Thursday, July 21, 2011

An Experiment

I'm doing an experiment right now. I am writing a review of the Wizards Product Review as I am watching it. There are few points that speak for that way of doing it. First, I only have to see it once. Second I am familiar with that show, ergo I know that it's gonna be crap. Okay, enough stalling, let's do this:

First effect they discuss is Tool by David Stone. I just love how they simply brush aways the genuine concern one might have that it might be too obvious that the card case is the modus operandi. They simply state that nobody suspects the card case. Bullshit. This is a genuine concern and there are ways around to take away the heat from the card case. But those are not addressed by the two reviewers as they don't even see a problem. They probably give it a high rating, so far not a word of critic... after all, they need to sell those.

Oh and another great thing. Craig states that the drawback of many color changing deck routines is that they are not visual that the actual color changing is not seen. Pardon? What color changing deck routines is he talking about. Those where the deck changes color in the end as a kicker. Those are not color changing deck routines... anyway. Then they show a clip how visual it actually is. Guess what the deck is tapped with the card case and the back of top card of the deck changes color. Lol... a simple Erdnase will do the trick as well.

Oh, it's worker of the week. 92% and 94% what a surprise! Should be calling it "Seller of the Week!"

Next, Devin Knight's "Four Told": Craig feels the need to do this effect. It takes ages. No entertainment at all. If the real routine takes that long you better have showmanship. The effect gets 91%/93% interesting...!

Up next, some contest shit.... skipping...

Then Daniel Cros' "25 year of Magic": Suddenly they are full of praise for that guy. Last week they torn him apart. Craig even admits he's been unfair last week due to the fact that he doesn't like flea circuses. So he is basically admitting that his opinions are based on an emotional level. Which puts every decision into perspective. Craig Petty likes coin magic with gimmicks. So no matter how crappy, any product will get at least a decent rating. Closing words by Craig were not to expect new stuff from the DVD, but to like it anyway. 75%/82% ... This whole rating system is crap. What exactly differentiates 80% from 82%. Those numbers are clearly pulled from their asses.

Finally "New World" by Dean Dill and Michael Weber, a gimmicked approach to "Out of this World". Really good trick. If you don't work the impromptu version. But I feel this is more of a magicians fooler... no wait it is not. As it doesn't fool magicians. They simply go like: "hmm, that is clever" basically what both reviewers did.

Summery: This wasn't an episode that made me mad. It was boring. Sorry to have bothered you dear readers.


Justin said...

Line that perfectly encapsulates these guys' characters:

"It would've been nice to have a DVD."

Tomsk192 said...


S.W.Erdnase said...

wow... While watching the WPR i was wondering the exact same thing concerning Tool and the colourchanging deck!!! GMTA

S.W.Erdnase said...

Also.. an Erdnase is much safer then using Tool!

darkstar said...

New World is complete shit. A gaffed OOTW.

I don't understand why anyone would use this, though I was dumb enough to buy it out of curiosity.

That's the money shot. At best for other magicians...then again you'd think they would automatically want to inspect the cards.

To me it's just a matter of trying to fix something that isn't broken.

S.W.Erdnase said...

You... actually... bought that??? :)

S.W.Erdnase said...

Btw, something else. I thought the method of Four Told was blatantly obvious.

darkstar said...

Actually whatever year that was,was the year I stopped buying anything other than an occasional book.

Yeah yeah. I read a review that was actually positive by someone I admire..... cant recall who... and assumed for some reason it involved something a bit more clever.

Pretty dumb purchase I admit. Then again few in the past were horribly intelligent for a modest card guy