Third Degree Burn - REVIEW

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Third Degree Burn - REVIEW

Postby Tom Lauten » May 20th, '06, 05:27



Third Degree Burn

Available from most magic suppliers for $55.00 (+ $12.00 Shipping & Handling anywhere in the world when purchased from the inventor himself www.paltergeist.com)

Close up / bizarre / mental magic

Difficulty: 2 out of 5 Only a bit of hidden handling to be learned.

They say:
Third Degree Burn is the most mysterious, no force, impossible and versatile “blister effect” you've ever done. Imagine flipping-out a spectator when a blister of any card they name appears on your finger and thumb!

It's the ID without the cards — and with more heat!

The Effect: Approach a group of people and ask someone to think of a card, then name it aloud. It can be any card they wish. There is no force. The subject is asked to truly visualize the card in their head; to burn it into their mind. Give them a lighter. After igniting the lighter, they are asked to visualize their card in the dancing flame. You briefly thrust your fingers into the flame, wincing with pain. For the jaw-dropping climax, you slowly turn your fingers around, to reveal the skin on your thumb and finger is now blistered in the shape of their freely-chosen card! You've just given 'em the third degree!

Some key points to remember:
No deck of cards required.
No forcing; works with any card named.
Can be carried with you at all times, fits in your pocket, and is always ready to go.
No reset (again, it is ALWAYS ready to go)!
Harmless—but it does look dangerous!
Comes complete and ready to go with the professional custom gimmick (made to last a lifetime), instructional DVD, detailed manuscript, full routine, and bonus effects (including ideas that DO NOT require the use of fire!).


I say:
“Jason Palter… here’s a man who cares producing a good product“. That’s what Third Degree Burn shouts from the moment you see the cover of the instructions through the plastic bag it comes in. Lift it up and the reassuring heft says more. Open the package and remove the photo illustrated booklet, DVD and white coin envelope containing the very clever gimmick and it’s the “halleluiah choir”!

This effect does everything it promises and probably more!

Credit where it is due, a number of other effects have offered a “blister effect” before and they work very well indeed, what’s more it is a very convincing visual effect, but none have ever offered a free choice of 52 cards. I think the cool thing is that this is a card trick without cards…kind of an ultimate “do something” challenge effect, one that will leave spectators rather impressed indeed.

The gimmick isn't tiny but considering the fact that you can use it for 52 cards it is quite stealthy indeed. "Lasts a lifetime" stuff. When the work is done the blisters are about 10mm high and very readable. Some real design work, planning and consideration have gone into this clever device. Learning to work the gimmick well will happen over time, I’m getting pretty good with it and if you knew me that’s is some high praise indeed! Most “non-sausage fingered“, upright walking folk will be at full stride with it in an irritatingly short period of time!! It will take only a matter of seconds to “do the work” once you are proficient and it is done totally out of site so there are NO angle issues.

The instruction booklet is as clear as a bell. With unambiguous text and clear black and white photos you are taken through every step and stage of the basic work and quite a number of variations. No stone seems left unturned. The DVD is well produced and really gives you all the same level of support and demonstration visually…“You are NOT alone!“ The basic effect is offered above in the description but there are some fine variations of presentations to suit all situations appropriate to this kind of freaky effect.

Overall:
If you like doing bizarre style effects, effects that are there to get visceral reactions you are looking at the right product. You will never run out of supplies, you will never have to buy another “widget” and with practice you will freak people out within seconds of seeing a live flame. This is an ideal trick for strolling and table magic (if your clients don’t mind a bit of “eeeeewww” magic).

Thanks Jason Palter…thanks to you, a romantic candle lit dinner with the long-suffering “magic widow” could now lead to divorce…the man shows no mercy!

9.5 out of 10 If you like this kind of effect, it's as near perfect as you can get!

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Postby Durto » May 20th, '06, 05:36

I was looking forward for a review of this weird-looking effect. Great review there, now I'm looking forward for this product ;)

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Postby moonbeam » May 20th, '06, 12:45

Thanks for the review Tom and I gotta say - I hate you, I hate you I hate you :evil:
Now where did I put my credit card ??

QUESTION:
If we can sue McDonalds for making us fat and cigarette companies for giving us cancer; why can't we sue Smirnoff for all the ugly gits we've sh*gged ??
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Postby Option » May 20th, '06, 12:54

blisters are about 10mm high


How is that possible? 10mm=1cm. My finger is only about 1.5cm thick!

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Postby Tom Lauten » May 20th, '06, 13:14

The actual letters and numbers are 10mm high...like in a font. The blisters don't rise to 10mm high. :D

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Postby ian69 » May 20th, '06, 13:23

Obvious question - do you really get a blister?

The answer is no, I guess, but I'd like to make sure!

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Postby Tom Lauten » May 20th, '06, 13:26

:wink: Not to worry.

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Postby Option » May 20th, '06, 13:27

you get a temp. one...
the site doens't do clear pics tho.

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Postby Durto » May 20th, '06, 13:56

I forgot an important question:
How does the "burn" reveals the card?
(Ex: If I want to reveal the 5 of Diamond, does a "5" and a Diamond appear, or is it a "5" and a "D"?)
The reason I ask this is that I mostly do my effects on french people and I'm wondering if I could still perform it to them, because the suits aren't the same around here ;) So is it adaptable to reveal anything (in almost any language?)

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Postby Martin Le Guerre » May 20th, '06, 14:00

One of my main concerns when ordering this was how good the blisters were going to be, seeing how you didn't really see the result on the video very well at all.

Mine arrived this morning (where I live the post arrives at about 9.30 but obviously Tom uses his magic powers to get his to arrive earlier) and I was not disappointed with anything. The size of the blisters is perfect, the depth and definition make them clear to see. The quality of the gimmick is first rate and fits snugly into jacket or trouser pocket.

I can see me taking this to work next week and quietly practising getting the right index during long boring meetings - there's a little bit of memory work to do, nothing too taxing but as always you can't have too much practise.

All in all a superb product thats probably going to 'live' permanently in my pocket until everyone I know has seen it.

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Postby Martin Le Guerre » May 20th, '06, 14:05

Durto wrote:I forgot an important question:
How does the "burn" reveals the card?
(Ex: If I want to reveal the 5 of Diamond, does a "5" and a Diamond appear, or is it a "5" and a "D"?)
The reason I ask this is that I mostly do my effects on french people and I'm wondering if I could still perform it to them, because the suits aren't the same around here ;) So is it adaptable to reveal anything (in almost any language?)


You get a diamond, heart, club or spade symbol - same as on a card. The size is roughly midway between for example, the large diamond and the small one on any card from a set of standard bikes.

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Postby Option » May 20th, '06, 14:26

I feel that instead of 'ask someone to think of a card, then name it aloud.'
wouldn't forcing be better in terms of harder to see thru, plus smaller gimmick?

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Postby Tom Lauten » May 20th, '06, 14:47

Oh yes...dropped in my number rating. Just for completeness! :wink:

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Postby Dominick » May 20th, '06, 14:55

This trick looks amazing. Nice review too. I would really like to buy this.

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Postby cbyron2003 » May 20th, '06, 16:13

is the gimmick anything to do with the lighter used? i.e can the lighter be borrowed as not being a smoker it would be weird for me to be carrying one.
also how long did shipping take
thanks alot

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