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Real World Product Reviews

Reviews from the repertoire of a real working professional!

Issue 21 - April 8th 2015
In this issue:
The Medallion reviewed by Jon Jensen

Real World Reviews

This trick was not on my radar, and even if it was, it wouldn't have interested me. That is, until a magician friend showed it to me. I immediately saw the quality of the prop, but I still had not idea how it would play in the real world. My friend loaned it to me for the night to perform at the bar. The reactions it got every time I performed it were over the top, and it is now one of my favorite go to effects.

The Medallion, manufactured by Mystique Factory, is an idea by Martin Adams. The effect is simple. A small metal pendant, engraved with the queen of hearts, is examined by a spectator. A card is selected; yes, by your favorite method. The pendant changes to their selected card while it is being held in the spectator`s hand.

As we all know, magic that happens in the spectator`s hand can be very powerful. Sponge ball magic is just one example of this. When the medallion changes to their selected card while held in spectator`s hand, you can see the shock and amazement on their face. Even my wife loved this trick, and that doesn't happen often.

The medallion is expertly manufactured and should last a life time. It can be examined casually before the trick. I ask the spectator to feel the engraving as I hold the pendant. After the transformation it can be fully examined.

The trick is easy to perform, I was doing it that very night at the bar. And as I already stated, the effect is much greater than the effort. It is always fun to find an unexpected trick to perform, and this has definitely become one of my favorites. Plus, it takes up almost no precious pocket space. If you are looking for a trick to perform for your friends in a casual atmosphere, or a powerful trick for your close-up professional gigs, I cannot recommend The Medallion more. I have had more fun with it over the last couple of weeks than I could have imagined.

If you discover a trick that is off the radar that you unexpectedly enjoyed performing, please tell me about it at

The Medallion