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Unshop Review

Official Review

March 14th, 2011 3:52pm
Reviewed by Christian
I like the premise of “Unshop”. I think it is a humorous and relatable concept for most people. Devin gives you everything you need to perform this effect and the instructions are excellent.

There isn’t a whole lot to say about this trick. The advertisement tells you exactly what is going to happen. This routine is aimed at people who have a comedic ability. It is a tongue-in-cheek routine. If you are looking for some serious deep mentalism piece, move along. If you want a poke-fun, light-hearted piece then this should work for you.

The double ending with the bar code/picture of a guy missing his pants should get a fair amount of chuckles from your crowd. This would be a good piece to place in-between two stronger pieces of mentalism.

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Product info for Unshop

Author: Knight, Devin
Publisher: Devin Knight
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $39.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

A new comedy mental effect based on a new term UNSHOP, which means to return something at the checkout-counter because you bought too much and cannot afford it.

The performer invites a male participant to take an imaginary shopping trip. He is told to imagine he has gone to a store and is going to buy a new outfit. His new outfit will consist of a sports coat, shirt, necktie, pants, socks, shoes, and even a pair of boxer shorts. He is told that when he gets to the checkout-counter, he discovers he does not have enough money with him and has to return something to the shelf. The participant then decides on an article of clothing to UNSHOP and is given the chance to change his mind. He does not tell the performer yet, the article he returned. The performer shows a large envelope and says inside is a prediction showing the returned article of clothing. The performer pulls out a large barcode and says this is the barcode for the article (an old gag, but with a new kicker ending). The envelope is shown to be otherwise empty. Performer then asks the participant which article of clothing he returned.

Assume the participant said, "Pants."

Performer exclaims he was correct, insisting that this is the barcode for a pair of pants. Finally, as a means of self-defense, the performer says on the other side is a picture of the store's model wearing the participant's new outfit; minus the item he UNSHOPPED.

Upon turning the barcode around, the performer shows a comical photo of a man wearing a sports coat, shirt, necktie, socks, shoes and boxer shorts...however, he is missing the pants. The performer says, "You should have kept the pants!"

A very commercial effect that breathes new life into the old barcode gag.

Comes with everything you need to perform the effect, including a high-quality barcode and special photo printed on 8.5" x 11" plastic stock so it will withstand many years of use. Complete with the detailed and illustrated instructions you have come to expect from Devin Knight.

"I love UNSHOP. You have taken the barcode gag into the 21st Century! It goes right into my show!"
- Tom Craven

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