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Something Out of the Ordinary Review

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July 17th, 2015 3:33am
Reviewed by Stuart Philip
Something Out of the Ordinary is a SansMind DVD containing 7 magical effects by prolific creator Nicholas Lawrence. The DVD has the highest level of production as is typical with SansMind DVDs. The trailer is excellent, shows the effects taught and is set to a cool musical track. Each trick is first demonstrated by Lawrence in a studio setting with no audience and is then explained by Lawrence himself. The DVD is almost an hour and twenty minutes long.

The explanations are well done and most are very detailed in the construction of the necessary gimmicks, with the exception of X-Move, in which a part of the trick is not constructed on camera. X-Move happens to be one of my favorite effects on the DVD and it is a fun and visual moving ink trick. As with the other tricks, you can watch the trailer to see how it will play to an audience. X-Move requires about 10-20 minutes worth of construction once you have everything that you need in front of you. Also one of my favorites, that I will use is, Folder, in which a spectator selects a card and then when the performer reveals it, he is wrong. The wrong card amazingly morphs into the correct card which can then be handed out for inspection. Folder also requires some gimmick construction, but that can be accomplished in about a minute.

Live Band is a cool rubber band trick that requires no construction in which the performer visually snaps a rubber band to transform it from one color to another.

Cigarette is a trick in which a cigarette apparently is pushed into the performer’s eye and then pulled out. This trick requires the most amount of arts-and-crafts work on the DVD. If you like the way Cigarette looks in the promotional video, then you will like this trick.

Monte Matches is a transposition trick in which a matchbook with one match transposes with a full book of matches. There are some angle considerations with this trick, but it is clever and fooling. You don’t end totally clean, but with proper misdirection, you can fix that problem.

Refresh is a trick in which you wave your hand over a wrapped piece of gum and the wrapper magically disappears. There have been many gum tricks in recent years and if this is your thing, you will like Refresh.

Stir is a cool dollar penetration trick in which a cocktail straw visually penetrates the middle of a dollar bill. The bill, which can be borrowed, can be handed out to the spectator who will be unable to find the penetration hole.

Without question, there will be something on this DVD that will appeal to you and that you will add to your arsenal.

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Product info for Something Out of the Ordinary

Author: Nicholas Lawrence
Publisher: SansMind
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $34.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

Organic looking magic with everyday object is the strongest form of magic people can experience live. Everything appears to be raw, unprepared, and totally unexpected.

Something Out of the Ordinary is a collection of extreme visual magic from Nicholas Lawrence's everyday repertoire. Learn insane visual magic with objects you can find around you.

Extreme matchbooks transpo, colour changing rubber bands, straw through borrowed bills, cigarette through eye, and a couple easy to do visual card effects to complete the set. Whether if you are looking for materials to impress your client, or effects to perform for friends in casual setting, you'll find useful material in Something Out of the Ordinary. Check out the trailer and see it for yourself!

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