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Commercial Gems Volume 1

by Mel Mellers
#3 Comedy Magic author
$10

(1 review, 2 customer ratings) ★★★★

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Commercial Gems Volume 1 by Mel Mellers

3 professional performance pieces direct from Mel's repertoire.

1: Spin a yarn a commercial presentation hook for the classic 'Gypsy thread' (performed with wool/yarn) with a great comedy spiel. Includes sample script and gags.

2: Around the world with a pack of cards. An offbeat and entertaining way to present the 'Six card repeat', enhancing the repetitive structure of the effect.

3: Totally scattered. Is a real fooler that plays big. A shuffled deck of cards is given to the spectator and they cut and note a card they then shuffle the cards again and scatter them. Under these impossible conditions, the performer is able to find the card. Regular shuffled cards. The card is noted whilst performed is looking away.

1st edition 2021, PDF 29 pages.
word count: 4459 which is equivalent to 17 standard pages of text

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Reviewed by Larry Brodahl (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Tuesday 05 April, 2022

Conflicted on this booklet, since there's not a single item in it that I will do - and there's only 3 items.

But each item is nice. The problem is that I already do a version of the Gypsy Thread, although oddly enough, he and I picked the exact matching premises.

The Six card repeat isn't really my cup of tea, and again...I already have a version. HOWEVER...he does have a cute bit with this trick that could be applied to any other trick with counting, so I'll say this one's a plus.

Finally, the final trick "Scattered" just isn't something I'd do. But I do appreciate the thinking behind the trick, and I'm sure if I actually saw the trick, it would fool me completely.

So why a 5 star? Because I don't necessarily want to learn a new trick, or a new line or script. I think the big value of reading magic books is seeing how the author thinks. And this booklet does that perfectly.