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Topic: Ever seen this?
Message: Posted by: Eric Leclerc (Jan 2, 2007 11:24PM)

What do you think? If you have a youtube account please rate it and leave a comment if you want! Enjoy
Message: Posted by: ldl1017 (Jan 3, 2007 07:26AM)
If memory serves me correctly, that effect was in a recent Joshua Jay column in Magic magazine. Try looking on the last several months.
Message: Posted by: mookboy (Jan 3, 2007 07:49AM)
It was that or genii...

ask over there...
Message: Posted by: Eric Leclerc (Jan 3, 2007 09:02AM)
It is my effect I published in Genii.... I was just trying to get some feedback...
Message: Posted by: karbonkid (Jan 3, 2007 12:00PM)
Excellent job, Eric! Gave you a 5!
Message: Posted by: todsky (Jan 3, 2007 12:01PM)
Very nice! Great visual magic! Which issue of Genii is it in?
Message: Posted by: Eric Leclerc (Jan 3, 2007 02:03PM)
October 2006 Genii...

Thanks for the reviews and ratings!
Message: Posted by: ToasterofDoom (Jan 3, 2007 04:07PM)
Message: Posted by: davidpaul$ (Jan 3, 2007 05:45PM)
Now that's real magic! I'm fooled. Will have to get that issue of Genii.
Super Job Eric. Yaya !!
Message: Posted by: Larry Barnowsky (Jan 4, 2007 06:48PM)
Well done. Very ingenious method.
Message: Posted by: BrianMillerMagic (Jan 4, 2007 06:59PM)
That was great! I don't get Genii but maybe I'll pick up that issue.
Message: Posted by: Daryl -the other brother (Jan 5, 2007 01:26PM)
RazorBurn was nice but I really enjoyed your clip "Good Magic". Some great shots!
Message: Posted by: Eric Leclerc (Jan 7, 2007 07:55PM)
Thanks so much... I know those 2 videos aren't really appropriate for my website but people seem to like them.. Thanks for the kind words...
Message: Posted by: Eric Leclerc (Jan 22, 2007 03:07AM)
Hey Larry did you read it in Genii or did you just find out by watching the vid?
Message: Posted by: johnnymystic (Jan 22, 2007 09:37AM)
I remember this being talked about and holy hell it was awesome...gotta get this genii mag!!!

Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Jan 22, 2007 10:21AM)
I remember seeing that in the magazine and thinking it looked cool, but this is the first time I've seen it actually done!

Really good! I gave you five stars!
Message: Posted by: ralphdean (Jan 22, 2007 11:13AM)
Very nice!
Message: Posted by: Magic_Steve (Jan 22, 2007 02:13PM)
I just rated it a 5, and it is pretty *** good!

Message: Posted by: Eric Leclerc (Jan 23, 2007 03:07PM)
Thanks for the ratings!!! Its amazing how many views I got just from this message on the Café.... crazy!
Message: Posted by: kvanliewpe (Jan 23, 2007 04:22PM)
You made it look 100ox's better than it read. Great job!
Message: Posted by: Eric Leclerc (Feb 1, 2007 02:07AM)
Thanks so much!!! I apprecite it..

here is a review from another member......

On 2007-01-29 13:47, illusiOHN wrote:
Hey, all.

Finally got a chance to perform this little effect.

Here's a review:

Note: some details are left out to prevent exposure.

My background:

Intermediate performer, mostly perform for family and friends.


Appears that a razor turns into a matchbook. See it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNQSqiGIxpc

It is nearly impromptu, and definitely appears impromptu.


The Genii article is easy to follow and well photographed. Preparation is very easy.


Preparation and performance are very easy! Like always, practice is important...but the handling is simple. Probably the biggest consideration is the patter and deciding when and where to perform this effect. In my view, it could be performed as part of a funny routine...or it could be powerfully performed impromptu-style when actually shaving.


Angles are generous since this effect would normally be performed with people generally in front of you. You can't have people behind you, but they wouldn't be able to see your performance if they were behind you anyway! Because people aren't expecting the transformation, people burning your hands and the razor is does not appear to be a problem.


I partially shaved (for real), then got my wife's attention, and then told my wife that I might have to borrow some of her razors because "these razors keep hurting me and giving me razor burn." She started to ask "what brand are they?"...as I was performing the effect. She then started to answer her own question, reading the gas station name on the matchbook...

...and then it sunk in that it was now a matchbook! She smiled and laughed! "My husband, the magician!"

If I never perform this effect again, it was worth the one performance.

It is very visual. It is unexpected. Because it is unexpected, it is very powerful.

