Publisher: Sans Minds
MSRP: $ 30
DVD Run time: 48:37
Type of effect: Moving hole effect with a smart phone
Manufacturer's Write Up: Almost everyone carries a mobile phone these days. Most people probably know more about their phone than their family. What if you can manipulate the beloved phone for a brief moment?
SansMinds Creative Lab is proud to present you the first of its kind. A phone manipulation effect that has never been done before. Moving Home allows you to move the location of a working home button. Each phase the routine crushes your spectator's reality more and more. You have to check out the live demo to experience the full three phase routine!
How accurate is the ad copy? No deception
What's in the box? DVD and very limited materials to build the effect
How are the production values: Sans Minds always makes great looking DVDs. Jason is out in the street performing for very excitable spectators and Herman is back in the “Lab” on the white couch teaching you everything you need to know.
Is it well made: This DVD is heavy on prop construction, of which you will need to do a lot of. Yes, this effect will work for any model cell phone because you get to do all of it yourself. You will need access to a high quality, photo perfect scanner as well as photo software that will allow you to manipulate images.
Then you will need materials that you can construct that will replicate various portions of your smart phone. (you need to obtain on your own)
All Sans Minds is giving you are two small pieces of ferromagnetic metal; and a small portion of very thin monofilament.
Is it well taught: Yes, Herman leaves no stone unturned, keep in mind that 50% of the DVD is gimmick construction and set up.
Storage? Does it "pack flat?" Herman suggests carrying your rig in a t.t. in your pockt.
Does it "play big?" The classic moving hole routine is a brain scrambler and to do it with a cell phone is pretty cool.
Difficulty / Skill level required: This is not self-working, you will need to control your angles, lighting, ring the rig in and ditch it at the end,
How much arts and crafts are involved? Tons, way more than I would like
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) I would question its practicality. Working with i.t. is always a struggle when it’s on a rig that you have to unpack and then setup in a performance. Plus when working with i.t. you always need to be aware of your lighting.
Overall score: let's toss out the traditional score of 1-10 and make this something that we all can appreciate and understand.
_____ Somewhat Satisfied
_____ Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
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__X___ Very Dissatisfied
_____ No Opinion
Not a fan of this at all – would have preferred that Sans Minds made this for a particular iphone model and called it a day
+ 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=47KcYME7OLk