Review: Gemstones by Jeff Stone

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Abril%20Fatface%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Jeff Stone is a popular magic reviewer.  He is thorough, objective, and most concerned about the correct descriptions used in the manufacturer’s promotions of their products.  Jeff uses stones as a yardstick for his reviews.  Recommended products are awarded a gemstone (of varying grading), and non-recommended products are bestowed the status of a rubble (of varying grading).

This is a DVD of gemstones (of varying grading) from Jeff Stone.  There are 13 gemstones or wonderful items performed and taught by Jeff.  They are all his brain-children.  They are all practical stuff and are within the reach of the average performer.  This DVD certainly showcases the creativity of Jeff Stone.

There are magic with all sorts of items, from playing cards and coins to a roll of film, snack cake and even a key hat.

Here are the various effects in the DVD:

  • Prometheus Box – a utility card box that allows you to change or vanish a small item.  Jeff shows you how to construct this within a minute.
  • Quasi Photo – a bill vanishes to be found inside a roll of film.  Although in this digital age we no longer use films, it does make sense to use “expired” items for magic.
  • Visa 2.0 – a clean prediction of which one of 6 items is bought with your credit card.
  • Quarterback – an interesting transposition of a coin to a selected card.
  • Doctoring Daley – this is Doc Daley’s last trick with an interesting ending.
  • Miser’s Nightmare – a clean one-by-one vanish of 4 coins.
  • Sucked Up – a new presentation of Danny Orbit’s coin in and out of a lollipop.
  • Most Triumphant – a practical in-the-hands triumph card effect suitable for walk-around performance.
  • Triptych – 3 chosen cards are revealed by having one card changed into the other one at a time.
  • All Four One – you find the other 3 of a kind based on a spectator’s random selected card.
  • Safe Key-Ping – magic with a key hat that sometimes sits on your finger and sometimes on the key.
  • Synchronicity – an interesting application of the back-palm to change a card to a folded spectator’s selected card.
  • Under My Skin – a borrowed coin to impossible location – inside a single playing card!  You will taught how to split a playing card.

There is a bonus section in which you are taught another effect.  Epicenter is a torn bill inside a wrapped snack cake trick.  This section discusses various applications of the “back-palm” as well as Jeff’s “shirt servant”.  Based on the versatility of the applications, you will want to learn Jeff’s “back-palm” as well as “shirt servant”.

Jeff’s explanations are concise and to the point.  He does not waste time explaining some moves over and over again.  This makes watching the entire DVD enjoyable.  If you need to study certain moves in detail, you can easily back-track to the appropriate locations.

Many of us will be able to find at least 3 or more items we can add to our performing repertoire.

Please support intellectual property. Only buy original. Available from all reputable Murphy’s Magic dealers.

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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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