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Less is More (Trick)

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Less is More (Trick)

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Trick by The Orange Tree Magic ($100.00)

In stock. Order in the next 10 hours, 2 minutes and it will go out today!
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Words CANNOT express how sensational this trick FEELS. This is the rarest kind of magic trick: a tactile illusion. Based on a centuries old illusion puzzle, the idea is simple: you show three pieces of wood, each roughly the size of a box of cards. When a spectator lifts all three, they feel...heavy. But when the spectator lifts just two of the three pieces, she discovers that two blocks feel somehow HEAVIER than three. What? And when she lifts just one block, it feels heavier than when she held two. Again, we cannot emphasize enough that this rather unsuspecting description doesn't begin to do justice to the visceral power of this illusion. The most common reaction when you share this moment with people? Unbridled laughter! It's an incredibly strange sensation.

What's most brilliant about this package, though, is that it allows us as performers to do the rarest kind of performance: the non-performance. This is a shared moment, and a stunning, intimate one. By virtue of the effect parameters, it really can only be done one on one, or for one person at a time in a group. This creates an intimacy and, if in a group, a show-and-tell anticipation that is hard to replicate with traditional magic.

The quality of the products is top notch and stunning: handmade with polished black walnut wood. While this piece makes an excellent addition to your performing repertoire, it might just be best-suited as a curiosity that lives on your desk at work, or as a curio on a bookshelf in your home. If you have someone in your life who loves magic but isn't a performer, this would make a sensational gift: the physical objects exude quality, yet teaching someone how to perform it is as simple as showing them how to lift three blocks off of a table.

Our supplies of "Less is More" are extremely limited, and we have an exclusive arrangement with the manufacturer. For this reason, we are limiting each person's order quantity to just two units of "Less is More" per person. We envision that this will become a collector's item due to its topological nature and the beautiful craftsmanship of the prop.


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    Eric, Kristanna, Ezra, Josiah asks: Does this require a table to be performed? Can it be done while standing?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Yes, a table is best. You might be able to do it with the blocks in your hand—but I think that it will be better on a table. Yes—you can be standing.
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  • 2.

    Peter asks: If there’s no magnets then I’m sold.

    • 1. Tony answers: Nope! this trick does not involve magnet
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  • 3.

    Peter asks: From my last comment I meant if you do not have to put any sort of magnet under the table then I’m curious and sold.

    • 1. Tony answers: No magnet under the table
    • 2. Jared answers: No magnet, but I don't think you should be sold. You're clearly looking for an awesome secret that will be really fun to learn, and this one's pretty dirty. I've had preliminary success with the trick, so don't get me wrong -- it may come down to performance -- am just saying this isn't the kind of trick that you'll be excited and happy to find out the secret to the day it arrives. thanks
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  • 4.

    Carlo asks: Just suggestion or something else?

    • 1. Jared answers: Just suggestion
    • 2. Eric, Kristanna, Ezra, Josiah answers: It is not just suggestion. That is incorrect. However, suggestion can deepen the experience for the spectator.
    • 3. Sam answers: If you have ever seen Lennart Green lecture you may have seen him do this. Every time a person experiences it they are just blown away. It seems impossible. What else can we ask for.
    • 4. Jared answers: There appears to be a disagreement on an issue of fact here... So let's be clear: the description of this trick itself directly says that the spectator will think that fewer blocks "feel" heavier than more blocks. The description does NOT say that fewer blocks do in fact become heavier than more blocks, which makes this trick very different from several other iterations out there of the "light and heavy box." If you succeed in getting the spectator to believe that fewer blocks did indeed become heavier than more blocks, then you will have done so via the power of SUGGESTION! And not via the power of any other sort of gimmick or device that actually makes anything effectively change in weight/resistance. There is something that helps you accomplish this, and that must be the thing that is causing someone to claim that this trick does not involve suggestion alone. Fine. But the point -- and answer to the real question being asked here -- is that nothing ever changes in weight/resistance.
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  • 5.

    Alexandre asks: Hello, Are only the blocks used and nothing else? We can, for example, leave them as decoration and when we want to exploit the effect ?

