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MXL Margarita XL Review

Official Review

April 30th, 2010 3:01pm
Rating:
Reviewed by Eugene Burger
Sean Scott has discovered that one can perform Tommy Martin’s Wine with a very large glass. In fact, the glass can be 20 inches tall. (If you want to learn more about the Tommy Martin version, look up "The Proverbial Opener" in Sharp’s Expert , page 30.) Martin had some quite sophisticated handlings that did not entail, as does M.X.L, such inelegant moments as putting an edge of the cloth under your chin.

Plus, the famous Martin Glass Production was the production of a glass of liquid, not an empty glass. Martin drank the liquid and then produced 12 Silver Dollars which were dropped them into the glass — making sounds that filled the theater. As a fourteen year old, I sat mesmerized watching Tommy Martin’s performance at the Chicago Theater.

Here, with M. X. L., one produces an empty glass. This is quite a different effect. And performers must answer these questions for themselves: Why am I producing a giant empty glass? Am I going to do something with it? If it is to be used as a glass into which audience members are urged to drop tips or gratuities, I am beginning to feel a little creepy and a bit cheap.

Imagine this setting: the curtains open and you are standing center stage. You take out a large scarf, put one end under your chin and reach under the cloth and produce a giant empty glass. Let’s be honest. This is the setting where this effect will certainly work — and be most effective.

The very large problem here is that Sean claims that this effect is “Perfect for Close-Up and Stage.” Yes, as I said, it might be very strong on stage but the idea that this can be done close-up in real world situations is complete nonsense.

On the DVD, Sean just appears at a table or close-up situation and then begins this effect. One wonders how he got there, how he was able to walk into this situation without observant people seeing the obvious? On the DVD we are not told. He simply appears at a table and begins.

I would very much like to see Sean perform this effect 10 times at a typical walk-around corporate party or in a restaurant. I very seriously doubt it can be done deceptively — that is, without other guests or patrons seeing exactly what is going on as he moves about the room. As I said, for me, to say this can be performed close-up and in walk-around venues is, when I think of the parties at which I am engaged to perform, pure nonsense. One wonders if words have lost their meanings.

Yes, I would love to see Sean perform this effect 10 times in a real-life situation — and, honestly, I would be very happy if I were shown to be wrong.

Product info for MXL Margarita XL

Author: Sean Scott
Publisher: Sean Scott
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $35.00
Manufacturer's Description:

No fumbling or awkward movements, just the smoothest and most elegant production of the largest glass your audience has ever seen! Glasses much larger than pictured may be used. An instant reputation maker. Perfect for restaurants, strolling & nightclubs. Perform in a t-shirt if desired. Uniquely different from any other glass production.

PERFORMANCE:

Performer walks to a table or group of spectators, introduces himself and unfurls an attractive scarf he has been holding in the palm of his right hand. The silk is approximately 36" square with an attractive fine art print of an outdoor restaurant. The scene includes buildings, streets, chairs, tables, people dining and a waiter. A spectator is asked to choose the table from the scene, which has a glass resting upon it. After a moment of the spectator searching, the magician asks the spectator to just touch any table for the sake of timeliness. The spectator touches their finger to a table. The magician looks over the scarf to see the location and pinches the selected area of cloth, while saying, "Lets take a closer look". He then pulls the scarf straight up off of his hand to reveal a giant Margarita style glass measuring approximately 8 inches wide by 11 inches tall! The spectators reel back in their seats, while trying to conceive where the glass could have come from. They realize the magician is wearing nothing that could have allowed him to hide an object of that size! The magician immediately places the glass on the table or hands it to a spectator, so all may examine. The spectators see the glass is 100% real! A modern miracle of "SIZE-MIC" PROPORTIONS!

MXL Features:
-Various sizes & styles of glasses.
-Reset is 2 seconds.
-No special clothing required.
-Performer's hands stay in view the entire time.
-DVD several ideas for using different objects to produce glasses, along with producing different items.

Running Time Approximately 2hr 52min

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