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I wrote this pretty fast so I appologize now for any strange grammar or typos. I just haven't had a ton of time to work on this.

On this dvd, Jay not only teaches effects but also doles out valuable advice on working in bars and restaurants. The dvd is set up such that between every effect, there is a chapter about the business side of things. This is where the meat of the dvd is and it’s pretty good meat. What he has to say is short and to the point. Not everything he suggests will be everyone’s cup of tea but overall, Jay has some great ideas on promoting yourself, the difference between bars and restaurants, inspiring tips, being a team player, booking jobs, etc. I have to say that although his thoughts on routining and scripting were good, I would have liked him to expand a little more in those areas. I wouldn’t rely on this dvd alone to teach you absolutely everything you need to know about working as a magician in restaurants (the only way to truly learn how to work in restaurants is to actually work in restaurants) it’s a good starting point. And even if you’ve been doing it for a while, Jay has some great insight on doing it better. My favorite piece of advice is “Never ask people if they want to see magic”, because, as Jay says, “They aren’t qualified to answer.” Great line. And he’s right. How many people have actually seen good close up magic? Not many. I used to ask tables if they wanted to see something because I couldn’t imagine not doing it. My mother raised a polite boy, what can I say. However, I changed my approach. I don’t ask anymore and it works ten times better. People are more receptive and less apprehensive about me hovering over their table.

Okay, enough of that. Onto the effects. Most of these effects are specifically designed for the restaurant/bar environment. They are all very easy to do. Those who know Jay’s material know that he gets incredible milage out of simple sleights and clever construction. Here’s a brief breakdown of the effects:

Permenent Press: The magician displays a beer cap which his makes disappear and reappear in his pocket. Then, with his bare hand, he smashes the bottle cap on the table, completely flattening it.

Very good effect. Easy to do.

Hot Wax: A broken and restored crayon effect. Two handlings are offered; one involves flash paper.

I started doing this recently and it plays very well for kids. I do the non-fire version.

Guaranteed: The magician writes “guarantee” on a playing card stating that this is his promise that he will find the spectator’s signed card or else the spectator will get money. The gaurantee card is placed on the table. The spectator selects and signs a card which is lost in the deck. The magician is unable to find the spectators card only to discover that his “guarantee card” has turned into the spectator’s signed selection.

This trick is gold. A completely impromptu card to impossible location. Easy as all get out to do. I’ve already come up with a variation on the effect that turns it into a torn and restored transpo and another variation which I’ll tell you about after Blackpool Effect.

Picture Perfect: A prediction written on a business card changes three times.

This is a nice effect. It requires a bit of a set up, but you can do it once and perform the effect all night. A great way to hand out your business card.

Cut and Restrawed: A cut and restored straw effect.

Impromptu. If you play this right, it could be a very strong effect.

Airtighter: The Airtight effect minus the first phase.

Much has already been written about this. It’s a very practical solution to Airtight. And it’s impromptu.

Four Seasons: A found button changes into a Chinese coin, a half dollar and an English penny.

Good effect but not something I’d do. Probably the knackiest effect on the dvd.

Population Explosion: An idea for a sponge ball production.

Jay says this is how he closes his Earplugs set but... I’m not sure what’s so magical about this. It doesn’t really do anything for me.

Paper Mache: A sort of short, mini cups and balls with two paper ketchup holders.

Again, simple stuff. But I think this could play gang busters. And it’s something you could possibly make a longer routine out of.

Merger: Magician predicts the same card on two different business cards.

As Jay himself says, this trick could also be called, “any darn excuse to get your business cards on the table.” I’m not wild about this one. It needs an extremely convincing force, I think. Then again, who knows. Maybe lay people would get a kick out of it.

Sweet Bread: A sugar packet, dollar bill transpo.

This is also on Secret Files. This is a good effect, especially for restaurant work.

Amphibean: Impromptu coin in sealed coffee creamer.

Super easy. But it looks great.

Sugar Coated: Torn and Restored Sugar packet.

I like this one a lot. It’s very easy and you don’t need to load up on extra sugar packets to do it. No TT either.

Freezer Burn: Freeze some of a spectaors drink into an ice cube.

Maybe Jay has done this, but it seems totally impractical to me. Not to mention a little gross.

Corker: Two halves of a cork are fused back together.

