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Just for clarity I know Magicbox also do a "no quibble returns" policy on all products as well.
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Shout out to Tobias Dostal for coming up with something original and different amid all the other routine magic tricks being reinvented and released these days. It requires a lot of practice to perfect it, but once you do, its a great performance piece.
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Can you borrow the spectator's phone to do the effect?
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On Oct 25, 2019, JOurneyjoe wrote:
Can you borrow the spectator's phone to do the effect?

This was answered a few pages back. Please spend some time researching and you will find all answers.
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It would have been very easy to include a "yes" or a "no" along with the rest of your reply. I had read through the thread but missed this. Sorry about that but thanks however for taking the time to answer.
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Yes..

Could be done with borrowed phone. the gimmick is not a phone.
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How clean are you left at the end of the effect?
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It would have been very easy to include a "yes" or a "no" along with the rest of your reply. I had read through the thread but missed this. Sorry about that but thanks however for taking the time to answer.


JOurneyjoe. Unfortunately snotty replies here tend to be just as common as the helpful ones.
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On Oct 25, 2019, JOurneyjoe wrote:
It would have been very easy to include a "yes" or a "no" along with the rest of your reply. I had read through the thread but missed this. Sorry about that but thanks however for taking the time to answer.


JOurneyjoe. Unfortunately snotty replies here tend to be just as common as the helpful ones.


Nothing snotty about his reply at all.
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I have a pixel 3 XL, and the flash is having an odd effect, it appears the light is refracting around the fingers so you get 1 central silhouette and another 2 fainter silhouettes. I may have a 3 bulb flash I guess.

It doesn't appear to be practicably solved by lengthening distance from the phone.

It's disappointing to be honest. Anything which involves my real hand coming up to meet the silhouette will have a tell: my well-defined shadow is oddly different to what's already on the wall.

Anyone got any suggestions for cheap Androids, with powerful flashes, that this works well for? To give a well-defined shadow? What size iPhones does this work best on? I could seek an Android a similar size.
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Hi there,
This have been covered in the instructions but if you can find it please pm me or send a message to Tobias.
There’s a very easy fix Smile
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Would be great to have Tobias contact details. A google search bring up an artist who may or may not be Tobias. Days are getting longer, want to hit it while I have the gloom.
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He is very approachable on Instagram and Facebook.

Best regards,
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I for one am having a ball with this! Love practicing it as well, so much fun!! I do believe I will get a flip case to help with the angles. Though, you can definitely do it with a borrowed phone, I would feel my comfortable with the flip case. And for me, this effect is so neat and different that I will add the flip case.

BritishMagic, I definitely can understand what you are saying, if your hands are to small this definitely would make performing this and trying to hide the method much more difficult. Hope it's your phone size and you can get a smaller one.


RNK: Did you pick up a phone case? If so, did that make it a lot easier for you?

BritishMagic: Did you try a smaller phone?


Dominic,

I did pick up a phone case a while ago but didn't respond to you because I wanted to work it extensively first. Buy YES, it definitely makes this so much easier to perform and helps with one of the bad angles. Are you using this and if so, with a case?


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He is very approachable on Instagram and Facebook.

Best regards,
Titanas


Yes Tobias gave me a solution. It works perfffectly. Seems to be setting himself up for every success, great product, good instructions and caring.
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I debated whether to get this or not. I'm not the sort of person who is content doing the same magic over and over, but I'm not opposed to putting in serious practice for something I like. This sounds like it might take more practice than your average effect.

However, I do think of magic as more of entertainment, and in this case, I'm not so sure that it is critical that the audience can't see the method. I see this as great theater, and if they discover the method, well it was pretty obvious anyway, wasn't it?

I see this as more like unique and amazing theater in miniature.

I could see performing this along with other things that are a mix of magic, theater, and oddity.

Even if they know how it is done, and what they are going to assume IS going to be pretty much what is happening, it may not be magic, but it certainly looks magical. For anyone who saw the movie "The Greatest Showman", there is a scene where he gives his daughter a gift that is a spinning tin can with holes punched all around it, and a candle inside. You know how it works, yet it is COMPLETELY MAGICAL. To me, this is similar.

I look forward to receiving it.

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Well said KJ. I agree with you.

People can be filled with a sense of wonder when experiencing something that feels magical even if they probably have an idea how it’s done. They are willing to suspend their disbelief in order to experience that magical feeling. It happens with movies all the time and I believe there is a place for it within the art of magic as well.
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Also well said videoman, and I agree completely with magical experiences. I think magicians could learn more by watching really good movies and trying to capture similar emotions with their presentations than by just spending time trying to "fool" their friends.

BTW, I just received it today. I haven't even watched the video yet, but … THIS IS AWESOME! I am blown away by the props. This was not easy to make, and these props will last 10 lifetimes or more. I just LOVE IT!

I can't wait to get into the video.

I will definitely use this. I'm not concerned at all about hiding the method. With a little misdirection and proper handling, there is a good chance no one sees the method, but if they do, it is still pretty awesome.

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After watching the video, I now see how this could easily be presented with the audience not likely seeing how it is done. I do think that this is best presented, whether at a formal gig or in a casual setting, by dimming the lights and presenting it as a bit of "theater magic". It might be a really good trick to do right after you have done a "pick a card" trick, they hand you the card back, and you then ask them to pretend like they still have the card. You pretend to shuffle their card into the deck, cop it out, and do the card shadow routine he does.

So, this can be super powerful in a paid situation, but also super FUN in a casual setting.

To be completely frank, I think there is room for improvement in this gimmick. The thing that I could see being better than this would be a smaller, lighter gimmick (these are made of heavy duty metal), that would allow you to go from one shadow illusion to another without any reset. Perhaps a gimmick that could accommodate 3-4 effects on a single device.

KJ
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