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Completely Mental Review

Official Review

September 11th, 2015 1:31am
Rating:
Reviewed by Doc Johnson
I am going to break down each effect separately because there are some good effects, and some really terrible effects

SUPER MINT:
PROS: This is a pretty good effect.
CONS: The making of the gimmick is no small task.
VERDICT: I think I will try to make a gimmick because I do like the value of the prop.

SERIAL:
PROS: ?
CONS: This one is terrible. First, it won’t work on every currency, perhaps only British currency, but certainly not US currency. Second, I wouldn’t do this even with British currency. The participant is going to try to figure out how it was done, and they are likely to figure it out.
VERDICT: As the Brits would say, this one is rubbish.

PARALLEL:
PROS: A nice little routine.
CONS: There is a much better version of this sort of effect done with esp cards. The problem is this effect requires some unusual moves at some key moments.
VERDICT: Not a bad routine, but there are better versions of this.

OXO:
PROS: This is a pretty good routine with a prediction of an OXO game outcome and ends with a TOXIC force.
CONS: One annoying theme throughout is the studio participant tries a bit too hard to do his best impression of a fake over the top reaction to each effect. On the instruction for this one, there is an error. At one point he says it doesn’t matter what you do, but it does. At another point, he gets a bit confused in his own explanation.

NAME KILLER:
PROS: This is a VERY good routine with two participants and transpositions of their signed cards.
CONS: No cons.

HIT THE CLUB JACK
PROS: This is a very clever card story deck routine. In the decription, they said they took all the story deck routines and took the best gags from each. I don’t know if this is a PRO or a CON. On one hand, clever of them to combine what they feel is the best of various routines. On the other hand, this means the entire routine is stolen from others. I think it’s more of a PRO as they have cleverly created a routine from a bunch of sources.
CONS: I don’t think I saw any description of how they got to the starting point after various participants cut the deck. Did the participant’s just coincidentally cut to the right place?
Oddly, they explained how to get into the effect toward the end of the explanation of the routine.

STACK
PROS: This is a tremendous, simple routine. Very powerful, very deceptive, and very good.
CONS: No cons.

VERDICT
Quite a few routines I really didn’t care for, but Name Killer alone is worth the price. Stack is also a tremendous routine. I downgraded this by a star because they made me sit through a bit of rubbish before seeing something really good.

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Product info for Completely Mental

Author: Wright, Tom; Jones, Arron
Publisher: World Magic Shop
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $34.50
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Manufacturer's Description:

Seven Crazy Tricks

Two Borderline Insane Magicians

One Completely Mental DVD

Super Mint - Every time, know which spectator is holding the 'odd' mint. A self working hands off miracle.
Serial - Accurately name the first four digits of the serial number on a spectator's bill that you've never seen.
Parallel - A matching ESP style effect that leaves your spectator thinking they read your mind.
OXO - Three reveals on one note, OXO is a modern routine for the classic Tic Tac Toe prediction.
Name Killer - A signed card transposition routine, visual, commercial and a little bit ambitious.
Hit the club Jack - A story deck like never before, a hilarious plot with even funnier gags
Stack - Know the location of a cross drawn on five face down coins.


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