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Dreamweaver Review

January 23rd, 2013 12:13am
Reviewed by Dr. J. M. Ayala de Cedoz
Let me begin this review by saying that I agree with most of what Mr. Henderson wrote in his review of this product.

Now, on to my opinions:

First, as to the statement made by Mr. Henderson that you should not necessarily consider this a 9 phase routine: That depends upon your definition of a "phase". If you consider every individual link, unlink and re-link a "phase", then yes, it is 9 phases or better. If you do not define the word "phrase" in that manner, then no.

Mr. Henderson mentioned that you may be better off purchasing the Dan Garrett routine, 'Pindemonium', which is a good and fair statement. However, suppose that you happened upon this particular routine (Dreamweaver) first and bought it because you liked the demo video or the way the ad copy read. How does it fare then?

First, as to the statement made by Mr. Henderson that you should not necessarily consider this a 9 phase routine: That depends upon your definition of a "phase". If you consider every individual link, unlink and re-link a "phase", then yes, it is 9 phases or better. If you do not define the word "phrase" in that manner, then no.

As a person that has never read any of the other methodologies of any other existing linking pin routine, you will get a performable and entertaining routine, provided you work on your handling and presentation, including where the final phase is concerned. NOW, that is not to say that some people will not have a hard time discerning the written instructions, but I am confident in saying that probably 99% of people will be able to put 2 and 2 together to get 4, when combining the oft confusing text with the provided photographs. My four star rating is based upon the supposition that Dreamweaver is the first exploration of the reader into the linking pins plot.

Without knowing if there were any print editions of the Dreamweaver instructions with corrections made, and if so, which edition was reviewed by Mr. Henderson, it is hard to tell if mine is different. The only reference to a date was 2003. In my booklet, the ends of the pin are referred to as the 'circular end' and the 'head of the pin', or simply, 'the head'. Such being the case, it is not entirely difficult, in my humble opinion, to figure out the ends to which those two names or phrases refer.

There is a section at the beginning of the booklet that tells you how to "Set Up When Unprepared to Perform", referring to when you are put on-the-spot by an audience to perform an effect. In that section, the author tells you what you need and where to place everything in your pockets in order to carry it. I cannot say the specific names of two of the items required, but only that four safety pins are required and nothing more.

Suffice it to say that two of the needed items, AND, the fact that you are carrying pins with which to perform a linking pins routine, both dismiss the notion of "un-preparedness" or "impromptu" magic.

Having said that, I think it would have been better to describe how to set up on-the-fly, even though you should be able to figure that out easily enough.

I agree with Mr. Henderson when he said that the closing of the gimmick would have been beneficial, though again, not entirely hard to figure out on your own by playing around with the handling of the pins.

As for the original link contributed to this plot by the author, it depends upon your handling and presentation to make it look clean and magical. It should not be totally obvious to anyone if presented well - I have never had anyone guess as to how it is accomplished.

In the back of the booklet there are a few alternative links and one additional unlink offered for your perusal. I think with the right routining, all of them can be quite magical.

Overall, this is a good starting point for anyone new to the linking pins concept, but by no means is it the best.

Past linking pin routines include work from Han Van Senus (the inventor of the "gimmick" used in this routine) and Michael Weber, the 'Slydini Pins' by Tony Slydini, 'Andrus Linking Pins' by Jerry Andrus and as previously mentioned here, 'Pindemonium' by Dan Garrett. Also new to the market as of this writing is further contribution to the plot by Chris Mayhew in his routine, 'Safety'. Any of these routines are worth their time and investment, whether Dreamweaver is your first exploration of the linking pins plot or not.

Product info for Dreamweaver

Publisher: Enchantment
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $14.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

From The Enchantment comes a routine that rivals some of the greatest close-up routines in all of magic. Dreamweaver is a linking and unlinking integration of 3 separate principles of deception executed with the greatest of ease. Utilizing objects as simple and ordinary as safety pins, your audience will experience one of the most visual, straightforward, and convincing joining of two objects in magic. This is not a trick--this is a professional 9-phase routine that builds in each sequence, produces a greater audience response through each phase, and ends with a complete examination of each pin! Spectators may examine all they want, they will never find a thing.

What's more, you'll also learn additional and alternative sequences to correlate with the original routine to further demonstrate your abilities. Your audience will witness magic in its purest just inches from their awing eyes. The pins link and unlink in slow motion, in mid-air, even within the spectator's very own hand! But here's the best part, with Dreamweaver you'll ALWAYS be ready to perform. Whenever someone requests that you "do a trick," you'll have a multi-phase professional routine awaiting in your wallet. If you are looking for real world magic that you can carry with you at all times, enter the Dreamweaver.

-Very easy to perform
-Pins can be fully examined
-Perfect for walk-around
-Easily fits in any wallet
-Extremely fair, visual & magical
-An anytime, anywhere worker

Includes the necessary safety pins and gaff, and a 22-page book with digital
photograph demonstrations.

Dreamweaver is such a reliable routine. It's easy, it fools
everyone, and it always leaves an impression. Definitely something you can count on!

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