outcome impressive. But I don’t think I’ll be using it, still a great trick, 3/4 hearts.

As for the difficulty level, this is quite hard to do, you have to remember a few things, I’d say 4/5 stars.

Similar products: Tic Tac Toe Pro for stage and parlour are also available so you have the choice on which version you want to perform.

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John C
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I found it requires a certain type of brain and thinking ability. I didn't have it. I sold mine.

I wish I had the ability it's a cool little effect.
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Although this does seem cool when first described, once you dig deeper, there is much that is negative about this offering. It has been discussed on another thread and for the most part has been found wanting.
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Yes I heard it takes some calculations and mental math. I tend to stay away from tricks like that.
aligator
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It requires constant practuce unfortunately. The pay off is simply not worth the amount of work that needs to be put in to learn and maintain. I believe that the stage sized one is much better.
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The biggest Con

Is the long assembly work required

One mistake and you have had it

Also very hard to change the stickers

For the price this should have come pre assembled

As it stands I would give this one a miss
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Yes, one that is pre-assembled might garner more interest.
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On Mar 19, 2019, aligator wrote:
It requires constant practuce unfortunately. The pay off is simply not worth the amount of work that needs to be put in to learn and maintain. I believe that the stage sized one is much better.


The stage sized one scares me, tbh. I have both. I bought the mini to train with. I’m very nervous about premiering the large version. Even with regular training, one slip in the brain and you’ve lost your payload. I’d be curious to hear from anyone who performs regularly with the stage version. Bond Lee swears it’s easy. I bet he’s good at math.
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