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Alex DLF
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Product description : Rubikís cube magic, here we go ! This seems to be a trend those days, with many great products being released (Rubikís Nightmare, Cube3 etc..) and now there is this effect in which you let a spectator shuffle two cubes, and in a mysterious way, they both match perfectly ! You can then do an instant solve or any kind of routine you want with the cube. But donít feel limited by what Iíve written, this is so much more and you wonít believe how far JB and Michael have pushed this concept. Letís go into the review !

Price and where to buy it : This is sold at $79 until July 23rd (the price will rise to $99 after that) and you can find it on Michael Lam website : https://cardfreakhk.wixsite.com/magic/products

What you get : You receive a cardboard box with the artwork of the trick printed on it, itís not the fanciest box Iíve seen but it looks good and Iím much more interested with whatís inside it. Inside, youíll find the link for the explanation video, and I must agree that it is very well shot and very well produced ! Michael and JB are doing a great job showing their baby, how to set it up, how to use it and what you can do with it. And this last point is very important because not only they teach the classic the matching cube routine, they have thought of several other ones which are very strong, including a mosaic routine kind of thing, with 24 cube which would look perfect on stage (and yes, people can shuffle most of the cubes if you want them to, which is very interactive for a stage act). And at the end, the tower of cube represents a drawing or something, you could even have someone shuffle a single cube they select out of that tower and the design matches ! (kind of the Mona Lisa puzzle trick but with Rubikís cube). Enough said about the video, you also get the main gimmick which is very well made out of ABS so it will last a long time. You get also several other gimmicks in order to ďsetĒ your main one and a small black velvet bag in which you can fit 2 cubes. For the price asked, this is a bargain in my opinion, great gimmick and amazing video, you canít go wrong !

Teaser : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yCOtfzOiAs (an actual performance)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt0zIHYSAg4 (the teaser)

The pros and the cons : Here is the core of my review, let's begin with the cons, as I will usually be doing, I prefer to keep the good things for the end.

THE CONS :
Ė This is also a pro but youíll have to buy 2 regular cubes in order to perform Perfect Square, so this is an extra cost you have to take into account.
Ė There is a little bit of work to get it down, but youíll see that you will enjoy performing this over and over in front of your mirror, itís addictive !

THE PROS :
Ė Letís see why having to buy your cubes is a pro ! I think itís a pro because you can use nearly any cube you want, whether itís a regular Rubikís or a speed cube, as long as it matches the size of the cube (57 mm), youíll be fine ! (and even if you have a 56 mm cube, youíll be fine, there are ways of making it works with the gimmick).
Ė Also, if you lose one of the cube, youíre not ****ed, you can just buy a new one, which is better than Rubicon because both cubes were gimmicked.
Ė They provide you the gimmick ďblankĒ with a set of stickers so youíre not limited with an algorithm you donít like. You can customize your cube to the algorithm you want, you donít have to learn a new one. This is a huge plus compared to a product like Rubicon, because you didnít get the choice of the algorithm with it.
Ė This will work close up, I canít go into details why but the way the gimmick is made, there is less to see for the audience.
Ė The price ! This is insanely cheap when you compare it to other options on the market.
Ė The gimmick is really well made, I can see it lasting a long time if you take care of it. Since itís made out of ABS, you can (even if I donít recommend it) drop it without damaging it.
Ė I found that the perfect cube for Perfect Square is the regular Rubikís Cube from Rubikís. I know the old ones were ****ty, they didnít turn right but the new ones are much better and they fit perfectly the gimmick. Also, they have plastic instead of stickers which is a very good thing because stickers may get damaged if you do the trick over and over.
Ė They have thought of everything, in order to hold the gimmick in place, they found an incredible material which works amazingly well and will never let you down.
Ė This is addictive, you wonít be able to put the cubes down, youíll be doing it over and over in front of your mirror !

Overall rating : Iíve been a huge fan of the cube matching routine, since I reviewed Rubicon a few months ago, I think Perfect Square will replace it, because of the way itís made, the fact I can use regular cubes and so on, 4/4 hearts.

As for the difficulty level, itís not as easy as I thought it would be, itís not hard neither, just take a good week of practice, I would say 3/5 stars.

Similar products : Rubicon by Greg Wilson is an amazing routine which is still great, I just think Perfect Square brings enough good and innovative points to the game so Iíll switch to it ! Rubikís Nightmare by Michael Lam and Henry Harrius is a good routine too, there are many options on the market.


