Publisher: Sans Minds
MSRP: $ 35
Skill Level: all
DVD Run time: 32 minutes
Type of effect: shrinking headphones
Manufacturer's Write Up:
Tangled earphones is a common problem in this modern era. What if you could change that with a little bit of magic?
Mini Bud is a complete system that allows you to shrink or stretch your earphones. The SansMinds Creative Lab team has tested out the system in various settings around the world to prove the system's practicality.
We have included the complete set of gimmick so it can work right out of the box with minimum set up. Once you understand the concept you can use it and apply it to other earphones of your choice.
*Two Main Handlings: Shrink earphone and stretch earphone
*Full system included
*Note: TV rights not included with purchase. Please contact SansMinds for TV rights.
How accurate is the ad copy? no deception
What's in the box? DVD and two sets of working headphones
Key points: there are some additional handlings on the end of this DVD that are just as good or better than the original effect.
How are the production values: SansMinds makes great DVDs, great production values and plenty of good content.
Is it well made: The gimmicks are state of the art and look exactly like they should
Is it well taught: Herman teaches the effect and Jason does the live performances (as per usual) even though the video is over 30 minutes long, you learn the setup and execution in the first few minutes, a professional should get this right away.
My thoughts (what I personally liked/disliked): I liked that this was a relevant prop, and I liked that there is zero arts n crafts with this unlike many other SM products.
Storage? Does it "pack flat?" this is a "rig" that needs to be set up in advance and no, it's not clothing optional.
Does it "play big?" as with many of SansMinds products, timing is everything. I think to the right audience in the right circumstances it could be fun. If it were incorporated into a children's party or parlor routine it could play very well.
Difficulty / Skill level required: very easy - most experienced magicians have dealt with utilities similar to this.
How much arts and crafts are involved? zero
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) It can be done in the real world - in the right setting. I think in a nightclub, or noisy bar or crowded restaurant would be ideal for walk around. A children's party or parlor routine where this effect was a "stage" within a bigger routine would also play well.
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
Surprisingly this has been one of my favorite SansMinds creations, first being that I didn't have to build anything with tape or glue. Second because the subject matter is so relevant and third because it would play well in the right setting.
+ 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=ywkzow08QGs