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.