Review: Cube 3 By Steven Brundage

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For magicians who are looking to explore Rubik’s cube magic, this is a lovely package comprising a good quality speed cube and a thumb drive containing two long video files and two pdf files.

The first video file is a thorough explanation on how to solve a cube.  This is basically the standard method as included in many Rubik’s cubes and he uses the standard notation.  However, many may find a video explanation easier to follow so this is quite useful.  Unfortunately, he does make a couple of minor mistakes in the explanation but this is easily figured out as what he says is different from what he actually does on screen.  Included is a pdf cheat sheet to use as a reference.  This is not the best video explanation I have seen, the best being that by John George, but it is clear and complete and you will learn to solve the cube.   

The second video file is where the meat of this project is.  He demonstrates and explains a number of tricks which you can view on the trailer for this product.  The tricks require just one cube and are very doable.  These for the most part are excellent and were used as part of his successful Penn and Teller Fool Us act.

Technically, you do not need to learn to solve the cube to do the tricks.  However, in practice, this skill is necessary as you will inadvertently mess up the cube.

There are arguably other methods out there which you may prefer to use for some of the effects, e.g. Takemiz Usui’s method.  So it is up to you to do the research.

Unfortunately, there is very little crediting and it is unclear whether permission was granted to Steven for some of the effects.  I hope later production copies will have proper crediting and permissions obtained.

All in all, this is a great starter set as it includes good information plus a good cube at a reasonable price.  However, if one is interested in Rubik’s cube magic, I would recommend you also explore the work of Karl Hein, John George, Takemiz Usui, Michael Lam, Daryl, Mark Eldson, Garrett Thomas and many others.

Recommended.

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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