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illusion123
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Well I wondered how long it would take for props to be made to perform some of the effects on James Prince Menu of Miracles DVDs.

I know the props for mirrors have been out for some time but now the Ring in pepper pot is available.

Back in August I was slated for my review on the Menu of Miracles DVDs and maybe I was a little harsh in some respect, but at the end of the day I was so frustrated that I would not be able to perform some of the effects, because of the props needed to perform them. In my review I expressed concern that it would be difficult to find the materials to make these props if you were inclined to make them.

It seems as though some of my views may have been taken into consideration, and I could have predicted that props would be made for the effects on these DVDs.
The Ring in pepper pot prop is now being sold for 44.99 with a free copy of VOL 1 Menu of Miracles DVD included from RSVP Magic. So can I get a discount on this prop because I already have the DVD?

Again the effects on these DVDs are very good and now the props are being made makes them even more appealing.

Chris
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Yeah I like the set a lot. Although, and I hate this word; I find the pepper pot to be very impractical for my "venue." The restaurants I work at do not have pepper pots, they have regular salt & pepper shakers. But I am going to work one modifying them for this effect. But I loved the ideas on the set and a lot of the effects, and I agree that some of them seemed pretty rushed, teaching and effects etc. But that doesn't mean you have to do them that way. I look forward to going through the set again and picking out some of them for my repertoire. I only had time for a once over so far. I also have Corporate Close-up waiting to be viewed.
The great trouble with magicians is the fact that they believe when they have bought a certain trick or piece of apparatus, and know the method or procedure, that they are full-fledged mystifiers. -- Harry Houdini
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This probably has great material on it. I may even get it.
However, I think doing a bill to kiwi for table hopping is a bad idea. It is a lot to carry and messy for you or your customers if they cut it open. I wouldn't want to have to carry a towel with me to wipe off my hands. Or worse, have to run to the bathroom to wash them. Same goes for having a spectator cut open the kiwi. I don't want to get the patrons messy either.
I also have concerns about the ring to pepper pot. Is this something you set in front of them or is this presumed to be the one sitting there (the table pepper used by patrons) the whole time since they sat down. I think a ring to impossible location is great especially if it is safe for the ring. However if this is ring to pepper and it is supposed to be the tables pepper that just seems disgusting to me from a germ point of view.
Can somebody tell me if this is a pepper pot you open place down or if it is presented as the original one from the table? Thanks.
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It looks as though you got it from behind some stuff on the table. But I like I said, unless there are pepper pots in your restaurant it will make little sense. I like the thinking however and how it was so cleverly made. I thought the same thing about the Kiwi at first, but it is actually not as messy as you think. I don't want to give too much away due to exposure, but the kiwi is a lot drier than a normal kiwi, and it is cut a certain way that allows you to put it back in your pocket a lot drier as well. It is "prepped" so to speak. Although I would prefer NO wetness in my pockets if possible, and may even keep a piece of saran wrap or baggy inside my pocket just in case.

It would be a sacrifice of space, but the effect is KILLER as presented. There is no evidence left, and there is no "tunnel" visible as in most bill lemon/orange effects. The bill literally looks as though it grew into the fruit! In order to get it out you have to make an incision in the side of the Kiwi, and push it up out. When I first saw this I was pleasantly surprised. I thought it would be just another "run-of-the-mill" bill to fruit effect. Wrong! There is also a method to leave the Kiwi with the spectator, and fully examinable!

But this will cost you a lot more in Kiwi's, but you could use it once in awhile, so that others will claim that you left it with them; as obviously you can't do that at every table unless you have a lot of Kiwi's ready to go hidden somewhere in the restaurant. But I must say I was very impressed, and as James stated, "This is the best Bill in kiwi you will ever do." At first I was skeptical, but now I believe him! I can't wait to work with this. The "wetness" of the kiwi is more off an illusion than an a reality, that is all I can say!
The great trouble with magicians is the fact that they believe when they have bought a certain trick or piece of apparatus, and know the method or procedure, that they are full-fledged mystifiers. -- Harry Houdini
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Hello Everyone,

Wow! This is is Russ here, the producer of the 'Menu of Miracles' DVDs from rsvpmagic.com. The interest here and from other magicians regarding the Pepper-Pot has been incredible and I'll try and answer some of your questions.

The Pepper Pot on the DVD was loaded and put 'into play' during the routine onto the table and never once did anyone comment that it looked different to the ones used by the restaurant. What I loved was the way that James made a small cover using the menu and flower pot, by moving them into position during the previous routines without suspicion. I know that you can also pull the Pot out of your pocket (almost like card in wallet) and this still works extremely well. Due to the nature of manufacture by hand, these Pepper Pots are limited in availability and we expect the current stock to sell out next week at Blackpool, but I really do think it's a brilliant routine for walkaround magicians at Corporate dinners and obviously restaurant workers.

Regarding the Bill In Kiwi. James doesn't arrive with twenty Kiwi's in his case! I know that he only does this routine for a few tables that are VIP guests or people that the restaurant owner wants to impress! sirbad is right in that the Kiwi can be prepped pretty dry and again not one person seemed to mind about their bill being inside the Kiwi as they weren't too amazed to bother. It's a real reputation maker and worth the effort, especially one of James' versions where the Kiwi is 'opened' by the spectator!

Any more questions, please don't be afraid to ask.

Best,
Russ
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Just got a hold of these the other day. Have just gone through the presentation only on Vol1, and I must see that James made me feel like a layman again. Yes, as a magician you can telgraph that he is doing a diagnal palm shift but to pull the card out from the opposite pocket of the palmed hand, I was fooled!!!!!

Ring to Pepper pot is amazing. Card in matchbox is a stunner.

Thankyou Russ for bringing attention to these great British Artists.
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A quick hello from me, now that both Mirrors and Ring to Pepper Pot are available as dealer items from RSVP

Just to say that any queries relating to the two items can be posted here and I will reply to them as best I can

If the query is method sensitive, feel free to PM me

This still applies to any items on any of my DVDs

All best and enjoy your purchases

James

All going well should be a MM3 out later this year
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Wow, lots of positive feedbacks.. I too enjoyed it by the way.
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On 2009-03-04 06:19, james prince wrote:
A quick hello from me, now that both Mirrors and Ring to Pepper Pot are available as dealer items from RSVP

Just to say that any queries relating to the two items can be posted here and I will reply to them as best I can

If the query is method sensitive, feel free to PM me

This still applies to any items on any of my DVDs

All best and enjoy your purchases

James

All going well should be a MM3 out later this year


James, a Menu of Miracles third volume would be most welcome!
"Of all words of tongue and pen,
the saddest are, "It might have been"

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Thanks Chris!
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I have to agree with the welcome addition of a third DVD.

I don't know if you have any material to top the great stuff on these DVDs but even if it was the same level it'd be more than worth the price of the DVD.

I use the mirror deck all the time, so much so that my Omni deck is feeling left out.

People just love it and I think its strong enough for a closer though I don't use it as that
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Hello ManchesterUK,

If you liked James' first two volumes, I know you'll really enjoy this DVD. The routines are not filler to produce yet another product, but are all pieces that James does use night after night.

Best,
Russ
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