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Topic: Unmarked - mentalism, unless it's not
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Apr 20, 2007 10:43PM)
For $10 from Tony Chapparo (at http://www.upclosemagic.net ?) you can get -- no gimmick at all. Oh, you could send Tony another $9.95 and he'll send you a gimmick, but you could make it for roughly 1/10th of that. You'd have to know how. And you'd have to know why.

The Why is Tony has found a new way to make an old gimmick which makes it even more invisible, easier to handle, and reliable than the classic version. With this gimmick, I've easily thought of about 50 different effects I could perform with it, and only 30 or so are mentalism. Various card tricks -- no problem. Even a couple of coin tricks. And, oh - the book tests I could perform with this; the design duplications!

It will, however, not make your cut-&-restored rope effect any easier or better.

I hesitate to indicate what exactly this gimmick CAN do, because it will tip the actual "secret" quickly. It's slap-your-forehead why-didn't-I-think-of-this simple, and Tony is to be commended for keeping it simple.

Experienced mentalists and card cheats have already figured out what type of gimmick this is, and I can tell them that this is as easy to use as its predecessor is klutzy. Bob Cassidy would love this, if he hasn't been secretly using one all this time and not telling anyone.

Which brings me to the What. The What is the booklet which will tell you and show you how to make and use one of these Unmarked gimmicks. It's only six pages, but it's a lifetime of effects. At least 50 of them.

--Granpa Chet
Message: Posted by: Tony Chapparo (Apr 21, 2007 12:49AM)
Hi Chet,
Thanks for all your kind words about my e-book UNmarked!
For any one who is interested in this you can find it here:


Thanks again Chet! where do ya want me to send the money!!! LOL
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Apr 21, 2007 12:52AM)
Money won't be necessary. But check your e-mail. There's something you might be able to do for me after all.

(Oooooooo -- mysterious!!)

--Mysterious Chet
Message: Posted by: tctahoe (Apr 21, 2007 05:53AM)

This little pdf is wonderful. It is clearly written and easily understood.
The construction of this gimmick could not be easier.

If you have been around magic, you may have figured out what this utility device is but don’t let that stop you from ordering this. Tony’s construction and handling have made this something that you can use… It is something that I will use and that really says it all.

As already pointed out by Chet, "Oh the book tests I could perform with this!" Let me amend that. The book tests I WILL perform with this.

Buy it, use it and sit back and let your ‘abilities’ take the credit.

TC Tahoe
Message: Posted by: Tony Chapparo (Apr 21, 2007 08:34PM)
thanks for the awesome review, I am honored to know that you will be using the gimmick! I didn't even consider the mentalism concepts possible w/ the device, as I am not that heavy into being mental... I will be now! ; )
Chet, TC...
thanks again fellas!

The "other" TC
Tony Chapparo
Message: Posted by: sibbie (Apr 22, 2007 03:56PM)
I received this from Tony and went through it a couple of times. I really can't add more than what others have already said about it. It is an old concept with a new spin that will make the work easier.

As far as purchasing the gimmick or making it yourself, this comes down to personal preference. This isn't one of those "anyone can do it" items that end up being "anyone with a lot of tools" concepts. Anyone can make this with a quick trip to Wal-Mart and a few minutes at home.

This is a great utility item for those who put it to use. The instructions are clear and the book is easy to read. Tony provides you with a few effects to get your ideas going. Once you read this I am sure you will find tricks you have read that will be easier with this and even more stuff you will create on your own.
Message: Posted by: Tony Chapparo (Apr 23, 2007 11:47AM)
Thanks for the great review sibbie!
glad you are finding the e-book and gimmick useful!

Message: Posted by: rowdymagi5 (Apr 23, 2007 01:05PM)
Has anybody else bought this yet that can provide a review?
Message: Posted by: Steve Suss (Apr 23, 2007 01:48PM)
Is this something that would enhance a blindfold routine?


Message: Posted by: Tony Chapparo (Apr 23, 2007 03:51PM)
Hi Steve,

I don't think it would help with a blindfold drive! ;) but I can think of a few ways you could use it.

