First off, understand that I love Mel Mellers' work. Not necessarily to learn a NEW trick, but to learn about NEW presentations. New ideas for how to make the tricks entertaining. Different approaches.
This booklet is no different. It's basically a SINGLE trick explained in a decent fashion. But, it's a trick you probably already know at least 1 if not more ways of doing.
Mr. Mellers' method is not new by any means, but the presentational aspects of it are!
It's a clever idea...and that's what I paid for.
This product, if it is not known to you, is akin to having a personal coach. And a very good coach at that. I've read it through a few times. And then I refer to it often. It gives you material to make a checklist to tick off everyday in order to exercise your mind. And I've found that although it'd probably be ideal to say, yes, I can always tick off all 13 points, it is still valuable that you have the satisfaction to pursue those that you can. I recommend this to anyone who loves to see their life as full of possibilities and loves to like it like the challenge that our lives are.
I built this item, and have presented it in public on many occasions, mostly Halloween shows. I intend to build a second house, using what I learned from making my first one. It's easily portable and only requires one person (you!) to operate. The audience reception has been quite good.
You should know when building this, that doll-house parts (e.g. windows and doors) are not cheap. Getting the opening door and opening window to function reliably was a matter of trial-and-error. If you don't have access to a table saw and jig-saw, construction won't be easy. Please use the thinnest, best-quality plywood you can get! I have easily sunk a couple of hundred dollars into this effect.
I've modified the tricks that happen in the house to suit my style and wrote my own patter.
Definitely a worth-while routine.
To help y'all decide if this is for you, you need to know that the show requires a primary performer plus two secret assistants (and possibly a stooge). It is designed for performance on a full stage with wings. The ability to control house lights is useful but not required. For transport purposes, the largest single piece is a sheet of hardboard, six feet by seven feet.
The spook show runs for about twenty to thirty minutes. There is lots of opportunity for elaboration.
The text is clear and the illustrations are complete and helpful. Although I have not personally performed it, this is a well-thought-out routine. I do intend to have a version whipped into shape for Halloween season.
Not my best buy. I bought this when I was trying to master the Elias multiple shift. I can do the Elias multiple shift, but with little help from here. The videos are rushed, unclear and unhelpfully explained, adding little to the terse text.
This is an extremely useful booklet. Every time I go back to it I marvel once again at the magic you can bring about with the deck that usually sits idle in the card drawer. It is clear, well-written, insightful and engaging. A very good buy.
Simple straightforward and no ambiguity involved in the understanding of Spiritualism and historical backgrounds supported by genuine incidents that occurred pertaining to the area of discussion and information sharing. It is quite astounding that there are still charlatans that desire to disillusion those who may have some level of belief in spiritual matters. It is very objective though at times, subjective to the extent of the spiritual matters concerned. This does open the corridors to differentiate between fraudulent and genuine incidents and issues on spiritualism. Hence, I would give a 5-stars rating for the excellent work done to understand Spiritualism though it does depend on the individual concerned to be able to discern between reality and fantasy.
Might possibly merit 4 stars. Decent graphics, an interesting plot and a bonus effect "Saints and Sinners" make it an attractive package, and one that, with a bit of effort can be improved. You can find your own headline/fake newspaper generator on the internet, so you might adapt the content to make it suit your own approach. But definitely worth the money.
Sadly, this effect seems little more than a prolonged game of hangman. If it is going to take you four or five guesses, that's probably too many. There are other travel effects on the market that disguise the method better.
Scott has done it again. Such a great magazine. Don’t miss out on this! Always like to read Gwyn Auger’s column and Sankey Says. The monthly challenge is also a fun twist not seen in other publications.
I was advised to buy this book, and I am glad I did. Charles Jordan wrote the book in 1919, but it consists of a good number of excellent knowledgable card tricks. Worth every penny spent. When I ordered I had a problem downloading, sent an email and received a prompt reply and the problem had been resolved. Excellent customer support. I live in England and I know my shows will be improved with this treasure.
The routines are uniformly great, but the real value is his demonstration of the strength of a well-written script. Neither I nor he recommends you perform any of these verbatim, but use them as a jumping-off point for your own scripts.
This is a bargain at the listed price.
I've used this as a standalone piece for years now and it gets gasps, puzzled looks, applause and a nice laugh.
This is an arts-and-crafts, DIY project, which results in what I guess would be a cute illusion if you have the craft skill and want to take the trouble to prepare it. As a clumsy person, I don't expect to do that.
For those who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they would like (as the old joke has it).