In comes Revoke by Gianni Vox. Using a borrowed Sharpie (Permanent marker... none of that dry erase garbage) you have a spectator sign their initials on THEIR OWN COIN. You draw an 'X' on the other side of the borrowed coin. You show your hands completely empty, then wave your hand over the 'X'...
The 'X' vanishes, you move your pointing finger along your arm, up your other hand and on to the back of your hand! It's permanent. It's not wiping off.
THAT is Revoke!
Revoke has been designed with the impromptu street magician in mind. You can walk into a party with next to nothing and perform this miracle with all borrowed objects.
-This is the effect you've been waiting for. It's small, will fit in ANY pocket (even little tiny ones). You are always ready to perform this miracle.
-Everything is examinable at the end, because everything is borrowed. Never get caught with some weird gimmick you can't explain.
-You leave your spectator with the impossible coin, missing the 'X' of course. They WILL show this to people and talk about it. How could they not?
Warning: You will need to help your friends pick up their jaws off the floor after they see this. This isn't your grandfather's coin trick. This is a coin trick for the new magic generation.
Special Note: Ellusionist would like to credit Cody Nottingham for his effect 'Mark' originally released in 2011. Although very similar, both effects were the result of independent creation. Cody's effect will again be available on the DVD he is releasing later this year.
I just got around to looking at Revoke by Gianni Fox which I see I purchased in March of '13. I wasn't impressed with the method so I never tried it. What brought me back to it was the new coin trick by the Other Brothers which is a nearly identical effect where a spec's initials disappear from their coin and appear on a different coin inside a sealed envelope in sight the whole time.
Well, Revoke's method can't accomplish that effect. Nevertheless, I decided to make the gimmick for Revoke and try it out. I bought the iPhone screen protector, cut out a size to fit a US Quarter and stuck it on. So far, so good. But, you cannot remove it with Chapstick Lip Balm like he says to do. It does NOT come off. Period. It...is...STUCK. Trick is worthless.
Since I had to purchase the screen protectors, they were $9 for a pack of two at Walmart. So, I just spent $18 plus gas money for nothing. In addition, Fox says, and Madison agreed with him, that the gimmick is undetectable. Wrong again. In bright light, true, it's hard to see it. But, in low lighting, sitting on my desk, it's plain as the nose on your face.
3rd issue with this trick is the switch. Sorry, but when someone hands a magician a quarter, they always check out the date and/or the state, so when you return "their" quarter with their initials on it they're going to see that it's not the same one they gave you. Fox didn't even consider this to be of any significance so he never even made mention of it. Yet, to any seasoned performer, it IS significant and highly so.
Ready for two more flaws with this gem? Fox says you can hold the edge of the quarter while your spec signs it but it's not necessary because the gimmick won't come off. You bet it won't. Not even when you need to remove it, at least with the way he says to do it with chapstick. Besides, who in their right mind holds onto a quarter's edge while another person signs it? Really? What for? That makes it even MORE difficult for the person to write on it. That was absurd for him to say that.
And lastly, if you're still with me, is the writing of the 2nd small x in the middle. After he just put a small one on the upper edge, he immediately picks up the coin off the table, holds it up to his body so you can't see what he's writing, but he's clearly writing SOMETHING, then brings it back down to the table CLEARLY holding his thumb over the center portion to hide what he just wrote.
Even a 4th grader would pick up on that and think he obviously just drew another x in the middle. I mean, he made no attempt to hide what he was doing. Then later, when Madison was reviewing the trick, no mention was made of the obvious 2nd drawing Fox was doing. This is, absolutely, a grade school-level trick. And they try to play it off like it's serious magic. Gimme a break. I had respect for Madison up till he pulled that fast one.
I've already reworked the entire trick, so if I could just easily remove the gimmick this would have been a good purchase. But, there's no need for a switch. You simply hide the gimmick on your fingertip and when they hand you their coin you just stick it on. Voila!.
Oh yeah, he also said you could pre-write the person's initials in an impossible location if you knew them. Knowing a person's initials doesn't mean you know their writing style. The ONLY contribution Fox made to this trick is changing the 8 of hearts into the 3 of diamonds. Other than that, this guy better find a day job because he isn't very bright. Sorry, but that?s how I feel.
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I love the idea of this effect. I found exactly the brand of *item* used in the demo. It doesn't work with American coins. I tried it with dozens of coins, some of which I actually washed with soap to make sure there wasn't anything on them that could interfere. I purchased the *item* it again, thinking perhaps it was a fluke package. It wasn't. I tried other brands. They did not work. This is a great looking demo, but I couldn't get the method to stick. This is the most disappointing purchase I've made at this site, though not the most disappointing I've made, ever.
i remember seeing david blaine do a similar effect like this on a spectator and i thought it was amazing. once i saw this release i knew i had to have it... Possibilities are only limited by your imagination! have fun with this, and the method is simple ingenious and sleight free
A strong effect with a setup and handling that is more delicate than I had expected. The delicate setup makes it challenging to handle the coin naturally. I'm hoping that with more practice, trial and error, I'll be able to work around that.
One hour of practice and i do it almost perfectly ! Very easy and visual !
To sum it up:
You will definitely have to improvise on using the gimmick, it won't really work as well as expected unless you get a little creative. This isn't really addressed but maybe it just really works well for GV. But it is worth buying and unlike some comments would lead you to believe, it's not expensive at all, I purchased what I needed to perform this many times over for $5 online. This is really simple to perform and has such a strong effect.
Simple trick, great effect. And Its an Ingenious gimmick and method.
This trick is so simple.. Yet so POWERFUL. Vox does a great job at walking you through the steps and with an appearance from Madison. Its totally worth it
Love this! He only goes over the gimmicks very briefly but you get an idea of it and it is super easy to do!
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