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Balance

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Balance

250.00 usd

Trick by Joshua Jay ($250.00)

In stock. Order now — we'll send it first thing Monday morning
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Balance by Joshua Jay

First came "Inferno," which won Trick of the Year in 2012. Then came "Out of Sight," which fooled Penn & Teller. After eight years of development, performed exclusively at the end of Joshua Jay's parlor shows, he is ready to unveil a sensational, unique wonder ...

"Balance" features the rarest effect in magic: suspension. An eclectic but ordinary group of objects are passed out for close examination: a bottle, a card box, a pencil, a toothbrush, and a crayon box. Nothing is sticky, no strings - totally normal.

The objects are collected and, one by one, they are stacked, first in ways that seem impressive, but possible, and then in ways that are COMPLETELY impossible. At the end, your audience is left with a stunning impossible sculpture; each object hanging impossibly in the air without explanation.

"Balance" is the perfect closer or encore piece for a parlor show because it is SO unlike anything else that would appear in a magic show. And unlike most magic, "Balance" LIVES in a state of impossibility. With every phase you build, the magic is staring at them, even after you've left the stage.

A New Kind of Magic: One thing Joshua didn't expect as he developed "Balance" is the unusual, 21st-century quality associated with it. People HAVE to take pictures of it. They can't help themselves. It's too unusual NOT to remember, and everyone wants to take home evidence of what they've seen. Over time, Joshua has learned to lean into this, actually allowing his audiences to film it and get pictures of it afterward.

A Stunning Package of Props: You receive everything you need to perform "Balance" in a beautiful foil-encrusted box. Your props for the trick are kept in a velvet box that allows you to switch the examined objects for the specially-made props imperceptibly onstage, without any special pockets or servante. The hinged box has protective "wings" so you can perform "Balance" virtually surrounded. You receive ten hand-crafted props that have each been designed under Josh's watchful eye. And, you get Joshua Jay on video, one of magic's best teachers, taking you through every detail of the routine.

Perform it Immediately: Joshua's creations take years to develop and in some cases, years of practice to perform. Happily, "Balance" can be performed within MINUTES of opening the box for the first time. The only skill you'll need is FAKING the difficulty of doing it.

Exclusivity: When you SEE the package, you'll see what a bargain this is. The whole package exudes quality, and this is a small investment in what will become the closing piece of your show. And, the price will necessarily keep the routine from becoming over-exposed. You will likely be the only one in your area performing "Balance."

Quality you can't Fake: Joshua Jay does NOT release magic often. We get a glimpse into his creative process every five years or so, when he releases something new. That's why his magic--from "Triad Coins" to "Inferno" to "Out of Sight" is IMMEDIATELY snatched up upon release, and it's hard to keep his creations in stock. He thinks through every aspect of an effect, from the theatrics to the product design, right down to how to reset between shows. THAT is what you're investing in with "Balance": years of painstaking detail.

"Joshua Jay, I'm so happy you are sharing your signature masterpiece with the rest of the world. I personally have performed “Balance” and it was definitely one of the most intimate and magical moments of my show. I cant wait to see what others will come up with."Cyril

"Examinable - Check! Customizable - Check! Magical - Check!"Daniel Garica

“Balance is a fine piece of magic. Joshua has created a stand up routine that is unique, strange and artful. It could easily become your next closer. With expertly crafted props that will never let you down and instructions packed with insight earned from years of development and performance Balance is a professional performers dream.”Luke Jermay

"A unique moment of impossible. I love it. I'll take two."Garrett Thomas

“I was told about this effect and could not wait to see it live and when I saw Josh perform it, I was in awe. This is a real performance piece that will inspire wonder” Jon Armstrong

I love the idea that a random collection of things can be used to create a seemingly impromptu impossible sculpture. There's something very magical about this, I can't wait to play with it. Wayne Houchin

Questions about Balance:

Can I replace the cigarettes? Actually, we've done it for you. Joshua now uses crayons instead of cigarettes, which fits the theme better and allows you to perform it for any audience.

