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