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ClipStick Switch - Alexander May

Just had a look at this new prediction billet switch, called ClipStick Switch by Alexander May.

The big selling point for me that made it different from other switches was the fact that when you do the switch and open the billet, you actually show the billet AND both hands completely cleanly and openly - the act of doing the switch actually hides everything so you never have to go to the pockets or somewhere do get rid of any dirty work.

If you watch the trailer you see everything in action numerous times, and it does exactly what it says on the box. It says it was made especially for virtual shows, and it certainly looks convincing having that billet shown so cleanly and neither hand ever having to leave the screen. With some changes you'll be able to do this switch in live shows as well.

Check it out here, if you do any mentalism over Zoom, Skype or other video call you should get it.

https://www.penguinmagic.com/p/14049
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Completely agree. Alexander sent me a preview copy to get my thoughts on it. Well, it looks and plays exactly as shown in the video. For those that are working on Zoom and online effects then this is one for your arsenal. I'm pretty sure one of the TV performers will probably be using it eventually because it's perfect for an online TV appearance.

Once you have it and know the works, you'll be able to predict just about anything. You can also use the same idea if you have an effect that uses an index of outs.

Well, not much more to say. I know once it's out there I'll probably being seeing some of the guys using it in there online sessions.

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Thank you guys for your great reviews! So glad to hear you have such positive thoughts regarding this switch.

It really came about because I wanted to do a strong prediction routine during video calls and Zoom shows. I felt that for it to be really convincing you need to keep the prediction on camera, and more importantly, both your hands in frame when you open the prediction. Doing things on camera automatically has that stigma of "camera trick" attached to it, so by showing everything the entire time and in their view throughout, it completely destroys that "explanation."

Also just wanted to give a big thank you to Elliott Bresler who generously gave his time to research this for me and make sure it is original.

PS. If you are looking for a place to get the clip online, simply search for 'table place card holder clip' - here is one possibility: https://amzn.to/2EPlJJa
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Aha that's why he messaged me Smile

Looks good btw
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Thank you! Yes, I think Post Justify was one of his first stops to check (:
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Just wanted to share some feedback from more people who also know what they are talking about Smile

"Bold, deceptive, simple, clean and ideal for online performances. The perfect technique for these unprecedented times."
- Elliott Bresler

"This is a very effective routine for Zoom Shows. Easy to perform and looks really clean! Well done!”
- Luca Volpe

"This is a great switching aesthetic and technique to predict anything."
- Pablo Amira

"Simple, easy to do and effective!"
- Lior Manor

"With all the technical stresses that come with performing virtually, this simple yet powerful reveal is a great addition to a Zoom show. It's foolproof, stress-free, low-tech and leaves them amazed!
- Kyle & Mistie Knight

"This is brilliant and absolutely convincing. Best switch innovation in a long time. Gets my recommendation."
- Chris Wasshuber, Lybrary
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One of the best purchases of the year. I even ordered some flash post it notes from Propdog as a nice ending or transition piece.
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Very glad to hear you love it! The idea of using flash Post-It notes are genius, thanks for sharing Smile It will make for a very visual finish to the routine, and get rid of absolutely everything!
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On Aug 10, 2020, bevbevvybev wrote:
Aha that's why he messaged me Smile

Looks good btw


Busted!!
I would never dream of commenting on a Post-It move without first reviewing your monumental and excellent work on the subject.
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I should add that this is a really nice switch!

Elliott
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Thank you Elliott, and an even bigger thank you for so generously offering your time and assistance with this!
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You're very welcome!

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On Aug 10, 2020, alexander_may wrote:
Thank you guys for your great reviews! So glad to hear you have such positive thoughts regarding this switch.

It really came about because I wanted to do a strong prediction routine during video calls and Zoom shows. I felt that for it to be really convincing you need to keep the prediction on camera, and more importantly, both your hands in frame when you open the prediction. Doing things on camera automatically has that stigma of "camera trick" attached to it, so by showing everything the entire time and in their view throughout, it completely destroys that "explanation."

Also just wanted to give a big thank you to Elliott Bresler who generously gave his time to research this for me and make sure it is original.

PS. If you are looking for a place to get the clip online, simply search for 'table place card holder clip' - here is one possibility: https://amzn.to/2EPlJJa


Thanks!! I bought these. They are only a few inches high, but do the trick (pun unintended).
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These Clips are great for many switches. They even help facilitate some switches. I just tried 6.
But the ClipStick Switch still has a really nice advantage for online performances.
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Sadly it seems that someone feels that it's OK to change one detail (using an Ostin Clip instead) and claiming it to be an original creation ☹

https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/view......orum=218
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That's disappointing. I've created some of my own versions of the exact same thing at home with those clips. They work best on Zoom because it doesn't look nearly as good in person as the Ostin Clip. You can get away with more on a virtual performance due to the poor quality and lack of real close-up viewing.

Love your ClipStick and handling. Nice work!

-jhs
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On Oct 3, 2020, alexander_may wrote:
Sadly it seems that someone feels that it's OK to change one detail (using an Ostin Clip instead) and claiming it to be an original creation ☹

https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/view......orum=218


The use of an Ostin Clip with a billet stand goes back to Corinda (p.186).

Barry
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On Oct 3, 2020, johnhsawyer wrote:
That's disappointing. I've created some of my own versions of the exact same thing at home with those clips. They work best on Zoom because it doesn't look nearly as good in person as the Ostin Clip. You can get away with more on a virtual performance due to the poor quality and lack of real close-up viewing.

Love your ClipStick and handling. Nice work!

-jhs


Thank you very much, very glad to hear you like it!
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On Oct 4, 2020, mindmagic wrote:

The use of an Ostin Clip with a billet stand goes back to Corinda (p.186).

Barry


Clearly the fact that something has been published before doesn't matter to some people. Seems that taking my presentation with an original idea, and exchanging one part with an old idea, is enough to now call it their original creation in their minds...
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The promo video did look pretty similar to your trick.
It is possible that it was all a case of independent invention. It happens
But that doesn't help that crappy feeling you must be experiencing at this time.
Hopefully, you are at least credited, or soon will be.
Has anyone seen the full product?
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