Nice quick effect.

The Blackpool Effect: A killer prediction effect.

This is the one everyone is talking about. I saw Jay do this last year at a convention and it was great. It does use a gaffed deck.

And speaking of Blackpool Effect, here’s a little idea I’ve been playing around with which combines “Guaranteed” and “Blackpool Effect” and is totally impromptu. For those of you who know both effects, think of the handling of Guaranteed. Write a prediction on the back of a card and place this card on the table. Have a card selected. Turn over the prediction to reveal it matches the selection. Wave your had over the prediction card and turn it back over. It is now the selection. I’ve done something similar to this for a long time now and it kills.

Overall, a very strong dvd. The magic is good but the advice is even better.
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Thanks for the informative review. Looks awesome!
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Thank you for a very comprehensive review. so overall how would you rate the difficulty of tricks vs their impact??? seems like there is such variety there is a difficulty level for everyone?
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I hate trying to rate things from one to ten. But I would say that most of the material is fairly easy for an intermediate magician. So maybe difficulty is a 4 out of 10.

As far as impact goes, I suppose overall I would have to say 7 out of ten. But this is mere speculation as I have not done most of these routines for real people yet.
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The Blackpool Effect is worth the price of the DVD.
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the saddest are, "It might have been"

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Yes, Blackpool Effect is very, very good.
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Wonderfull review cfrancis.
But jay, I think, is not right when he speaks about not scripting in restaurant...
Perhaps in Canada or in the US but here in France when I work in restaurant or when I do strolling magic I always scritp my routines because I think it's better but also because I want to be different... . Actually I work a lot in restaurant In Paris I can tell you that it works... I want to say also that the jay's work open minds
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He says not to script effects when performing in a restaurant? That's very strange (and poor) advice.
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Nice review. "Guaranteed" is my fave on the DVD.
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Jay does not say don't script rather what he says is cut down on the amount of words you do use.I think what he means is don't babble!.Think about how you can express what you want to say with the correct choice of words.Remember the dvd is
about working in restaurants and noisy bars.
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Thanks for the clarification, but scripting and cutting down on unnecessary words is critical no matter what your performing venue is.

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Oh come on!!!!! I love to hear me talk!
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On 2006-07-09 12:55, tedb wrote:
Oh come on!!!!! I love to hear me talk!


Koz, are you saying your a babelfish?
"Of all words of tongue and pen,
the saddest are, "It might have been"

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I disagree with scripting myself. I think you should have certain words and phrases that need to be said at certain times in your performance, but if you sound like Hamlet reciting a play, how are you to relate to your audience. Jazz style magic with no idea of what you are going to say might be a little scary, but I think it makes for a better connection with audience memebers.

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It's possible to script, not sound like Hamlet in a play (Robin Williams is a perfect example), and closely relate to your audience not only because your scripts are developed based on audience interaction but because your deviations from your main script, which you use when responding to particular comments/actions made by the audience, are forms of alternate scripts that you've developed also based on audience interaction.
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On 2006-07-09 20:09, Xander DraX wrote:
I disagree with scripting myself. I think you should have certain words and phrases that need to be said at certain times in your performance, but if you sound like Hamlet reciting a play, how are you to relate to your audience. Jazz style magic with no idea of what you are going to say might be a little scary, but I think it makes for a better connection with audience memebers.

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My (admittedly limited) experience is that if you perform an effect often enough, and for enough people, a script will develop. Then, btw, the challenge comes with saying the same "off the cuff response" to the spectator's "totally unexpected comment" in a completely surprised and amused fashion... for the thousandth time.

You may not find it necessary to write down what you are going to say but I, at least, find it reassuring to always know what it's going to be.
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Yeah, if you've rehearsed and trick and performed it enough a natural script will develop. I do not think that Jazzing is the best way to connect with your audience.
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I have the trick Sweet Bread from Sankadelic Magic which came out in like 2002. I use it a lot. I do that and then proceed to do a coin in sugar packet.


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I just received Jay's "20 Years of Magic" collection of lecture notes. "Guaranteed" is in the notes. However, he does it was a Guarantee Joker, which makes complete sense to me. Don't know why he didn't include that on the DVD.
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Cameron,

Thanks for the review. It's reviews like yours that help us make better buying decisions.
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