 

Community questions about Balance

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  • Richard asks: Hello, I have a question regarding Josh was trick balance. If I were to perform this track on a grand piano as I’m playing, with the piano vibrations affect this particular trick? Best, Richard Spinale

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: The vibrations wouldn't impact Balance, and the trick would still work.
  • thomas asks: When you purchase balance will you receive duplicates of each item that can be inspected by the audience?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: That is correct.
  • Barryn asks: Say you do this at a table as a “table hopping” strolling restaurant magician, Obviously, or so it would seem, you wouldn’t just pick up the whole stack and walk away.... so would the unassembling of the stack take as much “time” as assembling (or balancing). And would that unstacking process be a “give-away” or expose the means in which these objects are stacked? And lastly, upon unstacking... would you then have to “switch them again if examination is requested after the fact? A lot of money to spend if not practical as a “walk-around” item. Thanks for your honest and thorough answer.

    • 1. Steven answers: You would not want to perform this in a walk-around environment. This is much more suited for a formal close-up, parlor or stage performance. Taking it apart at a table would take just as much time as putting it together if you don’t want to give too much of the method away. And yes, if at the end of the de-construction the pieces wanted to be examined, they would have to be switched again. If you’re only a walk-around performer, than yes, it is a bit of a hefty price tag. But if you perform in any kind of formal or stage setting, this is one of the most reasonably priced effects on the market. And very unique. I highly recommend it, just not for strolling.
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  • Scott asks: Hello, Is there a way that it can be disassembled infront of the audience ? Is there a way around it? I don’t want to move it off stage as a whole. I wouldn’t like to have it sitting during the rest of my stage act!

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: You can certainly take it down in front of the audience - that is how many performers choose to do it.
    • 2. Kevin answers: Josh's solution is absolutely fabulous. Super clean if you... try.
  • Jacob asks: can you use any pencil, from the spectator, for instance?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: You need to use the props provided in the package (or customize your own props).
  • Jacob asks: Is the version with the cigarette case available?

    • 1. Tony answers: I'm afraid the Cigarette version is not available but you can make it by yourself if you want
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  • Dean asks: Does it come with the crayon to stack at the top

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Yes it does!
    • 2. Kevin answers: Cool part is, of course, the two crayons match color... something that sells the switch maybe more than cigarette.
  • Chris asks: Is this suitable for the constraints of performing for a kid’s birthday party in a living room?

    • 1. Tony answers: You can, but I don't think it's suitable
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  • Howard asks: Can the building on this be done in stages throughout a 45-60 min show?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Yup!
    • 2. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: I don't see why not.
    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Yup!
  • Freddy asks: How close can your spectators be to this trick without giving anything away?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Depends on the lighting. It's best in a parlor setting.
  • Freddy asks: Is there a way to contact Josh about performing this trick for a TV talent show audition

    • 1. Tony answers: Please email to magic@vanishingincmagic.com
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  • Nicolas asks: Hello! Do you think it is possible to break the gimmick and manufacture new elements with it myself, I love the effect but it does not fit the aesthetics of my show

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Each product is individually gimmicked so it's not something you can break up and use with other objects in that way.
  • Moon asks: Is there just one and only way on how the items are stacked up? Are there any items that can be in a different position than they are in the demo video?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: It's designed to be put together in the way shown in the video.
  • Ady asks: Hi, is there any other way of performing this without using a cigarette packet and cigarette? Could I use similar objects instead? Thanks

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: There is no cigarette packet. You receive a crayon and crayon box. Hope that helps.
  • Justin asks: Do you offer individual replacement parts in case I should lose or break one?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Yes. Please contact customer support for details: Magic@VanishingIncMagic.com
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Customer reviews for Balance

Reviewer

reed

Wow. Everything that Joshua Jay releases is an automatic worker and goes straight into the repertoire. This is added to the list. This really is a piece of art that will instantly be the most incredible thing you do with a toothbrush. But in all seriousness, you will have more fun performing this than your spectators. Once again, amazing work Josh!

 
Reviewer

Mark

All I have to say is what a work or art! The box alone is absolutely beautiful. Velvet on the outside and a satin finish on the inside. Even the box that the box came in is so sturdy, it can be used to store items. The blue box that is used in the effect has enough room in it to place any items you use in your close up show so it serves a few functions.
All the props are so well made and Josh goes through all the details of performing this. As I am writing this, I keep staring at the beauty of the box thinking I would have paid $200 just for the box, it is that beautiful.
The effect is easy to perform, what it needs the most is the presentation. Josh goes through this and you have to make it look as if you are having difficulty assembling this. If you believe this is an impossibility to put together, so will the audience. I am going to put a lot of time into this before I perform it for anyone.
This is one of the best investments I have made in magic, and I have made a lot of purchases.
Thank you Josh from the bottom of my heart for putting this out on the market and I hope one day in the future, you will see me perform this in person and I hope to make you proud.

