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The Plot Thickens Review

July 10th, 2009 10:25am
Reviewed by Brian Reaves
This is one of those books you'll either love or hate. I prefer to think of this type of book as a fire-starter. I'm not saying you should burn this book, but instead it's one of those that just might start you thinking if you take the effects listed and improve on them. It just might jump-start your imagination.

While I did love some of the effects in here, there are a few you'll honestly never perform. They are more oddities than actual magic, or else they're more fun than magical. "Invisible Man" is a nice little routine that will really fool the spectator, but not the folks in the crowd around him. It gets a laugh all around though, so there's a good point for it. There is also a nice little coin routine in which a drawing of a fish jumps from one side of the coin into the fishbowl on the other side while the coin is spinning around. There are even a few card tricks thrown in here.

The strength of this book comes more from the range of material than the actual material itself. It is safe to say just about any magician who buys this book will find at least one or two routines they'll use for themselves. Unfortunately, I don't think anyone would build an entire repertoire from it. But as I stated earlier, many of these routines can easily be adapted to your individual style. You may not perform them as they are in the book, but you might get inspiration from the handling in a particular effect that can be used in something else.

At about $1 a trick, this book is a fun diversion and nice investment if you're looking for something a little different.

Product info for The Plot Thickens

Author: Oliver Meech
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $22.00
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"A breath of fresh air."
- MAGIC magazine

"Unusual plots, simple methods, great ideas - why aren't you ordering this book right now?"
- Magicseen

"For...less than the price of a one trick DVD, this really is an excellent purchase."
- Magicweek

Magicians experience a torrent of new methods but just a trickle of new plots. It's time for a change. And the change starts here!

22 fresh plots with everything from bottles to bubbles and photos to false teeth, including:

  • Invisible Man: Convince a spectator that they've vanished.
  • Flaming Voodoo: A spectator stares at a piece of paper he is holding and it bursts into flames.
  • Touching Transposition: Forget sight, fool their sense of touch.
  • X-ray Coin: A spectator swallows an initialed coin and it appears on an X-ray of their stomach.
  • Secret Service Load: Divine the serial number of a bill in the spectator's wallet without ever going near it.
  • Plus 17 more impossibilities.
Some you'll perform every night. Others you'll save for special occasions. All you'll enjoy learning as much as performing. The book alone is worth the price of the book!

87 large format pages. 86 photo illustrations. Perfect bound with a glossy cover.

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