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No Smoking Zone Review

July 1st, 2013 5:06pm
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Reviewed by Donavon Powell
It doesn’t get much simpler than No Smoking Zone from Nathan Kranzo. Vanish a cigarette or change it into another small object with minimal cover and hands free. The method is very simple to utilize. No special products, other than the DVD, must actually be purchased. Multiple methods of making No Smoking Zone with household objects are discussed. As stated in the description this can be accomplished in short sleeves, but it looks just as strong in a jacket. Also mentioned in the description, smoking a cigarette is not required at all to accomplish this effect. This is true. The necessary setup is minimal and reset of the No Smoking Zone vanish is simply a matter of pulling out another cigarette. Credit for the development and history of this effect is given where it is due in a segment called History of No Smoking Zone. It is apparent a substantial amount of research was done before the release of this effect.
This is certainly an effect that a working professional could utilize. As the description implies the very nature of the effect, the fact that it involves a cigarette, makes it socially unacceptable. Without the proper approach the performer could come across as rude because he or she simply tried to light a cigarette. In this business first impressions are pretty crucial. With that having been said opening with this effect might not suit every performer. If the performer has already established a relationship with the spectators that allows for a presentation of this nature in the middle of a performance I see no reason why it could not be a very successful, and visual, moment of Magic. The No Smoking Zone vanish itself can be accomplished impromptu. However, the impromptu version of the No Smoking Zone vanish is not really discussed in any detail. The possibility is mentioned along with the methods increased difficulty.
The project is filmed entirely with what appears to be a webcam. The effects are often shot individually in Performance/Explanation format. Do not let this deter you though. The video and sound quality is exceptional for almost all of the segments. The DVD did not contain a play all feature. In my opinion this is both a good thing and a bad thing. The ability to play it from back to front allows for a full viewing experience. However, I think having the segments separated in this manner allows for the ability to actually attempt every piece that you see immediately after seeing it without pause.
I bought this effect with the expectations of being able to change my cigarette into a stick of gum without using my hands as some kind of cover. After buying this effect I can do just that and more. I could go out tonight and perform this effect with confidence. Of course practice is always recommended. I will definitely be practicing this effect to add another visually stunning moment to my routine. Selling for $29.99 at kranzomagic.com I believe this effect is worthwhile because I am a smoker. Non-Smokers would have a little more difficulty convincingly incorporating this effect into their act, but it is certainly not difficult to do so.

Product info for No Smoking Zone

Author: Kranzo, Nathan
Publisher: Nathan Kranzo
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $34.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

It seems that just about no matter where you go you can't smoke a cigarette. Why not turn this into a great moment of amazing magic? Just when they tell you not to smoke....your cigarette in your mouth changes INTO A STICK OF CHEWING GUM.

The visual change is stunning and magical. ALL IN SHORT SLEEVES.

You can visually change a cigarette in your mouth into... a stick of chewing gum. an entire pack of chewing gum. a lollipop or sucker. a breath mint or an entire roll of mints. and so much more!!!Visually change a cigarette being held in your lips into almost any small object.

OR...JUST MAKE THE CIGARETTE VANISH FROM YOUR LIPS.

You don't ever have to actually smoke a cigarette to do this effect.

This is strong situational magic that is the perfect off-beat miracle. Fits in your pocket or cigarette pack and you can carry it with you at all times.

Running Time Approximately: 15min


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