 
Reviewer

Udo

Yesterday the package arrived and I am still in awe.
Such a beautiful wonder. Just perfect
The performance brings the magician and the audience perfectly in silence and meditation.
Thank you for this miracle and the impeccable explanation video
that is opening new mood - possibilities.
Thank you, Joshua Jay and vanishing.onc
In full appreciation
Udo Schneider, Berlin

 
Reviewer

Miguel

This is just amazing. It is piece of art!!

 
Reviewer

IMMOWEB Christophe

I did my first show using Balance last Friday in front of 100 people. I finished with Balance and received a standing ovation ! Applaus during 3 minutes!
Really great, easy to do but need practice to make it look natural and impossible. Thanks for sharing this materpiece with us ! Chris De Winde.

 
Reviewer

Christof

I'm a beginner in magic. Normally I only collect T.... tricks. Sometimes other tricks that I like from others. This trick is so easy to learn and I have so much fun. BALANCE impresses my whole family and my friends. I am very happy that I bought BALANCE. This trick is perfect and I feel like I'm unpacking an Ap... product because the pieces are so complete and valuable. I can recommend this trick to anyone, even if he is just a beginner in doing magic, but Balance is also Perfect for a professional magician. THE BEST I EVER BOUGHT !!!!!

 
Reviewer

Rich

This lives up to the hype, 100%. One of my all time favorite magic purchases. I never buy anything before its released , but josh's reputation is impeccable and he has totally hit a home run with this perfect peice of magic, highest recommendations, balance is beautiful to perferm and own

 
Reviewer

christina

Wow this is just amazing . The second I received it in the mail and tor open the package I was so happy to see how amazing the packaging was. The box that it comes in is giant . After I open up the first box I was happy to find another amazing box that you can use to carrying the stuff for balance. All of the things are in individually Packaged in the second box. On to the instructional Video. It is just amazing. Josh goes lever every little thing you need to know. He is very clear when he talks and it was easy to understand. The gimmicks are just amazing built Beautifully They really are a work of art. Every thing was amazing Quality No crap used. I am only 13 years old and just got balance 4 days ago I just performed it at a private party I was preforming at last night and every one loved it. If you guys are worried about the price. Don’t. I think the price is fair for everything your getting. I’m 13 years old and make my own money my parents did not buy it for me. So if I’m 13 years old and am willing to drop 300$ on a trick then all the adults with full time jobs. Should be buying it right now.

 
Reviewer

Michael

WOW, Joshua - this is awesome. Use it as a closer. Makes me think of other ways to use the box it-self.
Keep this stuff coming. GREAT!

 
Reviewer

Matthias

I love it. As a big fan of Joshua Jay I had to buy this trick and I was not disappointed. A real masterpiece!

 
Reviewer

Alan

I think because Josh is such a great guy it's hard to dislike anything he does because it comes from his heart. Lovely effect. This is one of those pieces where you will have to restrain yourself from performing it too soon. It's really not that difficult to do, but if you don't have good acting chops, the method will become quite apparent to your audience. As soon as I saw it, I immediately came up with a presentation that would fit the random items.
Yes you can perform it right out of the box, but I wouldn't recommend it as that would almost be disrespecting the effect. If you add good acting with a solid presentation you'll have your audiences scratching their heads.
Is it worth $250.00? That is up to the purchaser. For me I don't mind as I prefer the exclusivity. Lastly I think Balance will appeal to both the performer and the collector. The reason being is you could easily create it, and leave it in a showcase. Or you can use it as a closer in a Parlour show. To me either would justify the purchase.

 
Reviewer

Michael

Outstanding.
This is something I am going to work into my act. The thought behind this is magical alone and the working is amazing.

