March 7th, 2004 11:28am
|I own a lot of small magic booklets. It seems that all of them have the same property: one or two really great effects and then a bunch of stuff I'd never dream of using. This book has broken the trend.
I'm a big fan of off-beat magic plots and this book is a miniature gold-mine. Here's a quick break-down of the material:
"French Lint" - a surreal card revelation that, in some strange way, makes perfect sense. For those of you who travel frequently, there's a great plot hidden somewhere in this routine.
"Under the Table" - Finally a card-in-impossible location that actually has a logical premise! Not only is this an excellent effect, but it contains a super-clean card force by Lubor Fiedler that's worth the price of the booklet alone.
"Temporal Anomaly" - After some random winding, the time on two borrowed watches match. If you don't feel like spending a bunch of money for the gimmicked watches, this is a great alternative!
"Bottle Royale" - For years, I've been trying to come up with an off-beat, completely safe "roulette" routine. I think I can stop looking now?
"Invisible Touch" - A really spooky variation of the ashes on the palm - without the mess!
"P.K. Card Stab" - An extremely deceptive card stab routine. In this version, an audience member gets to mix the cards under the newspaper, out of sight of the performer, and immediately before the stab. Not to mention that your helper gets to help decide where to stab. It's virtually self-working, but does require quite a bit of preparation.
"Jackpot" - A Bank Night routine that your audiences will actually enjoy participating in. Dramatic mentalism for the modern audience.
"The Professional Touch" - This discussion between Patrick and author David Acer is full of useful tips on becoming a better performer.
I have only one negative comment about this book: it only has seven items in it!
Product info for 7 by Patrick Kuffs
Author: David AcerAverage Rating: (1)Retail Price: $12.00
An insanely dynamic entertainer and innovator, Patrik Kuffs has made smash-hit appearances at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, the International Battle of Magicians in Atlanta, and on such varied television shows as Popular Mechanics For Kids, Ad Lib and Urban Magic, with David Acer and Richard Sanders. This book, his first, contains seven eye-popping showpieces for stage and close-up, each one ingenious, engaging and astonishing enough to steal a show!
- Under The Table: A card is folded and placed under the leg of a wobbly table to steady it at the beginning of a show. Later, a card is chosen in the context of another routine, then promptly vanishes. Impossibly, a spectator retrieves the card under the table-leg and unfolds it, showing it to be his selection!
- Invisible Touch: A spectator secretly marks one finger on a drawing of a hand. A second spectator is asked to extend his hand, when suddenly, he feels something touching a finger, though there is nothing near it! The finger, of course, is the same one secretly marked by the other spectator!
- French Lint: A clean lint roller is used to collect DNA left behind by a chosen card, only to result in the name of the card mysteriously forming in lint on the roller!
- Temporal Anomaly: Two watches are borrowed from the audience, then both are set randomly by two different people. When the two times are revealed, THEY MATCH!
And so much more! Seven By Patrik Kuffs is an inspired collection of close-up, stage and mental miracles, rich in their simplicity, remarkable in their effect! Written by David Acer, illustrated by Joey Incollingo. Number Two in the critically acclaimed Seven By Series.