From the April 2016 Genii magazine. Reviewed by David Regal
This is a beautifully packaged item. Silver dog tags and a chain come in a specially designed black box with inserts molded to the props and a credit card sized flash drive loaded with video instructions. But this trick is also loaded with cumbersome elements that run counter to the product’s elegance. After displaying a blank dog tag on a chain around your neck, you borrow a spectator’s smart phone and navigate to a Facebook page by entering an elaborate address. Arriving at a screen of symbols, one is “freely chosen” by the spectator. A magical wave, and that symbol drains of color on the screen, and the symbol is now etched on the dog tag. The removal of the chain from the performer’s neck, a key moment, is laborious, and the clean-up of the effect even more so, as one must delete browsing history from the spectator’s smart phone. Added to this is an ugly moment that occurs when the purchaser, after spending $70, is told that a preferred forcing technique can be found in the instructions for another product sold by the company.
Considerations: It’s pretty easy to come up other methods for this effect in which the “freely selected” design is a freely selected design.