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Deceptus (DVD and Gimmick) Review

Official Review

August 19th, 2014 5:59am
Reviewed by Dr. J. M. Ayala de Cedoz
I was slightly skeptical about this for some reason but I cannot remember why exactly. I think it was because I thought to myself something along the lines of this being just another one-off effect that would only be suitable for the YouTube magicians. Boy was I wrong!

You get a very well made gimmick that should last forever and a DVD. The menu is easy to use and gives you a chapter-by-chapter layout as well as the option of playing through everything at once.

The host is a magician who may be familiar to some - Ben Williams. He starts by introducing the effect and its history, then gives a quick overview of the gimmick and how it works. He then shows you what you need to set up the gimmick and exactly how to do it properly. It is not hard to do. He also talks about how the cans differ from country to country and that some may not work the same way as the UK cans do. In that case, he shows you a few alternative ways to set up and use the gimmick.

Following that is a section of "performances" which are just clips of different objects being penetrated into the can in various settings. No real live performances or even studio performances, which would have been nice to see but no big deal. Some people may say that the first penetration you see in this section cannot be performed that way. Actually you CAN, but you would not really WANT to, at least not in a live performance. That said, the trailer, this performance section and the ad copy are all 100% truthful.

The rest of the DVD is Ben showing you how to do the "jewelry" handling and some "non-jewelry" handlings, a section of different ways to penetrate the objects inside the can, an instant-reset method, a penetration where the object starts on the palm of a spectator and goes into the can (which is very strong!) and a section on bonus ideas and handlings. There are also a few credits given where necessary, both by Ben in parts of the explanation sections and at the end of the disc.

The production quality is excellent - very clear and crisp audio, it was well-lit and the teaching was very, very good - Ben did a great job!

You can do this effect just about anywhere you want with any object that will fit inside the can. The objects can be borrowed and there are lots of ways to incorporate this effect into a set. It does require a set-up so it is not impromptu, but in the right conditions it can be made to 'appear' impromptu. For the most part it can be done surrounded except for one little moment. It is very easy to do once you understand how it works and it looks every bit as good as the trailer.

5 stars for a great quality gimmick, excellent DVD with fantastic teaching instructions and a strong, solid effect.

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Product info for Deceptus (DVD and Gimmick)

Author: Strange, Jimmy
Publisher: Merchant of Magic Ltd (V)
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $35.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

It's time to stop thinking outside the box, and start thinking inside the can!

Deceptus is quite simply one of the best object penetration magic tricks available to magicians. You can throw common borrowed objects straight into a soda can. Rings, signed coins, lighters, and that's just the start. The borrowed object really is inside the can!
The spectators can see their item through the drink hole, the only way to get the item out is to cut open the can!
Deceptus comes with a special gimmick that does the hard work for you. You learn multiple handlings to suit all skill levels. There is also an instant reset method where you melt the borrowed item from the can without having to cut open the can.

This is TV magic brought close up and practical, straight from the working repertoire of professional magician Jimmy Strange.

Warning - Not suitable for children

You will be cutting open a metal soda can, so this item is not suitable for children. It's vital that you wear suitable hand protection when handling a sharp knife and cutting open a can. We don't want anyone to hurt themselves. Deceptus is sold for information purposes only, and recommended for professional use, as you need to be careful and responsible when cutting open a metal can. You need to ensure the safety of your spectators and dispose of the can correctly at the end of the performance.

'I fricking Love this thing!'
Alan Rorrison - Consultant to Troy and Dynamo

'The BEST object through can ever! Period!'
Gerry Sims - Official DC magician and consultant to Troy

Questions and Answers about Deceptus

Can you drink from the can at the start of the performance?
Ben does cover how he likes to be drinking from the can as he approaches a group, drains the last drop and uses the can for his opener. Chris Webb suggests having the can on the floor or planting it near a bin, pick it up and pour our a little soda to empty it, before using the can. See the included DVD for details.

Can the can be inspected before and after the trick?
When Jimmy Strange performs Deceptus, he lets them handle the can at the start, then hands it to them to check that the object really is inside. This sort of controlled inspection works perfectly. He then cuts the can open himself for health and safety. We don't recommend that you give them the cut open can afterwards as a cut can isn't safe for them to play with. They are getting a very close look at it as you cut it open. Ben Williams goes into great detail about 'over proving' and how to avoid that.

Can I use any type of soda can?
The included gimmick works with most popular cans worldwide, However, some soda cans may not be suitable. We use Pepsi cans in the US and UK to perform Deceptus. Most cans are of uniform design, so it takes seconds to test out a few of your favourite soda drinks to find the one you like best.

How should I present Deceptus?
Let them play with the soda can at the start, do a penetration, show the can, as you are showing that their object really is inside (it is) and then carefully cut the item out. End of trick. More than that would be anti-climactic.

Can you reuse the can?
You could reuse it, and Ben Williams covers how to do that on the DVD. The gimmick is designed to be used over and over again. We suggest you use the opportunity and cut the item out. It freaks them out and cans are cheap. If you need more, the event bar will probably have them. You can quickly prep more in the events green room, or a quite corner.

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