Creator: Vanishing Inc
Publisher: The Other Brothers
MSRP: $ 15
Skill Level: all
DVD Run time: 22 minutes
Type of effect: which hand effect
Manufacturer's Write Up:
This is, quite simply, one of the best close-up mentalism effect we have seen in the last few years. It's that good. You ask someone to write down the name of a friend. They hide the paper behind their back. You can tell them which hand the paper is hiding in, and then you divine the name of their friend.
Sometimes combining two great effects causes confusion. But sometimes the combination makes BOTH effects stronger. In this case, a center tear is combined with the "Which hand?" premise, and they work seamlessly together. The presentation guides the spectator logically from one amazing effect to the next. "Hands Down" takes less than two minutes to perform and leaves a memory that will last a lifetime.
There are multiple versions of this simple, but ingenious principle taught. In one version, you show the audience that you can keep track of every time the participant swaps hands. And another version uses the principle with playing cards, ending with a thought-of card reveal.
How accurate is the ad copy? There is no deception here
What's in the box? Only the DVD
Key points: The effect is easy to do, explained in great detail, and does not involve any special apparatus (no magnets, rings, electronics, etc.). You can do it with objects found in any bar or venue.
How are the production values: There are 2 live perrormanes - otherwise its Daryl and Daryl standing in front of a mounted camera.
Is it well taught: Very well taught - most of the effect is just remembering the sequence of questions - and really the best way to practice this is live. I would say if you've had experience with mentalism, billets and what not - you are going to be totally in the zone
Does it "play big?" This trick is so sure fire, I would argue that you could do it with "nothing" in their hands and it would still be a miracle.
Difficulty / Skill level required: The only difficulty is remembering the sequence and that's NOT difficult.
How much arts and crafts are involved? ZERO
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) If you do the full routine - all you need is a golf pencil and a post-it note pad.
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
For 22 minutes and only $15 - you sure get a powerful trick - highly recommended.
+ 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=cdmmUPKWc1E