Bang for the buck:

If you don't have the magazine, buying this issue of Genii just for this one effect is worth it! And, you'll get some great bonuses, like a very interesting article on the movie "The Illusionist."

Thanks for sharing this effect, Eric! Simple, yet brilliant.

Message: Posted by: RickVancouver (Feb 1, 2007 02:51AM)
Wow, that looked like real match-ic. Great job Eric.

Message: Posted by: Clark (Feb 1, 2007 07:06AM)
Very, very good Eric, top notch!

Message: Posted by: Eric Leclerc (Feb 4, 2007 01:26PM)
Match-ic..........Beautiful!!!!!!! Thanks again Rick...

Thanks for all the kind words guys. Keep rating it on youtube!! Its getting a lot of views! Creating a lot of buzz
Message: Posted by: montemagic (Feb 4, 2007 02:05PM)
Very Nice!
Message: Posted by: Eric Leclerc (Feb 8, 2007 02:59PM)
By the way... you guys know this is totally impromptu huh?? Takes 20 seconds to make.. All you need is a matchbook................

that should get a few thinking.
Message: Posted by: Magic_Steve (Feb 8, 2007 03:31PM)
Any plans on releasing this? I would absolutely love to perform this...PM me if you are. I will be the first to buy it.

Message: Posted by: pbg739 (Feb 8, 2007 04:16PM)
That was really really slick bro!
Message: Posted by: paisa23 (Feb 8, 2007 04:30PM)
Cant get Youtube on a Government Computer. What is the effect? And Eric you got my Vote.
Message: Posted by: Eric Leclerc (Feb 10, 2007 12:12PM)
Are you trying to say that you posted over 4000 posts on this site through your goverment computer!? hehehe
Message: Posted by: paisa23 (Feb 10, 2007 01:35PM)
Almost. LOL for somereason they have not blocked this site. Which for me would be torture.
Message: Posted by: Austini (Feb 11, 2007 12:07AM)
That was like real magic, totally awesome 10/10

Message: Posted by: Eric Lott (Feb 18, 2007 09:53PM)
Hey Eric,

I saw this thread and dug out my October 2006 Genii. I stayed up 'til 2:00 in the morning trying to find matches laying around the house. I shave my head, so when I saw your video, I got a lot of great ideas. I'm not sure how I missed it in Genii the first time.

Anyway, have you found a particular book of matches that you like the best? If so, can the be purchased anywhere?

Awesome job man. I love it!

Message: Posted by: Eric Leclerc (Feb 19, 2007 02:28AM)
Hey Eric

glad you liked it! I can see how you missed it in the magazine because it dosent look very convincing seeing the method before seeing the effect performed.

All matchbooks work beautifully for this. The only thing you have to experiment with is the color. I like yellow on the outside and the traditional white on the inside. Makes a nice contrast. Let me know how it goes!! You'll love doing it in the mirror over and over!! cheers
Message: Posted by: paisa23 (Feb 19, 2007 02:51AM)
Eric sorry man, I have watched and watched and don't see it. IM gonna have to back order the Mag. It doesn't help that I have no Nicotine. Watched your videos on your website, nice I like it.
Message: Posted by: Eric Leclerc (Feb 19, 2007 11:21AM)
It seems people have been having a hard time to find this issue of Genii.. I obviously want you to buy it...

but on the other hand.. I really want to say "just get a pack of matches right now, ITS ALL YOU NEED"

Message: Posted by: bsears (Feb 27, 2007 12:52AM)
Genii has great stuff every month guys. You should just subscribe. Eric - thanks for making this a nice contribution to Genii instead of a $20 instant download from some wannabe streetmagic website. Well done!
Message: Posted by: jamesjay1 (Feb 27, 2007 06:06PM)
Now that was cool! I don't remember seeing that effect in that issue, but then, it was SOOOOOOOO long ago. The patter was great, and totally unexpected! I was thinking you were going to have a cigarette appear in your mouth, so I was caught totally off guard by the matchbook!

I love it!
Message: Posted by: Josh Chaikin (Feb 27, 2007 08:08PM)
Definitely going to have to track down that issue of Genii. I'll make a call to US Toy first thing in the morning.
Message: Posted by: Eric Leclerc (Mar 2, 2007 08:58AM)
If you guys want a better source to find it.. Its on the new "Underground Jam" dvd...
Message: Posted by: jstone (Mar 3, 2007 03:18AM)
Way to Generate some UJ Buzz my brotha! Rockin' effect by the way. I'm glad it made it's way on the DVD.