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Flare Review

April 6th, 2008 11:54am
Reviewed by Magiking
If "Flare" (also titled "Controlled Ignition) worked as per the video, it would be a killer trick. However, my experience was the opposite. The chemicals required are not supplied. One is very expensive and not so easy to find in the U.S. (I think the originators are in Europe.) I bought mine (lab grade) at a scientific supply company. I had to show my driver's license to purchase it. Another chemical is not so expensive, (around $5.00), and it IS easy to find.

My experience was very disappointing. In numerous trials, it NEVER ignited even nearly as quickly as it does in the video. In fact, the shortest waiting time I had was about two and a half minutes! Most of the time, though, it took anywhere from five to seven minutes to ignite, and often, it did not ignite at all!

And what is the mysterious "special paper" supplied with the trick? It's nothing more than crepe paper, which can be purchased virtually anywhere for a buck or so. (Crepe paper is treated with flame retardant--duh!) In my many tests, I found that flash paper works better!

Okay, so why the misrepresentation? I don't believe it was deliberate. I suspect that there is a great difference in chemicals, and the people who developed "Flare" did not realize this. I bought exactly what I was instructed to buy, even the "fine crystals" and "highest purity". I followed the instructions to the letter. But it was a dismal failure and a big waste of money and time (close to $70 altogether), for another "miracle" that doesn't work. Don't waste YOUR money.

Dave King

Product info for Flare

Author: Alpha Magic
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $34.95
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You're painting the town red on a late Saturday night. Under the flashing strobes of the city's trendiest nightclub, you pull a cigarette out of a classy cigarette case and call attention to it...


The lines on your forehead become more visible, obvious to those who sense your intense concentration. Let them watch you as close as they can. Let them focus their attention on the cigarette as you pinch it lightly between your fingers. Time slows down as you hold still. Let them be consumed by your enigmatic presence. Slowly...gently...painstakingly the cigarette crackles and smoulders, seemingly reacting to the stares of those around you. Everyone goes silent. Your eyes are open intently.

And then it happens.

Like the sudden pop of the cork from a champagne bottle, the tip of the cigarette forcefully bursts into flames, consuming the entire tip with white hot fire, real fire. "It can't be!" They were looking all this while. "Impossible!" Your fingers were held apart with nothing to hide. "@#$%?!!" You were holding the cigarette up in full view. All thoughts of trickery slowly ebb away as the flame subsides into a faint, steady glow. Smoke the cigarette yourself or offer it to a mesmerized albeit dumbfounded witness, leaving behind memories of nothing short of a complete, visual miracle.

Call it psychokinetic combustion, call it magic. Some even call it pure devilry. We call it Flare.

What is Flare?
is a versatile effect / concept that can be used as a cool trick at a bar, an opener or closer to a magic, mentalist, or "witchcraft" display. Flare is the final evolution of a method that has undergone several years of performance and experimentation, so you can expect the training material provided to be full of detail, leaving no stone unturned. Despite its effectiveness, you'll be pleased to know that Flare is extremely easy to perform, and virtually ANYONE can make it look like a REAL miracle. So easy that our graphics designer Alexient, who's a non-magician, was performing it for our demo video after a few minutes' practice! Here are additional points to note:

  • Easy to perform. Sleight-of-hand is not necessary.
  • No angle restrictions. Perform it surrounded.
  • Gimmick is completely invisible to the audience.
  • Use any cigarette. Filtered, unfiltered or hand-rolled, even cigars.
  • Does not use flash paper or matches.
  • No fuels or lighter fluid required.
  • No batteries needed.
  • No reels or pulls.
  • No ignition devices.
  • Uses refills that are widely and cheaply available anywhere.
  • Clean as a whistle. The ignited cigarette can be handed out for examination.
  • Your hands are completely empty (other than the cigarette) when you perform.
  • Instant reset. Pull out another cigarette and do it again.

What is included?

  • A non-flammable gimmick that is small enough to be hidden virtually anywhere.
  • A huge bundle of the special paper needed for this effect. Please note that this is not flash paper.
  • A preparation template.
  • Instructional DVD with clear and concise close-up footage.

What are the contents of the DVD?

  • Instructions on preparation and maintenance of the gimmick.
  • Materials, refills and where to get them.
  • Safety precautions.
  • Complete handling and subtleties.
  • Performance detail

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