EFFECT: Attire is the ultimate way to introduce a Sharpie. They see a design of a marker on your shirt, and with a simple pull on the image, and you now have a REAL Sharpie in your hand that you can use in your next routine!
JUNKIE THOUGHTS: Attire is the latest from the always fertile mind of Danny Weiser. Its a clever magical production of a Sharpie. You show up wearing a graphic t-shirt with what appears to have a “drawing” of a pocket and two Sharpies. Its not a real pocket nor are they real sharpies, just a line with a couple pens sticking out. Its cute and topical. At the key moment, when you need a Sharpie to have a card signed etc, you reach up and pull the graphic image from your t-shirt where is suddenly becomes a real Sharpie. Of course the graphic is now altered, no longer showing two pens sticking up from the “pocket”, but now only one.
This type of magic is one of my all time favorites. Its akin to the now classic Bowling Ball production. You know the one: A magician draws a bowling ball on a large pad. The cover is closed and a real bowling ball is produced from the drawing on the pad. To me, this IS magic. To make something real from a two dimensional drawing. As an artist, this kind of magic is extremely appealing.
Attire comes with everything you need except the t-shirt. The instructions are thorough and available as a download. You can easily add the gimmick to any shirt and can be used over and over. The handling is easy to learn and requires just a bit of attention to angles. This is the type of trick you’d see David Blaine or Dynamo do on TV. Its a great magical moment that happens quickly, so be sure to pause and let the spectator SEE what’s happening or they’ll miss it. The graphic itself is the type of graphic you’d see on a t-shirt from Threadless or some high end retailer. Turning it into a magical effect is brilliant and a lot of fun. Of course you’ll need to wear a t-shirt or similar. This is not the kind of effect you’ll probably do at a paid strolling gig unless wearing a t-shirt is your style. The effect doesn’t have the same impact if performed while wearing a button up shirt. Its a matter of style and design. The gimmick looks perfect on a t-shirt and could probably be used on a polo style shirt too. A formal collared button up will probably not work, but who knows. In the trailer and as explained on the download, the graphic shows two pens. Once you remove one, the graphic shows only one pen left. This is interesting as it leaves proof the spectators can see. However it could open up the request to repeat the trick. I’m not sure what I think about this but experimentation will truly give the answer that’s right for me. Individual results may vary. Of course you can alway alter the gimmick to suit your style. Danny gives you all the tools necessary to personalize this effect.
Interestingly enough, the gimmick could be adapted to other things: Perhaps a book bag, a satchel or even a sheet of paper. The only drawback I can see is if the spectator asks you to put it back. To me this isn’t a huge issue as it opens the door to experimentation and perhaps more magic. Vanish the sharpie and on off-beat, put the gimmick back on. This could be a killer call back and a powerful moment.
By the way. I mentioned personalization earlier. What about changing this to something else. Perhaps a pair of reading glasses that are removed from the “pocket”. Maybe a playing card. I think there’s a lot to be explored.
FINAL THOUGHTS: I’m impressed with this release from Mr. Weiser. Its a clever, topical, magical and fun piece of magic I think you’ll enjoy. Give this one a try and let me know.
Attire by Danny Weiser and Roddy McGhie, $24.95 – Available from your favorite magic dealer. Dealers contact Murphy’s Magic, www.murphysmagic.com
DESCRIPTION: Imagine using a pen throughout your performance, allowing the spectator to use AND inspect it as well. Then, under your complete control, you cause the clip to detach from the cap and move along the body of the pen. You then magically restore the clip back onto the cap and hand the pen back out to be examined!! A Perfect “Anytime” effect!! A stunning and fooling effect!
JUNKIE THOUGHTS: Remember that old trick with the antique skeleton key? The one where the business end of the key moved down the shaft? This is the modern day version of that old chestnut. (BTW I recently heard a story of someone who scored a date with the opposite sex from doing the aforementioned trick. Yay magic) In this case, you display your Bic style pen and slowly move the clip from its manufactured resting place to further down the length of the pen. This looks bizarre. You then move the clip back to its original resting place attached to the cap. The return trip can be done slowly or visually as a few methods are taught. Once the clip moves and returns, the pen is immediately handed to the spectator to examine. There is nothing to see. This is a simple, and effective illusion that happens in just a moment.
The pen is gimmicked to allow the effect to happen which means it cannot be a borrowed pen. However I personally don’t see that as an issue as this type of pen is rarely seen but is very familiar. Plus its just “a pen”. There’s nothing to suspect. If anything they’ll suspect the cap which is un-gimmicked. That being said, there are angle issues that you need to be aware of. As long as you can control those angles, you’re golden. This effect would be perfect for video (as demonstrated by the trailer) and is how I plan to use it. Additionally, the moves required will take a small amount of practice as they will require you to be precise. If you are even slightly sloppy with “the move” the angles will come into play. I think most magicians will understand what I mean here. The clean up is quick and easy but does leave you slightly dirty. However, the spectators will be too busy looking at the pen to notice you slipping your hand to your pocket for a quick cleanup.
FINAL THOUGHTS: I like this effect. I think its a cool visual quickie that will startle an audience. In my few performances people did a double take. However I do have two issues with this release. Number one, I believe that a reasonably intelligent lay-person could potentially figure it out. Its not the next great miracle. I’m sure they’ll be surprised and quite possibly fooled. But after some contemplation, they may come up with the correct solution. Not the end of the world but something to consider. Number two, I think $34.95 is alot of money to spend on the effect. Don’t get me wrong, in the right hands this is probably a killer and again I think its perfect for video, but I think there’s alot more you can do with $35 bucks. By the way, consider combining this with Gregory Wilson’s Pointless as well as his beautiful impromptu routine with a Bic Pen and Cap that was published in Magic Magazine as well as his notes. (Also check out Rune Klan’s Impromptu Hitman for another effect you could do. One of my favorites) If you’re looking for seemingly impromptu magic with normal objects, and especially something you can do on video, this may be for you.
Move by Danny Weiser and Taiwan Ben, $34.95 – Available from your favorite magic dealer. Dealers contact Murphy’s Magic, www.murphysmagic.com
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