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BIlly James
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Recently I had my first dealings with ‘Outlaw Effects’. I purchased a number of items and exchanged several emails with Rick Roth. I’d now like to share with you what I’ve learned about the products and service that Outlaw Effects provide.

Firstly let me address customer service. Rick Roth is obviously at the helm of Outlaw Effects, I don’t know if he has anyone helping him, but in any case I imagine he is an exceptionally busy guy. Even so, any questions I had regarding his products, or my order, were answered with lightening speed. I was really surprised at how quickly he would respond to my emails…especially considering the time difference (I’m in Australia), I’m beginning to wonder if the man sleeps. In addition to speedy contact, Rick is also extremely friendly and courteous…this is a quality which sadly is becoming harder and harder to find. Therefore, in regards to customer service I would give Outlaw Effects a 10/10.

Now to the products… I ordered the following items –

· Homicide UK Trilogy (includes Homicide, Whitechapel and Sinister)
· Outlaw ‘Panther’ Wallet
· Kioku
· Sanctum 2 – Sanctuary
· Son Of Mindscan
· Witches Almanac

Before addressing the individual items I must say that all of these products have one thing in common…the thinking behind them has been complex and ingenious. This is not a set of hastily churned out items, but rather extremely well thought out and detailed series of effects. The quality and actual construction of the props themselves really is first class. The aging on the book tests is exquisite and unbelievably authentic looking. So for the quality of the props and the methods etc. I give another 10/10.

There are reviews of these props elsewhere on the café so I will keep my reviews brief.

The Homicide UK Trilogy is a set of book tests. I own quite a number of other commercially available book tests, however the Homicide Trilogy has gone straight to the top of my list. One book contains entries of homicide victims, another contains profiles of murderers and the third book is a pawnshop register.

The beauty of these book tests is that rather than revealing a word or a phrase, you are actually recreating and re-living/re-telling a series of events. I wont go into detail but suffice to say that this type of revelation would play extremely strong. Each book works great as an individual book test, but the 3 combined present a range of dramatic opportunities. 10/10

The Witches Almanac is just a thing of immense beauty. It is as clean as a whistle and the performance possibilities are many. It uses a slightly different method to the Homicide Trilogy and the revelation has a completely different ‘feel’ to it. It would be difficult to overstate the cleverness and versatility of this prop. 10/10

A very strong feature of all the above book tests in my opinion is that the spectators’ selection seems exceedingly fair. There are no restrictions, no calling out page numbers etc. I highly recommend any of these items.

The Panther wallet. Apparently this wallet was less expensive than the original Outlaw wallet due to the fact that the leather was less expensive. If this is the case I can’t imagine what the quality of the original must be like because the Panther is of a very high quality. The p**k is deceptive and well motivated. In addition, the p*****t writing feature is top notch. Additionally, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the wallet came with a personalized touch. I have a number of wallets that sit in the draw, such wont be the case with the Panther. I generally have a Mullica in my rear pants pocket, in future I will also be carrying the Panther in my coat or shirt pocket. Apart from anything else, it’s a great wallet to keep my business cards in!

Kioku is a very clean, hand off approach to reading the memory of a spectator. The cards are well made and laminated and would last a lifetime. Once again the thinking that went into this thing is just diabolical. The whole effect takes up next to no space in my wallet, but at any time I could go into a brilliant routine which would also be a wonderful experience for the spectator.

Sanctuary is another item that fits easily into my wallet. The back-story is really interesting and intriguing. Once again the card is really well made, nicely aged and laminated. The effects that can be produced from this little card really are quite extraordinary. It will take some time and practice in order to use this to it’s full potential, but Rick has provided a number of initial effects that are ready to go in relatively little time.

Son Of Mindscan. I received four completely innocent looking blank message/note pads. Before reading the instructions I looked the pads over and there was nothing to be found. I own several impression devices, including a couple of high-end items, however for innocence and ease of use, the Son Of Mindscan pads would be extremely hard to beat.

So all up I give Outlaw Effects a BIG 10/10 for their clever thinking, the quality of their props and their customer service.

The only downside about visiting their website is that I always forget about the scream and it scares the cr*p out of me. Smile

The Outlaw Effects Website is – http://www.outlaw-effects.com

PS I have it on good authority that Santa may be bringing The Relic to my house this Christmas. Looking forward to that!
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You'll be giving Relic 10/10.... and then get a Scorpion as well Smile

I've said it before and I'll say it again - Roth / Outlaw deserves some sort of award for innovation in the field of magic and mentalism.
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Yes, I have Sanctum and Sinister. I am awaiting my order of Scorpion, Relic, and Witches Almanac. Now reading this makes me want to get the other things you mentioned - but I must restrain myself...then again...