Thanks for your interest.

Message: Posted by: psi-co (Apr 23, 2007 04:48PM)
Hi Tony

Although 10 bucks is not a lot to spend, I'm just wondering if this gimmick is easily available in South Africa where we don't have Wal-Marts, Staples or any other such places. In fact, our stationery is often times different to what you find in the States, and it's not easy finding a suitable substitute. What say you of this?


Message: Posted by: sibbie (Apr 23, 2007 05:39PM)
If you have any type of Arts and Crafts store or major department store there should be no issue in finding the necessary items.
Message: Posted by: psi-co (Apr 24, 2007 02:12AM)
Thanx Sibbie

You'll be amazed at how I often can't find a specific item... take RO's Final Answer pencil case for example. I believe it's quite common there in the States... here, no go. Same with certain note pads, folios etc. It's very frustrating and sometimes I just can't find a suitable replacement and have to forego the effect or gimmick completely. Even cold glue is hard to get here... why? Because no one calls it that and I can't ask for what I don't know the essential difference is with other glues! Not to mention a re-stickable glue stick. Not common. It almost makes me want to move lol.
Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (Apr 24, 2007 07:23AM)
Finding restickable glue sticks I find ahrd too - even in Canada! Lucky we have IKEA stores here - you can swipe a gazillion golf pencils...

As for the items in this manuscript - they are SO common at arts and craft stores - you should be OK - and once you see the construction, you can likely use some other similar items to make the same thing anyway!
Message: Posted by: Tony Chapparo (Apr 24, 2007 10:00AM)
Thanks sibbie and Dr. Spektor, you are making my job too easy!

The materials should be very easy to find, and if not a suitable replacement will do.

Message: Posted by: Steve Suss (Apr 24, 2007 10:26AM)
If I'm doing my blindfold act and want to divine cards without looking at them will this gimmick facilitate that?


Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Apr 24, 2007 10:31AM)
Really, some of these questions are WAY too specific, and far too obviously trying to ferret out "the secret."

Trust me, guys. "The secret" isn't half the value you get from this manuscript. You may already KNOW "the secret." What you'll get is a new perspective, a new method, and a hundred or so inspirations as to ways to use "the secret" that you might never have considered before.

(Hey, Tony! Will this gimmick facilitate my 2-card Monkey and get girls?)

--Granpa Chet
Message: Posted by: Steve Suss (Apr 24, 2007 12:40PM)
Grandpa Chet,
I only asked the above question to see if this is something I will use. Reading the advertisement gave me the idea that this might be perfect for a blindfold routine. If that can't be answered then fine, but don't assume anyone is trying to ferret out the "secret". I generally do not buy things unless there is at least a reasonable probability that I will use it. I already have enough magic sitting in my drawers.

Message: Posted by: Amade3us (Apr 27, 2007 07:24PM)
Hi Everyone!

Sorry this review has been quite delayed, due to my lack of available time at the moment. I wanted to really give this the time it deserved, and to not just pop in and make a review without constructing the gimmick and using it a handful of times. So, here's what I got:

The instructions included are great. Everything is covered, and it has enough pictures along the way to help you through the entire process. I was able to easily find the items needed at a local arts and crafts store, and can reiterate that you will be able to get them at any reasonable store of the type.

Once constructed, the gimmick is a dream to use. I have never really delved into this sort of product before, so all of this was fairly foreign to me. I was able to master the use of this item relatively quickly, and was out performing with it the next day. At my local bar everyone knows I do magic, so anytime I want to try something new out that's where I do it. I did some other things first, and then busted out this gimmick. I borrowed a deck of cards from the bar owner, and went about doing a couple of "demonstrations" with the gimmick. It honestly could not have gone any better. Everyone was convinced that there was actually some sort of markings on the deck, and I had worked out a deal with the owner beforehand! That's how amazing the things are that you can do with this little utility. I've been working out a gambling routine to put into my act for awhile, and this is going to be the item that gets me those amazing reactions we're all constantly in search of.

