This turned out much longer than I intended, Sorry for the length in advance. I don't feel I have a duty to report on a new product, when something excites me I tend to get wordy. Theres so much schlock out there that it's a true joy to see something of quality as told below:
I just returned from the magic shop where they had (1) the new tape on the 3-card monte
and also a set of the magnetic shells
. I've always been happy with anything from school for scoundrels, and have been especially thrilled about their endless chain, book and tape
, which has gained me quite a reputation in the local magic community. The chain has helped me provide countless hours of entertainment, and a couple of bucks for myself here and there, so these new products were very welcome additions as you'll see.First the tape on the 3-card monte
. This is the real stuff and is far better for a real worker than Daryl's DVD.
The school for scoundrels tape spends a lot of time on what Whit is famous for, and if you've ever seen him perform or lecture or have his "Chicago Surprise"
notes, you know what I mean.
I already have his book on the monte, (my second copy since I wore out the first one to a pile of ragged pages) and I suppose you could use the tape without the book, they do go hand-in-hand.
I've personally seen Whit do the monte in the bar and on stage a few years ago at a convention in Minneapoolis with Bob Kohler (what a combo there) , A short segment by Doc Eason is also included. I saw Doc behind the bar in Minneapolis last spring, and he's the man. The only videos on the Monte that I can think off offhand are Doc's, Daryls, the Revelations #9, and a couple of different types such as Pat Pages 3 card routine, and some 'standard routines' from Dan Harlan and a few others which only only go into the most basic, but commercial entertainment routines.)
On the School for Scoundrels tape I saw moves that weren't discussed in the book and also were better than anything I saw when I saw him do in person. I thought I was pretty good, I feel like a beginner again. Great tape with lots of material by both Whit and Chef Anton with a surpise cameo by Doc Eason.Second, the magnetic shells
. Expensive, but so much better than the pewter ones I bought a few years ago and were too heavy for me to use, I've been making my own and using those, but these are better than any other shell I've used even if you forget about the little secret in each shell. They are great. No instructions are provided at all, but this is what I figured out:
In order to use the magnetic shells magnetically, you need to either change your routine, or just rotate the shells 180 degrees and go as normal, knowing at any time you can lift all three shells with impunity, in fact you can't do a normal routine unless you rotate the shells 180 degrees, so it does take a little practice to get used to them in this manner.
You can also use the shells like regular shells in the normal grip as long as you use a (supplied) normal pea. the quality is superb and it comes with a handful of normal peas a couple of fakes, and two magnetic ones. The peas all look and feel nearly the same (Except the hard fakes) IE you can squeeze a magnetic pea and it has the same uniform texture under the closest inspection.I'd love to have Whit or Chef to email me if any of the above is wrong, or I'm missing out on something that I havent discovered yet, or for some ideas that make used of the magnetic pea other than an 'out'. I can be emailed at hobbymart@MSN.com