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Magikub by Federico Poeymiro

 
DESCRIPTION: Do you think you have seen everything regarding a Rubik’s Cube? Could you imagine putting the pieces together in just one second? With MAGIKUB, you can do exactly that – solve the puzzle in one second!! In the blink of an eye, each side is a different solid color! Impossible! A great quality magical effect that will leave your audience speechless! Federico Poeymiró has been studying this puzzle for years in order to create a revolutionary solving of Rubik’s Cube.

JUNKIE THOUGHTS: I first became enamored with the Rubik’s Cube when I was 8 years old. My Grandfather was a fan of puzzles and gave me one. I never did solve it. Fast Forward thirty plus years. After witnessing Gregory Wilson and Garrett Thomas with the cube I became obsessed. With some encouragement from my good friend Karl Hein, I decided to start working on solving the cube. I eventually became a Rubik’s Cube fanatic. A speed cuber and a collector. I currently use the Rubiks Cube in most of my shows. (My best time is 32 seconds but I am consistently working to get under 20) I own and have played with every Rubiks Cube gimmick on the market. Again, I am a Rubik’s Cube junkie.

Magikub is the most recent entry in the world of magic using a Rubik’s Cube and its pretty good. In effect, the performer shows a cube already mixed. Then with a quick shake, the cube is instantly and visually solved. The effect is easy to do and visually stunning. The cube itself is a normal cube with a gimmick added. This means it can be turned and displayed, to an extent. The “move” is super simple and can be done almost immediately. One does not need to know how to solve the cube in order to do this routine. In truth, the gimmick will not allow the cube to be mixed very far so you’re safe if you aren’t a cuber. When performing the effect you will need to learn the angles and learn to cover certain sides but otherwise its very good. The cube cannot be examined before or after but can be briefly displayed.

The gimmick itself is very clever and well made and should hold up to a long time of consistent use. If it does wear out, I suspect it could be fixed with a bit of time and attention.

The instructions are available via streaming/downloadable video and are fairly thorough. However, I would have liked a bit more attention on the “mix” procedure. While its not difficult I wanted to make sure I was doing it correctly. Nevertheless, one will figure it out within a few minutes of experimentation.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Magikub is a quick, fun and visual piece of magic using a popular prop. Audiences like the cube and are mystified by anyone who can solve it. Magikub will allow you to magically solve the cube with no learning curve and without spending months learning algorithms. That being said, this is a bit of a downfall. I’m not sure this will find itself in an actual show as its simply a “quickie”. Plus since the cube cannot be examined this limits what you can do with it. If you’re really interested in this sort of thing, I’d recommend learning material from Karl Hein, Takamiz Usui, Henry Harrius, Michael Lam or Steven Brundage. I can however see this as the perfect effect for video (which is how I plan to use it). My only serious complaint is the price. $74.95 is a high price to pay for a quickie. If you’re seriously interested in cube stuff, or like me, are a cube junkie, you’ll get it. Otherwise I would check out the sources I’ve mentioned above.

 

Magikub by Federico Poeymiro, $74.95 – Available from your favorite magic dealer. Dealers contact Murphy’s Magic, www.murphysmagic.com

Gerti Reborn by Romanos

 
DESCRIPTION: If you have ever wanted to perform a ‘coin in which hand’ type of effect, Gerti Reborn is for you. You have two coins; you ask a spectator to sign one of the coins. You invite the spectator to place one coin in your hand and to place the other coin in one of their own hands. Without looking, not only are you able to reveal which of you has the signed coin, with the updated Gerti Reborn you are now able to tell the spectator which coin they have, as well as in which hand they hold the coin.

JUNKIE THOUGHTS: The Which Hand type of effect has been rather popular with magicians and mentalists for a few years now. I’ve never been particularly enamored with it as its a 50/50 chance; and believe me, spectators know that. However, recent versions of it both electronic and not, have extended the routine into multiple phases and made “Which Hand” a fun and interesting routine rather than just a one-off guessing game. I’ve played with numerous versions over the years. Gaffed and ungaffed. Electronic and… no electronic. I’ve become a fan of the plot, particularly when there’s multiple phases and a payoff.

Gerti Reborn is a re-release of a previous effect from Romanos called The Silver Swindle produced with Dave Forrest and Vanishing Inc. (Oddly, Silver Swindle is never mentioned). Gerti Reborn utilizes the same gimmick as Silver Swindle, but as I don’t have latter, I cannot compare the two. Since its not mentioned really covered on the video, I suspect this release includes the original routines from The Silver Swindle, but I cannot be sure.

The gimmick is very clever and totally natural. In my case its a standard US Quarter. The gimmick is also available in Euro and UK 10p. There are four versions of the routine performed and explained, each being a variation on the other. The main difference between Gerti and other Which Hand effects is the fact that two coins are being utilized. This changes the effect slightly and allows you to perform other variations. A couple of the variations were presented in a way that made no sense to me. However, with a slight change in presentation, this can be corrected. Just put a bit of thought into the effect and your presentation and you’ll be fine. My favorite routine was a prediction effect performed toward the end. This was very good and I can see this playing extremely well. In addition, something to consider: combining Gerti with an electronic version or with Mark Elsdon’s excellent Tequila Hustler could take this to a whole other level.

You can of course carry this routine with you anywhere and everywhere you go, however I’d be afraid of spending it or simply losing it. Thankfully, if this happens you could make your own gimmick if you really wanted to.

The instructional video is approximately 45 minutes long and is a password protected streaming video. No download is available. The explanation is very thorough and as mentioned included a few variations. I felt the video was a bit slow, but maybe that’s me. Overall, the effect is easy to do and could be done within minutes of watching the explanation.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Gerti Reborn is a nice version of the classic Which Hand plot that allows a bit more exploration. It can be done impromptu at a moments notice. The routine(s) are easy to do but will take some practice to get the presentations down. The price is a bit high in my opinion but since there are additional places to go with this, I can overlook it. Gerti is a versatile and easy to do version of Which Hand that I think you’ll enjoy. Recommended.

 

Gerti Reborn by Romanos, $25.00 – Available from your favorite magic dealer. Dealers contact Murphy’s Magic, www.murphysmagic.com

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