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Wrap it Up
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Jay Sankey

Review by Gareth Witty

Media : DVD
From : http://www.sankeymagic.com
Available from all good dealers
Price: $25.00
Skill Level Easy to Medium


Effect Descriptions:

1) The Snap Handling

The chewed gum is placed into the wrapper, then with a snap of the fingers its shown to be restored and can be handed out.

2) The Mid Air Handling

A slight variation of the snap handling but with a mid air change as you toss the

3) Table Drop

Another Variation but with the gum stick dropping onto the table or even batter, into the spectators hand.

4) Appearing Wrapper

A slight modified version, super quick and visual. Some chewed gum is shown help in the finger tips, the hand closes and opens to show a wrapped bar of gum!

5) Thumb Tip Handling

This time the magician remove the gum from his mouth using the wrapper, tucks it into his fist then shows a fully restored bar of gum!

6) JC Handling

Another version that is to be done by being seated at the table. A bit of unwrapped gum is shown and then by placing it into the hand, its is shown to be wrapped as new.

7) The Slydini Handling

The wrapper is torn and the chewed gum is placed into the wrapper, then the gum is shown to be restored back to its original state.

8) The Transposition Sequence

First the gum and wrapper change places, then the gum and wrapper appear in one hand, then for the climax the gum is shown to be completely restored!

9) Impossible Restoration

The wrapper is torn into four pieces, then placed into the hand, then the hand the opened to show the wrapper is restored with the gum in side ready to give away! Also the other hand is empty!

10) The Lo-Tech Handling

The gum is removed from the mouth and changes into an unchewed piece, then with a wipe, the wrapper appears back onto the gum

11) Oral Fixation

While chewing some gum the magician takes the wrapper and rips it up, he then placed the torn wrapper into his mouth and then spits out a completely restored gum stick.

Review:

The Bad Stuff

Ok I am going to cover the bad and not so bad points, there are very few so this will be quick. While I know this is a teaching video, I wish Jay would use some spectators. I find this really helps with misdirection, spectator control and script. I find it a little annoying when this happens, but there again this is a teaching DVD so I think we can end on that.

Now I also found the music annoying during the performances, its sounded very looped and I think this could have been removed and something a little more fitting used.

The very last thing is the effect Appearing Wrapper, this to me was the weakest routine, it still works, but I think its just a little weak in places, there is a tiny part of the routine that didn't quite look right, but it is very easy to fix and could still work well.

The Good Stuff

Ok, now I've seen tricks and effects with most object, but with gum! The effects on this DVD are super commercial. They scream opener, and look good and in most cases can be done in 30secs or less..

Now, you get the instructions to make the gimmick and also included are the items needed, so you can get started right away. Its quite an easy gimmick to make and Jay gives ALL the info and tips needed.

The gimmick will last a long time, but you don't have to use the gum supplied, you can change to any make of gum that uses a wrapper. I think this will apply to Europe as there are many different types of gum to buy. In the UK I would use Hubba Bubba gum as this is well know.

The first 4 effects use the gimmick and allow for a very startling and visual piece of magic. The angle are not too bad, but Jay does explain how to cover them. They are also very easy to perform thanks to the gimmick. Now there is a little “sound” issue which may cause concern, but Jay gives some practical advice, but unless you perform in a sound booth with your spectators you'll be fine.

The 5th effect uses our friend the Thumb Tip and this allows you to perform the same effect, but in a slightly different way. This is very handy as by having these different paths to the same destination, this allows for flexibility and a semi impromptu performance. Now this might be a tiny nag, but I think Jay could have gone in just a tiny more detail about using a thumbtip, but there is a ton of info already and I know does have a DVD out all about the little fellah.

The 6th , 7th and 8th effect use lapping to great success and would suit a before dinner effect. Jay covers all very well and these effects need to be practised well. There is an art to being successful in this area magic and you will find the teaching to be very useful for other effects as well. Now this will suit a walk around, but when you do get the chance to site down with guests, I think going like these routines.

The 9th effect is a darn gosh clever idea, its say “magician fooler” and looks like pure magic to me. A little prep is needed, but well worth the effort. Its simple but very effective. The only spoiler is that you end up “dirty”, but that's easy to get out off.

Now the 10th and 11th effect are more basic, but don't let that fool you. The 10th effect The Lo-Tech Handling used some great easy moved and to me look really good. A few slights are needed, but don't worry, Jay teaches these and I am sure most magicians will use this one all the time.

Now effect 11 is just pure and simple and cheeky. This one is bold, but fun. It has no work to do, but if done at the right time, its a great effect.

Overview

I have to say I really like this DVD, a group of effects based around one idea. Nearly all of these effects are easy and simple to do, but yet have that great punch needed to drive some the magic and of course Jay does a great job of teaching these effects and well as a few laughs. Another good thing is this does give you a little more non-coin and non card magic effects and with some of the moves taught by Jay you could apply these concepts to create other effects.

So my marks for this is a 9.5/10! Well worth the time and money on this great idea and other great effects all with a stick of gum!
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Thanks for the good review Smile
It seems like a very unusual and nice trick, however I wondered how many spectator would be willing to catch the chewed gum like the one in the preview video Smile
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Thanks for the in depth review!
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Jim Pace sells a variation of this routine? Does anyone know how it compares?
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Jay covers Jim's effect (which was a variation of Jay's original effect) on the dvd and offers his variation on it.

Overall, "Wrap It Up" couldn’t be more magical or straightforward. The magician approaches his spectators with a piece of gum in his mouth. Realizing that this might be a little rude, he takes the chewed gum out of his mouth and places it in the middle of the wrapper. With a simple snap, the gum instantly and visually re-wraps itself! This brand spanking new piece of gum can now be handed out for examination, or better yet, given away to the spectator. Oh, and you are instantly reset at the end of the effect.