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How durable is the gimmick??
"Everyone is tough till they get punched in the face" Mike Tyson
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From experience, no one ever questions the display of the matching cubes? Looks pretty bad, there must be a better sequence to display them without making it so obvious that you're hiding sides...
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Gimmick is made out of ABS plastic so it should last Smile

Yup, I agree that the wqy the faces are shown is a little bit awkward but no one told me that in the dozen of performances I've done !
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Can you be more specific about the cubes that can be used? Is there a problem if the cubes are slightly smaller? All the cheaper cubes are 56mm.
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I have used 56mm with Perfect Square and it does work (if you adapt the gimmick). But you'll get a size discrepancy and a color one as well when you show both cube match.
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BUYER BEWARE! Perhaps the links for explanation videos somehow worked for Alex DLF, but for me they generate nothing but garbage or site not found messages. Very disappointing at this price.

Order if you want the bare gimmick, but be prepared to work out everything for yourself.
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On Sep 1, 2017, santlerconjurer wrote:
BUYER BEWARE! Perhaps the links for explanation videos somehow worked for Alex DLF, but for me they generate nothing but garbage or site not found messages. Very disappointing at this price.

Order if you want the bare gimmick, but be prepared to work out everything for yourself.


I'm sure that if you contact Michael Lam over Facebook, he will quickly solve your problem Smile
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On Sep 1, 2017, santlerconjurer wrote:
BUYER BEWARE! Perhaps the links for explanation videos somehow worked for Alex DLF, but for me they generate nothing but garbage or site not found messages. Very disappointing at this price.

Order if you want the bare gimmick, but be prepared to work out everything for yourself.


Yes, was PMed a working link this morning. Now I am very happy indeed.

Thanks again.
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Wow, finally received this! The first one got lost in transit and that took a few weeks to discover but I emailed Michael Lam and he replied almost immediately to say he was putting another in the mail that very same day. I have had nothing but GREAT customer service from Michael all along the way.

Received second one fine and I like it a lot. I also have Rubik's Dream and Rubicon and I'm still too new to this one to say how it compares in the context of a routine but I can say that it is exactly between Rubik's Dream and Rubicon as far as the actual prop you receive. Great deal for the price although I got mine at the discounted price but even full price is great compared to the other 2 similar products, although granted that if this were mass produced as a toy it would sell for under $10.00.

But Perfect Square is the least expensive of the 3 (although you don't receive any regular cubes with it unless you upgrade your order.) But if I were going to buy only one, at this point I would say to get Rubik's Dream as you can do the most with it and you certainly should NOT overlook the included mini cube you get with it. The mini opens up a whole new world of possibilities and makes it easy to carry around with you for semi impromptu performances. I've had a ton of fun with the mini cube. I'm so glad they included a mini cube with it as I never would have thought of it otherwise. Also, you can purchase extra cubes and shells from Vanishing Inc for a reduced price. Soon they will also have extra mini cubes which I desperately need and am waiting anxiously for.

I would say that all 3 of these props are very well made and all are equal as far as quality goes. Rubicon may be the most limited as far doing things other than the intended routine, and Rubik's Dream is probably the most versatile with Perfect Square a close second. I feel that Gregory Wilson may eventually be forced to drop the price of Rubicon if he continues to sell them now that these 2 other similar products have entered the market at a much lower price point.

All are great and only time will tell which will become my favorite. Perhaps I'll even develop a routine someday using all three!!!
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I like Perfect Square so much I'm really considering sawing off one side of the larger Rubik's Dream gimmick.
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I have contemplated the same thing if I ever found I needed to. With a little Dremel work it could be done pretty easily.
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Am I correct in thinking the performer has to mix one of them? Or could I have two volunteers mix a cube each?
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Yes, the performer has to mix one of the cubes.
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Do you need to know how to solve the cube case it get's mixed up ? I could never really solve a cube most magic effects with cubes you need to know how to solve one .
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Do you need to know how to solve the cube case it get's mixed up ? I could never really solve a cube most magic effects with cubes you need to know how to solve one .


Yes,you have to Smile
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The question of how much reset is required was not discussed.
How long does it take?
Can be it done between tables?
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The question of how much reset is required was not discussed.
How long does it take?
Can be it done between tables?


Reset takes 20 seconds and can be done between table.
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On Sep 21, 2017, Gaijin wrote:
The question of how much reset is required was not discussed.
How long does it take?
Can be it done between tables?


Reset takes 20 seconds and can be done between table.


Thanks Alex, it feels very tempting to buy. I think that I will do!
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On Sep 19, 2017, WitchDocChris wrote:
Am I correct in thinking the performer has to mix one of them? Or could I have two volunteers mix a cube each?


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On Sep 19, 2017, videoman wrote:
Yes, the performer has to mix one of the cubes.


I watched the preview clip on Penguin Magic and thought to go to be true.
http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/9037
After checking the Cafť I went back and watched it again.
Sure enough around 45-50 seconds into the clip, JB Dumas states

"Two spectators can each mix up a cube, no matter what they do, they will always end up matching perfectly."

Clarification would be appreciated please.
"There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact"
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