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Porthole Review

Official Review

January 7th, 2014 7:16pm
Reviewed by Fredrick Turner
PortHole is a very clever portable hole from Paul Harris Presents alumni, Darryl Vanamburg. The effect is straight-forward. A card is selected and signed by a participant. The magician punches a hole in the card. The hole then travels - either visibly or invisibly - from one end of the card to the other. The card can given to the assistant as a souvenir. It looks quite magical.

PortHole is a DYI'ers dream. Unlike many other magic packages, PortHole is complete with all the items you'll need to assemble up to three gimmicks. Its so complete that Vanamburg even included a tube of glue. You can open the package, watch the DVD and immediately assemble the gimmick.

One of my favorite items that is Vanamburg includes is a Sharpie. Its not your run of the mill Sharpie as its the means of getting the gimmick in and out of play. Its very well made. The only concern is that, at some point, the Sharpie will run dry. Vanamburg doesn't address this but if you spend a little time thinking it through, you'll figure it out.

You may have noticed that I said that the hole travels either visibly or invisibly. Its your choice. Vanamburg give you two routines. I have read a few other reviews where there is some debate about the visible approach. I would recommend that you try them both and see which gets the best reaction.

PortHole is not without its hyperbole as its billed as "The Final Word on the Animating Hole Plot." Is it? Only time will tell. The DVD cover features liberal use of exclamation points and some very unusual punctuation and capitalization. But these can be overlooked.

If the movable hole plot intrigues you, PortHole is a great package worthy of your attention.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Porthole

Author: Vanamburg, Darryl
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $39.99
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Manufacturer's Description:

Stop what you're doing right now and WATCH THE TRAILER. You'll see a punched hole MOVE, BY ITSELF, from one end of a card to another. The card is signed and given away after the effect. Never, EVER, has a moving hole effect looked so visual.

Porthole comes with the precision-made prop you need to perform the effect, and it will last a lifetime. The apparatus takes care of everything for you--no sleights required at all.

Some more things to consider:
  • You start and finish completely clean
  • You can perform "Porthole" surrounded.
  • Easy To Do
  • No Threads - No Wires
  • You can perform this with playing cards, business cards or Similar.
  • No forces - No Switch
  • Performance and explanation footage included in DVD.
We shy away from using words like "ultimate" or "definitive" but it's hard to imagine a cleaner version of the moving hole plot. This looks as close to real magic as you can get!

"Porthole is one of the coolest new effects I've seen in a long time. It totally freaked me out when Darryl showed it to me. I've Not been blown away by an effect in a long time and this one did it !!!"
- Roy Kueppers

"The Best Animating Hole I've Seen. A Real Worker!"
- Robert Barna - Professional Magician

"What a wonderful close up illusion. Clever, Simple and Direct."
- Wilber Cortez - Magician Canada

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