MIRACLE CHIP - Mark Mason

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MIRACLE CHIP - Mark Mason

Postby dat8962 » Mar 8th, '08, 12:55



The Effect

The blurb form the box!

The best bet in magic.

From J.B. Magic’s brand new elite line comes the Miracle Chip. A precision made magnetic locking poker chip and half dollar, Made in house by JB’s coin specialist you will love both the quality and the mechanics of the MIRACLE CHIP. With this single piece of aparartus you will look like a sleight of hand master. Perform vanishes, transformations, penetrations, find selected signed cards & achieve incredible mentalism.

Along with the gimmicked chip comes an instructional dvd with 9, yes, 9 knockout effects. Each routine is fully performed and taught using the miracle chip.

We are also proud to have had the permission to include Wayne Dobson’s brilliant mentalism effect UNIQUE PREDICTION.

Featured effects.
Bare Hand Vanish, In the Deck, Coin thru Glass, Swirl Away, In the Box, Coin thru Table, Chip “N” Change, In the Glass, Unique Prediction.

Made from genuine high grade poker chips, each deluxe set comes with 1 Miracle Chip, 1 Matching Chip, 1 Half Dollar, 1 Custom Printed Screen, 1 DvD Featuring 9 Effects

Cost

£45 from www.jbtv.co.uk

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)

1 - just needs good presentation :lol:

Review

OK - this is not cheap but you can get stung around £30 or more for a normal coin unique and unless it's a Gibson the qauality may not be up to much. With this unit, the quality is outstanding and will fool magicians. I've shown the chip to a couple of magician friends who both use coin uniques but who hadn't heard of Miricle Chip. Both failed to spot that the chip was gimmicked after very close scrutiny and were instead looking for other ways of how the coin changed! The quality really is that good.

The chip comes in two versions, the quarter dollar and a 2 pence piece. Personally, I prefer the quarter as it fits in woth some other coin stuff that I do.

The DVD is reasonably well produced and has some very nice vanishes that are more difficult to achieve with a coin version than with the chip. I particularly like the Bare Hand Vanish and the Chip 'n' Change routine but the highlight is Wayne Dobson's unique prediction.

This is a very commercial routine that will leave the specs dazed with confusion. They have a choice of a coin, a chip (both supplied) and any third object such as a dice, a ring etc. and you always get the prediction right.

Yes, this can be done with a coin unique and three coins but using different objects adds hugely to this type of routine.

Overall

I think that Miracle chip is an excellent purchase with some nice routines but importantly, a top notch quality made product that should last a lifetime and what's more, you can't spend this one by mistake :lol:

Great for a worker as it's small, packs a punch and has a variety of routines to swap between, a few of which are very commercial.

A firm 10/10

I'll be gigging this for the first time on Monday night so will let you know how I get on if you're interested? :wink:

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Postby Replicant » Mar 11th, '08, 13:46

I really like the look of this one. Thanks for the review. I think this would go down well, especially as so many people seem to be playing poker these days. So how did you get on with it last night? And you mentioned that it comes in a quarter dollar version but the blurb states half dollar. Can you clarify? Cheers.

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Postby dat8962 » Mar 11th, '08, 21:52

My be a half dollar - all this foreign money looks the same to me :lol:

To be honest - I didn't quite get the reactions that I expected with this and I think that other material that I did was far stronger. Part of the problem may have been that I didn't use the Wayne Dobson unique prediction as I was already doing a prediction routine - that being Trilogy so I was using it in other ways.

I need to go back to the drawing board with this one and give it a re-think. Not giving up on it yet though as where there's a will, there's a way :wink:

By the way - Trilogy was simply stunning and the reations couldn't be bettered.

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Postby Rob » Aug 20th, '08, 08:49

Hey Dat!

Now you've stopped raving about this one, I was wondering if we were going to see your MC on the Trading Forum any time soon, as your inital review appears to have given me an uncharacteristic bout of CUPS :wink:

First dibs to me, if you want to let this go? :D

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Postby dat8962 » Aug 20th, '08, 10:07

Hi Rob

I won't be letting this go anytime soon although I have calmed down a bit about this one.

I've not actually used this yet when I've been working but that day may eventually come. Instead, it's one that's been shown down the pub so far and reactions have been good but not fantastic.

My favorite routine from the DVD is the Chip 'N' Change one but people seem to cotton on pretty quickly that the secret is in the chip somehwere - even if they can't find it whereas with coins, people are looking for the sleight and apprear to be far more trustworthy of the props.

Now that I've had this a while I'm inclined to re-score it at around 8 to 8.5 from 10 for these reasons.

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Postby Rob » Aug 20th, '08, 10:14

Hmmm - noooooo - don't douse my CUPS, Mr. Dat; I was getting so enamoured with this.

Please - somebody...anybody...tell me Dat's wrong!! :wink:

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Postby kems » Aug 20th, '08, 10:21

Rob, its still 8.5 / 10! thats a mighty fine score! :twisted:

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Postby daleshrimpton » Aug 20th, '08, 10:22

this highlights the problems that can occur when using something that is out of the ordinary.
Its the same thing as pulling out a gaffed wallet. a lot of people will say.." its got to be one of those special magic wallets".
they dont know how it works, or how the wallet is gaffed, but they apreciate that it is.

now. The chip should be used in other effects, as part of the routine. then they are less likely to question it, because you doing a poker chip act.
The lovely german guy, whos name has completely gone out of my mind, developed a number of effects for Tenyo years ago, and then most sleight based coin effects can be done with chips.

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Postby dat8962 » Aug 20th, '08, 11:41

I'd agree with Dale and that's the reason that I don't use it more - I don't have another routine that would use a chip and if I did, would it need a gimicked chip?

It was one of those 'get it while you can' things to put away for a rainy day (or CUPS as it's more commonly known as :oops: ).

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