Creator: Jeff Copeland
Publisher: Murphy’s Magic
MSRP: $ 60
Skill Level: Intermediate
DVD Run time: 3 hours and 7 minutes
Type of effect: coin hold out device / The Blackbird is the quickest, stealthiest way to produce a coin, EVER.
Manufacturer's Write Up:
Jeff Copeland's Blackbird is the quickest, cleanest way to hold-out and produce coins at will. It is the magician's new, ultimate, spy tool that secretly places a coin directly in your palm, on demand. The user can calmly and reliably get extra coins into play with minimal effort and expert timing. At your pace, easily unlock, deploy, and deliver. Simply put, Blackbird delivers coins on demand. It's a sexy, undercover device that gives the user confidence and power to control the production of coins. Building on classic principles of magic, Blackbird reinvents the game on how coins come into play.
Blackbird is a bold new gimmick like nothing else on the market. It empowers you with confidence of years of practiced sleight of hand when coins simply appear without reaching into a pocket, making body steals, or moving hands out of the spectator's view. Easy to operate, Blackbird is at the command of the magician as seen in the demonstration trailer.
Blackbird provides freedom. No longer is there a rush to produce coins, because your coins are secretly and securely hidden until needed. Blackbird was designed to complement the natural movements in many coin routines, so the operation is quick & easy to learn. No ditches. No pockets. With Blackbird, there is no extra prop, clip, string or "sticky stuff" to ditch after production. Blackbird delivers the magician's coins without the need for unpractical performance angles or ever putting hands out of view. It is a true empowerment to classic magic.
Each purchase comes with two sleek, ergonomic Blackbird units (for right and left arm), with armbands (adaptable to almost all body types), and adaptor inserts for smaller coins. Blackbird is designed to specifically be used with coins that are US Dollar and US Half Dollar sized, however will accept the most common coin denominations from around the world. The online instruction video teaches several hacks to experiment with coins that are slightly different sizes and thicknesses.
How accurate is the ad copy? No deception.
What's in the box?
INCLUDED IN THE BOX
- 2 (Left and Right) Blackbirds units
- 2 Small coin adapter inserts
- 2 Expandable Velcro Armbands
- All-Access Password to Online Video Instructions and Routines
- Stealthy & quiet
- Left and right models included
- Light & durable
- Accepts most all currency coins (same size or larger than US quarter)
- Easy to learn
- Easy to use
- Seconds to reset
- Works in your existing routines
- Comes with six routines from beginner to advanced
- Over 3+ hours of online video instructions
How are the production values:
Murphy’s Magic makes great videos – great lighting and sound, no distracting music, very well shot and edited.
Is it well made: The Blackbird is the result of countless hours of testing and dozens of prototypes – rest assured that a lot of time and talent has been poured into this so that you could have a wonderful utility.
Is it well taught:
Over 3+ hours of detailed, online video instruction by Jeff Copeland teaching 6 fantastic routines to get you started. Also comes with a printable PDF troubleshooting guide as well as teaching on all the handling, care, maintenance and ideas how to perfect your current coin routines.
They teach you what to wear – what types of clothing work best
- Care and maintenance
- How to make your gimmick quiet
- How to make new arm bands – or a band that fits your forearm – or how to make a different armband that fits your persona
- How to use the gimmick – wears transparent clothing so you can see everything
- Even though the unit is designed for Silver Dollars – there is an adapter that works for several other coin types and Jeff Goes through all of them
Plus 6 Routines;
- Ring Bling
- Every Day Coins
- VanGough Go
- Merry Meister’s dream
- Trick or Trick
My thoughts (what I personally liked/disliked):
Resetting a coin takes 5 seconds. Because of the unique front loading feature, the magician never needs to roll up the sleeve making it ideal for reset between tables in a strolling environment.
Storage? Does it "pack flat?" should fit seamlessly on your person unseen by anyone.
Does it "play big?" The Blackbird should allow you to perform literal coin miracles for almost any needed coin production.
Difficulty / Skill level required: This is not a self-working unit, to do magic at this level will require you to practice making this look fluid and finding the perfect routines for your persona. It may even require you to “change the way you dress” when you perform.
How much arts and crafts are involved? None, unless you decide to create new arm bands, or adjust the ones that come with it. Or unless you decide to add the “noise dampening system.”
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) The Blackbird is real world ready. I do wish there had been some live performances in all of that instruction, but what you DO get on the video is wonderful.
Overall score: let's toss out the traditional score of 1-10 and make this something that we all can appreciate and understand.
X Very Satisfied
_____ Somewhat Satisfied
_____ Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
_____ Somewhat Dissatisfied
_____ Very Dissatisfied
_____ No Opinion
This is what coin workers have been waiting for!
+ Hey do you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas? Visit this link for my video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ercEuk6olSc