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Color Changing Knives (World's Greatest Magic) Review

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August 26th, 2008 12:51pm
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Reviewed by Gordon Meyer
If you have a set of color changing knives sitting in a desk drawer (as many of us do) you should consider buying this disc. Its modest price provides lots of value, particularly if it gives you the motivation to re-introduce the knives into regular rotation. (Pun intended.)

I'm a fan of the knives because they're a real-world object that doesn't need a justification to exist, unlike your average Hot Rod. However, the reasons for the knife changing color, and all the related kicker effects, are typically unmotivated. The presentations on this disc will help you with that, as well as teach you some new techniques. To my way of thinking it makes this a "must have" for anyone interested in the color changing knives.
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Author: Various
Publisher: L&L Publishing
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Retail Price: $19.95
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If you could have one set of magic DVDs, this would be it! This benchmark collection features just about all of magic's most enduring and classic effects and routines. It's a fabulous compendium with many of the top masters in the world of magic teaching their handlings and routines for some of magic's classics. Linking rings, sponge balls, metal bending, cups and balls, thumb tips, Zombie, color-changing knives, and many, many more topics are all gathered in this one terrific DVD reference set. Each volume covers a specific subject and features new, old, and sometimes rare footage by some of the top video producers in magic.

Learn to perform one of close-up magic's most enduring classics!

The invention of the Color-Changing Knives is usually credited to illusion designer Walter Jeans and as the effect began to enter the literature of magic in the 1930's, close-up magicians were immediately taken by the visual nature of the trick. Over the years, a good number of the world's top close-up performers have presented the knives as a part of their professional repertoires and five of them are on this volume to show you their astounding versions.

Bill Malone begins with his routine - an amazing and inherently funny routine that he uses in his walk-around work for some of the world's top corporate clients. Johnny Thompson is next with a typically engaging routine while one of magic's true poets, Rene Lavand, weaves a love story around the knives. Steve Draun presents his version that has a surprise ending that instantly resets - perfect for walk-around engagements - and Daryl presents his routine with knives of his own invention that ends with an unbelievable finish that leaves the knives in an impossible condition that can be examined by the spectators.

Pocket knives are interesting personal objects and, while they're not commonly carried as they were in Walter Jeans day, people are still aware that they don't magically change color or size or appear and disappear at will. Thus, the Color-Changing Knives remain one of the most popular and intriguing effects at the disposal of a close-up magician and on this DVD, you'll find some truly great routines, plus enough moves and ideas to construct an amazing routine of your own!

  • Walk Around Knives - Bill Malone
  • Color Changing Knife - Johnny Thompson
  • My Penknives - Rene Lavand
  • Color Changing Knives - Steve Draun
  • Daryl's Color Changing Knives - Daryl
Running Time Approximately 37min


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