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On 2012-11-25 13:22, David Klass wrote:
I bought this for purely the matching routine.
I'm not fussed about the restoration.

If you are like me and you buy this hoping for something clever, think again.

Imagine the simplest method possible and you will be on the right track.

To add insult to injury it doesn't come with the cubes.


thanks David, I was looking for the first phase only - I can think of a way to do what I need and am going to stick with it, I was thinking of getting this from someone for xmas and showed them the trailer, they asked why didn't I just [insert method here], simplest method possible, I laughed and said yes that's right, sometimes we get clouded

nice to have some fresh eyes on things - while this does look to be an excellent effect (which is what we are after) I don't think I'll be purchasing it, if it came with the cubes I definitely would though, to save hassle and work right out of the box
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On 2012-11-25 13:22, David Klass wrote:

If you are like me and you buy this hoping for something clever, think again.

Imagine the simplest method possible and you will be on the right track.

To add insult to injury it doesn't come with the cubes.


I understand your initial reaction - however simple is often the best way!

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[quote]On 2012-11-25 13:22, David Klass wrote:
I bought this for purely the matching routine.
I'm not fussed about the restoration.

If you are like me and you buy this hoping for something clever, think again.

Imagine the simplest method possible and you will be on the right track.

To add insult to injury it doesn't come with the cubes.




So what did you want then David, a really difficult move to learn?????
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I just watched the video again and there IS a lot of cutting and editing and the final restore is not as clean as you are led to believe. However I think this is still very workable and overall I'm happy with the purchase. I initially thought this was a gimmicked cube but I guess I should be happy that this can actually be done with any cube...

Mark
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Thanks everyone for the kind words. I also believe simple is the best, that's why I came up with this solution which I think works very well. I'm not aiming to create a magicians fooler, but rather a workable piece of good magic that would amaze our audience. So this is the best solution I came up with, and it is proven to be a great success when Michael Lam brought it to the Japan TV special.
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For those who are interested, here is a short performance of the restoration, and my little talk about the effect.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVnbeF9O4NY

Cheers,
Henry
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The routine is really practical as I watched that Henry did it many times in live for lay audience
The feedback from the audience is exetremely impressived and amazed.

Don't miss this good stuff just because the name of magician is not famous enough. Smile
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On 2012-11-26 13:47, Henryharrius wrote:
For those who are interested, here is a short performance of the restoration, and my little talk about the effect.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVnbeF9O4NY

Cheers,
Henry


I am glad that Henry Harris, the co-creator of the effect do a demonstration for this nice effect. The effect said it all, now it's time for all of us to master it and amaze the audience.
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Just for fun as it's related to Rubik's has everyone seen this cool illusion?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBNHPk-Lnkk&feature=g-logo

Has anyone tried fitting this into their topit? I injured myself so badly Smile
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Bought this when it came out in the UK, today it passed the wife test. The first phase especially blew her after timing me and then telling me that the cube wasn't solved she was gob smacked when I showed her the matching small cube. She said she had wished she had mixed the small cube up more Smile The final retore also got a great response. Very happy with this, it's not self working and there is some memory work but it is definitely worth it. We all know how hard it is to impress the wife with another magic trick.
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On the fence, mixed reviews. Smile
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The mixed reviews were more people that didn't have the product yet, the reviews that are out right now for people that DO have the product are pretty shining. I'll be ordering this in a few days.
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I must admit, I don't have any Rubik's Cube effects so I don't know what's already out there but this looks great. Dave and Craig gave it a very nice review on their show which piqued my interest.

I remember when I was a kid in the early 80s, I saw a magician on TV do a Rubik's Cube restoration. Even as a kid, I thought it was fairly obvious how it was done by the way he handled the cube. But this version looks great as you can show all sides.
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Cant the small sized cube be just another , big cube?
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On 2012-12-06 11:30, TM wrote:
Cant the small sized cube be just another , big cube?


No the trick won't work
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If the cube matching phase is accomplished the way I believe it is, then yes-- the mini-cube may be another normal-sized, standard Rubik's Cube. The cover for the necessary dirty work would obviously have to be modified, but it's certainly adaptable. I believe a couple mentalists have already published similar renditions of this in the past.

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Does it help for the final restoration phase if you are using a speed cube? Or to put it the other way round - is the restoration possible with a non-speed cube? A lot of the standard cubes I've played with have been rather stiff to turn.
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On 2012-12-07 06:40, Martin Waring wrote:
Does it help for the final restoration phase if you are using a speed cube? Or to put it the other way round - is the restoration possible with a non-speed cube? A lot of the standard cubes I've played with have been rather stiff to turn.


I don't have this but I believe I remember hearing on the WPR that a speed cube may help.
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Thanks to all the contributors on this thread for taking the time to help those considering buying this effect.

I just purchased this effect after reading the above discussion and was glad that I had some information ahead of making the decision to buy. In my view this routine is great and has the potential to stun, but I would have been deeply disappointed having not known a little about it beforehand.

Many of the dealers are advertising this product with the same wording and are not making it clear that the product does not include the cubes (three of them). This will add another $30-40 perhaps to the cost if you do not have cubes already.

The buyer just gets the DVD and the black velvet drawstring bag.

The routine on the Youtube promo is filled with edits that excludes much of the dirty work. So it is not as clean as one would be led to believe but in a real life performance the lay people would not know the difference and will still be amazed and entertained.

In terms of skill level required it will vary from person to person. While the performer is not required to know how to solve a cube in order to execute the effect, it will help if you can solve it - with a couple of careless turns of the cube it will become overly mixed and unsolvable - in which case you will then be reaching for the screwdriver to dismantle and reassemble the puzzle. With the concept of the Rubiks cube being alien to some it might be a harder effect to accomplish. The amount of rehearsal time required is therefore going to vary substantially.

However, in my view if you put in the required amount of work you will have a great effect in your hands.

Going back to the potentially misleading advertising, I bought my DVD from a UK dealer over the telephone. Like many others, the wording on their website does not make reference to the fact that the cubes are missing. I mentioned this to the gentleman on the end of the phone and he just said that they had just copied and pasted the standard text on to their site and they did not have time to check if any of their product wording from their suppliers matched what they were actually selling. This kind of attitude towards the way tricks are being sold is the nature of the business these days - I would be amazed if old school dealers like Ken Brooke would have taken this attitude.Smile


The DVD does not play on the the couple of PCs that I have tried but it works fine on the TV DVD player...that might just be my bad luck!

Enjoy the routine if you have it!

regards

Scott
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Excellent review Scott. Refreshing.
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