Great effect! And the best part is, Jay has altered the handling so that now getting into the effect is even easier than it was before.

The package comes with an instructional dvd and everything you need to construct the gimmick, with the exception of a few basic household items (trust me, you have what you need). If you follow Jay on the dvd, you’ll have a custom gimmick made up in less than 10 minutes. It’s very easy to make. And once you make it up, it’s even easier to perform. I must have done this in the mirror at least twenty times with a huge grin on my face. It’s one of those tricks where you almost fool yourself when you perform it.

What I really liked though are the additional routines and handlings Jay provides on the dvd. These include several gimmicked handlings and a few ungimmicked ones which are pretty great. My three favorite ungimmicked handlings are the “Transpostion Sequence”, “Impossible Restoration” and the “Lo-Tech Handling”. While the “Lo Tech Handling” isn’t exactly the same as the original effect, it’s gimmick free, visually amazing, and veeery easy to do.

If you like your magic visual, strong, and, best of all, practical, then I highly recommend you pick this up!
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Hey guys,

I thought I'd chime in on this one as well. I just got a copy and absolutely love it. I agree with all the strong points that Gareth mentioned. The only thing I might disagree with (and it's not really a disagreement) is that stuff like the background music, etc... doesn't really bother me.

As for the spectator thing, it would be nice to have some specs, However, speaking from experience, I can relate with why Jay may not use them. I've done video shoots with both, and ultimately, we had to scrap the footage with specs. The main reason is because it's very hard to get real reactions in a studio with specs. Either they try to hard to ham it up for the camera or they are too nervous to react naturally, so you end up needing to have actors.

However, there is the possibility of just going out in the "field" and shooting in real venues, but even that poses certain problems. For one, you've still got the camera in the specs face which makes them nervous, but second, it's often difficult to get a good shot of the effect, and so when you watch the video it's hard to visualize how good the effect may be.

Anyway, sorry to take up so much space on such a small topic as spectators in a video, but I just thought I'd throw in my 2 cents and say that having specs on a video can often be more pain than it's worth.
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Great points, Jeff. It's true. People act very differently when being filmed (to anything, not just magic).
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When I was table hopping and using Jim Paces's version, I would be chatting with customers and something would catch my eye under the table. I'd look down and say "someone stuck their gum under the table". I'd reach under and pull out the gum and then make the transpo. It always got great reactions.
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The effect can be only performed with that kind of gums? because in italy is difficoult to find that shape of gum..

By the way, here the Dvd is sold at a very low price:
$16,95
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On 2007-04-23 20:22, IlDaDe wrote:
The effect can be only performed with that kind of gums? because in italy is difficoult to find that shape of gum..

By the way, here the Dvd is sold at a very low price:
$16,95


I'd say that about 1/4 of the handlings could be done with other types of gum. However, The DVD does come with the gum used in the DVD. Believe it or not, you could do the trick forever with the gum that is provided with the DVD depending on which handling you choose to do. The following handlings could definitely use other types of gum:

Thumb Tip Handling (standing or sitting)
JC's Handling (sitting or behind a bar)
The Slydini Way (sitting or behind a bar)
The Transposition Sequence (sitting or behind a bar)
Impossible Restoration (standing and/or behind a bar)
The Lo-Tech Handling (standing or sitting)

The only requirement on the gum for the above effects is that the piece of gum is individually wrapped. It can come out of a pack, but needs to be wrapped. Some of these you could even do with candy like a starburst or something like that because they don't deal with the chewed gum, just the unwrapped gum. Anyway, hope this helps.
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Is this the kind of gimmick you would have on you at all times, or something that you would need to set up at the beginning of a night when you know you'd be performing, for example?

I.e. --- a thumb tip is something you could walk around with in your pocket all day if you wanted to, but the set up to produce a bottle of wine (a la David Stone) isn't.


Thanks for the great review!
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There is a bit of a set up but it's simple. Once it's set up, you won't even know it's there.
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It's only $18.75 here ( and free shipping ):

http://penguinmagic.com/product.php?ID=1626
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On 2007-04-24 13:48, TheGreatDane wrote:
Is this the kind of gimmick you would have on you at all times, or something that you would need to set up at the beginning of a night when you know you'd be performing, for example?

I.e. --- a thumb tip is something you could walk around with in your pocket all day if you wanted to, but the set up to produce a bottle of wine (a la David Stone) isn't.


Thanks for the great review!


You can set the gimmick up once before you go out; then it's ready any time you want it. You won't be walking around with doves stuffed in your pockets or anything like that. The gimmick is just there out of sight and out of the way, but the moment you need it, Bam! It's there for you. In that sense it's very much like a TT: small compact and out of the way until you need to use it. You can hang the gimmick hooked up all night with no problem.
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I'm guessing it's a PU**? I hope the stars I put protect it.
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Thanks guys - a huge help! I'll be picking one up shortly for sure!
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Hey there wrappers.

I've been reading in quite a few places about Wrap it Up, and it seems that a common concern is that nobody knows where to find the gum. Well good news... I found a couple of websites where you can order the gum. Actually one of the websites was right on the comic strip inside the gum that comes with the Wrap it Up DVD. Anyway, here are the sites:

Original Bazooka
Dubble Bubble
Dubble Bubble Website
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Question: Do you need to be wearing a jacket for the more "clean" transformations?
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Yes! or a shirt that is not tucked in. (like the demmo video)
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Are both hands inspectable after the tranformation happens (I will not be using the TT method, as I do not use it in my routines)?? Also, can this effect be performed in any lighting??

Thanks

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