My intention was to start this review with a standard line: "Cigarette magic is dead." In fact, I've used this line before in reviews.
But my friend Roland bitch-slapped me and knocked some sense into my head. We're very ethnocentric in the US. We seem to forget that there's a whole planet of people that don't live within our narrow-minded social sphere. While cigarettes may be out of fashion here, the same isn't true of the rest of the world.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying smoking is good. My grandfather died of emphysema due to a lifetime of smoking. I've never done it and most of my friends who have smoked have now quit.
But you don't have to smoke to do cigarette magic. Tom Mullica, the star of these DVDs, quit many years ago.
So here's the bottom line. Know your audience. If you're working venues where smoking is going to turn the audience against you, don't do cigarette magic. It's like doing the Goshman Ding Dong at a kid's birthday party. Not acceptable.
But if you're working gigs where cigarettes are part of the normal lives of your audience, then these DVDs contain enough material to build as many cigarette acts as you can dream up.
And even if you don't have any interest in doing cigarette magic, these DVDs are still worthwhile for two reasons:
1. The skills you learn in doing this type of manipulation can be applied to many other objects and situations.
2. Tom Mullica is hilarious!
Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer
Product info for Expert Cigarette Magic Made Easy - Vol.1
Author: Tom Mullica Average Rating: (1) Retail Price: $29.95 Buy Now
Cigarette Magic for the non-smoker, and plenty for those that do!
In most of our collective lifetimes there has only been one man, and one act, who over and over again fooled the bejeesus out of magicians and laymen alike: Of course, I am talking about Tom Mullica and his cigarette-eating act. Tom's act is so magical and so unique, it has never been duplicated. All of us at one time or another have uttered the now-familiar refrain: "Where in the heck did those cigarette go?" And we were fooled over and over again.
Murphy's Magic Supplies, Inc., is pleased to announce the release of Tom Mullica's Expert Cigarette Magic...Made Easy! on three DVDs (Available separately or as 3-DVD set). This remarkable collection contains basic to advanced magic with cigarettes, matches, cigars and anything else related to smoking. Of course, the topper is that on Vol. 3 he finally tips The Cigarette Eating Act! answering that age-old question: "Where in the heck did those cigarettes go!" As a bonus, Vol. 2 also contains Tom's F.I.S.M. act, and Vol. 3 also contains a performance of Tom's world-famous stage act!