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NORTHBOUND SEAN FIELDS

Postby nelmar » Apr 5th, '06, 14:45



Northbound by Sean Fields

Ok here is the blurb on this effect that can be found on the product packaging and on most of the websites carrying it!

The original Ring to Necklace just got better! Imagine borrowing a spectators ring, and causing it to vanish, only to have it IMMEDIATELY reappear on your necklace! Imagine being able to do this without wires, reels, pulls, magnets, or thread. Eclipsing what can be accomplished with a gimmick, this TECHNIQUE is simple, elegant, and practical. This has been one of Sean's most sought after effects, absolutely stunning some of the worlds BEST magicians.

Key points:


NO thread, wires, magnets, pulls, reels, NOTHING!
The ring is ALWAYS under your control and safe.
The ring can be both SEEN and FELT on your necklace, UNDER your shirt, BEFORE your hands go ANYWHERE near the necklace.
ANGLEPROOF.
The basic concept is SO simple, you can adapt various elements of the routine to better suit your style.
INSTANT RESET.
Any ring. Any necklace. Anywhere. Any time


DEMO VIDEO
A demo of this effect can be found at:
http://www.magicproshop.com/northbound- ... -6269.html


£18.99 from Magicshop.com (Bit cheaper on ebay!, I know ebay is killing the magic hobbyist, spec: seen it, my bruvvers got it)



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)

Around a 3, but not like tying an elves shoelace.


Review
I thought I'd sussed this one from the demo video(See above). To fulfill curiosity I bought it anyway (Just had a pay rise!)
The Jiffy arrived....The usual 'not awfully creative' looking DVD was slipped in to my player and we were off.
The DVD is logically set out, Mr Fields takes us through the effect from start to end and then breaks it down into more manageable chunks.
Namely:
The Set up/Gimmick
The Vanish
The Reproduction
and a couple of bits on making it all convincing.

There also a secret/not so secret section outlining a 'Fields' Gypsy Thread effect. (More on this in a bit!)

The Gimmick is not included with the DVD, however you will have one in your house. You will also need some other stuff but dont let this put you off, it's cheap and readily available. The Gimmick only serves to prove that the ring is on the necklace instantly, watch the demo, this is the "through the jumper part!!"

The vanish is nothing new, in fact, I saw a bloke use this vanish to great effect in the local pub with a cigarette only last night. I should imagine you all know it. If not pop down the pub at last orders and more than likely some clown will be trying to pull the barmaid with it.

The blurb claims the effect to be 'ANGLEPROOF' which is true....as long as nobody is standing behind you or beside you!!!???

However the specs ring will, as advertised, be on the necklace at the reproduction. No switches no thread etc etc...

I was dissapointed that my initial suspicions on the working of Northbound was confirmed. If you have any idea on how this is done when watching the demo then chances are you are pretty close to the mark. It has however confirmed in my mind that the simple stuff in magic is usually the most effective.
This effect works, it is effective but only works best on a one to one situation hence the reason it looks great on film.


The bonus gypsy thread effect is a twist on the Northbound effect. using the same methods to provide a 'ripped and restored' cotton routine, I already used this, which is what probably tipped me off about Northbound itself.




Overall
Effect 8
Value for money 5
Originality 3

Total 5 / 10
Give it a miss and buy Bo Bo's Modern Coin Magic its all in there.

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Re: NORTHBOUND SEAN FIELDS

Postby Charles Calthrop » Apr 5th, '06, 16:02

nelmar wrote:Northbound by Sean Fields
The blurb claims the effect to be 'ANGLEPROOF' which is true....as long as nobody is standing behind you or beside you!!!???


Is that really fair? Sean Fields has been at pains to point out you aren't restricted to the vanish taught on the DVD. Pretty much any vanish will do so you can choose your method to suit the situation.

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Postby nelmar » Apr 6th, '06, 11:55

Ok, Fair point. However what do you actually feel sean has taught us on the DVD if we have to go elsewhere to learn an 'angle proof vanish'? :?:

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Postby Charles Calthrop » Apr 6th, '06, 13:31

A convincing subtely and - simply - the application of this method to the achievement of this effect. It's a worthwhile bit of thinking and no-one else has done it this way (or at least published it) before. It's the best method that I know of now, for what that's worth, and I never did it this way before I watched the DVD.

Having said that, I do agree that it's somewhat overpriced since in some ways it has the feel of an effect that would have covered a couple of pages in Wilson. This is what you pay for other people's thinking these days though. And if you are using this in paid gigs in restaurants night after night you're not really going to complain.

Edit: There are other vanishes on the DVD that are less angly.

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Postby EckoZero » Apr 6th, '06, 13:33

That does look pretty good.

I'm pretty sure I've figured out how its done, but handling knowledge would be cool... so I might get it when I get paid.

Unless of course there's any real reason not to...?

You wont find much better anywhere and it's nothing - a rigmarole with a few bits of paper and lots of spiel. That is Mentalism

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Postby Charles Calthrop » Apr 7th, '06, 14:38

You don't wear and never wish to wear a necklace. You're a traditionalist and believe that magic should never be performed without a tie (either black bow-tie or something nice and tasteful with cards on it).

Can't think of anything else.

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Postby EckoZero » Apr 7th, '06, 14:46

I always wear a necklace.
It's practically impossible to take off though.

And I normally wear a tie...



Probably best not to get it then :shock:

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Postby Ninja » Apr 21st, '06, 16:23

The way Sean does Northbound in person, is a palm to palm transfer. He doesn't do the vanish that he teaches to do on the dvd. Main reason, being you don't need that extra something.

It really is angle proof that way. The main reason he used that vanish in the dvd was because it's so visually appealing.

I can sit here and vouch for Sean all day... He really is brilliant. Yesterday we were sitting around and the guy just sits down with us, and starts doing magic with just about anything.

You should see this guy bend metal. Or his trick that's supposed to be on the Blaine special may 8th.

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Postby Chris » Oct 11th, '07, 15:02

Any ring, Any necklace Anywere. Any time.




thats if the DVD was in the case.........LOL mine wasnt :cry:

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