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Sean Fields
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There has been a lot of interest surrounding Morgan Strebler's latest offering, Taste Conditions. I was privelaged enough to recieve a preview copy of the routine, which officially launches Thursday, March 1st.

Whereas most reviews start in the beginning, let me fast forward, and start in the middle. Early on in the treatise, Morgan insists that you try the effect yourself, before going further and reading the routine. Not only do I agree with Morgan, I feel it is absolutely INTEGRAL. You simply CANNOT perform this routine and do it justice if you don't know what the spectator is experiencing.

And just what does the spectator experience?

Quite possibly one of the strangest, surreal, short circuiting of the brain, that's what! Even knowing the method, the experience is simply bizarre.

The effect, for those that are unfamiliar with it is simple. A spectator is invited up on stage, and a unique experiment utilizing the participants imagination is performed.

Taking a sip of water, the spectator swishes it around in their mouth, whereupon it transforms, IN THEIR MOUTH, into MOUTHWASH!

That is the basic effect, and it is cool.

Taste Conditions is a limited edition effect, limited to 250 copies. Each person who buys a copy will receive a PDF of the effect, as well as a signed hard copy.

The PDF is simply laid out, and only contains a couple of photographs, but truth be told, that is all that is needed.

Morgans instruction is, as can be expected, concise and thourough. Morgan also employed a unique technique to make learning and understanding the routine even easier; he has color coded the text to reflect what you are actually doing, what the audience sees, and what the spectator is thinking/experiencing. At first it may induce an epilectic seizure, but very shortly thereafter, it becomes a welcome addition, as it really does acccelerate the learning process.

On to the actual methodology of the effect. All that can be said here is 'Clever'. That is the only word I can think of to describe the method. Morgan has developed a method that will simply bring a smile to your face after you experience the effect. I wish I could delve deeper, but I would run the risk of exposure. Suffice to say, the method at play is very clever and effective.

The effect depends almost entirely on some clever presentation and psychology. Combined with the actual method, it creates a very convincing illusion.

The illusion is simply stellar. It must be experienced to be believed. I was fried myself, and I knew what was coming. Imagine what an audience would experience, not knowing what is about to happen! Strong stuff.

Given that this is a weird blend of psychology, presentation, and clever thinking, this effect will most likely be best suited to mentalists. Some magicians will most certainly use this too, but it really is a mentalism type effect.

Another thing Morgan should be commended on is his outward honesty regarding the effect, its strengths, and its limitations. Morgan EXPLICITLY states that this effect is for formal settings, and is NOT reccommended for street, walkaround, or close up performances. While I feel the effect is simple and practical enough to perform ANYWHERE, I must take my hat off to Morgan for addressing this concern up front. If only more people were as up front with the limitations of their material.

Lastly, I should mention that I have developed a routine, called Taste-icular with good friend, Josh Nekrep, which appears in my 1337 notes. While similar, the two routines differ wildly in not only method, but also in effect. Both involve transforming water into mouthwash, but are handled in completely different fashions. Morgan's effect is certainly mental-ccentric while my effect is magic-ccentric. I have discussed my effect with Morgan, and he agrees that they are in different arenas.

In my research, I discovered several similar plots to Morgans. Michael Weber, Ted Lesley, and others have explored similar ideas.

Regardless of whether you are a magician or a mentalist, Taste Conditions is simply too good to miss.

HIGHLY RECCOMMENDED.

Sean Fields
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VERY nice review, Sean!! Thanks bud!

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AWESOME review Sean! I was pretty quick to make my purchase some time ago and am eagerly awaiting my e-mail in the next day or so. How exciting! By the way.....what are you 1337 notes??? I have explicit and x-rated but have not heard of the other.
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I love reviews written by Sean. They tell you a lot more than just "this effect is good". To answer tuffnavyrn, the 1337 notes are part of Sean's next big project.
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Thanks for the info kytmagic......I'll be on the look for those.
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Sounds great!
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Excellent review, thanks for that. I was already highly awaiting this, and placed my order the second I saw the pay link. Now I know its a quality product, I just cant wait.
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How long does the water stay in the spectator's mouth before "turning" into "mouthwash"? Can the length of time be varied?

Michael
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I may have to "Scope" this one out.... Smile ..
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." (Einstein)...
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On 2007-02-28 12:34, joseph wrote:
I may have to "Scope" this one out.... Smile ..


Yeah, I'm gunna 'wash' out for this one! HAHA, puns are fun.

-Vinnie
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I also just recieved a preview of this and Sean I couldn't agree more.

Morgan thinks outside of the box. He told me about this a long time ago and I was eager to hear his work on it. When he told me simply that a spectator names and drink and the water in their mouth transforms in to that drink my mind was buzzing.

Right away I was thinking of cheap and terrible ways to do it, I thought of chemicals and switches and all kinds of impractical methods that would sound good as advertising blurrb but simply wouldnt deliver.

Reading the detailed treatise on his approach Strebler has achived something that I would never have dreamed of but I KNOW I am going to start work on tomorrow and be performing as soon as I fit it to my style.

Again, I hope he charges a hunk of cash for this as he deserves it for its originality alone, nevermind his concise explanations and the fact he details every moment recounting it all through his personal experiences with the routine.

A winner!
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That's two really positive reviews, excellent. Im glad its turning out to be what I was hoping for.
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Me too! Less than 24 hours now................
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I just ordered it, I wonder why you cant use it in the street, I hope I can use it at the bar
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Can't wait! I hope this will be worth the dough Smile
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Service189, its supposedly possible to do it in the street, but its down as being not suitable because people in the street might not be happy taking a swig from some random persons drink, and then to spit it out after. I did read that its got nothing to do with the method for being down as not suitable, and if you think you could work it in the streets than you can.
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Thanks, I guess in an hour we wil know
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Tick....tock.....tick...tock
Can't wait to see what sort of reviews this is going to generate. I wonder if Morgan sold all 250 copies? Good for him if he did but we all know exclusive doesn't necessarily mean exclusive. Just ask Aaron Delong about his exclusive release of "Believe". Boy I hope that mess doesn't happen with this one. Hopefully all purchasers will keep this to themselves and not get too wordy on answering questions about the effect. Keep a tight lip on this one please!
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10 min. and counting
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12:09 and no e-mail yet
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