Real World Product Reviews
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Issue 15 - February 25th 2015
Real World Reviews
In this issue:
The Raven reviewed by Jon Jensen
I, as most magicians do, am always looking for the perfect trick. It is much like
looking for the holy grail. We are all individuals, but there are some tricks that rise
above the fray, and become modern day classics.
I remember when The Raven was first introduced to the magic fraternity. It, along
with it`s compatriots D-Lite and Cardtoon, where the first to become what in now known
as modern day classics. Sales were astronomical, especially when compared to our
relatively small brotherhood, and unleashed a barrage of magic inventors also
searching for the golden ring.
The reason I believe that The raven was so successful was that it looks like real
magic. A wave of the hand and an object disappears. It looks exactly like it would look
if you really could do magic. David Blain saw it`s potential, and was one of the tricks
that catapulted him into TV stardom.
I have performed The Raven thousands of times over the last 15 years. It is a thing
of simple beauty. A trick that will give you a reputation as a magician who can do
miracles. It is also easy enough that you will master it within minutes.
If you are looking for a miracle trick that is easy to do, yet will elicit gasps from your
audience, I cannot recommend another trick higher than The Raven.
1. When performing this trick at the bar, I use a bottle cap that 'happens' to be laying
on the bar top. It appears impromptu and adds to the mystery.
2. The best set-up for The Raven is to be wearing long sleeves. This, of course, is
not always possible in our t-shirt wearing culture. I have found a good alternative is to
thread the gimmick through my belt loops. The end of the gimmick remains unnoticed
near the front of my pants and is ready for use at a moments notice.