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Levent's Super Salt Pour (Gimmick & DVD Combo) Review

December 27th, 2013 4:01pm
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Reviewed by Dr. J. M. Ayala de Cedoz
I have been using this version of the salt pour since it came out and I have gotten a ton of mileage out of it. Bearing in mind that I have tried many, many other versions (many very clever and others very expensive, and still great), this is one of the best versions I have ever seen, especially for the price. I had to submit this just to write a review for it.

The gimmick is unlike any others before it and it is quite ingenious for the thinking that went into it. Levent does not even hide what it actually looks like in the website ad copy - you see what you get. It is the right size for most hands and even if you have slightly smaller hands, you can play around with positioning to make it work just fine. Further, if you have the correct lighting on any stage, you can always tell how much salt you have left inside the gimmick without having to guess as you do with so many other versions. It is also very durable.

The DVD is also very good as are all of his other DVDs - the production quality is second-to-none. The audio is very crisp and clear, the video is very good and there are many shots during which you get a good close-up look at the actions/moves to help make them easier to understand. The menu is also very easy to navigate.

The history of the effect and some of its variations are spoken about/referenced throughout the video and the crediting is excellent. The presentation for the salt pour here is pretty standard (and it works well for Levent), but as with most magic, it is best to write your own presentation for this. He teaches everything you need to know about using this gimmick, the proper type(s) of salt, the lighting, etc. Nothing is left to chance.

As a bonus you will learn two other things that can be tied into a salt pour routine of sorts - it was very nice to see how Levent thinks they way he does and get inside his mind a bit.

Even if you do not use this particular salt pour you will get a great lesson in structuring a routine, or at least in thinking about how to build one up.

Highly recommended!

Product info for Levent's Super Salt Pour (Gimmick & DVD Combo)

Author: Levent
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $39.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

THE EFFECT: A magician pours a shaker full of salt into his left fist. Suddenly the salt disappears from his left hand and reappears in a long stream from the right hand.

This legendary trick has been featured by such great magicians as Dai Vernon, Roy Benson and Fred Kaps, and it has been written about in the acclaimed book “Roy Benson By Starlight”. As a result many magicians have been hoping to include it in their acts. But the perfect gimmick has been unavailable.

Finally the wait is over!

Levent, the author of “Roy Benson By Starlight” has taken Roy Benson’s original Salt Pour Gimmick and he has added many unique design features that make it by far the best gimmick ever produced.

Custom molded out of durable and corrosion resistant flesh-colored plastic, “Levent’s Super Salt Pour Gimmick” never requires painting or touching up.

The lightweight is slightly translucent so that under proper stage lighting conditions the magician can see exactly how much salt remains in the gimmick as the salt is reproduced. This feature is crucial for magicians that wish to choreograph their salt pour routine to recorded music.

The following are among the advanced physical features:

A very large flared opening which makes it effortless to fill with salt and allows it to be thumb palmed very securely;

A high salt capacity egg-shape that ergonomically conforms to the shape of your closed fist, thus making it easier to palm;

A concave base enabling the gimmick to sit upright and be ready to use in the prop case which also provides an indentation for your thumb making it easier to do the Benson “Turnover Move” as well as allow for better control during Vernon’s salt flow control technique.

The gimmick includes a DVD, in which Levent teaches the various Salt Pour techniques from the past masters of magic such as Dai Vernon, Roy Benson, Ross Bertram and Fred Kaps. Levent’s comprehensive lessons show the real secrets, such as how to covertly introduce the gimmick into your hands at the start of the routine, how to control the flow of salt when it is reproduced and how to secretly ditch the gimmick at the conclusion.

Additionally, Levent gives the Salt Pour historical context by explaining its progenitor, namely the legendary Tobacco Sleeving routine of the vaudeville headliner Emil Jarrow.

Levent also teaches the entire Salt Pour routine that he currently performs in his comedy magic act. Plus, he includes multiple variations such as the production of the salt from both fists. Finally as a bonus he reveals the secret of his earlier routine in which a borrowed wrist watch is transformed into an hourglass, the sand from the hourglass is used for the Salt Pour trick and at the finale the sand magically transforms back to the borrowed watch.

“This is the best salt pour gimmick ever made, it is the REAL work!” John Thompson

“This is not only the best gimmick I’ve ever worked with for the Salt Pour, but the DVD is absolute GOLD! Even if you don’t want to do the salt pour, it is an education in magic to watch this DVD.” Marc DeSouza

“This is prestidigitation of the highest order...Your DVD and gimmick are simply the best. This is one of the best buys I ever made” Jean-Guy Aubry

“This is a brilliant, well designed and superior prop.” Harry Murphy


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