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Antoninus Pius Version 2.0

(Based on 2 reviews)
Categories: Bizarre, Mentalism
Media Type: Trick

Product Description

The legend tells that in the year 141 A.D. Antoninus Plus, the Roman Empire Emperor, had to go on a journey due to problems in the borders, while his beloved had to remain in the city. It is said that during the time, the Emperor communicated with his beloved in a very special and unique way: both had decided that, on a certain time of the day, she would write a message on the sand and Antoninus would randomly take some stones with different words engraved on them. He would turn the stones around and the message that appeared was the same as the one written on the sand (by his beloved). The following day Antoninus was the one who would write on the sand his beloved would choose the stones. In that way, at the end of that long journey, they were able to feel closer than ever before.

After telling the legend, the magician shows his audience six engraved wooden pieces which he will make face down a table. he also shows them a beautiful box with sand in its inside.

The magician explains that, in the way of Antoninus, he has drawn a picture on the sand inside the box, which is now hermetically sealed and he asks someone from the audience to hold the box with their hands and to choose one of the six wooden pieces. The magician explains that there has been only one part of the experience and that now the participant (as Antoninus's beloved) will draw something on the sand and the magician (as the Emperor) will choose a piece and the prediction matches.

At that point, the magician asks his audience: "Do you still believe this story is only a legend?"
Date Added: Jan 1st, 2010
MLA SKU: c8B21xfozYqv0m3

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October 21st, 2013 11:47pm
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Reviewed by Dr. J. M. Ayala de Cedoz
I really wanted to give this effect 4 stars - I really did.

First I am not really sure why this product is not listed under the others from Anton Corradin as he is the one sourcing and marketing them.

The effect sounds like a fantastic piece of theater and it really would be if presented in the right way to a theatrical or parlor audience. The way it works is quite ingenious and there is more than one way to figure out what the spectator has chosen.

The instructions are a little bit 'iffy' in clarity, but you will be able to decipher the basic handling from them.

The props look very nice, but to me they feel like some sort of composite wood. By that I mean that it seems that someone took fine wood pulp and combined it with some sort of binder/adhesive and poured it into a mold (similar to the way hand-made paper is made) and after it was set, it was removed and cut/shaped. I may be wrong, but that is what it feels like.

The sand that comes with it was scented, but I... [Read More]
August 6th, 2014 8:29am
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Reviewed by Doc Johnson
Antoninus Pius Version 2.0 Review

RATING: 4 stars

REVIEW

I have read some negative reviews of this product, and my experience was different.

Also, my reviews are more about how you might create great magic with the product rather than things like how it was packaged, etc. I don't have anything that combines the ideas and methods they have, so I find this product very clever and with great potential.

Everything works great with my unit. I can’t tell whether the device is made of real wood or pressed wood. However, it looks very nice.

The combination of simple methods are very clever. The routine involves two methods to first predict their selection and then to reveal their selection.

Some have said the sand is scented. Mine appeared to be regular, unscented sand. I think unscented regular sand is best. If yours comes scented, you might want to wash the sand and that should remove the scent.

The instructions are very clear and they provide a very... [Read More]

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