Creator: Jose Lac'Quest
Publisher: Jac Ques Olet
MSRP: $ 90
Skill Level: all
DVD Run time: 153 minutes
Type of effect: hold out device
Manufacturer's Write Up:
EMPTY HANDS. ROLLED-UP SLEEVES. BARE FOREARMS. PURE AMAZEMENT. AN INNOVATIVE STREAMLINED NEW HOLD-OUT DEVICE.
A wondrous, secret gimmick that enables you to spread your fingers wide open and show both sides of your hands completely empty. Roll up your sleeves to just below the elbow to show your bare forearms. Spectators clearly see both sides of your hands and arms before and after each stunning effect. Everything happens in full view as you deliver miracle after miracle.
Works with any normal long sleeve shirt, sweater, jacket or hoodie - anything that allows you to roll up your sleeves and show your bare forearms.
How accurate is the ad copy? This is exactly what happens, but just notice that the wording tells you that your top apparel does need sleeves. This is not a short sleeved effect, it is a rolled up sleeve effect, there is a difference.
What's in the box? shim shell penny, reality twister gimmick, gonzo gimmick, DVD, leatherette carrying case and some accessories
Key points: virtually invisible gimmick in the perfect environment. Never touch your spectator - they feel nothing. The vanish looks super clean both during and after!
How are the production values: Shot with a cameraman, so the camera tracks the movement
Is it well made: very well made, this is not a flimsy device and if taken care of could last you your entire career.
Is it well taught: Yes, the DVD is super long, has tons of chapters, ideas, trick concepts and spends at least 25 minutes alone just in setting it up and wearing it correctly.
My thoughts (what I personally liked/disliked):
Storage? Does it "pack flat?" While it certainly is not "bulky" this is also not at the same time a "small thing." It can appear to be "flat" (ie invisible under your clothes) and could conceivably be worn on your person all day, but you will be aware of it all of the time.
Does it "play big?" Magic always plays big when you can make something vanish and reappear.
How practical is this in the real world? I think in the super right setting this can totally be done. And it probably won't be hard to find the right setting. Performing close up and one on one is going to be your best environment.
How original is this idea? Feels a lot like an old west sliding hold out seen in plenty of Old West movies.
Overall score: 9/10
+ If you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas you can visit this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkWWV8w-hrw