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Revolution (Gimmick and Online Instructions) Review

Official Review

August 22nd, 2015 8:51am
Rating:
Reviewed by Doc Johnson
PROS

The effect is beautiful! However, is this an effect or a flourish? Perhaps a flourish, but who cares. If you think this can add to the value of your performances, it is great!

The gimmick is very good quality and should last a very long time with just a bit of care.

The instruction is very good. He covers very thoroughly how to learn the spin and how to practice. He also teaches how to disguise the gimmick and several ways to bring the gimmick in and out of play. There is a really cool method for using the gimmick with a single card and you can spin the single card for a very long time. Using a Joker, you spin the card and pocket the Joker.

There is also an explanation for a great effect called Hypnotism. It is a card to pocket routine that starts will a deck spin as you explain you are going to hypnotize them to name a specific card. That card disappears from the deck and appears in your pocket. The effect is very doable, but will take some practice. Also, he goes over a few intermediate moves very quickly, not a detailed description of some of the moves.

This is something that could be applied to any setting, close up, walk-around, street magic, parlor, or stage.

There are a few really good effects:

Revolution Revelation: This effect is a great trick using one of three gimmicked cards printed to look like the ink has spun. I really like his instruction on this as he demonstrates an alternative way to spin the card in the air to “restore” the spun ink. In the description, he says that he has a hard time spinning a single card on his finger without any gimmick. I find that many magicians have a hard time with this knacky spin move, myself included. The alternative spin is very easy to do.

Absolute Miracle: The product also includes a commonly named card gaff (QH) with the ink “spun” so you can perform an amazing routine on the coincidence that they name as a freely named card. In addition, it comes with another gimmicked card with the face ink spun (8S) which can be used for a force card or if someone randomly names the Ace of Spades.

Unshuffled: There is a bit of a bonus effect that uses a gimmicked deck from a separate effect called “Unshuffled” where a shuffled deck is spun and then all the cards are in new deck order.

Bar Bet: An idea to incorporate the spin in a bar bet.

Floating Spin: A very short idea without any explanation to use Revolution in conjunction with the Hummer card.

Invisible Revolution: A very nice application of the invisible deck and the Revolution gimmick. This is a great version of the invisible deck, now with a cool spin move.

Brains and Brawn: A great effect where the participant cuts off any number of cards, you place them in the box, give it a spin, and you know the number of cards they cut to. This effect requires a separate gimmicked deck that does not come with this product.

The difficulty of this is hard to say. I would say medium level difficulty as you are not likely to just pick it up and start spinning. You are likely going to have to put in a bit of work. Some of you may get it right away. I think because I first watched the video and then tried it, it worked right away for me on the very first try. I will say that my first try I give it a relatively moderate spin and it spun for about 3-4 seconds. Enough to be quite impressive right out of the gate. I would agree with the video that most everyone should be able to get quite proficient with this within the first hour of practice.

CONS

Just a few things to be aware of:

First, this does use a gimmick that you will be bringing into play and out of play. He does a thorough job teaching how to do this.

Second, this is really more of a device to add a bit of a flourish to your performances, so in that light, it is really more of a device/skill/method that you could use with any number of effects. However, he does teach several pretty good effects to do with this method and device. However, the explanation on some is VERY brief and depending upon your level of knowledge and/or skill, you may need to resort to other products for further explanation. Also, some of the explanations involve other products, not included with this effect, such as the invisible deck, a mem deck, and the hummer card. Having said that, I don’t see this as a huge negative, as he is demonstrating some unique ways to perform other effects incorporating this method and device.

Third, it comes with a download video that didn’t work for me, so I was able to watch it, but not download it. However, I think I was one of the first to try this, so the dealer I got mine through tried it and had the same problem and is in contact with the distributor who will likely fix this pretty quickly. I was able to watch the video.

VERDICT

While there are some effects taught on the video, I see this as a method for a flourish that can be used with a wide variety of card effects. It is superb!

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Revolution (Gimmick and Online Instructions)

Author: Wilson, Gregory
Publisher: Murphy's Magic Supplies, Inc.
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $34.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

Spinning a small item on the tip of your finger is a visceral display of skill, control and years of masterful discipline. But, who has time for all that?

Revolution shortcuts the years of practice and allows you to look like a Shaolin Spin-Fu Master in just minutes. Spin any standard deck or standard playing card on the tip of your finger in a mesmerizing display of playing card dexterity.

Part sportsmanlike skill and part unsportsmanlike gimmick, you'll have everything you need to get instant attention, including trick playing cards for tons of routines, expertly taught by Gregory Wilson. Greg will teach you how to spin like a Globetrotter in no time.

JOIN THE REVOLUTION
90 minutes of video instruction from top pro, Gregory Wilson. Specially designed and precision-engineered gimmick for weight, balance and spin time. 3 special trick playing cards to turn Revolution into a full magic routine. Easy to learn, easy to do, looks incredible. Instant Reset Makes a stunning ice-breaker
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