April 1st, 2011 11:13pm
|My understanding of the word "Genius" must be slightly off. I've always associated that word with positive things. Well a 10 minute instructional video for an effect with a transparent method for $35.00 is not exactly my idea of Genius. And oh the irony of this phrase: It doesn't take a genius to figure out the method. I'll do my best not to expose anything here, but let me give you the basic idea.
Spectator picks a card. You see what it is. Then you show a video on your phone that shows an animated video file of a stick figure (ala Card Toon) pulling the selected card out of a hat. Remember, the magician saw the card, then showed the video. If you were a spectator, what would your guess be? Hmmm . . . navigate to the correct video? That would be my guess. But I don't want to spoil anything.
You are shown 2 "effects" plus a "bonus" effect. Each performance was not a performance. It was the magician having a spectator pick a card; then the magician proceeded to tell us, the viewers, how he would . . . ahem . . . show the video. Same thing with version two which requires a Center T*** or a P**k. His method . . . go read a book or learn it from somewhere else. He doesn't even do us the service of performing it beyond having a spectator write something on a piece of paper. Finally, the Andrew Girard method that was the "bonus" effect. This version, at least, allows you to perform the effect without seeming to have prior knowledge of the card by using a Marked Deck. Again, however, the revealing of the card is just too obviously the very method that a spectator would suspect.
Finally, the DVD has some "Final Thoughts" where we are "treated" to very generic advice about making the trick into a story. It was very much surface advice with basically no meaning, and it certainly wasn't what we were shown during the "performances" shown on the video . . . oh by the way, did I mention that it's not a DVD . . . it's a Windows Media File. While the authors seems like a nice guy, and is maybe even a good magician, this product is no reflection of that. Save your money folks. If you want the 52 video files needed to make any card picked be able to displayed for a prediction on your phone, then go for it. My opinion, however, is that there are much better things to spend your money on than this. 1 star. Rubble.
Product info for Q! - Toon Genius
Average Rating: (1)Retail Price: $34.99
Can you imagine what happens when the classic cardtoon meets modern technology?
That's right the answer is Q!
Q! is your personal assistant and he lives on your cell phone! Adults and kids love him. You already know the impact of such a charming and entertaining character.
Take your deck and spread through the cards, ask your spectator to pick any card and remember it. "Oh no, here it comes the I-guess-your-card-thing"- even before your spectator thinks this, You explain that you have a new partner assisting you today, and he is inside your pocket (intriguing!)
Take your cell phone and show them your little friend Q! He is going to find their card. He removes a card from the pocket, but.... it's the wrong card! The good news is that Q! Is very intelligent, and he has a digital top hat with magical powers. He places the wrong card inside the top hat and it visually changes to the correct card. Let your friend take a round of applause!
Ask if your spectator would like to keep it. Just send it to your spectators cell phone and they'll have remarkable souvenir forever!
"It's about time someone came up with a good trick using a mobile phone. I think it's strong"
- EASY to Do!
- HIGHLY visual
- No forces
- No Helpers
- Your cell phone
- Any time & Anywhere
- Can be repeated
- It won't wear out
- Perfect for Walk-Around! RESETS Instantly!
- Give it away as a SOUVENIR: just send it to your spectators cell phone
-Kennedy, professional mentalist
Includes BONUS routine by Andrew Gerard, professional magician, consultant for Criss Angel.
Q! can live in almost any cell phone with a video playback capability or any cell phone that can play animated images.
Q! comes complete with instructional video and your Q! unit.
Your audience will be delighted.