I've been getting asked my opinion on tricks a lot this year so I decided to sit down and write about my favorite tricks of '08. These aren't just tricks that came out this year, but tricks that--over the course of the year--I decided that I liked a whole heaping lot. It might be a new trick that I liked, it might be that I remembered how much I liked a trick, or it could be that I did a 180 on a trick and decided that it's the best trick ever. At any rate, this post is essentially all about what I think.
#8: Miser's Dream Granted by Mikame
The clever gimmicks included in this set take the classic Miser's Dream Effect to a whole new level. Here are a few of the things that set this routine apart from the rest: You can show both hands empty before and after the routine; The specially designed coins make it possible to hide more coins in a smaller space; the awesome shower of coins at the end of the routine. But I think some of my favorite material included is in the bonus handling section of the DVD. The versatile gimmicks make revolutionary coin vanishes and appearances possible.
#7: Duplicity by John Bannon
This is a reworking of Bannon's top selling trick Twisted Sisters. The difference is that in Duplicity all of the cards can be examined at the end of the routine. The very thorough instructional DVD teaches the moves and psychology behind the effect beautifully and I am proud to have added this trick to my street performances.
#6: Zone Zero by Jerry Andrus
This is a trick that I hadn't played with in some time, but in picking it up for our video demo, I fell in love with it all over again. There's a lot of practice involved in this routine, but once you master it, Zone Zero is a lot of fun to perform. The props are included, but, if you master the moves you'll be able to perform miracles with just a paper lunch sack and an orange.
#5: Multiplying Rabbits by Goshman
I know I've mentioned it already this year, but I recently rediscovered these little critters and have been amazed at the reactions they get. I picked them up after attending a lecture by Greg Darci, forgot about them, then one day used them on the street and everyone flipped out. It instantly fixed two problems, my answer to the annoying question "Can you pull a rabbit out of my hat?" and finding a good finale for a sponge ball routine.
#4: TeleThought Wallet by Chris Kenworthey
This was recommended to us by Mark Mason of JB Magic and I have to say that I was very impressed with the technology utilized. It's like the Thought Transmitter Wallet but there are no batteries to replace, no buttons to fuddle with, and no thick mechanisms. I don't want to give anything away, but it's like having x-ray vision, you can see what is hidden, but nobody else can. A useful tool in the hand of a mentalist.
#3: Club Sandwich by Andrew Normansell
What I like about this routine is the simplicity behind it. The gimmick can be added to your regular deck and with a little bit of practice, you'll have a beautiful card transposition on your hands.
#2: Flow by Dan Hauss
This is a fantastic effect. The method totally blew me away and I love the subtleties and techniques explained in the very well shot DVD.
#1: Just Think by Adrian Sullivan
And my favorite trick of 2008 is a simple little card trick. This is a clever, well thought out routine with a basic but seemingly impossible effect. Aside from the Invisible Deck, this is my favorite "Think of a Card" routine and I highly recommend it.
Now, I purposefully did not include any of the Instant Downloads that we offer. I didn't want to promote anything that I had invented in order to remain objective. I will say, however, that Permanent, 'Fraid Knot and Multiplying Foil Balls were amongst our top sellers for last year so if I was not me they'd probably make the list.
Oh, and in case youâ€™re wondering, my New Yearâ€™s Resolution is to have better posture in the video demos. Yikes!