 
Reviewer

Gerald

Balance is a beautiful effect that will work with any routine. The video instructions are superb. It is so easy to do if you follow the instructions. The best effect to hit the market in years so refreshing to see something new that is truly a work of art.
Josh you have my utmost appreciation

 
Reviewer

Gerald

Outstanding effect and the quality is top notch. The video instructions are superb. Fits right in my routine.

 
Reviewer

Julian

For me, the price puts this in the luxury end of my purchases so I am very grateful to Vanishing Inc for offering this at a slight discount in their November sale. I feel very privileged to own this beautiful set of well made gimmicks. Before buying this, I had a reasonable amount of experience with the three different methods used by Joshua Jay’s to accomplish this impossible structure so I knew just how difficult it is to match the forces involved perfectly. The gimmicks are very well designed and constructed. Both the gimmicked objects and their un-gimmicked twins are (and look convincingly like) ordinary, everyday objects. For magician’s living in the UK, I’d just say that I couldn’t find, in any of my local supermarkets, a toothbrush with a handle the exact shape of the ones in this set. However, when I’ve performed Balance, no one has noticed this fact, so I don’t think that is a worry. If you live in the UK you might want to replace the crayon boxes with a standard variety familiar in this country such as Crayola. It is easy to do that and a little box with a small real of spare ** is provided. Just move the other gimmick parts into the replacement box. I highly recommend that you watch the full instruction video at least once before playing with the gimmicks. Joshua Jay is a very good and thorough teacher. If you take careful note of his detailed advice, you’ll be performing this like a pro very quickly. But be warned, it does take some practice. The props work perfectly so it isn't difficult to build the structure. What you need to practise is the acting skills that make it look really difficult. You also need to practice the special ‘moves’ Joshua Jay teaches so clearly that will prevent you from flashing the methods at certain crucial points in the building process. There is nothing technically difficult. You just have to follow Joshua’s advice carefully and practise, practise, practise so that you get everything just right with confidence and competence. The first time I performed this my hands were shaking terribly. That made it much harder to perform than in my practice sessions. I suppose I had invested a lot of money in this and was nervous about ruining the effect by making a small mistake. Despite insufficient practice for performing it on autopilot (which is what you need to aim for) everyone in my audience was totally impressed. My best critic even asked me if it was a magic trick or had I actually balanced the items. That shows just how well the gimmicks are made and how easily they do their job. Another tip, when you take down the structure, don’t forget to do the crucial t***t of the pencil, the exact reverse of the construction method. You could easily do permanent damage to the gimmicked tooth brush if you forget to do this. It’s all so convincing that you can forget it’s not a real balance! For my first performance I used a different premise to the one Joshua Jay suggests (a story about a man in prison who had to invent magic tricks with everyday objects permitted in prison.) To me, that is a perfectly acceptable story (a letter from the prisoner gives the cover for a switch.) On this particular occasion, the switch was not necessary, so I just went straight into the routine. You might want to find an alternative plot line that suits you, especially if you are performing to family members who might not believe your story (unless, of course, a magician in prison has actually written you a letter!) as always with Vanishing Inc. productions, the teaching video, props and packaging are all first class. The set includes a beautiful blue velveteen covered box for storing the props in. I love the rich, deep blue colour. It’s a big box because it can be used to do the switch, but it wouldn’t look out of place on your table in a very classy stage routine. Is it magic or is it an elaborate puzzle? Who cares if it gets such a great response. If it fits your style and there is a place for it in one of your routines, I highly recommend buying this. For some, it could be a reputation maker thus justifying the relatively high cost. Keep in mind that you receive everything you need to do the routine. There is no DIY preparation and the props work perfectly. One review I read suggested that this was worth the money as a collector’s piece or elaborate ornament. I disagree. Buy it and perform it! Isn’t that the point of good magic? When you’ve mastered it, you’ll really enjoy doing it in your shows and your audiences will remember this forever.

 
Reviewer

John

I hadn’t seen any other effect quite like Balance when it came out, years after it has come out I have finally got it and I am please with the result. The props are high quality and work well so no problem there, the main thing is the effect. Even though the props get to be examined before hand, the effect can’t be taken down without suspicion. Unless you are using this as a closer, the deconstruction process is a bit suspicious. If you like the effect, this is a practical way to achieve it for parlour and stage situations, but think about where it is placed in your show due to the difficulties in deconstruction.

Balance by Joshua Jay