Creator: Taiwan Ben
Publisher: Taiwan Ben Magic
MSRP: $ 50
Skill Level: all
Download Run time: 32:14
Type of effect: 5x5 cube mentalist routine
Manufacturer's Write Up:
The Numberic Cube is thoroughly mixed and your spectator freely thinks of ANY number on any side of the cube. 100% FREE CHOICE! (No forcing and nothing written down). In the process of solving an advance 5x5 cube, you are able to connect your mind with the spectator's and read her mind while BLIND FOLDED. This is as close to a real mind demonstration as one can get. The moment you finish solving the Rubik's cube you are able to reveal your spectator's thought.
How accurate is the ad copy? Actually it's not UNTIL you solve the cube that you are ale to discern the answer.
What's in the box? The Numberic Cube with "Secret gimmicks" a code for an online tutorial video plus a pdf
Key points: The speed cube is waterproof and scratch proof, and very high quality. The trick is easy to learn and completely self-working. The routine is also instantly repeatable with different numbers. You can even perform this in a blindfolded situation. The download video teaches you multiple routines taught in close detail.
How are the production values: moving camera and mic, multiple angles, and nice background music. Yes, Ben has a thick accent, but it's not an issue
Is it well made: This looks exactly like a quality speed cube should - moves and handles very smoothly.
Is it well taught: The routine itself is not complicated (it's actually a modern rendition of a very classic trick) plus Ben gives you lots of "keys" to help you.
My thoughts (what I personally liked/disliked): I liked the quality and originality of this effect - it takes a classic of magic to a whole new level. On a side note, my son got this EXACT trick in a Criss Angel magic kit, but it was in a different medium
However, I didn't like the math involved - even though Ben gives you several helps. I don't know what it is - but doing math live in front of spectators always makes me jittery.
Storage? Does it "pack flat?" You do need the cube and perhaps a pen and pad.
Does it "play big?" I think the relevance of the prop (yes, these things are popular again) plus the "impossibility" of the effect make this a winner.
Difficulty / Skill level required: It's just learning the key and being able to add.
How much arts and crafts are involved? Only a small amount and that's only "if" you feel that you need it.
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) Absolutely, I would even add that most any performer could also do this effect blindfolded or with their back to the spectator without much difficulty.
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
The prop is kind of big for me - it's not really "walk around friendly" but I think it would be wonderful for a parlor or corporate magician.
+ 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=yD5XoQ9FYUU