A quick note about constructing this thing: Do it yourself. It's amazingly easy, and all the items needed are easily obtained.

Thanks again Tony!

Message: Posted by: fib (Apr 27, 2007 09:20PM)
Do you have to touch the cards?
Message: Posted by: Mariagi (Apr 29, 2007 06:39PM)
Yes but you don't go by feeling
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Apr 29, 2007 06:53PM)
You don't even have to use cards.

--Granpa Chet
Message: Posted by: Mariagi (Apr 29, 2007 06:55PM)
Yes you can come up with many different ideas yourself
Message: Posted by: Tony Chapparo (Apr 30, 2007 10:39AM)

Thanks for your nice review of UNmarked! I am happy that those of you that have bought the e-book and gimmick are finding it to be exciting and USEABLE!

I would not have put this out if I did not think it had tremendous value.

Thanks again everyone, I have had nothing but good feedback from this release!

I'm grateful to see something I have to offer is valuable to others!

Message: Posted by: Y2John (Apr 30, 2007 03:09PM)
I have had Unmarked for a few days or so now and absolutely love it. This really is a fantastic, useable and well thought through utility that I totally recommend!
Message: Posted by: Tony Chapparo (Apr 30, 2007 05:19PM)
Thank you Y2John!

These things are flying out the door!

Thanks to all that took the time to review the book!

Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Apr 30, 2007 06:23PM)
On 2007-04-30 18:19, Tony Chapparo wrote:These things are flying out the door![/quote]

THERE's a feature I didn't know they had!

--Granpa Chet (Who is watching his gimmick to see if it flies.)
Message: Posted by: Tony Chapparo (May 1, 2007 10:30AM)
UNmarked is now also available @ http://www.lybrary.com

Message: Posted by: pantseatflyer (May 2, 2007 03:53PM)
Will give it shot! Just placed an order!
Message: Posted by: CinChiller (May 2, 2007 04:49PM)
Good idea, good work, many possibilities.
Thanks Tony for sharing your little tiny nice gimmick with us.
Message: Posted by: Tony Chapparo (May 4, 2007 11:13AM)
Thanks pantseatflyer and CinChiller!


Message: Posted by: Nicholas (May 6, 2007 07:07PM)
I really like this little gem of yours! Oh, the ideas that are flying through my head. I never would have delved into this method without having purchased Unmarked. And, to think what I would be missing. Your ebook epitomizes the old saying, "short but sweet." It is direct and to the point. Everything took about 1 minute to make. Everything will look completely impromptu. Now, I just can't wait to try out some of my ideas. For me, this is opening a whole new set of doors. Thanks, so much!
Message: Posted by: magiclee (May 6, 2007 07:22PM)
I ordered "Unmarked" about 8 hours ago. As of now I haven't received the Ebook.
How long does it take to get?

Message: Posted by: Pit Boss (May 6, 2007 08:36PM)
I believe the order page said to allow 24 hours for delivery. Trust me, Tony will get to you quickly.
Message: Posted by: magiclee (May 6, 2007 09:00PM)
OK, thank's

Message: Posted by: Tony Chapparo (May 7, 2007 11:05AM)
Thanks for the kind words Nicholas! glad you like UNmarked and are USING it!

Magiclee, I am caught up for the moment, please let me know if you still need the file, I don't believe I missed anyone but it does happen ; )

Thanks again for all the support and encouragement everyone!

Message: Posted by: magiclee (May 7, 2007 12:48PM)
I got the file. I then sent you a message and am waiting for an answer.

Message: Posted by: Tony Chapparo (May 10, 2007 03:37PM)
Hi Magiclee,

I am not sure I got your message, please resend.

Thank you!

Message: Posted by: Tony Chapparo (May 11, 2007 12:52PM)
Magiclee...PM'd you!
Message: Posted by: magiclee (May 11, 2007 01:23PM)
Just to let everyone know Tony has excellent customer relations.

Message: Posted by: walking_liberty (May 14, 2007 03:40PM)
I just got a chance to work with this a bit, and it's a great take on an old idea.

