Marvins Magic Deluxe Pocket Tricks #1

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Marvins Magic Deluxe Pocket Tricks #1

Postby lmw » Jan 11th, '07, 12:03



The Effect
Marvins Magic Deluxe Pocket Tricks #1 – Do not confuse this with the Deluxe set produced for the companies centenary.

Various effects discussed in the main review.


Cost
under £5 GBP


Difficulty
(1=easy to do, 2=No sleights, but not so easy, 3=Some sleights used,
4=Advanced sleights used, 5=Suitable for experienced magicians only)

I’d say a definite 1, mainly gimmicked stuff here.

The phantom deck means you can take the cards as far as you like if you do your homework, I think that’s the long and short of it.


Review

This set has a number of props as follows:-
A phantom deck.

A prop that allows you to transform a large cube magically into smaller cubes before your specs eyes.

Mind reading effect (three differently coloured blocks, the spec hides two puts one in a bag and you’re able to tell them which was selected)

And an instruction booklet. There are the main effects discussed in clear easy to follow detail, there are other tricks/effects discussed in the book that can be done with the props which brings the total trick count up, some of these, as always, are described in many places/books and so unfortunately the widespread knowledge makes them easy for specs to give you a hard time!

The booklet was easy to follow, the kids I saw with this really were having fun with it.


Overall

Personally I think the sets are good for the money, they are better for sparking interest and / or an off-the-wall stocking filler type thing. They’d make a great gift for a youngster with an interest in magic.

As mentioned above these sets are aimed at younger people (i.e. 6-10 years). There are a couple of things that can be scaled up if desired, e.g. the phantom deck (however they are on company printed card stock as you’d expect i.e. not bikes/tallys). However, I’d suggest that for the money you’d be better off buying a phantom deck on the card stock of your choice, if this was your reason for purchase.

The quality is as you’d expect for the price, plastic / stickers / cheaper card.

If you bear in mind where the product is aimed in the market and the price I’d rate this as 6 out of 10.

Thanks.

lmw.

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Postby Lady of Mystery » Jan 11th, '07, 12:56

There are the odd gems that appear in the marvins magic sets. The props are usually quite poor but for the price you can't really go wrong, I've got a few tricks I perform that I got the idea from a Marvins set and just made my own props.

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Postby Markdini » Jan 11th, '07, 13:18

Where I first got me a Svengali deck was good old marvin.

Marvins sets are good for cheap props to learn basic priciples of magic, My friend got a rather swanky looking tin a couple of months ago from Marvin and it had, Floating Match, Svengali a silk and a see through TT i kid ye not. But as I said he had the Basic Pricples behind. Dont think the demostrater liked it when I told him his classic p**m wasnt the best.

Anyhoot my 2 cents on it.

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