    • 1. Peter answers: Yes only the 3 blocks are used.
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  • 6.

    Ralf asks: if magnetism is involved, the viewer should feel it when putting it down, then the effect would be gone - do you feel "weight" or "attraction"?

    • 1. Peter answers: No magnets are involved at all.
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  • 7.

    Jordan asks: Do the blocks have to be stacked during the performance or can they be handed to spectator?

    • 1. Dottore answers: They can be handed out to different audience members. They have to be stacked for the performance, of course.
    • 2. Peter answers: They explain in the tutorial which to give to spectator.
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  • 8.

    Richard asks: What are the limits on performing conditions?

    • 1. Jim answers: None to speak of.
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  • 9.

    Brian asks: Can the blocks be laser engraved and/or altered in any way? I. E. With paint or decals? Thanks.

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: They should all look the same, but if you wanted to apply a decal to all of them there is nothing to stop you from doing that.
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Customer reviews for Less is More (Trick)



I have not received it yet but have ordered it. After reviewing the instructions, I can’t wait to get my hands on this and mess with peoples minds. I’m thinking of using a blindfold so they can focus more on the weight since it’s not a visual but mental trick.



When a magic product appears too good to be true, it usually is. This one claimed an impossible effect, with no magnets, suction cups, threads, adhesive, or other similar gimmicks. And it turns out -- it's true. These are just three blocks, and they do what they claim they will. There are no moves to learn, no parts to break, no supplies to replace, no semantics. I don't really understand how it works, but it does. You're not paying for a new invention, but rather a beautiful manifestation of a classic principle most people have never heard of. The best part is, even if someone knows the details, it still works. I would call this more of a presentation piece than a magic trick. I think it would best be used to help establish a vibe about the mind-body connection en route to a more elaborate effect. It's especially great to have your living room or office, to help emphasize what an interesting person you are to visit.



I received it, I performed it, I love it! So fun to do and confuses peoples minds on physics how less is more weight. I’m tempted to get a second set just so y’all can’t have this ??. Pre order this you won’t regret it, it’s fun to play with .



I was totally taken in by Doc Eason doing this effect/experience at The Rocky Mountain Session a few years ago. Doc’s set used actual Bicycle card boxes IIRC and he was kind enough to explain it to me.

Ever since, I’ve always wanted to make a set for myself but never got around to it. So when I stumbled across these at VI, I had to order a set as soon as I could - which was an hour or so ago.

So yes I am “reviewing” these before I receive them. But I’m in the reverse situation from most folks asking questions on the edges of the method: the only thing I don’t know for sure is how the actual blocks look and feel in person. From experience, however, I know how discerning (and highly selective) the VI folks are when it comes to selling top-quality stuff - so I am not worried in the least.

If you have never experienced this effect before, I highly recommended you have a friend do it with you as the spectator before you learn what’s going on. This really is something you need to experience yourself to get a good idea of how your spectators will react.



I just received mine yesterday and they are even better than I expected. The props are beautiful and the effect is one with which you can even fool yourself. While this is not the kind of effect that causes people to say "wow, you are really good." It is the kind of effect to cause people to say "what just happened."
Even if people know how this works, the illusion is so strong that they still feel it. You could leave this on your desk in your office, use it to show that a person is "hypnotized" in a show and many other things.
While this an expensive set of props. You will see why when you get them. From the box, the instructions, and the wonderful props, this is perhaps the most impressive "psychological suggestion" trick in the world.
This could be a great piece to carry with you when you meet with a potential client about gigs. I can assure you that they will be impressed.
Highly recommended,
Sam Lamerson



I will likely update this review after testing it on people. The quality of the props and what you receive is top notch -- a rarity these days.

If you're looking to learn a new concept in magic, you won't find it here. There's no magnet or suction cup or new technology of any kind. When the description says that block will "feel" heavier, it means exactly that. It won't be heavier, just feel heavier. It's all about suggestion.

The trick seems pretty good to me, so i rated it "pretty good." If I get crazy reactions, I'll update it to something better. Seems more like a puzzle to me (the description calls it that) rather than a magic trick, but perhaps it comes down to performance.

Less is More (Trick) by The Orange Tree Magic