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Issue 15 - February 25th 2015
In this issue:
The Raven reviewed by Jon Jensen

Real World Reviews

The Raven

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.

Performance Tips:
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.