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Luck of the Draw (Gimmick and Online Instructions) Review

Official Review

December 13th, 2016 9:40pm
Reviewed by Dr. J. M. Ayala de Cedoz

This is a true utility device with lots of different and practical uses when you put your mind to it.

What you are getting is a bag, a pamphlet of written instructions, three packets of raffle-esque tickets and a link to two videos. We will take a closer look at each part.

The bag that everything comes in IS the bag you use for the effect, which is a very cool way to save on packaging, so you need to make sure you do not throw it away. The instructions even tell you not to throw it away! This is a clear two-way force bag (it could be used as a three-way force bag though) and is good quality. If it ever wears out on you, Liam Montier tells you exactly how to make your own, which is also not difficult.

The raffle tickets that you get are there to get you started. They are used with the ideas that are provided in the instructions, but you can use anything that will fit in the force bag. The tickets that you get are not like the raffle tickets used in most 50/50 raffle games. They are a thinner paper but they do have the perforated edge look and are blank and all white on one side. I would have preferred if they were double-sided but they will get the job done. You get three sets - one is a bunch of geniunely random numbers and two of them provide a force number, and you get two different force numbers. Another thing that I really appreciated about these is that each ticket in all three packets are a different color, adding to the genuine look.

There are a handful of effects in the instructions that come inside the bag. They are a full color print-up on a nice glossy paper with no instructions, which are really not necessary in this case. The first portion tells you how to set up your force bag in order to use it with the proceeding effects. The effects themselves cover a broad range of ideas from card effects to lottery-type predictions. The possibilities are limited by your imagination. You do not have to use the raffle tickets - you can use billets, you can put coins in the bag, you can use mini bingo balls or whatever is useful to you and your effects. One thing I will say is that you have to remember that not everything will work as well with this bag - that is to say that if someone reaches in to take an item out and they rummage around inside, what they feel and what they see may not always match up. You will know what I mean if you have ever used a clear force bag, or if you do purchase this product.

The two videos are typical quality from Big Blind Media, which is to say they are very well-shot, but they are not in-depth. You get a link and a password to access them. One video describes the product and shows one of the effects in the booklet and the other explains it. The two videos span about 13 minutes total and are more like a short demo of one of the written effects. If these had been left out of this product it would not have made any difference at all and would not have hurt it either.

In the video and written instructions it is mentioned that at some point in one of the effects, you can let the spectator hold the bag (after you set it up), reach in and remove one of the tickets. You can, but you will have to have some good audience management skills.

Overall this is a very good product and if you have a need for it, you will not be disappointed!

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Luck of the Draw (Gimmick and Online Instructions)

Author: Montier, Liam
Publisher: Big Blind Media
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $25.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Luck of the Draw is a killer new utility for mentalists and magicians alike! You get... An incredibly deceptive & natural looking 3 way force bag (Don't throw your 'Luck Of The Draw' packaging away... it's the force bag! HA!). This thing is so squeaky clean that you can happily let your spectator's handle and use it. It's a fast route to 100% hands off, self working mentalism!!! 100 Random Raffle Tickets 100 Force Raffle Tickets (in various colours) A SECOND 100 Force Raffle Tickets (with a different number) A Booklet of KILLER tricks and ideas - includes Liam's lecture highlight 'Pyrite' (a self working 'Card At Any Number'!!!) A free video download which teaches you everything you need to know to perform 'Pyrite!For ultimate deceptiveness, each stack of raffle tickets contain a total mixture of colours! This makes all the tickets look random, very different, and colourful to use!

We are SURE that you will have your own ideas and routines for this awesome utility prop, but check out the instructions for 'packs small, plays big' mentalism that will work on tables, or on stage. Book Tests, Add a Number, Card At Any Number, and MORE

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