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Shane Wiker
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Kissing Off: A napkin is borrowed from a spectator (Assuming youíre in a location where someone has one) and a piece is torn off. The piece is lit on fire using a lighter and tossed into the air. As it comes down, it is seen to have changed into a Hersheyís kiss.

A quick and flashy effect, though not very practical. You can use it in restaurants, as long as you have everything set-up already. If you donít do restaurant work, you could use your own napkin, but itís not as impressive as using someone elseís.

8/10

Head Trip: Various objects are removed from a table and vanished in front of the spectatorís eyes.

This is one of my favorite effects from the video set. In the performance on the video, he vanishes food items off of a plate, saltshakers, peppershakers, a wine glass full of water, and even his jacket. You donít have to use these items though. In On The Spot, he uses napkins. I know a lot of magicians who use this effect, and do it with bunches of toilet paper, pens, coffee cups, almost anything. Another thing thatís great about this effect is itís comedic value. I wonít go into detail, but just make a note to try this when you learn it.

9.5/10

Off Base: The base off a wine glass is broken off. To restore it, the base is screwed onto the glass, and a lighter is used to weld them together again.

To me, this effect is good, but nothing more. It seems like a trick you might do when eating at a restaurant with someone, but I wouldnít recommend it as part of a professional show.

7/10

Coin From Head: The performer has a spectator cup his/her hands, and out of nowhere, a coin falls onto the hands.

From the description, this sounds like a mediocre effect. However, despite the effectís obvious title, everyone is watching closely at the personís hands, so when the coin lands no one knows where it came from. Itís also a huge shock for the person whoís hands the coin falls onto. I tried this effect recently, and it got great reactions.

9/10

Coin/Credit Card Thru Table: A coin (Or credit card) is borrowed and placed onto the table. The coin is covered up with both hands, and when the hands are removed, the coin has apparently been pushed thru the table. The magician reaches under the table, and the coin drops onto his hands seconds later.

Coin/Credit Card Thru Table is a quick effect, but seems to be a little too obvious, even to laymen.

6.5/10

Vanish 5000: A sugar packet is torn open and carefully poured into the magicianís fist. The spectator holds his hand out below the magicianís to make sure no sugar falls out. The spectator watches closely the entire time, but when the magician opens his hand, the sugar is gone.

Vanish 5000 is a good effect, but what I donít like about it is that the spectator never actually sees the sugar go into the hand. Instead all that is seen is the packet been dumped into the fist of the hand. On the plus side, you donít need a TT, and youíre left completely clean at the end.

7.5/10

Multi-Color Pen: A wallet is taken out and inside is a pack of business cards. The magician brings out a sharpie and explains that itís actually a multi-color pen, and will write in any color asked for. He then has a spectator sign his/her name on half of one of the cards. Now the magician has three spectators each call out colors. The magician pretends not to hear the colors correctly and instead writes down three different colors (For example: green, blue, and red). The magician now shows that the pen wrote in green, blue, and red, except itís in black ink. The magician removes the card from the wallet and gives it to a spectator. When he/she turns the card over, each word is written in its respective color. Green is written in green ink, blue is written in blue ink, and red is written in red ink.

I tried to explain this effect in as much detail as possible, but since a lot of it is puns and subtle humor, it may not make much sense. Multi-Color Pen can be a good effect, particularly to hand out business cards.

8/10

Blind Date: The magician pulls out a wallet with a business card inside. A prediction is made on the card. A quarter is borrowed from the spectator, and the magician reads the date off of it (For example: 1965). The prediction in the wallet is read and seen to match the date the magician said. Of course, everyone wants to see the quarter to make sure the magician didnít lie. When they look, they see that the magician lied and the date on the quarter isnít what he said (For example: The real date was 1990). When all hope for the magician seems lost, he hands the card to the spectator and the date on the card has changed from 1965 to the real date on the quarter, 1990.

Wow, another confusing description. Like Multi-Color Pen, Blind Date is a great way to hand out business cards.

8.3/10

Learnerís Permit To Thrill: Someone hands you his or her business card. Holding it in your hand, you say, ďThatís strange. I have a card that looks just like this.Ē You then proceed to pull their card out of your pocket.

This is a very basic version of License To Thrill. Maybe itís just because Iím looking at it as a magician, but the one move used seems painfully obvious.

6/10

Flat-out Monte: 3 cards are shown, an Ace and two Jokers. The Ace is placed on the bottom, and the spectator is asked where the Ace is. They think itís on the bottom but itís actually on top. The Ace is placed on the table and the Jokers are placed on either side of it. The magician slowly mixed the cards, and asks where the Ace is. The spectators are sure they caught a move and know exactly where the card is, but their wrong. The two Jokers are picked up and the Ace is left on the table. The Jokers are clearly shown, but then they change into one card (The Ace), and the Jokers are on the table. The Ace is placed on the table, and a spectator covers it with their hand. One Joker is placed underneath the Ace, but the cards under the spectatorís hand change to the two Jokers, and the magician has the Ace.í

Thereís not much to say, other than that itís a great routine.

8.8/10

Recap (Performance Only):

Sticks and Stones (Performance Only):

Dishonest Abe: The magician shows a penny, and takes out a magnifying glass so the spectator can see it better. When the magnifying glass is removed, the penny has grown to 10 times its original size. The spectator is asked to hold out his/her hand, and when the magician drops the penny on the hand, the penny has again grown to be much larger than it was before.

Dishonest Abe is a routine that is sold separately. Itís also explained on the DVD, but you need special coins. Highly recommended.

9/10

Overall: Overall, I'd say that although Gregory Wilson's In Action 2 has more filler than the first volume, it's still a great video with a number of effects worth learning.

8.5/10

This review is also available on my website (See signature for link).

Shane Wiker
roya
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Thanks for the great review.
IMO, vol 1 and 3 are much better...
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Why no explanation for Recap, I buy this DVD for that!!!
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I have ordered the set from LLpub and am eagerly awaiting the dvds. Pity the delivery time to SA. I'm sure its gonna be awesome. Thanks for the review!!!
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On 2005-05-14 22:30, roya wrote:
Thanks for the great review.
IMO, vol 1 and 3 are much better...

I would have to agree with you roya. Those two are also my favorite.
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As usual a great review! Looking foward to the 3rd one.
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Thanks Shane! Great review! Also looking forward to #3. Keep up the good work!
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If everyone could review like this....
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Thanks Shane!

Finished this DVD yesterday, and I ve to say that I am a bit disappointed because not many tricks were done in front of people in the street. And some of the tricks, as what Shane mentioned, are too obvious to figure out even for laymen.

However, I still enjoy watching this DVD because Gregory Wilson is such a great performer. He can change a very simple trick into a lovely "trick". Take "Coin from Head" as an example, his performance is great, so as his facial expression.
I have to say that the DVD still worth its price.

The trick I love most is "Stick and Stone", it's simple but attractive!

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I loved the tricks using the "out to lunch" principle. For my money, Flat Out Monte makes the disc worth the money.
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Hey that off base effect sounds really amazing.From the description....

So is the impracticallity the factor or the fact it looks obvious?Or it takes too long to set up. Anything else?.....

I am just wondering as I was planning on buying the video for the effect alone.

Any help appreciated.
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Re: Off Base. It's really about the handling. It could either look really good or really bad in the wrong hands. It's all sleights. It's also more of a throw away. Kind of a surprise effect. I don't think it would work well as a big "watch me" show piece. I like it. Don't think I have much use for it, though. There's plenty of other good material on the disc.
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