My new show is going to be called "The Magic of Outlaw Effects"

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Rick and Outlaw are simply top tier. The best.

-T
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On 2007-12-10 03:40, tdowell wrote:
Rick and Outlaw are simply top tier. The best.

-T


Well said, and I agree

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Bill,

Why haven't you shown me any of the tricks yet? They sound awesome!

D
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Rick and Outlaw are simply top tier. The best.


I am delighted to hear that things have improved so much.

I bought Homicide UK in 2006, and was positively enchanted by the look of the item. I wanted badly to use it, but quickly found that it was riddled with errors (I started by finding 10 in the first 5 pages, but found more later), and I think all of the errors were functional--that is, they would make the effect fail.

I started asking for a corrected replacement or a refund in October 2006, and it took until February 2007 to get what I wanted. To give the man credit, he did issue a full refund, which is unusual in this business.

Based on what I have been reading in this thread, it sounds as though Rick R. had some problems early on, but has long since fixed them. I'm glad about that, because the idea and look of Homicide UK was terrific.
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Yay Roth!


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On 2007-12-10 07:33, Dean A wrote:
Bill,

Why haven't you shown me any of the tricks yet? They sound awesome!

D


I'm trying to be the only guy in Australia that knows they exist. Smile
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"I'm trying to be the only guy in Australia that knows they exist. "


Bad Luck Billy,I know all about them!

Chappelly
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I have now recieved the Witches Almanac and the Relic. I already have Sinister and Scorpion is on the way along with Kioku.

I can say that I am extremely impressed with both of my new additions! Witches is just insanely devious - I performed this on my wife several times already and brought out something new each time.

I just got Relic today and am looking forward to practicing this one on my wife as well - and then taking out into the real world! Both of these effects will be going into my show during the upcoming year!

And everyone who has a product make sure you go hop on over to the Outlaw forums and get all kinds of extra tips on your purchase.

Rick is a top-notch guy and the customer service is second to none!

Chad
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And here's another Aussie Outlaw fan.

I too found Roth's service, his pricing and the effects to be awesome. Each time I order, I think to myself, these effects can't possibly top the last batch. However ... they keep getting better!
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I've had great experiences ordering from Rick Roth and using products from Outlaw. Kioku lives in my wallet and is such a hard hitting piece of mentalism. It's such an improvement over cards where you guess the number they are thinking of. Memories are so powerful for people and
Kioku leaves them the impression that you got in their head.

And their website is just fun to cruise around.

http://www.outlaw-effects.com/store
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After buying reflections from Outlaw Effects.I showed my wife and she was so blown away, she forced me to reveal how I knew what she was thinking. Once she saw how clever the effect worked she asked me if they had any thing else like it. I told her about the Luna collection and to my surprise she said that I should get Luna also. This is from my wife who usaly complains about any money I spend on magic. I also p.m. Rick About a question and to my surprise he answered my p.m. the same night. Great effects and great service has been my only experiance with Outlaw Effects.
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Roth is a mad genius, as are all the Outlaw creators. I recently bought:
Hobbs box
Darkspell
Carnie tarot
Witches almanac
and a secret something I shall not mention....yet

The Hobbs box is so scary, so innocent looking. Chills me to the bones!
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Kioku is the only Outlaw effect I have but in the right setting it is absolutely haunting. I love performing it but I really rather perform it in an intimate, sit-down setting.

Can't wait to get me some more Outlaw!
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I also have a few outlaw products, Hobbs Box, Witches Almanac, Templar, Reflections, Kioku, Sanctum.

These products are just very inspiring to me. This stuff just struck a chord within me and fits the style I like.

Great Stuff!

-Max
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Purchasing an Outlaw Effect is more like buying a puppy than a goldfish. You need to be aware that there will be a long development cycle before any actual performance. Some of the products are slow on delivery, and that also needs to be taken into account if you are trying to put a bizarre magic show together. There is a real commitment required to perform some of these effects. The results will hopefully be worth the effort.
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Etherica has me! This is perfect! On my limited pension, though $350 would take two months to save. Still, this is the effect I want. Does anyone own Etherica, and wish to comment on it? Smile

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BIlly James, I owe ya one! I have found things there...OMG...! Etherica is the first one I'm getting. Probably by October I will have saved enough, hopefully. I am writing a tale. This will be the focus, but oh, there are other things one can do (insane cackle) hee hee hee heeeeeee!

These folks up here have NEVER seen anything like this! By October I should have a complete script and outline (Thank you Walt Anthony!), and then we say, "...and so it begins!" Smile

Doug
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