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357 (DVD and Props) Review

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May 11th, 2009 10:42am
Reviewed by Christian
he DVD is very well produced and easy to navigate. You will have no trouble understanding the effect or how to perform it. Peter and Marc are entertaining to watch and this helps keep the DVD fun as well as instructional.

The effect is interesting and entertaining; however it is based on a very old principle. It is the same principle that is used in a trick called Telepathy Cards. Telepathy Cards have been around for a very long time and were conceived by Tan Hock Chuan. Crediting is given to Tan Hock Chuan in the ending credits along with other people who have worked with this principle.

Along with the DVD you will receive enough materials to make two different sets of the effect. Peter and Marc perform the effect and then go into an exceedingly detailed explanation of the trick. Essentially, it is a very safe way to perform a danger monte type of effect. (without and danger and close up)

I think with some creative thinking many mentalists/magician will find a great number of storylines and premises to use with these materials. I would hate to think everyone will use the same danger monte type of presentation with this principle.

At the end of the DVD there is a performance by a young man who’s name escapes me. He performs a similar effect without the use of the special somethings that are supplied with the DVD. It was a nice touch by Inner Mind Productions.

As a special bonus you get to see an interview with Tom Lautens at the end of the DVD.

The advertisement for the DVD is completely accurate and if this appeals to you, then I don’t think you will be disappointed.
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Product info for 357 (DVD and Props)

Author: Tom Lauten
Publisher: Inner Mind Productions
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $30.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

From the creative mind of Tom Lauten comes "357"


A participant is invited to examine six cards, each one has the word 'Click' on one side and 'Bang' on the other. Six regular envelopes are examined and any card is placed into any envelope as the performer explains that each card represents a bullet and each envelope is the chamber of a gun. Turning away the performer instructs them to place one card showing the 'Bang' and the others showing a 'Click' into each envelope. All are mixed up as the performer turns back and attempts to divine which envelope contains the 'Bang' card.

Using suggestion, precognition and persuasion the performer puts money on the table and states that if he makes a mistake he'll lose the cash. Maybe not as life threatening as a live bullet but none the less painful in it's own way. Each envelope is eliminated one by one, more and more cash is placed on the table until just one remains. Despite the real test conditions you will succeed every time. No marks, peeks, impressions, forces, electronics, duel reality, equivoque or pateo.

You really do not see a thing, they can choose any card, any envelope, in fact they can use their own if they really want to.

Peter Nardi and Marc Spelmann teach 357 and then show you how to adapt the routine for other effects, living and dead, bank night, win or lose.

You are supplied with gimmicks that enable you to be ultra clean with a technique that is truly remarkable.

With 357 you will be able to display true test conditions for a close up performance piece that is as direct as it is astonishing.

Running Time Approximately 1hr 20min

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