Runtime: 36:48 including trailer
In sum: For beginners: Fantastic; For experienced tt users: Decent.
Joshua Jay teaches 5 routines that demonstrate a varied assortment effects, including vanishing and reproducing, telekinesis, transformation or translocation (depending on how you perceive it), and ability to tell the future.
He also covers types of tts, care, psychology, angles and tt steal and load techniques. Most of the aforementioned will not be new to the experienced user, although as is common when revisiting the basics, you may pick up a tip or two.
1. Metal Bending—a small coin appears to bend in a specs fist. Use of the tt in this effect allows you to show your hands empty throughout the trick.
2. Saline Solution—Garrett Thomas’ adaptation of Dave Williamson’s great effect. Uses paper coffee cups instead of glassware. This adaptation reminds us to use it in Starbucks type places, but otherwise is basically the same.
3. Dollar Bill—Dollar bill appears to transform into a small amount of sugar. Dollar bill is found to have traveled to a previously selected, sealed sugar packet. (Markings prove it is the same bill.) The transformation is pretty and surprising.
4. Salt and Pepper—This is a double vanish and reproduction. Small amounts of salt and pepper are vanished one after the other, from each hand, and reproduced in each fist. Spectators hold each wrist, which may heighten the sense of impossibility when the spices reappear. Uses a new tt technique and presents an interesting avenue of exploration.
5. Fortune Cookie—Predict a fortune cookie fortune.
These are all quality effects and showcase the diversity of magic the tt has to offer. I don’t know if I agree that these are the best effects, but maybe that’s not a point worth quibbling over. They are great effects. Besides, who am I to argue “best effects” with Paul Harris?
Production quality is a bit poor. Worst of it is the camera work. The wide shot during the explanations is a bit too wide, and the close-ups are poorly planned and too short. Some small issues with sound and lighting, but I don’t think anybody cares.
Overall, this is a very good thumb tip resource. Highly recommended for beginners. Experienced users will be happy to pick up a routine or two that they’re not using.