Tony has added something to the gimmick to make it much easier to use. It's comfortable to use and I think it would shorten the learning curve for someone who has never used this type of gimmick. Even if you know, or have an idea of what the gimmick is, it's worth checking out for his fresh and practical take on it.

The instructions or extremely clear and easy to follow with a lot of pictures. The gimmick is simple to make and the materials are easily found if you have a craft store near by. There are also some ideas for routines at the end in case you need something to get you started.

You can buy this in either ebook or cd form from: http://505magician.tripod.com/unmarked.htm

You can also purchase a well made gimmick from Tony if you think you won't be able to find the materials, are too lazy to make it, or don't have enough confidence in your gimmick making skills.

I should also say that Tony is a very nice guy and has great customer service.

Thanks for sharing Tony!
Message: Posted by: mindmagic (Dec 29, 2007 05:52AM)
I'm very tempted to order this but I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to get the materials in London - I've no idea where to find an "arts and crafts" shop. Has anyone in the UK made this up? If so, how easy was it to get the bits?

Please PM me if you can give specific recommendations.

Message: Posted by: Tony Chapparo (Jan 3, 2008 11:03AM)
The materials are fairly easy to find online or at any arts and crafts store.

Hope this helps!
Message: Posted by: mindmagic (Jan 5, 2008 03:29AM)
Thanks, Tony - but I have decided to play it safe and order the gimmick, which hopefully is on its way to me!

Message: Posted by: Tony Chapparo (Jan 6, 2008 07:47AM)
Hi Barry,

It is indeed on it's way. I have included a bonus effect, I hope you like it!

Thanks again.

Message: Posted by: louis8799 (Jul 18, 2008 08:45AM)
Just received this little gimmick today and love it. It is based on an old principle but Tony has really improved it. This gimmick is really convenient to use.
Message: Posted by: Tony Chapparo (Jul 19, 2008 05:50AM)
Thanks Louis,

I am glad you like it, don't forget you can do Mentalism (book tests) with the gimmick too! It is not just for cards!

Message: Posted by: Lumas (Jul 21, 2008 08:21AM)
This seems really interesting, but I have no idea what it is and if it would even be practical for me... Hm..
Message: Posted by: ragingcalm (Jul 28, 2008 11:54AM)
Would someone mind PMing me what the old gimmick/method is. Are we talking a type of NW or something altogether different?

Message: Posted by: Tony Chapparo (Jul 29, 2008 10:51AM)
It is not a nail writer ;)
Message: Posted by: Tony Chapparo (Sep 16, 2008 10:16AM)
Shhhh...don't tell anyone ; )
I have this e-book on sale for $5.00 for a limited time, it's normaly $10.00... just shoot a paypal payment to: magic.escapes@gmail.com and note that you saw it here on the Café. Don't use the payment buttons @ http://505magician.tripod.com/unmarked.htm or you won't get the discount, but you can see the details there!


Message: Posted by: Tony Chapparo (Sep 17, 2008 04:58PM)
I forgot to add you can pick up the gimmick, carrying bag and CD for half off too if you decide not to build your own gimmick or can't find the materials in your neck of the woods. Normally $20.00 - now $10.00 for a limited time.

Again, paypal payment to: magic.escapes@gmail.com and note that you saw it here on the Café. Don't use the payment buttons @ http://505magician.tripod.com/unmarked.htm or you won't get the discount, but you can see the details there!
Message: Posted by: Tony Chapparo (Sep 20, 2008 11:53AM)
Café special ends next Sunday 9/28 @ midnight - UNmarked will then go back to it's regular price...
Message: Posted by: Paradise (Sep 29, 2008 06:52AM)
Tony ordered this on 26th have you sent it yet?
Message: Posted by: Tony Chapparo (Sep 30, 2008 03:05PM)
Yes, sent Friday the 26th... I PM'd you a link for download, sometimes the spam filter will eat my e-mails w/ attachments. Let me know if you need me to send it again.

PS - I have extended the sale on UNmarked until Halloween...